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Capital drive eyed – Annual fund to kick off

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake Education Partnership has hired a chief fundraiser and aims to launch a major capital campaign to support Wake County’s public schools.

Kenneth W. Chandler, former vice president for institutional advancement at St. Augustine’s College, is the nonprofit’s new vice president for development.

Chandler is preparing for the organization’s annual fund drive, which kicks off this fall with a goal of $1 million, up from $900,000 raised last year.

SAS Institute chief Jim Goodnight and his wife, Ann, are honorary co-chairs for the annual fund.

Board member John Moriates, a financial consultant, is working on a volunteer basis to help the group assess its prospects for a capital campaign.

Campaign funds would boost technology in the schools, support programs for teachers and students, and finance leadership development for teachers and staff.

“We’re partnering with the schools to try to make some changes, to try to reach standards they are setting,” Chandler says. “We realize this is only going to happen when we see private dollars come in to assist and leverage new public dollars.”

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