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Taking shape – Focus on race, poverty

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After spinning itself off recently from the Triangle Community Foundation, the four-year-old Warner Foundation is moving quickly to operate on its own.

Tony Pipa, who was named executive director last year after serving as director of philanthropic services for the community foundation, now has named two program directors and an administrative director and moved the foundation into new offices.

New program directors for the $13 million-asset foundation are W. Billie Burney, project coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers project of the Durham Public Schools and former program director for North Carolina Public Allies in Durham, and Athan L. Lindsay, assistant director of multicultural recruitment at Davidson College in Davidson and former program officer for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem.

The new administrative director is Liana Humphrey, systems and development coordinator for El Centra Hispano in Durham.

The foundation, which invests nearly $1 million a year in grassroots efforts to boost race relations and economic well-being for poor people and communities, has set up its office in the City Place office complex in Durham.

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