Global focus – Linking strategies

By Todd Cohen

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Convening civic, corporate and government leaders to develop partnerships and strategies to tackle the root causes of broad global problems is the focus of a $2 million endowment fund created by an elderly Raleigh couple at the Triangle Community Foundation.

John and Libby Morse created the fund to support the Integrated Strategies Forum, a nonprofit they previously established in Washington, D.C.

The idea for the nonprofit, which focuses on topics ranging from sustainable production and consumption to corporate accountability and sustainable communities, grew out of John Morse’s work for a number of United Nations and U.S. aid groups focusing on population studies and consulting.

The endowment has been created with assets from a foundation that the couple, now in their late 80s, created in the 1970s to fight the threat of nuclear war.

The couple created the endowment as a designated fund, giving the Triangle Community Foundation the job of ensuring that the Integrated Strategies Forum meets the donors’ goals, said Fred Stang, the foundation’s director of development.

He said creation of the endowment reflects seven years of discussions between the couple and the foundation.

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