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Gearing up – Following $7M drive

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — After raising $7 million in a capital campaign that ended last year, the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh aims to boost its annual giving and endowment.

The group has hired Polly Willis, former director of development for Prevent Blindness North Carolina, as its new director of development.

Willis, who will oversee annual giving and new development officers in Wilmington and Greenville, succeeds Kellan Moore, who has formed Moore Business, a consulting firm.

The Methodist Home also has split its communications and development offices, and promoted Lauren Kirkpatrick, former manager of communications, to director of communications.

The changes aim to strengthen each office and build on the campaign, which attracted 650 new donors and exceeded its goal by $1 million, says Bert Armstrong, vice president and chief development officer.

Two goals are to increase annual giving, which totals $1.5 million, and to build the endowment through planned giving and major gifts. The stock market decline has cost the endowment one-fifth to one-fourth of its value this year, Armstrong says.

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