Fundraiser named – $21M goal

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Waltye Rasulala, former director of grants for the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh, has been named development director for the North Carolina Partnership for Children, known as Smart Start.

Rasulala, who begins work Feb. 18, succeeds Brooks Raiford, who left Smart Start after less than a year as development director to become executive director of Greensboro-based Leadership North Carolina.

Rasulala will oversee efforts by Smart Start and its local counterparts to raise at least $21 million a year, or 10 percent of the state’s $210 million appropriation to the early-childhood initiative — down from $230 million a year earlier.

She retired in January after four years at the foundation, which publishes Nonprofitxpress. Before that, she worked for 19 years at Capitol Broadcasting Co. initially as director of public affairs for WRAL-TV and later as managing producer of two weekly public affairs programs.

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