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Fund official joins bank

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By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bank of America has hired Tom Lawson, executive vice president for donor services at the Winston-Salem Foundation, as a vice president and relationship manager in the Winston-Salem office of its private bank serving wealthy clients, charitable trusts and nonprofits.

Foundation President Scott Wierman said he hoped to fill the job of vice president for donor services within two months.

During Lawson’s five years at the foundation, where he oversaw fundraising and relations with donors and their advisers, its assets grew to $210 million from $115 million.

Wierman said Lawson’s successor would face several big tasks – continuing the foundation’s growth, developing a new initiative to work more closely with black donors and expanding services to six counties to the north, west and south of Forsyth.

The foundation’s African-American initiative, chaired by retired RJR Nabisco executive Marshall Bass, aims to build stronger ties with black donors.

And in June, the foundation’s board will consider expanding services to Davidson, Davie, Surry, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Starting with a fund created in Elkin in 1949, the foundation now has funds and charitable trusts from those counties totaling $5.5 million.

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