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Boys & Girls Clubs on move

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Boys & Girls Clubs in Raleigh have hired a chief fundraiser and are planning their biggest annual drive ever, launching an effort to generate planned gifts and considering an endowment campaign.

The nonprofit has named April Anthony, former executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina, as its vice president of resource development, a new position.

Anthony, previously director of development for the Wake Education Partnership, said the goal for next year’s annual drive would eclipse the record-high $300,000 raised this year.

Trent Ragland III, chairman of the group’s board and owner of Ragland Properties, will chair the annual drive, which runs from February through April.

The Boys & Girls Clubs, with an annual operating budget of $1.6 million, also is creating a long-term program to build its $1 million endowment through deferred gifts, bequests and other financial-planning tools.

A board committee chaired by Gary Joyner, a partner with the law firm Kilpatrick Stockton, is developing the planned-giving strategy.

The board also is in the early stages of developing plans for an endowment campaign that could begin with a quiet phase next year and the public phase in two years, Anthony says.

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