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Funders network jells

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By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A year-old effort to create a network for North Carolina foundations, donor-advised funds and corporate giving programs, continues to take shape.

The North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, which drew 90 people from 50 funders in February for a meeting at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, will meet again in June, possibly addressing a particular topic such as the state’s mounting budget crisis.

The network, which will not become a formal association but will continue operating as a “virtual” organization, expects to have at more than 65 dues-paying member, says Tom Ross, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem.

The group, which has raised $60,000 from 20 foundations and corporations, also formed working groups to help funders share ideas about issues of common interest — the environment, rural economic development and “capacity-building,” or helping nonprofits strengthen their internal operations.

A fourth group might focus on community foundations, says Heidi Gilmore, a Cary consultant who serves as the network’s part-time staff.

For information, contact Gilmore at heidilgilmore@aol.com or 919-319-8986.

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