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Ret Boney

DURHAM, N.C. – After a decade of service, Beverley Francis will leave the Triangle Community Foundation next month to take over a community foundation in Columbia, Maryland.

Francis will leave her current role as director of philanthropic services at the Durham-based Triangle Community Foundation on May 23 and will start her new job as president and CEO of the Columbia Foundation on June 16.

“The position is an opportunity for me to use all the skills and the expertise I’ve had, not only in philanthropy, but in nonprofit work, in a new community,” says Francis.

She leaves the Triangle Community Foundation, which has $140 million in assets and almost 700 funds under management, for a smaller funder.

As of 2006, the Columbia Foundation reported $12 million in assets and more than 200 funds under management.

The oldest community foundation in Maryland, it was created in 1969 to support the Howard-County area and currently employs three staffers and three contractors.

Since its inception, the group has awarded a total of more than $9 million in grants and typically pays out more than $500,000 a year to more than 50 nonprofits.

“They don’t have an active donor-services program there,” she says. “They’re interested in having someone with that expertise and knowledge, and they want someone to grow the foundation.”

In looking back over her 10 years with the Triangle Community Foundation, Francis says she is most proud of the role she has play in creating a model for serving both donors and nonprofits.

“I’m most proud of my connection with the donors and the community,” she says.  “The fact that we reenergized our competitive grantmaking process has totally reengaged nonprofits with us.”

Francis will be leaving the Triangle for another community she knows well, having traveled to the Columbia area once a year over the past decade to visit family.

She replaces the Columbia Foundation’s retiring president and CEO, Barbara Lawson.

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