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A new chapter: Saying goodbye as president and CEO of CCCF

I have decided to retire as president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. My retirement is not immediate. I will continue in my role until April 2024 to ensure a seamless transition as our Board of Trustees conducts a search for my successor.

February 2024 will mark the 15th anniversary of my tenure at the Community Foundation. I will leave this job with a profound sense of gratitude for the wise counsel and supportive leadership of the board members I have served with. Our trustees have worked closely with me and our talented staff to ensure that our mission and strategic plan always guided the Foundation’s philanthropy, programming, and leadership in the community.

I have been fortunate to work with superb staff who have a passion for the mission of the Foundation and a commitment to excellence in their work. Together, we have transformed our organization. When I came to the Foundation in 2009, we had a staff of seven, approximately $67 million in assets, and had awarded over $50 million in grants and scholarships.

Today, our assets total nearly $220 million and we have awarded over $270 million in grants and scholarships. We have a diverse staff of 14 individuals with deep subject matter expertise in all functions and departments.

As I reflect on the past, almost 15 years in my role, there is much that brings me joy.

  • We have awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $220 million;
  • We established the One SC Fund, our state’s disaster recovery fund, and formed partnerships and collaborations with other foundations and nonprofit organizations to respond to natural disasters – $8.8 million in grants have been deployed through this fund since 2015;
  • We opened our Collaboration Zone, a gathering place for the region’s nonprofits;
  • We established the Foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee;
  • We introduced Talk About Giving, a tool to teach children to give;
  • We launched Midlands Gives, a region-wide initiative that democratizes philanthropy and demonstrates the power of collective giving. Since its launch in 2014, this inspiring initiative has raised over $24 million for our region’s nonprofit organizations.

I am thankful to our grantee partners, community organizations and leaders, philanthropy colleagues, public officials, and private business partners for supporting our work. They have been inspirational allies in upholding the Foundation’s mission and core values.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Midlands of South Carolina. It has been a tremendous honor to lead the Foundation.

Warm regards,

JoAnn Turnquist
President and CEO