After 40 years, Triangle Community Foundation would not be where we are today without phenomenal partners. In celebration of those connections, over the course of 2023 we profiled one to mark each year of our existence. Learn about a few of our many donors, nonprofit partners, staff, Board members, and more. We are so grateful for you all!


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Dr. George Hitchings started the Foundation in 1983 with a donation of $1,000 and a vision “for a community that came together, set aside differences, and gave back to those in need.”


Rebecca Balter and Katherine Seligmann are partners in philanthropy, fostering their family's tradition of giving back for future generations.

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Professional advisors are important partners for the Foundation. Dimitri and Sheldon from Curi Capital highlight the impact this collaboration brings to philanthropy.

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David Dodson's parents exemplified service to the community, and he carries on their legacy today in the community of Durham.

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Marsha Morgan's testimony emphasizes the importance of giving circles and how this form of giving has impacted her philanthropy journey.

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From a $77 beginning to the $5 billion organization that it is today, Self-Help Credit Union provides economic opportunity & ownership that is changing lives & communities.

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Bernard Hsu is passionate about many things – his family and fitness regimen, the arts, and taking time to dig deeper in his community.

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Discover how legacy gifts sparked major impact, from catalyzing local arts programs to conserving precious green spaces.

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The Goodmon family's generations of giving both personally and through their companies have made an indelible impact on the Triangle.

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Darryl Lester embodies time, talent, and treasure in his work as a philanthropy evangelist and social uplift engineer.


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James "Jim" Stewart is a champion for the community,"living in the arena" rather than the grandstands.


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Burroughs Wellcome Fund is a longstanding supporter of the community, and model of philanthropy.

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Triangle Capacity-Building Network works to fund organizations led by and serving communities traditionally excluded or overlooked by inequitable funding cycles.

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Investors Management Corporation (IMC) champions community support and philanthropy through the IMC Gives Fund, underscoring their commitment to making a positive impact.

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The future of the Foundation depends on you and the members of this great community. Won't you join us?


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Marian Cheek Jackson Center works to honor, renew, and build community in some of the most historic neighborhoods of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

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Durham Success Summit focuses on filling gaps in career preparation, mentorship, and leadership development services for young Black men ages 16-24.

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Pee Wee Homes is making a big impact with small homes for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.


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Through programming that builds confidence and resilience, TheGifted Arts highlights the transformative power of the arts.

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For over 40 years, Haw River Assembly has been working to protect the Haw River watershed and all who depend on the river.

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Kiran empowers victims/survivors of domestic abuse by providing access to information, education, and other necessary support.

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BUMP: The Triangle engages community youth to spark passion for the power of African-diasporic arts and performance.

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With roots tracing back to the 1990s, Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) has evolved into a powerful force for change from addressing environmental challenges to empowering local communities.

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Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) is improving the health and wellness of our community through their work at the Catawba Trail Farm.

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El Vínculo Hispano/The Hispanic Liaison is creating a safe space in Chatham County despite the barriers and obstacles in their way.

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As the oldest Latino/Hispanic arts and culture organization in North Carolina, Diamante is an advocate and connector of local artists.

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Through collaboration & advocacy, NC Congress of Latino Organizations (NCCLO) has achieved remarkable milestones, from education to housing.

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Arts Access NC works to ensure artists with disabilities are welcome in all community spaces and can express themselves creatively without barriers.

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Jeymi and Cecilia are rebranding Pupusas for Education into People for Equity, supporting scholarships, youth, and mental health.

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College was never in the cards for Erandi Villa until she had a teacher who believed in her and showed her that a scholarship could help make her dream possible.

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Aiyana Lynch has embraced every opportunity. From applying for scholarships to co-captaining her cheer team, she has many achievements to celebrate.



President & CEO Lori O'Keefe's 18 years at the Foundation is testament to her dedication to the community.

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Natalia Siegel, Director of Donor Engagement, strives to inspire individuals to be philanthropists in their own way.


Program Associate Daniela Cerón's work in capacity building is creating a stronger Triangle region.

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From her work at the Foundation to building her own brand, Rutina "Tina" Bailey inspires us all to be fierce advocates.

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As Board Chair, Chris DeVita recognizes the pivotal role foundations play in making our communities stronger.

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From ambassador to investor, Rick Guirlinger is committed to supporting our vibrant community in every way possible.


Reading, education, and giving back are three passions that guide Sarah Battersby's work leading the Education & Youth impact area at the Foundation.

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LaToya King's story embodies the spirit of resilience and philanthropy. Throughout her life, she has been building something meaningful.


Laurel Shulman, Senior Donor Engagement Officer, specializes in connecting the dots between donors and nonprofits.