2023 marked 40 years of service to the Triangle community! We have come a long way since that initial gift of $1,000 from Dr. George Hitchings, and we were delighted to celebrate this milestone with the community in many different ways.

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40 Years, 40 Stories

In celebration of this important milestone, we shared one story to mark each year of our existence. A sampling of the stories featuring donors, nonprofit partners, staff, Board members, and more is below. Click here to access all of our stories.

The Foundation's Founder, Nobel Laureate, Dr. George H. Hitchings

Dr. George Hitchings | Our Founder

Dr. George Hitchings started Triangle Community Foundation in 1983 with a donation of $1,000. Learn more about his life and Nobel Prize winning scientific achievements here.


Lori O'Keefe | Staff

President & CEO Lori O'Keefe's 18 years at the Foundation is testimony to her dedication to the community. Learn more about her journey here.

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Durham Success Summit | Grantee

Durham Success Summit was founded to fill a gap in career preparation, mentorship, and leadership development services for young Black men. Click here to learn more.

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Erandi Villa | Scholarship Recipient

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

Fund for the Triangle Fundraising Campaign

We set an important goal to raise $1 million for Fund for the Triangle by December 31, 2023, and we surpassed that goal, ultimately raising over $1.1 million. This funding will allow us to be more generous and grant more dollars to more nonprofits who are doing pressing work in the Triangle, make new grant programs sustainable, and allow us to make investments that align with our values. We are grateful to all who supported us in this campaign!


Over the course of 2023 we hosted several events, to connect with each other, and to celebrate the richness of the Foundation community, including:

On The Table

An engaging mealtime conversation focused on current issues to gain a better understanding of what it means to cultivate healthy, whole communities as the area continues to grow through discussions with local leaders, Foundation staff, and one another.

Coffee with Consultants

An opportunity for local nonprofit staff to meet with a variety of consultants and other funders in the area to discuss needs, ask questions, and schedule follow-up meetings.

Conversation & Cocktails

Gatherings specifically for professional advisors to thank them for connecting passionate individuals to the Foundation, trusting us to fulfill their philanthropic goals for causes they care about.

Funder Fishbowl

A chance for nonprofits to listen in on a candid conversation among several Triangle-based funders, bringing both sides of the funding table together to strengthen relationships and build greater understanding and appreciation.

Founders' Day

Our capstone event to recognize another milestone in our history. We celebrate the donors, fundholders, professional advisors, community leaders, and business partners who have been pivotal in our growth and impact on our community.

We couldn't have done it without our generous sponsors!

Visionary Partner

  • Capitol Broadcasting Company

Philanthropy Star

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • Curi Capital

Legacy Builder

  • Blue Heron Asset Management, LLC
  • Red Hat


  • Crewcial Partners
  • Duke Office of Durham & Community Affairs
  • Hutchison, PLLC
  • Walker Lambe, PLLC


  • moss+ross
  • Truist