Philanthropic Partners: Duke Endowment's New Funding Approach for 2021

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (EST)

Rhett Mabry, president of The Duke Endowment  since 2016, will join us for our final Philanthropic Leaders Talking Together session of 2020.

What better way to close out this difficult year than by focusing on what we’ve learned and looking ahead. 

Rhett will share the journey the Endowment’s staff and board have taken over the past two years as they worked to listen, understand and plan for tackling issues of systemic racism at work in North and South Carolina. 

Since 1924, The Duke Endowment has helped people and strengthen communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing childrenpromoting healtheducating minds and enriching spirits. Recent findings include realizing more can be done to support organizations run by and serving communities of color.  

Join us as Rhett shares what he’s learned along the way and how that might inform the work of other SC philanthropic and nonprofit organizations as we too aim to advance racial and social equity. 

Guest Speaker:

Rhett N. Mabry's picture

Rhett Mabry, President

The Duke Endowment

Attendees (94)

Stephen Baggett

Executive Director

Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity

Bill Barnet

Theresa Bowles

Volunteer, Past Board Chair

Angels Charge Ministry

Antonio Boyd

President and CEO

Think Tank Consulting Group, LLC

Kathleen Cates

Executive Director

Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Inc.

Jaclyn Cobosco

Development Officer

Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc.

Mike Darrow

Executive Director

Feeding the Carolinas

Debbie Easterling

Grant Writer

My Sister's House, Inc.

Erin Fisher

Global Engagement - South Carolina

The Boeing Company

Winn Fitzgerald

Executive Vice President

Lions Vision Services

Karen Franklin

Senior Director of Foundation Relations

Clemson University

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Katherine Halligan

Amy Holbert

Chief Executive Officer

Family Connection of SC

Erin Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Lesa Kastler

The Community Foundation of Greenville Board Chair

Alicia Kokkinis

Grants Officer

Charleston County School District

Kimberly Martinez-Ward


Compass of Carolina

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Dana McConnell

Executive Director

Center for Developmental Services

Jeff McCormack

Executive Director

SC Physicians Care Charity

Jennifer McCormack

ED, Corp. and Foundation Philanthropy

College of Nursing - Light the Dome!

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Jennifer Moore

VP of Community Impact

United Way of the Midlands

Sandy Morckel

President & Change Agent for Inspired Philanthropy

Solutions for the Greater Good

Bob Morris

Community Foundation of Greenville

Karen Oliver

ECAC Program Manager

United Way of the Midlands

GB Olsen

VP, Resource Development

United Way of the Midlands

Kathleen Papadimitriou


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston

Darlene Paradise

Director of Development

Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

Ashley Redmond

Executive Director/Chief Development Officer

Roper St. Francis Foundation

Megan Reilly

Development Director

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Tricia Richardson


SC Thrive

Anne Weston Sass

Grants Director

Roper St. Francis Foundation

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

SC Grantmakers Network

Katy Smith

Executive Director

Piedmont Health Foundation

Amy Splittgerber

Executive Director

Healthy Learners

Yarley Steedly

Government Relations Director

American Heart Association

Molly Talbot-Metz


Mary Black Foundation

Natalia Valenzuela Swanson

Program Director, Healthy Eating & Active Learning

Mary Black Foundation

Heather Witt

Executive Director

United Way of the Piedmont

50 Other Registered Attendees


North Carolina Network of Grantmakers