Golden LEAF Announces Disaster Recovery, Open Grants Program Awards

Golden LEAF Announces Disaster Recovery, Open Grants Program Awards

Board of Directors Elect New Officers

Golden LEAF Foundation
301 N. Winstead Ave.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804


Jenny Tinklepaugh
Golden LEAF Foundation
[email protected]

Press Release

(ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., December 11, 2019) – On Thursday, December 5, 2019, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors voted to fund 13 Disaster Recovery and three Open Grants Program projects and elected new officers and committee chairs. Over two decades, the Foundation has funded 1,805 projects totaling $888 million.

“Golden LEAF is dedicated to the long-term economic advancement of North Carolina,” said Scott T. Hamilton, Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer. “Our Board and staff work hard to get funding out the door and at work in the communities we serve.”

The Board of Directors voted to award approximately $600,000 to three Open Grants Program projects in Alamance, Pitt and Washington counties to support economic development, workforce preparedness and education. The 13 Disaster Recovery projects totaling $3.5 million will serve communities affected by Hurricane Florence. The counties supported by these awards include Brunswick, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico and Robeson counties.

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors also announced new board officers and committee chairs at its December meeting.

Board Officers

  • Chair of the Board – Murchison “Bo” Biggs
  • Vice Chair of the Board – Don Flow
  • Treasurer – Carolyn Justice
  • Secretary – Thomas Hester
  • Assistant Secretary – Johnathan Rhyne, Jr.

Committee Chairs

  • Programs Committee – Don Flow
  • Personnel/ Nominations Committee – David Rose
  • Finance Committee – Jerome Vick
  • Investment Committee – Lee Roberts
  • Audit Committee – Barry Dodson

The new officers and committee chairs assumed their roles effective at the conclusion of the Board meeting.

“We look forward to the expertise and leadership Mr. Biggs will bring as the Foundation’s new Chair,” said Hamilton, “as well as all of the officers and committee chairs in their respective positions.”

Golden LEAF Board member Randy Isenhower of Newton, N.C., has served as the Foundation Board Chair for the past two years, and has been a Golden LEAF Board member since December 2013. Isenhower has also served in other leadership roles on the Board as Vice Chair and Secretary. He also serves as the Chair of Catawba County Board of Commissioners.

“We are grateful for Mr. Isenhower’s service, insight and leadership as Board Chair,” said Hamilton. “During his time as Chair, the Foundation has awarded funding to 257 projects totaling $93.8 million dollars.”

About Golden LEAF

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding received from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The Foundation has provided lasting impact to tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural areas of the state by helping create 64,000 jobs, over half a billion dollars in new payrolls and more than 77,000 workers trained or retrained for higher wages.

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