New CES endowments, funds announced at fall meeting

The foundations that support North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrated a whopping 23 new endowments and enhancement funds at their annual fall meeting.

Dr. Joe Zublena, associate dean and Extension director, presided over the September gathering of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Foundation, the 4-H Development Fund, the Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation and the North Carolina Extension and Community Association Foundation.

In his remarks at the luncheon, Zublena told the audience, “It is because of your vision and leadership that Extension has the resources to carry out so many programs that improve the quality of life of people throughout this state.”

Zublena also welcomed new College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton, who, at the time, had been on board for just 12 days. Linton said during brief remarks at the luncheon, “I get Extension. I’m one of you. And I look forward to working with each of you as we move Extension forward.”

The foundations also said goodbye to Sharon Rowland, who retired at the end of November after many years of service as executive director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Foundation.

Through the Campaign for Counties, led by Rowland and her team, Extension has established at least one fund in all 100 of the state’s counties. To date, 357 different funds provide opportunities for more than 890 educational programs, scholarships and initiatives.The new endowments and funds are as follows:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Foundation

  • Durham County Extension Master Gardeners Enhancement Fund
  • Durham County Kids Voting Enhancement Fund
  • Durham County Project Build Enhancement Fund
  • Gates County Cooperative Extension Service Enhancement Fund
  • Joe and Lisé Zublena Cooperative Extension Service Awards Endowment
  • Rowland Family Cooperative Extension Internship Endowment
  • Sampson County Cooperative Extension Service Learning Complex Enhancement Fund

North Carolina Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation

  • Carolyn J. Lackey Foods and Nutrition Endowment for Agent Professional Development
  • Durham County Family and Consumer Sciences Enhancement Fund
  • Durham County Welcome Baby Enhancement Fund
  • Gates County FCS Enhancement Fund
  • Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Volunteers Endowment for Family and Consumer Sciences Programs
  • Rockingham Cooperative Extension Volunteers Enhancement Fund for Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

North Carolina Extension and Community Association Foundation

  • Kathleen Scott Family Extension and Community Association/Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment for Wilson County
  • Macon County Extension and Community Association Enhancement Fund
  • Sarah Nixon Extension and Community Association Endowment for Lincoln County

North Carolina 4-H Foundation

  • Dave and Gina Goff 4-H Presentation Endowment for Cabarrus County
  • Durham County 4-H Enhancement Fund
  • Eloise Cofer 4-H Scholarship Endowment for Family and Consumer Sciences
  • George and Linda McAuley 4-H Dairy Foods Presentation Endowment
  • Jones County 4-H Program Enhancement Fund
  • Sampson County 4-H Program Enhancement Fund
  • Thearon and Vanette McKinney American Youth Foundation Leadership Conference Scholarship Endowment
  • Warren County Buck Springs 4-H Camp Endowment

— Suzanne Stanard

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