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Ret Boney NC Grantmakers

Ret Boney, Executive Director


Ret Boney joined the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers as executive director in May of 2013. For eight years, Ret covered the charitable world throughout North Carolina and the U.S. as deputy editor for the Philanthropy Journal, uncovering, dissecting and explaining issues and trends that impact nonprofit staff, boards and supporters. Prior to her move to the nonprofit sector, Ret managed the electric utilities group of KnowledgeBase Marketing and was a director in the loyalty-marketing division of Young & Rubicam. She also served as deputy policy director for Gov. Jim Hunt and was a reporter and columnist for Fortune Magazine. Ret currently serves on the board of the United Philanthropy Forum, and previously served as board chair of Planned Parenthood Health Systems and was a founding board member of Wee Care Children's Enrichment Program, a nonprofit preschool serving low-income children. Ret received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a master's degree in business administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Here’s what I can help you with:

  • Understanding NCNG - who we are, what we do
  • Becoming a member of NCNG
  • Connections to other grantmakers, in North Carolina and beyond
  • Information about NCNG's funder collaboratives
  • Understanding the the philanthropic landscape in North Carolina

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Sarah wilcox NC GrantmakersSarah Mann Willcox, Program Director


Sarah Mann Willcox became program director in 2014. Prior to joining NCNG, Sarah served as the director of sustainability - primarily a development role - at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. Sarah has served on several nonprofit boards including the Durham Symphony Orchestra and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and volunteers on the membership committee for the Pinecone Traditional Music Council. She has a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State and has a B.S. from Appalachian State. Sarah is a classically trained violinist and has recently taken up tap dancing.

Here’s what I can help you with:

  • All things related to the NCNG Annual Meeting & Conference
  • Learning Communities and other NCNG programming
  • Locating sample templates, communications and resource documents
  • Questions and research about your foundation peers – who is funding what and where

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Tori Small NC GrantmakersTori King, Member Services Associate

Tori King joined the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers in July 2016 as the Member Services Associate. Tori received her undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Appalachian State University where she focused her studies on millennials, world religions, and environmental ethics. While at Appalachian, Tori worked as a resident assistant and research assistant. Tori also served as the chair of Alternative Service Experience, a program that provides students with opportunities for service-learning over university breaks, and led several service-learning experiences both internationally and in the U.S..
Here’s what I can help you with:

  • Details and registration for our events
  • Research requests
  • Website login and access information
  • Sharing your foundations news, grants information, and jobs on our website

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NCNG Staff

Ret Boney, Executive Director 

Sarah Mann Willcox, Program Director 

Tori Small, Member Services Associate

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers 
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