Our Team

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, Director of Programs and Learning


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. She is a graphic facilitator and spends a lot of time studying and thinking about how adults learn best. Sarah has served on several nonprofit boards including the Durham Symphony Orchestra and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. 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 Irish fiddle player and is something of a hobby collector. Lately, she's been into tap dancing and sewing.

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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Chelsie China joined the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers as the Member Service Coordinator in June of 2021. Prior to her commitment to NCNG, she worked as an elementary teacher for North Carolina Public Schools. She has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery, where she also played collegiate soccer. In addition to serving her community for over ten years through her local food bank, Chelsie enjoys completing DIY projects, working out, and spending time with family and friends.  

Here’s what I can help you with:

  • Questions about logging on to the NCNG Website
  • Information about registering for events
  • Jobs board and news postings

NCNG Staff

Ret Boney, Executive Director 

Sarah Mann Willcox, Director of Programs and Learning 

Chelsie China, Member Services Coordinator

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers 
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