Ms. Willcox’s tenure at NCNG began in January 2014 as the Director of Programs and Learning. She led all NCNG programming for the annual conference, an event for more than 250 grantmaking professionals. She oversaw the shift to virtual programming in 2020.
“Sarah has been a critical member of the NCNG staff since her arrival,” said Board of Directors Chair Lori O’Keefe. “She is passionate and dedicated towards making this an engaged and connected community of grantmakers.”
Ms. Willcox received her degree in communications and public relations from Appalachian State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining NCNG, she worked for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.
“Sarah has proven herself a champion of the NCNG community,” said Board of Directors Vice Chair Antonia Monk Richburg, who oversaw the search committee. “She is a master at creating opportunities for professionals to come together for conversation and collaboration.”
Ms. Willcox will begin her new role on May 2.
“I am honored and excited to be selected as the new Executive Director of NCNG,” said Ms. Willcox. “I look forward to working with the board, our members, and staff to continue our work to serve as a resource, network, and champion for North Carolina’s philanthropic sector.”
NCNG was organized in September 2002 by a group of grantmakers who saw the need for a statewide forum to connect and support grantmaking organizations’ staff, board, and trustees. NCNG is a charitable venture operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the North Carolina Community Foundation.