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  • Writer's pictureKelsie Pappenhausen

Coastal Credit Union Foundation Hosts Philanthropy Summit... Encourage State Foundations and Non-Profits to Connect

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 31, 2023) – The Coastal Credit Union Foundation , in collaboration with Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, Civic Local Foundation, and State Employees Credit Union Foundation, hosted a Philanthropy Summit last week in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Summit was designed to connect a new group of foundations and nonprofits from across the state and give them an opportunity to network, connect and learn. 60 foundation and nonprofit organization employees/volunteers were in attendance.

Speakers included:

  • Chad Helminak, Chief Impact Officer, National Credit Union Foundation

  • Eric Guckian, CEO, United Way of the Greater Triangle

  • Sarah Mann Willcox, Executive Director, N.C. Network of Grantmakers

  • Selene Johnson, M.Ed., BCBA, Executive Director, ABC of NC

  • Katrina R. Knight, MSW, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Center

“We were honored to collaborate with our peers to make the summit a reality,” said Emily Nail, Executive Director of Coastal Credit Union Foundation. “This event was the embodiment of our mission to promote education, networking, and connection for foundations and non-profits throughout North Carolina.”

Foundations were introduced during lunch roundtable discussions, including:

  • Duke Energy Foundation – Louis Duke, Foundation Manager

  • Camber Foundation - Christopher Fipps, Director of Community Investment

  • Golden LEAF Foundation – Marilyn Chism, Director of Programs

  • Z Smith Reynolds Foundation – Alexandria Jones, Program Officer

  • SECU Foundation - Daniel Nobles, Program Analyst

  • Coastal Credit Union Foundation - Emily Nail, Executive Director

  • Local Civic Foundation - Jaz Kilpatrick, Executive Director

  • Truliant Foundation, Atticus Simpson

  • Allegacy Foundation, Lori Timm

  • Carolina Credit Union Foundation - Lauren Whaley, Executive Director

More information on the Summit can be found at

About the Coastal Credit Union Foundation

The Coastal Credit Union Foundation is a separate entity from the credit union. The mission of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of our members and their communities by providing financial support to 501(c)(3) organizations, particularly in the 16-county market of central North Carolina

About Coastal

Coastal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned, financial cooperative, offering a full range of financial products and services. Coastal was chartered on August 31, 1967 with the mission of fostering the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” Today, with $4.6 billion in assets, Coastal serves 323,000 members from 1,800 business partners and is among the leading financial institutions in North Carolina. Coastal operates 23 branches in central North Carolina and serves members in all 50 states through a network of 5,500 shared branches, 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs, mobile banking featuring mobile check deposit, and a robust offering of online services at For more Coastal news, visit our online newsroom.

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