Leadership change at The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation
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HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI –The Board of Directors of the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation today announced the resignation of its Executive Director, Theresa Erickson, who will pursue other interests. The Foundation’s president, Terri Bell, said, “For the past eight years Theresa Erickson worked tirelessly to promote the mission of the Foundation, which is to build stronger communities through philanthropy.” Board Member David Fortenberry said, “Theresa was particularly effective in mobilizing community support following natural disasters. We are grateful for her leadership.” The Community Foundation, in partnership with WDAM, raised awareness and over $1.2 million in donations for recovery efforts that directly benefits tornado survivors of Columbia, Hattiesburg, and Petal.

“Over the past 8 years, the Foundation has come of age,” said president, Terri Bell. “We now have over 200 funds under management, and the future looks very bright for the Foundation to build on the solid work accomplished in the last several years. The Community Foundation helps generous people create a lasting legacy to benefit the Pine Belt region for years, and Theresa was a major proponent in advancing this mission.”

The Board of Directors has appointed four of its directors, General Buff Blount, Brady Raanes, David Fortenberry, and Terri Bell, to conduct a national search for a new Executive Director. In the interim, the day to day operations of the Foundation will be overseen by Dr. Steve Ramp, who will serve as Chief Operating Officer assisted by the Board’s executive committee, including Paul Laughlin who will oversee Fund Administration, Brady Raanes who will work with Morgan McCarty on Investments, and David Burckel, CPA, who is in charge of financial matters.

About the Foundation

The Foundation was founded in 1997 by community leaders in ADP’s Leadership program. From modest beginnings, the Foundation has grown to manage over $5 million in assets and is accredited by the Council on Foundations. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Foundation is sponsoring two unique gatherings: A Craft Beer Tasting Event at Keg and Barrel on October 19,, and a 20th Year Celebration at Canebrake Country Club on Nov. 9. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com or the Community Foundation.

“We are very appreciative of Theresa’s contributions to our success and we wish her well in her future plans,” said Terri Bell.

Recently, generous donors gave the Foundation a new office building. The Foundation is now housed at 1501 Adeline Street in Hattiesburg. If you have questions or would like more information about the Foundation, please contact the Foundation at (601) 583-6180 or www.PineBeltFoundation.org, or www.FaceBook.com/PineBeltFoundation.

The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a simple, flexible and cost-effective way for civic-minded people and businesses to contribute to their community – now and forever.
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