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Bond receives Lewis R. Holding Award from NC Community Foundation

RALEIGH—Dr. Bettie Bond has received the Lewis R. Holding Philanthropic Leadership Award for 2014, according to Stuart Dorsett, chairman of the board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

View larger imageDr. Bettie Bond, president of the Watauga County Community Foundation and retired Appalachian State University professor (center), received the Lewis R. Holding Award for Philanthropic Leadership from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The statewide award honors excellence in leadership. Pictured with Bond are from left Stuart Dorsett, NCCF board chair, Frank Holding Jr., CEO of First Citizens BancShares, and John Francis, NCCF regional associate for northwest North Carolina. (Photo submitted)

Bond was honored at NCCF’s statewide board meeting last week in Raleigh for her instrumental leadership as a member of the board of advisors of the Watauga County Community Foundation (WCCF), an affiliate of NCCF. Bond is professor emeritus from Appalachian State University’s Department of History.

The award is named for the late Lewis R. Holding, who founded NCCF in 1988 and also served as chairman and CEO of First Citizens BancShares. The leadership award is presented by the NCCF statewide board to an affiliate foundation president or board member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership resulting in outstanding growth for the affiliate.

Bond is a retired history professor who joined the WCCF soon after it was created in 1993. She has served on the board almost continually over the last 21 years and also in many terms as president, a position she currently holds. Bond has been instrumental in bringing multiple new endowments to the affiliate and increasing gifts, said John Francis, NCCF’s regional associate for the northwest, who nominated her for the award. She also has worked “tirelessly” to raise the profile of the affiliate in the community, he said. “She is the face of the Watauga Community Foundation as far as the local community is concerned,” he said.

The WCCF last year awarded nearly $20,000 from its local grantmaking fund and administered another $80,000 to the community from all funds and scholarships.

“Watauga County and the entire region certainly have benefited from Dr. Bond’s leadership,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF CEO and president. “Her leadership of the Watauga affiliate over the years has encouraged collaboration among funders and nonprofits, which is a model we strive for in all of the communities we serve.”

Brian Crutchfield, who serves on NCCF’s statewide board as well as the Watauga affiliate board, described Bond as an asset to Boone and the WCCF. “Bettie is truly an amazing person,” he said. “She has made the Watauga County Community Foundation what it is today, which is one of the strongest and most diverse rural foundations in the state,” he said.

Bond said she was honored and humbled to receive the award. “I give credit for this honor to all the mentoring that I’ve received from my fellow board members over the years and also the staff at NCCF,” she said. She noted that she has served and led many volunteer boards over the years, but that the WCCF board was one of the best. “They believe in what we’re doing,” she said.

About NCCF

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $74 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $171 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit