Ret Boney to head statewide philanthropy group

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ret Boney, senior vice president at Clarity Group, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit consulting firm, and former deputy editor of the Philanthropy Journal, has been named executive director of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers.

Boney begins work May 13 and succeeds Bobbi Hapgood, who is leaving after heading the statewide funders group since May 2005.

Phil Redmond Jr., who chairs the board of directors of the Network of Grantmakers and is associate director for child care at The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, announced Boney’s appointment in an email message today to Network members.

In his message, which a member forwarded to Philanthropy North Carolina, Redmond says Boney was the unanimous choice of the board, which last August engaged Raleigh search firm Elinvar to assist with the search for a new executive director.

Redmond also says the Network will organize regional meetings to give members a chance to meet Boney.

The Network of Grantmakers, a membership organization that operates under the fiscal oversight of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Community Foundation, is the leading resource and voice for organized philanthropy in the state.

Created in September 2002 to connect and support trustees, staff and advisers of grantmaking organizations, the Network of Grantmakers has over 90 members, including foundations, corporate giving programs and donor-advised funds that make grants to charitable causes in the state.

Boney has spent her career in the fields of journalism, public policy and consulting.

Before working as a reporter and editor at the Philanthropy Journal for nearly eight years, she managed the electric utilities group of KnowledgeBase Marketing in Chapel Hill and was a director in Chapel Hill in the loyalty-marketing division of Young & Rubicam.

She previously had served as deputy policy director for Gov. Jim Hunt and as a reporter and columnist for Fortune Magazine.

Boney received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in business administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Todd Cohen

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