Philanthropy North Carolina

Todd Cohen created Philanthropy North Carolina in May 2012 to provide writing, communications support and advisory services to nonprofits, foundations and higher education, and to consulting firms and other businesses that work with charities and philanthropic organizations.

Education and news career

Todd is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English, and the New England School of Law in Boston.

He served as editor of The Daily Tar Heel at UNC-CH and worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and North Carolina before working for 12 years as a reporter and business editor for The News & Observer in Raleigh.

He has reported on local and state government and politics; education; business; and the charitable world.

Philanthropy reporting

In 1991, as business editor at The News & Observer, Todd began writing a weekly column on nonprofits and philanthropy. And in 1993, he started the Philanthropy Journal, the first statewide newspaper in the U.S. to report on the charitable world. He served through April 2012 as its editor and publisher.

For many years, Todd wrote a local philanthropy column for Charlotte Business Journal, The Business Journal in Greensboro, and Triangle Business Journal.

He was a long-time contributor to The NonProfit Times and was a philanthropy stringer for The New York Times.

He has written numerous op-ed columns on philanthropy for The News & Observer and wrote the “Givers” column for Walter, a city magazine it publishes.



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