Philip Belcher, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

TITLE: Vice President of Programs

FOCUS AREAS: Early childhood development

CONTACT: 828-367-9901, belcher@cfwnc.org

PROFILE:  Philip Belcher has been the vice president of programs at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville since 2012. He previously was the president of the Mary Black Foundation in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Belcher is a grantseeker’s best point of contact for early childhood education opportunities.

An announcement about his hiring shared:

Since March 2000, Philip Belcher has served as President of the Mary Black Foundation, a private foundation working to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Since 2003, the Mary Black Foundation has focused its funding on two priorities, active living and early childhood development. The foundation has expanded its impact in recent years by making below-market mission-related investments in the form of loans to nonprofit and governmental organizations in Spartanburg.
Formerly the Associate Director of the Health Care Division of The Duke Endowment, Belcher is a graduate of Converse College (MFA, Creative Writing), the Duke University School of Law, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Furman University. Prior to joining The Duke Endowment in 1998, he was a partner in the Charlotte law firm of Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein L.L.P., where he concentrated his practice in mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and health care law.
Belcher is an active community volunteer and serves in a variety of leadership positions, including the Boards of Directors of Northside Development Corporation and Grantmakers in Health. He is an Advisory and Contributing Editor for Shenandoah, the Washington and Lee University Review, and is a member of the Academy of American Poets and the National Book Critics Circle.