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Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark Accepts New Position in Colorado

The Trust's Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark announced that she has accepted a position with The Colorado Health Foundation. At the Trust, Jehan has been instrumental in launching and guiding Healthy Places NC, the Trust's $100 million initiative to improve rural health in 10 to 12 financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties. Specifically, Jehan oversees Healthy Places NC work in Halifax, Rockingham, Edgecombe and Nash counties.

Trust in the Spotlight

ABFE President Susan Taylor Batten and Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark. Benton-Clark was named ABFE’s ‘Emerging Leader in Philanthropy.'

It’s an exciting time at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, as our Great Expectations work in Forsyth County moves forward and ongoing efforts to invest in communities in a thoughtful, sustainable way grow. Here are just a few of the recent and upcoming opportunities to share our work and celebrate our staff members.

Community Colleges Aim to Spur Better Health

On a cold Friday afternoon in February, a group of students, faculty and staff members gathered in a warm teaching dining room on the campus of Nash Community College in Rocky Mount to break bread together -- and learn how to bake it.

As part of the school's effort to stimulate healthier living in the rural community, a culinary teaching chef showed the group how a few simple substitutions in ingredients could turn an ordinary loaf into something much healthier and tastier.

Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark Wins “Emerging Leader in Philanthropy” Award

Congratulations to Trust Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark who was recently named ABFE’s Emerging Leader in Philanthropy. Jehan is being recognized for her outstanding work and leadership to bridge divides and work closely with communities throughout North Carolina to improve health. ABFE, a philanthropic partnership for black communities, announced the award on February 11 and will present the award to Jehan at their annual conference in Baltimore in April.

Build a Playground with KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing active play into the daily lives of all kids. On a local level, KaBOOM! will be working closely with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, with support from United Way of Forsyth County, to find sites in Forsyth County in need of a great place to play. Ultimately, two sites will be selected to engage in an 8 to 10 week planning process that will end with the creation of a brand new playspace for the children in each of the communities.

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