The Golden LEAF Board of Directors elected Wade Barber Vice-Chairman at its meeting in Rocky Mount on December 1st. Wade was recognized for his two years of service as Chairman of the Programs Committee during which time the Golden LEAF Foundation awarded 286 grants totaling $119,705,990.17 to a diverse set of projects across the state. Prior to that, Wade chaired the Audit Committee.
Established in 1999, the Golden LEAF Foundation was created to manage one-half of North Carolina’s share of funds from the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies. Golden LEAF supports tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural communities in North Carolina working to transition to more prosperous and stable economies. Golden LEAF’s mission is to promote the social welfare of North Carolina’s citizens and to receive and distribute funds for economic impact assistance to economically affected or tobacco-dependent regions of North Carolina.