Patricia Zoder has joined Foundation For The Carolinas as Executive Director of Crossroads Charlotte, a long-range public engagement initiative designed to transform Charlotte's civic landscape and increase social capital. In this newly created position, Zoder will conduct project oversight, implement a strategic communications plan and oversee the development of evaluation and assessment tools for Crossroads Charlotte.
The position is underwritten in part with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Crossroads Charlotte was created in 2004 to improve access, equity and inclusion among Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents. The initiative encourages participants to examine four plausible scenarios for Charlotte's future and craft steps that steer the community toward positive outcomes. Managed by Foundation For The Carolinas, Crossroads Charlotte receives key programmatic support from Community Building Initiative, Russ Communications and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.
A recent grant from the Knight Foundation has given Crossroads Charlotte the opportunity to expand its reach. New strategies for community engagement are under development and additional organizations will be able to participate. Currently, more than 30 organizations are engaged in the process including Bank of America, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Microsoft, YMCA of Greater Charlotte and Wachovia.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Zoder served as Vice President of Annual Fund Drive for Arts & Science Council. She also served as Associate Vice President of Development and Director of Annual Fund Drive during her eight-year tenure at Arts & Science Council. Zoder holds an MBA and BA from Wake Forest University. She is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte and Foundation For The Carolinas' Impact Fund for Emerging Philanthropists.
About Foundation For The Carolinas
Foundation For The Carolinas is a nonprofit community foundation serving donors and a broad range of charitable purposes in North and South Carolina. In its role as a civic leader, the Foundation addresses community challenges and designs initiatives that bring together diverse groups around critical problems and issues. For more information, visit Foundation For The Carolinas.
About Crossroads Charlotte
The Crossroads Charlotte initiative was created in response to a 2001 Social Capital Benchmark Survey that revealed Charlotte ranked 39th out of 40 communities on interracial trust. The initiative provides tools and paths for citizens to connect with each other as they respond to four plausible stories about the community's future. Visit Crossroads Charlotte.
Contact: Brian Collier, Senior Vice of Community Philanthropy, Foundation For The Carolinas, 704.973.4556 or by email.