Our purpose, our passion, our commitment
In 1999, the North Carolina legislature created the Golden LEAF Foundation to administer one-half of North Carolina's share of the Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers in accordance with the court consent decree between North Carolina and the manufacturers. A nonprofit organization devoted to the economic well being of North Carolinians, Golden LEAF endeavors to strengthen the state's economy through diverse grantsmaking.
From its inception, Golden LEAF has been committed to using the funds entrusted to it for projects with the most potential for bolstering North Carolina's long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities. Golden LEAF's grantsmaking priority areas include agriculture, job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness. The foundation also supports projects that provide educational opportunities and increase economic vitality. To fulfill our purpose, Golden LEAF makes grants to government entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits. Currently Golden LEAF has funded 1,216 grants, totaling more than $538 million.
The North Carolina Governor, President Pro Tem of the Senate and Speaker of the House appoint Golden LEAF's 15-member board. Since 2000, Golden LEAF has supported communities in need, investing in their futures and helping them flourish. As the foundation continues to fund important projects, it hopes to move North Carolina toward a brighter tomorrow.