Increasing Economic Opportunity In
North Carolina

Information now available: Community-Based Grants Initiative in the Western Prosperity Zone

A Welcome From Golden LEAF

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding received from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

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Our Priority Areas

Where We Make an Impact

How Can We Help You

Move the Economic Needle in Your Community

Discover Our Success Stories

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East Carolina University program responds to regional entrepreneurial needs

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New cooler space improves access to local foods

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Fair Bluff Fire Department receives disaster recovery funds

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Nash Community College offers pipeline to advanced manufacturing careers

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Collaboration creates workforce solutions in high-demand trades

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Golden LEAF Foundation Holds Agriculture Roundtable at UMO Student Farm

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Wilkes County farmers increase profits thanks to innovative programs

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Catawba Valley Community College Furniture Academy provides short-term training programs for furniture manufacturing industry

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Golden LEAF supports entrepreneurship in the Sandhills

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Halifax Community College uses innovation to help nursing students succeed during pandemic

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Harnett County Schools Advanced Manufacturing, Health Sciences academies grow despite hurricane, pandemic

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Blue Ridge Community College simulation lab helps to increase frontline workforce

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Rockingham County announces new manufacturer, 403 jobs

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Guilford County apprenticeship program recruits students into manufacturing jobs

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Western NC gains new jobs, increased healthcare capacity, expanded services despite pandemic

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Telepsychiatry program in Eastern NC helps with transition to telehealth during pandemic

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Golden LEAF, partner organizations cut ribbon on NC Food Innovation Lab

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Next Generation Career Academy connecting Surry County high school students to local industry careers

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Our Impact

Since its inception in 1999, Golden LEAF has provided lasting impact to tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural areas of the state helping build both human and physical infrastructure.

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65,318
Jobs Created
$695,583,305
In New Payroll
85,849
Workers trained across N.C.

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