Increasing Economic Opportunity In
North Carolina

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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Hurricane Matthew Recovery funds help Bladen County weather Hurricane Florence

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Early Support for Yadkin Valley Wine Region

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Modernizing North Carolina’s Workforce with Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

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Partnership with Western Carolina University Provides Greater Access to Healthcare in Rural Counties

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Historic Investment to Expand Broadband to Rural Communities: The Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative

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$10 Million Grant to Vidant Health Cancer Center to Serve Rural Communities

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Robeson County Schools Receive Funding to Rebuild after Hurricane Destruction

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Golden LEAF Provided Critical and Early Support to Grow North Carolina’s Aerospace Industry

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Golden LEAF Scholar – Brandon Ruppe

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Support for North American Headquarters move to Rutherford County

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Critical Training Support for Western NC Aviation Industry Expansion

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Helping a Community Function Again after Facing Historic Flooding

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Rebuilding the Fair Bluff Fire Station

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Hyde County Schools Technology Upgrade with Help from a Golden LEAF Scholar

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Robeson County Investments Support new Agriculture Jobs

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Major Site Initiative Funding Draws Global Company to Kingsboro Industrial Park

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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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64,108
Jobs Created
$656,380,543
In New Payroll
77,283
Workers trained across N.C.

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