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Director of Development and Communications
IFC’s mission is to confront the causes and respond to the effects of poverty in our community. In Orange County, NC we are: the largest non-profit provider of social safety net services; the only place to get a free hot meal; and the only provider of shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Services include shelter and housing support, food security programs, emergency financial assistance, as well as voting, advocacy, leadership development, and social justice programs. IFC employs 55 full and part-time staff members who collectively work 365 days a year – including during the entire pandemic. A substantial network of volunteers and donors - including faith communities, schools, local businesses and nonprofits, government entities, foundations, and others supports our community with their time, talents, and financial resources.
IFC was founded in 1963 when seven local women galvanized community resources to alleviate poverty. IFC is known to some by its original name, Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. This name reflects that fact that our founders represented several local faith communities, but our organization holds no religious affiliation. Our revenue reflects this grassroots foundation, and an enduring supportive relationship with the community. We are dependent upon private donations for 75% of our income. In January 2021 we opened a brand new 16,000+ square foot building, IFC Commons in Carrboro, funded entirely by private donations totaling $6 million. In July 2021, IFC was awarded the Community Impact Award by the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro for our collaborative work housing people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.
In addition to being an organization that provides food, shelter, and financial assistance, IFC is an accessible and dignified hub of community life - a safe space for all to share information, enjoy social connection, and elevate all voices of our community.