Mac Bennett Appointed as Trustee
AMHERST, OH – June 19, 2010 – John Mullaney, Executive Director of the Nord Family Foundation announced today the appointment of James McCauley (Mac) Bennett, as Trustee of the Nord Family Foundation. The Foundation is very pleased to have found a person whose background and experience so closely compliments the Foundation’s mission. Since March 2005, Mac Bennett has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of the Midlands in Columbus, South Carolina.
Prior to that time he served as Executive Director of the Central Carolina Community Foundation in Columbia for 14 years. From 1980 to 1991, Bennett held a variety of positions with the University of South Carolina, including Executive Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff of the Byrnes International Center and Assistant Vice President for Administration. Bennett is founding director the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) and served as the first chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. Throughout his career, Bennett has been instrumental in efforts to improve training and education for people working in the nonprofit sector. He has served on the SC Department of Revenue’s Exempt Organizations Advisory Committee and currently serves on the SC Secretary of State’s Exempt
Organizations Advisory Board. Bennett has served on a variety of nonprofit boards during his career. He currently serves on the Board of Directors Richland School District Two Foundation, SCANPO and the S.C. Philharmonic Advisory Board. Bennett also serves on the Knight Foundation’s Community
Advisory Committee for Columbia. Bennett is active with his church as a Sunday School teacher and officer.
Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from the University of South Carolina. He is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals. He is married to Leslie Woods Bennett, and they two children, Evans and McCauley, both recent graduates of Clemson University.
The Nord Family Foundation is a successor to the charitable trust originally established by Walter G. Nord in 1952. The predecessor organization contributed more than $12 million to a variety of charitable causes between 1953 and 1988, primarily in Lorain County, Ohio. The Nord Family Foundation has contributed more than $78 million to nonprofit organizations in northern Ohio and selected geographic areas of family interest. The Foundation’s major areas of focus over the last several years have been those projects endeavoring to strengthen families and strengthen the public service.