Cabarrus County Education Foundation
Welcomes first Executive Director!


The Cabarrus County Education Foundation is an initiative dedicated to the support of the Cabarrus County Schools. Its mission is to "foster and nurture educational excellence through focused investment in staff, students and school activities, as well as advocating for and building community support for public education."


The Foundation funds initiatives and activities that are beyond the scope of tax support. These range from staff recognitions and classroom mini-grants to major projects such as helping restore the original Concord High School building at the Glen Center and collaborating with the Cabarrus County Education Leadership Alliance.

In an address to the CCEF Board, Grace Mynatt, chairman, shared her desire to investigate the feasibility of hiring a director. "Over the years I have been lucky to have been involved in several new initiatives and it has been my experience that there comes a time in the evolution of an organization, that a formal management arrangement is crucial. This is that time." Through a series of panel interviews and a final board vote and approval, Rachel Wilkes accepted the position of Cabarrus County Foundation Director.


Growing up in a military household, Rachel thrived on change and adaptability and relished in the added exposure to various cultures and educational experiences. As such, during her postgraduate degree, a great deal of her study concentrated on nonprofit enterprises-the creation of and ways in which already established 501c3s can become more self-sustainable and innovative. A new and effective solution for these nonprofits is in community partnerships and entrepreneurial leadership. Rachel sees the Cabarrus County Education Foundation being such an organization.


"I carry a deep passion for education and nonprofit management and welcome the opportunity to lead in this capacity." Please come visit and share in our vision!




Cabarrus County Education Foundation
4401 Old Airport Road
PO Box 388
Concord, NC 28026-0388