Our purpose is to strengthen the capacity of EarthShare North Carolina’s 70+ Member nonprofits to preserve and enhance the natural environment.

EarthShare NC was founded in 1991 by a group of nonprofits with the goal of connecting more people and resources to the conservation movement. We do this by partnering with employers to do workplace giving and employee engagement programs.

For more about the causes that bring us to work each day, see our impact.

Our Commitment to Diversity:
EarthShare NC is committed to representing our state’s diverse population in pursuit of our mission. Full engagement of minority communities is essential to not only the strengthening and preservation of the conservation movement, but to also ensuring that minority communities across NC have a more direct say in the state’s land and water future.

EarthShare NC Member Nonprofits

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Contact Us

  • EarthShare North Carolina
  • Phone: 919-687-4840
  • Email: info@earthsharenc.org
  • Mail: PO Box 196 Durham, NC 27702
  • Street: 331 W. Main Street, Suite 505, Durham NC 27701
  • EIN: 56-1775025
  • SECC Code: 1100
  • CFC Code: 15322
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EarthShare NC Staff

Heather Beard

Executive Director


Heather was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina.  She earned a B.A. in Business Administration at Meredith College and an M.A. in Environmental Policy at Tufts University.  Heather worked with Neuse River Foundation to establish the first Upper Neuse River Foundation program.  She came to EarthShare North Carolina in 2001 and has served as Executive Director since 2006.  Outside of work, Heather spends her time backpacking in the NC and VA mountains, cooking, and silversmithing.

Brian Nealon

Operations Director


Originally from New York City, Brian came to NC via Boston. After graduating college, he opened his own used and rare bookstore and has been involved in entrepreneurial pursuits and operational management ever since.  He has a breadth of experience in operations, having built long term sustainable systems and infrastructure for multiple organizations resulting in strong organizational growth and stability. When he’s not at EarthShare NC you may find him around town with his three daughters.

Laura Marie Davis

Outreach & Engagement Associate


Raised near Cincinnati, Laura Marie earned a B.S. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University. She went on to serve with AmeriCorps, leading environmental education programs and assisting with parks management in rural Ohio. She came to North Carolina to earn her Master of Environmental Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Her graduate work focused on communications and community engagement. In her spare time Laura Marie enjoys weekend camping trips and folk music festivals.

Board of Directors

  • Dayatra (Day) T. Matthews
    Local Government Federal Credit Union
    Raleigh, NC
  • Anne Claire Broughton
    Principal, Broughton Consulting, LLC
    Durham, NC
  • Kelly Bodie
    North Carolina Coastal Federation
    Newport, NC
  • Emily Egge
    Independent Consultant
    Durham, NC
  • Leroy Fields
    Wells Fargo Bank
    Charlotte, NC
  • Grace Lekson
    Sound Rivers
    Washington, NC
  • Joe Morris
    Conservation Trust for North Carolina
    Salisbury, NC
  • Neelesh Patel
    Vice President, Net Friends, Inc
    Durham, NC
  • Jaci Ponzoni
    Piedmont Land Conservancy
    Greensboro, NC
  • Jane Preyer
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Chapel Hill, NC
  • Karen Sina
    Accounting & Administrative Services
    Raleigh, NC
  • Ivan Urlaub
    NC Sustainable Energy Association
    Raleigh, NC
  • Jim Warren
    Carolina Raptor Center
    Durham, NC

Thank you to all our volunteers and interns. Our work would not be possible without you.
For information on how you can be involved, email info@earthsharenc.org or call 919-687-4840

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