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.

Read our statement of solidarity with the Black community and our Racial Equity and Inclusion statement here.

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 304, 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 the 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 from 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.

Rachel Schipull

Outreach & Engagement Director


A Midwesterner at heart, Rachel was raised in the Chicagoland area and received a B.A in English from a small private University in Southwestern Michigan. She went on to pursue a master’s degree at The University of Toledo in Higher Education. Her experiences since then have been varied, including time in higher education administration, business management, sustainability management, and urban agriculture. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading many, many books, and experimenting with new home pickling projects.

Laura Baker

State Employee Combined Campaign Director

laurabaker@ncsecc.org / laura@earthsharenc.org

Raised in a small town in rural Iowa, Laura’s early passions included animals, music, time on her grandparents’ farm, and reading. After high school, Laura joined the US Marine Corps to serve our country, while getting her college education. After the Marines, she found her way to the nonprofit world where she discovered her passion for helping others. Eventually, she landed in North Carolina where she began to work for the State Employees Combined Campaign in 2005, connecting charities to state employees. Laura & her son Marcus have called Raleigh home for 15 years now. She still enjoys playing the piano, reading, and working in her small garden, but when the opportunity strikes, she loves to travel, exploring historical sites near and far.  She is looking forward to growing the new partnership with EarthShare NC while also enhancing the State Employees Combined Campaign.

Board of Directors

  • Dayatra (Day) T. Matthews Local Government Federal Credit Union – Raleigh, NC
  • Kelly Bodie North Carolina Coastal Federation – Newport, NC
  • Emily Egge Independent Consultant – Durham, NC
  • Evette Pettus PRA Health Sciences – Raleigh, NC
  • Leroy Fields Wells Fargo Bank – Charlotte, NC
  • Lance Hardin, Friends of North Carolina State Parks – Raleigh, NC
  • Grace Lekson Sound Rivers – Washington, NC
  • Joe Morris Conservation Trust for North Carolina – Salisbury, NC
  • Vicki Lee Parker, North Carolina Business Council – Raleigh, NC
  • Jaci Ponzoni Piedmont Land Conservancy – Greensboro, NC
  • Jane Preyer Environmental Defense Fund – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Ivan Urlaub NC Sustainable Energy Association – Raleigh, NC
  • Jim Warren Carolina Raptor Center – Huntersville, 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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