Executive Director of The Cannon Foundation
On September 8, 2015, the Board of Directors of The Cannon Foundation selected Venetia Skahen as the next Executive Director of the Foundation.
The Cannon Foundation, Inc. is part of the philanthropic legacy of Charles A. Cannon, industrialist and humanitarian, who was President and Chairman of Cannon Mills Company for more than half a century. The Foundation continues Mr. Cannon’s philanthropy through funding in healthcare, higher education, human services and community.
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Charles A. Cannon established the Charitable Trusts to carry on the works in which he was interested during his lifetime. The Trusts have designated beneficiaries who are the only organizations which may receive grants.
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The Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust was created at the death of Mariam Cannon Hayes. Mrs. Hayes was the eldest daughter of Charles A. Cannon. The Trust has designated beneficiaries which are the only organizations that may be eligible to receive grants. This Trust does not accept unsolicited requests.
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The Cannon Charitable Interests serve organizations across
North Carolina, principally in rural areas, with a special emphasis on our home
area of Cabarrus and adjacent counties.
The Cannon Charitable Interests were created to continue the philanthropy of Charles A. Cannon. The Cannon Charitable Interests include a foundation and three separate charitable trusts. Each has its own guidelines for eligibility.