From Coxe to Cox: Nancy Rigby to become vice president of Cox Foundations

By Maria Saporta

Veteran Atlanta fundraiser Nancy Rigby has been named vice president of Cox Foundations. She will join Cox on Feb. 15 reporting directly to Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises.

Rigby has been serving as vice president and campaign director at Coxe Curry & Associates, Atlanta’s leading fundraising consulting firm, where she counseled organizations on strategic direction for fundraising, leadership and organizational sustainability.

During her tenure at Coxe Curry, Rigby worked with several non-profit organizations helping facilitate or direct their campaigns.

They included: the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, Grady Health System, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Police Foundation, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Morehouse College, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, PATH Foundation, Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center.

Rigby worked closely with Kennedy on both the PATH Foundation and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, organizations that he has been a strong financial backer.

“Nancy is well-known for her ability to create lasting impact with nonprofits,” Kennedy said in a statement. “She has extensive experience, which aligns perfectly with organizations and focus areas that matter to our company and its associated entities. Cox prides itself on being a good corporate citizen, and I know Nancy will help us continue to make a difference in the communities we serve.”

Kennedy went on to talk about their philanthropic partnership.

“I’ve personally known Nancy for many years and we’ve worked together on every capital campaign for the PATH Foundation and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership,” Kennedy said. “She is the ideal person for this role.”

Rigby, a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, also has been involved with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta Rotary, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Parents Council and the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

“This is an amazing opportunity to work for Cox Enterprises and the Cox family as they expand their philanthropic efforts,” Rigby said in a statement. “Cox has long been known as a generous, caring company steered by the Cox family, who is committed to empowering and strengthening communities. I am honored to serve in this role.”

Cox Enterprises is a leading privately-held, Atlanta-based communications, media and automotive services company with revenues of nearly $15 billion and more than 50,000 employees.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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