Meet the Raleigh Team

Alanna Linden was the first staff person hired at Raleigh NCF in June of 2005.  In her role as President, Alanna leads the strategic vision and growth of the Raleigh office and works with giving champions to spread the message of strategic giving. Under her leadership the Raleigh office has grown from serving 40 to 538 Giving Funds and facilitated over $65 million in grants to charities serving around the world. Alanna and her husband, John, are passionate about seeking justice in our broken world have been involved with IJM, First ChoiceNeighbor 2 Neighbor, and Raleigh Rescue Mission. She currently serves on the NCF National Steering Committee and locally on the board of Journeymates. Two books that have inspired her work and faith are “Decision Making and the Will of God” by Garry Friesan and “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. The scripture that has most captured her passion around giving is Matthew 6:21 -For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Favorite part of NCF: “Seeing the ‘aha moment’ when a passionate giver realizes there are new ways NCF can help them give strategically to free up even more for giving.”

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Richard Newton started in 2013 as a consultant to NCF Raleigh and came on staff in 2014 as our Senior Gift Advisor.  Richard chose to work with NCF to use his 30 years trust advisory experience to help people consider and plan giving strategies to reach their charitable goals and, even more importantly, to deepen a family’s relationship with Jesus Christ.  Richard has been married to Elaine for almost 30 years and has two daughters, Liz and Emily. He attends and serves at Providence Baptist Church and is passionate about the role of the local church as God intended. When not with his family or church family, Richard can be found putting miles on his road bike. His favorite book is "Life on Mission" by Dustin Wilis and Aaron Coe. The verse that inspires Richard to think about everything in the right way, is Colossians 3:12 - Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience..”

Favorite Part of NCF: “The commitment to serving people that shows in how the staff cares about each other all the way to how we care about each detail in serving our givers.”

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Natalie Taylor started with NCF in September 2007 and is the key to our vital role in facilitating giving.  As Director of Giver Services, she is the “go-to” person for all stock and mutual fund gifts, grants to charities, new giver orientation and takes care of all the needs of our fundholders. Outside of NCF, Natalie and her family, husband Darrell and kids Ian and Emma, attend Church of the Apostles and are involved at Iron Academy, True Daughters, Justice Matters and Neighbor 2 Neighbor. Natalie is also an accomplished athlete having completed in 10 half-marathons, 7 marathons and one 50k race. Favorite books that impacted her Christian walk are "When Helping Hurts" by Brian Fikkert and "Counterfeit Gods" and "The Reason for God" by Tim Keller. The verse that her family is trying to live out in 2015 is Micah 6:8 – ”And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Favorite part of NCF: “I love working with our givers, supporting and encouraging them to allow giving to be easy and fun!”

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Katelyn Blalock joined NCF in November 2013 as Administrative Assistant to manage the office, process all cash contributions and schedule all meetings and events for the office. Katey and her husband Hank moved to Raleigh in 2013 and quickly got involved at The Summit Church. In addition to her work at NCF, Katey is a gifted artist, volunteers in youth ministry and supports her favorite charity, Compassion International. Her favorite book is "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldridge and the Bible verse that speaks to her on generosity is Acts 20:35 - In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Favorite Part of NCF: “My favorite part about working at NCF to so be a part of an amazing team and set of givers who are equally as Kingdom-minded. It is an inspiring place to work!”

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Denise Hensarling joined NCF in August 2015 as Administrative Assistant. Denise works part-time in the office and helps keep things running smoothly. Denise and her husband, JD, have called Raleigh home for over 10 years. They are actively involved with Southbridge Fellowship as well as their children’s school, Trinity Academy of Raleigh. Denise is an avid reader and loves books that encourage her to go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ. One of her favorite books is Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler. A verse that inspires her and JD to be faithful in their giving is Malachi 3:10: Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Favorite Part of NCF: “My favorite part of NCF is seeing first-hand the great generosity of beleivers in our area and it is exciting to be a part of it! 

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