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The stature of man is not measured by what he gets, but by what he gives
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mayor Phil Van Every
May 18, 1954: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mayor Phil Van Every celebrate Freedom Day in Freedom Park.

Founded in 1961, the Philip L. Van Every Foundation enriches the lives of North and South Carolinians through its generous support of worthy non-profit organizations working to strengthen their communities. As the former president/chief executive officer of Lance, Inc., and Mayor of Charlotte, Mr. Van Every understood the importance of a quality education, proper healthcare, rehabilitation, community service and the cultural arts. His passion for these causes and desire to provide financial support to organizations addressing these issues inspired him to create the foundation which bears his name. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina and dual resident of coastal South Carolina, Mr. Van Every cared deeply about the communities in which he lived and worked. To date, countless Carolinians have benefited from the more than $47 million investment made by the Philip L. Van Every Foundation in North and South Carolina communities.

The Van Every Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that work to fulfill the legacy of Philip L. Van Every, a successful entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist.

In 2012, Mr. Van Every’s ongoing contributions to the region were honored with a permanent display of his likeness located in “Legacy Hall” at the Luski-Gorelick Center for Philanthropy in Charlotte, NC.






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