Holly Welch Stubbing


Holly Welch Stubbing brings over 25 years of experience in philanthropy, endowment investing and global disaster relief to her role as President and CEO of E4E Relief. She sets the vision and strategy for our leadership team to create relief programs that provide both financial relief and breathing room to those who need it most. A nationally recognized leader in charitable tax matters, she has served on trade association boards and key public policy committees representing nonprofits and philanthropy on Capitol Hill and across the state of North Carolina.

Prior to her current role, Holly worked for our parent organization, Foundation For The Carolinas. Holly led advancement, investments and legal affairs and, together with her team, grew the organization from $180 million to nearly $4 billion in assets.

Her strategic, determined leadership style is not only invaluable to our organization, but to her family as well. Holly prioritizes quarterly cooking and culture nights, where the whole family learns about a new country by preparing a culturally-inspired meal together.

When she's with her family or in the office, Holly is applying her knowledge and expertise to achieve maximum impact across her community. Holly serves on the Merrill Lynch Bledsoe/Cathcart Group Advisory Council and the Seymour Legacy Trust Board of Trustees, as well as nonprofit boards for Wake Forest University Charlotte, Trinity Episcopal School and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library Foundation. She is also the Co-Chair of the library's Common Spark Campaign to build a new main library in downtown Charlotte.

These experiences (paired with dark coffee in any form) fuel her approach to managing employee relief funds for our global clientele and nurturing a healthy, growing work culture.

Education & Notable Achievements

Holly holds a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and a B.A. in speech communications and international studies from Wake Forest University. She is a member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Bar Associations and has been recognized throughout her career:

  • Recipient of Charlotte Business Journal's Women in Business Award and 40 Under 40 Distinctions
  • One of Mecklenburg Times' 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte
  • Honored by KPMG/CREW as Athena Woman of Service
  • Charlotte AFP's Fundraiser of the Year
  • Fellow of the German Marshall Fund

Words to live by

"The great creators - the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors - stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won." - Ayn Rand

Most impactful experience

"While there are thousands of stories now of relief that touch our hearts - I was really moved by our visit to Napa, California, where we were able to meet with wildfire victims from our Napa Relief Program. The relief program provided millions in aid to workers who lost everything they had in the wildfires. Grantees talked with us about how important the funds were to allow them to rebuild their lives. This is where we really began to understand our important role as the Financial  First Responder in terms of financial support for families."

Point of pride

"My proudest moments are when colleagues I work with achieve milestones or promotions in their careers. Another source of pride came for me when I was asked to lead E4E Relief after years of helping the organization grow to the point of being able to spin it out from our parent organization, Foundation For The Carolinas."