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Planned Parenthood

Central North Carolina

Our History

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, Inc. (PPCNC), an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was founded in 1982 by a group of five retired women who were committed to the Planned Parenthood mission.

Our CEO, Janet Colm, has been with the affiliate since it was founded. Our first health center, in Hillsborough, N.C., opened in 1983 and moved to Chapel Hill in 1984. In 1991 we expanded medical services into neighboring Durham County. In 1998, we completed a successful $2 million capital campaign, built a state of the art facility in Chapel Hill and began providing first trimester abortion services. In 2000 we significantly expanded our focus on advocacy by forming the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a separately incorporated 501(c)4 organization that lobbies and engages in electoral work.

Our national organization approved our request to expand our service area into 23 additional counties in central NC in 2002. As a first step towards serving these counties, we opened an education and advocacy office in Cumberland County in the fall of 2003.

We kicked off the Opening Doors, Changing Lives campaign in 2005. Our goal was to raise $5.8 million to support expansion of all our services. In addition to opening our third health center, in Fayetteville, the campaign provided funds to help us move into a new Durham facility and to increase our education programming. And, it provided a major investment - $1 million " to support our advocacy program.

In 2007, we created a video to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, go here to watch. We completed the Opening Doors, Changing Lives campaignand opened our health center in Fayetteville in 2009.

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Our History