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2014 Community Luncheon
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Noon-1:30 pm
Benton Convention Center

2013 Report to the Community


November 2013

Featured Story
2013 Report to the Community:
Illuminating the Future

WHO IS ILLUMINATING OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE?  Learn more by reviewing our 2013 Report to the Community and 2012 Annual Report, which is full of community impact stories about our donors, grantees, and initiatives. 

Last year the Foundation made more than $20.2 million in charitable grants, 87% of which stayed in North Carolina, and 68% of which remained in Forsyth County.  Over $2.1 million of this total was made in Community Grants to local nonprofits  This report lists all of these Community Grants - you're very likely to see that one of your favorite nonprofits received one last year!  We'd be happy to send you a printed copy - just email your request to lwarren@wsfoundation.org.  We hope you will agree that it reflects the bright philanthropic future that's in store for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County!
Year-End Planning:
IRA Charitable Rollover Reminder

LEGISLATION PASSED IN 2013 temporarily extended the IRA Charitable Rollover through the end of 2013.  During 2013, individuals aged 70½+ may make direct distributions (up to $100,000) from a traditional IRA to nonprofit organizations. While there is no tax deduction, donors can exclude this amount from their gross incomes.

Here at the Foundation, Rollover distributions can be used to establish new funds or add to existing ones, including Scholarship, Designated, Field of Interest, or Unrestricted Funds. They can also support Foundation initiatives, such as the Black Philanthropy Initiative, the Women's Fund, or Youth Grantmakers in Action.  (Note: distributions to Donor-Advised Funds do not qualify for the IRA Charitable Rollover.)  Please contact Annette Lynch or Marisa Ray before year-end if you are interested in any of these IRA distribution options – remember, time is ticking!

Give to the Community Leadership Fund!

Since 1919, the Foundation's role as a civic leader has grown exponentially as we continue to work with the community to address critical issues and opportunities as well as to expand philanthopy in diverse areas.  Gifts to the Community Leadership Fund enable the Foundation to support leadership initiatives that will positively impact the long-term well-being of Winston-Salem and the greater Forsyth County area, thus ensuring that we can continue to provide this valuable leadership in the community.  Make a Gift

The Legacy Society Gathers at Wake Forest Biotech Place 

ON NOVEMBER 5, 240 members of the Foundation's Legacy Society gathered to celebrate a generous legacy of philanthropy with a festive dinner at Wake Forest Biotech Place in downtown Winston-Salem.

Attendees gathered for dinner in the building's striking three-story atrium, a centerpiece of the growing Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.  Mary Bolton and Juan Noyola, speakers representing Community Grant recipient El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services, shared the transformative impact that El Buen Pastor is having on youth such as Juan, on the broader local Latino population, and on bridge-building with the entire community.

Forsyth County Teacher Grant recipient Mary Naber also highlighted her creative poet-in-residence program that she developed and offered to her students in both 2011 and 2013. Given current statewide cuts to education, these teacher grants are providing vital support to local educators, helping them develop unique programming and pursue professional development opportunities that positively impact our students.  In 2013, Forsyth County Teacher Grants supported 23 educators, with grants totaling $21,897.  The 2014 application process will commence in early January 2014. 

Many thanks to all of our Legacy Society members!  For more information on Legacy Society membership, please contact Annette Lynch at alynch@wsfoundation.org.

Black Philanthropy Initiative Hosts October Fundraiser

THE FOUNDATION'S BPI COMMITTEE hosted a fundraising event on October 3, “10 Years Now & Beyond: Celebrating a Legacy of Black Philanthropy,” at the Enterprise Conference and Banquet Center in Winston-Salem.

Over 140 community members learned more about the community impact that the Black Philanthropy Initiative has made since its establishment in late 2000. Attendees viewed a video presentation of the results of past BPI grants, and Dr. Amber Baker, principal of Kimberley Park Elementary School, spoke to the importance of BPI’s grant, which helped fund the school’s News Worthy program. Keynote speaker retired Brigadier General Michael Combest spoke to the sizable influence that individuals and civic organizations can have in supporting important causes in our community.

Over the course of the past five years, BPI has provided over $100,000 in program grants to local nonprofits.   BPI is most grateful to this year’s event sponsors: Reynolds American, Inc., Wells Fargo, and Winston-Salem State University.   Event Photos

October Community Grants Announced

THE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED 27 Community Grants made in October totaling $674,754 that were awarded to organizations for programming benefitting arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and public interest in our community: 
  • Arts-Based Elementary School- $30,000 to support the capital campaign
  • Bethesda Center for the Homeless - $20,000 for a full-time shelter director for a third year
  • Carolina Chamber Symphony Players - $20,000 for a part-time manager
  • Carter G. Woodson School of Challenge - $30,000 to support project SOAR
  • Children's Law Center of Central NC - $29,645 for a development director
  • Creative Corridors Coalition - $10,000 for a public art project at Kennedy campus
  • Crisis Control Ministry - $10,000 to provide emergency assistance to families whose supplemental nutrition benefits have been delayed
  • ECHO Network - $125,000 to foster enriching, trusting, and long-lasting relationships among diverse people
  • Facilities for the Arts on Spruce Foundation - $16,025 to improve handicapped accessibility
  • Family Services - $6,000 for a strategic planning consultant
  • Forsyth County Food System Consortium - $49,572 to support the development of the Forsyth County Community Food System Consortium
  • Forsyth Education Partnership - $27,980 for a part-time manager for the educator warehouse
  • Guiding Institute for Developmental Education - $12,918 for a part-time volunteer coordinator and an administrative assistant
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy - $50,000 to strengthen Latino-led nonprofit organizations through a fourth phase of the NC Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities
  • Lutheran Services Carolinas - $15,000 to assist with moving to a new technology platform
  • NC Victim Assistance Network - $6,368.82 to help crime victims or crime victim service providers attend the annual statewide training conference
  • No Rules Theatre Company - $25,000 for an executive director
  • Piedmont Chamber Singers - $1,600 for an assistant conductor
  • Piedmont Opera - $20,000 for a development director for a second year
  • Twin City Stage - $2,645 for leadership transition costs
  • United Way of Forsyth County - $20,000 to fund the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
  • Winston-Salem Festival Ballet - $10,000 for a part-time marketing assistant for a second year
  • Winston-Salem Police Department - $2,000 to establish a small fund for emergency assistance to victims of crime
  • Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center - $25,000 to support the executive director position for a second year
  • Winston-Salem Symphony - $30,000 to support the Patron Growth initiative
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools - $35,000 to support family engagement positions in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for a second year
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools - $45,000 to support the Parental Engagement through Technology program

Women's Fund Luncheon Celebrates $1 Million in Grantmaking

THE WOMEN'S FUND OF WINSTON-SALEM just celebrated one million dollars in cumulative grantmaking at its annual luncheon on November 12 at the Benton Convention Center.  Over 650 people were in attendance to celebrate the Fund's impact on improving the lives of women and girls in our community. 

This year the Women's Fund awarded almost $154,000 in seven grants to these local nonprofits: Authoring Action, Children's Home Society of NC, Crosby Scholars, Experiment in Self Reliance, Guiding Institute for Developmental Education, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, and the YMCA of Winston-Salem.  The program's keynote speaker was Gail Perry, author of Fired-Up Fundraising: Turning Board Passion into Action.

In other Women's Fund news, Sabrina Slade became the Fund's new director in August 2013.  She previously served as Director of Development and Communications for Horizons Residential Care Center.  A warm welcome to Sabrina!   Event photos

Youth Grantmakers are in Action!

THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR brought with it an enthusiastic new group of Youth Grantmakers in Action!  By the end of the school year, this diverse group of teenagers from 12 different area high schools will have developed grant guidelines, solicited grant proposals, and made grants to a number of youth-led projects in Forsyth County.

YGA members also have great opportunities for fellowship and learning.  In August, the new YGA group participated in a day-long retreat to get to know each other while learning more about philanthropy in our community. They also participated in many teambuilding exercises, as you can see from the photos!  photos from YGA retreat

Members just participated in the 2013 NC Youth Giving Summit in Greensboro where YGA was awarded a trophy as last year's strongest fundraising group!  The November Summit draws youth grantmakers from across the state, and provides leadership, fellowship and networking opportunities.  Congratulations YGA!

Student Aid News
Annual Report Features Woodbine Big Dreams Scholarship

A UNIQUE SCHOLARSHIP that was highlighted in this year's annual report was The Woodbine Agency's Big Dreams Scholarship, which provides support to students who wish to pursue a major in communications, graphic design, journalism, public relations, creative writing, or digital media. Woodbine also offers a summer internship opportunity; scholarship recipient Sarah Rierson, who attends UNC-Chapel Hill, worked there this summer!  Click here to read the annual report story.

Online Applications Open January 1
Student aid debt is a major issue for millions of individuals and families today.  Thanks to many generous donors, in the 2013-2014 school year we were able to help 576 students with more than $1.1 million in student aid for college, including both merit and financial need-based scholarships and low-interest loans.  (Click here to see photos from our July 2013 Student Aid breakfast)

Help us spread the word about the Foundation's Student Aid program!  Send students to our Web site to learn more about the many student aid opportunities that we offer.  Our online application process will open on January 1, and most applications for merit-based scholarships have an April 15 deadline.   Review WSF scholarships and application process

Meet the Foundation's Staff!

Seated (l-r):  Michael Clements, Scott Wierman, Annette Lynch
First Row:  Marisa Ray, Sandra Fishel-Booth, Meridith Whitaker, Lisa Purcell
Second Row:  Kay Dillon, Andrea Hulighan, Christina Perrin-Stewart, Jonathan Halsey, Robin Burr DeVane, Betty Johnson, Leila Warren, Cici Fulton
Third Row:  Edna Barker, Jo Ann Kyslinger, Betty Gray Davis, Mary Jo Morgan, Todd Slate
Fourth Row:  Sabrina Slade, Brittney Gaspari, Dee Smitherman, David Gore

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