The Foundation was established in 1919 with a donation of $1,000 from Colonel Francis Fries. Over these one hundred years, thousands of individuals and organizations have partnered with us to improve the quality of life in Winston-Salem, its surrounding areas, and beyond.
More than 1,300 community members joined us on December 5 to hear from New York Times columnist David Brooks as he shared his thoughts on how to strengthen connections and our community in a fragmented world. After his keynote, Brooks was joined on stage for more conversation with Dr. Elwood Robinson, chancellor of Winston-Salem State University.
We are pleased to announce a centennial gift to the community to commemorate the Foundation’s establishment 100 years ago in 1919.
We are pleased to announce 12 grants totaling $16,473.72 to support educators and administrators in Mount Airy City Schools.
Every summer, friends and family of Jonathan Skinner gather at Winston Lake Golf Course to raise money for a worthy cause: college scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Forsyth County.
Forty years ago, Woody Clinard made a bold decision. He sold family land and established the D. Elwood Clinard Charitable Trust at the Foundation in memory of his father.
Jamie Rogers Southern remembers when Bookmarks’ independent bookstore was a mere “pie-in-the-sky idea” that surfaced during a strategic planning session. Today Bookmarks is a vibrant place in downtown Winston-Salem where patrons of all ages can experience the joy of reading in a space designed just for them.
Learn more about how and why the Foundation is applying a racial equity lens to its work in the community—as well as inside its own walls.
Read about our Commitment to Racial Equity
Learn how the Foundation is evolving to meet our community’s needs through our Focus Areas.
Read about our Focus Areas for Community Investment
The Black Philanthropy Initiative educates people to utilize their philanthropic strengths of time, talent, and treasure to impact meaningful change and address identified needs in the black community.
Read about Black Philanthropy Initiative
The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem is a diverse group of hundreds of women and girls seeking to create social change through the power of collective giving, grantmaking, and advocacy.
Learn more about The Women’s Fund