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Celebrating a Centennial

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.

Historical Timeline
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2019 Centennial Community Luncheon
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Better Communities and Better Lives: A Conversation with David Brooks

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.

stories of impact

From Loss to Legacy

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.

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Creating Positive Change

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.

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Where the Magic of Books Begins

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.

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Our commitment to racial equity

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

Our focus areas for community investment

Learn how the Foundation is evolving to meet our community’s needs through our Focus Areas.

Read about our Focus Areas