Focus Areas

Beginning in 2019, the Foundation will direct more than half of its discretionary resources annually in two main focus areas through both proactive and responsive grantmaking:

Advancing Equity in Education
Data shows that in our diverse community, significant disparities persist for many of our students. The Foundation will support efforts to create more equitable education outcomes.

Building an Inclusive Economy
Data shows that many Forsyth County residents cannot meet the basic expenses needed to support their families, and certain geographic areas lack many forms of investment. The Foundation will support efforts that create more equitable and inclusive pathways for people and places to fully participate in economic opportunities.


The Foundation is engaging in conversations and listening throughout 2018 in order to develop more specific funding priorities and strategies within these two focus areas. Recognizing that the Foundation is not the community expert in specific program areas, staff will seek opportunities to build deeper relationships in these areas in order to inform future grantmaking. Our funding priorities and strategies within the focus areas will evolve over time as we continue to engage in learning with community members.


The Foundation will not have responsive deadlines in the focus areas during 2018 in order to honor previous multi-year grant commitments.


More information about funding priorities and the application process will be available in the fall of 2018.


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