The Foundation was established in 1919 with a donation of $1,000. 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. Learn more about how we celebrated this historic milestone in 2019 and how we’re planning to make significant impact as we enter our second century of service to our community.
We're pleased to announce that $246,352 in merit-based scholarships was recently awarded to 112 local students.
We are fully committed to working with our community to rectify centuries of racial injustice.
Few people knew the philanthropic side of Gordon Pfefferkorn. A simple man, he eschewed spending money on material things and instead gave his resources to empower countless young people in Forsyth County to further their education with scholarships through The Winston-Salem Foundation.
Nestled among 53 acres in Tobaccoville is a place where people of all ages and abilities can achieve wholeness and acceptance. For Laura Pallavicini, it is a magical place. She discovered Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center in 1999 when, fresh out of UNC-Chapel Hill, she moved to Winston-Salem for work.
Richard and Becky Davis believe in education. “To me education is the key to our success,” says Richard, who believes it generates more opportunities for individuals, not only with work, but also with housing, health, longevity and overall quality of life."
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
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