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 $3,000,000 has been raised for the fund and nonprofits can now apply for grant funding.
Learn how to donate to our COVID-19 community response fund and how nonprofits can apply for adaptation grants.
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.
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.
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.
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