2014 Student Aid Breakfast

WFU Bridger Field House
Wednesday, July 30

2014 Legacy Society Dinner

Wake Forest Biotech Place
Tuesday, November 11

2013 Report to the Community


June 2014

May 7 Community Luncheon
Keynote Assesses the Health and Sustainability
of our Community
THE FOUNDATION WELCOMED over 1,000 community members to the 2014 Community Luncheon on May 7 at the Benton Convention Center.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jim Johnson is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School.  His presentation, "Creating Healthy and Sustainable Communities in an Era of Economic Uncertainty," included information on both the negative impact of Urbanism policies in the 20th century as well as the challenges involved in creating healthy, viable, and sustainable communities in the 21st century.   Dr. Johnson then provided a "Window on Winston-Salem and Forsyth County," with a 2,000-foot view of our strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities.  We have had great interest from the community to review Dr. Johnson's messaging - his remarks are well worth reviewing and sharing with others.

Watch Dr. Johnson's keynote address (36 min.)
Review his Powerpoint presentation

Many thanks to our generous sponsors - their support allowed us to provide greater community access to the Luncheon.  A special thank you to Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem, Reynolds American, and Wells Fargo for their sponsorships at the Community Investor level!
Luncheon photos

The Winston-Salem Foundation Award

CLAUDETTE B. WESTON was presented with the 2014 Winston-Salem Foundation Award at the May Community Luncheon.  Claudette's involvement as a community volunteer goes back for years, with deep service to many diverse nonprofit organizations.  This award honored her recent work in helping at-risk children, a very vulnerable population in our community. Claudette has served on the boards of Youth Opportunities and the Forsyth County Department of Social Services, and she was also heavily involved in the early formation of the Youth in Transition Community Initiative, which brought together agencies, nonprofits, and local and national organizations to address the needs of adolescents transitioning out of foster care.

With this very well-deserved recognition comes a $10,000 Foundation grant which Claudette has designated locally to Youth Opportunities and to the Joel A. Weston Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management.  Congratulations Claudette!

2014 ECHO Awards

THE 2014 ECHO AWARDS sponsored jointly by the Foundation and by the ECHO Network are presented to individuals and groups who are actively building social capital - one of the Foundation's key initiatives.  Congratulations to our 2014 recipients Interfaith Winston-Salem, Fr. Steve Rice and Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of A Priest and a Rabbi, Tyler Davis Sparks of Sustainable+Ardmore, and the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance!  Each ECHO Award recipient received a $1,000 grant to make to the nonprofit of their choice.

More information on the Winston-Salem Foundation Award and ECHO Award recipients

Our $150 Grant Winners are...
CONGRATULATIONS to Scott Templeton and Kathleen Wheeless, each recipients of a $150 grant to direct to a nonprofit.  Scott, whose name was pulled from entries at the Community Luncheon, directed his grant to the Forsyth Backpack Program.  Kathleen, our Facebook drawing recipient, directed her grant to The Clan Graham Society.  Congratulations to Scott, Kathleen, and to the grant recipient organizations!


MUCH PROGRESS IS being made on the interior and exterior construction of our new home at 751 West Fourth Street as we approach the early September relocation of our offices!  This week, staff from the ECHO Network and HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, who will be joining Foundation staff in the new space, took a hardhat tour of the worksite.  To view photos of the work-in-progress, click here.

The new location will offer more efficient office space, expanded parking access, increased availability of community meeting spaces in the Burress Family Center for Philanthropy, and greater visibility - all supporting our mission of investing in our community and making philanthropy and its benefits available to all.  We are all very excited about building even more community in this new facility!

Student Aid News
Scholarship Recipients Announced at Awards Days


IN LATE MAY, Foundation staff were busy attending numerous local high school Awards Days to present scholarship awards to the many remarkable students of the Class of 2014.  To view a list of Foundation merit scholarship recipients to-date, click here.  Congratulations to the Class of 2014 - we know you're headed in exciting directions!

Please note: while the merit-based scholarship process is complete for 2014, the financial need-based scholarship process is open until August 15, and priority is given to earlier applications.

May Community Grants Support Local Programs

THE FOUNDATION MADE 19 Community Grants in May totaling $628,070 that were awarded to organizations in the following program areas: arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, public interest and recreation.   Congratulations to these May grantees!
  • Brain Injury Association of NC - $14,000 to establish the Brain Injury Resource Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Building Educated Leaders for Life - $50,000 to support the summer learning program
  • Forsyth Futures - $75,000 to collect and leverage community information in order to enhance the quality of life for Forsyth County residents
  • LAMB Foundation of NC - $5,000 to provide funds to redistribute to Forsyth County organizations working with individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Living Well-Rural Hall Center for Lifelong Learning - $12,000 for an executive director for a second year
  • NC Center for Voter Education - $14,500 to distribute a Forsyth County voter guide and to encourage civic engagement
  • NC Cooperative Extension Service, Forsyth County - $4,000 to build social capital by expanding community gardens in Forsyth County
  • NC Cooperative Extension Service, Forsyth County - $5,000 to continue funding the restoration of the Arboretum at Tanglewood
  • Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods - $70,000 to support the development of community assets in neighborhoods
  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art - $75,000 for the capital campaign
  • Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center - $25,000 for a part-time development director
  • Salem Band - $2,370 to support a properties manager for a second year
  • Samaritan Ministries - $12,000 to update the Web site
  • SciWorks - $38,600 for a development director for a second year
  • The Forsyth Promise - $50,000 to support the Forsyth County Cradle to Career partnership
  • UMAR/Western NC - $10,000 for technology upgrades
  • Wake Forest University Health Sciences - $25,600 for a bilingual Hispanic Clinical Trial Navigator at the Comprehensive Cancer 
  • W-S Community Development Support Collaborative - $125,000 to help support a pool of funds to support operating costs and technical assistance for community development corporations
  • Youth Opportunities - $15,000 for marketing and Web site development

Youth Grantmakers in Action Announce Grant Recipients

OUR 2013-2014 YOUTH GRANTMAKERS IN ACTION announced five grant recipients at their April 16 grant celebration which was held at the Career Center.   See event photos

Five  grants totaling $2,010 were made to projects that will enable Forsyth County youth to make a positive difference in our community. Grant recipients included:
  • The Baker's Dozen- $550 to perform a play and donate proceeds to The Children's Theater's Scholarship Fund
  • Forsyth Middle College Prom Committee - $500 for Forsyth Middle College's first Junior/Senior prom
  • Poverty Simulation Group - $320 to host a poverty simulation to increase students' awareness of the effects of poverty
  • Students Making a Right Turn  (S.M.A.R.T.) - $320 to host a fashion show to raise funds for youth programs
  • Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council - $320 to provide bags filled with clothing, food, and other essential supplies for homeless youth

Black Philanthropy Initiative Hosts Luncheon

BPI RECENTLY HOSTED an appreciation luncheon to honor its most generous past donors. The program included comments and insights from BPI Committee Members Shannon Thompson, Jerry Gilmore, Andrea Jenkins, and Chris Leak, in addition to those of Foundation President Scott Wierman.  An enthusiastic crowd was in attendance to hear more about BPI's plans for its new endowment as well as for its future grantmaking.

Click here to view more photos from the event.

Foundation Staff News!

THE FOUNDATION IS PLEASED to announce a number of staff promotions and hirings:

Jonathan Halsey has been promoted to Director, Community Engagement.  In his new role, Jonathan will provide strategic oversight of the Foundation's community leadership activities.  Meridith Whitaker (left) has been promoted to Donor Services Officer, and she will develop and maintain relationships with donor advisors.

We are also excited to be welcoming two new faces to the Foundation: 

Ann Davis-Rowe (right) has recently joined the Foundation as an Administrative Assistant in the Philanthropic Services department.  A new resident of Winston-Salem, Ann has already been active with several area theatrical groups including Theatre Alliance and Piedmont Opera.

Susan C. Elster
(second from left) is joining the Philanthropic Services department as Philanthropic Advisor.  She will help direct the Foundation’s personal and integrated approach to philanthropy by engaging with targeted networks and carrying out the Foundation’s asset development plan. Her extensive background in nonprofit fundraising has included volunteer leadership positions with organizations such as SECU Family House, the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, and Brenner Children's Hospital.  Susan will be joining the Foundation on July 14.

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