Winston-Salem Medici by Nick Bragg (credit below)


2021 Year-End Report

We’re pleased to share our 2021 Year-End Report, Moving Forward Together, reflecting our deep belief in this community and our collective accomplishments through the past few challenging years. We’re ready to make even greater impact in 2022 by partnering with donors, nonprofits, and community groups to strategically direct our community investments as we move forward – together!

Report highlights


Foundation President LaTida Smith and Board Chair Alison Ashe-Card share insights on the past year and their expectations for the Foundation's work going forward.

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From supporting nonprofits at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to welcoming new leadership, the last two years have been filled with opportunities to develop new ways of working together and deepen relationships with trusted partners.


Dive into our top-line financials for 2021: review our assets, gifts received, grants paid, and other metrics. Learn more about the percentage of our grants that were directed by donors vs. directed by the Foundation.

How we're investing in Forsyth County

Read more about how we partner with nonprofits and community groups to make the most impact together.

Did you know? In 2021, Foundation-directed grantmaking totaled $4.5 million, plus an additional $330,000 in mission-aligned investments. 100% of these investments are directed locally. We’re committed to growing these resources to be able to respond to Winston-Salem’s opportunities and challenges, both now and in the future.

The stories linked below feature just a few of the hundreds of grants we made to Forsyth County groups and nonprofits in 2021. Some organizations you may be familiar with, and others we hope you’ll learn more about.

  • The Asset Building Coalition of Forsyth County raises awareness about asset poverty and how it affects individuals and families in Forsyth County.
  • The Centers for Exceptional Children provides a critical combination of support services, programs, and facilities so that children with special needs and their families can thrive.
  • Neighborhood’s Hands is a community-based nonprofit working to enhance the quality of life for residents in Winston-Salem.
  • Triad Restorative Justice advances peace, equity, and trust in our community by responding to conflict, crime, and injustice with restorative practices rooted in respect and interpersonal connection.
  • Unity Women’s Desk is a ministry of the worldwide Moravian Church with a mission to empower women and girls by coordinating spiritual, financial, and educational resources.
  • Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance inspires, transforms, and unites people through unique, diverse, and unconventional theatrical productions.


Please reach out to our staff if you have questions or want to learn more about the work of the Foundation. Moving forward together, we can accomplish our vision of a thriving Forsyth County for all.

Header image art: Winston-Salem Medici (2015) is a 6x12 ft. oil painting by artist Nick Bragg that was commissioned by Corporate Realty Advisors for the top-floor conference room at 751 W. Fourth Street, where the Foundation’s offices are located. The piece reflects Winston-Salem’s history, evolution, and legacy of philanthropy. Bragg is also a donor-advised fundholder at the Foundation. (Header art is a portion of the larger piece.)

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