Videos

The following videos highlight a few of the many individuals and organizations that The Winston-Salem Foundation has served.  Following are three video segments highlighting donors, three featuring Community Grant recipient organizations, and two reflecting Foundation initiatives.  View all of the Foundation's videos on our  YouTube page.

 

FOUNDATION DONORS:

THE JAMES A GRAY ENDOWMENT

James A. Gray believed that educating young North Carolinians, both intellectually and morally, was our greatest hope for the future, and he established his fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation in 1946 just for that purpose.  We will hear from his daughter Aurelia Eller as we learn more about the endowment that last year alone supported 11 North Carolina schools and colleges with grants totaling $865,000.

THE WILLIAM H. AND LENA M. PETREE TRUST

The William H. and Lena M. Petree Trust is a scholarship fund that was established at the Foundation in 1996.  Bill Petree, a local attorney with deep roots in Winston-Salem, was able to attend college because of financial support he received through the Foundation.  Multiple Petree Scholarships are awarded each year to Forsyth County high school seniors who demonstrate significant promise in academics, leadership, and community and school service.  We will hear from his children Mary Jo Murphy and Bill Petree as to why they feel their father believed so strongly in paying forward his own educational opportunity.
 

THE ANN AND CLAY RING FUND

The Ann and Clay Ring Fund is an unrestricted fund set up by the Rings in 1997.  Ann Ring, who passed away in 2009, served on the Foundation's Committee for eight years and also chaired the Foundation's Grants Committee during the years of the ECHO Fund.  Ann was a friend to, a trailblazer for, and a fundraiser extraordinaire for many local nonprofits.  In this video, we will hear from her husband Clay and grandson Hayes Wauford on the importance that she placed and relationships that she made while giving back to her community.

 

FOUNDATION GRANTEES:

 

CAROLINA MUSIC WAYS

Carolina Music Ways, which was founded in 2000, is devoted to increasing awareness of our region's cross-cultural musical legacy, including bluegrass, jazz, blues, gospel, Moravian music and old-time string band.  We will have the pleasure of experiencing one of their old-fashioned radio show performances that was held in the spring of 2010 at Easton Elementary School.  We'll also hear from local musicians and Carolina Music Ways board members Matt Kendrick and Joe Robinson about why it's so important to take this music to the schools.
 

EXPERIMENT IN SELF-RELIANCE

Experiment in Self Reliance's Executive Director Twana Wellman will describe the evolution of ESR since it was chartered in 1964 -- transitioning from an emergency assistance organization to an organization promoting self-reliance.  Their cutting-edge programs are helping families work themselves out of poverty and homelessness into functional, social and economic self-reliance.
 

SENIOR SERVICES

We'll hear from Senior Services' President and CEO Richard Gottlieb, who will share the opportunities and challenges associated with a growing elderly population and explain how Senior Services is accomplishing its mission of helping our community's elderly live with dignity.

 


FOUNDATION INITIATIVES AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP:

ECHO

Established by The Winston-Salem Foundation in 2003, the ECHO Council creates and encourages social capital building in our community - building connections among all people, based on trust.  In this video, Jeff Smith - better known around Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad as "Smitty" from smittysnotes.com  and a founding member of the ECHO Council - will give us his thoughts about the power of ECHO and where he thinks Winston-Salem stands now in terms of social capital-building.

YOUTH GRANTMAKERS IN ACTION

Launched by the Foundation in 2005, Youth Grantmakers in Action, or YGA, is a diverse group of Forsyth County high schoolers that come together during the school year to gain leadership experience, represent area youth, voice opinions and make grants to youth-directed projects in Forsyth County.  In this video, Rev. Donald Jenkins and his daughter Brittany, a YGA alumnus, will reflect upon what YGA has meant to them both as Brittany has moved through high school into college, and hopefully one day into a career in philanthropy.

YOUTH IN TRANSITION COMMUNITY INITIATIVE OF FORSYTH COUNTY

At the age of 18, many foster care youth living in Forsyth County find themselves alone, trying to make their way in the world without the necessary skill sets or supportive relationships to do so. The video describes the underlying issues that led the Foundation to collaborate with other agencies and funders in the development of the Youth in Transition Community Initiative of Foryth County - a comprehensive community plan to improve the outcomes of local foster youth.
 
 


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