Why Partner With Us

We’re your partner in philanthropy. Offering personalized services and extensive local knowledge since 1919, we simplify the process of charitable giving, helping you make meaningful, well-informed, and lasting gifts to the causes that matter most to you. Some benefits to partnering with us:

Create a Charitable Legacy. Establish an endowed fund in your name and your generosity becomes flexible, immediately consequential, and it benefits the community forever.

Collective Impact. Pool your funds with those of other charitably-minded individuals and organizations to maximize investment returns while reducing administrative costs. There’s strength in plotting our course together.

Strategic Grantmaking. With deep roots in Forsyth County, we can target your resources to make the greatest impact on opportunities and challenges as they present themselves over time.

Philanthropic Engagement. Learn more about the issues most important to you and connect with impactful organizations and resources.

Tax Benefits. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we offer the highest level of tax benefits for charitable giving, and we accept a variety of assets.  We also frequently partner with professional advisors and their clients on financial and estate planning.

Power of Endowment. When you create an endowed fund, your gift is invested over time, with a percentage of the fund’s market value used for making grants.  Your gift then becomes a perpetual source of community capital.


We know that no two donors are alike. That’s why we have designed a variety of giving options to meet your unique circumstances.

From setting up an endowment fund or a donor-advised fund today, to establishing a charitable trust or directing future gifts from your estate, we can help you define a giving strategy that’s an ideal match for your philanthropic interests.

And because we’re a public charity, you’ll receive the maximum tax benefits from your donation.

The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society was established to recognize donors who add to, create, or intend to create permanent funds at the Foundation.

Our work is possible only through the generous contributions of individuals and families who want to ensure the quality of life in our community both now and in the future.

Contact us for more information on how to join.


The Foundation can accept a wide variety of assets as charitable contributions:

  • Cash
  • Securities
  • Bequests
  • Beneficiary Designation
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Property
stories of impact: donors

Doing More and Doing Better for our Community

Vicki and Ed Robins have dedicated their lives to giving back. Their philanthropy shows up in ways both big and small, whether it be through their volunteer work, charitable contributions, or unwavering dedication to church and community.

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For more information
Sheila Virgil
Vice President, Development & Donor Services
svirgil@wsfoundation.org(336) 231-0505