Save the Date!
2014 Community Luncheon

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
noon-1:30 pm
Benton Convention Center
(Registration will be online and invitations mailed in March)

2013 Report to the Community


February 2014

Featured Story
Dr. Jim Johnson Returns for
May 7 Community Luncheon
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Foundation's 2014 Community Luncheon on Wednesday, May 7. Hopefully you attended last year’s luncheon and were able to hear Dr. Jim Johnson’s engaging and thought-provoking keynote address about our nation’s changing demographics.  Because of an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, we invited him back as our keynote for 2014.

Dr. Johnson will return to address his research on what it takes to create a healthy, viable, and sustainable community and its implications for Winston-Salem.  Jim is director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center and the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  Be sure not to miss this learning opportunity - registration information will  be available on our Web site in March!

Community Luncheon table sponsorships are also available for businesses, individuals, groups, and organizations.  (The sponsorship deadline is March 17.)   Please email Cici Fulton at the Foundation if you would like more information.

Accepting Award Nominations through March 7:
Honor Local Community Builders!

2014 Winston-Salem Foundation Award
The Foundation's highest honor includes a $10,000 grant to the nonprofit of the recipient's choice.  Recipient will be announced at the May 7 Community Luncheon!   more information>

2014 ECHO Awards
Honoring individuals, organizations, or informal groups who are building social capital - a $1,000 grant is made to the nonprofit of the recipient's choice.  more information>

Celebrating the First Community Foundation Centennial

DID YOU KNOW that America’s first community foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, was established 100 years ago this month?  Now there are more than 700 community foundations serving as philanthropic hubs throughout the U.S.  Reflecting Americans' deep generosity, community foundations nationally steward more than $55 billion in assets, raise nearly $5 billion a year in new funds, and make annual grants totaling $4.2 billion.

North Carolina alone is home to 12 nationally-certified community foundations serving nearly all of the state's 100 counties.  And since 1919, when The Winston-Salem Foundation was the first community foundation to be established in the state, these 12 foundations have worked with donors to create over 9,000 charitable funds totaling appx. $2.4 billion in value and have awarded nearly $2.6 billion in grants to support community causes  No small impact indeed. 

Happy 100th Birthday to The Cleveland Foundation – we're only six years behind you!

Read the full January 22 Winston-Salem Journal editorial on this subject by WSF President Scott Wierman and WSF Committee Board Chair Janet Wheeler
Student Aid News:
April 1 Deadline for Most Merit Scholarships

DO YOU KNOW OF LOCAL STUDENTS who need help paying for college?  In 2013-2014, the Foundation provided over $1.1 million in Student Aid.  Most of our scholarships utilize a common online application, which simplifies the process. Click here for more detailed scholarship information on the Foundation's Web site.  Please help us spread the word about our scholarships throughout our community!

Application deadlines:
Most merit scholarships: April 1
Financial need-based scholarships: August 15

Scholarship Spotlight:
The Edwin H. and Louise N. Williamson Scholarship
In this e-news we are highlighting a  scholarship fund for students attending a nearby university!  Established in 2007 by Holt Williamson, Kit Williamson, and Forrest Priddy in memory of their parents, this scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who will pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Kit Williamson notes, “Our mother was raised during the Great Depression, and her entire family made many sacrifices so that she could attend the North Carolina College for Women, which later became the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  I think that my parents would both be very happy that my siblings and I collectively decided to honor their memory with this scholarship to help other families who face the same financial challenges in sending a child to college."

The scholarship has a April 1 deadline, and may provide a $1,500 renewable award for students who will pursue full-time undergraduate degrees from UNC-Greensboro.  We look forward to announcing the scholarship’s recipient this summer!  more on the scholarship>

January Community Grants Support Local Programs

THE FOUNDATION MADE 17 COMMUNITY GRANTS in January totaling $558,143 that were awarded in the following program areas: animal welfare, arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and public interest.
  • Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County - $30,000 for the director of marketing for a second year
  • Associates in Christian Counseling- $8,000 to support a part-time intake coordinator position for a second year
  • Ava Gardner Museum - $7,000 to improve the theatre
  • Cancer Services - $18,000 to support an African-American and a Hispanic/Latino outreach educator for a third year
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte - $50,000 for an immigration attorney
  • Children's Home Society of NC - $7,000 for marketing
  • Community Care Center for Forsyth County - $30,000 to support a diabetic case manager/educator for a third year
  • Exchange SCAN - $12,768 to expand the parent/teen education group for a third year
  • Experiment in Self-Reliance - $19,875 for a part-time finance accountant assistant
  • Forecast Music -$500 for a collaborative chamber music performance
  • Forsyth Humane Society - $20,000 for additional staff for a third year
  • Forsyth Spay Day Coalition - $3,500 to support spay/neuter services in Forsyth County for a third year
  • Hispanic Arts Initiative - $1,000 for a cultural art experience
  • Home Moravian Church - $500 to support a free concert by the Smithills School Senior Brass Band
  • Imprints - $20,000 for a business development director for a second year
  • Next Step Ministries - $8,000 to support a nighttime staff position for a third year
  • Northwest Child Development Centers - $30,000 to support an education technology integration specialist for a third year
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation - $35,000 to help support costs for 24-hour call center counselors at the Behavioral Health Center for a third year
  • SECU Family House - $20,000 to support the manager of educational services for a third year
  • Senior Services - $40,000 to expand the Home Care program for high-risk seniors
  • Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem - $15,000 to support a part-time senior center program assistant for a third year
  • Southside United Health Center - $42,000 for a physician assistant/nurse practitioner
  • The Centers for Exceptional Children - $50,000 to provide transportation services for the infant/toddler program
  • WinstonNet - $30,000 to expand the executive director position's part-time hours
  • Winston-Salem Street School - $35,000 to support a development director for a second year
  • Yadkin Riverkeeper - $25,000 for branding and marketing

Year in Review: Highlights from the Foundation

THE FOUNDATION IS GRATEFUL for a very positive 2013, not only for substantial progress in many community leadership initiatives, but also in terms of the Foundation's asset growth, donations received, and grantmaking abilities. We are fortunate to live in a community in which philanthropy is alive and well. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to a very strong 2014!
  • Assets
    $358.2 million at 2013 year-end, up 15.6% over 2012 and the highest asset level in our 94-year history!
  • Grantmaking
    $20.9 million granted to charitable causes, over $2.5 million of which were in Community Grants to local nonprofits
  • Donations
    $37.2 million received in donations - the second highest year ever for donations to the Foundation
  • Community Leadership Fund
    $175,945 was contributed in 2013, a 5% increase over 2012.  These donations support our leadership initiatives in the community.

Youth Grantmakers are Granting and Giving Back!

YOUTH GRANTMAKERS IN ACTION has had a busy fall and winter.  They have solicited grant applications, hosted a January grantwriting workshop, and they are now reviewing grant applications for youth-directed community-change projects.

Grants Announcement Event!  Youth Grantmakers in Action will host their annual Grants Announcement Celebration in April.  More details will follow!

Interested in joining YGA next year?  Applications will be available on the Foundation's Web site in late March.

Black Philanthropy Initiative:
BPI Announces Sixth Round of Grant Recipients


THE FOUNDATION'S BPI COMMITTEE announces grants to four previous BPI grantees as recurring support for programs that are improving the lives of African-Americans in the areas of education and financial literacy.  Congratulations to these grant recipients:

- Experiment in Self-Reliance: $2,500 to support the New Century Individual Development Account (IDA) program to help more working low-income individuals become financially stable, and ultimately, become first-time homebuyers.

- Forsyth Technical Community College: $2,500 to the James A. Rousseau Minority Male Mentoring Program to support participants attending the Eminent Force Team summer program, a high school-to-college bridge program to improve graduation rates of minority males at FTCC.

- Kimberly Park Elementary School: $2,200 to the school’s News Worthy program, which strengthens students’ reading, writing, and public speaking skills through exposure to journalism. This grant will allow the school to expand the broadcast-focused program to include print journalism.

- Winston-Salem State University: $2,500 to Winston-Salem State University’s Girls Empowered by Math and Science (GEMS) program to improve middle and high school girls’ performance and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors and careers. This grant will also fund parent workshops and internship stipends.

Over the course of the past six years, the Black Philanthropy Initiative has provided $113,200 in program grants to local nonprofits.

Committee and Staff News
Announcing New WSF Committee Members

  McConnell                        Tuttle     

WE WELCOME Dr. John McConnell and Randall Tuttle  to our governing board in 2014.  WSF Committee officers for 2014 are Janet Wheeler, chair; Stan Kelly, vice-chair; Vernon Winters, treasurer; and Tommy Hickman, secretary. 

Many thanks to outgoing Committee members Drew Hancock and Kay Lord for their valuable leadership and community service over the past eight years of board service.  more>

Job Opening!
Foundation Seeking Grants Program Officer

THE FOUNDATION IS CURRENTLY seeking qualified applications for a Program Officer to join its grants team. Click here to review the position's job description as well as application information. The application deadline is March 7, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Help us spread the word in the community!

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