August 2017
Message from the President
AT THE FOUNDATION, we value the thoughts and opinions of our diverse community. In fact, inclusion is one of the four core values that drives everything we do, and we know it's essential in order to address this community's challenges and opportunities. And we need to have everyone at the table to accomplish this.

As recent disturbing national events have shown, differences can often divide us - and we recognize that such divisions also exist within our own community. That's why we're working with volunteers, neighborhoods, nonprofits, community groups, and corporate and governmental representatives to put our resources together to bridge this divide.

We recognize that getting involved and giving locally are two of the most powerful tools we have. As we move forward, we remain fully dedicated to inclusion, and we're encouraged every day by the engagement and generosity we see throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Please join us in our collective quest to create an educated, safe, and vibrant community - for all!

-Scott Wierman
Support for Local Students!
IN JULY WE HOSTED 200 students, donors, guidance counselors, Student Aid Committee members, and board members at our annual Scholarship Celebration Breakfast. It is always an exciting event, as students get to meet the donors who made their scholarships possible!

Congratulations to all of our 2017-2018 scholarship recipients! The 2018-2019 application process will begin on January 1.

FOX8 Segment: Harry C. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
DAVE MORGAN'S FATHER had to quit school in 8th grade and never had the opportunity to give back to help others succeed. Watch our recent FOX8 segment to see how Dave chose to honor his father's memory by supporting education for local students!

Peer Project Supports Teacher Leaders
THE TEACHER ACADEMY kicked off this month with 40 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools teachers who applied to take on additional leadership roles. These teachers will serve as peer leaders by opening their classrooms so that other teachers can observe, by working directly with fellow teachers as mentors, and by developing professional development learning opportunities for other teachers.

July Community Grants: $467,632 to Local Nonprofits
22 LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS received $467,632 in Community Grants in July. This vital support, made six times a year, is made possible by donors to unrestricted and field of interest funds, flexible grantmaking and Community Leadership funds, and our Grantmaking Partners. We are indebted to these donors for their visionary support of our community.

Congratulations to our July Community Grant recipients !
Forsyth Futures Poverty Report
FORSYTH FUTURES, our local data research partner, published their in-depth Forsyth County Poverty Study earlier this year. The findings were sobering; for example, the statistics show that between 2011-2015 about 10% of Forsyth County residents lived in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, a higher percentage than in most of our peer communities.

Forsyth Futures is now sharing more targeted content from the report on social media, focusing in areas such as employment, healthcare, and immigration. "Like" Forsyth Futures to follow along and learn about this important topic.

Crisis Control Ministry also offers poverty simulations for groups such as clubs, churches, and professional groups - a great resource for additional education on this subject.
Do You Want to Leave a Legacy?
PLEASE CONSIDER the Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement plan, bank account, investment account, or insurance policy. We are grateful to those who have invested in the future of our community in this way, and we look forward to hosting Legacy Society members at our annual dinner on November 8!

To learn more about Legacy Society membership, please contact Susan Elster or Annette Lynch .
Burress Family Center Celebrates 1,000th Visitor!
WE WERE PLEASED to surprise a team from Cash Elementary School with balloons and doughnuts this month - they were the 1,000th community group to meet in the Burress Family Center for Philanthropy since it opened in to the public in 2015!

For more information or for meeting reservations, click here.
Broadening Philanthropy in Our Community
Black Philanthropy Initiative
August is Black Philanthropy Month, and BPI celebrated with a screening at a/perture cinema of STEP, a film that documents the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Thanks to Dr. Iman Moore, Erika Simon, James Leach, and Alison Ashe-Card for hosting the follow-up panel discussion.
The Women's Fund
of Winston-Salem
Members and guests gathered in July for a Social Change Exchange to hear Forsyth Futures and sociologist/ criminologist Dr. Kimya Dennis present the latest findings on women in poverty in Forsyth County.

Save the date for the Women's Fund's annual luncheon and grant awards on November 9!
Youth Grantmakers
in Action
YGA welcomed a new cohort of young grantmakers this month, kicking off with a team-building retreat in early August. Over the next year, the group will learn about philanthropy and will make grants to youth-directed projects in Forsyth County.

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