Announcing our First Mission-Aligned Investment
WE'RE EXCITED to announce the first investment from our Inclusive Economy Portfolio, a new mission-aligned investment fund we created to support local businesses and organizations working for social change.

Our $100,000 investment is being made to nonprofit community lender Piedmont Business Capital to provide loans to businesses that are owned by and benefit communities of color in Forsyth County.

Investing in entrepreneurs of color is one way the Foundation is working to reduce systematic barriers to wealth-building. Unlike traditional grantmaking, our mission-aligned investments utilize our endowment assets to provide not just a social return, but also a financial return that's reinvested in the community.  

You can learn more in this WFMY News 2 segment and Winston-Salem Journal article. Read the full press release on our website.
Black Philanthropy Initiative
Thank you to all who joined BPI's virtual fundraiser on October 15 – Whatever it Takes: Supporting our Children and Educators of Color. If you couldn’t attend, please watch the recording to learn more about BPI’s work and hear a panel discussion about how to better support students and educators of color.
During the event, a new BPI logo was unveiled! The design deconstructs the letters “BPI,” and grey half circles symbolize individuals coming together to support the community and lifting one another up.

The new logo alludes to BPI’s nimble and flexible role in the community, plus its evolution from more traditional streams of giving to new ways of thinking about time, talent, and treasure. The color palette, built on BPI’s iconic orange, adds a lively green for freshness and balance and a bold black which that asserts its presence with pride.

To learn more about BPI and to support their critical work, visit bpiws.org.
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
In case you missed it, The Women's Fund unveiled a new website earlier this month! Visit womensfundws.org to learn more about their work, read grantee stories of impact, become a member, donate, and much more.

On November 17, join The Women's Fund in a virtual luncheon format as they award their 2020 grants and celebrate the power of philanthropy dedicated specifically to local women and girls. The Fund will also unveil their new online research report, Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County, with a panel discussion around the issues and metrics uncovered in the report. You won’t want to miss this learning opportunity! Learn more and register online.
Scholarship Season is Fast Approaching
OUR ONE-STOP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION for the 2021-2022 school year will open on December 15. An important change this year: to be considered for most WSF scholarships, applicants must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*.
 
Important dates:
  • October 1, 2020: FAFSA opened (fafsa.gov)
  • December 15, 2020: WSF scholarship application opens
  • March 15, 2021: deadline for most WSF merit-based scholarships
  • July 1, 2021: deadline for WSF financial need-based scholarships

*Students who are unable to complete the FAFSA (such as non-citizens without a green card or permanent status) are still eligible to apply through our scholarship portal after December 15.
 
In the 2020-2021 school year, over 130 WSF scholarship funds supported almost 600 local students with more than $1.2 million in scholarship support. Please encourage local students in your networks to visit wsfoundation.org/scholarships for more information!
Did You Know
We Just Turned 101?
Early Voting:
You Still Have Time!
On October 14, the Foundation hit another birthday milestone! We’re grateful for the thousands of individuals and organizations who have partnered with us to improve the quality of life in this community.

Read more about how we celebrated our Centennial last year and how we’re planning to make significant impact in our second century of service.
According to the NC State Board of Elections, more than 50% of registered NC voters have already cast a ballot in the 2020 general election.

One-stop early voting is open through this Saturday, October 31 and registered voters can vote at their polling location next Tuesday, November 3.

Supporting Local Black-led Nonprofits
JOURNEE BEES
We've heard from many community members who are looking for ways to support racial equity, especially here in Forsyth County. In an effort to center local voices of color, we are using our e-news and social media channels to highlight black-led nonprofits that we fund so you can learn more about their important work.

Today we feature Journee Bees, which received a WSF Nonprofit Adaptation Grant and a BPI Impact Grant in 2020.
Journee Bees is committed to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through human capital, educational pathways, economic advancement, and connecting with diverse community resources.
Learn more about Journee Bees on their website, and be sure to watch this recent FOX8 Community Foundation segment.
More Foundation News
Our Youth Grantmakers in Action will launch their youth grantmaking RFP in November. Stay tuned for more details!
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 Learn more about the local economic impact of COVID-19 in Forsyth Futures' online report.

Read more about our focus areas for community investment.
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