August 2018
Support for Local Students
IN JULY we were excited to host 200 students, donors, guidance counselors, Student Aid Committee members, and board members at our Scholarship Celebration Breakfast. It's always exciting when students can meet the donors who made their scholarships possible!

Congratulations to all of our 2018-2019 scholarship recipients, and best of luck as you head off to college. The scholarship application process for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on January 1.
Our National Community Foundation Rankings
THE RESULTS ARE IN for the 2017 Columbus Survey , an annual survey of U.S. community foundations. Among the 269 reporting community foundations, we are ranked:

37th in assets ($605.7 million)
13th in gifts received ($156.6 million)
38th in grants paid ($4 6.3 million)

These rankings reflect the very generous community in which we live. We are honored to partner with you as we continue to promote philanthropy together!

Black Philanthropy Initiative Releasing New Report
ON SEPTEMBER 20, BPI will release Rethinking Philanthropy: An Exploration of Black Communities in Forsyth County. This report highlights the history of black communities in Forsyth County, providing historical data and future recommendations. Please join us to hear more about this important report - a light breakfast will also be served. More on event

Thursday, September 20, 9:30-11:00am
Forsyth County Central Library Auditorium
660 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem

July Community Grants: $223,898 to Local Nonprofits
13 LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS received $223,898 in Community Grants in July. This vital support is made possible by donors to unrestricted, field of interest, and other flexible grantmaking funds. We are indebted to these donors for their visionary support of our community.

Congratulations to our July Community Grant recipients !

Peer Project Update: Teacher Leadership Academy
THIS YEAR the Peer Project funded a second year of support for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools' Teacher Leadership Academy. The innovative program, which runs throughout the school year, develops educators to become Teacher Leaders in one of three ways: by opening their classrooms for observation, by working as mentors to another teacher, or by developing learning opportunities for teachers. This summer, 75 teacher mentors came together for two days of training to gear up for the second year of the Teacher Leadership Academy. The group included both new and returning mentors.

Read the WS/FCS blog about the 2018-2019 Teacher Leadership Academy.
Donor Profile:
The Skinner Family - From Loss to Legacy
EVERY SUMMER, friends and family of Jonathan Skinner gather at Winston Lake Golf Course to raise money for a worthy cause: college scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Forsyth County. It's how Linwood and Claudia Skinner choose to carry on the legacy of their youngest son, Jonathan.

Planning Ahead to Support the Community
YOU MAY WISH to consider the Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement plan, bank account, investment account, or insurance policy. We'd welcome the opportunity to review the many options available to support the community within your unique philanthropic interests. And if you've already included the Foundation in your future plans, please let us know!

Our Legacy Society honors generous community members who have invested in the community's future through either lifetime or planned giving, and we look forward to hosting them at our annual dinner on November 7 .

For more information about planned giving or Legacy Society membership, please contact Susan Elster or Annette Lynch .
Heartfelt Thanks from a WSF Scholarship Recipient
I graduated from Winston-Salem State University in 2008. I moved to the area a few years prior and did not know anyone or how I was going to complete my college degree. At the time, I had a 3 month-old baby, and I was returning to Winston-Salem State for a second time. Initially, I began classes at night and worked during the day. I received financial aid but it was still a struggle to make it financially. With the support of a special friend that assisted with my young child, I was able to eventually complete my degree.

I will always be grateful to The Winston Salem Foundation for their support. Each year, I was awarded a scholarship through the organization while in college. I was able to purchase my books and cover some school expenses. The staff was always kind and compassionate. I am not sure how I would have been able to get through this tough situation without the assistance.

I am proud to say that I completed my clinical rotations at Duke University Health Systems and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I am also certified by the American Board of Pathology as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. I am currently a Laboratory Technical Consultant for a large pediatric practice and went on to attain a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Management. I am a living witness that all it takes is ambition, dedication and for someone to give you a chance.

Thank you, Winston-Salem Foundation for your support and a chance to better myself!

Jomique Blue, MLS(ASCP)

The Foundation is thankful for generous donors to our Student Aid program, enabling hundreds of local students, like Jomique, to thrive through higher education. Almost $1 million in scholarships were provided last year alone.

Broadening Philanthropy in Our Community
Black Philanthropy Initiative
August is Black Philanthropy Month! BPI recently celebrated by hosting Taking Care of the Village: A Community Chat on Giving Back, an interactive gathering in which diverse community members engaged in thought-provoking dialogue on topics related to the rich history of philanthropy in communities of color. Many thanks to Winston-Salem State University for hosting the event!

The Women's Fund
of Winston-Salem
Save the Date! The Women’s Fund's 13th annual luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 15. This year’s theme is Champions of Change: The Urgency of Now. 2018 Women’s Fund grant recipients will also be announced. Since 2007, The Women’s Fund has awarded over $1.4 million in grants. Stay tuned for registration information!
Youth Grantmakers
in Action
YGA welcomed a new team of youth grantmakers this month, kicking off with a team-building retreat at our offices. Over the next school year, the group will be learning more about philanthropy, ultimately directing a grantmaking program to fund youth-led projects in Forsyth County.

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