Reflections on 2019:
Our Centennial Year
WE ENJOYED CELEBRATING   our 100 th birthday with you in 2019, and we're grateful for our collective learning as we continue to evolve as an organization to support our vision of a generous and trusting community where everyone is thriving.
A few highlights from 2019:
  • New brandinand a redesigned website with a historical timeline, stories of impact, grant seeker information, and more
  • $500,000 matching gift challenge supported the Next Century Fund and increased flexible grantmaking funds in Forsyth County
  • Realigned community grantmaking provided more resources for two critical focus areas: Building an Inclusive Economy and Advancing Equity in Education
  • Community event support including Bookmarks' Festival of Books and Authors, Fiesta, National Black Theatre Festival, and RiverRun International Film Festival
  • Centennial Community Luncheon drew 1,250 attendees to celebrate our past, present and future through speakers and videos 
  • Participatory grantmaking round focused on alleviating transportation barriers in our community
  • Hosted community events such as A Conversation with David Brooks and Community Screenings of America to Me
  • Centennial Gift to the Community: $125,000 grant to create sustainable pollinator gardens at Quarry Park

Our 100 th birthday was officially celebrated on October 14, 2019, so you’ll continue to see our “100” logo until we turn 101 in October! On behalf of our entire staff and board, thank you for your many contributions to the Foundation and to our community in 2019.
Our Commitment to Racial Equity
THE FOUNDATION IS COMMITTED to advancing racial equity across all of our work in Forsyth County because we believe it is unacceptable that race and zip code serve as reliable predictors of an individual’s positive or negative educational, health, and economic outcomes. Systems, including institutions, policies, and resource allocation in our community, have played a major role in this outcome, and we believe it’s crucial to focus on these systems to affect real change.

Learn more about how and why we are applying a racial equity lens to our work in the community—as well as inside our own walls.
Save the Date for our May 6 Community Luncheon!
We hope you will join us on  Wednesday, May 6   for our  2020 Community Luncheon , always a wonderful gathering of diverse community members, coming together to learn about emerging issues impacting Winston-Salem. Table sponsorship information will be mailed in early February, and individual seating registration will be available on our website in March. Stay tuned for more details on what promises to be a great learning experience!

At past luncheons we have honored local community builders through  The Winston-Salem Foundation Award   and the  ECHO Awards . As we are shifting more of our work toward a focus on equity in education and building an inclusive economy, we are retiring these awards for the foreseeable future. If you would like another way to honor a community volunteer, the Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards are worth checking out - nominations are due January 31!
2019 Facts
and Figures
National Standards
Year-end Assets: $607.3 million*
Total Grants Made: $58.4 million*
Community Grants : $2.1 million
Donations Received: $38.5 million
Number of Funds: 1,564

* highest levels in WSF's history
The Foundation recently passed the National Standards for U. S. Community Foundations , an accreditation program of the Council on Foundations that fosters excellence in community philanthropy. This accreditation certifies that our legal, ethical, and operational practices demonstrate the highest levels of transparency and accountability.
Moving from Inequality to Justice in the South
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for next Tuesday, January 28 at 5:30 PM to tune in and watch the livestream of Moving from Inequality to Justice in the South .

This Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture Series program features Darren Walker , president of the Ford Foundation. The series is hosted by Center for Documentary Studies and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Learn more
Staff and Board News
Susan Elster (l) retired at the end of December after serving more than five years as Philanthropic Advisor at the Foundation, working closely with professional advisors and assisting individuals, families, and groups with their charitable planning. We wish Susan all the best as she looks forward to spending more time with family in the new year!

Join us in welcoming  Allan Younger and  Paula McCoy  (r) to our primary governing body, The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee. We are most appreciative of the leadership of Gary Green and Mike Wells  who rotated off the board in December. Learn more about our 2020   Committee members .
Apply Now for
One-Stop Scholarships
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
Local students who need help paying for college should apply now for   scholarship support.

Most merit-based applications are due March 15 (an earlier deadline in 2020) and need-based applications are due July 31 (considered on a rolling basis in order of completion date) .

Want to help local students achieve higher education? Make a gift to our scholarship fund. 
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Learning Groups Discuss Solutions to the Benefits Cliff
Community learning groups are convening throughout the month to explore three different approaches to address the benefits cliff locally:
  • Policy Solutions: Changing the Cliff
  • Employer Solutions: Avoiding the Cliff
  • Nonprofit Solutions: Easing the Drop

After partnering to host the November event Dismantling the Benefits Cliff in Forsyth County , the Foundation invested in a facilitator to guide the learning groups through March. As prototypes emerge this spring, we will also provide grant funding to test solutions.

Visit to learn more about the benefits cliff.
Broadening Philanthropy
in Our Community
Black Philanthropy Initiative
BPI is excited to announce new Impact Grants ( up to $1,000) for programs and projects impacting the local black community . Video applications are due February 10 . Learn more

We also welcome Nicole Little, Roshanda McCrimmon, Brittany Norton, George Redd, Mike Silver, and Tiffany Tate  to BPI's 2020 Advisory Committee!
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
Join us as we welcome Anna Marie Carr-Reinhard, Lori Fuller, Shereen Gomaa, Cheraton Love, Dr. Mae Rodney, and Shaheen Syal   to The Women's Fund's 2020 Board of Directors!
Youth Grantmakers in Action
YGA grants are available for youth-led projects in Forsyth County. Apply by January 31!

Thanks to a third-year, $5,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation , YGA will be able to fund even more youth-led projects!
More Foundation News
Watch FOX8 segments featuring WSF grantees Mixxer , Habitat for Humanity , and Piedmont Craftsmen .

Read more about our   focus areas   for community investment.

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