Focus Area Investments: Grantmaking and Partnerships
SINCE SEPTEMBER, the Foundation has made six grants totaling $246,420 to support our two Focus Areas for community investment—Building an Inclusive Economy and Advancing Equity in Education.

Recent grantee partners include the Asset Building Coalition, Forsyth County School Justice Partnership, TCK Providence, Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corporation, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. 

In addition to our grantmaking, we're prioritizing social and human capital by strengthening our partnerships with local organizations and individuals with lived experience. Two of our Strategic Initiatives, the Black Philanthropy Initiative and The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem are also deeply aligned in this work. As we continue to learn and evolve, we turn to our community to understand how we can work together to solve local challenges.

Did you know? Our Focus Areas were developed in 2018 after community listening sessions and local data revealed significant educational, economic, and residential disparities among communities of color. Our aim is for Forsyth County to become a place where race no longer predicts life outcomes. 
Focus Area Spotlight: LEAD TOGETHER
An important strategy for advancing equity in our schools is to create an anti-bias culture and positive behavior intervention strategies. We think our partnership with and investment in the Lead Together program is a step in the right direction. This new effort in our WS/FC schools seeks to build relationships between students, school resource officers (SROs), and administrators. 

Training is led by Triad Restorative Justice, with the goal to empower students to work through their problems and to give space for SROs and administrators to better understand students’ needs, resulting in a more positive and affirming school environment. Learn more about this innovative program from The Chronicle and WFDD.
Scholarships Make Dreams a Reality
DO YOU KNOW of local students who are looking for scholarships to help pay for college? Help us spread the word: last year we gave over $1.2 million in scholarships, and our One-stop Scholarship Application is now open! No matter students' GPAs, high schools, or the colleges they plan to attend, we likely have an opportunity for which they’re eligible to apply. Learn more

  • March 15 most merit-based scholarships
  • July 1 financial need-based scholarships
Search for New President is Underway
WE'RE EXCITED TO UPDATE YOU on the search process to identify our new president in 2021! The Search Committee includes nine current and past board members, and they will be working closely with Koya Partners, a national executive search firm with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Please review the Position Profile developed to guide the selection process, and share this information with anyone who may be interested. We'll keep you updated as we move forward!
Join our Team: Philanthropic Advisor
Consultant Sought for Digital Inclusion Plan
We're currently requesting applications for a Philanthropic Advisor to join the Foundation team. Review the job description and apply online with a cover letter and resume by 5:00 PM this Friday, February 5.
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Digital Equity Planning Committee is seeking a consultant to help guide its efforts to create a comprehensive digital inclusion plan for Forsyth County. Help us share the Request for Proposal; the deadline to apply is February 5.
Community Grants
THE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED 24 Community Grants totaling $1,246,588 in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2020 to local nonprofits that are providing important programs and services that positively impact Forsyth County and its residents.

Community Grants include Capacity-Building, Capital Campaign, and Small Grants, as well as the Foundation's Community Partner grants.

Over the past year, local nonprofits have overcome steep challenges and responded quickly to local residents who have been most impacted by the devastating side effects of the pandemic. We are most grateful for their work, truly serving as frontline workers contributing to the overall health of Forsyth County.

2020 Facts and Figures
LAST YEAR presented unprecedented health and economic challenges for Forsyth County and beyond, and the figures below reflect how unwavering community members were in their interest to help those most impacted.

Individuals and businesses increased their support to nonprofits, they contributed to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County, and they helped fund the Mask the City program, among many other critical local efforts. We are grateful to be serving such a generous community.

  • Year-end Assets: $617.8 million*
  • Total Grants Made: $125.8 million*
  • Community Grants: $3.2 million
  • Donations Received: $104.7 million
  • Number of Funds: 1,587*
*highest level in WSF’s history
Community Luncheon Update
2020 Good Samaritan Philanthropy Award
We always look forward to hosting the annual Community Luncheon, an enthusiastic gathering of individuals from nonprofits, businesses, and government along with community members and volunteers devoted to the well-being of Winston-Salem.

However, given the current and anticipated long-term restrictions on large in-person gatherings due to COVID-19, we have decided that we will not host the luncheon this May. We do look forward to a time in the future when we can gather to learn together, to celebrate this community, and to challenge ourselves to do more.
We were honored to accept the 2020 Good Samaritan Philanthropy Award from Samaritan Ministries. The Award is intended to inspire others to use their time, talents, and resources to help those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in our community.

Watch the video to hear our Vice President of Advancement, Annette Lynch, explain the unique role that community foundations play in linking resources to local action. Annette also shares the story of a donor whose bequest after her passing surprises Samaritan Ministries with an unexpected recurring endowment gift.
Broadening Philanthropy
in Our Community
Black Philanthropy Initiative
BPI is accepting video applications for its Impact Grants program. Nonprofits and community groups can learn more and apply online at The deadline to apply is midnight, Tuesday, February 9. Please help us spread the word!
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
Register now for part one of The Women's Fund's Through A Gender Lens: Virtual Community Conversation series.

Community members will engage in dialogue around the online Through a Gender Lens report and help inform the Fund's future advocacy efforts focused on women and girls, particularly women and girls of color.
Youth Grantmakers in Action
YGA has received many grant proposals from local youth-led groups! Next, they will meet as a group to research the applications and build consensus around which grants they would like to fund. Grantees will be announced this spring.
More Community News
 Congratulations to our board member, Allan Younger, for being selected as The Chronicle's 2020 Man of the Year. Watch the awards ceremony

Forsyth Free Tax offers free tax preparation for those who qualify. Learn more

 Read about COVID-19's impact on the local economy in Forsyth Futures' online report
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