June 2017
Students Receive Foundation Scholarships at Awards Days

IN LATE MAY, our staff spanned out across Forsyth County to present scholarship awards at 14 high school Awards Days. It's always an honor to present this significant financial support to deserving students!

To view a list of 2017-2018 Foundation scholarship recipients to-date, click here. While many of our scholarships have already been awarded, we will continue to make awards during the summer months for students who demonstrate financial need. Click here for more information on scholarships with an August 15 deadline, keeping in mind that students who submit earlier in the summer will receive higher priority and funding is also more likely to be available. #wsf4college

Give Back to Help Students Succeed
THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY of many community members, the Foundation’s 118 student aid funds provided 544 students with over $900,000 in scholarships last year. However, each year we have many more requests for student aid than we have funds available.

Consider a donation to our general scholarship fund to help us say "yes" to more deserving students!
Announcing Our 2016 National Rankings
THE RESULTS ARE IN for the 2016  Columbus Survey, an annual survey of community foundations throughout the U.S. Among the 253 participating foundations, The Winston-Salem Foundation ranked:
  • 43rd based on total asset size
  • 7th in gifts per capita
  • 26th in total transactions for gifts received and grants paid

These impressive numbers are reflective of the incredibly generous community in which we live. We are honored to partner with you as we continue to promote philanthropy together!

May Community Grants: $230,700 to Local Nonprofits
NINE LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS received $230,700 in Community Grants in May. This vital support, made six times a year, is made possible by donors to unrestricted and field of interest funds and to our flexible grantmaking and Community Leadership funds. We are indebted to these donors for their visionary support of our community.

Congratulations to our May 2017 Community Grant recipients!
2017 Nonprofit Survey Results Released
IN FEBRUARY the Foundation surveyed local nonprofits to gain insight into their operations and the community's nonprofit landscape, as well as to gain feedback on our own Community Grants application process. The results are in! 
Community Innovation Lab Wraps Up and Looks Ahead
THE COMMUNITY INNOVATION LAB convened two years ago with a complex question: how can we create a more equitable and abundant Winston-Salem that builds social capital by connecting residents across their differences? Fast forward to the summer of 2017, and a number of innovative program prototypes have developed out of the Lab - all with an arts-related focus - and participants have begun to understand and shift the systems of race, class, and power that divide us.

At their closing celebration last month, Lab participants reflected on the work accomplished so far - and where they are headed next. Learn more about a few of these projects, including Intersections and Conversations
, Hustle Winston-Salem , and First Stop Cultural Expo .

The Foundation was honored to support this initiative with the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and the Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Award Recipient Jeff Bacon Highlighted on FOX8
JEFF BACON, our 2017 Winston-Salem Foundation Award recipient, has a passion for using the culinary arts to teach others vital job skills.

Watch this FOX8 video to learn more about Jeff and his important work at Triad Community Kitchen and Providence Restaurant!
Do You Have a Vision for Our Community?
OUR WORK IS POSSIBLE thanks to the generosity and foresight of community members throughout our 97-year history - many of whom had a vision for supporting our community beyond their lifetimes. We are thankful for our Legacy Society donors, past and present, who have established or added to permanent charitable funds at the Foundation. To learn more about the Legacy Society, please contact Annette Lynch.
Broadening Philanthropy in Our Community
Black Philanthropy Initiative
BPI's ADVISORY COMMITTEE recently released the group's new mission statement: "Through engagement and encouragement, BPI will educate people to recognize their philanthropic strengths of time, talent, and treasure for meaningful impact in the Black community and will address identified needs while continuing to build on the giving traditions in the Black community."

The Women's Fund
of Winston-Salem

Nearly 100 Women's Fund supporters gathered last month for the second annual Fund Do Party, which raised over $13,500! The event featured raffle prizes, wine, and appetizers at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

Youth Grantmakers
in Action

YGA made eight grants totaling $2,460 at their April year-end celebration!
  • East Forsyth Key Club
  • Fine Arts
  • Grace Church/Youth Worship Ministry Group
  • Reagan Black Achievers
  • Reagan High School Young Male Black Achievers
  • THETA Program and Scholarship Fund
  • Top Teens of America
  • Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council
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