APRIL 2021
The Charles "Buddy" Weill Charitable Fund
We announced at our 2020 Annual Meeting that we have received a $50 million gift, the largest in our history!

The gift is a bequest from Charles L. “Buddy” Weill, Jr. who passed away in June 2020, and creates a permanent field of interest endowment for capital expansions and improvements of facilities that support eldercare and healthcare.

“This is truly a historic moment for Greensboro,” said Walker Sanders, President of the Community Foundation. “Buddy’s generosity and vision will have a significant impact on this community for generations.”

A native of Greensboro, Weill enjoyed a successful career in insurance and real estate. He owned and operated Weill Investment Company and served as President and CEO of Robins & Weill, Inc., which his father had founded in 1911. Outside of work, he was an active member of real estate industry, higher education, healthcare, and charitable organizations based in Greensboro and across North Carolina, often serving in leadership or officer positions within several at the same time.

Among the most notable achievements during his life, Weill was instrumental in helping to establish Well-Spring, A Life Plan Community, serving as a trustee and Chair of the Board. He was the first Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cone Health who was not a member of the Cone family. He was also President of the Greensboro Rotary Club. 

“Having served on the Foundation’s Real Estate Management Committee and as a former member of our Board of Directors, Buddy was keenly aware of how the Foundation could help him leave a legacy of supporting care for the elderly population in Greensboro,” said Sanders. “It is our honor to help make his dream a reality.” 
News for our Fundholders!

We are excited to finally announce an update to Donor Doorway! This update will include a more user-friendly interface and will be mobile friendly. We are still testing out pages but make sure you login to see the new look in the coming weeks (or days!) If you need a password update, a tour of Donor Doorway via Zoom, or just want more information, please contact Emily Thompson, Director of Donor Services.
Thanks to you, 2020 was a very successful year!

Here are a few highlights from the 2020 Annual Meeting:

  • In partnership with United Way, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Merchants Association, and others, we raised over $2.5 million for the Emergency Response Fund.

  • We launched a new initiative, Black Investments in Greensboro (BIG) Equity Fund which has already raised over $1 million.

  • We connected with donors in a new way through the development of our "Adaptive Philanthropy" webinar series.

  • Our Workforce Development effort launched virtually and we are focusing on increasing our workforce competitiveness for 21st century jobs.

  • We received three bequests which were the most generous of any single year in the history of our organization from the following: Royce Reynolds, Barbara Kretzer, and Charles "Buddy" Weill, Jr.

  • 2021 winner of the Calvin A. Michaels Community Service: Joyce Martin Dixon.
  • 2021 winner of the Thornton H Brooks Leadership Award: Dr. Suresh Chandra.

  • Total gifts to CFGG were close to $80 million, and we granted out $35.3 million in the community. Our total assets are now approximately $290.0 million.

We would love to have you join us to learn more details about BIG Equity Fund’s development and about our amazing progress towards our $3 million dollar fundraising goal. You will also hear personal donor testimonials about why they are donors to BIG Equity fund and why they are champions for the “Why I Am BIG” campaign.

You will have the option to register for your preferred information session date and time being offered twice a month. The sessions are held on the 2nd Tuesday 11 AM to 12 PM and 4th Thursday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Attendance requires registration to receive the Zoom meeting information. The information sessions will be live virtual events beginning on April 13 and continuing through August 26. Please register in advance for your preference using the following Zoom registration links:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any additional questions or have not received your information in the mail, please contact Athan Lindsay, alindsay@cfgg.org or 336.790.6339. 
Watch the video below to learn more about the BIG Equity Fund and its significance within the community. Special thanks for the generosity of First Bank.

To learn more about the BIG Equity Fund, please visit our website at https://cfgg.org/initiatives/black-investments-in-greensboro-equity-fund/.
Betsy Ross (Howe) Stafford
Betsy Ross (Howe) Stafford dedicated her life towards community service. Throughout her life, Betsy served in many different positions including the president of the Omaha League of Women Voters, Secretary of the Nebraska State League of Women Voters, commissioner on the Omaha Housing Authority, officer of the Omaha Pollution Control Corporation, and deputy director of the Omaha Area Housing and Urban Development Office. Impressively, Betsy achieved these positions of leadership at a time which opportunities for women were not prevalent.

Upon moving to Greensboro with her husband, Bruce, Betsy was appointed the area director of HUD for North Carolina. Here in Greensboro, she became active in civic organizations and the community. Betsy knew of the Foundation’s reputation and dedication towards community service. That is why, upon her passing, Betsy left the Foundation an unrestricted gift that will allow for CFGG to continue her life’s goal of improving the community. 
"Where We Met"
Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s Public Art Endowment is pleased to present the evolution of LeBauer Park's Where We Met sculpture by artist Janet Echelman, who describes a central idea of her iconic artwork as an "embrace of change."

On Thursday April 1, despite the cold weather, the Public Art Endowment Trustees gathered under "Where We Met" enjoying champagne and a close-up time with the Janet Echelman sculpture. This will be the last year for this net. The premiere of the first of the new color schemes will be unveiled for the 2022 spring season and includes shades of blue which speak to Greensboro's historic connection to denim.

Echelman recently unveiled designs for the next 15 years of the public artwork, which will begin a multi-year color progression in which the color scheme of the sculptural fiber netting is changed approximately every 5 years with a new color palette. Other elements of the artwork remain constant, including the sculpture’s structural rope system which traces the historic railway lines that come together in Greensboro to create a transportation hub and locus of the textile tradition of North Carolina.

Join us virtually for the Housing Summit 2021!
The summit will be Friday, April 30, 2021 from 9:00am-12:30pm. This year we will be welcoming as our keynote speaker Diane Yentel, President & CEO of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition is a national membership organization dedicated to achieving socially-just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

The day will also include a variety of panel discussions and breakout sessions led by state and local leaders in affordable housing. Click here to register.
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has announced that Khloe Taylor is the 2021 recipient of the John R. Kernodle Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Taylor is a senior at the Middle College at Bennett College. She plans to attend North Carolina Central University in the fall.

The scholarship is designed to fund undergraduate studies for students interested in becoming future teachers. This four-year, renewable award will pay up to $10,000 each year for tuition and fees, on-campus housing and meals, and books and supplies.

Kernodle Scholars will be required to serve for a minimum of three years following graduation as a full-time teacher in kindergarten through 12th grades in North Carolina public schools, with a strong preference for service in Guilford County.

To learn more about our scholarships process and how to apply, visit https://cfgg.org/grantseekers/students/scholarships/#how-to-apply
Welcome, Arjanai Miller!
Arjanai joined the CFGG staff in March as the Marketing and Communications Officer.

Arjanai has lived in Greensboro for 7 years and is a proud graduate of UNC Greensboro's MBA program. While in graduate school, Arjanai interned with CFGG as a Grants and Community Relations Intern. Upon completing her internship, Arjanai developed a deep passion for working within the nonprofit sector.

In her spare time, Arjanai loves to partake in the arts such as drawing, painting, music, and writing. She also loves to travel with her family and is particularly fond of spending time in the mountains and visiting the beach.

Please join us in welcoming Arjanai!
Welcome, Kate Kelley!
Kate joined the CFGG staff in March as the Development Systems Associate.

Kate is originally from Buffalo, New York (Go Bills!) but spent the last 10 years in Brooklyn after receiving her social work degree from Columbia University. Her commitment to mission-driven work led her to a career in database administration within the non-profit sector, specifically in grassroots mental health services focusing on LGBTQ adults.

When Kate isn’t cleaning data sets, you can find her walking her dog Tilly, taking care of her plants, and learning how to grill since moving to beautiful North Carolina. 

Please join us in welcoming Kate!
Happy Retirement, Amy Plyler!
Amy has been working with CFGG for 7 wonderful years as our Receptionist and Development Assistant. She has been an integral part of our organization, both professionally and personally. Her contributions are greatly valued and will always be remembered.

On behalf of everyone at CFGG, we want to say 'thank you'. Amy's hard-work and dedication have greatly benefited our organization. We wish Amy the best of luck during this next part of her journey!

Adaptive Philanthropy:
Grow the Way You Give Handbook
Using our Grow the Way You GiveTM handbook as a guide while reflecting on 2020 and all that it has taught us, CFGG staff will help explore how our lives and experiences shape our personal values, revealing what is important to us and how to ensure your charitable giving is in line with your values, interests, and desire for impact.

About the Adaptive Philanthropy Series

COVID-19 has spotlighted existing inequities and forced us to reevaluate many aspects of how our community works. The pandemic has also highlighted how resilient, resourceful, and innovative our communities can be in times of hardship and great change. In this webinar series, the Community Foundation looks at a wide variety of pressing needs in our community, the people leading the way, and how we are taking the lessons we are learning to make our shared future better for everyone.