August is Black Philanthropy Month and also the 1 year anniversary of the Black Investments in Greensboro (BIG) Equity Fund!

The BIG Equity Fund was established to change the way we view philanthropy. Over the past few months, we have had many of our donors provide testimonials as to why they are BIG donors and what philanthropy means to them.

BIG's goal is to establish a $3 million endowment that will benefit the Black community for generations to come. We invite you to help shape the future of Black Greensboro by joining the many donors who are supporting the BIG Equity Fund. Click here to learn how you can become a donor.

To learn more about the BIG Equity Fund, please visit our website at

If you have any additional questions, please contact Athan Lindsay, or 336.790.6339. 

The Public Art Endowment is pleased to announce that the O'Henry Sculptures - right in front of CFGG's new offices - have received a bath and waxing! We are so excited to be near these lovely bronze pieces and look forward to enjoying our new plaza at 201 North Elm Street.

Morris and Margaret Howell Fund
When D. Morris Howell, a widower with no heirs, passed away in November 1996, no one knew what a profound impact this modest man would have on his adopted hometown. 

Originally from eastern North Carolina, Howell moved to Greensboro in the early 1940’s. Here, he founded, built, and eventually sold the Colonial Ice Company. Beyond that, very little details of his life are known. At the time of his death, the newspaper was hard pressed to even find a picture of him that wasn’t almost 30 years old. 

However, just before Howell died, he arranged for the bulk of his estate – a gift of nearly $10 million – to go to CFGG, providing unrestricted funds to be used at the Foundation’s discretion. More than 20 years later, the CFGG continues to rely on these resources for the flexibility to respond to immediate needs and issues affecting the community. 
GAP Signing Ceremony
Guilford Apprenticeship Partners is excited to announce it has signed forty new first-year apprentices at its six annual Signing Ceremony Thursday, August 12th at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Additionally, GAP graduated its second-ever class. These ten graduate apprentices have completed the rigorous four-year program.
In spite of the impact of Covid-19, partner members continue to rely upon apprentices as a tool to grow their businesses. This year’s class brings GAP’s total number to 193 apprentices. This consortium is the fastest-growing youth apprenticeship program in North Carolina.

GAP Chair Todd Poteat, Vice President of Manufacturing for Bright Plastics, said the group is composed of talented and motivated students that represent our diverse and growing communities.
“The quality of the young adults this program discovers restores your faith in the next generation and we believe the future is bright in Guilford County,” he said.
Over the next four years, the newly-signed apprentices will earn both an associate degree and thousands of hours of on-the-job experience in skilled trades. They’ll graduate from Guilford Technical Community College debt-free and have a guaranteed full-time job at their partner company. Guilford Apprenticeship Partners currently has apprentice tracks in advanced manufacturing, automotive, IT/cybersecurity, HVAC, supply chain logistics and the newly-established healthcare track.

Peter Shoun of LC America states, “Each year, the GAP Signing Ceremony is an opportunity to look back and see where we have been, and where we are going. It takes many members of the community to bring this group of young people to us, and it’s apparent how much that effort shows up in the apprentices’ skills, attitudes, work ethic.”

Second year graduates of the program include Javin Bradley of Brady Services, Sean Haboon of Bright Plastics, Jayden House of J.M. Pleasants, Inc., Kevin Surrett of TE Connectivity as well as Sean Dymond, Joshua Minter, Nicholas Morrison, Tyler Richardson, Kaleb Skipper and Caleb Skopelitis of Machine Specialties, Inc.

Through a shared commitment by community and state agencies including the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford Technical Community College, Guilford County Schools, and ApprenticeshipNC in collaboration with industry partners, the endeavor to change mindsets and shift thinking of what career and educational opportunities that exist here will continue to grow.
 Ann Flynt, GAP Director is ecstatic about GAP’s continued growth.
“In spite on Covid-19 and the unpredictability of today’s working and learning environments, these apprentices and graduates have persevered and have reached a great launchpad for their careers. We are proud of our employer partners and their commitment to leverage apprentices as a true asset for their respective organizations.”
Hubert B. Humphrey, Jr. School Improvement Award
Western Guilford High School has been chosen as the 2021 Hubert B. Humphrey, Jr. School Improvement recipient. Greg Newlin is the principal. 

The Humphrey Scholarship Fund came about as a partnership between The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to honor the memory and contributions of one of Guilford County’s and North Carolina’s most remarkable citizens – Hubert B. Humphrey, Jr. Mr. Humphrey was a leader, public servant, and philanthropist as demonstrated by being named one of the Best Lawyers in America; having served in both the NC House and Senate; was a member and chair of both the Board of Trustees at Wake Forest University and UNCG; and served as a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for more than 20 years.
We've Moved!
We have officially moved into our new office!

After nearly 20 years at Foundation Place, CFGG has moved to 301 N. Elm Street (across from the Tanger Center). While we will miss the rich history of our previous location, we are looking forward to our new larger and more contemporary space. Currently, we are not yet open to the public.

Our contact information will not change, so feel free to reach out to us in the manner you always have!
Happy Retirement, Tara!
It is with mixed emotions that we share the announcement of Tara Sandercock's retirement effective December 31, 2021.

Tara has been an exceptional pillar of CFGG and has made a huge impact within the Greensboro community. 

Her passion for nonprofits and her pursuit of always being sure everyone’s voice was heard is inspiring. She led the way for the many partnerships the Foundation has developed over the years and has set the example for us on being inclusive.

We are excited as she enters this next chapter and wish her all the best on this new journey!
Legacy Donors
If you plan on including the Community Foundation or one of our initiatives or organizational endowments in your estate plans, please let us know! It is as easy as completing this form. We want to honor you by including you on our Dear Greensboro list, and more importantly, we want to make sure you’re thanked today and your gift is properly honored tomorrow.