Giving BIG for #GivingTuesday
The Giving Tuesday campaign for the Black Investments in Greensboro (BIG) Equity Fund was a huge success!
We raised a total of $103,041!

We were able to surpass our goal thanks to a HUGE pledge of $100,000 from the Greensboro Jaycees. Thank you to all who participated and have donated to the BIG Equity Fund!
Coming Soon to a Science Center Near You!

The Public Art Endowment is pleased to announce that the David Heiss Sculpture will be installed in January 2022! Concrete footers are now in place at the entrance to the Greensboro Science Center.
Future Fund 10 LIVE
Future Fund 10 LIVE is a high-energy event where ten nonprofits compete to win cash awards by making three-minute pitches and then audience members vote to give away over $45,000 in grant money – that’s you! 

Visit the Future Fund website to learn more.
Henry "Hank" Smith III, MD
The passion to help people is part of Dr. Henry “Hank” Smith’s DNA. As a leading interventional cardiologist in his field, Dr. Smith’s desire to help people suffering from heart disease has been a guiding force in his life since medical school. His core value of helping others who are suffering is one that he has built his life and career on over the years. Today, Dr. Smith continues to be driven by the same enduring commitment to help others and his community as a founding member of the BIG Equity Fund. 
Dr. Smith, a native of Statesboro Georgia, has been a resident of the Greensboro community for 34 years. He loves the city and wants to help Greensboro be as great as it can become. He describes the BIG Equity Fund as the creation of a corpus of capital that will be constructively infused into the Black community to dismantle socio-economic disparity over time. The result will increase positive contributions to our local society and become a superlative for Greensboro.
“We need to be able to put financial resources into the game to level the playing field so that little kids that live in Greensboro have the opportunity to become educated, have good health, and achieve their best lives as opposed to fighting for survival,” says Dr. Smith. 
Dr. Smith is committed to leaving a legacy of a better Greensboro for the next generation. As a trailblazer in his field, Dr. Smith continues to use his life to make a difference in the lives of others. 
Beyond Resilience
The Beyond Resilience Grants Program was designed as a response to COVID-19 for nonprofits in Guilford County. The pandemic has forced nonprofits to adapt their work and we want to support them as they explore new business models and think about their service delivery. The Beyond Resilience Grants Program supplies grantees with funds to support their change as well as a coach if needed.

These professional coaches will be able to work one-on-one with nonprofits and address their specific needs and desired areas of growth. The grantees selected represent a myriad of focus areas, different locations, and a racially diverse group of leaders. Our first cohort will have regular check-ins as a group so that they can share knowledge as executive directors. We believe that supporting nonprofits’ structure and focusing on their development is how we strengthen our local community for years to come. 

Winter Emergency Shelter
The nonprofit Partnership Homes Inc., with help from $3 million in city loan financing and a loan from CFGG, recently bought the former Regency Inn and Suites motel and remodeled the units with the goal of providing supportive housing for homeless individuals and families, according to a news release from the city.

The program will focus on helping the chronically homeless and people with disabilities. As a winter shelter, the site will supplement programs through the Interactive Resource Center and Greensboro Urban Ministry, which work together on housing or shelter placements and case management for participants during winter weather
CFGG is working with the City of Greensboro to establish a housing fund. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Program Officer, Marcus Thomas, at
Welcome, Marcus!
Marcus Thomas is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Prior to joining the staff at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Marcus spent 14 years in the banking industry and 3 years at Mount Zion Greensboro. With education being a strong foundation for Marcus’ success, he is a graduate of North Georgia University where he studied Business Administration, concentrating in Finance. Marcus is currently enrolled as a graduate student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2024, Marcus will graduate with a Master’s in Public Affairs, concentrating in Nonprofit Management.

Marcus is a very active member of the Greensboro community. He is a 2020 Graduate of Leadership Greensboro, serves as Board Member at Triad Adult & Pediatric Medicine, serves as Chairman of the United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Young Leaders Cabinet, and he is a member of the Greensboro Rotary Club. Marcus’ desire is to make Greensboro a better place for his wife, Vakaya, their daughter, Hannah Grace, and all residents and visitors. He believes that his desire is evident through his community involvement and consistent activity in the city of Greensboro.

Fun Fact: In his spare time, Marcus enjoys watching old episodes of Law & Order. He is also an avid shopper with a very expensive taste in clothing and shoes.
Happy Retirement, Tara and Ross!
On behalf of everyone at CFGG, we want to wish a happy retirement to two incredible staff members: Tara Sandercock and Ross Harris!

Throughout the years, their commitment to the Greensboro community has been shown through their hard work, dedication, and passion.

Tara and Ross have both been integral parts of our organization, both professionally and personally. Their contributions are greatly valued and will always be remembered.
While we will miss having them in the office daily, we have a feeling we will be seeing them around.

We wish them both the best of luck during this next part of their journey!
Photo Credit: Ivan Saul Cutler
Congratulations, Tara!
We are proud to announce that CFGG's Tara Sandercock has been named the 2021 Winner of the Council on Foundations Distinguished Service Award!

This award spotlights an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of philanthropy. It celebrates those who embody the intellect, integrity, leadership, and accomplishment that define absolute excellence in the field of philanthropy.
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.