Our most recent Expanding Community Giving Virtual Community Conversation was held on February 24 via Zoom, and we were joined by Dr. Emmett D. Carson, Chief Operating Officer of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and Mae Douglas, chair of the BIG (Black Investments in Greensboro) Equity Fund’s Steering Committee. They discussed the important roles that community foundations can play in bringing communities together and rising up to meet the challenges of building communities centered on equity.

It was also announced that significant progress has been made for the BIG Equity Fund endowment. With a $3 million target goal for the initial endowment, BIG has garnered broad community support in just 6 months with $1 million in contributions from close to 100 donors. Launched in August 2020, the BIG Equity Fund is CFGG’s most recent visionary endowment which is Black-initiated and Black-led. It’s bold vision is to become an economic philanthropic powerhouse to transform the educational, health and well-being of the Black community in Greensboro. It was created to address the disparities that exist in the Black community, while acknowledging the concerns of today’s social justice.

Thanks to the generosity of First Bank, we're proud to share our new video with you below.

To learn more about the BIG Equity Fund, please visit our website at https://cfgg.org/initiatives/black-investments-in-greensboro-equity-fund/.
Thanks to you, 2020 was a very successful year!

Total gifts to CFGG were $78.9 million, and we granted out $35.3 million in the community.
Our total assets are now approximately $290.0 million.

Please save the date for our 2021 Annual Meeting where we will announce the largest gift ever made in the history of Greensboro that will be a game-changer for this community for generations to come.

The meeting will be April 22 with details to follow soon.
Our Heritage Society has been renamed Dear Greensboro
Over the past two years, we have engaged in conversations with donors, volunteers and community members regarding the naming of donors who plan to leave planned gifts to the Community Foundation. These donors are clearly focused on what their legacy to this community, for which they have great affection, will be. Hence, we decided to name this group Dear Greensboro.

If you plan on including the Community Foundation or one of our initiatives or organizational endowments in your estate plans, please let us know! 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.

To learn more about how you can become a member of Dear Greensboro, click here: https://cfgg.org/donors/#legacy
Michael Parrish Endowment for the Arts
Everyone has a teacher who leaves an impression. For Denise Descouzis, it was Michael Parrish. In 1973, he arrived as a first-year drama teacher at Grimsley during Denise’s senior year – and cast her in his directorial debut. She never forgot what a dynamic teacher he was, how he was able to get kids excited, and how he helped them build confidence in themselves. After Michael retired, Denise partnered with CFGG to create an arts endowment that would honor Michael’s illustrious career in Greensboro and benefit the school system on which he had made such an impact. Today, the Michael Parrish Endowment for Arts Education is changing the lives of Guilford County students in grades K-12, making opportunities possible for more young people to engage with, and explore the arts, in all its forms.

“CFGG is wonderfully set up to be good stewards of your money. The investment strategies that they have – at very little cost to your endowment – are very good. You can see your endowment growing and growing, so more can go out.” - Denise Descouzis
Restarting Guilford County
It was announced on February 16 that Guilford County and the cities of Greensboro and High Point have come together to accelerate the county’s small business recovery and growth efforts.

Recognizing the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the county’s small business economy, a broad-based funding group led by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Business High Point and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, have contracted with a national consulting team led by Bruce Katz of New Localism Associates and Christopher Gergen of Forward Impact to work with area leaders to develop a set of actionable recommendations and a prioritized funding strategy to stabilize and strengthen support for the county’s small businesses - particularly in under-connected and under-resourced communities of color.

Informed by quantitative and qualitative analysis and a mapping of the county’s small business economy, the eight-month engagement will include a set of strategic planning conversations with cross-sector stakeholders across the region, racial equity conversations, and a focus on the current federal and state policy landscape to identify opportunities to attract and deploy federal, state, and local investment for local stimulus dollars as well as helping Greensboro/High Point learn from similar economic recovery efforts happening in other cities across the country. The consulting team has contracted the national non-profit Forward Cities to lead the racial equity conversations, using its ABIDE training methodology, as well as to spearhead primary data collection through surveying entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support organizations.

CFGG is a funder of this project. Walker noted that as Greensboro/High Point and Guilford County begin to map out its path to economic recovery, we must be intentional in our efforts to stabilize and grow our small business economy - particularly within communities of color most heavily impacted by the pandemic.

Final deliverables expected in late summer include an actionable equitable economic recovery and growth plan for Guilford County, High Point, and Greensboro including an articulated strategy, proposed roll-out plan for 24 months, and a high-level budget with recommendations on how to leverage local investment with prospective federal stimulus, other public funding opportunities, and private investment.

Sterling Kelly, CEO of Burkely Communities, along with Robbie Perkins, Market President of NAI Piedmont Triad, Richard Vanore, President of Koury Corporation, and Chris Dunbar, President of Blue Ridge Companies, initiated the effort to engage business leaders throughout Guilford County.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting project!
Did you know that CFGG manages 18 scholarships? In 2020, 57 individual scholarships were awarded, totaling $108,835.

Upcoming scholarship application due dates are:
  • The William Bryan Evans and Lucy Teague Evans Scholarship: March 5, 2021
  • The York David Anthony Memorial Scholarship: March 5, 2021 
  • The Tyler David Williams Memorial Scholarship: March 5, 2021 
  • The John Carlton Myatt Writing Scholarship: May 7, 2021  
  • The Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Scholarship: April 14, 2021

To learn more about our scholarships process and how to apply, visit https://cfgg.org/grantseekers/students/scholarships/#how-to-apply
Consortium Executive Leadership Academy Kickoff 
The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium kicked off the fourteenth consecutive Executive Leadership Academy on February 11. 

This Academy works with promising nonprofit professionals in a nine-month coaching program to develop leaders in our community. The Academy is the result of a long collaboration between The Consortium, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Triad Coaching Connection. After a battery of leadership assessments, participants are matched with an individual coach, receive classroom leadership training, and are placed in a “peer coaching” group that can provide long term support after the Academy is over.

This year’s class come from organizations representing the Arts, Health and Medical Support, Human Services, Youth Services, and Economic Development. Included in this year’s class is new CFGG Board Member Marcus Thomas. Jennifer Savage Gentry from he Greensboro Ballet is attending as the recipient of the Donna Newton Scholarship. The Academy covers interpersonal leadership skills such as conflict resolution and mediation, delegation, organization, and will continue in a virtual format until it is safe for participants to meet in person.  

To learn more, contact Steve Hayes at shayes@cfgg.org.
We're Moving!
After nearly 20 years at Foundation Place, CFGG will move to 301 N. Elm Street (across from the Tanger Center) in June. While we will miss the rich history of our current location, we are looking forward to our new larger and more contemporary space.
Welcome, Michael Humphrey!
Michael Humphrey joined the CFGG staff February 1 as VP, Operations and Equity.

Michael is a native of Greensboro and proud graduate of NC A&T University and Wake Forest's Executive MBA Program. Upon his graduation, he joined the National Football League as the Director of Planning and Business Strategy. After thirteen years there, he then transitioned into the nonprofit sector, and most recently, has been the Principal of a high-end apparel business in northern Virginia.

In his spare time, Michael is an avid reader and sports enthusiast, and he and his family love to travel and particularly love spending time on the beautiful North Carolina coast. He also loves to sketch and draw.

He is married to Erika and is the proud father of three teenagers, who will be moving to Greensboro in June.

Please join us in welcoming Michael!
Congratulations, Kathy Johnson!
Please join us in congratulating Kathy on her promotion to Controller!

Kathy has been with the Foundation for over 3 years, and was a Senior Accountant prior to her promotion.

She has two daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Greensboro. She is also mom to two dogs and is currently fostering a third. When she's not at work, Kathy does a lot of babysitting and also loves the beach.

Congratulations, Kathy!
Other Voices Leadership Program
In keeping with our Pledge to the Greater Greensboro Community in October 2020, Walker Sanders and Ross Harris are currently participating in Other Voices.

Other Voices is a leadership development and community-building experience in which participants – in frank and open dialogue – build their insight and understanding of the roots of prejudice. The program facilitator helps participants determine how “oppressive-isms” affect their quality of life in shared cross-cultural environments. Participants evaluate personal biases that play out in behaviors; develop a vision for dealing with problems; and develop skills and strategies for alleviating these problems individually, at the workplace, and in the community.

The development of Other Voices began in 1990 with a group of Leadership Greensboro members, along with members of the Human Relations Commission, called together by the mayor of Greensboro to tackle some difficult issues facing our community. After three years of challenging work, the group launched the Other Voices program in 1993. The program sought to significantly improve human relations, especially race relations, in Greensboro. To date, over 600 individuals have participated in Other Voices as a result of their commitment to the Other Voices vision and to its potential for our community.

To learn more about Other Voices, click on this link: https://greensboro.org/whatwedo/leadership-development/other-voices/.
Adaptive Philanthropy:
The Kellin Foundation on Resilience
Now, perhaps more than ever, there is a strong need to actively build resilience in our community. The pandemic, continued racial injustices, economic uncertainty, broken systems, and collapse of traditional supports have created community-wide trauma of a scope that has not been experienced in recent history. Recent collective experiences will have long-lasting effects, but resilience science gives us tools to mitigate that impact and help our community not only heal but thrive again.

Our Adaptive Philanthropy series in January featured professionals from the Kellin Foundation who are working to address trauma and resilience.