A Message from
our President
IN MID-MARCH, as the immense needs stemming from the coronavirus were becoming clearer, our community launched into action, developing new ways to support nonprofits that are supporting the residents of Forsyth County who are most at risk.

Our President Scott Wierman would like to update you on these efforts, as well as on the Foundation's other programming that is moving forward to support local nonprofits, schools, and students.
Response Fund Grants
Now Total over $2.5 Million
THE FOUNDATION and United Way of Forsyth County launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County to support local nonprofits on the front lines who are helping the most economically vulnerable in our community.

As of today, over $2.6 million has been raised from private sources, including a $200,000 donation from the Foundation and over $300,000 from the Foundation's donor-advised fundholders. After two grant rounds , the Fund has supported 52 nonprofits with over $2.5 million in grant funding. This support is reaching a variety of grantees, from more established nonprofits to many grassroots organizations.

The City of Winston-Salem has donated $1 million to the Fund, and grants funded from their contribution will be announced by the City in the coming weeks.

How can you help? Visit covid19forsyth.org to donate, or consider making an additional donation. The needs in our community are great, and future grants are dependent on additional fundraising.
Nonprofit Adaptation Grants
IN MARCH, we announced Nonprofit Adaptation Grants of up to $5,000 per grant to help organizations adapt their operations to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To-date, we have awarded $267,000 to 65 nonprofits , including support to pay for virtual education, facility modifications, and technology investments. 

These grants are critical for helping nonprofits of all types and sizes adapt to our new social distancing reality. Grants were made to a wide variety of organizations, including the arts, human services, health, and education areas.

Community Grants
Announcing  17 Community Grants  totaling  $431,610  to local nonprofits that will touch the lives of many living in Forsyth County. This support is made possible by gifts to funds that support the Foundation's grantmaking in the community.

Congratulations to our latest  Community Grant recipients !
Scholarship Program: Important Dates
Community Grants: Program Updates
Local students: our student aid program will award over $1 million in scholarship support again this year. Most merit-based scholarships will be announced this spring .

The final deadline for financial need-based scholarships is July 31, although applications are considered on a rolling basis in order of completion date. Learn more
Nonprofits: we're continuing to make Community Grants to nonprofits and community groups for Capacity-Building , Capital Campaigns , and Small Grants, and we're making them on schedule.

Learn more about our Community Grants program.
Broadening Philanthropy
in Our Community
Black Philanthropy Initiative
This month, BPI made direct investments to local schools to address equity issues around remote student learning . These grant recipients are Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Quality Education Academy, and Carter G. Woodson School. Learn more
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
The Women's Fund board has made changes to the 2020 grant process to be less burdensome for grant applicants and more relevant to the current unprecedented times. 

Stay tuned for grant guidelines, which will be released soon. The online application will be available May 15 , and the deadline to apply will be June 26 .
Youth Grantmakers in Action
Join YGA: if you’re 15–18 years old and live in or attend school in Forsyth County, then you’re eligible to apply! The deadline to apply is May 15. Learn more

YGA had to cancel its annual grants celebration this year, but we're pleased to announce their youth-led 2020 grant recipients ! View YGA grantees
More Foundation News
Read a recent op-ed in the Chronicle ,
co-authored by Scott Wierman

Watch this FOX8 segment featuring the COVID-19 Response Fund .

Read more about our   focus areas   for community investment.
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