THE WINSTON–SALEM FOUNDATION

Our New Priorities

Within our  areas of Building an Inclusive Economy and Advancing Equity in Education, the Foundation has identified six initial priority areas to begin our programmatic work.

Building an Inclusive Economy

The Foundation will support efforts that create more equitable and inclusive pathways for people and places to fully participate in economic opportunities.
Access to efficient and affordable transportation
Transportation is often a barrier to individuals and families moving out of poverty. A lack of transportation makes it difficult to obtain and maintain employment, receive healthcare, attend preferred schools, and more. By improving access to efficient and affordable transportation we seek to reduce underemployment, increase job retention and family sufficiency, and increase the ability for individuals and families to easily, safely, and affordably get where they need to go. Transit can play an important role in providing efficient and affordable transportation, but other interventions may also be helpful.
staff contact
Amanda Bennett
abennett@wsfoundation.org
Reduction in the racial wealth gap
Wealth and assets play an important role in family stability and economic mobility. Individuals and families of color have significantly less wealth than their white counterparts, due in part to current and historical policies that factor into this gap. The Foundation seeks to increase home and business equity, increase savings, and leverage additional wealth to allow families of color to experience greater economic stability and high rates of economic mobility.
staff contact
Amanda Bennett
abennett@wsfoundation.org
Inclusive pathways to family-sustaining careers
Job training and education is important, but often isn’t enough to address what’s needed to increase long-term family sufficiency, especially for families of color. Many people face underemployment and can’t access pathways to build longstanding careers. Employers can also implement strategies to address career retention, satisfaction, and family-sustaining wages.
staff contact
Sandra Fishel-Booth
sfishelbooth@wsfoundation.org

Advancing Equity in Education

The Foundation will support efforts to create more equitable educational outcomes for all students.
Anti-bias culture and practices in educational settings (Pre-K to Post-secondary)
Unconscious and conscious biases play a role in adult interactions with students. Offering the opportunity for educational settings to develop an anti-bias culture could help mitigate the negative effects we see from bias and help ensure that these settings feel like safe, warm, and welcoming places of learning, especially for students and families of color.
staff contact
Andrea Hulighan
ahulighan@wsfoundation.org
Positive behavior intervention strategies (Pre-K to 12)
Racial disparities persist in discipline referrals across our education system, from childcare settings to pre-K and the K-12 system. These interactions can create negative experiences for students and reduce their instructional time. Our work will focus on reducing discipline referrals in schools and to the criminal justice system for students of color. We seek to support learning environments where students’ social and emotional learning is nurtured, and where teachers feel confident in their ability to interact with students and maintain a healthy and respectful classroom environment.
staff contact
Layla Garms
lgarms@wsfoundation.org
Racially and economically diverse public schools (K to 12)
Diverse schools and classrooms benefit all students. Yet, we recognize Forsyth County schools are falling behind and students are experiencing the negative effects of concentrated school poverty and disparities of opportunity. Promoting diverse learning environments will raise achievement and work to close the large achievement gaps between races and economic groups.
staff contact
Layla Garms
lgarms@wsfoundation.org

Other Investments

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)
The Foundation will continue to support community development corporations (CDCs) with operating funds, as they have an important role to play in building an inclusive economy. These nonprofit, community-based organizations bring about revitalization to underserved neighborhoods, attracting new investment and building community wealth.
staff contact
Sandra Fishel-Booth
sfishelbooth@wsfoundation.org
Capacity-Building Grants
The Foundation will have two deadlines per year for capacity-building requests. These grants are available to nonprofit organizations working in any program area and they support activities to enhance internal workings that lead to more impactful outcomes in advancing missions.
staff contact
Madelyn McCaully
mmccaully@wsfoundation.org
Capital Campaign Grants
The Foundation will make grants to organizations on the Campaign Coordinating Committee calendar with two deadlines per year. Organizations must submit their request during the year in which they appear on the calendar.
staff contact
Layla Garms
lgarms@wsfoundation.org
Targeted Requests for Proposals
Periodically the Foundation may have focused grant rounds in specific program areas if restricted funds accumulate. In this instance, the Foundation will issue specific Requests for Proposals with plenty of notice. We’ll announce these deadlines via both our standard communication channels (website, social media, and e-newsletter), and by sending targeted communications to eligible organizations.
staff contact
Madelyn McCaully
mmccaully@wsfoundation.org
Student Aid Program
For more than 95 years, our community has come together to support local students’ goals of attending college. This school year, the Foundation’s 121 student aid funds have provided 641 awards totaling more than a million dollars in student aid. This program will continue to be a way to support aspiring higher education students for years to come.
staff contact
Edna Barker
edna.barker@wsfoundation.org
Mission-Aligned Investments Program
The Foundation will begin to use a portion of its permanent assets to make investments that are consistent with our mission and priorities. In 2019, we will advance our knowledge in this area and fine tune what this will mean for our investing. We will release more information on the program and its guidelines in late 2019.
staff contact
Brittney Gaspari
bgaspari@wsfoundation.org