About Us

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The Winston-Salem Foundation is a 98-year-old community foundation comprised of more than 1,300 funds created by charitable individuals and organizations. Since 1919, individuals, families, and corporations have used our expertise to improve the quality of life in Forsyth County, its surrounding areas, and beyond. 

We offer personalized service to make giving easy, flexible and efficient; local expertise with knowledge of current community issues to make giving as effective as possible; and community leadership in bringing together diverse voices and groups to address issues, foster greater giving and support high-impact opportunities.  Our mission is to invest in our community by making philanthropy and its benefits available to all.  We accomplish this by:

  • Assisting individuals and organizations with their charitable giving
  • Making grants to nonprofit organizations
  • Providing financial aid to college students
  • Offering community leadership on many local issues


  • We were established in 1919 as the first foundation in the state of North Carolina with a $1,000 gift from Col. Francis Fries.
  • We are comprised of 1,450 funds established by charitable individuals, families, businesses, and community organizations. Grants made from these funds support a wide range of issues in our community and elsewhere in the U.S.
  • At the end of 2017, the Foundation had assets of $603 million.  In 2017 we granted $46.3 million to charitable causes, $2.9 million of which was through the Community Grants program.
  • In the 2017-2018 school year, the Foundation's 121 student aid funds provided 583 scholarship awards totaling $978,000 in student aid.

The Winston-Salem Foundation is the 43rd largest community foundation in the U.S. as ranked by 2016 assets, and in 2016 was ranked 7th in terms of gifts received per capita and the 26th most active in terms of gifts received and grants paid.   (FY 2016 Columbus Survey of Community Foundations)

The Foundation has received Charity Navigator's Four Star Charity rating for six consecutive years.

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