Foundation History

Foundation History

1983

The Foundation of Greater Greensboro is incorporated, spearheaded by Cynthia Doyle, ably assisted by Thornton Brooks and W. Roger Soles, who served as the first president. Gifts of $25,000 each from the Smith Richardson Foundation and Jefferson-Pilot Corporation begin an administrative endowment fund.

1985

Endowment reaches $1 million. Dave Atwood is hired as part-time executive director.

1987

Assets top $2 million.

1989

The Administrative Endowment is named in honor of Cynthia Doyle. Worth Durgin is named the new president. Roger Kavanagh coordinates a rent-to-own program established to aid first-time homebuyers.

1990

A $2 million anonymous gift puts $1 million into unrestricted endowment. The Foundation’s first six houses are completed on Martin Luther King Drive with resources from the Kavanagh Housing Fund.

1991

The Foundation wins a Ford and MacArthur Community Leadership Program Grant. Dr. Priscilla Taylor leads the highly successful effort to raise $500,000 in matching funds. The first affiliate foundation is established in neighboring Alamance County.

1992

The Junior League donates $90,000 to launch the Children’s Trust, established in honor of pediatrician Dr. Martha Sharpless. As sponsor of the Guilford Community AIDS Partnership, the Foundation wins a matching grant from the National Community AIDS Partnership.

1993

Assets reach $15 million. An anonymous gift establishes the Revolving Loan Fund to address needs of nonprofit organizations.

1995

The Foundation officially changes its name to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

1996

The Planned Giving Service is launched, providing information on philanthropy for nonprofits, professional advisors and donors. Assets grow 30% to more than $22 million.

1997

More than $9.5 million from Morris Howell’s bequest leads to an unprecedented increase in assets to $40.7 million. The Foundation begins a three-year project to identify and develop community leaders.

1998

Two supporting organizations are established: The Community Foundation Real Estate Management Fund and the Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation.

1999

Total assets approach $60 million and applications for grants double during the year. Walker Sanders joins the Foundation as its new president. A youth philanthropy program gets under way.

2000

More than 250 people ages 25-45 join the Future Fund, donating approximately $33,000 for an endowment fund. The Foundation spearheads a Social Capital Benchmark Study in Guilford County.

2001

Contributions increase 95% and grants increase 35% to $7.5 million. Results of the social capital study are broadly shared with the community. The Foundation joins with other local foundations to support Action Greensboro, a community-wide initiative to revitalize economic and community development.

2002

Total grants increase 32% to a record high of almost $9.9 million. After months of working behind the scenes, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro joins forces with the High Point Community Foundation to create a county-wide education network. Both foundations pledge their commitment to help all citizens reach their maximum potential. The United Way establishes a supporting organization called The United Way of Greater Greensboro Foundation. The nonprofits participating in the Nonprofit Endowment Challenge raise over $100,000 toward their endowments, and each receive an additional $10,000 endowment from the Community Foundation.

2003

The Foundation moves into new offices at Foundation Place at 330 South Greene Street, and is joined by the Cemala Foundation in the new space. An evaluation of the Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program finds that the Foundation’s trust and reputation in the community are highly rated, and relationships with nonprofits are strong and supportive.

2004

Foundation assets increase to $85 million, and grants to nonprofits top $8 million for the year. A $100,000 grant from W. K. Kellogg Foundation enables the Community Foundation to convene learning circles throughout diverse communities in Greensboro to study traditions of giving. The Toleo Foundation Community Scholarship Program is established at the Community Foundation by Tobee and Leonard Kaplan to provide financial assistance to seven high school seniors graduating from Guilford County public schools who will attend a public institution in North Carolina.

2005

The Fondo del Patronato Mezquital is established to support the transnational philanthropy of Patronato Mezquital – a “hometown association” of more than 200 families residing in central North Carolina who all hail from the Mexican town of Mezquital and together raise funds for charitable projects in their home land. This is the first hometown association fund in North Carolina at a Community Foundation. A comprehensive housing report is commissioned by the Foundation to assess the housing needs in Greensboro.

2006

The Piedmont Unity Project is launched in partnership with Guilford Green Foundation. 

2007

IMPACT Greensboro is formed as the result of the findings of a social capital survey. Public and private institutions collaborate to support this unique program that demonstrates how ordinary citizens from different backgrounds can forge authentic and meaningful relationships, find shared values and develop solutions to day-to-day community issues.

2008

Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, the Foundation launches a series of high-impact, permanent endowments for the betterment of the Greensboro area. The first two established – Women to Women and The Public Art Endowment – raise money to address issues of interest to women and their families and to acquire significant pieces of public art to facilitate community.

2009

Guardian II, a sculpture by internationally renowned artist Billy Lee, is unveiled on the grounds of the Old Guilford County Courthouse, making it the first gift to the residents of Guilford County by the Public Art Endowment. The foundation managed over $100 million in total assets.

2010

The ground is broken for construction of the new Interactive Resource Center, a day center for Greensboro-area people who are experiencing homelessness. The Community Foundation played an integral role in making this a reality, from bringing necessary partners together and facilitating the discussions and planning of the project to accepting a donor's generous gift of real estate for the center. The Community Leadership Investment Fund is introduced to support additional community leadership services of the foundation. Building Stronger Neighborhoods celebrates 10 years of galvanizing local neighborhoods.

2011

Lisa Ling speaks at the first Women to Women Celebration luncheon in November, launching the public phase of the Women to Women Endowment. The Foundation activates the online fundholder portal, Donor Doorway. The Future Fund achieves its $1 million fundraising goal. The Interactive Resource Center opens in what was previously the Southern Plate & Window Glass Col building, which was donated through the foundation for this purpose by the Richard Strasser family. The Public Art Endowment unveils Standing Vase with Five Flowers by James Surls along Green Valley Road. Foundation assets total $120 million.

2012

The Greensboro City Council asks the foundation to convene a task force to study the benefits of constructing a new state-of-the-art performing arts center downtown. The Teen Grantmaking Council welcomes its 100th participant. The foundation receives assets from the estate of Carolyn Weill LeBauer "for the creation of a public park." Foundation assets total $146 million.

2013

The performing arts center taskforce presents final recommendations to the city. The Greensboro City Council votes to commit $20 million to the project of constructing a new state-of-the-art performing arts center downtown. 

2014

Plans for the new Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park, slated to open in Spring 2016 in downtown Greensboro, N.C. were unveiled. Women to Women grants its first multi-year grant to the YWCA totaling $210,000. The foundation facilitates more than $15 million in grantmaking to nonprofit causes through 9 grantmaking portfolios. Foundation offices extend to the second floor of Foundation Place.

2015

Say Yes to Education's national office selects Guilford County as its next site. Cynthia Doyle, the driving force behind the establishment of The Community Foundation, dies in January. Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative receives $320,000 in national grants. The Foundation tops $16 million in grantmaking.

2016

Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative launches apprenticeship programs to benefit area high school students. The Carolyn and Maurice LeBauer Park opens in downtown Greensboro. 

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