GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has made a $75,000 commitment to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. The Foundation’s board voted to approve the transaction – which is made up of a $25,000 grant and a $50,000 loan – at its meeting August 27.
“This museum is a very important and unique part of the history of Greensboro – and our nation,” said John Bakane, Foundation board chair. “The Community Foundation recognizes this and has been a longtime supporter of the museum. We want to help it achieve its promise as it continues to work on gaining solid footing.”
The museum and center occupy the historic site of the former F.W. Woolworth Co. building downtown, where in 1960 African-American students from N.C. A&T University took part in national sit-ins at segregated lunch counters across the country. These nonviolent protests led to the Woolworth’s chain reversing its policy of racial segregation.
“We are grateful for The Community Foundation’s generous and continuing support of the museum,” said Melvin “Skip” Alston, museum board chairman and co-founder. “From the beginning, the Foundation has recognized the relevance of this facility for Greensboro and demonstrated its support – financial and otherwise. This assistance will no doubt help us move forward in realizing our potential.”
The money is directed to cover expenses associated with the museum completing its 2010, 2011 and 2012 financial audits. This initiative is part of the Foundation’s large, ongoing commitment to helping local nonprofits implement best practices in governance and management.
“The Community Foundation’s support is certainly helpful in making it possible for us to complete this critical task,” said Bamidele Demerson, the museum’s executive director. “With this opportunity, we can finalize the outstanding audits and move forward.”
Since 1997, The Community Foundation has granted more than $175,000 to the museum and facilitated additional gifts from fundholders totaling more than $90,000.