Author: Kabrina Shamburger


Bloom Together: A Recap of Women to Women’s 2024 Luncheon


On March 14th, Women to Women (W2W) hosted its 14th annual Women to Women Luncheon at the Koury Convention Center. 730 amazing women (and a few good men) from across greater Greensboro gathered to raise funds, announce nonprofit grants, and celebrate women sowing the seeds of success in our community.

This year’s luncheon theme, Bloom Together, recognized that each of us has a role to play in nurturing the wellbeing of women and girls in our community—donors, nonprofits, and the women and families they partner with and serve. W2W announced their 2023-24 grantees and highlighted these nonprofits’ impactful projects and initiatives. These grants and the nonprofits they support serve are empowering women and girls across our community to pursue their dreams and make a positive difference.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations in 2023:

  • Diaper Bank of North Carolina – $50,000
  • Community Housing Solutions – $30,000
  • Backpack Beginnings – $25,000 (3rd of 4 installments)
  • YWCA – $20,000
  • UNCG Center for New North Carolinians – $20,000
  • Guilford Backpack Ministry – $15,000
  • Guilford Adult Health; Guilford Community Care Network – $13,000

W2W presented the Kay Hagan Scholarship to a deserving student of outstanding academic achievement, Adhika Karthick. Adhika was recognized for her academic excellence and leadership potential. This scholarship represents the legacy of the late Senator Kay Hagan and her passion and support for education in the state of North Carolina. Women to Women is proud to continue her work by investing in the education and future success of young women in our community.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker, Liz Murray, inspired attendees with her remarkable journey from homelessness to Harvard. Ms. Murray shared her experiences overcoming adversity and finding resilience in the face of unimaginable challenges. Her message of hope and empowerment reminded us of the transformative power of education, perseverance, and the human spirit.

As a parting gift, each attendee also received a copy of the W2W-produced report, Investing in Change: A 2024 Review of Women and Children in Guilford County. The report shares data on four areas having the greatest impact on Guilford County women’s poverty—healthcare, hunger, housing and transportation, and education and workforce. You can download a copy of the report at the link below.


North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s Family Forward NC Initiative

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has been named a Family Forward NC Certified Employer by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s (NCEC) Family Forward NC initiative. A Family Forward NC Employer Certification designates employers that offer policies and practices that support the health and well-being of working families and children.

To achieve certification, NCEC looks at employer benefits in the following policy and practice categories:

  • paid leave and wages,
  • accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding workers,
  • childcare supports,
  • health and wellness benefits,
  • and scheduling practices.

“I am proud that my employer, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, has been designated as a Family Forward Certified Employer because we are a family-friendly workplace,” says Martin Acevedo, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. “I moved to Greensboro for a job, but I stayed for the quality of life that Greensboro and this job affords me.”

The U.S. is facing a massive talent shortage that will result in a deficit of millions of workers by 2030, and a childcare crisis coupled with lack of supports like paid leave mean pregnant workers and working parents and caregivers—especially women—are disproportionately forced to change jobs or leave the workforce entirely or are unable to rejoin the workforce after giving birth.

“Employers want to attract and retain the best employees, and they want those employees to be happy and healthy,” said Muffy Grant, executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro offers the following family-friendly benefits to employees and their families:

  • Maternity Leave
  • Lactation/Breastfeeding Accommodations
  • Parental and Family Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Volunteer Involvement
  • Personal Leave
  • Jury and Witness Duty Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Professional Development Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Education Assistance Benefits
  • SEP (7% ER contribution), 403b
  • Flex Spending and HRA
  • STD, LTD, and Life Insurance – 100% Employer Paid
  • Medical and Dental benefits – 100% Employer Paid
  • Vision Plan
  • PTO
  • Office closes on Fridays at 3pm
  • Remote Work
  • Flex Schedules
  • 12 Paid Holidays plus week of July 4th  (17 days annually)

Decades of research have established that children need supportive and supported families and communities to build strong brains, along with health and development on track from birth and high-quality birth-through-age eight learning environments with regular attendance.

“For children, our future workforce, there is a critical window of time for brain development during the earliest years of life. In fact, the first 2,000 days of a child’s life are so defining that by the time that child turns eight, his or her third grade reading outcomes can predict future academic achievement and career success,” Grant said.

Launched in 2018, Family Forward NC is an innovative initiative to improve children’s health and well-being and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive. It is employer-led change to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices — big and small — that improve workplace productivity, recruitment, and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development. To date, Family Forward NC has engaged with more than 6,900 employers across North Carolina.

For more information about our employee benefits and culture, visit For more information about Family Forward NC and the Family Forward NC Employer Certification, visit


Amplifying Black Voices

As we honor Black History Month, we are proud to amplify the diverse voices and perspectives of our Black and African American team members. Their quotes encapsulate the richness of their experiences, insights, and aspirations, serving as a testament to the invaluable contributions of Black individuals to our organization and the broader community.

In Greensboro, Black history is a considerable part of the beauty of our city, from the courageous acts of civil rights pioneers to the vibrant cultural expressions that continue to shape our identity. Through these quotes, we celebrate the strength, creativity, and resilience of the Black community, inspiring us to reflect on the past, embrace the present, and work towards a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

“The footsteps of Black history have literally traveled right through the heart of Greensboro from the Underground Railroad stop on Guilford’s campus to the desegregation of hospitals/public schools, the Greensboro Four, and much more. I feel a strong sense of pride and responsibility to honor and celebrate those that have come before us and paved the way for the Black community here in Greensboro and across the nation”.

-Ericka Woodruff, AP Specialist & ETWI/GAP Program Assistant


“My daddy use to say…” You may have to fight a little more complicated . . . but you can be whatever you put your mind to.”

-Sadie Blue, Building Stronger Neighborhoods


“As a Black first-generation immigrant from Ethiopia, I’m proud to work in a county that holds 9000 people from the 54 African nations-approximately 250 of whom are Ethiopian. ”

-Cathy Knowles, Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement


“I embrace a reflective essence every Black History Month. Always remember the importance of learning from the past to build a bright and vibrant future.”

-Amber Smith, Administrative Assistant, Grants and Community Impact


“The Black community in Greensboro is unique because we have such a rich history. From the Civil War to civil rights, dozens of powerful people, voices, and movements started here in Greensboro. I feel lucky to be a part of an undeniably monumental community.”

-Kabrina Shamburger, Marketing Manager


“It’s so beautiful to be part of a culture with such poise, grace, richness, creativity, and resilience. I am proud of my heritage and make it a priority to show gratitude for those who paved the way.”

-Stephanie Surratt, Communications Specialist and Administrative Assistant, Guilford Nonprofit Consortium


5 Heartwarming Ways to Include Charitable Giving in Your Holiday Gift List

The holiday season is not only a time for festive decorations and exchanging gifts but also an opportunity to spread joy and make a positive impact on those in need. This year, consider incorporating charitable giving into your holiday gift list to bring warmth to both your loved ones and the wider community. Here are five heartwarming ways to add a touch of generosity to your holiday celebrations:

1. Gift a Donation in Their Name:

Instead of traditional presents, consider making a donation to a charitable organization in the name of your friends or family. Choose a cause that aligns with their values, whether it’s supporting education, healthcare, or environmental initiatives. You’ll be giving a gift that keeps on giving, making a difference in the world on behalf of your loved ones.

2. Shop with Purpose:

Opt for gifts from businesses that support charitable causes. Many companies offer products where a portion of the proceeds goes to nonprofits. Look for brands with a commitment to social responsibility, and your holiday shopping becomes a double gift – a thoughtful present for your recipient and a contribution to a good cause.

3. Volunteer Together:

The gift of time can be just as valuable as material presents. Consider organizing a volunteer day with your friends or family. Choose a local charity or community project and spend a day making a direct impact. Not only will you be giving back, but you’ll also create lasting memories and strengthen your bonds with loved ones.

4. Charity Gift Cards:

Gift cards are a popular choice, but why not make them more meaningful? Choose charity gift cards that allow the recipient to donate to their favorite cause. It gives them the flexibility to support a nonprofit that resonates with them personally, turning the gift card into a powerful tool for positive change.

5. Create a Charitable Wishlist:

Encourage your loved ones to create a charitable wishlist alongside their traditional one. Many nonprofits offer platforms where individuals can list specific items or services they need. Share these wishlists with friends and family, giving them the opportunity to make a direct impact by fulfilling these needs in the name of holiday giving.

By incorporating charitable giving into your holiday traditions, you not only spread joy but also contribute to the spirit of giving back. Whether through donations, volunteering, or purpose-driven shopping, these heartwarming gestures add an extra layer of meaning to the season of generosity. This holiday, let the spirit of giving shine bright in every gift you share.


The Season for Giving Thanks!


Community Foundation Making Grants of up to $2,500 to Feed Community

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has announced a seasonal grants program to support nonprofit organizations that help feed the community on Thanksgiving. These grants will provide essential support to groups that are hosting free community meals open to the public, distributing food for individuals and families to prepare at home, or delivering meals to those who are homebound on Thanksgiving day. 

The Thanksgiving Fund is accepting applications now through the Community Foundation’s Online Grant Portal, and the deadline is Tuesday, October 31st at 11:59 pm. The funds may be used for food, supplies, and other costs associated with Thanksgiving initiatives. 

To be eligible for these grants, organizations must have 501(c)3 status, be located in Guilford County, and provide services in Guilford County. Priority will be given to projects that provide food or meals to those experiencing homelessness, people whose incomes are below the federal poverty threshold, and older adults in Greensboro. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please visit 

The Community Foundation’s Thanksgiving Fund was created in 2011 with the purpose of serving meals on Thanksgiving Day to community members. To date, $150,000 has been contributed to the fund to support this important initiative with thousands of meals provided throughout the region. 

To apply for the Thanksgiving Fund Grant, visit Thanksgiving Fund Grant Application


Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro: Celebrating 40 Years

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is celebrating 40 years! Our team was excited to commemorate the 40 years of lasting impact made throughout Greensboro. We wanted to connect with the community to learn about the varying views of the people who make up our diverse community. Over the summer, we spent three days around downtown Greensboro interviewing people about what Greensboro means for them and how they want to see our community grow. 

With the help of Twin City Media, we set out to capture 28 interviews with 47 influential people from every corner of Greensboro who are deeply committed to making our city a better place for all. We asked everyone five questions to gain insights into their perspectives, motivations, and aspirations for Greensboro. 

As we discussed their aspirations for the city, the leaders painted a vivid picture of their vision for Greensboro’s future. Many highlighted the importance of bolstering educational opportunities for all residents and bridging gaps in access to essential resources. They are determined to see Greensboro as a thriving hub for culture and creativity, where the arts flourish and innovation is celebrated. Moreover, they envision a city where everyone feels valued, included, and connected, regardless of background. 

These interviews with our community leaders showcase the passion, dedication, and vision that collectively shape Greensboro’s future. Their commitment to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector reflects the city’s enduring spirit of generosity and unity. Together, they inspire us to envision a brighter, more inclusive Greensboro, a place where dreams are nurtured, opportunities abound, and the community thrives. 

Watch this inspiring video filmed and produced by Twin City Media featuring CFGG Communications Specialist, Stephanie Surratt. 


Thank you to everyone who participated! 

  • Seth Wingate (Twin City Media)
  • Brent Patterson (Twin City Media)
  • José Oliva 
  • Liana Adrong 
  • Mona Edwards 
  • Mildred Poole 
  • Jim & Louise Brady 
  • Ivan Canada 
  • Erika Wilhite 
  • Sam Bartlett
  • Will Thompson
  • Jorden Brown
  • Bri Williamson 
  • Olivia Blattimore 
  • Ann Lineweaver 
  • Tracy Boyer Clark 
  • Rachel Pront 
  • Andy Zimmerman 
  • Laura Way 
  • Tom & Linda Sloan 
  • Zac & Mary Shelton 
  • Mac Simms 
  • Scott Baxter 
  • Tyler Lee 
  • James Gardner 
  • Ron & Victoria Milstein 
  • Kathy Manning 
  • Walker & Dabney Sanders 
  • Sarah McGuire 
  • Megan Parker 
  • Marcus Thomas 
  • Marc Bush 
  • Richard Beard 
  • Shamira Azlan 
  • Taylor Ghost 
  • Afi Johnson-Parris 
  • Evainna Ross 
  • Charlene Gladney 
  • Ursula Robinson 
  • Henry & Shirley Frye 
  • Swati Argade 
  • Cassie Bustamente 
  • Cecelia Thompson 

Highlighting Hispanic and Latinx Communities of Greensboro

From September 15th to October 15th, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to honor the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United States. The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro takes pride in the work we do to promote cultural diversity and create an equitable environment for people from all walks of life. We are taking this moment to appreciate the enduring impact of Hispanic and Latinx individuals and to acknowledge the vital role these communities play in shaping our collective identity. We have invited Hispanic and Latinx community leaders from the Greensboro area to share what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them.


“For me, Hispanic Heritage Month is about strengthening community connections and cultural understanding, and I volunteer for two organizations that live these values: Casa Azul of Greensboro and the Greensboro Literary Organization/Greensboro Bound Literary Festival. This fall, Casa Azul is partnering with Greensboro Bound through its Authors Engaging Students to bring Latinx authors to Guilford County Schools and its spring book festival.  More to come on that soon!”

Martin Acevedo
Vice President of Marketing & Communications at CFGG


“Every Hispanic Heritage Month, I am reminded of my family’s journey to America and the invaluable contributions of the more than 1 million Hispanic/Latinos in North Carolina. Together, we can build a more inclusive and thriving community for all.”

José Olivia
Chief of Staff of Guilford County Schools & CFGG Board Member

José Olivia immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He currently serves as chief of staff of Guilford County Schools. He is the first Latino to serve as chief of staff of a large urban school district in North Carolina. In his prior roles, he served on Governor Cooper’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, the City of Greensboro International Advisory Committee and was elected the first Latino and youngest student body president of his college.


“Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to reflect on my roots. As a CFGG employee, I am cognizant of the experiences of those who came before me, and I aim to honor this within my work.”

Megan Quiñones
Program Officer of Grantmaking Programs at CFGG


“Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that this is a good moment to embrace our differences and to support each other on life’s journey.  I am proud of my Latina and Latin American heritage and celebrate it year-round,”

Kattya Castellón
Entrepreneur, Local Small Business Owner & CFGG Board Member

Kattya is of Nicaraguan descent and is an entrepreneur and small business owner in downtown Greensboro. Prior to this, she worked in higher education at UNCG for 16 years as an Associate Director of Admissions. Part of her role at UNCG was to support Latinx students on campus—many who were first generation college goers. Kattya remains very active in Greensboro’s growing Hispanic/Latinx community as an advocate and volunteer—a passion and purpose that began in Managua and benefits our region today.


Equity Allies Giving Circle Welcomes New Members

A group of Community Foundation donors committed to addressing equity issues in Greensboro has launched the Equity Allies Giving Circle. An outgrowth of the Equity Allies affinity group, founded in 2019, the giving circle focuses on pooling members’ donations to make impact grants that target systemic inequities in Greensboro.

Led by Robin Lane, the group includes about 20 Community Foundation donors and meets regularly to learn about and discuss local issues involving social and racial inequities. Circle members are currently exploring the causes and effects of medical debt, particularly on people of color, with a plan to make an initial grant by the end of the year.

“We are viewing our work through a justice lens,” Lane said. “We want to address root causes of social and racial inequities, advocating for and funding ideas and programs that go beyond charity.”

The circle is open to anyone affiliated with the Community Foundation and welcomes new members, with an initial donation of $2,500 per household required for participation in the leadership, or decision-making, group. Funds can be transferred directly from a CFGG DAF to the Giving Circle fund.

For more information, please contact Robin Lane at or at (336) 312-8802.

—  Ann Morris


Southeast Guilford High Wins Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. Award

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro awards $12,000

Southeastern Guilford High is this year’s winner of the Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. School Improvement Award. Superintendent Oakley presented the award on Tuesday during the annual State of Our Community event sponsored by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

The Humphrey Award is designed to “enhance a comprehensive school improvement plan that supports collaboration and leads toward improved student achievement.” A selection committee reviews certain academic metrics and considers how each school plans to engage the community, serve diverse student populations, and improve student outcomes.

Principal Christopher Scott took the helm of Southeast before the 2022-2023 school year. Throughout the year, he and the school’s new administrative team utilized input from stakeholders to honor the history of the school, address concerns from stakeholders, and implement research-based high-yield strategies to support staff and students. The strategies played a role in improving the graduation rate, lost instructional days, and teacher retention.

“I am proud of the Southeast Guilford High School team and the leadership of Principal Scott. Over the last year, they have implemented a robust set of strategies to improve academic performance while supporting the well-being of students,” Superintendent Oakley said.

The school will receive $12,000, which it will use to focus on student support. The school plans to update the space students use for E-therapy sessions and install sensory boxes for students in each administrator and counseling office. It also plans to use the money to support its attendance plan and improve the transition from middle to high school by hosting quarterly meetings for first-year students and their families.

Hubert B. “Hugh” Humphrey was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation from 1981 until he passed away in 2003. Revered by fellow trustees and staff, Humphrey also served as legal counsel to the foundation. In November 2003, the trustees created the Hubert B. Humphrey Jr. School Improvement Award to honor his dedication. The Foundation established a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, which is used each year to support the cash award.

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina and among the largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, serves nearly 70,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 9,800 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges, and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students grow. For more information, visit the district’s website at