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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


NCCJ to Honor Mae Douglas and Dr. Patrick Harman

North Carolina for Community and Justice (NCCJ) will honor community leaders Mae Douglas and Dr. Patrick Harman with the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award at their 57th annual Citation Award Dinner on Wednesday, November 8, chaired by Leslie Dunne Ketner and Robert C. Ketner.

“NCCJ is delighted to honor Mae and Patrick,” says Ivan Canada, NCCJ’s executive director. “These two remarkable people are both multi-hyphenate community leaders. Mae and Patrick are volunteers – and mentors – and philanthropists. They make generous investments, but they don’t stop there. They then roll up their sleeves and do the work of creating the change they want to see for our communities. They’re using every resource they can to break down barriers, foster collaboration and partnership, and set our Triad community on the path toward a future that’s good for all of us – not just some of us.”

“Robert and I are proud and excited to chair this important event,” says Leslie Dunne Ketner. “In a polarized world, love is the only hope – and NCCJ is dedicated to bringing people together in understanding, acceptance, and love. We can’t wait to gather with our community this fall to celebrate Mae and Patrick and shine a spotlight on some of the incredible work these leaders are doing to uplift and strengthen our community.”


Greensboro native Mae Douglas is a lifelong advocate for racial and social justice. After a distinguished career as a corporate business leader and human resources executive, Mae came home to Greensboro – and got to work. Driven by her belief in the promise Greensboro embodies, calling it “a place of diversity, compassion, vision, and collaboration,” Mae is working to build a better city for future generations growing up in our community.

Since retirement, Mae has invested her time, talents, and resources as a volunteer, mentor, and philanthropist. She is dedicated to advancing the policy and systemic changes necessary to achieve full equity and accessibility in education, health care, business development, and all facets of life for those in our community. Her efforts are often focused in predominantly Black areas like those in East Greensboro where she grew up, since investments in the city’s growth historically left out neighborhoods like hers.

Mae currently serves with organizations such as Cone Health, UNC-Greensboro, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. She previously served with several others, including NCCJ. Most recently, she played a key role in establishing the Black Investments in Greensboro (BIG) Equity Fund, a permanent endowment with a vision to transform the well-being of Greensboro’s Black communities.

During Mae’s career, she was nationally recognized for her significant contributions to diversity efforts and leadership development across the telecommunications industry. Mae has been honored many times for her work in the Triad, including the 2020 Athena Award by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; the 2022 Outstanding Greensboro Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NC Triad Chapter; and the 2022 Thomas Z. Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and the 2023 Black Business Ink Power 100 Award.

Dr. Patrick Harman works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all people in his hometown of High Point. For more than 20 years, he has leveraged his Hayden-Harman Foundation to bring about positive, lasting change in our community.  Patrick’s impact is both deep and wide; he quietly plays a key role in many aspects of High Point’s civic life and community development.

Much of Patrick’s work has focused on revitalizing the Washington Street area, High Point’s historic Black Main Street, through commercial and residential building renovation, business and economic development, and youth education and leadership initiatives. He founded Growing High Point to address healthy food access through comprehensive and sustainable food systems through the creation of urban farms, a food hub, and a mobile grocery store.

Seeking to grow the capacity of all nonprofits to respond to community trauma, Patrick founded Resilience High Point, a nonprofit that encourages public, private, and nonprofits to collaborate on building systems for a compassionate community. Patrick also launched the Bridge project that will serve as a comprehensive community-based hub of support to address healthy food access, health services access, job skill training, agribusiness development, and youth development.

Patrick has worked closely with organizations including D-Up, Elon University, Forward High Point, Greater High Point Food Alliance, Growing High Point, the John Coltrane International Jazz Festival, the Washington Street Community Association, United Way of High Point, and others.

Patrick’s philanthropic and social change work is informed by his background in political science and policy, and educational research methodology and psychology. His honors include the 2014 Esther Award from the Welfare Reform Liaison Project and a 2015 Fulbright award for supporting work alongside social scientists at Durham University to identify neighborhood-rebuilding projects deemed most effective by politicians, nonprofits, and community members.


The Citation Award Dinner is the Triads largest annual event dedicated to diversity and inclusion. It is also NCCJ’s biggest community program and fundraiser. Honoring Mae Douglas and Dr. Patrick Harman and chaired by Leslie Dunne Ketner and Robert C. Ketner, the 2023 Citation Award Dinner will be held both in-person and virtually (live streaming) on Wednesday, November 10, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Doors to the Guilford Ballroom will open at 5:45 p.m. for the reception, with the dinner and program taking place from 6:45 to 9 p.m.

Visit NCCJ’s website, to reserve your tickets or event sponsorship, or to make a gift in honor of Mae Douglas or Dr. Patrick Harman. All revenue from the dinner provides essential support for NCCJ’s work throughout the year.


NCCJ is a human relations organization working to create compassionate and just communities free of bias, bigotry, and racism. We promote understanding and respect among all cultures, races, and religions through advocacy, education, and dialogue.

While we work with people of all ages, NCCJ’s youth leadership work is our cornerstone. We support teens’ mental health and social and emotional development by building their confidence, self-esteem, and resilience; showing them firsthand the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion and equity; helping them see their own agency to create positive change; and facilitating social connections with peers and adult allies to grow and strengthen their support systems.

NCCJ’s best-known youth program is Anytown. Since the 1980s, thousands of local high school students have participated in this weeklong youth leadership and human relations summer camp. Thousands more have attended NCCJ’s in-school programs like Anyday and Break the Cycle: Be the Change, which focuses on teaching students to recognize and counteract the stereotypes and prejudices that lead to bullying and discrimination.

In addition to our youth-focused programs, NCCJ also offers community programs like The Reset and Open Minds, Respectful Voices, as well as diversity and inclusion training for educators and other adult professionals.

Contact to arrange an in-person or virtual NCCJ program or presentation for your school, workplace, or organization.



Building a Better Greensboro through Impactful Giving

$212,500 in nonprofit grants awarded to support health and wellness, economic mobility, and cultural vibrancy in the Triad 

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro announced $212,500 in nonprofit grants to support the Foundation’s focus on health and wellness, economic mobility, and cultural vibrancy. $164,500 was awarded through its competitive Community Grants Program, and $48,000 was distributed through the Tri-County Health Fund.

“We are excited to support nonprofits contributing to a thriving and culturally diverse Greensboro,” said Bishop Adrian Starks, Chair of the Grants Committee. “These grants will increase these organizations’ capacity to respond to current and emerging needs in our community,” said Starks.

The grantees of the Community Grants Program are:

  • African American Atelier, Inc.
  • The Arc of Greensboro
  • Cambodian Cultural Center of North Carolina
  • Combat Female Veterans Families United
  • Eastern Music Festival
  • Magnolia House Foundation
  • Montagnard Dega Association, Inc.
  • National Institute of Minority Economic Development/Women’s Business Center of Greensboro
  • North Carolina African Services Coalition
  • On Track Education, Inc.
  • StepUp Greensboro

In addition, the Tri-County Health Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation, announced $48,000 in 2-year grants for three organizations. The fund supports organizations working with uninsured, underinsured, and Medicaid populations in Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham County. The first-ever recipients of funding from the Tri-County Health Fund include:

  • Central Carolina Health Network
  • Free Clinic of Rockingham County
  • Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine

“We are very pleased to announce the first-ever Tri-County Health Fund grantees,” said Megan Quiñones, Program Officer for Grantmaking Programs. “The Tri-County Health Fund’s unique focus on access to affordable healthcare will respond to healthcare challenges in our region for years to come,” said Quiñones.


Below is background on the organizations and a brief description of the projects receiving funding from the Community Grants Program and the Tri-County Health Fund.

African American Atelier, Inc. ($15,000)

The African American Atelier, Inc. is committed to supporting and presenting the work of artists of color while exposing, educating, and engaging the residents of Guilford County. Funding from the Community Grants Program will support organizational capacity, maintain and expand current programs, present culturally diverse art exhibitions, and offer a symposium focused on the business side of art to artists in our community.

The Arc of Greensboro ($11,000)

The Arc of Greensboro is committed to securing rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play. Funding from the Community Grants Program will support the Arc and Arts, a program that exposes people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to various art mediums and cultural institutions throughout Greensboro.

Cambodian Cultural Center of North Carolina ($10,000)

Cambodian Cultural Center of NC (CCC of NC) works to build our communities across North Carolina, together. We are run and led primarily by second-generation Cambodian Americans whose mission is to help preserve the Cambodian cultural heritage and identity among younger generations of Cambodian Americans who are born in North Carolina. Funding from the Community Grants Program will support organizational capacity and expand programming centered around food sovereignty.

Combat Female Veterans Families United ($25,000)

Combat Female Veterans Families United provides transition services to Combat Female Veterans (CFVs) and their families, supporting life after war. Funding from the Community Grants Program will provide general operating support and support the expansion of current programs.

Eastern Music Festival ($8,000)

Eastern Music Festival’s (EMF) mission is to promote musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation, and diversity through a nationally recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts, and other programs that will enhance the quality of life, health, and vitality of our region. Funding from the Community Grants Program will support the EMF’s Encircling the City Outreach program which is an educational performance and service-learning project designed in collaboration with the Greensboro Public Library.

Magnolia House Foundation ($15,000)

The Magnolia House Foundation, Inc. intends to restore and maintain the structure and operation of the historic motel. Once complete, an exact replica of the NC Green Book site and what it represents to the region can be properly documented. Funding from the Community Grants Program will provide general operating support and strengthen organizational capacity.

Montagnard Dega Association, Inc. ($20,000)

The Montagnard Dega Association (MDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Community-Based Organization formed in 1988. We exist to unite and strengthen the fraternal ties of all persons of Montagnard heritage, to create a positive environment for all to meet, to build safe, healthy communities, to inspire education, and to preserve our cultural heritage. Funding from the Community Grants Program will provide general operating support and allow for an expansion of cultural arts programming for refugee communities in Greensboro.

National Institute of Minority Economic Development- Women’s Business Center of Greensboro ($30,000)

The Women’s Business Center of Greensboro promotes economic self-sufficiency for all women in the Greensboro, North Carolina area through entrepreneurship. Funding from the Community Grants Program will support expanded programming offered through the Women’s Business Center of Greensboro.

North Carolina African Services Coalition ($11,000)

The North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC) provides services to refugees, asylees, and human trafficking victims who settle in Greensboro, NC, and is dedicated to empowering refugees and immigrants of the Triad through direct social services and employment programs. Funding from the Community Grants Program will support the NCASC’s Tulip Society for Afghan and Refugee Women program which is a support space for women, and their children, who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries to connect with one another, participate in workshops, and attend outings to cultural institutions throughout Greensboro.

On Track Education, Inc. ($12,000)

On Track Education, Inc. is here to help struggling students. We collaborate closely with teachers to design a tutorial experience that will help the students in class. If needed, we coach students on-site or tutor them after class to assist them in reaching academic success. Funding from the Community Grants Program will provide general operating support and programmatic support for a summer literacy, math, and entrepreneurship program in Northeast Greensboro.

StepUp Greensboro ($7,500)

StepUp Greensboro works to motivate, empower, and equip individuals to become self-sufficient and stable through employment and life skills training. Funding from the Community Grants Program will support organizational capacity and the expansion of StepUp Greensboro’s Job Readiness program.

Central Carolina Health Network ($4,000 a year for 2 years)

The Central Carolina Health Network (CCHN) mission is to serve people by expanding access to quality care for persons living with HIV and reducing the spread of HIV through education and prevention. Funding from the Tri-County Health Fund will support transportation services for clients. The Central Carolina Health Network provides services in Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham County, along with four other counties in Central North Carolina.

Free Clinic of Rockingham County, Inc ($10,000 a year for 2 years)

The Free Clinic of Rockingham County recognizes the right of low-income, uninsured citizens of Rockingham County to have access to health care that compassionately meets their essential medical and pharmacy needs. Funding from the Tri-County Health Fund will support the launch of a culturally relevant Diabetic Intervention Program for Rockingham County’s Hispanic and Latino population. Free Clinic of Rockingham County provides services in Rockingham County.

Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine ($10,000 a year for 2 years)

Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with one purpose: to provide care for you and your family, regardless of your ability to pay. Funding from the Tri-County Health Fund will support patient advocacy. Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine provides services in Guilford County.

The Community Grants Program is the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s annual, competitive grants process for nonprofit organizations. In 2023, this grantmaking program awarded one-time operational grants to smaller nonprofits that support Greensboro in becoming a more economically mobile, or culturally vibrant community. These grants will support organizations whose missions align with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s focus to maximize opportunities that meet community needs.

The Tri-County Health Fund is a field of interest fund established in 2021. In 1998, Community Care of North Carolina launched a pilot program designed for the Medicaid population in Guilford County. This pilot soon expanded to Randolph County and Rockingham County. Over the last 20 years, Partnership for Community Care transformed into a multi-sector effort expanding access, decreasing cost, and improving health outcomes for 118,000 individuals from across the three counties. In 2019, this publicly funded program dissolved. The remaining assets were entrusted to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro resulting in the establishment of the Tri-County Health Fund.