Hubert B. Humphrey, Jr. School Improvement Award

Mrs. Jackie Humphrey and Superintendent Sharon Contreras present Principal Jim Gibson the award at the Greensboro Chamber's State of Our Community Luncheon held Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Photo credit: Ivan Saul Cutler for Guilford County Schools

Mrs. Jackie Humphrey and Superintendent Sharon Contreras present Principal Jim Gibson the award at the Greensboro Chamber's State of Our Community Luncheon held Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Photo credit: Ivan Saul Cutler for Guilford County Schools

This award is named in honor and in memory of the life and contributions of one of Guilford County’s, and North Carolina’s, most remarkable citizens – Hubert B. Humphrey, Jr. Hugh Humphrey was an exceptional lawyer, civic leader and public servant, as demonstrated by earning the accolade as one of the Best Lawyers in America; having served in both the NC House and Senate; and having been a member and chair of both the Board of Trustees at Wake Forest University and UNC-Greensboro.

Mr. Humphrey was also a notable philanthropist. He served as a trustee and legal counsel of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for more than 20 years. He was noted for his striking compassion for those less fortunate, his sincere commitment to making life better for others and his passion for and dedication to improving educational opportunities for each child. In fact, it was his deep personal interest and love for public education that was the hallmark of his service at the Foundation and that led trustees of the Foundation to create, with his family’s approval, this tribute to Mr. Humphrey’s incredible life. It is the hope of the Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation that the people of this state and community will always remember and be inspired by the life and contributions of Mr. Humphrey and that this award will serve as a reminder of him and all he did.

This Award is not just an effort of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Instead, it is a partnership with the community. At the forefront of the partnership is the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro who manages the endowment provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and oversees the Award selection and recognition process. Guilford County Schools staff analyze the 10 data points for each applicant. The chair of the Guilford County Board of Education and Mrs. Jackie Humphrey demonstrate their faithfulness and dedication to education by serving on the award selection committee.

It is the goal of the award to recognize the most improved school and, thus, to encourage the constant drive to excellence that Mr. Humphrey so long encouraged in all of us.

The award winner receives a check in the amount of $10,000 to be used to strengthen and develop the entire staff of the school. The winner’s name is also inscribed on the Hugh Humphrey cup, and the winning school will have the right to display the cup on its campus until next year’s winner is announced. On the occasion that two schools receive the honor, the award funds and right to display the cup are shared equally between the two schools. 

Hubert Humphrey Award Winners

Year* School(s)

2005 - Northeast High School

2006 - High Point Central and Page High School

2007 - Eastern Guilford High School

2008 - Smith High School

2009 - Northeast High School

2010 - Northeast High School and Smith High School

2011 - Northern High School

2012 - Andrews High School

2013 - Page High School

2014 - Southern Guilford High School

2015 - James B. Dudley High School

2016 - Eastern Guilford High School

2017 - Southwest Guilford High School

2018 - Ragsdale High School

*The application process for the Humphrey Award begins in the fall. The year indicated on this page refers to the Fall of the application year. The actual award presentation and funds may be provided during the next calendar year (or at the next available significant event). For example, Northern High School is listed as the 2011 award winner and received their funds in Spring 2012.

ART + SCIENCE = Public Art Endowment Selects The Next Project

ART + SCIENCE = Public Art Endowment Selects The Next Project

The Public Art Endowment (PAE), an initiative of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina, has agreed to select the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) as the site of the next public artwork project for the endowment. The PAE will work with the GSC to facilitate the selection and design phase of the artist as well as assist in the fabrication and installation phases. This public art plan will focus on transforming the entry plaza to the GSC’s newly renovated entrance.

Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month: An ECG Community Conversation About Legacy

The Expanding Community Giving Initiative (ECG) of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG) engages diverse audiences to use philanthropy to become agents of their own change to positively impact the Greater Greensboro community. ECG’s Community Conversations is a series of events providing information and resources that inspire and mobilize donors to grow their philanthropy and establish philanthropic legacies that strengthens our community.

At the next Community Conversation, Mary and Marcus Thomas will share their family’s unique path into philanthropy. Mary Thomas is a nationally recognized and distinguished leader in the field of philanthropy for her grantmaking and leadership at The Spartanburg County Foundation. She has received philanthropy’s highest honors for her efforts: being named Top Three Distinguished Grantmakers by the Council on Foundations in 2014 and, in 2006, being the first African American to win the Council on Foundation’s Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking established by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund of New York. Mary will impart knowledge and wisdom that will kindle enthusiasm for philanthropy from her experiences as a professional, donor, and beloved Aunt to her family’s next generation of philanthropists.

 

Mary L. Thomas along with her nephew, Marcus Thomas an emerging philanthropist, will join in a conversation reflecting on how in a conversation reflecting on how she modeled for him the importance of giving back and establishing a philanthropic legacy. Marcus has continued the Thomas family’s philanthropic legacy as a member of the - Young and Dangerous Giving Circle that was established a charitable fund at Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Mary and Marcus will share their accounts of related-experiences and events of how their family inspires and supports a culture of intergenerational philanthropy.

Join us as we celebrate Black Philanthropy in August with this family’s unique narrative of their family’s legacy! Come learn how to foster a culture of philanthropy within your own family and leave inspired to establish your family’s philanthropic legacy!

 

Mary L. Thomas

MARY L. THOMAS has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Spartanburg County Foundation where she is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization and leads its mission, vision, and strategies while translating the Foundation’s goals into the overall program of work. Ms. Thomas’ many honors include but are not limited to: being named Top Three Distinguished Grantmakers by the Council on Foundations in 2014 and, in 2006, being the first African American to win the Council on Foundation’s Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking established by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund of New York. She took her prize money of $10,000 coupled with numerous gifts from the Spartanburg community which surpassed $100,000 to establish the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change. This award is managed by The Spartanburg County Foundation, and a deserving leader is recognized annually for his/her leadership on critical issues in the Spartanburg community.

Marcus Thomas

MARCUS THOMAS is a native of Spartanburg, SC. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Georgia. Marcus serves as Dream Team Director at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC, under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Bishop Bryan J Pierce Sr. Marcus oversees a team of over 1,900 volunteers and provides leadership, encouragement, coaching and opportunities to serve in the community. Marcus also oversees Mount Zion’s community outreach initiative “Serve the City” and he serves on multiple committees in the Greensboro Community.


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Expanding Community Giving Research Project on Black Philanthropy

Expanding Community Giving Research Project on Black Philanthropy

As part of strengthening the community, CFGG is currently implementing the Expanding Community Giving (ECG) initiative to engage more people of color in philanthropy. By taking a survey, you will help us reframe and expand a new narrative for Black philanthropy in the Greater Greensboro community. The survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. 

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