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A New Year’s Resolution: Be A Disrupter For A Day

The challenges of being an effective philanthropist are well chronicled. It’s easy to become complacent since there are few pressures to be accountable for our actions. How much better might we be if we stopped and did something differently just one or two times? Disrupt something today. Your heart and head will thank you. Allen Smart/Nora Ferrell, Philanthropy 411 Blog, January 25, 2016

Wake Forest Discussion Looks at Medicaid Expansion Prospects

Wake Forest University law school is hosting a panel discussion Monday evening, January 25th, about the future of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina. Panel members will include representatives from think tanks, interest groups, the General Assembly and health industry CEOs. The discussion is Monday evening from 6 to 7:30 PM in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

Susan Shumaker and Allen Smart: N.C. Can Close Medicaid Gap With Reform

In December 2014, a nonpartisan economic analysis showed that by 2020, North Carolina’s workforce could grow by more than 43,000 jobs and the state’s economy could gain tens of billions of dollars in business revenue, and benefit nearly 500,000 residents if the state expanded Medicaid eligibility. Susan Shumaker/Allen Smart, ​Greensboro News & Record, January 17, 2016

Deadline Nears For Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Up until three years ago, the Sharon Jenkins couldn’t afford the $300 monthly premiums under private insurance. Now she’s re-enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, paying $22 a month for her premium. Pisgah Legal Services has 14 staffers who can help people navigate the marketplace, as well as 40 volunteers. With a $154,450 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Pisgah Legal was able to offer the free service and recruit volunteers.

Build a Playground with KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing active play into the daily lives of all kids. On a local level, KaBOOM! will be working closely with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, with support from United Way of Forsyth County, to find sites in Forsyth County in need of a great place to play. Ultimately, two sites will be selected to engage in an 8 to 10 week planning process that will end with the creation of a brand new playspace for the children in each of the communities.

Foundation Funding To Improve Rural Health Care

From January 2013–July 2015, “more rural hospitals had closed than in the previous 10 years combined," according to the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Rural hospital closures “have been ticking up since the recession of 2008–2009,” according to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Susan Shumaker and Allen Smart: It’s Not Too Late For State to Benefit From Medicaid Expansion

Dec. 18 marked the one-year anniversary of the release of a first-of-its-kind, county-by-county study showing that by 2020 the North Carolina workforce could grow by more than 43,000 jobs, and the state’s economy could gain tens of billions in business revenue, if the state expands Medicaid eligibility requirements.

Shed Those Holiday Pounds With Beau-fitt on January 19

The first Beau-fitt event for 2016 will feature Derrick Boyce, exercise specialist, with Vidant Wellness Center, who returns to the BCCC campus to get everyone motivated for the new year. He will discuss ways to exercise on a budget. A one-year membership to the Wellness Center at Vidant Beaufort Hospital will be given away at this event. Washington Daily News, January 7, 2016

Welcome Justin Maxson and Maurice "Mo" Green

On behalf of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, I’d like to welcome outstanding leaders Justin Maxson and Maurice “Mo” Green to our city and philanthropic community. A few months ago, Justin took the helm at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and Mo was recently announced as the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s incoming executive director.

Because of the prosperity and generosity of the Reynolds family, Winston-Salem is home to three large private foundations bearing the Reynolds name. Although the organizations stem from different Reynolds family members and focus on diverse issues impacting our state and region, we also share common interests.

The three foundations are some of the most respected private funders in our region — and the country — for decades of thoughtful investments to improve people’s lives in Winston-Salem and beyond. The institutions have long been leaders on key issues including education, health and poverty reduction and will continue to bring people together to tackle challenges and develop solutions.

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust carry on the legacy of a family that continues to do so much for our region, and we look forward to identifying new ways to partner to achieve our founders’ visions for healthy, equitable, vital communities.

Justin and Mo, welcome to Winston-Salem. It’s an exciting time in philanthropy, and we look forward to working with you to share successes and challenges, tackle tough issues, and determine new and better ways to support the communities we serve.