News Updates

Below you will find news from the Trust.

Parent Input and Community Collaboration Drive New Great Expectations Grants

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust today announced Great Expectations’ grants aimed at helping young children in Forsyth County enter school ready to learn and leave set for success.

The Trust’s investments build on information gleaned from Forsyth Family Voices, a listening and learning effort to gather insights from parents and providers in our community. Grants were also informed by a thorough analysis of existing gaps in the early childhood system.

Residents Driving Community Change in West Marion

On the fourth Thursday of every month, you can find up to 40 local community members gathered at Addie’s Chapel in West Marion, a predominantly African-American community nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. They are laughing and welcoming, and they are discussing solutions to long standing issues such as woefully inadequate transportation or a lack of child care options for second shift employees.

Trust Program Coordinator Erin Yates Promoted to Special Assistant to the President

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is pleased to announce Erin Yates, currently the Trust’s program coordinator, has been promoted to Special Assistant to the President.

The special assistant to the president role is an expanded, key role to support the president and other staff members internally as the Trust deepens its strategic work with communities locally and around the state to improve health and quality of life for residents in under resourced areas. 

Vice President of Programs Allen Smart Announces Departure from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Allen Smart, vice president of programs at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, announced plans to leave the foundation at the end of February to pursue consulting opportunities in philanthropy. During his 10-year tenure, Allen has been instrumental in leading day-to-day work and special initiatives as the Trust has evolved into a high impact, strategic funder focused on supporting long-term transformation in rural communities.

McDowell County Tackles Transportation Barriers to Help Underserved Residents Access Quality Health Services

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust awarded a grant to the McDowell County Department of Social Services (DSS) to address transportation barriers that limit West Marion residents’ ability to access health improvement services. This investment is part of the Trust’s long-term Healthy Places NC initiative, which announced a series of grants awarded to local organizations.

Newly Renovated Hive House Puts Emphasis Back on Healthy Community and Living

Bertie County is putting health back on the map by renovating and remastering a community center in a rural part of the county that will provide underserved youth and families with expanded health and recreational opportunities.

NC Community Development Initiative (NCCDI) has received $149,250 in funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to acquire and renovate a community center in Bertie County, known as the Hive House.

Community College Bolsters Health Improvement Efforts Through Community Gardens, Youth Engagement

Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) is taking the lead as the community works to strengthen local partnerships to increase access to fresh food for underserved residents. The work is a part of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Healthy Places NC initiative, a long-term effort aimed at improving the quality of life and health in rural North Carolina counties.


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