News Updates

Below you will find news from the Trust.

Poor and Needy Division Funding Announcement

We are pleased to announce our grants process for the August 9, 2016, grant application deadline. The Poor and Needy Division’s financial and human resources continue to be committed to improving the quality of life and health of financially disadvantaged individuals in Forsyth County, North Carolina. We encourage grant applications from local organizations, as well as organizations located outside of Forsyth County, that work to serve financially disadvantaged Forsyth County residents.

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Announces Dr. Laura Gerald as New President

The Trust announced today that Dr. Laura Gerald will serve as president of the statewide foundation committed to improving the health and quality of life of financially disadvantaged North Carolinians. Dr. Gerald currently serves as market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh and formerly served as the North Carolina state health director. A pediatrician who was born and raised in rural North Carolina, Dr.

McDowell County to Expand Access to Medical Services for Low-Income Residents

With support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, McDowell County will expand a program to serve low-income high utilizers of emergency medical services. This investment is part of the Trust’s Healthy Places NC initiative, a long-term program aimed at improving the quality of life and health in rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties.

Healthy Places NC and Twin Counties Boys & Girls Club Triple Play to Improve Fitness Opportunities, Healthy Eating for Local Youth

With support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Twin Counties will enhance the Triple Play program – which focuses on increasing kids’ daily physical activity, teaching them about good nutrition, and helping them develop healthy relationships – at three Boys & Girls Club locations in Edgecombe and Nash Counties.

Rockingham County to Tackle Wellness with a Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Approach

With support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Rockingham County plans to revitalize recreational, educational, and healthy eating initiatives for low-income students throughout the county. The funding is part of a community effort to increase physical activity and improve health among students and their families.

Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark Accepts New Position in Colorado

The Trust's Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark announced that she has accepted a position with The Colorado Health Foundation. At the Trust, Jehan has been instrumental in launching and guiding Healthy Places NC, the Trust's $100 million initiative to improve rural health in 10 to 12 financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties. Specifically, Jehan oversees Healthy Places NC work in Halifax, Rockingham, Edgecombe and Nash counties.

Trust in the Spotlight

ABFE President Susan Taylor Batten and Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark. Benton-Clark was named ABFE’s ‘Emerging Leader in Philanthropy.'

It’s an exciting time at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, as our Great Expectations work in Forsyth County moves forward and ongoing efforts to invest in communities in a thoughtful, sustainable way grow. Here are just a few of the recent and upcoming opportunities to share our work and celebrate our staff members.

Community Colleges Aim to Spur Better Health

On a cold Friday afternoon in February, a group of students, faculty and staff members gathered in a warm teaching dining room on the campus of Nash Community College in Rocky Mount to break bread together -- and learn how to bake it.

As part of the school's effort to stimulate healthier living in the rural community, a culinary teaching chef showed the group how a few simple substitutions in ingredients could turn an ordinary loaf into something much healthier and tastier.


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