News Updates

Below you will find news from the Trust.

Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark Wins “Emerging Leader in Philanthropy” Award

Congratulations to Trust Senior Program Officer Jehan Benton-Clark who was recently named ABFE’s Emerging Leader in Philanthropy. Jehan is being recognized for her outstanding work and leadership to bridge divides and work closely with communities throughout North Carolina to improve health. ABFE, a philanthropic partnership for black communities, announced the award on February 11 and will present the award to Jehan at their annual conference in Baltimore in April.

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.

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.

Announcing the Trust's February 2016 Grant Cycle

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is excited to share the February 2016 grant cycle announcements. To be eligible for funding, applicants must complete an advance consultation with the Trust before submitting an application.

Please find the Poor and Needy Division funding announcement here. 

Please find the Health Care Division funding announcement here. 

Community Wellness Takes Center Stage as Burke County Focuses on Promoting Activity and Local, Healthy Food

The Burke County community, with support from the Trust, is working to promote active living and healthy eating, as well as grow and sustain local food systems and nearby agriculture as part of the county-wide effort to improve health. Trust funding will go toward promoting year-round physical activity for residents, establishing wellness programs, and educating residents about healthy food options. The grants are part of the Trust’s Healthy Places NC, a long-term initiative aimed at improving the quality of life and health in rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties.

$1.5 Million Investment Aims to Connect Rockingham County Residents With the Care They Need

The Trust is providing a $1.5 million grant to launch a coordinated effort to provide assistance to low-income individuals who have chronic medical conditions and/or mental health needs in Rockingham County. The funding is part of a larger effort to build, strengthen and align health, behavioral health, and social services throughout the community. The grant is part of the Trust’s Healthy Places NC effort, a long-term initiative to improve the quality of life and health in rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties.

Twin Counties Expands Access to Healthy, Local Food and Places to Be Active

With support from the Trust, the Twin Counties are expanding physical activity opportunities for students and employees, as well as community members in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. The community is also focused on expanding access to local food to support nearby agriculture and promote healthy eating. The investments are part of Healthy Places NC, a long-term Trust effort to improve the quality of life and health in rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties.


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