Looking Back, Working Forward


To change the system, we need to start with ourselves. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

We are reflecting back on our work over the years as a way to further our impact. We’re examining the root causes of the issues our founder, Mrs. Reynolds, cared about and addressing them on today’s terms.

Over the coming months, we look forward to exploring our founding history, the complexity of our legacy, our investments over time, and our vision for a just society that stands up against racism and changes the system to ensure equitable health, education, and economic outcomes for all residents.

Let’s begin by looking back, in order to move our work forward.

Kate B Reynolds sitting in a chair looking up while holding a book

Looking Back

In her lifetime, Trust founder, Kate B. Reynolds, funded charities dedicated to improving the lives of those whom she called “the poor and needy” of North Carolina. In her will she left instructions for a trust to be founded in her name to further this work, with an initial focus on improving the quality of life of people with low incomes in Forsyth County and improving health care around the state.


Working Forward

Today, Mrs. Reynolds’ gifts have enabled us to support thriving communities — partnering together for equitable health care, education, and economic opportunities for North Carolina residents. We center our work around racial equity—to realize the goals Mrs. Reynolds set forth when the Trust was founded, on today’s terms.

As we approach the Trust’s 75th anniversary this year, we’re reflecting on the Trust’s early work, to better understand how to address the root causes of the issues our founder cared about.

Telling Trust Stories

To help us understand where we’ve been and what we need to do next, we are developing a series of stories designed to trace the Trust’s trajectory from then to now.

Over the next few months, we will present a series of stories that highlight how the Trust and our partners have helped move the needle for change-so everyone, particularly people of color in North Carolina, will have the access and support they need to succeed.

telling trust stories

Reynolds Trust aims to stop investing in tobacco

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust used Tuesday’s 75th anniversary celebration event to announce a clean break from tobacco-related investments.

The Winston-Salem trust touted the transition as part of a “Looking Back, Working Forward” initiative that emphasizes a “socially responsible investment strategy” to support community-led businesses and economic opportunities in North Carolina.

telling trust stories

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust To Divest From Tobacco, Focus On Health Equity

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust  will no longer invest in tobacco and will revise its grantmaking strategies to be more socially responsible with a focus on health equity.


Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Will No Longer Invest In Tobacco

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, one of the largest private funders in North Carolina and the largest in Winston-Salem, announced today that it will divest from tobacco and instead commit to a socially responsible investment strategy to support community-led businesses and economic opportunities in North Carolina.

Telling trust stories

Addressing North Carolina’s Mental Health Needs 

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust started with the mission of improving North Carolina residents’ health and quality of life. Early on, the Trust focused on ensuring the health of newborns and their mothers, attracting health care providers to rural parts of the state, and ensuring “charity patients” had access to care. Thirty years into this work, it became clear there was a deep need to address challenges that weren’t just physical.