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.