Men of different ages and racial backgrounds participating in a small focus group watch a presentation

We work so all residents can succeed.

We’re working with the community to foster an inclusive economy that listens to, empowers, and supports residents who have historically been denied economic opportunities. We began this work by listening and learning in our community. Over the past few years, we’ve conducted focus groups with local leaders and surveyed residents and heard that many want expanded economic and job opportunities in the county, especially for residents facing the greatest barriers. We also learned that people want new voices included in Forsyth County leadership and decision-making. We’re partnering with the community to make this vision a reality.

In 2016, white unemployment locally was a low four percent compared to approximately six percent for Hispanics and Latinos, and more than eight percent for African American residents.

We envision an inclusive economy.

Data shows a wide range of income levels in Forsyth County. It also reveals that, while many residents are working, they are not earning enough to support themselves and their families. To address this, we are focused on improving the lives of residents who need equitable support to thrive, including youth, people of color, people with low incomes, young children and their parents, and the elderly.

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Special Initiative: Great Expectations

We invest in our children's future.

One way to support economic mobility in the county is to invest in our youngest generation. That’s why we are investing half of our local grantmaking resources to ensure children in Forsyth County—especially those in families living in poverty—reach developmentally appropriate milestones in the first five years, enter kindergarten ready to learn, and leave set for success in school and life.

Funding Opportunities

Find out what we’re funding now.