There is still work to be done, together.

I know many things have been written about all that has transpired after November 8.  Many opinions and forecasts have been shared, and many questions remain. I’d like to offer this open letter to our community. The morning after the election, I had the opportunity to participate in a ceremony … Continued

No Easy, Quick Answers in Equity Work

Equity work isn’t about finding absolute answers to anything. It is about asking questions over and over and over again and making good decisions about how to address particular problems in particular areas through an equity lens. That’s according to Gita Gulati-Partee, Founder of OpenSource Leadership Strategies, who led over … Continued

Innovation: Changing the Odds

It’s hard to move forward when you feel like the odds are stacked against you. This is a feeling teenagers aging out of the foster care system know all too well. They face growing up — finding housing, education and jobs — without the family support others their age can … Continued

#equitymatters: Summer Update

This year, the Foundation has embarked on a journey, working closely with Gita Gulati-Partee and OpenSource Leadership Strategies, to explore how we can do more to help create a more equitable community through philanthropy. We have dedicated a space in our quarterly newsletter to share what we are learning, what … Continued

Triangle Community Foundation is Moving!

Triangle Community Foundation announced this month that they will be moving their office to The Frontier in the fall. The 33-year-old organization has occupied space at the American Tobacco campus in downtown Durham for the past ten years. President & CEO Lori O’Keefe expressed that staff is excited about the … Continued

Focus on Housing: On the Road in East Durham

Donors and community leaders joined Foundation staff for two simultaneous bus tours of East Durham in early March, one based on Education and the other on Housing. The following story is one writer’s account of the Housing tour. To view a photo-journalistic account of the Education tour, please click here. … Continued

Siler City Unidos: Working to Unify a Community

The Chatham County town of Siler City is 50 percent Latino — but the town’s leaders and most engaged residents are overwhelmingly white. Sergio Borrayo, a code enforcement officer for the town, says it is hard to engage the Latino population in community life. “I think that a number of people … Continued

Second Helpings: Aiming to Break the Cycle

Drew Doll applied for 138 different jobs in the 30 days after he was released from prison. ​“One-hundred-thirty-seven said no,” Doll said, “But I kept at it.” ​He landed an accounting job and started putting his life back together. But he was troubled by the experience he had, one that’s … Continued