What Matters is an annual community luncheon that inspires people from all sectors in our Triangle region to learn about and address key community issues together.  The event begins with dynamic morning workshops and culminates in a lunch program featuring a keynote speaker and awards presentation.  What Matters typically attracts more than 500 corporate, civic, philanthropic, academic, healthcare, religious and nonprofit leaders who are dedicated to making our community great for everyone.  At the event, the Foundation presents two awards focused on the game-changing work of philanthropic community members – the Catalyst Award and the Legacy Award . Event proceeds support the Fund for the Triangle, which provides funding for Our Focus in the arts, community development, environmental conservation and youth literacy.

What Matters 2018: Women

On average, 15% of people in the Triangle are living at or below the federal poverty line. That number is higher for women, and the gaps are even wider for women of color and single parents. Women continue to be disproportionately affected as it relates to health, housing, employment, and education, but when they are empowered and have access to the resources they need, women thrive against all odds. And that impacts the entire community – our kids, our economy, and our well-being. What can we do to create a region of opportunity for all women? We need everyone at the table – let’s work together to imagine the possibilities, so that we can ensure everyone thrives. Click here to register today!

What Matters 2017: Our Kids

Nearly 600 dedicated people joined us for the 2017 What Matters Community Luncheon: Our Kids on April 26. We began the day with four sold-out opening sessions led by issue area experts focused on literacy, advocacy, and learning about who the children in our region are and what they need to succeed. We honored Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. and Easter Maynard with two philanthropic awards, and presented Bridge Builders with the annual nonprofit Innovation Award at lunch. The event culminated with the keynote speech by Sonia Manzano, of Sesame Street fame, as she talked about her own struggles as a child, how poverty relates to literacy, and what she thinks we can do in our community to help jump this hurdle together. You can view a complete list of resources from the day here.

What Matters 2016: A Region of Opportunity

Over 500 passionate leaders joined us at the sold out 2016 What Matters Community Luncheon: A Region of Opportunity on April 27 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The conversations on equity, diversity, structures, policy change, changing the narrative, widening gaps, healthy communities, and celebrating our differences left us so inspired! We feel confident that there will be many meaningful conversations to come, and that we can and will work together to build a thriving community for everyone. View a complete list of resources from the day here.

What Matters 2015: Adapting to Change

In 2015, the What Matters Community Luncheon focused on Adapting to Change, and heard from Dan Heath, author of NY Times Bestseller, Switch. We spent the day looking at the implications of growth and change in the Triangle region, and Dan talked with us about “how to change things when change is hard” and the importance of celebrating bright spots amidst complex social issues.


Jessica Aylor

Vice President of Community Engagement
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4022
Email jessica@trianglecf.org