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 the $25,000 Innovation Award to a nonprofit collaboration doing exciting work in our community, and 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: Our Kids – Tickets are on sale now!  

Plan to join us on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 for the 2017 What Matters Community Luncheon. The Triangle is home to almost 100,000 children under the age of eight. Each child is born with the potential to succeed, but significant opportunity gaps develop before kindergarten even starts. These are our kids. What can we do to shift the path from poverty to prosperity so each one of our kids can thrive? How can we work together to accelerate change in the Triangle? Join us and let’s learn how to ensure our kids have access to their bright future.  Learn more about the schedule for the day, including opening sessions, our keynote speaker Sonia Manzano, and our three award winners 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

Director of Community Investment
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4022
Email jessica@trianglecf.org