What Matters: A Thriving Community

On May 1, over 500 of us gathered at What Matters (click here to see photographs) to learn what it will take for everyone in our community to thrive, and how we can build the roadmap to get there, together. We’ve compiled helpful resources from the day, as well as what … Continued

Working Toward a Thriving Society

Dr. Bulent Ender was raised to believe that it was his responsibility to give back to those in need. As a first-generation immigrant from Turkey growing up in the suburbs of D.C., he was surrounded by opportunity. Opportunity that came with a clear message from his family and religion. “Being … Continued

The Importance of Community

There’s a certain richness in community, of being part of something that yields a sense of belonging. Where neighbors truly are neighbors who look out for each other. Or so thinks Dr. Margareta Claesson. She learned early on what community means, and it has shaped her life, her learning, and … Continued

2018 Grants in Action Tour

Orange County Grants in Action Tour You are invited to join us for a special visit with Orange County’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partners, a collaboration focused on youth literacy for children 0-8 years old in Orange County. We invite you to learn with us about the challenges facing children in Orange … Continued

RACE: Fostering Empathy

What does the word “race” mean to you? At the start of summer, Foundation staff and board members spent an afternoon reflecting on that question and more, as we toured the RACE exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. As a part of our ongoing … Continued

Mental Illness: The Person Behind a Diagnosis

Mental illness was a barrier that kept Brent Parrish from reading fluently. His childhood education didn’t address his mental health and kept him from reaching his full potential. Parrish, who is in his 50’s, watched President Barack Obama’s farewell address in January, and he didn’t understand some of the complex … Continued

Giving Young Parents a Brighter Future

Parenting a child while in high school makes college seem out of reach. But Beth Harrington got a boost when she needed it most — a scholarship that opened doors to higher education and a better life for her son, Nathan. The de Grange Scholarship paid for two years at … Continued

Importance of Wrap-Around Care

Burma Spinks first came to the White Oak Foundation looking for help for her 87-year-old mother. But she ended up finding a community of support for herself as well. Spinks, who is currently in her 60s, and her mother visited the Foundation’s food pantry and attended many of the Senior … Continued