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

Leaving a Legacy

For Jim Stewart and Frances Dyer, contributing to the community has always been a part of life. Growing up in Durham, Stewart was keenly aware of his father’s (John “Shag” Stewart) passion and impact in the region, and knew he had big shoes to fill. “My dad’s favorite expression was … 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

Q&A with the Compass Center for Women and Families

The following is an interview with Cordelia Heaney (C), Executive Director of  Compass Center for Women and Families, conducted by Julia Da Silva (J), Programs and Scholarships Associate. J: Tell me a little about the Compass Center. C: Compass Center for Women and Families helps all people navigate their journey to … Continued

Q& A with the 2017 Shannon St. John Fellows

In the summer, the Foundation employs students to work on specific projects as Shannon St. John Fellows, named in honor of our first president. This summer we were lucky to work with two talented students, Shelli Grogg (S) and Ebony West (E), both pursuing their Master’s in Public Administration from … 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

Many Barriers to Education for NC Children

Education is supposed to be the great equalizer, the thing that can end generational poverty and change the trajectory of a person’s life. “We often think of equality,” said Laila Bell, director of research and data for NC Child, a state-level advocacy organization in Raleigh. For example: “‘If we give … 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