The Winston-Salem Foundation

Winston-Salem, NC   |   January 26, 2021

About The Winston-Salem Foundation

We are a nonprofit community foundation, comprised of over 1,500 funds, that assists people and organizations with their charitable giving, provides financial aid to college students, and makes community grants to nonprofit organizations in Forsyth County. We are the oldest foundation in North Carolina and one of the top 50 community foundations by size in the country and we currently manage over $600 million in assets.  Our Strategic Initiatives include the Black Philanthropy Initiative, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem and Youth Grantmakers in Action. Since 2018, the Foundation has been on a journey to deepen its understanding of and commitment to racial equity as both a priority in our work in the community and as a hallmark of our organizational culture.

Our Vision: 

A generous and trusting community where everyone is thriving.

Our Mission: 

We inspire giving and link resources to action, strengthening Forsyth County—now and forever.

Our Values:

  • Inclusion – we practice and champion inclusion, honoring the strengths and experiences of all in our community.
  • Accountability – we honor the intentions of our donors and partners and hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, service and stewardship.
  • Continuous Learning – we are committed to learning and evolving with our community and our partners.

Our Commitment to Racial Equity

The Foundation is committed to advancing racial equity across all our work in Forsyth County. Data shows that in our community, race serves as a reliable predictor of an individual’s educational, health, and economic outcomes. While data reveals racial gaps when it comes to poverty, household income, academic performance, and health, we recognize that systems—the institutions, policies, and resource allocation in our community—have played a major role in this data and that we must focus on these systems to affect real change.

For more information on The Winston-Salem Foundation, please visit our website.

The Opportunity

The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee is seeking a talented executive to lead the highly respected institution’s next chapter of work and impact. This is an opportunity to serve as a key community leader and to significantly affect the Foundation’s impact in the years to come. The Committee will look to its next President to think creatively and strategically about the current opportunities and challenges facing Forsyth County and propose ways the Foundation can continue to be a highly effective catalytic force in the community. Racial equity will be a driving factor in this work, both in the internal culture of the Foundation and in the Foundation’s impact in Forsyth County.

To learn more about this opportunity, read and download the full position profile HERE.


Erin Reedy, Melissa Madzel, and Marisa Chock of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Read and download the full position profile HERE