A Fresh Approach to Philanthropy

The Future Fund, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, is a fresh approach to philanthropy. Each Future Fund member contributes to an endowment that makes grants to launch new projects and initiatives that are selected by Future Fund members. By pooling their funds together, emerging leaders are given a "seat at the table" in Greensboro, and are able to create an impact far greater than each individual could do on their own. The bigger the endowment, the greater the impact.

In 1999, Ann Lineweaver, then Chair of the CFGG Board of Directors, recruited founding co-chairs Louise and Jim Brady to start this initiative to engage Greensboro’s young professionals in philanthropy. This fund will enable the Future Fund to make grants to projects, programs and initiatives selected by Future Fund members each year. Since its inception, the Future Fund has distributed over $600,000 in grants to over 100 local nonprofits.

In its 10th year, the Future Fund achieved its initial goal to build a $1 million endowment. A million dollar endowment will support annual grants of approximately $50,000 per year, giving Greensboro’s young professionals a permanent way to affect their community and contribute to the causes they care about. As the endowment grows, so too will the impact of the Future Fund in Greensboro!

Celebrating More than $623,079 in Grants Awarded Since 2000



Invest in Mental Health with a Focus on Minors and Their Families

  • Freedom House $7,500: To support rehabilitation and other long term intervention for women suffering from addiction together with serving their children.
  • Mustard Seed Community Health $7,500: To establish a play-therapy room for youth with mental health disorders.
  • Sanctuary House $7,500: To expand client services, facilitating greater collaboration with family and natural supports for clients with severe mental health disorders.
  • Mental Health Association of Greensboro $5,423: To assist with technological upgrades for peer-support counselors to improve overall reach and effectiveness for clients suffering from mental health disabilities and substance abuse.
  • Kellin Foundation $5,000: To support evidence-based mental health trauma recovery for children and their families.
  • Kids Poetry Basketball $5,000: Capacity building grant to support arts-based intervention project that seeks to improve cognitive development and wellness for area youth.
  • Carolina Patriot Rovers $3779: To support Veterans suffering from PTSD.
  • Children's Home Society $3770: To help improve the quality of the caregiver-child relationship through child parent psychotherapy.
  • Family Support Network of Central Carolina $3,210: To provide resources and support for families that have a child with special needs or experience a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.



Invest in Innovative Programs that Combat Hunger and SAY YES to Education

    • SAY YES to Education $20,000: provides hope to every Guilford County student, in the quest of attending college, through tuition-based scholarships. In addition to wrap-up around services to support, in particular, those who have challenges in excelling academically
    • Food Assistance Inc. $7,000: supports "Groceries on Wheels" program which uses volunteers to deliver groceries to low-income seniors one time per month
    • New Arrivals Institute $7,000: to develop a community garden, to expand the NAI food bank to include culturally appropriate foods, and to educate refugees about nutrition, shopping, food preparation and budgeting
    • Out of the Garden Project $7,000: funds used to provide Fresh Mobile Markets in partnership with Guilford Child Development. Fresh Mobile Markets bring fresh food into neighborhoods where those in need live
    • Greensboro Farmers Market $3,500: used to raise awareness about the SNAP/EBT availability and to provide 200+ bus passes to residents located in food deserts. Funds would also be used to establish the Kids First Saturday Shopper program
    • Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden $3,500: for a unique garden space featuring vegetables, herbs, and fruit. Produce is harvested for distribution to non-profits who feed the underprivileged of the Triad



Invest in Programming that Support Education/Training for Work Force Development

  • The Arc of Greensboro $7,500: ArcBarks After School Training Program for high school age special needs students by providing meaningful work and work skills
  • Shalom Community Christian Church, Inc.: $7,000: ACCLAIM Academy, summer enrichment and after-school tutoring program in the areas of math and science
  • New Arrivals Institute, Inc.: $5,000: Vocational Education Mobile Computer Lab for enhancement of technologic curriculum for refugee education program
  • Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro: $3,500: To provide services such as comprehensive training for women entering or reentering the workforce
  • FaithAction International House: $3000: Empowering the immigrant workforce through new employment readiness program

Tanger Performing Arts Center – donor matched Future Fund Gift of $20,000 bringing the total to $40,000



Supporting Programs to Help Children and Build Community

  • FaithAction International $11,500: for Immigrant Assistance & Resource Center and Stranger to Neighbor Dialogues
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro $9,900: for Kid’s Path CHAMP Camp
  • Seven Homes $7,500: for the continuation and expansion of the Forever Family TV spots
  • City of Greensboro Arts and Education Dept. $6,140: for Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP)
  • Guilford Adult Health $5,000: for the Guilford Dental Access Program
  • BackPack Beginnings $4,000: for purchasing food for 53 children at Shiloh Head Start
  • Out of the Garden $4,000: for Weekend Food Bags to Families of Hairston Middle and Falkener Elementary Schools



Supporting One Transformational High-Impact Program

  • Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro $20,000: for the Freedom School program, a highly successful six-week literacy program for children



Supporting Programs to Support Civic and Community

Matching Donor: Donations Made in Honor of Louise and Jim Brady

  • Kids Voting Guilford County $6,800: for the Teen Civic Engagement project
  • Habitat for Humanity $5,000: for Neighborhood Project Training
  • Reading Connections $4,600: for adult literacy program to build capacity of communities and neighborhoods
  • Elsewhere, Inc. $3,700: for CITY LAB youth engagement projects
  • Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA $2,250: college readiness, career and leadership development program



Supporting Educational Programs for Children and Youth

Matching Donor: Greensboro Grasshoppers

  • BackPack Beginnings $10,000: to provide backpacks of food to kids over the weekend
  • Men-Tors Association $7,500: for a mentoring program for boys aged 9-16
  • North Carolina A&T University $7,500: for FIRST Tech Challenge teams in Guilford County Schools
  • Opportunities Unlimited of Greensboro $7,500: for a financial fitness class for youth in public housing
  • Cove Creek Gardens $2,500: for summer nature camps for at-risk and special needs children
  • Tristan’s Quest $2,500: to expand educational support services to more children



Launching Innovative programs that promote Healthy Lifestyles

Matching Donor: John Lomax, Lomax Properties

  • Cove Creek Gardens $2,500: for their Sustainable Community Gardens project
  • Sanctuary House $9,000: for improved access to health and fitness services
  • Natural Science Center $2,500: for the “Keeping Fit the Animal Way” exhibit
  • Mental Health Association $5,000: for the “safe TALK” suicide prevention program
  • Girl CHARGE $5,000: for a program for teen girls to reduce incidences of relational aggression
  • Women’s Resource Center $3,000: for the 4-part Self Esteem Series for women and girls



Launching Innovative “green” programs that will protect and sustain our Environment

Matching Donor: Greensboro Jaycees

  • Center for Visual Artists $3600: for the Kids Studio after-school program at education center
  • Elsewhere Artists Collaborative $6,000: Urban-Green Campaign: re-use, re-create and re-imagine
  • Guilford Education Alliance $10,000: Teacher Supply Warehouse which holds recycled school supplies
  • Natural Science Center $4,562: The “Maned” Event: a green educator’s evening
  • Piedmont Land Conservancy $7500: More efficient utilization of Price Park in Northwest Greensboro
  • Glenwood Neighborhood Association $10,000: Promote “waterwise” landscaping and water preservation
  • Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools $1,000 (Member-Sponsored): for student scholarships
  • Seven Homes Family Foster Care Program $1,000 (Member Sponsored): to repair donations truck
  • The Women’s Resource Center $1,000 (Member Sponsored): for Community Resource Counseling Service



Focus Area: Launching Innovative Programs; Emphasis on Children and Youth

Matching Donor: The Wyndham Championship

  • Barnabas Network $7,500: for the “No Child Left on the Floor Summer Bed Blitz”
  • HandyCapable Network, Inc $3,200: for “A Mouse in Every House” to provide computers to low income families
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro $7,500: for prenatal palliative care program
  • Joseph’s House $9,500: for program to reduce the number of homeless youth/young adults
  • Natural Science Center of Greensboro $3,000: to train kids to act as educational ambassadors
  • Tristan’s Quest $9,500: SKIP (Support for Kids with Incarcerated Parents) initiative
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro $6,800: counseling for children and their parents
  • Bel Canto (Member-Sponsored) $600: for the “Rejoice and Be Merry” holiday concert
  • K for Kids (Member-Sponsored) $800: to raise money for summer camp scholarships
  • Women’s Resource Center (Member-Sponsored) $600: for the Legal Information and Access Program
  • Natural Science Center (Member-Sponsored) $1,000: Television for Weather Now/Creature Conditions kiosk



Focus Area: Launching Innovative Programs; Emphasis on Underserved Populations

Matching Donor: Chrysler Classic of Greensboro

  • Action Greensboro $8,000: for a web portal for Triad InternNet to increase quantity of local internships
  • Guilford Education Alliance $7,000: for the Principal for a Day Program
  • Second Harvest Food Bank $10,000: to open a Kids Café to provide meals to needy children under 18
  • United Arts Council $10,000: to commission the “Coffee Cup Collaborative” a public art installation
  • YWCA $5,000: to create a doula (midwife) program to provide support and education to teen parents
  • The Carolina Theatre $570 (Member-Sponsored): to preserve and frame original drawings of the theatre
  • International Civil Rights Center and Museum $1000 (Member-Sponsored): in memory of Cassandra Shelton
  • Joey Cheek Fund $1000 (Member-Sponsored): to fund for children of all backgrounds to play
  • Red Dog Farm $850 (Member-Sponsored): seed funding for animal rescue and placement program



Focus Area: Innovative Programs to Impact Greensboro

Matching Donor: Anonymous

  • Carolina Theatre $8,000: to upgrade film equipment to expand capabilities to show a greater variety of movies
  • Cheesewagon Skate Park $5,000: support the design and construction of a Greensboro community skatepark
  • Elsewhere Artist Collaborative $6,375: for a fabric workshop and completion of construction for theater space
  • Guilford County Juvenile Structured Day Program $2,150: for computer repair technician training program
  • Junior Achievement $5,000: to expand in-school programs to after school in partnership with YWCA
  • VSA-NC and Center for Creative Arts $5,000: operating support to display art created by artists with disabilities Children’s
  • Homes Society $1,000 (Member-Sponsored): for the Beach Music Festival
  • UNCG Department of Communication $1,000 (Member-Sponsored): to enhance community participation



Focus Area: Attraction and Retention of Young Adults in Greensboro

Matching Donor: Anonymous

  • Professionals in Transition $4,500: workshops on Finding the Hidden Job Market for young professionals
  • Greensboro Community Television $6,000: TV shows with interviews of members of Greensboro’s Creative Class
  • Guilford Green Foundation $10,000: four GreenQueen Bingo events raise funds for grants to LGBT organizations
  • SynerG $12,000: install a wireless technology system for Center City Park and downtown Greensboro



Focus Area: Downtown Revitalization

Matching Donor: Lynn and Mike Haley

  • Center for Community Self-Help $6,725: revolving loan fund contribution to regenerate downtown businesses
  • Family Life Council $5,000: photovoice youth photography project
  • Greensboro Artists’ League $5,000: Second Annual NC Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
  • NC A&T State University Foundation $5,000: Orientation Greensboro program for new teachers
  • Triad Stage $5,000: Project Discovery theater program for students
  • YWCA $6,725: Teen Families Reading Program for teen moms and their children (with Greensboro Public Library)

2001 & 2002


Focus Area: Downtown Revitalization

Matching Donor: Kathryn and Bobby Long, Long Miller and Associates

  • Community Theater of Greensboro $2,000: Studio Series in the Greensboro Cultural Center
  • Franciscan Center $3,000: social justice/diversity programming and counseling support
  • Grassroots Productions $3,000: trunk wrap lights for downtown street trees
  • Greensboro Artists’ League $15,000: North Carolina Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
  • Greensboro Children’s Museum $10,000: for restoration of miniature train and preparation for railroad exhibit
  • Triad Stage and Green Hill Center for NC Art $9,000: for creation of a downtown art gallery



Focus Area: Children and Youth

  • Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing $9,000: establishment of FRIENDS group to help reduce feelings of isolation and stress as children as transfer from schools for the deaf to mainstream programs
  • Communities in Schools of Greensboro $8,000: for the Great Leaps Reading Program for 300 3-5th graders
  • Green Hill Center for NC Art $5,000: ArtQuest scholarships
  • Greensboro Branch NAACP $5,000: “Read to Succeed” program targeting 15 students in grades 3, 4, and 5
  • Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality $1,000: Baby Basics Closet
  • Kopper Top Therapeutic Riding Center $5,000: scholarship fund to provide therapeutic horseback riding
  • Prevent Blindness of North Carolina $5,000: photo-refractive vision screenings to all preschool children, ages 2-5