Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

OVERVIEW: This community foundation provides nonprofit capacity-building support. Other interests in greater Greensboro include arts and humanities, education, environment, housing, building social capital, and civic engagement.

FUNDING AREAS: Nonprofit capacity building, arts and humanities, education, environment, housing, building social capital, civic engagement

IP TAKE:  This is a great resource for support of staff training and leadership development workshops. The staff is accessible for grantseeker questions.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG) manages around 650 charitable funds and has over $200 million in assets. It is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. CFGG usually gives out more than $25 million in annual gifts each year.

This funder makes grants through unrestricted donor funds and also through funds targeted at specific interest areas. Interest area funding is part of CFGG’s community grants program, and the application process is online. Community grants usually run from a few hundred dollars to $10,000, with the average between $3,000 and $5,000. A variety of interest areas are supported, but the main focus here is nonprofit capacity building. Other special projects may be considered in the areas of the arts and humanities, education, environment, housing, building social capital, and civic engagement.

Organizations must be located in or serve the greater Greensboro area, and requests should be under $10,000. Public schools don’t typically receive these community grants, and multiyear grants are not usually considered. Application deadlines tend to fall in February and August. Grantees include Arts Greensboro, Eastside Park Community Center, Family Services of the Piedmont, and the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.

The Building Stronger Neighborhoods program, a separate CFGG program, supports neighborhood development and is funded by local organizations and foundations. The Future Fund allows students and adults to pool their money to benefit the community. A Teen Grantmaking Council engages youth in philanthropy and makes applications for funding available in mid-October. The Women to Women Fund is a permanent grantmaking endowment that engages local women in philanthropy. The Alamance Community Foundation is a geographical affiliate of this foundation that focuses on this geographic area. CFGG also provides scholarships—those applications are online, too.

The foundation is led by President H. Walker Sanders. A full list of staff members and their contact information is here.

General questions can be directed to the foundation staff at or 336-379-9100. The CFGG address is 330 South Greene Street, Suite 100, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401. Keep up with CFGG grantmaking on its news section.


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