Insights from Sabrina: Social Innovation Director

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hangs in my office and reads, “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” This quote has multiple meanings for me.  First, it reminds me that the need for philanthropy grew out of larger, systemic issues that are still present today.  The quote also reminds me that the philanthropic sector alone cannot solve issues of inequities that are centuries in the making. Economic injustices are community issues and directly and indirectly impact us all. 

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John Rex Endowment Grants Over $1.75M to Impact Conditions Affecting Children’s Health

The John Rex Endowment is pleased to announce grant awards totaling more than $1.75 million to five organizations to improve the environment in which Wake County children and their families are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age. The five grant recipients are: EVOLVE Mentoring: $480,260; Families Together: $600,000; Haven House Services: $97,172; Methodist Home for Children: $119,915; and Southeast Raleigh Promise: $453,490.

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President’s Message: A Fresh Look at Strategic Philanthropy

It’s true, time flies. I know this because I will be celebrating my two-year anniversary with the Endowment in a few months. In this time, I continue to be awed by our government agencies and nonprofits who relentlessly provide for their clients while striving to support themselves. Their fortitude and creativity in addressing the needs of our neighbors is remarkable. At the same time, I have increasing respect for what is required to be an effective funder.

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New Funding Available for Nonprofit Capacity Building

The John Rex Endowment announces a new funding opportunity as part of our Strategic Roadmap. The aim of this Nonprofit Capacity Building Request for Proposals (RFP) is to build the strength and sustainability of nonprofit organizations that support vulnerable Wake County children in living healthy lives. For a full description of this opportunity, including eligibility, see the RFP. Letters of Intent for this current funding opportunity are due Tuesday, June 11.

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AHA to Sunset. ACEs Work will Continue.

One of Wake County’s leading collaborations has dissolved, effective March 15, 2019. For more than 10 years, Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) sought to improve the health and well-being of Wake County residents.  The John Rex Endowment was honored to have provided leadership and financial support for AHA and to have collaborated with the staff, board and community partners. We express our appreciation for the many ways in which AHA contributed to the well-being of our community.

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President’s Message: Learning from the Past and Planning for the Future

A busy winter at John Rex Endowment is giving way to the promise of spring – and with it, the advent of new grant awards and opportunities. Our Strategic Roadmap – announced in October 2018 – is based upon 19 years of experience in building the capacity of the nonprofit sector and shaping community policies and environments, and/or supporting system-level improvements. It is also based upon our appreciation that children and their families’ lives are complex, and issues are intertwined. None of us live or work in silos.

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Sabrina Slade Joins John Rex Endowment Team

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sabrina Slade as Social Innovation Director, effective April 1, 2019. Slade who has more than 20 years of experience with nonprofits and foundations in North Carolina, comes to the Endowment from the Winston-Salem Foundation, where she was initially Director of the Women’s Fund, then most recently the Director of Strategic Initiatives. 

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John Rex Endowment Names Susan Smith CFO

The John Rex Endowment announces that Susan Smith has joined the team as part-time Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Smith, a magna cum laude graduate of Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, has been serving the Endowment as a financial consultant since 2013.

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