The Teen Grantmaking Council, or TGC, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and in partnership with Leading to Change, gives high schoolers leadership experience and a chance to meet other teens, voice opinions and make a difference by distributing grants to youth-directed projects that deal with community issues.
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro plays an important leadership role to address critical issues facing our community. As a convener, The Foundation helps bring together organizations and people to tackle these goals.
An example of this leadership is the Building Stronger Neighborhoods program, through neighborhood development and grantmaking, supports Greensboro neighborhoods as they mobilize assets to enhance community quality of life. BSN is supported by the Building Stronger Neighborhoods Coalition: Cemala Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Cone Health Foundation, Greensboro Public Library, and Weaver Foundation.
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts was held on April 26, 2017. The ceremony drew a crowd of more than 300 to the site of the future Tanger Center - One Brenner Place at the corner of North Elm & Bellemeade Streets in downtown Greensboro. The program included remarks from Steven Tanger, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Greensboro Coliseum managing director Matt Brown, Greater Greensboro Community Foundation president Walker Sanders, fundraising chairperson Kathy Manning and Performing Arts Task Force co-chairman Henry Frye.
It was a celebration years in the making.
In February 2012, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Inc. created a socio-economic, demographically diverse Task Force is created to explore the needs for, feasibility of, and economic impact resulting from building a new performing arts center in downtown Greensboro. The task force included members of the Greensboro City Council, business members, volunteers, employees from existing art organizations, and other interested individuals.
Fast forward to the fundraising success reported in December 2013:
“I am very pleased that our community has dug deeply and generously to help us achieve my challenge goal of raising $35 million,” Tanger said. “This is an astonishing accomplishment, for which I congratulate the fundraising volunteers. Their diligent work, and the generosity of all of our donors, is making possible a watershed moment in the history of Greensboro. I am filled with gratitude and excited to see this project break ground in the coming months!”
The success of the private fundraising efforts resulted in the biggest private-public partnership in Greensboro’s history. “It’s awe-inspiring to see the $35 million goal achieved,” Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said. “We’re very appreciative of the residents and business leaders in Greensboro who have invested in this important project for our downtown.”
The City of Greensboro and The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG) are leading a community process aimed at creating a shared housing vision for a successful, sustainable, affordable housing initiative for all residents.
One of the most valuable aspects of this initiative is that public input was sought early in the process, via community meetings and an online survey. You can download the details in this infographic.
Finally, we invite you to gain insight into the state of affordable housing in our community by checking out the statistics around rental housing.
In November 2014, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro unveiled plans for the new Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park, slated to open in Spring 2016 in downtown Greensboro, N.C. The park will be made possible by a generous bequest from the late Carolyn Weill LeBauer, who directed that the assets of her estate be used to create a fantastic park for her community. For more information on the park, visit Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.