Press Release: An Update from United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation on the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County


March 25, 2020 – Winston–Salem, NC

An Update from United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation on the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County

On March 18, officials from United Way Forsyth County, The Winston Salem Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and Community Organizations Active in Disaster announced the formation of COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County to support local community members impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Fundraising Update

As of March 24, more than $3,000,000 has been raised for the fund, with donations ranging from $10 to $1,000,000, from individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and foundations. Visit to review funds raised and donors to-date.

Scott Wierman, President of The Winston-Salem Foundation notes, “We are thrilled that the City of Winston-Salem’s initial $1,000,000 donation has grown to more than threefold in under a week. Our partnership will deploy these resources carefully and thoughtfully to nonprofits through a grant application process we’re announcing today.”

Wierman adds, “We want the public to understand that while this fundraising has been successful to-date, what we have raised so far will not be nearly enough money to address the immense community needs due to this evolving crisis. We’re asking all community members who can to partner with us to support our neighbors during the difficult days and weeks ahead. Please visit to help.”

Grant Application Now Available for Nonprofits

The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources for immediate, emerging, and long-term needs to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The fund is designed to complement the work of government and public health officials to address all aspects of the outbreak in Forsyth County.

Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO of United Way Forsyth County remarks, “This fund was envisioned to rapidly deploy critical resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Forsyth County. We’re excited to roll out the grant application process in under a week to start getting help to those community members who need it. “

The first phase of proactive and responsive grants is funding nonprofits with one-time general operating support in order to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation will administer the fund.

An advisory committee of local funders and community institutions working directly with impacted populations will oversee the application process.

More specifically, initial funding will benefit disproportionately impacted individuals and families including:

· Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave

· Individuals experiencing homelessness

· Healthcare workers

· Hospitality and service industry workers

· Unauthorized immigrant populations

· Communities of color, and in particular, residents with limited English language proficiency

Nonprofits can now access the COVID-19 grant application at

Additional phases of future funding will be developed by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response.

Committee Members: Deborah T. Wilson – United Way of Forsyth County, Nora D. Ferrell and Jason W. Baisden – Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Peggy S. Reingold -Wells Fargo, Mamie Sutphin – Reynolds American, Inc., Cheryl Lindsay – HanesBrands, Brent A. Waddell – BB&T now Truist, Reginald McCaskill – Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, Sandra Fishel-Booth -Winston-Salem Foundation