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The Catalyst A VISION FOR GIVING

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making a sustainable difference

in our community


perspective FROM ANN BUSBY

Since the High Point Community Foundation was created in 2008, its leaders have sought ways to significantly impact the quality of life in High Point. From its earliest years, the Foundation has always considered education to be a priority. Through the Students First initiative, the Foundation has invested in our local schools by providing books for teachers and libraries, up-to-date technology, school security, teaching tools, band uniforms, etc. Now, more than ever, the Foundation believes that education is the core issue that drives our city’s future and is the key ingredient in the health and vitality of High Point and the surrounding area. We believe education is the “economic driver” our city needs to retool its workforce and, therefore, is a catalyst for the self-sufficiency of its citizens. It is for this reason the Grants Committee created the Strategic Leadership Grant of $100,000 to connect school support services to low income children and families in the public schools. This grant will initially enable four schools -- Fairview, Northwood, Ferndale, and High Point Central to connect to services that will enable more students to read on grade level by 3rd grade, improve math competencies, prepare for advanced placement courses, and increase the numbers of high school graduates with a post-secondary education plan. The Strategic Leadership Grant, in concert with Say Yes Guilford, can transform the educational attainment of many of our citizens and reduce the cycle of poverty that pervades so many families.

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Say Yes Guilford is now under local leadership and is committed to completing the original fundraising goal of $72 million to provide last-dollar college scholarships to middle and low-income students in our public schools. Graduation from either a 4-year college or receiving an Associates Degree from a Community College will help these young individuals create potential in the workplace. I am truly honored to be a part of the High Point Community Foundation, and thank our trustees, donors, partners, staff and supporters for their vision and dedication to our community. Warmest Regards,

ANN BUSBY CHA IR , HIGH POINT COMMUNIT Y FOUNDATION


A Look Inside

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CONTENTS

the Catalyst WELCOME

Messages from our Chair & President

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C ATA LY S T F O R C H A N G E

Grants & Technology For The Future

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HIGH POINT CENTRAL CLASS OF 1960

COMMITMENT TO EDUC ATION

SCHOLARSHIP

Supporting education in High Point P. 1 8 — 2 7

Investing in Education

COMMUNIT Y TR A NSFOR M ATION

Literacy for Economic Development Downtown Revolution Transistion of Leadership P. 2 8 — 3 4

FULFILLING THE DONOR'S PA SSION

Allowing individuals and families to explore, invest, and discover their philanthropic visions

TRANSISTION OF LEADERSHIP

Spotlighting Rising Leaders PUBLISHER:

High Point Community Foundation EDITOR:

Jaymi LaGuardia, Director of Marketing & Communications, HPCF CONTRIBUTORS:

Paul Lessard, President, HPCF Jaymi LaGuardia, Director of Marketing & Communications, HPCF L AYOUT & DE SIGN:

DONOR PA SSION

Women In Motion

Leslie Long, Leslie Long Creative Services

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REMARKS

go away -- they will evolve and change over the years -- and there must always be a resource that can supply a “safety net” for the most vulnerable in our community.

President's Remarks Recently I spoke to our Trustees about the very unique and critically important role the Foundation plays for our community as a flexible and efficient vehicle to impact the High Point community in ways no one else can.

vests thanks to a DAF who cares about our Police Department. Most recently a partnership with Barnes & Noble that provided 1,400 new books into our local elementary schools.

We play an essential role in fundraising and leadership with Say Yes Guilford, which will be one of the most significant educational and economic development initiatives of our generation. We are a key partner in managing the money for both the Stadium Project and the Downtown Redevelopment efforts. Our first Strategic Grant invested $100,000 to provide vital resources to High Point schools. Our Women in Motion initiative is empowering and inspiring local women, and we are playing an instrumental role in the sponsorship and design of the www.schoolsinhighpoint.org website that promotes our local schools as never before to families and businesses considering moving to High Point.

Whether it’s our Annual Grants that give $400,000 a year to local nonprofits or the tremendous impact our DAFs make every day, the High Point Community Foundation is providing financial resources and leadership that simply would not be available if we were not here.

Our Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) like the Draelos Scholars are providing local high school students a chance to conduct scientific research alongside professional researchers. Two DAFs have provided The Housing Authority of the City of High Point with their first bus which allows them the ability to attend events and take trips. Pedro Silva, the Founding Director of Shakespeare Festival, is being honored with a bronze bust that will reside in the High Point Theatre in perpetuity, and it is underwritten by a partnership of DAFs. Our Police Departments dogs will soon to be wearing new protective

I share this with you because we want to be sure everyone understands that our Community Foundation is providing a “Reservoir of Hope” that will always be here for High Point. There are very few things in life that are permanent and the Foundation is one of these. The needs of this city will never go away -- they will evolve and change over the years -- and there must always be a resource that can supply a “safety net” for the most vulnerable in our community. As always, thank you for your support to our Community Foundation and God bless you and yours.

PAUL LESSARD PR E S ID EN T, HI G H P O IN T CO MM U NI T Y FO U NDAT I O N

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PRESIDENT'S

The needs of this city will never


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C ATA LY S T F O R C H A N G E

Investing in

High Point’s Future

"The Community Impact Grants offer the Foundation a chance to fund innovative, collaborative projects that seek new ways to move our city forward. These grants inject almost half a million dollars each year into High Point, and they demonstrate the Foundation’s commitment to invest in programs and ideas that are catalysts for change. Our grants get beyond “business as usual” to support ideas that have ripple effects that spur community transformation." Rev. Joe Blosser, Ph.D. High Point University Robert G. Culp Director of Service Learning Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy

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C ATA LY S T F O R C H A N G E | G R A N T S

High Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV) After 20 years of service and partnership with the High Point Police Department, HPCAV has seen the crime rate decrease 67% while the population of High Point has increased by 44%. HPCAV’s goal is to make this city safe for everyone. The Grant they received from the Foundation allows them to initiate a program for offenders who are having a uniquely difficult time adjusting back to life. With extensive training courses focusing on soft and hard skills, these individuals will get the help needed to secure and sustain employment, helping to break the criminal cycle.

Our Annual Grants Program supports nonprofits who are positively impacting the greater High Point community. These grants serve as catalyst investments to help local nonprofits become stronger, more effective, and sustainable. As our community evolves, the Foundation adapts to ensure that our investments yield the biggest positive impact on the High Point community. We seek to respond to pressing needs as they arise and encourage nonprofits to build their capacity in anticipation of opportunities and challenges within our community.

The Community Impact Grant supports new or existing programs that address community opportunities or needs that can make a significant impact within: • Education • Safe Communities • Justice and Equality In 2018, we launched our Strategic Leadership Grant that provides up to $100,000 to help make a significant and sustainable impact within our community. As we move into our grant cycle of 2019, we are focusing on “Strong Starts – Safe Communities” for the Strategic Leadership Grant! The goal is to promote systems, networks, and programs that ensure children (from conception through 3rd grade) are able to enter school ready to learn. We are concerned about the ways violence in our homes and neighborhoods create ecosystems of trauma that adversely affect children. We foresee grants will be focused on addressing violence, domestic abuse, mental health services for children, parenting classes, nutritional classes, mentoring and tutoring, the development of early childhood support services, and more.

We can’t do this alone – with the help and contributions from everyone in High Point, we can continue to make this community even more amazing year after year!

Come join us by donating today:

HPCOMMUNIT Y FOUNDATION.ORG/GR A NT

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CHANGE

the Future

Adrian Martinca Technology for the Future

Adrian Martinca had a vision.

Chairman and Founder

A vision that by developing resources, supporting innovative thinking, and forming collaborations, a better standard of living and limitless opportunities would arise for all. This vision led to the establishment of the nonprofit organization Technology for the Future, which supports the dreams of students by challenging them to share their own dream and support others’ dreams too. In addition, Technology for the Future provides equal access to resources such as computers and other technology donated by their corporate partners, other organizations, and individuals. These resources, in turn, propel children’s potential and open doors that they might not have thought were available to them. Corporate organizations such as Microsoft, Adobe, and Google support Technology for the Future because they are insistent on creating resources that bring together communities in hopes of changing the future. Over 2,000 members are in the Guilford County group alone with other groups ranging in size across the United States. Members understand the importance of the opportunities technology can provide, they believe in the dreams of others, and they see doors opening through the technology in which they are provided. Discover more:

H T T P S : // T E C H N O L O G Y F O R T H E F U T U R E . O R G

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Technology for

“When we look to technology as a gateway to harnessing our children’s potential, we open doors to opportunities that create a brighter future for all.”


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COMMITMENT TO EDUC ATION

The Role Higher Education

has played in my Life

I am the son of parents who proudly and enthusiastically lived out the American Dream. They both came from blue collar towns in New England and brought with them a keen sense of work ethic and a sincere belief in the incredible opportunities America offered to those who were willing to work for them. My mother and my father were life-long learners, but neither ever had the opportunity to attend college. I’ve always believed this perceived deficit was what drove them to their amazing success as they felt they had to work harder, be more committed and never, ever stop learning. In my home growing up there were always 3 givens; church on Sunday, a commitment to servant leadership and attending college. As a first generation college freshman, I remember feeling a tremendous responsibility to be successful in the classroom and excelling on the

soccer field. I loved and embraced my liberal arts education as it reminded me of the Jesuits at my Catholic schools who had driven us to become “total men” who developed their mind, body and spirit. My college experience introduced me to ideas, opportunities and a future that I had never envisioned before. My sisters who followed me experienced the same revelations and in time, all of us would go on to become teachers, achieve advanced degrees and acquire the tools and the passion to make a positive difference in the communities we called home. This is why education is critical to any community. It empowers, inspires, and most of all equips us to live lives of independence, self-sufficiency, and service.

O U R CO M M U N I T Y F O U N D AT I O N S T R O N G LY B E L I E V E S A W E L L- E D U C AT E D C I T Y R E S U LT S I N T H R I V I N G C I T I Z E N S TH AT W ILL PROPEL US INTO THE FUTUR E . ~PAUL LESSARD,

President, HPCF

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s e y as y

COMMITMENT TO EDUC ATION | S AY Y E S

S AY Y E S G U IL FO R D

Say Yes Guilford is a non-profit workforce development initiative dedicated to supporting students and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation, degree or certificate attainment and ultimately a promising career.  Say Yes Guilford  works in cooperation with  Guilford County Schools  and  Ready for School, Ready for Life as part of a continuum of support and services for families beginning to plan for a child through the time that child begins a career of his or her own. 

“We must ‘reach and teach’ all students by helping to minimize roadblocks that prevent them from optimal learning. Children face the same stressors and challenges we adults face, but they lack the experiences and resources to navigate their way through difficult situations. Say Yes Guilford is there to ‘connect’ our community non-profits to help all families thrive.”

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EDUC ATION

Our Students First initiative is extremely important in the High Point community as it touches all schools in the city of High Point by providing for the unexpected and unbudgeted needs that arise throughout the school year. With the on-demand granting system, we can immediately get support and resources that will directly impact the students while strengthening the educational system in the community!

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COMMITMENT TO

Students First


COMMITMENT TO EDUC ATION | STUDENTS FIR ST

Putting her

students first Susan Steen is one of the many valuable Principals in High Point striving to do the best for her students and the culture of her school. The High Point Community Foundation is proud to support her and every other educator in this city! H OW A R E YO U C H A N G I N G T H E CU LT U R E AT N O R T H W O O D ? We are working hard to make Northwood

a school that everyone in High Point sees as a viable option for their children’s education. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) magnet school, anyone who lives in High Point may apply for their children to come to Northwood through the GCS magnet application process.  My first priority is to ensure that we provide a quality education for all students with the end result being an increase in student achievement for all of our students.  We have also worked this year to bolster our IB program by providing training and planning time for teachers to rewrite and expand on our IB units.  The goal of our IB program is to develop globally-minded students who become inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring citizens of our community and world.   W H AT AT TR AC TED YOU TO NORTH WOOD?

I am a High Point native, and I attended public schools in High Point. I graduated from Andrews High School and returned to High Point after college to begin my teaching career at Oak Hill Elementary.  After teaching at Oak Hill for eight years, I worked as a curriculum facilitator at an elementary school in Greensboro for 15 years.  Then, I returned to High Point as an assistant principal at Union Hill Elementary.  I was excited to come back to High Point so I could work to make a difference in my community.  I was attracted to the principal job at Northwood because it affords me the opportunity to impact the lives and futures of 500 students and their families who live in my community.   

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V I C K I M I L L E R , A N N B U S BY, S U S A N S T E E N , D AV I D M I L L E R

W H Y IS N O RT H WO O D IMP O RTA N T TO T HE HI G H P O IN T COMMUNIT Y ?

As an IB school, we focus on character development and teaching our students to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, openminded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. By developing these traits in our students, we are preparing them to be responsible citizens and the future leaders of High Point.


J. HOWARD COBLE SCHOL ARSHIP

SCHOLARSHIP

“WE KNOW HOW MUCH HOWARD LOVED THIS COMMUNIT Y AND HOW MUCH HE BELIEVED IN THE AMERICAN DREAM” ~D R . R AY CO B L E

A dedicated public servant to his constituents and having served as North Carolina’s 6th District Congressman for 30 years, J. Howard Coble was a statesman that was committed to making his home state a leader in education. With education in mind, the Congressman’s nephew, Dr. Ray Coble and his wife Chris, created a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation in honor of Congressman J. Howard Coble. Known for his high moral character and good citizenship, this scholarship looks to support incoming college freshmen who demonstrate the ideals and leadership qualities modeled by J. Howard Coble. Eagle Scout Luke Hinshaw was the recipient of the 2018 Coble scholarship and currently attends North Carolina State University with the hopes of establishing a career in Industrial Engineering.

ODELLE PEACOCK MARSH SCHOLARSHIP - NEW

Odelle Peacock Marsh initiated this scholarship years ago to help give rising graduates the opportunity to go to college. Odelle was a strong advocate for public schools and served on the local school board. Her son, Jim Marsh, has continued this legacy in her name to benefit students at High Point Central High School. The Foundation is now managing managing this scholarship for the Marsh family!

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EDUC ATION

J. HOWARD COBLE

COMMITMENT TO

FULFILLING THE DONOR’S PASSION!


EDUC ATION

COMMITMENT TO

HIGH POINT CENTRAL CLASS OF 1960 SCHOLARSHIP

The 2018 recipient -- Marbeth Salinas – was chosen for her amazing level of energy and enthusiasm surrounding service within High Point Central and in the community. She is attending Appalachian State and working towards a double major in music therapy and art therapy. Salinas is a first-generation college student in her family.

HIGH POINT CENTR AL CLASS OF 1960 SCHOLARSHIP Now in the ninth year of existence, this scholarship continues to serve as a resource for deserving graduates who are pursuing higher education from High Point Central High School. The alumni who established the fund – Dr. Richard Carmichael, Tom Kester, and Ellis Baker -- saw a desire among themselves and their Class of 1960 peers to make a lasting gesture of appreciation to their alma mater and to honor the memories of their teachers and beloved principal, Mr. Whitley. HIGH POINT CENTR A L HIGH SCHOOL CL A SS OF 1960 PIC TUR ED AT THEIR 50TH REUNION.

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EDUC ATION

High Point Schools Education is the key to success in economic development! High Point has so many amazing schools – public, charter, private, and non-traditional. We want to show them off for everyone to see. Whether you have lived in High Point your entire life, or you are new to the area, there are so many hidden gems to discover in our school system . Why wouldn’t you want to choose High Point as your home? The Foundation proudly partnered with the Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce to create a destination for parents, business owners, and residents of High Point to discover each and every school in High Point. We invite you to learn more:

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COMMITMENT TO

Highlighting


IMAGE PROVIDED BY FORWARD HIGH POINT

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COMMUNIT Y TR A NSFOR MATION

Literacy for

Economic Development Each year the Foundation’s Grants Committee and Board of Trustees take a look at the current needs of the community. Education has consistently landed in the number one spot for over 21 years. Why is this such a recurring need? First and foremost, the Community Foundation is focused on addressing unmet needs in High Point with a particular focus on helping people become self-sufficient. On both national and local levels, the old model of creating artificial economic supports has proven to be ineffective, so to empower and sustain both educational and economic progress in our community, we must equip those in our community to help themselves. Education is one arena in which there are both altruistic and economic motives that are equally important. Our future will demand that we are teaching and equipping our citizenry to become literate, educated, independent, productive people. IMAGE PROVIDED BY FORWARD HIGH POINT

We believe in the future and potential of High Point, and we will continue to faithfully invest in our community’s most valuable resource…the minds and potential of our young people. Paul Lessard President, High Point Community Foundation

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COMMUNIT Y

TR A NSFOR M ATION

INTERVIEW w. DR. NIDO QUBEIN PRESIDENT HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY RUE DE GALERIE, PARIS

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DR. NIDO QUBEIN, PRESIDENT HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY

We sat down with Dr. Qubein to talk downtown revitalization and how what matters is to always forge ahead with vision.


COMM U NIT Y TR A N S FOR M ATION | D OW NTOW N R E V ITA LIZ ATION

You are a man who is busy all the time with the phenomenal growth at HPU. What was it that made you take on the Ballpark and the downtown renovation? I believe in our community and its growth potential. I’m blessed to be able to help my home city in any way I can. The ballpark itself was an idea that originated at Forward High Point. They asked me to help “buy” the team and secure naming for the stadium. I agreed to do both but support for the idea was tentative locally. On May 17, 2017, I keynoted the annual meeting of the CVB and pledged to raise funds necessary not only to get the team and the naming but to expand the idea and construct a children’s museum, an events center, and –inside the stadium—a kids zone and a park. My message was simply this: The stadium is not solely about baseball. It is about our community pride, our future vision, our faithful courage. What is your vision for High Point’s downtown and why is this so vital to High Point’s future? Our furniture district downtown is very attractive. We’re proud of that. Both the city and the private sector have done a great job in ensuring the beauty and the safety of the area. Imagine that area with apartments, a new hotel, condominiums, restaurants, people of all ages enjoying the facilities inside the stadium and around it. Transformation has to start somewhere. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be innovative and inviting. I’m bullish about our future in High Point. People have been truly amazed by the remarkably quick construction of the ballpark. How have you done this so quickly and how has the process gone for you all? The City management gets all the credit for that. They contracted with Samet and allowed the baseball president and staff to be involved in a helpful way. Bravo to them. What do you see as the immediate and long-term impact of the stadium? More jobs. More excitement. Residents taking their friends to show it off. Development around it that will create economic impact and an enhanced tax base. All good things.

The Children’s Museum is creating a lot of excitement and energy in town. Your family’s name will be associated with this, what made you so committed to developing it? We need a children’s museum in High Point that is affordable and available to everyone in our community. My family and other families felt led to contribute time, energy, and gifts to ensure its success. Soon, you’ll see a beautiful building at the corner of Hamilton & Montlieu.  The museum’s direct relationship with the university will provide talent and brain trust that can make it an educational and inspiring learning environment for children in our region. The Exhibition Center is something High Point has needed for some time (Since Showplace shut its facility down for permanent showrooms), do you see this as money maker for High Point? It’s not about making money for the events center. It’s a charitable gift supported generously by the Congdon Foundation. Imagine the state and regional conferences that can come to meet in High Point and bring with them branding for our city plus needed economic impact. It’s going to be an amazingly unique campus with three buildings connected together with the new and the old showing legacy and tradition in an attractive architectural way. The buzz word these days in downtown renovations is “pedestrian friendly.” Do you see this “PF” approach changing the look and demographics of our town? Yes. More action. More people living downtown. More young people. It’s not utopia. But it is a measurable improvement. We should be proud of our city leaders, private investors, and our philanthropic donors for their belief in High Point and for stepping up to bring renewal to the heart of our community. You are a man who strives to live a life of significance. How do you and your team want to be remembered as future generations enjoy these downtown developments? Simply that to whom much is given, much is required. Even more importantly, that it is a privilege to step up and step out when called upon to make good things happen. I’m grateful to the many who are a part of this mission.

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COMMUNIT Y TR A NSFOR MATION | TR A NSITION OF LE A DER SHIP

Highlighting the Community Foundation’s

Rising Leaders

“I CAN STILL REMEMBER OVER 20 YEARS AGO WHEN AB HENLEY BECAME THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD. MR. MILLIS, SR. THOUGHT THE WORLD OF AB AND H A D A LWAY S R E S PEC T ED HIS FINANCIAL MIND AND SUGGE S TED TH AT W E A DD HIM AS THE 2ND FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN.

AB,

W H O H A S A LWAY S B EEN A M A N OF FE W WOR DS , M AY H AV E S A ID 3 WOR DS AT TH AT FIR S T MEE TING . BUT OV ER THE Y E A R S I WATCHED HIM BE MENTORED BY MEN LIKE NIDO QUBEIN, PHIL PHILLIPS, JIM MORGAN, BILL H O R N E Y, B I L L M CG U I N N , GEORGE ER ATH A ND CH A R LIE

Over the last 21 years the Community Foundation

G R E E N E . H E E V O LV E D INTO ONE OF THE FINEST

has served as a leadership incubator for High

LEADERS I’VE EVER HAD THE

Point’s emerging leaders. The Board of Trustees

A ND A BOUT 10 Y E A R S L ATER

and our various committees have been an excellent

PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HE BECAME THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

LIKE AB, I HAVE

environment for exposing our high potentials to

HAD THE HONOR OF BEING

some of the finest leaders in this community.

REMARKABLE LEADERS AND

MENTORED BY THE SAME IT ’S A N E XPER IENCE TH AT C H A N G E S YO U F O R L I F E .” ~PAUL LESSARD,

President, HPCF

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of Trustees in our city and continue to bring in the very best of each generation.”

HER E A R E O U R O U T S TA ND IN G R IS IN G L E A D ER S W H O R EPR E SEN T T HE B E S T A ND T H E B R I G H T E S T O F H I G H P O I N T.

WE ARE THANKFUL TO THESE YOUNG MEN AND

WOMEN W HO A R E LE A DING A ND INFLUENCING HIGH P OINT ’S NE X T GENER ATION!

Rising Leaders featured on the following pages:

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IV CULP

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CULP President & COO

Executive Director The Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation 26

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WILLIAM LANEY

Financial Advisor Pinnacle Financial Partners

A SHLE Y DAVIS WILLIAMS

Davis Furniture Industries, Inc. Director of Advertising

STEPHANIE YOUNG

I.L. Long Construction Co. Inc Project Manager

E VA OGDEN

Senior Vice President Office Leader Pinnacle Financial Partners

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MEGAN OGLESBY

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JOE BLOSSER

High Point University Robert G. Culp Director of Service Learning Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy

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TR A NSFOR M ATION

“We continue to have what I consider the finest Board


IV CULP

CULP President & COO

I N ? My Grandfather founded Culp Inc. in 1972 as a small converter.  Over the past 47 years, due to his and my father’s leadership, we have grown to become one of the largest fabric companies for bedding and furniture in North America and a publicly company traded on the NYSE.  I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

TR A NSFOR M ATION

COMMUNIT Y

W H AT LED YOU TO THE PROFE SSION YOU WOR K

W H AT IS THE K E Y SK ILL YOU BR ING TO YOUR P R O F E S S I O N ? I like to work and lead in an environment of collaboration. I strongly believe that the talents and passions of people make businesses successful.  My focus is to always recruit and motivate the best teams. W H AT IS YOUR FAVOR ITE THING A BOU T HIGH P O I N T ?   Philanthropy – it is amazing to see all the altruistic work

and development happening in High Point. IF YOU H A D A M AGIC WA ND W H AT WOULD YOU IV CULP

C H A N G E A B O U T H P T O D A Y ? Maybe just grant High Point the power of speed to help all the various projects go faster!

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E VA OGDEN

Pinnacle Financial Partners Senior Vice President Office Leader W H A T L E D Y O U T O T H E P R O F E S S I O N Y O U W O R K I N ? Pure

chance and a great opportunity lead me to banking. I started my career in banking while managing the call center at High Point Bank. I had worked in call centers before but banking was all new to me. W H AT IS THE K E Y SK ILL YOU BR ING TO YOUR P R O F E S S I O N ? I thrive when I am helping my clients and motivating my

associates to be their best. W H AT ACCOMPLISHMENT A R E YOU MOS T PROUD OF ?

My son is 19 years old and is very independent and driven. That is my biggest accomplishment. W H O P L A Y E D A K E Y M E N T O R I N G R O L E Y O U R L I F E ? I have never had a true mentor but I have had endless support from my mom, my husband and my son.  They have each helped me move forward personally, professionally and emotionally when I have needed them in my life. 

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A SHLE Y DAVIS WILLIAMS

O F ? I was one of the initial board members of the Forward

High Point board so I am excited to see the baseball stadium come to life and watch the growth around the stadium. W H AT IS YOUR V ISION FOR HIGH P OINT ’S F U T U R E ?   That the new growth of the stadium and areas around it will bring new people to High Point that will want to live and work here.  W H AT IS YOUR FAVOR ITE THING A BOU T HIGH P O I N T ?   High Point is a giving city.  When someone hears about

a person or organization in need, they are there to help! W H AT W IL L I T TA K E TO G E T YO U N G PEO PL E A SHLE Y DAVIS WILLIAMS

T O C O M E B A C K A N D L I V E I N H P ? We need our new

downtown area to thrive and bring in new business. Young people like to walk to their favorite restaurant from their place of work or residence.  F A V O R I T E R E S T A U R A N T I N H P ?   Corner Grill

MEGAN OGLESBY

The Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation Executive Director

MEGAN OGLESBY

W H AT ACCOMPLISHMENT A R E YOU MOS T PROUD OF ?

Besides the given - marrying my husband and having our son - I am most proud of running the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. After 12 weeks of training the race was almost cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, but we beat the storm, and I beat my goal by 9 minutes and 44 seconds with a 3:50:16 finish time! It’s not a Boston qualifier by any means, but considering I had just started running less than two years prior, I was and still am really proud of that. W H AT IS YOUR V ISION FOR HIGH P OINT ’S FUTUR E ?

My vision for High Point’s future is already starting to become realized. We have such a rich history and are starting to strike a balance between respecting our past and embracing our future. We still have a ways to go, but I see High Point truly being one of the best places to live, work, play and raise a family! FAVO R I T E R E S TAU R A N T IN HP ?

Fixin’s American Craft Eatery is my favorite. Chef Jason creates something new every day and his burger is hands down the best! Brewer’s Kettle is my favorite place to have a glass of wine and catch up with friends. FAVOR ITE AC TI V IT Y IN HP?

I love jogging to the Farmer’s Market at the High Point Public Library on Saturdays with our son in the stroller. We load up on fresh, locally grown veggies and then walk over to 83 Custom Coffee for a latte before strolling back home. It is the highlight of my week during the spring and summer! W W W. H P C OM M U N I T Y FO U N DAT ION .O RG

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Davis Furniture Industries, Inc. Director of Advertising


STEPHANIE YOUNG

I.L. Long Construction Co. Inc Project Manager

O F ? Maintaining a career in a field I am passionate about while

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raising 3 children. W H AT IS YOUR V ISION FOR HIGH P OINT ’S F U T U R E ? Growth in the downtown area- including new businesses, retail and restaurants. Bringing the heart of High Point back to downtown. Big things are happening!    F A V O R I T E R E S T A U R A N T I N H P ? It is hard to choose

only one. Some of my favorites are 83 coffee, DeBeen, Magnolia Blue, Real Market, Blue Rock and Tipzy’s. F A V O R I T E A C T I V I T Y I N H P ? We enjoy going the farmers market on Saturdays! It has plenty of activities for the kids and the vendors are wonderful!! We are also looking forward to watching the Rockers this summer! The new playground and park are a great addition to the downtown area of High Point. 

STEPHANIE YOUNG

WILLIAM LANEY

WILLIAM LANEY

Pinnacle Financial Partners Financial Advisor W H AT ACCOMPLISHMENT A R E YOU MOS T PROUD OF ?

I have enjoyed being involved with the Scholarship Committee for Say Yes Guilford. The scholarships have been well-publicized, but the true impact I believe will be providing the resources and support services needed for success for the students that need them the most! W H AT IS YOUR V ISION FOR HIGH P OINT ’S FUTUR E ?

That our kids will want to come back here someday, not just to live with their parents because they can’t find a job, like I did in 1998, but because they want to live and work here! FAVO R I T E R E S TAU R A N T IN HP ?

98 Asian Bistro/Blue Rock/Taco Corner FAVOR ITE AC TI V IT Y IN HP?

Listening to Turpentine Shine at Brown Truck Brewery

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JOE BLOSSER

High Point University Robert G. Culp Director of Service Learning Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy W H AT ACCOMPLISHMENT A R E YOU MOS T PROUD O F ? Through my position at HPU, I’ve been blessed to be part of inspiring community change. From the creation of the Greater High Point Food Alliance and Partnership for Greater High Point Schools, to serving with the Community Foundation, to helping HPU students find places to serve and work in High Point, I thankful for the work I get to do each day. Every time I run into one of my former students who is now living, working, and raising a family in High Point, I feel so proud to be part of this city.

W H AT IS YOUR V ISION FOR HIGH P OINT ’S

W H AT W IL L I T TA K E TO G E T YO U N G PEO PL E TO C O M E B A C K A N D L I V E I N H P ? We have to continue to

build opportunities for economic advancement, so young people feel like there’s a future for them here. Our EDC does a great job, and we have to continue to support the growth of businesses in the area. I moved to High Point for a job. At the end of the day, that’s how we attract people…low cost of living and great jobs! F A V O R I T E A C T I V I T Y I N H P ? I love the ever-growing number of things to do with my family in the city. The new greenway is amazing, leading from the heart of the city to the amazing trails at the Piedmont Environmental Center. A morning at the Farmers Market and getting books at the library is always a hit. And the kids are big fans of Sweet Old Bills, Wicked Taco, and Rockers games. It’s just a different city than it was a few years ago. It’s a good time to live in High Point.

F U T U R E ? High Point is rising. And I want the prosperity to be widely shared. We have to address our schools. There are great educators making a difference every day, but the poverty, food insecurity, trauma, and toxic stress our students bring with them to school demand a more robust community response. I look forward to the day when people talk about how great all our schools are, and all of our young people have a pathway to lives they want.

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DONOR

Advised Funds “One of my favorite financial vehicles at the Foundation are the Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)- they allow individuals and families to explore, invest, and discover their philanthropic visions! DAFs are like ‘mini-foundations’ where donors are able to recommend how and when their funds will be granted!” Paul Lessard President, High Point Community Foundation

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DR AELOS SCIENCE SCHOLARS PROGR AM

“No child could get this experience on their own but if we can facilitate it, facilitate the next person who’s going to cure cancer, facilitate the next person who`s going to cure arthritis, wouldn’t that be incredible! And that’s our hope and our dream.” ~ZOE DR A ELOS

Drs. Zoe and Michael Draelos have a passion for science and have both enjoyed successful careers in research and gastroenterology, respectively. When they considered how they wanted share this passion with a younger generation of growing scientists and give  back to the local community, they came to the High Point Community Foundation.   They knew what they wanted to offer—an intensive university level experience for deserving high school students to work in the lab with research scientists—but they weren’t sure how to get it started. It took a team effort to

fund the program, provide the experience, and find the most promising high school students to take advantage of the opportunity. That innovative idea evolved into the Draelos Scholars Program. Each year the Scholars Program grows to new heights with better opportunities for these budding scientists!  The Draelos family feels it is important to support the community in which they live, work, and raised their children. Giving back to the friends, neighbors, and the community as a whole has meant so much to them!

“ YOU LE ARN THE ELEMENTS OF THE GAME WHEN YOU`RE IN SCHOOL S TUDY ING . BUT HER E YOU LE A R N HOW TO PUT TH AT A L L TO G E T H E R A N D H O W TO M A K E I T A L L W O R K .” ~MICHAEL DR AELOS

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Donor Advised Funds Partner To Honor Pedro Silva

When people think of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival the first thought that typically comes to mind is Pedro Silva. Serving as their long-term Executive Director, Pedro came to represent the spirit of one of their most successful annual events, The Christmas Carol, where he played the role of Scrooge. This past year, Pedro has been battling a serious health issue. A group of our Donor Advised Fund holders and others who love Pedro came together to invest in a project that will honor the man and his many contributions to our community with a bronze bust. The bust will be sculptured by Jim Barnhill, a nationally renowned artist in Greensboro, NC. It will be permanently placed in the High Point Theatre where it will perpetuate the life and legacy of Pedro Silva.

We are honored to be a driving force in this community to recognize, honor and remember those who are leading lives of significance, grace and achievement!

“ONE OF THE PHIL ANTHROPIC VEHICLES I ENJOY WORKING WITH MOST ARE OUR DONOR ADVISED FUNDS (DA F S) A S THE Y A LLOW ME TO WOR K W ITH FA MILIE S TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR GI V ING GOA L S . MOS T R EC E N T LY I H AV E H A D T H E P L E A S U R E O F W O R K I N G W I T H S E V E R A L O F O U R D A F S TO H E L P U N D E R W R I T E T H E P E D RO P RO J EC T T H AT H A S V E RY S P EC I A L S I G N I F I C A N C E F O R S O M A N Y O F U S .” PAU L L E S S A R D, PR E S ID EN T, H P CF

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Women

in motion

The L. Paul Brayton family established the Women in Motion (WIM) initiative by joining with the High Point Community Foundation. The Brayton family believes that strengthening support for women and their families will build a stronger community. Women in Motion listens to the needs of women in the greater High Point area including Archdale, Jamestown, Trinity, and Thomasville. Through research and discovery, WIM found that professional women in this community want education networking, mentorship, and a strong support base. Through WIM’s Endowment, women will benefit through: • Annual Grants • GWEN Professional Series

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• Development and Networking Opportunities • Mentorship Program (NEW in 2019)

THIS INITI ATI V E IS LED BY A N A M A ZING GROUP OF WOMEN T H AT C A N PROV ID E G U IDA N CE , SU PP O RT, & CO M M U N I T Y T H AT C A N H E L P T H E M T H R I V E B OT H P E R S O N A L LY A N D P R O F E S S I O N A L LY.

Join Us today:

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Q&A

W H AT INSPIR E S YOU MOS T ?

I am inspired most when I feel like I had a positive impact on someone else through something I lead, did, or said.

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W H AT DOE S THIS ME A N TO YOU P E R S O N A L LY ?

Women in Motion to me is personal because it represents women who have come before us. Women can make things easier for others by constantly challenging themselves to do the things they did not think they could do, face their challenges, and grow through living their full life. The women in my life who made this possible are my mother, mentors, teachers and even my nieces.  You never know the impact your story can have on another!  Share your story!

WHERE DO YOU SEE WIM 10 YE ARS FROM NOW?

Ten years from now, I see Women in Motion changing women and their families in the greater High Point area. We are at a time in history where women are stepping into their lives to become their authentic selves.  Women in Motion will be impacting greater High Point in a big way through grantmaking, programming, events and celebrations. 

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Ways To Give: • Create a Donor Advised Fund • Contribute to our Community Impact Fund to support Annual Grants • Donate to one of our Initiative Funds (Students First, Heart of High Point, Women in Motion)

Board of Trustees A N N B U S BY, C H A I R HARVE Y LOWD, VICE-CHAIR DAV I D M I L L ER , PA S T- CH A I R MARK NELSON, TREASURER JOHN BEN CINI , SECR E TA RY

Making a sustainable

difference in

our community

L’ T A N Y A B A I L E Y JOE BLOSSER IV CULP A LYC E H I L L JOHN KENNETT WILLIAM LANEY ALICE MOORE E VA OGDEN MEGAN OGLESBY CHUCK P ORTA RO LEAH PRICE DAWN SPENCER SHANE STUTTS JIM WHITE ASHLEY WILLIAMS

P.O. Box 5166 High Point, NC 27262 Phone: 336.882.3298 Fax: 336.882.3293 hpcommunityfoundation.org

STEPHANIE YOUNG

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Catalyst 2019  

Inside this edition: Grants and technology for the future, supporting education in High Point, literacy for economic development, downtown...

Catalyst 2019  

Inside this edition: Grants and technology for the future, supporting education in High Point, literacy for economic development, downtown...

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