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Annual Report of the Trustees

FY 2017


CONTENTS Our History

Our Founder, William R. Kenan, Jr.


Our Origins and Objectives


Trustees 3 Statement of Policy


Our Work


Reimagining the Community


NYC Arts Collaborative


Rural Health Initiative 12

Criminal Justice Initiative 16

Additional Grant Partners 21

The William R. Kenan, Jr. 35 Professorships

Recipient Institutions 36

Our Staff 40



illiam R. Kenan, Jr. was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on April 30, 1872. He resided for many years in Lockport, New York, where he died on July 28, 1965. While an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Kenan participated in work that resulted in the discovery and identification of calcium carbide and the development of a formula for producing acetylene gas from it.

William R. Kenan, Jr., drawing by William Meade Prince.

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After graduation in 1894, he was a teacher of mathematics and science and later was active as a chemical and mechanical engineering consultant. In this capacity, he was responsible for the installation of several important plants for the carbide and acetylene industry in Australia and Germany. In 1901 Mr. Kenan’s eldest sister, Mary Lily Kenan, married Henry Morrison Flagler. He was one of the founders of the original Standard Oil Company and, at that time, was engaged in the development and construction of a railroad, hotels, utilities and other enterprises along the East Coast of Florida. Mr. Flagler retained Mr. Kenan as a consultant in several phases of these Florida activities. Mr. Flagler died in 1913, followed by Mrs. Mary Lily Kenan Flagler in 1917, after which the major part of the Flagler fortune was inherited by Mr. Kenan and his two surviving sisters. During most of the succeeding years until the time of his death, Mr. Kenan was part owner and president of what were known as the Flagler System companies. Through prudent investment, including the retention of substantial holdings of shares of Standard Oil Company, now Exxon Mobil Corporation, Mr. Kenan’s estate grew to a date-of-death value of over $100 million. As an alumnus and an honorary member of The University of North Carolina’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Kenan had a continuing interest in education and the development of the Chapel Hill campus of the University. In this he carried on a Kenan family tradition of service to North Carolina that began in 1735 with the arrival of the first Kenan family from Scotland to settle in Upper Hanover County.

Mr. Kenan felt so keenly about the importance of education that he stated in Article Nine of his Will: “I have always believed firmly that a good education is the most cherished gift an individual can receive, and it is my sincere hope that the provisions of this Article will result in a substantial benefit to mankind.” Mr. Kenan was predeceased by his wife, Alice Mary Pomeroy, of Lockport, New York. There were no children. In addition to several charitable bequests and lifetime provision for a number of employees, Mr. Kenan in his Will directed the remainder of his estate become the corpus of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. It is administered in accordance with the laws of New York State, of which Mr. Kenan died a resident.

Our Origins and Objectives The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust came into being in 1966 under provisions in Mr. Kenan’s Will which provide for the Trust’s existence in perpetuity and give broad, discretionary authority to the trustees for the making of grants to taxexempt charitable organizations and to a limited number of government entities. Other provisions include Mr. Kenan’s wish with respect to grants in the field of education. The Trust received from Mr. Kenan’s estate capital assets valued at approximately $95 million, which at the end of its fiscal year, June 30, 2017, had a market value of more than $645 million. The program of grants that started in 1966 is approaching $550 million distributed to grantees though June 2017.

Trustees’ Statement of Policy


The trustees of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Thomas S. Kenan III, James G. Kenan III, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., hereby reaffirm their commitment to the principles of the Trust as stated in the Will of William R. Kenan, Jr.:

Current Trustees: James G. Kenan III of Lexington, Kentucky; Thomas S. Kenan III of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Mary G. Campbell, Managing Director representing corporate trustee JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. of New York, New York; and Robert P. Baynard, Managing Director representing corporate trustee JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. of New York, New York.

A principal purpose of the Kenan Charitable Trust grants has been to support education, with an emphasis on enhancing excellence of teaching and access to high-quality education. The trustees have endeavored to carry out Mr. Kenan’s wishes through various initiatives including endowed professorships, scholarships, and fellowships of distinction in his name at esteemed colleges, universities, and arts institutions. As requested by Mr. Kenan, special consideration has been given to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Support has been given also to

various community and other organizations in which Mr. Kenan took a special interest, particularly those located in St. Augustine, Florida, or Lockport, New York, where Mr. Kenan spent the greater part of his life.

I have always believed firmly that a good education is the most cherished gift an individual can receive and it is my sincere hope that the provisions of this Article will result in a substantial benefit to mankind. Further, the trustees recommit themselves to carry out these principles in a manner that maximizes the impact of the Trust’s contribution on the broad educational system in the United States. In carrying out their responsibilities, the trustees will adhere to the following policies: 1. Give first priority to programs in the field of education that may improve the quality of life throughout the nation; 2. Seek to identify sound, seminal efforts that endeavor fundamentally to improve educational opportunities in the United States; 3. Favor programs that are unique or original;

Trustees In keeping with Mr. Kenan’s Will, full responsibility for making grants from the Trust is vested in its trustees. The trustees do not accept unsolicited proposals.

4. Seek to leverage optimally the Trust’s contri butions by encouraging others to participate in the contribution of human and financial resources for common ends.

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For more than 50 years, the Kenan Charitable Trust has been focused on the needs of the communities it serves, with education as its steadfast foundation. Although the classroom is still a starting place for education, the past five decades have brought about new models and approaches to teaching and learning, including those that take place beyond traditional delivery points. Education is more than just equipping children and young adults with academic knowledge; it informs the continual exploration of how we can improve our world, solve problems, and live in harmony. A shared sense of purpose and concern for the well-being of our neighbors is critical for the whole health of any community.



he deeper we engage in our work, the more we realize that the concept of neighborhood is strengthened or weakened by a host of interrelated dynamics, such as access to medical care and healthy food, opportunities to thrive, and paths toward financial solvency. Neighborhoods where individuals and families have socioeconomic mobility are strong; neighborhoods where socioeconomic mobility has stalled or disappeared are not. The latter category tends to be low-income and underserved, in both rural and urban areas. When a new highway disrupts or divides a community, or when critical employment opportunities disappear, neighborhoods are seriously fractured.

Although it is difficult to reverse this course, it is not impossible. With the commitment and knowledge of those who live in those communities, we’ve seen how improving connectivity in these increasingly insular areas can happen. As the Kenan Trustees consider how best to support and accelerate such efforts, we know that building trust is paramount. And we know that taking a thorough inventory of the human and organizational strengths and areas for improvement along the way is crucial to continual improvement. The more complete the whole health of a neighborhood can be assessed, the deeper and broader the support can be, which will ultimately lead to scalability and sustainability. Our work depends on both intellectual and emotional factors. Empathy is an essential element to creating a vital operational framework. This can be accomplished only by being 4 Annual Report of the Trustees | 2017

WITHIN / BETWEEN / AMONG What can I do alone? What can I do with another person? What can we do as part of a community? K-3 students at Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham, NC, were invited to explore the idea of reinventing the community, the essence of the Kenan Charitable Trust’s grant making in fiscal year 2017. Given the three concepts “Within/Between/Among,” their drawings varied in interpretation and demonstrate how the ideas interrelate and resonate with all ages.

there and having honest, authentic interactions. With sensitive approaches and genuine compassion, the aim is to rebuild neighborhoods in new and creative ways. By engaging the WHOLE neighborhood, and inviting the multiplicity of voices and perspectives that exist, we stand a much greater chance of success. Detailed in this report are three portfolios launched by the Kenan Trust: an arts collaborative in New York City, a criminal justice initiative in Kentucky, and a rural health initiative in North Carolina. The common denominator in these pilot projects is determining if, and how, systemic change can be affected. The goal is to discover innovative approaches to entrenched challenges so that positive transformation is lasting and far-reaching rather than temporary and superficial. To ensure optimal outcomes, funding needs to be over multiple years, with well-defined goals, metrics, and deliverables. Above all, the Kenan Trust is committed to service, however the needs arise—short or long term. The Trustees have always been focused on turning passion into practice! We value highly our grantees, and the people they serve, as our equal and cherished partners. Reimagining the Community 5



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Creative cross-pollination: Imagining new artistic possibilities


What role can arts organizations play in matters of social justice, equity, and access? How can cultural institutions and artists strategically engage in reciprocal work addressing community needs and build strong ties to organizations? What would a collective impact model look like, and how could that model scale to other geographies?

Above: A Sadie Nash Leadership Project participant standing in solidarity with refugees at the City of Refuge: 24 Hour Action for Refugees effort to stop the refugee ban, defend asylum, and save temporary protected status for refugees. Left: Free button-making workshops led by The Laundromat Project, in front of the Laundry Pro laundromat in Hunts Point/Longwood, the Bronx. Right: Performance by Francheska Alcantara, as part of The Laundromat Project’s 2016 Field Day Festival of Neighborhoods.

erating community-based partnerships, encouraging innovation and cross-pollination, and implementing assessment and scalability methods. “A partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an exciting and natural fit for our mission of educating future generations of art citizens,” says Allyson Green, Dean of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. “We look forward to convening with the outstanding Kenan-supported institutions to undertake conversations on our collective impact in arts education and community engagement.”



hese are the questions driving a new collaborative partnership among 21 New York arts organizations. Fueled by nearly $6 million in grants from the Kenan Trust, the ambitious enterprise brings together major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, and New York University with smaller (and equally ambitious) groups such as the Sadie Nash Leadership Project and The Laundromat Project. The approach aligns with Kenan’s increased emphasis on systemic change by expanding and accel-

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A student explores musical instruments with a Lincoln Center Education (LCE) teaching artist at a special Community Celebration co-hosted by LCE and Community School District 7 in the South Bronx, NYC. Above: Capstone 3D art education course taught by Asmaa Walton, Kenan Scholar in the Department of Art and Public Policy, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and the class’s final exhibition of their Picasso-inspired soft sculptures.

Each of the participating organizations is receiving a discrete grant for their work, and will be an active contributor to shared conversations leading to new paradigms for artistic expression as a powerful and influential force for good. The NYC Arts Collaborative is a mosaic of organizations that have overlapping as well as divergent missions and programming, yet all share an ethos grounded in community, collaboration, and social justice. The Met and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will serve as anchor partners for the three-year initiative, and are convening and guiding the overarching effort. 8 Annual Report of the Trustees | 2017

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to talk about the process and the practice of what it means to make art with and in community,” says JacksonDumont. “How do people engage with the arts, what approaches work? Getting all these organizations in the room together to talk about and document the social and collective impact of the arts is a powerful opportunity.” Owing to arts organizations’ connections to schools, local government agencies, and philanthropic sponsors, the ripple effect of the Collaborative will extend far beyond the purview of the participating groups. At a time in the country’s history where issues of race, class, gender, power, and privilege are more contentious than ever before, the arts provide a powerful vehicle for reflecting on and responding to these currents. As such, the process of creation and

dissemination can be simultaneously challenging and exhilarating. “In times of great crises come great opportunities,” says Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project. “Artists and the art community are exactly the kind of folks who know how to deal with uncertainty and ambivalence, and to ask difficult and necessary questions. Even though our world is incredibly challenging and frightening right now, the communities most often affected by the political landscape—people of color, LGBQTs, Muslims, immigrants—and the artists who fit one or more of those categories, are hungry to be doing something. If there is ever a time to speak truth to power, it’s now.” The Laundromat Project brings art, artists, and arts programming into laundromats and other

Left: Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam at the Harlem Arts Festival, presented by Studio Museum in partnership with Harlem Pride 2017.



Above: Brooklyn Museum Arts as Social Justice Roundtable, held in March 2017, was an opportunity for dialogue and discussion to generate ideas for the new School Partnerships program supported by the Kenan Charitable Trust.

everyday spaces to celebrate and elevate the creativity that already exists within communities, to better build community networks, solve problems, and enhance residents’ sense of ownership in the places where they live, work, and grow together. In a similar vein, the Sadie Nash Leadership Project has been working for 15 years to help young women find their voices and power through innovative leadership training, so that they become effective social, political, and economic decision-makers. Sadie Nash Executive Director Chitra Aiyar says it’s exciting to see a new generation of young people becoming politically active through things like the Black Lives Matter movement. “What excites us the most is the volume of people involved in a broader movement who are recognizing and speaking out against oppression, as well as the volume and rich diversity of these conversations,” she says. “One of the challenges is believing that this is the tipping point and thinking that there is sufficient momentum that we don’t need to let up as we go forward. Tipping points can only be recognized in hindsight, so we need to not give up pushing.”   Like Aiyar, the Met’s Jackson-Dumont says that she and others involved in the

Writer and actress Francesca Ramsey (left) talks with Chairman of Education Sandra JacksonDumont, about The Met’s commitment to engaging diverse communities through arts education at AFROPUNK Music Festival at Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn.

NYC Arts Collaborative are embarking on the journey with clarity and conviction, knowing that there will be frustrations and recalibrations along the way. “One of the challenges we face is documenting the dialogues and experiences we’ll share over the next three years,” she says. “We want to capture that energy and tension. None of us thinks it will all be rainbows and light. There will be times when it doesn’t feel good, when there are disagreements. That’s what happens when you go deep. Yet that’s exactly where you need to go in order to have the most useful and meaningful outcomes.”

Even though our world is incredibly challenging and frightening right now, the communities most often affected by the political landscape— people of color, LGBQTs, Muslims, immigrants—and the artists who fit one or more of those categories, are hungry to be doing something. If there is ever a time to speak truth to power, it’s now. Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project Reimagining the Community 9

NYU/Tisch School of the Arts $800,000 Scholarships and costs associated with a new partnership with The Met, the anchor institution and convener for the grantees involved in the Kenan Trust’s NYC arts collaborative The Laundromat Project $150,000 Expand the organization’s artist development, community arts education, and creative community building programs Beautiful Project (Southern Documentary Fund) $300,000 Support for the organization’s national tour/campaign to expand and enrich the representation of girls and women of color in local communities

Top: A talking parrot inspires a dance class at Frank Sinatra High School in New York City, part of the Guggenheim’s social practice initiative. Bottom: Alvin Ailey Awakening Scholars in a Summer Sizzler performance.

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Harlem School of the Arts $115,000 Support for the creation of a state-of-the-art digital media lab to teach art to underserved youth


The Metropolitan Museum of Art $1,500,000 Develop a residency program with established artists to train and lead groups of emerging artists to partner with and engage diverse communities using art for dialogue and social change. Serve as the anchor institution and convener for the grantees involved in the Kenan Trust’s NYC arts collaborative

NYC SALT students receive professionallyled volunteer instruction in photography and digital technology. Exposure to the professional world of the visual arts empowers students with strong values as well as opportunities to achieve higher education and greater access to stable and rewarding careers.

Alvin Ailey $300,000 Support expansion into four audition tour/workshop cities; five scholarships at Fordham University for Ailey/Bachelor of Fine Arts students; and 13 scholarships for students to attend Ailey’s summer intensive programs Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences/dba Brooklyn Museum $550,000 Develop and deepen community organizing and education programs centered on social practice and the arts

Urban Word $150,000 Expand the NYC Youth Poet Laureate Program to 50 cities/ states across the country; activate five Regional Youth Poet Laureates to facilitate issue-based campaigns in their regions; and name the National Youth Poet Laureate STEM From Dance $150,000 Expand the organization’s program to additional New York City schools Weeksville Heritage Center $150,000 Further development and expansion of the Center’s cultural programming The Studio Museum in Harlem $300,000 Expand the organization’s “In Harlem” community engagement and arts programming Lincoln Center Arts $75,000 Expand community engagement efforts and refine/adapt LCE’s curriculum and pedagogy for teaching artists in communitybased settings

Columbia University/Division of Social Science $250,000 Establish a community innovation fund for first-generation college students and establish a social justice and the arts program at the Center for Justice


NYC SALT $150,000 Expand the organization’s college prep program for immigrant youth

Brooklyn Academy of Music $150,000 Expand the organization’s educational programing focused on social practice and justice

Brooklyn is Africa, a visual arts installation for RestorationART’s Project 2067. Students experience ancient African art from across the continent through the lens of contemporary aesthetics.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project $100,000 Offer year-round social justice programming to 1200 young women New York Public Library/ Schomburg Center $150,000 Support educational programs and exhibitions at NYPL’s Schomburg Center


Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Center/dba BSRC $150,000 Grant to promote a year-long cultural and ideas festival

Guggenheim Museum $160,000 Establish a Social Practice fund for community artists to explore and initiate socially engaged arts projects

Urban Arts Partnership $50,000 Expand the organization’s Academy Change Makers program Right clockwise: Student artwork from the New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture annual Youth Summit; Harlem School of the Arts digital media lab; STEM From Dance uses dance to grow the number of under-represented minority girls who are STEM college-ready.


National Dance Institute $200,000 Expand the DREAM project

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RURAL HEALTH INITIATIVE For residents of North Carolina’s thriving cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, the lives of their rural neighbors can seem a world away. Yet the vast majority of the state is considered rural—80 counties versus 20 considered urban—and an estimated 1 million North Carolina residents live in areas that lack adequate health care. In these towns and communities, high unemployment rates and lack of health insurance plays out in the most detrimental and far-reaching ways. Without health care coverage or the income to pay for routine visits, many rural residents postpone seeking medical care until conditions become costly and chronic.

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Vital signs: Improving rural health


mproving the vitality and wellbeing of these rural communities is a key goal of the Kenan Trust’s Rural Health Initiative. Encompassing both new and existing projects, the Initiative will accelerate and coordinate efforts to build a stronger health care infrastructure, and as a result, create better outcomes for the people who call those counties home. These efforts range from training a new generation of primary health care providers to working alongside community partners to design healthy lifestyle programs. The University of North Carolina Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI), a three-year Kenanfunded pilot program, is an ambitious enterprise to transform clinical care in underserved areas of the state. RIPHI provides faculty and programmatic support to create a robust workforce of rural health care providers, and will facilitate interprofessional clinical services in order to provide one-stop integrative care. RIPHI includes funding to support the work of designated RIPHI “champions” at each of UNC’s health schools—the Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Gillings School of Global Public Health; the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, and Social Work; and the School of Medicine and its Department of Allied Health Sciences. The UNC RIPHI Rural Site Investment Fund will foster

clinical community site development and implementation, with the goal of designing effective and scalable curricula and programs that have the greatest chance of success in those communities. “Interprofessional health care is the wave of the future,” says Dr. Robert Bashford, associate dean of the new Office of Rural Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill and former director of admissions at the UNC School of Medicine. “The new face of health care is not an individual doctor; it’s a team of health care providers and patient navigators. And it’s not about waiting until a patient shows up in the hospital; it’s about taking health care to the communities where people live.” In his new role, Bashford will work closely with his colleagues engaged in the RIPHI effort while overseeing and shepherding the successful Kenan Primary Medical Scholars program. Created in 2013 as a collaboration with UNC’s School of Medicine, the Scholars program was initially designed to increase the number of students seeking rural health careers in North Carolina by providing financial support and enrichment experiences to sustain their decisions. The success of the rural experience program prompted an expansion to include scholars interested in urban underserved populations as well, such as those living in poor, underserved neighborhoods in West Charlotte.


Alyse Moses-Lebron (UNC PA Class of 2017) participates in a North Carolina Health Careers Access Program event.

Kenan Trust funding is making it possible for the Kenan Primary Medical Scholars program to expand to eastern and central parts of the state as well. Students are based in Chapel Hill and at the UNC School of Medicine Wilmington Campus, and conduct clinical training with physicians in the surrounding areas. The Office of Rural Initiatives will also shepherd the new Rural Fellows program, which provides educational and leadership opportunities for young primary care physicians in rural practices, the better to ensure their success both as health care providers and community leaders. A more recent rural health initiative, MedServe, is also receiving Kenan funding to expand rural health efforts across the state. MedServe

was the brainchild of Patrick O’Shea, a dual MD/MBA student from the UNC School of Medicine and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and Anne Steptoe, a dual MD/MBA student from Brown University’s Alpert School of Medicine and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. O’Shea, who taught science in Henderson, North Carolina, says MedServe is akin to his Teach for America experience by selecting and placing motivated applicants in communities where they can have significant impact. MedServe launched in the fall of 2016 and its inaugural 13 fellows have helped care for nearly 6,000 patients across the state. Applicants come not only from in-state schools, but also private and Ivy League colleges and universities. Students receive pre-

internship training and inspiration from physicians and public health leaders before embarking on twoyear immersive experiences living and working in rural or medically underserved communities across North Carolina. MedServe participant Allison Draper is a 2016 Duke graduate who is working at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville. She says that patient interactions are both the most rewarding and most challenging aspect of her internship. “I am constantly humbled by my lack of life experience and the luxury of my privilege,” she says. “I pride myself on being an open and accepting advocate for my patients. This process opened my eyes to my personal ignorance. How can I advocate for my entire patient profile if I only acknowledge the experiences that match my own? It is not enough to acknowledge my own privilege, I need to actively extend myself to hear and encounter experiences alternative to my own. I want to go into every interaction, be it with a future patient or with a future peer, expecting nothing and assuming nothing. I want to continue to learn, to be uncomfortable, and to fight for the rights every human deserves.” While the Kenan Primary Medical Care Scholars and MedServe programs are building a robust pipeline of young primary care providers, the Kenan Charitable Trust is also facilitating efforts to recruit and train

non-traditional students as well. A grant to The Medical Foundation of NC, Inc., has established the Kenan Physician Assistant Program Educational Enhancement Fund, a four-pronged approach to creating a world-class workforce of physician assistants, including active duty and veteran military personnel. Housed in the School of Medicine’s Allied Health Sciences division, the UNC Physician Assistant Program is creating an innovative solution to the nation’s looming shortfall of primary care doctors by collaborating with UNC’s Advanced Medic Instructor Training Program (AMIT) and a Veteran Student Services program to help veterans transition from active duty to civilian life, and from a military setting to a clinical education environment. “The philanthropy of the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust is strategic,” says Dr. Paul Chelminski, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief and Program Director of the UNC Physician Assistant Program. “The Trust understands that no single initiative can spark the global change that our rural areas need to become more healthy and prosperous. This is not piecemeal philanthropy; this is philanthropy that crafts ecologies of change. We are proud that The Trust has invited the UNC PA Program into this ecology of change and that it honors the ultimate servants in our society, veterans.” Reimagining the Community 13

Dr. Robert A. Bashford: Primary Care Pioneer


Dr. Robert A. Bashford is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, with appointments in the psychiatry; and obstetrics and gynecology departments. As associate dean of admissions at UNC’s medical school since 2009, he’s played a key role in the design and success of the Kenan Primary Medical Scholars program, which is creating a new generation of primary care physicians who understand and embrace the joys and challenges of working in rural communities.

MedServe founders Anne Steptoe and Patrick O’Shea.

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI) $1,500,000 Faculty and programmatic support to enable UNC health professions students to serve and learn in underserved rural clinic settings in North Carolina. MedServe $50,000 Operational support to place recent college graduates with health care clinics in rural or underserved communities

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In the summer of 2017, Dr. Bashford relinquished his admissions role to step into a new one as Associate Dean for Rural Initiatives in the new Kenan-funded Office of Rural Initiatives. He’ll oversee the expansion of the Kenan Primary Medical Scholars program and the launch of a new Rural Fellows program to help primary care physicians in rural practices be successful in their careers and in their communities.

In North Carolina, 80 % of counties are considered rural. What are the particular health care challenges those communities face?

At the same time, the number of medical students going into primary care or family medicine has declined. As dean of medical school admissions at UNC, I noticed that we weren’t getting applicants from rural counties; nearly all of our applicants lived along corridors that were close to interstates. If all of your students are from urban areas, they don’t have the experience of growing up in a rural setting, and they aren’t necessarily motivated to consider practicing in those communities. The Kenan Primary Medical Scholars program has allowed us to attract young people whose hearts are in those rural communities, and who are committed to practicing family medicine in rural settings. Left: Kenan Primary Medical Scholar, Amanda Gambill (L), of Hays, NC with her physician mentor, Dr. Brie Folkner, at the Spruce Pine Family Practice in western North Carolina. Above: Dr. Bashford sharing his clinical expertise and unlimited wit with medical students.


There are so many factors that contribute to poor health and health disparities—unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and drinking. If we wait until someone shows up with diabetes or emphysema, it’s expensive and challenging to treat. We need to go back to the headwaters and focus on helping people establish good health habits, in addition to providing good health care. We spend dollars taking care of people when they’re already sick, but not at earlier stages of their lives, which is when you have a chance to change outcomes.

In addition to expanding the Kenan Primary Medical Scholars program and launching the Rural Fellows initiative, how will the Office of Rural Initiatives collaborate with other UNC health partners to address the particular health care needs of rural communities? I’m really excited about the new Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative that the Kenan Trust is funding. It brings together experts and champions from all of UNC’s Health Affairs Schools—pharmacy, public health, dentistry, nursing, social work, medicine and allied health. What will it look like to have a nurse, a nutritionist and a social worker in a rural clinic setting? How does that team approach effect outcomes? The traditional approach to medicine is very siloed, and focused on treating conditions that could have been prevented. This approach is team-based and preventative.

What are the biggest challenges that still lie ahead with strengthening services in these communities? Communities have to want us. We can’t just send our people out where we think they should go. Before we can even begin thinking about how to address a community’s health care issues, we need to talk to the leaders of the community. We need to understand the role of faith organizations in bringing people together, how full families’ refrigerators are, and with what kind of food, how warm their houses are, how safe their children are. I’ve been around for a while so I know a few folks. I can go to the president of the Farm Bureau, who I know from my previous life in Wilmington, and say, here’s what we want to do, who should we talk to? And he helps make those introductions. I’m excited to be part of something new, and that expands on what Kenan has already made possible. We’re making a real difference. Reimagining the Community 15

Restorative justice: Investing in stronger communities

The United States criminal justice system is woefully broken. The U.S. population makes up about 5% of the world’s population, yet it has 21% of the world’s prisoners. Even though whites commit crimes at roughly the same rate—and in some cases, at higher rates—than blacks and Hispanic/Latinos, people of color are disproportionately put behind bars. African Americans are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of whites, and are more likely to be jailed under tough mandatory sentencing laws for nonviolent crimes and misdemeanors.



Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at the podium at Kentucky State University in Frankfort with Cities United Executive Director Anthony Smith (center) and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, announcing the Kenan Charitable Trust’s grant for a pilot program to prepare young black men to be the next generation of civic leaders.

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nd while prison is ostensibly about rehabilitation, incarceration is more likely to cast the die toward a life of continued legal, social, and financial hardships. For those who try to make their way back into society, the odds are stacked against them. A criminal record often stands in the way of getting a job, housing, and opportunities to be full members of a community, such as becoming a parent volunteer at their child’s school. Landing a good job and earning enough to be economically stable can be elusive for formerly incarcerated women and men, and within five years of release, more than three-quarters of inmates are rearrested, a sobering statistic that underscores the need for earlier interventions and agencies working together to provide support and alternative paths. In 2017, the Kenan Charitable Trust designated more than $5 million

in new funding for a pilot Criminal Justice Initiative with a bold ambition: to interrupt the insidious cycle of criminalizing communities of color and its consequences by providing opportunities and support for young people— specifically, for young black men who are disproportionately affected by violence. The Initiative is centered on two Kentucky cities—Lexington and Louisville—and is facilitating and accelerating new and existing collaborations among key stakeholders to create Civic Engagement Fellowships. Anthony Smith is the Executive Director of Cities United, a coalition of mayors from more than 120 cities who are committed to working with their communities to reduce the homicide rates of young black men and boys while providing opportunities for employment, education, and the benefits of full citizenship for all of their residents.


Essie Justice’s mission is to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration’s harm to women and communities. Its award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. They are building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice—including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, Transwomen, and gender non-conforming people.

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Cities United is serving as the lead convener, consultant, and evaluator for the Initiative, yet Smith is quick to note that the networks and relationships being brought to bear are larger than any one entity, and that the ultimate goal is about creating safe, healthy and hopeful communities across the country. “To be clear, this is not about a reduction of violence, although that will be one of the outcomes we expect will come out of this,” says Smith. “This is really about creating interventions and opportunities for young black men that any parent would want for their child. We’re working with multiple partners 18 Annual Report of the Trustees | 2017

in Louisville and Lexington—business leaders, local workforce chambers, community and faith based organizations, schools and courts—to prepare the next generation of civic leaders.” Cities United will help set up a system that both cities will use to help them identify up to 60 young African American men between the ages of 18 and 25 who have had or currently have a connection with the local criminal justice system, and who live in neighborhoods that, due to lack of investment, are identified by concentrations of gun violence and distressed quality of life indicators. The cohort will benefit from a wide array of educational,


Kentucky joined over 15 states participating in the National Day of Empathy, part of #cut50’s campaign to end mass incarceration in America.

Campaign for Black Male Achievement, building a beloved community for black men and boys.

vocational, mentoring, and economic opportunities provided by local and national partners. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, both members of Cities United, are deeply committed to the initiative’s success and have committed to identify possible career opportunities within their local governments. Other Kenan-funded partners in the initiative include the Lexington Leadership Foundation (LLF) and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and national partners #cut50, JustLeadershipUSA, and Essie Justice Group. David Cozart, Director of LLF’s Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative, says the Criminal Justice Initiative has sparked a sense of excitement and determination among its participants to mobilize around a collective purpose. “Our mantra has always been, if you’re doing it alone, you’re doing it wrong,” he says. “The Kenan funding has exponentially expanded networks of potential collaborative partners, both locally and nationally, and brought together two cities that are fairly proximal and engaged in sometimes similar, sometimes disparate bodies of work. The grant is a way to connect the dots—the dots have been there, but now a picture is emerging.” Cozart notes that this philanthropic approach begins with the premise that the collective knowledge of communities affected by violence is absolutely essential to creating effective solutions. “Some grant applications have very specific requirements of what an organization must do. This flips the equation because it asks those of us working in the community to identify, develop, and standardize approaches that work, and that could be used in other cities.” LLF collaborates with local congregations, agencies, and volunteers to prepare African American men to be good fathers and family members, and creates vehicles for them to serve as mentors, coaches, and role models. #cut50, an initiative of The Dream Corps, is a national bipartisan effort to reduce the number

of people in prisons and jails while making communities safer. #cut50 builds capacity and common ground among formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement agencies, in order to help current and formerly incarcerated people rebuild their lives, and foster healing and transformation for crime victims and communities that have suffered the ill effects of mass incarceration. “Our system is broken, but our people are not,” says #cut50 National Director and cofounder Jessica Jackson. “One of the things that we do, and that we’re doing in Kentucky, is creating an awareness campaign about the high costs of the criminal justice system—not just economic, but also the human cost. You can make the economic argument that it’s a waste of taxpayer money—about $85 billion annually— to warehouse people rather than training them to be contributing members of society. And you can make the humanitarian argument that redemption is preferable to recidivism. Whether you’re conservative or liberal or somewhere in between, I think most of us agree that investing in rehabilitation and reform increases safety.” Glenn E. Martin spent six years in prison in the early 1990s, a harrowing experience that motivated him to found JustLeadershipUSA, an organization dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. “If you really care about social justice, prison reform is really the belly of the beast. The complexity of the problem is not going to be solved with a silver bullet; the solutions are going to be equally complicated and we won’t get it right on the first try. That’s why tackling these issues with multiple partners also engaged in the work makes sense.”

Courtney Love, Lexington Leadership Foundation Amachi mentor and University of Kentucky football student athlete, with mentee.

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Lexington Leadership Foundation $700,000 Expand operations to insure long-term viability and increase the impact of LLF’s youth and family programs among African American males JustLeadershipUSA $300,000 Educate and empower formerly incarcerated men and women from across the country through JLUSA’s national, yearlong Leading with Conviction training North Carolina Justice Center $300,000 Support for the Second Chance Initiative

#cut50/Dream Defenders $300,000 Statewide campaign to build empathy for incarcerated people and mobilize public support to smartly and safely reduce the prison population in Kentucky Essie Justice Group $300,000 Project support to build a national community of women with incarcerated loved ones to end cycles of incarceration in lowincome, black, and Latinx families and communities Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) Louisville, KY $400,000 Support for leadership and technical assistance for males of color in New York, Kentucky, North Carolina,and Florida Benevolence Farm $90,000 Support for farm-based transitional living program which provides housing, employment, and community for women leaving North Carolina prisons

Our system is broken, but our people are not. One of the things that we do, and that we’re doing in Kentucky, is creating an awareness campaign about the high costs of the criminal justice system— not just economic, but also the human cost. Jessica Jackson. National Director and Co-founder, #cut50

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Cities United $600,000 Support for a multisector initiative in Louisville and Lexington to prepare young black men to be the next generation of civic leaders, including collaborative planning and implementation, convening partners, capacity building, curriculum development and application, policy formation, and evaluation

Benevolence Farm operates a fully-functioning farm and residential program that cultivates leadership, promotes sustainable livelihoods, and reaps structural change with individuals impacted by the criminal justice system in North Carolina. Above, a farm resident in the program tends to seedlings in the greenhouse.


Embracing the time-honored strategy and mission of improving lives by helping and educating people, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust awarded numerous grants in fiscal year 2017 within the concept of reinventing community.

N $3,825,000 Arts and Culture

$10,562,157 Birth – 12th Grade

$4,114,500 Higher Education


Whole Community Health

$770,000 Other


Total Disbursement FY 2017

owhere is that more evident than in the Trust’s aforementioned portfolios—arts, criminal justice, and rural health. In addition, the trustees approved grants in the areas of primary, secondary, and higher education; arts and culture; and whole community health, as well as grants comprising longstanding family interests and historic preservation. The trustees approved a total of 171 grants in FY2017. The largest area of focus, with grants comprising more than $10 million, supported what was formerly called K-12, more appropriately renamed “B-12,” benefiting children from birth through all 12 grades of primary and secondary education. Grants were awarded to support a multitude of childhood programs and initiatives, including funding for student scholarships, educational programming, and teacher support. In the Will establishing his eponymous trust, William R. Kenan, Jr. keenly observed that education is the most cherished gift an individual can receive. This belief is manifested through grants the trustees award annually for a variety of educational endeavors. During FY2017, more than $4 million of the Trust’s approved grants supported higher education initiatives, including scholarships for promising but disadvantaged students, enhancing program infrastructures, improving technology, creating new outreach and research opportunities, and supporting excellence in teaching. Support for Arts and Culture accounted for nearly $4 million of the trustees’ grant making in FY2017,

encompassing a wide range of artistic projects and enterprises, including support for education and community programs as well as innovative art exhibits and collaborative efforts with public schools or institutions of higher learning. Another of the Trust’s primary areas of program support is Whole Community Health, concentrating on basic human needs, physical and mental health, and the general well-being of the often underserved, lower-income and disadvantaged youth and families, with grants totaling more than $8 million in FY2017. Included in this area are annual grants to nine food banks in the states of Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and New York.

Deans for Impact is committed to transforming educator preparation and elevating the teaching profession.

Complementing the primary areas of program support, the trustees awarded other grants to fund constructive endeavors that fall outside of those parameters, including unique partners that hold potential for greatness, accounting for approximately $800,000. While the trustees partner with organizations and institutions across the nation, they align grant making priorities in the four key states—North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, and New York. The majority of the grants in FY2017 supported programs in one of, or a combination of, these four states. Reimagining the Community 21

15,000 Degrees Louisville, KY $300,000 To increase college graduation in Louisville America Needs You New York, NY $200,000 General operating support AMPED Louisville, KY $150,000 To expand creative programming Asia Society New York, NY $50,000 To support Center for Global Education’s work in Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky Baton Rouge Area Foundation Baton Rouge, LA $300,000 Support for Louisiana Flood Relief Fund bell hooks center Berea, KY $75,000 To support Love and Justice conversations in Kentucky Bennett College Greensboro, NC $255,000 Planning grant to develop an on-campus boarding school for foster children Bluegrass Conservancy Lexington, KY $50,000 General operating support

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BMe Louisville, KY $900,000 To support building of South Florida and platform to 30 BMe leaders, 60 champions, and five media outlets $300,000 To support a network of black males in Louisville Book Harvest Durham, NC $250,000 For expansion and evaluation of Book Babies, an early childhood literacy initiative

Bowery Residents Committee (BRC) New York, NY $1,200,000 Support to expand the Horizons workforce program Camelback Ventures New Orleans, LA $300,000 Support to expand social innovation program for people of color Caney Creek Community Center (dba Alice Lloyd College) Pippa Passes, KY $50,000 General operating support

Above: The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL) provides educators with quality inquiry-based science curriculum materials, full-service science kit management, and the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively teach the current science standards. CIBL offers services for schools or districts all over North Carolina.

Center for Inquiry Based Learning Durham, NC $82,157 Support to provide hands-on STEM kits and professional development in Duplin County, NC

Club Nova Carrboro, NC $750,000 To support facility and program expansion Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) Boston, MA $250,000 To empower and enable district, school, and community leaders in Durham, NC, and Jefferson County, KY Code Fever Miami, FL $100,000 Support growth and expansion to close the tech gap in low-income neighborhoods


College for Kids (dba Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County West Palm Beach, FL $250,000 Support for expansion of college persistence program and emergency school fund

Top: Two of Camelback Ventures 2017 Fellows: Ashley Edwards, Co-Founder of MindRight in Washington, D.C. and Michelle Ching, Founder and CEO, of Literator in San Francisco, CA. Bottom: Baton Rouge Area Foundation facilitates flood relief work by the Healing Place Serve program.

Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass Lexington, KY $50,000 General operating support City Harvest New York, NY $100,000 General operating support

Community Food Bank of New Jersey Hillside, NJ $100,000 General operating support Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Lake Worth, FL $50,000 Strategic planning and training program for leaders in cultural organizations

Top: A Code Fever full-stack computer programming and digital literacy bootcamp. Bottom: Take Stock in Children Palm Beach follows low-income middle schoolers all the way through high school, college, and their transition into careers.

Culture Mill Saxapahaw, NC $130,000 To sustain the development of artist residencies and performances in rural North Carolina Cumberland Community Foundation, Fayetteville, NC $50,000 Support for the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund Reimagining the Community 23


D3 Community Outreach Durham, NC $100,000 To support expansion of CORE program Davidson College Davidson, NC $200,000 Support for fellowship for students addressing critical social issues Deans for Impact Austin, TX $500,000 Support to expand communication and programmatic efforts DIBIA Dream Miami, FL $100,000 Program support for after school STEM ed in homeless shelters

Above: DIBIA Dream Academy in New Orleans, LA, provides enrichment educational support for youth in K-8th grade, such as weekly education workshops, STEM projects, field trips, and speakers. Above right: DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI) uses the power of teams to inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

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DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI) New York, NY $1,500,000 For expansion of DREAM’s enrichment programs and high school/secondary transition and support programs

Duke University Durham, NC $50,000 To honor Dr. Richard Brodhead’s work as ninth President and fund student engagement $501,000 Center for Documentary Studies, support for underrepresented minorities to become documentarians $175,000 Nasher Museum, to support The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci exhibition $600,000 World Food Policy Center, to build capacity, support operations, and expand local food policy Duplin County Education Foundation Kenansville, NC $50,000 For Kenan Auditorium renovation Durham Nativity School Durham, NC $525,000 Support for expansion, development, and renovations

World Food Policy Center: Creating optimal models for food security community partners to increase access to healthy foods, promote physical activity, and improve life outcomes. Through a grant from the Kenan Trust, Duke University’s World Food Policy Center (WFPC) is working with Rev. Joyner and other community leaders to pilot a model food systems community. Drawing on the expertise and influence of women and men working in the county’s health, education, economic and community development, and religious sectors, the WFPC will help build the framework of a model food systems community and deepen the relationship between community projects and Duke.



ocated about an hour’s drive east from Raleigh, North Carolina, Edgecombe County is a rural farming community producing mostly grains, tobacco, and livestock. Edgecombe ranks 98th out of 100 North Carolina counties in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, and the poverty rate is 26.3% as compared to 18% in Durham County. Yet Edgecombe County has strong community leaders and a deeplyingrained faith tradition. Reverend Richard Joyner, a 2015 CNN Hero Award winner, leads the Conetoe Family Life Center, which works with young people and in collaboration with other

Edgecombe County leaders will contribute to what it would look like to model communities around food and faith, food and health, and food and early childhood community, with food as a powerful economic driver of community. WFPC Director Dr. Kelly Brownell, a professor and outgoing dean of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, says that WFPC is not prescribing the framework of a model food community. Instead, he and his colleagues on the academic side will learn from community leaders about what is already working, and then begin to assess the outcomes and efficacy of particular food systems strategies. Tying data to the efforts, they will combine research

analytics and the collective knowledge of the community to produce an evidence-based model. “Food is an issue that affects all of our lives,” says Brownell. “It affects our health, it drives our economy, it impacts our environment, and it also has the power to connect community across a table. By working in community with leaders from different sectors, we can demonstrate what a model food systems community can be, and we are excited to do this in partnership with great people in Edgecombe County.”

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Eagle Academy Foundation New York, NY $750,000 For development and expansion of College Success and Career Readiness programs EducationNC Raleigh, NC $100,000 To explore challenges and opportunities for adolescents in communities across North Carolina and share their stories Estella’s Brilliant Bus, A Class Act Learning Center West Palm Beach, FL $250,000 Support for core staff Fayette County Public Schools Louisville, KY $600,000 Support to establish the Office of Transforming Boys to Men Feeding South Florida Pembroke Park, FL $100,000 General operating support First Presbyterian Church Lockport, NY $50,000 To support Annual Speaker Series and repair air conditioning


Flagler College St. Augustine, FL $100,000 Support for 50th anniversary book

Top: Summer meals on a bus in Rowan County, North Carolina with EducationNC. Above left: Estella’s Brilliant Bus founder Estella Pyfrom Right: Entrance to Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL.

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Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL $1,000,000 Endowment support for scholarship and programs for Wilkes Honors College undergraduates

Focused Ultrasound Charlottesville, VA $200,000 General operating support Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina Raleigh, NC $2,000,000 To fund new Raleigh distribution center and child health and nutrition programs in underserved counties $100,000 General operating support Food Bank of Western New York Buffalo, NY $100,000 General operating support


Food Bank for New York City New York, NY $100,000 General operating support

Top: FoodChain’s teaching and processing kitchen hosts neighborhood youth cooking classes and monthly community meals, along with weekly sessions to process local harvests. Bottom: Adults from GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center select healthy foods at the farmer’s market.

Foodchain & Faith Feeds (dba GleanKY) Lexington, KY $450,000 Support to construct Teaching and Processing Kitchen and address food waste and insecurity The Foundation Center New York, NY $60,000 Three years annual program support Foundation for New Education Initiatives Miami, FL $100,000 Development of HM&B Brownsville Law Academy and mock courtroom Gigi’s Playhouse Raleigh, NC $50,000 General operating support

Healthy Girls Save the World offers engaging after school programs and summer camps that get middle school girls excited about being healthy.

Global Scholars Academy Durham, NC $674,000 To expand leadership team God’s Pantry Food Bank Lexington, KY $150,000 For three-year, 12 percent expansion $100,000 General operating support Harvard Kennedy School of Government-The Center for Public Leadership Cambridge, MA $1,200,000 Support for new graduate fellowship for Latino leaders Healthy Girls Save the World Chapel Hill, NC $50,000 Support for extensive program evaluation and pilot after school and summer programs Reimagining the Community 27


A student at Y.E. Smith Elementary uses the Hill Center’s Hill Learning System to improve reading skills.

Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy offers tuition-free instrumental jazz instruction to New York City middle school students.

Helping Hand Project Chapel Hill, NC $50,000 To support children with limb differences Henderson Collegiate Charter School Henderson, NC $500,000 Support for 1:1 program and AP science courses Higher Education Works Raleigh, NC $75,000 To create content showcasing the value of public higher ed in North Carolina 28 Annual Report of the Trustees | 2017

Hill Center Durham, NC $650,000 To build a “Learning Collaborative” in East Durham through delivery of HillRAP H.O.L.L.A. New York, NY $150,000 To build the Citywide Healing Justice Youth-Development Movement iCivics Cambridge, MA $250,000 Support for game translation to Spanish, updgrade of code, and promotion

Island Harvest Mineola, NY $100,000 General operating expenses Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC $1,665,000 Support for the STEM Innovation Initiative partnership between JCSU and the Kennedy Charter Public School Jonathan Spikes Foundation Miami, FL $100,000 Support for “Let’s Talk It Out” anti-bullying initiative

Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden Miami, FL $50,000 Support for new air conditioning unit and roof repair Kenan Center Lockport Lockport, NY $50,000 General operating expenses $50,000 For 50th anniversary celebration Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY $400,000 Support to establish a STEM+ career center with Frankfort ISD Lexington Leadership Foundation Lexington, KY $430,000 Support to increase the reach of the fatherhood and youth programs Lexington Public Library Foundation Lexington, KY $100,000 Support for “Campaign of the Future”

Lexington Public Library Eastside Branch opening celebration.

Lincoln Center Education New York, NY $425,000 Support for new collaboration with New York City’s School District 7 Lincoln Center Jazz New York, NY $300,000 Support for Middle School Jazz Academy Living Cities New York, NY $300,000 Support for general operating and expansion of Activist program Long Island Cares Hauppauge, NY $100,000 General operating support Louisville Metro Government (Mayor’s Office) Louisville, KY $1,200,000 For Thrive Fellowship restorative justice program Louisville Urban League Louisville, KY $300,000 To expand workforce development

MDC, Inc. Durham, NC $1,100,000 Support for economic security initiatives—The Benefit Bank of North Carolina Melmark Charitable Foundation Berwyn, PA $200,000 General operating support Memorial Presbyterian Church St. Augustine, FL $400,000 Support for renovation and continued maintenance Metro United Way Louisville, KY $300,000 Support for the creation of a Black Male Achievement framework in Louisville



Maureen Joy Charter School Durham, NC $265,000 Support to improve literacy outcomes

Metro United Way/University of Louisville/CBMA Louisville, KY $600,000 Support for the launch of a Black Male Achievement Leaders in Residence program at the University of Louisville Millsaps College Jackson, MS $500,000 For development of a Visual Arts Center $265,000 To provide eight student scholarships to students who are graduates of Jackson Public Schools and are from underserved families

Top: The Kenan Center’s STEM-based Camp Invention summer program offers kids fun, hands-on activities that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and curiosity. Bottom: Advisory Council members from MDC engaged in an exercise to understand the extent and limits of existing social service networks as part of their work in designing the Greater Greensboro Family Success Network. This design effort was facilitated by MDC with joint funding by the Kenan Trust, The Duke Endowment, and the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

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Triangle Charters for Equity: Closing the achievement gap

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deepening their collective commitment to innovation and equity for all students. The Triangle Charters for Equity (TCE) focuses on four main areas: Leadership development: Principals from the TCE will participate in three annual leadership retreats through the RELAY Principal Fellowship, which trains top education leaders in the country. TCE principals will receive instruction around teacher coaching, student culture, and data analysis. Teacher development: Teachers at all three schools will be able to apply for Innovation Grants in the categories of literacy, mathematics, technology, students with learning challenges, equity, and restorative justice. In addition to increasing student achievement, the grants will have the added benefit of attracting top talent to schools and increasing staff retention. Racial equity: All staff members will participate in Racial Equity Training through the REI Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina. The training facilitates a deeper understanding of systematic racism, equality/equity, and biases. Thought leadership: The TCE aims to produce thought leadership around a collaborative model that can be scaled or adapted for other schools



hen schools are provided the resources they need to focus on innovation, and decision-making power is given back to communities, students and families flourish. From one-room schoolhouses to large schools serving extensive geographic regions, American educational institutions have not been designed to serve all their students well. While the efforts of some of the most well-intended programs may be siloed, the Kenan Trust has made great strides in forging equity within, between, and among the entire neighborhood. The Trust is committed to funding thought leaders with deep knowledge about their communities. It is through this commitment that we are listening to communities with a growth mindset. These communities are offering programs committed to innovation, and redesigning institutions to have a justice focus. There is a broad opportunity to consider equity and innovation across school lines. Students are offered the best contingency when adults are thoughtful about providing access to resources, regardless of zip code. Through a Kenan Trust grant, three North Carolina schools— Maureen Joy Charter School, KIPP Durham, and PAVE Southeast Raleigh—are

Top: Pave Southeast Raleigh. Bottom: Maureen Joy Charter School and KIPP Durham.

focused on equity. Through a website and an annual report, the TCE will document successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Mark Bailey, Executive Director of Maureen Joy Charter School, says “I value the independence that comes with being a charter school principal. However, that independence can be accompanied by isolation. Kenan’s support of Maureen Joy’s partnership with KIPP: Durham and Pave Southeast Raleigh has created opportunities for collaboration that were largely absent. “As a charter school, we’re also charged with the responsibility to innovate. The innovation grants funded through Kenan’s partnership

have allowed our teachers to take the lead with piloting innovative strategies and given our school the chance to explore a variety of innovative practices simultaneously. “Our three schools represent fewer than 2% of the charter schools in the state. Our common bond is our commitment to equity and access. That begins with transportation, breakfast/lunch programs, and language services. We also have a responsibility to develop our mindset as it relates to the systems of structural inequity that impact our families. Our staffs have been given access to Racial Equity Training, an experience that informs our work on a daily basis.”

Movement of Youth Durham, NC $300,000 Support for expansion to new states Musical Empowerment Chapel Hill, NC $50,000 Support for one-on-one music lessons for underserved children


National Cares Mentoring New York, NY $400,000 To expand mentoring programs through Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida Neighborhood Associates Corporation Washington, DC $235,000 For community-based art program in Kentucky, Florida, and North Carolina New Legacy Louisville, KY $100,000 To increase organization’s capacity North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (dba Public Allies) Durham, NC $150,000 Support to stem dropouts of HBCUs and develop a leadership pipeline


North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC $1,500,000 To supplement WRK, Jr. Endowment Fund for Educational Exhibits $300,000 Support for three prototyped programs Top left: Public Allies is a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership of all young people. Top right: Metro United Way partnered with the Louisville Urban League to host an event called “ Urban Shop Talk Forum.” Bottom: North Carolina Museum of Art youth program.

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Orange County Rape Crisis Center Chapel Hill, NC $200,000 Support for services and therapy in English and Spanish for survivors of sexual violence


Overtown Youth Center Miami, FL $250,000 Support to bolster arts and STEM programs Paris-Bourbon County Schools Lexington, KY $50,000 General operating support Paris Bourbon County YMCA Lexington, KY $50,000 General operating support Paris Independent Schools Education Foundation Lexington, KY $50,000 General operating support Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education (PAGE) Durham, NC $210,000 To support capacity building of programs for adolescent girls Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC $250,000 To launch Kenan Visual Arts Career Pathways Partnership with UNCSA Top: Relay GSE teaches teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. Bottom: The Overtown Youth Save Our Sons initiative was created to develop and enhance the lives of young men primarily in the Overtown community in Miami, FL.

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Prime Time Palm Beach County Boynton Beach, FL $75,000 To inspire scientific curiosity in children through the arts

Paris Elementary School Principal and staff members visited community neighborhoods throughout the summer to provide books and other literacy resources.

Profound Gentlemen Charlotte, NC $200,000 To support 150 male teachers of color in North Carolina Reach Out and Read Boston, MA $270,000 Support for growth and expansion Relay GSE New York, NY $900,000 To support feasibility to establish North Carolina campus, expand New York residency, and recruit teachers for HBCUs The Safe Haven Community Resource Center (dba Live Fresh Palm Beach) Riviera Beach, FL $250,000 Support to launch Live Fresh Affiliate chapters

SEED Miami Miami, FL $2,500,000 Support for start up and capital costs

Clockwise: Live Fresh is a low cost, mobile, turnkey solution that provides the homeless personal hygiene essentials; StudentU middle school summer academy; StudentsCare volunteer with patient at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL; TROSA graduates; Prime Time Palm Beach County facilitates science education.

Self-Help Credit Union Durham, NC $700,000 To expand RISE in East Durham

Shakertown Village at Pleasant Hill Shakertown, KY $100,000 General operating support

Sewanee, University of the South Sewanee, TN $50,000 For scholarships in the SIM/EQB Fellows Program in the School of Theology

Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC $100,000 Support for Renwick Gallery honoring Betsy Broun

Student U Durham, NC $2,250,000 To create leadership innovation lab, secure long-term space, and strengthen ties to Durham Public Schools StudentsCare Miami, FL $115,000 Support expansion from four to 10 sites for student volunteers in pediatric units

Teach for America, Inc. New York, NY $3,000,000 Support for Eastern North Carolina, Appalachia, and Miami-Dade regions, and local movements toward educational equity Tides Center (dba Dream Defenders) San Francisco, CA $150,000 Support to replicate alternative justice model Reimagining the Community 33

Transcend Inc. (dba Transcend Education) Hastings on Hudson, NY $300,000 Support to develop nXu high school TROSA Durham, NC $50,000 General operating support Turnaround for Children New York, NY $150,000 Support for expansion of five schools in New York City University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC $5,000,000 UNC Arts & Sciences Foundation, for Hill Hall and Rotunda renovation $200,000 UNC Autism Collaborative, to launch an interdisciplinary center for autism $150,000 UNC Campus Y, to support Kenan-Biddle Partnership

$125,000 UNC Scholars Latino, support for infrastructure $100,000 Ackland Art Museum, for publication of the Ackland’s collection $50,000 Morehead Planetarium, to bring NC school children from rural counties to the Planetarium for “A Day of Science” $50,000 Department of Religious Studies, support of students working at Huqoq Excavation Project, Israel $50,000 Institute for Arts and Humanities, support of IAH conference $50,000 Parr School of Ethics, support of National High School Ethics Bowl University of North Carolina Foundation Chapel Hill, NC $50,000 To support inauguration of new UNC system President University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Winston-Salem, NC $1,500,000 Support to build marketing capacity to increase fundraising

Transcend nXu pilot cohort students

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC $50,000 General operating support for Wise Alumni House $50,000 General operating support for Kenan House

Voices Together provides music therapy services in North Carolina for children, teens, and adults with a range of needs including processing disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental and intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and learning disabilities.

United Way of the Bluegrass Lexington, KY $265,000 Support of partnership with Fayette County Schools for males of color University of Florida Foundation Computer Science Department Gainesville, FL $1,200,000 Support to create SICE-IT University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY $50,000 General operating support Urban Arts Partnership New York, NY $300,000, For expansion of the story studio program for English language learners Voices Together Durham, NC $250,000 Support for hiring of director of development and program expansion $75,000 General operating support

Walking Classrooms Chapel Hill, NC $150,000 Support for 65 class sets in North Carolina, Florida, New York, Kentucky and pilot program in Fayette County, KY West End School Louisville, KY $300,000 To support expansion William Peace University Raleigh, NC $100,000 Support for the Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship Endowment YMCA Lockport Lockport, NY $505,000 Support to construct a barrier to eliminate shoreline erosion YMCA Triangle Raleigh, NC $1,500,000 Support for facilities construction and operating support of SE Raleigh YMCA and PAVE SE Raleigh


he William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust’s first grantmaking came in response to a belief Mr. Kenan expressed in his will that “a good education is the most cherished gift an individual can receive” and his appreciation for the seminal role his own college instructors played in his successes. The trustees began what became a 14-year effort to establish William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorships at colleges and universities across the United States. The effort remains the Trust’s largest and most far-reaching to date. In 1966, the trustees awarded a $5 million gift to Mr. Kenan’s alma mater the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the establishment of 25 professorships bearing his name in the sciences and health sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts, and smaller gifts for similar professorships in New York State, where Mr. Kenan had lived much of his life. By the time the Trust marked its 25th anniversary, it had endowed professorships at 56 institutions with an initial value of $42 million with 56 institutions as their recipients. Since then, the value of those endowment grants has grown to a current market value of more than $475 million. In 2016-17, the endowments funded 126 William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorships at the 56 institutions. Most of the colleges and universities had a connection to the Kenan family, Mr. Kenan himself, or his businesses. They represent a cross-section of American higher education— large and small institutions, four-year colleges and universities, public and private schools. Seventeen of the top 18 national universities on the well-known US News’ “Best Colleges” annual ranking each have at least

one William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship, as do 16 of the top 18 liberal arts colleges. The list of 441 pre-eminent scholars who have held a William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship since 1999 is equally impressive. Their collective scholarly works include more than 5,000 books, edited volumes, articles, chapters, patents, and software applications. Among the Professors are winners of the Nobel Prize (Martin Chalfie of Jennifer Scanlon, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Columbia University was a winner of Bowdoin College, taught a Fall 2017 First Year Seminar entitled the 2008 prize in chemistry during his “Bad Girls of the 1950s.” professorship); the Presidential Medal of Freedom; MacArthur Foundation from nearly every college and university, the “genius” grants; the Pulitzer Prize, the National project collected records of the courses taught by Academy of Sciences Medal; the National Book 378 Professors. Collectively, they have taught no Award; the National Inventor of the Year Award; fewer than 4,205 courses offered no fewer than and fellowships from the Ford, Fulbright, 13,873 times. The trust estimated that the current Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the Professors teach no fewer than 4,800 students National Science Foundation and the National nationally each year. Endowment for the Humanities. While the endowing of professorships has been More important to the Trust’s goal of kindling common in American colleges and universities, the formative relationships between undergraduates volume and scope of William R. Kenan, Jr. and their professors like that between Mr. Kenan Professorships was unprecedented. Leading and the chemist Francis Preston Venable, the experts in the history of American higher Professors have been distinguished teachers. Many education and education philanthropy interviewed have won institutional and national awards for as part of the Trust’s research said they knew of no undergraduate teaching; four of the seven scholars comparable example of giving that matched the who have held the professorship at Stetson size of Mr. Kenan’s in terms of the number University have won that school’s teaching award, institutions that benefitted and the number of for example. professorships endowed. In marking its 50th anniversary, the Trust launched research to determine the impact of the Professors as teachers. With significant assistance Reimagining the Community 35


The William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorships

Recipient Institutions of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorships as of June 30, 2017 Agnes Scott College

Brown University

Colgate University

Davidson College

John F. Pilger Ph.D. 1977 University of Southern California Department of Biology

Richard W. Kenyon Ph.D. 1990 Princeton University Department of Mathematics

Adam Burnett Ph.D. 1990 Michigan State University Department of Geography

John Wertheimer Ph.D. 1992 Princeton University Department of History

Amherst College Jyl Gentzler Ph.D. 1991 Cornell University Department of Philosophy (Vacant) Bowdoin College Thomas Baumgarte Ph.D. 1995 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät München (thesis at Cornell University) Department of Physics John C. Holt Ph.D. 1977 University of Chicago Department of Religion Jennifer Scanlon Ph.D. 1989 Binghamton University Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Brandeis University David H. Roberts Ph.D. 1973 Stanford University Department of Astrophysics Francie Cate-Arries Ph.D. 1986 University of Wisconsin at Madison Department of Modern Languages and Literature Christopher MacGowan Ph.D. 1983 Princeton Department of English

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Bryn Mawr College Victor J. Donnay Ph.D. 1986 Courant Institute, New York University Department of Mathematics California Institute of Technology Morgan Kousser Ph.D. 1971 Yale University Department of History and Social Sciences Carleton College Sam Patterson Ph.D. 1982 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Mathematics Neil Lutsky Ph.D. 1977 Harvard University Department of Psychology The Claremont Colleges John G. Milton M.D.C.M. 1982 McGill University Keck Science Department Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges Colby College L. Sandy Maisel Ph.D. 1971 Columbia University Department of Government

Ellen Percy Kraly Ph.D. 1978 Fordham University Department of Geography College of William and Mary Melvin P. Ely Ph.D. 1985 Princeton University Department of History Adam S. Potkay Ph.D. 1990 Rutgers University Department of English (Two vacant seats) Columbia University* Lawrence A. Chasin Ph.D. 1967 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Biological Sciences Liang Tong Ph.D. 1989 University of California at Berkeley Department of Biological Sciences Cornell University Barbara L. Finlay Ph.D. 1976 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Psychology Dartmouth College* Paul Christesen Ph.D. 2001 Columbia University Department of Classics Department of French and Italian

Drew University Jonathan E. Rose Ph.D. 1981 University of Pennsylvania Department of History Duke University Michael Therien Ph.D. 1987 University of California at San Diego Department of Chemistry Emory University Douglas A. Hicks Ph.D. 1998 Harvard Department of Religion Robert N. McCauley Ph.D. 1979 University of Chicago Department of Philosophy Walter L. Reed Ph.D. 1969 Yale Graduate School Department of English Furman University A. Scott Henderson Ph.D. 1996 State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Education Gilles O. Einstein Ph.D. 1977 University of Colorado Department of Psychology

James Lee Guth Ph.D. 1973 Harvard University Department of Political Science Hamilton College Richard Bedient Ph.D. 1979 University of Michigan Department of Mathematics Margaret Gentry Ph.D. Washington University Department of Women’s Studies Harvard University* Marjorie Garber Ph.D. 1969 Yale University Department of English and Visual and Environmental Studies John T. Hamilton Ph.D. 1999 New York University Department of Comparative Literature, Germanic Languages and Literature Harvey C. Mansfield Ph.D. 1961 Harvard University Department of Government Daniel L. Schacter Ph.D. 1981 University of Toronto Department of Psychology

Lehigh University

Reed College

Syracuse University

Michael D. Santoro Ph.D. 1998 Rutgers University College of Business and Economics

Lisa M. Steinman Ph.D. 1976 Cornell University Department of English Literature and Humanities

Cristina Marchetti Ph.D. 1982 University of Florida, Gainesville Department of Physics

Rollins College

Trinity College

Edward H. Cohen Ph.D. 1967 University of New Mexico Department of English

Robert J. Corber Ph.D. 1987 University of Chicago American Institutions and Values: Women, Gender and Sexuality

Molly D. Anderson Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Food Studies

Smith College

University of Chicago*

Michael Thurston Ph.D. University of Illinois Department of English

Jeffrey Dunham Ph.D. 1981 Stanford University Department of Physics


David Jablonski Ph.D. 1979 Yale University Department of the Geophysical Sciences, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, and The College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Heather Paxson Ph.D. 1998 Stanford University Department of Anthropology Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College (Vacant) New York University Finbarr Barry Flood Ph.D. 1993 University of Edinburgh Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History

Haverford College

Northwestern University

Deborah H. Roberts Ph.D. 1979 Yale University Department of Classics and Program in Comparative Literature

Eddie Dekel Ph.D. 1986 Harvard University Department of Economics

Johns Hopkins University* Marc Kamionkowski Ph.D. University of Chicago Department of Physics & Astronomy

Robert H. Porter Ph.D. 1981 Princeton University Department of Economics Princeton University M. Christine Boyer Ph.D. 1972 Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture (Vacant)

Stanford University Robert L. Byer Ph.D. 1969 Stanford University Department of Applied Physics Steven Chu Ph.D. 1976 University of California, Berkeley School of Medicine Stetson University Eugene Huskey, Jr. Ph.D. 1983 London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Political Science Swarthmore College Peter J. Schmidt Ph.D. 1980 University of Virginia Department of English Literature Kenneth Sharpe Ph.D. 1974 Yale University Department of Political Science

Judith T. Zeitlin Ph.D. 1988 Harvard University Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations University of Florida John F. Stanton Ph.D. Harvard University 1999 Department of Chemistry University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Albert S. Baldwin, Jr. Ph.D. 1984 University of Virginia Lineberger Cancer Center and Department of Biology James D. Beck Ph.D. 1969 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Dental Ecology and Department of Epidemiology Kim Brouwer Ph.D. 1983 University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy Reimagining the Community 37

John M. Conley Ph.D. 1980 Duke University School of Law

Michael Kosorok Ph.D. 1991 University of Washington Department of Biostatistics

Alan Shapiro B.A. 1974 Brandeis University Department of English

Joseph M. DeSimone Ph.D. 1990 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Chemistry

Steven Offenbacher D.D.S. 1976, Ph.D. 1977 Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Periodontology

Mary D. Sheriff ** Ph.D. 1981 University of Delaware Department of Art

Carl Ernst Ph.D. 1981 Harvard University Department of Religious Studies

John V. Orth Ph.D. 1977 Harvard University School of Law

Jessica Smith J.D. 1992 University of Pennsylvania Law School School of Government

Liesbet Hooghe Ph.D. 1989 K.U. Leuven, Belgium Department of Political Science

Herbert Peterson M.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Richard J. A. Talbert Ph.D. 1972 Cambridge University Department of History

James H. Johnson, Jr. Ph.D. 1980 Michigan State University Kenan-Flagler Business School

Barry Popkin Ph.D. 1974 Cornell University Gillings School of Public Health

James W. Jorgenson Ph.D. 1979 Indiana University Department of Chemistry

Matthew R. Redinbo Ph.D. 1995 University of California, Los Angeles Department of Chemistry

Michael E. Taylor Ph.D. 1970 University of California at Berkeley Department of Mathematics

Jenny Pan-Yun Ting Ph.D. 1979 Northwestern University Department of Microbiology and Immunology R. Mark Wightman Ph.D. 1974 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry Yue Xiong Ph.D. 1989 University of Rochester Department of Biochemistry University of Notre Dame Joseph A. Buttigieg Ph.D. 1976 State University of New York at Binghamton Department of English Christian Smith Ph.D. 1990 Harvard University Department of Sociology University of Pennsylvania Jere R. Behrman Ph.D. 1966 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics Jeffrey Kallberg Ph.D. 1982 University of Chicago Department of Music E. Ann Matter Ph.D. 1976 Yale University Department of Religious Studies and Department of Italian Studies University of Rochester (Vacant) University of the South (Sewanee)

Michael R. Kosorok, Chair, UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Biostatistics, and Professor, Department of Statistics and Operations Research

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John Joseph Gatta, Jr. Ph.D. 1973 Cornell University Department of English

University of Virginia Paul N. Adler Ph.D. 1975 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Biology Benjamin K. Bennett Ph.D. 1975 Columbia University Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Rae L. Blumberg Ph.D. 1970 Northwestern University Department of Sociology Jenny S. Clay Ph.D. 1970 University of Washington Professor of Classics Rita Felski Ph.D. 1987 Monash University (Australia) Professor of English

Jagdish Krishan Kumar Ph.D. 1977 Kent University Department of Sociology Kevin K. Lehmann Ph.D. 1983 Harvard University Department of Chemistry Jeffrey K. Olick PH.D. 1993 Yale University Department of Sociology Andrea L. Press Ph.D. 1987 University of California at Berkeley Department of Media Studies and Sociology Brooks H. Pate Ph.D. 1992 Princeton University Department of Chemistry


Gerald P. Fogarty Ph.D. 1969 Yale University M.Div. 1971 Woodstock College Department of Religious Studies

Clockwise from top left: Jenny Clay, Classics; Jagdish Krishan Kumar, Sociology; Rita Felski, English; and Peter Waldman, Architecture, University of Virginia.

Judith Shatin M.F.A. 1976, Ph.D. 1979 Princeton University Department of Music

Peter D. Waldman M.F.A. 1967 Princeton University School of Architecture

Cindy Kam Ph.D. 2003 University of Michigan Department of Political Science

Anthony C. Spearing M.A. 1960 Cambridge University Department of English Language and Literature

Vanderbilt University*

David E. Lewis Ph.D. 2000 Stanford University Department of Political Science

Karen Van Lengen M. Arch. 1976 Columbia University School of Architecture

Jay Clayton Ph.D. 1979 University of Virginia Department of English

Celia Applegate Ph.D. 1987 Stanford University Department of History

Calvin F. Miller Ph.D. 1977 University of California at Los Angeles Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Reimagining the Community 39

Vassar College Sarah R. Kozloff Ph.D. 1984 Stanford University Department of Drama and Film

Joseph Siry Ph.D. 1984 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Art and Art History

Wake Forest University

Williams College

Julian P. Young Ph.D. 1972 University of Pittsburgh Department of Philosophy

Lee Y. Park Ph.D. 1992 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Chemistry

Washington and Lee University William L. Patch Ph.D. 1981 Yale University Department of History

David P. Richardson Ph.D. 1984 University of California at Berkeley Department of Chemistry

Wellesley College

Wofford College

Charles Bu Ph.D. University of Illinois Department of Mathematics

Yale University*

Guy M. Rogers Ph.D. 1968 Princeton University Departments of History and Classical Studies Wesleyan University* Clark Maines Ph.D. 1979 Pennsylvania State University Department of Art and Art History


Michael Denning Ph.D. 1984 Yale University American Studies Program; Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration; Department of English Language and Literature Lawrence G. Manley Ph.D. 1977 Harvard University Department of English Language and Literature (Vacant)

* Denotes institutions that also received special grants prior to 1978 to support the development of innovative teaching programs. ** Mary Sheriff, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History, former chair of the Art Department at the University of North Carolina, and much-admired colleague and teacher since 1983, passed away in October 2016.

OUR STAFF Executive Director Douglas C. Zinn Assistant Executive Director Dorian Burton, Ed.L.D. Senior Evaluation Officer Catherine Fryszczyn Executive Coordinator Tinka Deal William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust PO Box 3858 Chapel Hill, NC 27515 Tel 919.391.7222

Cover: Guest answering The Met’s public mural prompt of “Why does art matter?” during AFROPUNK Music Festival at Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn. Photo by Filip Wolak. Inside Front Cover: National Dance Institute DREAM Project dancers work together under the guidance of NDI teaching artists, and physical therapy students to master choreography and gain partnership and performance skills, working toward functional goals within a joyful, rigorous, and supportive group dynamic. Photo by Eduardo Patino. Right: The Laundromat Project’s 2017 Bed-Stuy Create Change Artist-in-Residence Lizania Cruz collaborates with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration for a series of immigrant-centered story circles at caribBEING House in the Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Yeji Jung; Courtesy of The Laundromat Project. Back Cover: Club Nova offers people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education, and access to psychiatric and other medical services in a single caring and safe environment—so they can recover and fully participate as valued and respected members of society. Photo by Abbie Cooke. All photos unless credited have been provided by respective institutions.

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William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust Annual Report FY 2017

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William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust Annual Report FY 2017