The Shallow Ford Foundation maximizes the possibilities with philanthropists in reaching their charitable goals. We focus on transformational giving – meaning giving that meaningfully transforms situations and circumstances. We honor donor intentions, engage the community in our processes, and work alongside families and community partners with grants awarded. The Foundation conducts two community grant processes a year benefitting nonprofits that serve our communities. We also award multiple scholarships each year to deserving students, both graduating high school seniors and adults seeking a degree or credential. In addition, the Foundation in partnership with Yadkin County Schools operates the Shore Scholars Program for rising 11th and 12th grade students at Forbush and Starmount High Schools.
We also work collaboratively within our community on initiatives such as the ones listed below. The Foundation’s initiatives are born out of an identified gap in the community or in response to a time-sensitive need/issue not otherwise being addressed. The issues and needs we tackle have broad impact on the community. Some initiatives are short-term; others are ongoing.
Below are examples of recent initiatives:
School Personnel Appreciation
After a long year of remote learning, changing plans and other challenges, the Foundation and its partners looked for a way to thank dedicated educators and school staff for their hard work. The result? For Clemmons and Lewisville local schools, the Abbott’s Frozen Custard truck set up in the parking lot of the schools (after the students had gone home) to offer a sweet treat to these amazing individuals. The program was supported by the Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, the Interfaith Alliance of Clemmons and Lewisville, The Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Lewisville, The Clemmons Rotary Club, the Clemmons Civic Club, and the Village of Clemmons. In addition, the Foundation, in conjunction with community groups and volunteers, held an end-of-year celebration picnic with live music, food, games and prizes for the personnel of Yadkin County Schools. A similar event for schools in Clemmons and Lewisville is being planned for August of 2021.
COVID Response and Recovery
Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, two funds were setup to serve the needs and issues that emerged from the pandemic. The pass-through funds received local donations from community members wishing to support those impacted by the pandemic, including organizations.
In Clemmons and Lewisville the fund was guided by our board members and local leaders including:
In Yadkin County, the leadership team included:
Both teams continue to meet through the community recovery period and expect to conclude their work in late 2021/early 2022.
A Partner in Forming and Sustaining the Interfaith Alliance of Clemmons and Lewisville (IACL)
The Interfaith Alliance was formed in 2018 in response to needs identified by public school social workers in Clemmons and Lewisville. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Vincent Howell and staffed part-time through grants by Lexi Scoggin of Faith Health Innovations, local faith groups and congregations meet monthly to collectively address the needs of children and youth. The IACL has supported basic needs, established remote learning sites during the pandemic in partnership with Imprints Cares and the YMCA and currently seeks to support tutoring and mentoring needs through volunteers. The IACL has also addressed and continues its work addressing student anxiety, stress, and inadequate emotional support.
A Partner in Forming Leadership Lewisville-Clemmons
How do our communities develop and engage informed, connected, and emerging leaders who have a deep understanding of all aspects of our communities to guide ideas, innovation and decisions that shape our future? The Foundation asked this question in July 2018. Such development has been happening in Winston-Salem since 1983 through Leadership Winston-Salem (LWS), but in 2018, there was no equivalent development opportunity in Lewisville or Clemmons. Many Clemmons and Lewisville residents have benefited from LWS and yet, with its focus on the past, present, and future of Winston-Salem, graduate leaders are not similarly prepared to engage in Clemmons, Lewisville, and surrounding communities. Thanks to the support of LWS and the enthusiasm of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce, the Clemmons Community Foundation hosted a luncheon with LWS alums to explore starting Leadership Lewisville-Clemmons. A group of LWS alums led by Lewisville Mayor Mike Horn and members of the Clemmons Community Foundation and Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce developed and launched Leadership Lewisville-Clemmons in the Fall of 2019. Today, the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce operates and manages this program.