All children should reach their full potential.

Working together toward common goals for children.

Creating healthier environments where children can thrive.




Who We Are

The John Rex Endowment supports an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives.  Guided by the belief that all children should reach their full potential, the John Rex Endowment works with the community to support the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children.

"We're people creating opportunities to connect with others and act together so children here are safe and supported."  Kevin Cain, President and CEO

In the Spotlight

Preventing Childhood Injuries Begins with Understanding the Causes

Harm inflicted upon a child, whether intentional or unintentional, is never acceptable. The prevention of childhood injury is a goal of the John Rex Endowment. An early step in this work was the publication of A Profile of Wake County Childhood Injury & Injury Prevention which informed the foundation's decision to focus on Wake County’s five leading causes of childhood injury: (1) Motor Vehicle Crash - child is an occupant, (2) Assault (i.e., physical/sexual violence, child abuse), (3) Motor Vehicle Crash - child is a pedestrian, (4) Self-inflicted/Self-harm (i.e., suicide, cutting) and (5) Falls (e.g., playgrounds, homes). Guided by knowledge and promising actions, there are opportunities to actively and effectively contribute to the prevention of childhood injury.  [more]