President's Message: Strategic Planning Update

President's Message: Strategic Planning Update

Regularly, the John Rex Endowment takes time to step back and assess our funding focus and role in the community. Right now we are formally doing that work as it will inform our decisions about priorities, grant investments and our external actions.  This planning process balances community needs, local and national trends and lessons learned over the last five years of our current plan. [more]

Kate Shirah Graduates from Leadership North Carolina

Kate Shirah Graduates from Leadership North Carolina

On the afternoon of May 10, Kate Shirah, John Rex Endowment program director, joined 54 current and emerging leaders to become graduates of the esteemed program Leadership North Carolina (LNC), Class XXV. “The opportunity to participate in this 8-month program was incredible," said Kate. "Engaging with 54 people whose personal and professional experiences vary from mine has broadened my way of looking at the important work of supporting children and families in the context of top issues in our state. [more]

Exploring Social Determinants of Health in Wake County

Exploring Social Determinants of Health in Wake County

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) recently completed an assessment and online Story Map commissioned by the John Rex Endowment to describe how conditions in Wake County such as the number of high-quality child care centers, existence of food deserts and high housing costs (defined as a family spending more than 30% of their income on housing) can affect children and their families’ health and well-being. The report will be used during the 2018 strategic planning process to define future funding priorities toward creating an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives. [more]