Four Nonprofits Receive Capacity Building Grants

Four Nonprofits Receive Capacity Building Grants

The John Rex Endowment announces four grants totaling $259,996 to support nonprofit capacity building. Recipients include Families Together, Family Promise of Wake County, Marbles Kids Museum and the WELL (Wade Edwards Foundation and Learning Lab). [more]

Relief Efforts Involve Local Nonprofits

Relief Efforts Involve Local Nonprofits

Wake County luckily did not bear the brunt of the recent hurricanes. The message that our partners consistently reported to the John Rex Endowment, however, is that all were lending their support to other nonprofits, be it with supplies for families or words of advice for their peers. [more]


A Letter from Our Board Chair and President: Strategic Direction Announcement

A Letter from Our Board Chair and President: Strategic Direction Announcement

The John Rex Endowment has created a Strategic Roadmap to reflect what we have learned and how we will meet the current challenges facing Wake County children and their families. The board and staff of the Endowment have worked closely with our grantees, other partners and community representatives to set the general direction for future work. Our desired impact is to ensure children and their families are safe, healthy and living to their full potential. We will focus particularly on those children who are most vulnerable. [more]

President's Message: Update on Strategic Roadmap Announcement

President's Message: Update on Strategic Roadmap Announcement

I’m glad to have heard from many of you and know that you came through the storm safely. I know we are all still a bit stunned by the impact that such an event can have upon our lives and those of people we serve. In light of the storm cleanup, the John Rex Endowment is focusing upon doing whatever we can to be there for our grantees and our community. We will therefore delay our Strategic Roadmap announcement until October 2, when recovery efforts will be bearing fruit and some of the post-storm stress will be alleviated. [more]

John Rex Endowment Awards Grant to Support Inexperienced Teen Drivers

John Rex Endowment Awards Grant to Support Inexperienced Teen Drivers

The John Rex Endowment announces a $287,012 grant award to the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education (Poe Center) to develop a new multi-faceted approach to teen driver safety in Wake County. The project focuses on developing and testing new interactive educational components for teens and their parents/caregivers as part of the Jordan Driving School program. [more]

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]