Catalysts for Change. Meaningful Partnerships. Moving North Carolina Forward.

We are committed to engaging with and learning from partners as they work to transform postsecondary educational opportunities in our state. Here is recent news coverage about the John M. Belk Endowment and our partners.

November 23, 2016

Charlotte Civil Rights Battle Earns Place in History with Julius Chambers Statue

The statue-lined Trail of History along Charlotte’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway is poised to make history itself, with news that its backers have chosen a beloved civil rights leader to be the next figure immortalized in bronze.

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August 24, 2016

John M. Belk Endowment Grants $5.5 Million to Say Yes Guilford

The John M. Belk Endowment, a private family foundation committed to building a stronger North Carolina through providing postsecondary access to children, has granted $5.5 million to Say Yes Guilford. The gift was announced during the Greensboro Partnership’s annual State of Our Community Luncheon.

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Media CoverageApril 12, 2016

Mobility Trends for Most of N.C. Worrying

A new report commissioned by the John M. Belk Endowment tells a story of stagnation amid opportunity. “Even in our most economically dynamic places,” the report says, “people who grow up in low-income families are more likely to stay there as adults than almost anywhere else in the nation, and only small numbers make it to the middle- or upper-income levels despite thriving labor markets that seem full of opportunity.”

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Media CoverageApril 11, 2016

Upward Mobility: Efforts in Wilkes To Help People Get Ahead Noted

A report commissioned by the Charlotte-based John M. Belk Foundation and released earlier this month recognizes efforts in Wilkes County and seven other areas of North Carolina to help people move ahead economically. The report, “North Carolina’s Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity,” is based on national studies that show upward economic mobility in North Carolina lags behind the rest of the nation.

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Media CoverageApril 8, 2016

Local Program Aims To Improve Lack of Upward Mobility in NC

A study indicates that just because the state’s future looks bright, doesn’t mean the economic status will change. That’s according to a new economic mobility study. One program in eastern Carolina is trying to break the cycle.

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Media CoverageApril 7, 2016

Report: Two-Thirds Of Poor NC Kids Aren’t Reaching Middle Class

North Carolinians are having more trouble attaining the American Dream, according to a new report from Durham-based research center MDC and the John M. Belk Endowment. The report is called “North Carolina’s Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity.” It says most North Carolina kids born into low-income families are not reaching the middle class. MDC President David Dodson says the numbers around the state’s largest economic centers are among the worst in the country.

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