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.

April 19, 2017

Spellings: Advising Corps Breaks Down ‘College Isn’t For Me’ Myth

First-generation college students face so many barriers: Standardized tests, applications, financial aid forms, deciding which schools to consider – even knowing how a college campus feels. For many, the process can be formidable. That’s where the College Advising Corps comes in, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings says in the accompanying video.

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January 29, 2017

Making Cents of Education Funding

From early childhood to pre-K to K-12 to higher education, including our community colleges and the UNC system, we were asked about who is in charge, what are the sources of funding, what is the money being spent on, and to identify the pressure points where investments could make a difference. Our thanks to Ret Boney and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers for being our thought partner on this project

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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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