Operating Principles

Investing in People. Preparing for Future Jobs.

We believe in the value of education as a means to personal fulfillment and community vitality. Our goal is to empower today’s workforce by creating pathways to and through postsecondary education for underrepresented students. We are committed to helping future students of all backgrounds attain the marketable skills and training needed to gain meaningful employment, which we hope will result in a sustainable shift in North Carolina.

Our Operating Principles

Inspired by the state of North Carolina’s needs and the Belk family’s history of helping neighbors, valuing family and deeply caring for the community, the John M. Belk endowment conducts operations in accordance with several key principles: