What sets our communities apart is the deep care and pride in community — true community wherein relationships run deep and wide. A growing area of residential and commercial development and yet striving to preserve the characteristics that have defined this area from its early days. Blessed with a culture of neighborliness and a suburb and rural reputation, we too require philanthropic investment to ensure that as the community grows, we offer all the resources, services, and opportunities that sustain and strengthen healthy families, invest in our children, ensure support through aging, preserve our natural resources, and offer the rich experiences of arts and culture that inspire creativity and innovation.
We invite you to become a partner in making timely and wise philanthropic investments that solve challenges, enhance our assets, and accomplish your hopes and dreams for the community. This is a special area thanks to those who have gone before us. Join us and let’s together be sure that the generations who follow us celebrate both the community they inherit and the wisdom, care, and resources we commit today to shaping our area as we grow.
It is such a privilege to welcome you to the web site of the Clemmons Community Foundation. We hope these pages help you learn more about us and inspire you to call us and join us in enhancing and transforming all that you care about in Clemmons, Lewisville, and the surrounding area.
—Sandi Scannelli, President/CEO
The Clemmons Community Foundation started as the Clemmons Rotary Foundation in 2004, receiving its 501(c)(3) public charity designation from the IRS. Its visionary leadership converted the foundation to a Community Foundation in 2012, with the purpose of expanding its reach and more broadly working to improve our community.
From 2012 through 2017, a volunteer board of directors governed and managed the Clemmons Community Foundation, increasing awareness through sponsoring local events, awarding grants to local non-profits, and with three exceptional gifts, grew its assets to more than $10 million.
In the second quarter of 2018, with the help of a 3-year operational grant from the Wayne A. Shore Endowment Fund, the foundation named its first CEO, Sandi Scannelli, and opened its first physical office in the Historic Broyhill Building.
The Foundation has awarded more than $575,000 since its conversion to a community foundation. Its mission today is to unlock the full philanthropic potential of Clemmons, Lewisville, Yadkin County, and North Davidson County communities by connecting people and resources in ways that meaningfully transform our communities with access, opportunity, and an enriched quality of life for all residents.
“[The] newly defined role for community foundations is … to create the atmosphere, culture, and ecosystem for shared ownership of community… . Community foundations are tasked with reintroducing the notion of “love for community,” and helping citizens take ownership of the shape in which they find their community and what the next generation will inherit. I believe it is a reaction to the individualized philanthropy of our times, … to more emphasis on personal interests and passions. This does not as easily allow you to face multi-dimensional challenges with long-term, broader solutions. Someone needs to embrace the role as moral compass in our communities, and my belief is community foundations are well suited for this role.”
— Brad Ward, Director, Community Philanthropy, Council on Foundations, July 2018