CHAPTER 1

History

Our Story, Past to Present
From the very beginning, we’ve given our all for North Carolina.

Since the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was first established in 1936, we’ve made it a point to think critically about the needs and opportunities of North Carolina’s communities, and to willingly address issues that others may not.

Our strategies have changed over the years, but our commitment to our mission and core values has remained constant.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has been a catalyst for positive change in North Carolina, with a long and rich history of bold, forward-thinking vision and action.

core values: stewardship
We honor our history of accountability, fiscal responsibility, and purpose-driven grantmaking by balancing the needs and opportunities of today with the challenges of tomorrow.

Our mission

ZSR is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

our vision

To promote social, economic and environmental justice.
To strengthen democracy, through an educated and informed populace.
To encourage innovation and excellence in a dynamic nonprofit sector.
To support progressive public policy and social change.
To foster cooperation and respect among all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups.
To build strong, vibrant, economically sound, and peaceful communities.
core values: integrity
We strive for honesty, humility, and openness in our work and seek to act in alignment with our values in all that we do.

our story

For 80 years, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has been a catalyst for positive change in North Carolina, with a long and rich history of bold, forward-thinking vision and action to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians.