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Greensboro foundations honored

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Seven foundations in Greensboro that tamed up to help launch Action Greensboro have been honored by the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C.

The funders, along with the president and CEO of the Rasumson Foundation in Alaska, are recipients of the Council on Foundations 2007 Distinguished Grantmaker Awards.

Steve Gunderson, president and CERO of the Council on Foundations, says the award winners were selected “because of the unique and important role they have played in changing their communities and enhancing the common good.”

The funders all share a “common commitment to philanthropic effectiveness,” Gunderson says. “They are using their resources to lead. They are sustaining their efforts to achieve real change. They define outcomes and change in ways that can guide all of us in promoting effective philanthropy.”

Helping to establish Action Greensboro, a collaborative effort launched in 2001 to generate more and better-paying jobs to the community, were the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Cemala Foundation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Toleo Foundation, Moses Cone/Wesley Long Community Health Foundation and Weaver Foundation.

Action Greensboro supports the efforts of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Greensboro Economic Development Partnership to boost the local economy and workforce.

The funders, for example, recently committed $2 million over the next three years to expand a pilot program to recruit and retain highly qualified math teachers for selected high schools in the region.

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