The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is committed to improving the quality of life of all North Carolinians. Grounded in the forward-thinking values of its founding family members, for 75 years ZSR has invested in nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to building inclusive, equitable and vibrant communities. In addition to grant-making, the foundation partners with policymakers, businesses, and community leaders to develop best practices, respond to challenges and opportunities and generate strategies that will advance the future of North Carolina.
Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $350 million to organizations in all 100 counties across the state. It currently focuses on the areas of Community Economic Development, Strengthening Democracy, Environment, Public Education, and Social Justice and Equity. Established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest son of R.J. Reynolds, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC.