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Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 12/21/2017
Last grant data update: 08/30/2017

At A Glance

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.

102 W. 3rd St., Ste. 1110

Winston-Salem, NC United States 27101-3962

Telephone: (336) 725-7541


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Politics
  • Family foundation






Incorporated in 1936 in NC - The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest son of the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. In that year the brother and two sisters of Z. Smith Reynolds - R.J. Reynolds, Jr., Mary Reynolds Babcock, and Nancy Susan Reynolds Bagley - provided that their inheritance from his estate would go to the establishment of a trust for "charitable works in the State of North Carolina." One of the initial trustees of the foundation was Z. Smith Reynolds' uncle, William Neal Reynolds, who at his death in 1951 created a trust that now provides a portion of the foundation's annual income The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The goals of the foundation are: 1) to promote social, economic and environmental justice; 2) to strengthen democracy, through an educated and informed populace; 3) to encourage innovation and excellence in a dynamic nonprofit sector; 4) to support progressive public policy and social change; 5) to foster cooperation and respect among all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups; and 6) to build strong, vibrant, economically sound, and peaceful communities. To accomplish its purpose, the foundation currently gives special attention to certain focus areas: community and economic development; environment; democracy and civic engagement; pre-collegiate education; and social justice and equity (with an emphasis on women and families).