A Social Justice Foundation

Find out more information about the history of GGF, staff, and boards – as well as information about various LGBT community resources and information.

GGF Timeline: Uniting Community Since 1996

April 1995 – A group involved with Triad Health Project develops an idea for fundraising in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) to benefit Triad Health Project (THP), Greensboro’s AIDS service organization.

March 1996 – The inaugural Green Party at Babylon raises more than $10,000 for Triad Health Project.

March 1997 – The second annual Green Party raises more than $16,000 for Triad Health Project.

March 1998 – The third annual Green Party expands to a three-day event raising more than $50,000 of which $22,884 benefits THP, $1,185 benefits GRAIN (Guilford Religious Area Interfaith Network).

March 1998 – Using money raised from the third annual Green Party, the Guilford Green Foundation is established with $26,000.

March 1998 – The Guilford Green Foundation is incorporated.

October 1998 – The Guilford Green Foundation receives its tax-exempt status from the IRS.

March 1999 – The Guilford Green Foundation holds its first annual Black Tie Gala at the Downtown Greensboro Hilton and a sponsor’s cocktail party at the O.Henry Hotel.   GGF also established its permanent endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro with $100,000.

February 2004 – Green Queen Bingo begins with a $10,000 grant from the Future Fund and is positioned as one of the “20 who bubbled to the top in 2004” by GoTriad.

March 2004 – The Guilford Green Foundation partners with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to apply for a national matching grant from the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership (now known as Funders for LGBTQ Issues).

June 2005 – The Guilford Green Foundation sets up office space at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and hires Cecelia Thompson as its first full-time Executive Director.

June 2005 – The Guilford Green Foundation reaches a milestone by growing its endowment to more than $300,000.

May 2006 – The Piedmont Unity Project reaches its fundraising goal of $500,000 in two years.

May 2006 – The Guilford Green Foundation establishes the Straight Ally Campaign and recruits more than 300 people to sign a pledge in support of LGBT causes.  These names appear in full page ads in the News & Record during National Coming Out month.

October 2008 – The Guilford Green Foundation establishes the first annual Women’s Party – GGF’s women’s cultivation event.

February 2010 – GGF receives Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Equality Organization Award at the HRC Carolinas Gala at the Raleigh Convention Center.

October 2011 – GGF in partnership with PFLAG Greensboro establishes the Carter Stroupe Memorial Scholarship to assist LGBT and allied students further their education.

February 2012 – At the fifth annual Women’s Party, with over 250 women and raising over $50,000 – GGF presents its first annual Dawn S. Chaney Award to Dawn Chaney for her many contributions to the Triad LGBT community, especially to women.

March 2012 – In honor of GGF’s 15th-anniversary celebration at the annual Gala, GGF establishes 3 awards to be presented annually – GGF Visionary Award, GGF Distinguished Service Award, and GGF Distinguished Leadership Award. The first recipients are Ellen “Lennie” Gerber and Pearl Berlin, Annette Green, and Andrew Spainhour, respectively.

November 2012 – GGF receives the Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award – Guilford County at the 20th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals NC Triad Chapter at Grandover Resort.

March 2013 – The annual GGF Visionary Award, GGF Distinguished Service Award, and GGF Leadership Award are presented to Bob Page, Ivan Canada, and Rev. Michael Usey and Rev. Julie Peeples.

March 2014 – The annual GGF Visionary Award, GGF Distinguished Service Award, and GGF Leadership Award are presented to Lee Carter, The Quaintance Family (Dennis, Nancy, Kathleen, and New Dennis), and the Carignan-Parker Family (Shana, Megan, and Jax).

March 2015 – The annual GGF Visionary Award, GGF Distinguished Service Award, and GGF Leadership Award are presented to Ron Johnson, Jeff Thigpen, and April Parker, respectively.

February 2016 – GGF Women’s Party is transformed into the annual GGF Red Party. The inaugural event was held at the Kress Terrace in downtown Greensboro.

February 2016 – Nancy Vaughan is hired as GGF Executive Director.

March 2016 – The annual GGF Visionary Award, GGF Distinguished Service Award, GGF Leadership Award, and Dawn S. Chaney Award are presented to Chris Srgo, Rev. David Fraccaro, Michelle Kennedy, and Cecelia Thompson, respectively.

September 2016 – 50th installment of GGF Green Queen Bingo is celebrated.