Serving Chapel Hill-Carrboro since 2001.
Strowd Roses Day
Thank you to all who joined us for our 15th anniversary event in the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden! It was the perfect setting in which to celebrate the nonprofits we fund, our board members who serve and the community we care so deeply about. 

Special thanks to Mayors Lydia Lavelle and Pam Hemminger who officially proclaimed October 16, 2016 as Strowd Roses Day in recognition of the foundation's service to Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Our deepest gratitude to our nonprofit grantees Musical Empowerment, Cantari of Voices, The Chapel Hill Chorus and Community Empowerment Fund Advocacy Choir for your outstanding and inspiring performances!  



Elaine O'Neil Textile & Notecards
This beautiful rendering of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden was created by award-winning textile collage artist Elaine O’Neil in commemoration of our 15th Anniversary. So that all of our community can enjoy it, the framed textile is a traveling exhibit—first stop: the Chapel Hill Public Library! If you spot it, take a photo and tag us!

A pack of 6 blank notecards featuring the Rose Garden (folded to 4.25×5.5″ with white envelopes) are available for a suggested donation of $15*. If you are interested in making a donation or displaying the framed textile in your place of business, please contact us


A Global Movement, A Local Gift 
November 29 is Giving Tuesday−a global and social movement that encourages acts of charity in light of the consumption that occurs on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Individuals like you are the greatest source of charitable giving nationwide (Giving USA 2016). This day recognizes the power you have to create change through your generosity.

As you plan your holiday and end-of-year giving, please consider giving locally. Your gift to Strowd Roses allows us to cultivate beauty through the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden and affords us the privilege to say “yes” to nonprofits who serve Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Donate now.


Our Grantees
The Community Empowerment Fund is this issue's nonprofit spotlight. CEF provides education, one-on-one support and savings programs to foster and sustain transitions out of homelessness and poverty. CEF Advocacy Choir provided a rousing closing at our 15th-anniversary celebration with renditions of “Lean on Me” and "No One" that encouraged guests to vote in favor of the affordable housing bond. VOTE!


Gene's Garden
Did you know Gene Strowd transplanted roses from his own garden into the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden? He is pictured above breaking ground in the Rose Garden with close friend and past board member Edward Norfleet. Gene died shortly after the Rose Garden dedication in 1990 but the roses he planted continue to provide beauty and joy. Learn about reserving the rose garden for events free of charge here.


Our 2016 Giving
In 2016, we awarded just over $300,000 to 63 nonprofits and individuals. 12 nonprofits or programs received a Strowd Roses grant for the first time.
We continue to intentionally support a broad spectrum of issue areas and populations in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. General Welfare, Youth, Education and Literacy were the top funded areas for the year. To learn more about the nonprofits and areas we fund and how to apply for a grant go here