The Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation supports a diverse number of projects and organizations that enhance the physical, economic and social elements of communities.
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation is a long-time sponsor of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship. Founded in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open, the Wyndham Championship is played annually at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC, and has been creating significant charitable impact for the greater good of the Piedmont Triad community. Their focus on inspiring the next generation through education and supporting community development is aligned with the initiatives of the DeJoy-Wos Family Foundation.
The family’s support of the Wyndham Championship began in 2008 when Louis DeJoy was Chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics, and the family foundation has continued that support since 2015. Louis DeJoy has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the PGA Wyndham Championship since 2011, and was the Honorary Chairman of the 72nd annual Wyndham Championship.
The 2022 tournament was the 83rd renewal of North Carolina’s oldest professional golf event. The Foundation continued to show significant support for the tournament through sponsoring The Louis DeJoy & Aldona Z. Woś Family Foundation Wednesday Pro-Am where participants golf alongside a PGA TOUR player. This year’s Wyndham Championship winner was Tom Kim who is the first player born in the 21st century to win on Tour.
In 2021, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation made a significant contribution in support of the tournament and the return of The Louis DeJoy & Aldona Z. Woś Family Foundation Wednesday Pro-Am event. In 2020, Wyndham Championship did not host a Pro-Am event because of COVID-19 restrictions, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation continued their support for the event with a $50,000 donation.
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation is a sponsor of the Winston-Salem Open, a men’s professional tennis tournament played on the ATP Tour at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Winston-Salem Open is a charitable non-profit whose proceeds benefit many in the local community. The family has supported the Winston-Salem Open since its debut in 2011 when Louis DeJoy was Chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics, and the family foundation has continued that support since 2015.
In 2022 & 2021, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation was a Silver Sponsor. The 2022 singles winner was Adrian Mannarino, the first French champion in the tournament’s history. At the 2019 Winston-Salem Open, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation hosted a reception for Elon University’s Elon Village Families and Elon Odyssey Scholars.
Miriam P. Brenner Children’s Museum – Greensboro, NC
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation supported The Miriam P. Brenner Children’s Museum through a $125,000 pledge commitment towards its current capital campaign effort, “Building for Tomorrow”. The donation will be used to fund a makeover of the Museum’s Post Office Exhibit (see News Release).
MBCM, located in the cultural district of downtown Greensboro, is a 37,000-square-foot facility, with more than 20 permanent exhibitions devoted to experimental learning. Children learn from hands-on activities that contribute to their growth, play, creation, and exploration. After its initial opening, MBCM expanded its offerings to include outdoor exploration and STEM activities.
Greensboro Science Center – Greensboro, NC
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation has continually supported the “See to Believe” Gala since 2014. The Gala is an annual fundraising event supporting the Greensboro Science Center. Guests are invited to experience the wonders of our world, from the majesty of an underwater oasis, to an exciting atmosphere full of lively lights and colors. Although the Gala was not able to take place in 2020, the DEJOY/WOS Family Foundation donated $5,000 as a Ruby Sponsor to the Science Center’s Winter Wonderlights Glow for Greensboro campaign.
In 2021, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation was a Ruby Sponsor for both the spring “Wings & Wild Things” event and “Glow for Greensboro” event. In 2022, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation was once again a Ruby Sponsor for the spring “Wings & Wild Things” event on May 12, which raised over $102,000, as well as the “Glow for Greensboro” event held on November 4, 2022.
Established in 1957, the Greensboro Science Center is an aquarium, museum and zoo located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Center is committed to excellence in science education by providing the community with a dynamic, experiential and family-focused attraction designed to inspire scientific curiosity and encourage personal discovery about life and the natural world. The Greensboro Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums.
Family Service of the Piedmont
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Greensboro Oyster Roast, the primary annual fundraising event for Family Service of the Piedmont. The organization is the largest private nonprofit agency of its kind in Guilford County, NC, empowering individuals and families in crisis through quality support services, advocacy and education. Family Service of the Piedmont serves more than 18,000 local children and adults each year, addressing issues of domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and financial stability. The Family Foundation has continually supported the fundraising event since 2017 as a Diamond Sponsor.
In 2021, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation remained a Diamond sponsor for the drive-through Oyster Roast to support the mission of Family Service of the Piedmont. Last year, the event raised more than $310,000 to support Greensboro children and families in crisis. In 2022, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation was again a Diamond sponsor for the event on April 29, which raised $397,897.
United Way of
Greater Greensboro and
Greater High Point
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation has long supported the outstanding efforts of both the Greensboro and High Point United Way. The organization’s primary focus is reducing poverty by leading long-term solutions that meet the unique needs of the people in the community who struggle to obtain basic needs through community impact programs that promote and improve education, financial stability, and health.
Both Louis DeJoy and Aldona Woś are Alexis de Tocqueville Society members in Greensboro and High Point, and Aldona Woś is also a member of the Tocqueville Women’s Leadership. United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society members are community impact leaders who have committed to taking action toward a common good. Together, with community partners, we address Greater Greensboro’s most critical needs so that every person has the opportunity to succeed in life. Tocqueville Society members give annually to ensure local nonprofit partners restore hope and deliver solutions to those in need of human services. The result is a stronger, better Greensboro and High Point.
In 2019, The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation supported United Way’s “Best Summer Ever” program. The summer program provided the opportunity for children from the African American Male Initiative and the Family Success Center to attend the camp and partake in fun and positive summer enrichment experiences they would not otherwise have. The camp helped keep them engaged in learning during summer break so they could have a smooth transition in the fall.
In 2020, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation contributed an additional $100,000 to the United Way of Greater Greensboro and Greater High Point as part of a community-wide initiative to support nonprofit organizations during the pandemic.
Learn more about the United Way relief efforts
Family Success Center
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation supports the Family Success Center initiative of the United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG).
In March 2015, United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) launched the pilot of the first Family Success Center with Guilford Child Development (GCD) as the lead partner. GCD serves as the trusted leader and provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for 1,200 children and their families living in poverty across Guilford County. Twenty percent of adults and over twenty-five percent of children in Greensboro live in poverty, while the national average is 15.5%.
The Family Success Center was established on a foundation of national best practices. The program uses the Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) approach to meet the complex needs of families challenged by poverty.
The inaugural Family Success Center served 104 families through partnerships with 28 organizations providing comprehensive services at a single location. Family Success Center members demonstrated higher rates of growth on 26 of 29 indicators of self-sufficiency and stability as compared to a demographically similar comparison group.
Junior Achievement of the Triad
Junior Achievement of the Triad provides students with experiences that promote the skills, understanding, and perspectives needed to succeed in a global economy and to become productive contributing members of society – a mission shared by the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation.
Junior Achievement facilitates partnerships between schools, investors and volunteers to inspire and prepare K-12 students for economic success by providing programs in the core content areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
Junior Achievement of the Triad reaches more than 18,000 students per year and partners with businesses, educators, and policymakers around the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina seeking to expand workforce development and economic development.
On January 23, 2018, Louis DeJoy was inducted into Junior Achievement of the Triad’s Business Leaders Hall of Fame (see News Release and Video). Hall of Fame inductees are visionary businessmen and women who are recognized and honored for shaping the Piedmont Triad North Carolina economic landscape.
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation continues to support Junior Achievement of the Triad by sponsoring its Annual Business Leaders Hall of Fame events. In 2019, the event inducted Debra and “Smitty” Smith, and Susan and Eric Wiseman, into the Business Leaders Hall of Fame (See News Release). In 2020, the event inducted Robert J. Brown and Kathy Manning (see News Release and High Point Enterprise News Article and the 2021 event inducted Don Flow and Bobby Long. The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation again sponsored the 2022 Business Leader Hall of Fame event on Jan 25 and Derek Ellington and Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. were inducted.
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation is proud to continue their support in 2019 for the Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC). The JACC recently celebrated the Grand opening of their new headquarters at Camp North End, a massive adaptive-reuse development between Statesville Avenue and Graham Street north of uptown Charlotte. The Family Foundation began their support for the BUILD ON OPPORTUNITY Capital Campaign in 2018 to develop the new headquarters and Capstone facility.
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC) is a Charlotte-Metro region organization that focuses on creating, improving, and sustaining financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship skills in local youth through classroom and experiential programming and blended learning initiatives. JACC offers 60 years of local experience training youth and providing direct connections between the education and business communities, engaging over 4,000 volunteers to reach nearly 45,000 students annually – shaping the future of local students and the community.
Greensboro Police Foundation
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation has made a 5-year pledge to support the Greensboro Police Foundation. The mission of the Greensboro Police Foundation is to supplement funding for innovative police programs, equipment and technology that make the Greensboro, NC community a safer place to live, work and visit (see News Release).
This 2018-2022 commitment by the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation will help to supplement and enhance existing resources to make the Greensboro Police Department better, stronger and safer by helping to fund programs that include:
- Cutting edge equipment, training and technology to fight crime
- Officer safety, wellness and recognition
- Community partnerships and advocacy
In addition to its existing pledge, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation made an additional contribution of $25,000 in 2020. The funds will be used to purchase equipment that help create a safer city for all people (see News Release).
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation contributed to be the Title Sponsor of its annual fundraiser, The Blue Salute. The event was postponed in 2021 but took place on April 22, 2022 at Piedmont Hall. Proceeds will support the long-running programs of the Greensboro Police Foundation, including major equipment grants, scholarships, officer recognition activities and community outreach initiatives. (See News Release)
National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ)
The DEJOY/WOS Family Foundation is proud to support The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).
The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) is a human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all. NCCJ celebrates the diversity of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities & sexual orientations.
In 2022, the DEJOY/WOS Family Foundation was a Respect Champion Sponsor of the 56th annual Citation Award Dinner held on November 9, 2022. NCCJ honored Addy & Paul Jeffrey and Linda & Tom Sloan with the Citation Award. In 2021, the DEJOY\WOS Foundation was a Respect Champion Sponsor of the 55th annual Citation Award Dinner, which honored Betty Cone and Kitty & Earl Congdon. In 2019, the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation was a Photo Station Sponsor of the 53rd annual Citation Award Dinner which honored Judge Lawrence McSwain and Dr. Nido Qubein. The Citation Award Dinner is NCCJ’s biggest community program and fundraiser, and the Triad’s largest annual event dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
The Supreme Court Historical Society & The DACOR Bacon House Foundation
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation was a “Founding Friend Sponsor” of the Supreme Court Historical Society and the Historic DACOR Bacon House event, which was held on November 16, 2022. The dinner event featured patriotic philanthropist, author, speaker, and television host, David M. Rubenstein who moderated a discussion with Marshall biographer, Fromm Professor of International Law, Joel Richard Paul, and Former U.S. Solicitor General, The Honorable Theodore B. Olson.
The Friends of the Historic DACOR Bacon House was established in 2021 to support the preservation of a singularly unique house – not only a respected center for the study and furtherance of American diplomacy, but a monument to a close and continuing connection to the Supreme Court. Originally built in 1825, the DACOR Bacon House is an outstanding example of Federal period architecture, one of only a few in the President’s Neighborhood.
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation was proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 8th annual Kentucky Derby Classic which was held on May 7, 2022. The event benefits Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina and is the chapter’s signature fundraising event in the triad.
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. They seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.
Matt Brown Learn-to-Swim Endowment
The DEJOY/WOS Family Foundation is proud to support the Matt Brown Learn-to-Swim Endowment at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The goal of the program is to teach every second-grade child attending North Carolina’s Guilford County public schools to swim.
In the United States, only four out of ten children know how to swim and drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death. The privately-funded endowment enables the Greensboro Aquatic Center to contract with certified life-saving skills instructors, recruit guest appearances by well-known Olympic swimmers advocating Learn-to-Swim programs and provide transportation for students between schools and the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation is a proud donor to the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro. The Tanger Center is a state-of-the-art performance venue with a seating capacity of approximately 3,000. The venue opened in Fall, 2021 and is projected to host nearly 150 diverse events annually including concerts, Guilford College’s Bryan Series, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra performances, and Broadway productions.
The DEJOY\WOS family is a Founding Patron of Triad Stage and is proud to continue its support at the Producer’s Circle donor level in 2020 as the theater enters its 20th season.
Triad Stage is a professional not-for-profit live theater based in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. All Triad Stage productions are created in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina using the best of local and national talent.
The theater is committed to revitalizing our community “by greatly enhancing the cultural life of the Piedmont Triad through entertainment and by providing an economic impact benefiting other area business,” a mission shared by the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation.