- By Michelle Bobadilla
- Posted Saturday, October 10, 2020
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Forsyth Co. BOE
Winston-Salem, NC (October 8, 2020) – The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) has awarded $50,000
to the Forsyth County Board of Elections to support additional measures needed to administer a safe,
fair and accurate Fall 2020 election process in Forsyth County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across North Carolina, County Boards of Elections have identified the need for additional staff, poll
workers and equipment during the Fall 2020 election season in order to handle the anticipated long
voting lines and to process the surge in mail-in votes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This
includes temporary office staff to administer increased mail-in voting, hazard pay to attract more and
new poll workers, sanitation of all polling sites and equipment to help with mail-in voting administration.
“We are prepared to help voters navigate the voting process during these difficult times by increasing
safety measures and operational changes that will support and encourage voter confidence,” said Tim
Tsujii, director of elections for the Forsyth County Board of Elections. “The Forsyth County Board of
Elections is truly appreciative of this meaningful and thoughtful grant by the Z. Smith Reynolds
Foundation. This will help the voters of Forsyth County tremendously in ensuring they will be able to
safely cast their ballot in the November 3, 2020 General Election.
“As we continue to augment our participation in our hometown of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
and as part of our core values of ensuring a healthy democracy, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
believes that all Forsyth County voters should be able to safely participate in the election during the
pandemic,” said Maurice “Mo” Green, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “It is
our hope that through this funding, the Forsyth County Board of Elections has the resources
necessary to make voting as safe, fair and accurate as possible.”
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is legally prohibited from funding voter registration. ZSR is also
prohibited from giving money to organizations that support or oppose individual candidates or who
work to influence election outcomes.
ABOUT THE Z. SMITH REYNOLDS FOUNDATION
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is committed to improving the quality of life for all North
Carolinians. ZSR is a statewide, private, family foundation that has been a catalyst for positive change in North Carolina for more than 80 years. In June 2018, the Foundation announced All For NC: Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, the Foundation has invested $608 million into North Carolina. To learn more about ZSR and its Framework, visit www.zsr.org