What Your Gifts Do

The mission of Leadership Winston-Salem–educating, connecting and energizing leaders to serve and improve the community–guides everything we do, from class selection process to curriculum design to alumni engagement. This program is all about building strong, lasting relationships with other leaders, learning more about our community than you ever thought you could, and being inspired to make a difference in our community.

Approximately fifty percent (50%) of the budget is covered by tuition fees. The remainder must be obtained through fundraising efforts which are a critical component to ensure Leadership Winston-Salem’s success and sustainability. Our partners for funding are local corporations, foundations, alumni and individuals.

The organization, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable entity, has four full-time and one part-time staff and is governed by a Board of Directors representing a group of diverse community leaders, most of whom are alumni of the program. Alumni continue to make a significant impact in our community through their leadership and involvement with civic organizations, local government, education, art organizations and more.

The planning process to recruit each class is an in-depth, year-round endeavor, to ensure diversity of the class. Tuition expenses are typically covered by the participants’ place of employment. A special scholarship fund has been established in memory of one of the founders, Dr. Thomas K. Hearn, Jr., to ensure that all who want to participate in the program are not deterred due to tuition costs. Learn more.

Giving Opportunities

  • $6,000+ Platinum Sponsor
  • $3,000+ Gold Sponsor
  • $1,500+ Silver Sponsor
  • $800 Bronze Table Sponsor

For details on these sponsorship levels and the benefits offered, please download our Sponsor Opportunities information sheet. (You will need Adobe Reader to open this document.)

Platinum Sponsor

Donors in this group will give an annual gift of $6,000 or more and will be recognized as a Day Sponsor in the following ways:

  • Logo prominently displayed on the LWS website for the year.
  • Opportunity to share a personal message about your community support with LWS Class participants in one of nine program days.
  • Leadership Winston-Salem logo for display on your page.
  • Table for eight (8) with company name at the Celebration dinner and reception.
  • Acknowledgement in all publicity for end of year Celebration including the printed program.
  • Logo displayed in marketing materials including media ads listing sponsors.

Gold Sponsor

Donors in this group will give an annual gift of $3,000 or more and will be recognized as a Day Co-Sponsor in the following ways:

  • Logo displayed in program day materials and on the LWS website for the year.
  • Opportunity to share a brief personal message about your community support with LWS Class participants in one of nine program days.
  • Leadership Winston-Salem logo for display on your page.
  • Two (2) seats at the Celebration dinner and reception.
  • Acknowledgement in all publicity for end of year Celebration including the printed program.
  • Company name displayed in marketing materials including media ads listing sponsors.

Silver Sponsor

Donors in this group will give an annual gift of $1,500 or more and will be recognized as a Day Co-Sponsor in the following ways:

  • Logo in program day materials and on the Leadership WS website.
  • Opportunity to be recognized on sponsored day
  • One (1) seat at the Celebration dinner and reception.
  • Acknowledgement in printed materials at Celebration.
  • Company name displayed in marketing materials including media ads listing sponsors.

Bronze Sponsor

Donors at this level of $800 will receive:

  • One table for eight (8) with company name at Celebration.
  • Listing in acknowledgements on the Leadership WS website.
  • Acknowledgement in printed program for the evening.