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John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation

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Mission

The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation makes grants exclusively for such charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes as a majority of the individual trustees shall determine. The foundation has always been interested in improving the life of the citizens of North Carolina and will continue to support this interest. The foundation has a primary interest in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County where it is administered.
Application deadlinesDecember 15
March 15
June 15
September 15
Program areasArts, culture and humanities
Education
Environment, animals
Health
International/foreign affairs
Public/society benefit
Religion
Human services
Program limitationsPublic charities in North Carolina. Applicants must show that they have received substantial financial support from their local community and their trustees prior to consideration.
States servedNorth Carolina
Geographic limitationsNorth Carolina, with a primary interest in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
Types of supportFocus is on non-recurring grants to public charities in North Carolina for short-term projects or other non-operational purposes that are not maintenance-oriented.
TrusteesWells Fargo Bank, N.A.
F. Borden Hanes, Jr.
Ralph Womble
Drewry H. Nostitz
Robert M. Willis
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The information on this page is a summary only and may not reflect all or the latest applicable terms and conditions related to application and disposition of this Foundation's grant(s). In the event the information contained on this page differs from the Foundation's governing instrument, the governing instrument shall control.
Educational scholarships
If you are an individual seeking scholarships, financial aid, or other direct financial assistance, the information available through this site will not assist you. We encourage you to consult the financial aid offices of specific educational institutions for help in understanding your options.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving
The information found through this site does not include the many opportunities available for the communities and people served by Wells Fargo through its corporate philanthropy. For more details, please visit Wells Fargo Corporate Giving.
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services is part of Wells Fargo Wealth Management providing financial products and services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Member FDIC
The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation makes grants exclusively for such charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes as a majority of the individual trustees shall determine. The foundation has always been interested in improving the life of the citizens of North Carolina and will continue to support this interest. The foundation has a primary interest in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County where it is administered.

Grants generally are not approved for typical operational or maintenance-oriented purposes. However, proposals may be considered to help cover operational costs in the initial stages of a program. Primary consideration will be given to projects of a non-recurring nature or short-term duration. Grants may be made to match contributions or other sources of funds for the support of a particular project.

Restrictions: The trustees are limited by the Trust Agreement to make grants for the above purposes within North Carolina.

Requirements

  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
  • It is a prime requirement that organizations show that they have received substantial financial support from their local community and their trustees prior to consideration by this foundation. The foundation also expects organizations to contact out-of-state sources of funding.

Grantmaking priorities

Preference may be given to requests for the following:
  • Primary interest in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina. Applicants must show that they have received substantial financial support from their local community and their trustees prior to consideration.

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by December 15 for the January meeting, March 15 for the April meeting, June 15 for the July meeting and September 15 for the October meeting.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.
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The information on this page is a summary only and may not reflect all or the latest applicable terms and conditions related to application and disposition of this Foundation's grant(s). In the event the information contained on this page differs from the Foundation's governing instrument, the governing instrument shall control.
Educational scholarships
If you are an individual seeking scholarships, financial aid, or other direct financial assistance, the information available through this site will not assist you. We encourage you to consult the financial aid offices of specific educational institutions for help in understanding your options.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving
The information found through this site does not include the many opportunities available for the communities and people served by Wells Fargo through its corporate philanthropy. For more details, please visit Wells Fargo Corporate Giving.
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services is part of Wells Fargo Wealth Management providing financial products and services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Member FDIC

About the Foundation

The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation was established in 1947 by their children (Daisy Hanes Lassiter, Lucy Hanes Chatham, John Wesley Jr., James Gordon Sr., Ralph Philip, and Robert March), and their grandchildren (Hugh G. Chatham and Anne Hanes Willis). Additional contributions have been made over the years by other family members and Hanes Hosiery Mill. Initially, the foundation's mission was to improve the lives of the citizens of Forsyth County, North Carolina. In 1958, with a subsequent gift by Robert March, its scope was broadened to include all of North Carolina, while continuing to have a distinct focus on Forsyth County citizens.

The Hanes and Hodgin families were instrumental in business and politics in North Carolina and also at national levels. John Wesley was a genius and a visionary for growth and development. He was frank, strong, honest, and true. He bought a failing tobacco plant in 1872, turned it around, and sold it to R. J. Reynolds in 1900 for $1 million. He bought the Hodgin tobacco plant and turned it into a men's hosiery plant, renaming it Shamrock Mills in 1901. His son, James Gordon Hanes, took the helm in 1903 at his father’s death. It became Hanes Hosiery in 1914. In 1918, the company expanded its product line to include women's socks. In 1938, working with DuPont, they introduced nylon into their hosiery and became the first company to start producing pantyhose in the 1960s. Subsequent corporate actions included the spin-off of the L'eggs brand in 1972 and the sale of the company to Sara Lee in 1979.

Anna Hodgin married John Wesley Hanes in 1879 in a brilliant and fashionable wedding in Winston-Salem with, among others, R. J. Reynolds as a groomsman. In 1903, R. J. Reynolds served as pall bearer at John Wesley’s funeral. Anna survived her husband by 43 years, and reared eight children from their home at 4th and Cherry in Winston-Salem, it is said with an atmosphere of love, broad vision of service, calm purposefulness, moral values, and quiet philanthropy. Educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anna’s children earned seats on Wall Street and the SEC board, served as the Undersecretary of the Treasury, as an ambassador, as banking executives, and as servants of both houses of the North Carolina state government, and held numerous other positions of state and local leadership.
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The information on this page is a summary only and may not reflect all or the latest applicable terms and conditions related to application and disposition of this Foundation's grant(s). In the event the information contained on this page differs from the Foundation's governing instrument, the governing instrument shall control.
Educational scholarships
If you are an individual seeking scholarships, financial aid, or other direct financial assistance, the information available through this site will not assist you. We encourage you to consult the financial aid offices of specific educational institutions for help in understanding your options.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving
The information found through this site does not include the many opportunities available for the communities and people served by Wells Fargo through its corporate philanthropy. For more details, please visit Wells Fargo Corporate Giving.
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services is part of Wells Fargo Wealth Management providing financial products and services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Member FDIC