GGF at a Glance

GGF at a Glance


Guilford Green Foundation (GGF) Mission Statement
GGF creates unity through programming and philanthropy that advances equality and inclusion for LGBTQ communities.


GGF Vision
We envision a Greater Greensboro with a thriving LGBTQ community that elevates all.


Financial Information
GGF is a 501(c)3 foundation. We are committed to transparency, so our most recent 990 form can be found here.


In 1995, a group of dedicated and concerned Greensboro community members decided they needed to do something to help provide much needed funds for our local AIDS service organization, Triad Health Project (THP).  The group’s inaugural Green Party was held on March 16, 1996, and raised over $10,000 for THP.

In 1998, the Green Party committee broadened their focus so funds could be distributed to organizations other than THP.  That year, the Green Party raised $22,884 for THP and $1,185 for GRAIN (Guilford Religious Area Interfaith Network) and retained about $26,000 for operational purposes.  But visionary founders and organizers knew that HIV/AIDS would not be the only issue to impact the LGBTQ community, so they created an organization dedicated to raising substantial funds to address the growing challenges facing our community and making grants to nonprofits serving the gay and lesbian community in Guilford County. And so, Guilford Green Foundation was born.

Over the years, donors and volunteers have helped Guilford Green Foundation provide nearly $850,000 to support critical organizations, innovative projects, students, and leaders—addressing existing and emerging community needs in urban and rural communities throughout the Piedmont Triad—creating the only LGBTQ community foundation in the Southeastern U.S.

In 2016, Guilford Green Foundation’s Board of Directors voted to open an LGBTQ Center in Greensboro to help meet the growing needs of the community. The Center opened in 2017 at our previous location on W. Bessemer Ave. GGF rapidly outgrew that space and knew we needed to find a location that was accessible and more visible, and in the spring of 2019, we kicked off a capital campaign to pay for a new location for the Center. We quickly met our fundraising goal thanks to our generous donors, and our current space on N. Greene Street in the heart of Downtown Greensboro was secured. After totally remodeling the building to meet our needs, we moved into the new location in December 2019-January 2020.

The new LGBTQ Center boasts several meeting areas and work spaces, a lounge, snack bar, kitchen, and more. We are also lucky to be the home of three original murals by local artist Gina Franco. We are hosting lots of different programs at the Center, including Gay & Gray, Youth Drop-In Hours, Rainbow Yoga, Trans-Vocal Speech Training from Prismatic Speech, Power Beyond Pride, and more. We also offer a queer library with many LGBTQ-related books and movies and a trans clothing closet where transgender folks can come and find a gender-affirming outfit at no cost.

Guilford Green Foundation Staff

Jennifer Ruppe

Executive Director

Melvy Shaw GGF Board
Melvy Shaw

LGBTQ Center Manager

Leigh Anne Kincaid

Communications Director

Pam Cash GGF Staff
Pam Cash

Finance Director

Guilford Green Foundation Board

Barbara Lawrence GGF Board Member
Barbara Lawrence

Associate Dean at Guilford College

Bert Davis, Jr. GGF Board
Bert Davis, Jr.

Owner of Davis Forensic Group

Bill Guill GGF Board
Bill Guill

Realtor and Broker at Allen Tate

Cecil Brockman

Representative in North Carolina General Assembly

Doug von der Lippe

Senior Account at Shift Now, Inc.

Evelyn Day

Business Segment Manager — Community & Public Services at Selective Insurance Company of America

Assistant Director of Programs and Marketing at Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.

Jeff Sylvester

Operations Specialist at Kisco Senior Living

John LaLonde GGF Board
John LaLonde

Physician at Cone Health

Kim Marston

Attorney with Brooks Pierce

Payton McGarry

Field Organizer for the North Carolina Democratic Party

Rob Overman GGF Board
Rob Overman

Executive Director of Greensboro Downtown Parks

Managing Partner at Shipwright Healthcare Group

Summer Foster

Administrative Support Associate for Teacher Education & Higher Education at UNCG

Susan Lowe

Realtor at Keller Williams Realty

Tal Blevins GGF Board
Tal Blevins

Editor-in-Chief/Head of Media at UploadVR; Founder of aimbot