“He knew if you can’t read, your back is against the wall before you get started,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Charitable Foundation. Mebane went on to make a fortune in the textile industry, building Unifi into a worldwide textile powerhouse. But he never forgot about that first plant – and those first workers.
Determined to change these, the Mebane Foundation has invested $5 million in literacy intervention partnerships during the past 12 years. These partnerships have produced exciting results that get to the core of our mission, to ensure that ALL school children are given the opportunity to read and succeed.
What people say about us
Like so many other fundraising initiatives, it takes someone to start the process along. Mebane Foundation did just that and today we have reached our goal, almost all through privately raised funds. We will forever be indebted to the Mebane Foundation for believing in the children and educators of Wilkes County. Read More
The interest and generosity of the Mebane Charitable Foundation in Cooleemee Elementary and our school system had provided opportunities that will continue to impact the lives of our staff and students into the 21st Century. Read More
We are so thankful to have the opportunity to work with them. The Mebane Charitable Foundation clearly has a heart to meet the needs of “Every Child, Every Day.” Read More
The investment in our teachers will ultimately impact the academic achievement of our students. We are thrilled with our partnership and look forward to observing our students excel. Read More
We are deeply grateful for the relationship we have forged with the Mebane Charitable Foundation these past five years. Their investment in our literacy program and training has propelled teachers to a new level of confidence in being able to identify and address the learning needs of even our most at-risk students. Read More
This collaborative partnership has further led to new relationships for us with other foundations and academic institutions. In ‘getting the ball rolling’ with us, the Mebane Foundation has truly helped transform our entire school. Read More