Giver’s Dozen: Local Family Foundation Donates $406,000 To 12 Community Nonprofits 

The Jandy Ammons Foundation’s latest grants support preservation, conservation, and art  

Raleigh, NC – February 2023 – Communities statewide will strengthen ties to nature, history, art, and literacy thanks to support from The Jandy Ammons Foundation (TJAF). The local family foundation is giving $406,259 to 12 nonprofits from the Piedmont to the Coast; the groups have plans for educational signage, habitat restoration, creative community gathering spaces, and more. This annual grant announcement marks the foundation’s tenth year of giving and bring its total grant dollars to almost $2.75 million.  

“We’re thrilled about the diversity of projects this year,” says Jan Ammons, TJAF co-founder and president. “The 12 grant recipients hit every aspect of our mission, ranging from educational settings to environmental improvements and community gathering to mission-inspired work. It’s an especially good year when our grant money can cast a wide net of positive impact.”  

Jan is a lifelong community volunteer who spent years working on behalf of the public school system, public parks and trails efforts, and church missions. She and her husband, Andy Ammons, created The Jandy Ammons Foundation to support the kinds of initiatives they’ve given time to as community volunteers, parents, and church members — projects that blend learning with the arts, the environment, and faith-based perspectives to create powerful impact.  

This year’s grants will fund:  

  • Artspace (Raleigh), education room upfit 
  • Book Harvest (Durham), community book boxes 
  • Ducks Unlimited (Beaufort County), impoundment embankment repair 
  • Historic Lucks Cannery (Seagrove), community center entrance 
  • Learning Together (Raleigh), “super-inclusive” classroom supplies 
  • NC State Engineering Foundation (Raleigh), in continued support of Fitts-Woolard Hall 
  • NC Wildlife Federation (Raleigh), habitat restoration throughout the Triangle  
  • Note in the Pocket (Raleigh), reception mural and entrance landscaping 
  • Poe Center for Health Education (Raleigh), PlayWELL Park labyrinth and edible landscaping  
  • Triangle Land Conservancy (Raleigh), Agriculture Pavilion at the Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve 
  • Town of Wake Forest + Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (Wake Forest), educational signage at Alston-Massenburg Center and Taylor Street Park  
  • Wake Forest College Birthplace Society (Wake Forest), interpretive signage at Friendship Chapel Cemetery  

“Our goal is to help nonprofits with specific projects get out of the planning phase and into implementation,” says Andy. “We’re excited to see these ideas come to life. Some of them will inspire us to get outside, others to learn more about local history, and others to connect with our neighbors. We hope the grants support a better community for everyone.”  

The Jandy Ammons Foundation issues grants annually and Letters of Inquiry for 2024 funds are being accepted through March 6, 2023. For more information on the grant proposal process, please visit 


About The Jandy Ammons Foundation 

Founded in November 2012, The Jandy Ammons Foundation (TJAF) is a 501(c)(3) grant-making foundation formed by Heritage Wake Forest developer Andy Ammons and his family. The organization’s mission is to support project-driven endeavors that will enhance wildlife habitats, park settings, educational surroundings, artistic installations, or Christian church mission projects. This is achieved by partnering with nonprofit organizations where a significant volunteer base can be demonstrated to fund specific project-driven initiatives within the scope of the mission. TJAF is a true family foundation: Jan Ammons, Andy Ammons, and their son Drew Ammons make up the Board of Directors; the Ammons’ son, Max Ammons, son-in-law, Chris Rumbley, and daughters-in-law, Alex Ammons and Cassie Ammons, serve on committees within. Daughter Jessie Ammons Rumbley is the executive director.