The Gregory B. Davis Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2000 to preserve the memory and legacy of Gregory B. Davis.
A native of Garysburg, North Carolina, Gregory’s life spanned from childhood in a rural farming community to adulthood as a successful corporate executive in Atlanta, Georgia. He was educated in the Northampton County Public School System, graduated from North Carolina State University in Business Management and held senior executive positions in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Gregory died in March 2000 while residing in his beloved Atlanta where he was passionately involved in community-related and charitable causes and was a strong supporter of the Arts in the Atlanta metropolitan area. , Gregory knew the challenges and pain of coping in difficult times. Faced with the diminishing health of his dad and his mother's respite care needs, he was very involved in the family's efforts to secure resources to help enhance the quality of their lives. He understood and believed in the power of knowledge and the link between health, wellness, and making positive lifestyle choices for achieving success. GBDF was created to carry out his legacy and passions.
GBDF Mission Statement:
Formed to preserve the legacy of eastern North Carolina native, Gregory B. Davis, the Gregory B. Davis Foundation (GBDF) is tasked with the mission of enhancing the lives of youth and their families through the development and support of health and educational related programs and initiatives.
GBDF’s Special Initiatives:
GBDF has several core initiatives that address key health and educational needs of residents in
eastern North Carolina and beyond. Some of the key initiatives established include the following:
GBDF Educational Incentive Fund a Memorial Academic Incentive Fund for average students (GPA 2.0-2.4) seeking excellence. Thirty (30) students have received funds since 2000.
College Day exposing high schoolers to the college experience, various health-related fields, and the college admissions process. Campus visits have included the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University’s BRITE Program in areas of science, public health, and allied health.
GBDF 4-H Trail Blazer Awards recognize 4-Hers competing at the state level in North Carolina by providing travel and logistical support. Gregory was an active 4-Her and a three time state and national winner in landscaping and public speaking. A total of 14 annual awards (ranging from $200–$400) have been given to deserving 4-Hers in Northampton County.
Motorcycle Benefit Ride annual proceeds benefit a local, regional or national health-service organization. Ten (10) annual events have supported diabetes, juvenile delinquency prevention, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, domestic violence, prostate cancer, youth leadership, and heart disease.
Valentine’s Day Benefit Gala is our major fundraiser supporting all GBDF initiatives, and other fundraising events celebrating arts and music.
Grantseeking and other financial support to fund special initiatives. Grant funding has been received from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Conservation Fund, Morehouse School of Medicine, and GlaxoSmithKline Foundation totaling nearly $220,000 in funding support.
Other FUN-raising collaborations: GBDF has partnered with other organizations such as the National Association of University Women (NAUW) to raise funds for breast cancer prevention and treatment. These funds have been used for education, outreach, and support for those traveling to physician’s appointments and treatment.
Health Disparities GBDF provides financial and volunteer support to organizations focusing on health disparities and health equity.
Community Outreach and Education covering health areas such as nutrition, fitness, prostate and breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/AIDS, linkage to care and patient navigation.
Breast Cancer Support as a founding member of the Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition (RVBCC), GBDF supports the Saving Our Sisters in the Valley conferences, support groups, tours to areas cancer centers, education and outreach, and free breast screening and mammography, through funding provided from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and additional conference support from key partners.
Elder Care and nurturing the elderly by providing recreational activities for residents of area Nursing Homes and other skilled care facilities. GBDF has sponsored over 20 events at area Nursing Homes.
Respite Care providing much needed funding for caregiver support groups and other activities related to respite care.
Ongoing Partnerships and Collaborations with institutions, agencies and organizations with complimentary missions, goals and desired outcomes as GBDF. GBDF has partnered with over 60 organizations, institutions, municipalities and associations.
While GBDF has made some significant strides, the foundation is looking forward to providing more support and services to individuals and families in need in the coming years.
Read more about our initiatives here: Health and Education