Jandy Ammons Foundation to benefit community, state
by David Leone
RALEIGH — Andy and Jan Ammons are household names in Wake Forest. He, for following in his father’s footsteps and developing Heritage, she for her tireless leadership with the town’s greenways board and volunteerism with Wake schools.
Now they’re looking to their next step in life. Using their own money, they’ve created the Jandy Ammons Foundation Inc., a nonprofit that will award small grants to endeavors seeking to enhance local communities.
The foundation is now accepting letters of inquiry for grants to be awarded for 2014 projects.
“We want to join together with other charitable organizations that have a strong volunteer base and a great community project idea but just lack the extra capital to see their project through,” Jan Ammons said in a release. “We hope to help them make a difference in their communities.”
The idea is to leave a legacy by helping charities realize their own goals. They’re looking to fund up to $70,000 in grants for projects to be built in 2014.
“We’re hoping to find public charities already in existence that have really great ideas, but just need that extra $5,000 or so,” Jan said when reached by phone.
“At this point we’re not going to be able to fund huge projects,” she said. “But we do feel like we can help other groups have a big impact in their community with a relatively small investment.”
The foundation was created in November and received its 501c3 nonprofit status in February. Jan, Andy and their daughter Jessie Sloan Ammons make up the board of directors, and the Ammons’ two sons, Drew and Max, currently serve on committees within. Gina Teague, Andy’s administrative assistant for many years, serves as executive director.
This is the first round of project funding. Their goal is to seek out “innovative, project-driven endeavors focused on enhancing wildlife habitats, park settings, educational surroundings, artistic installations or Christian church mission projects,” according to the release.
In particular, they want projects that have a tangible, rather than a research, component. Think educational kiosks or bike racks in parks, or perhaps an art installation at a hospital.
The funding wouldn’t go toward organizations’ salaries or administrative costs, rather toward materials needed to make a project come to fruition, Jan stressed.
Projects should be local, but are not limited to Wake County.
“We’ll take those projects as they come in and try to look at the type of impact it makes,” she said.
The genesis for the foundation started when the last phase of Heritage began to be built. Andy has developed sustainable communities in Wilmington and Nags Head. Heritage has been under way for about 15 years.
The couple loved the area so much, they resided in Heritage for some time and Jan has been a driving force on the greenways board for more walkways and trails for the town.
Though they now live in north Raleigh where the foundation is located, their commitment to the community is not dwindling.
Andy’s family’s development company is involved in building Traditions in Wake Forest now, but the couple can’t foresee starting all over again with another major project. In short, they’re hanging up their homebuilders hats and trying on new ones as they head into retirement.
“Now might be good time to … set up a legacy that can continue after we’re gone,” Jan said. “It seemed like a good idea for us to help charities to realize their goals. I’m looking forward to it.”
The deadline for letters of inquiry is Monday, July 15.
The foundation board will meet in August to narrow down their options for projects to be funded in 2014. For rules about how to apply, follow the rules at the organization’s website, TheJandyAmmonsFoundation.org.