The Gambrell Foundation was created in 1988. Our primary focus is to help bridge the gap of inequities in society, wherever they may exist. In 2015, the asset size of the foundation grew substantially, as did the requirements for leading a philanthropic organization of this size and scale.
Access to additional resources required us to ensure that the foundation is well positioned for the future. We took steps to focus our strategy and support systems to enable greater impact. Our expectations for investments in the community have also changed and risen.
The foundation supports a range of important causes and does not accept unsolicited grant requests. We rely on a network of community leaders and volunteers for ideas that can have a long-lasting impact on our city and region.
Belk Family in front of Belk House
Sarah Belk Gambrell speaking at Belk Manager's Meeting
Belk Manager's Meeting
Charlotte's First Belk Store, Downtown
First Belk Store, Monroe, NC
Charles and Sarah Belk Gambrell Wedding
Mary Irwin Belk
Sally and Aunt Mary Gambrell, 1969
Sally at Gambrell Family Dinner
Sally, New York City
Sally with historical marker
Sally, Dad, and Aunt Mary Gambrell
Charles, Sarah, and Sally Gambrell
Belk Home, Charlotte, NC
Gambrell Family, 1956
3 Generations: Mary Irwin Belk, Sarah Belk Gambrell, Sally Gambrell
William Henry Belk
Young Sarah Belk