We’re incredibly grateful for our community heroes. Their causes are why we get out of bed every morning. People Matter is dedicated to these firebrands—and their ideas—who dare to make a positive impact on our community. These thought-provoking videos and blogs highlight the people, questions and causes of our nonprofit sector. They showcase the faces and voices of individuals truly passionate about the future of the Triangle nonprofits we champion day in and day out. Will you join the conversation?

People Matter 2020: The Year of Encouragement

When we declared 2020 to be the Year of Encouragement, we had no idea what we were signing up for. We knew it had the potential to be divisive with impeachment, elections and other issues in our nation. We did not anticipate COVID-19 would sweep through our communities, country and world – causing widespread discouragement, uncertainty and fear. Now more than ever, we need to lift each other up, celebrate the good and the generosity that we see amidst the hardships and elevate the nonprofit heroes who are encouraging their people through the best and the hardest of times. Use #yearofencouragement to spread the love and share your own stories of encouragement with us here.

United Way of the Greater Triangle shares about the importance of community and the role encouragement has in both our professional and personal lives.

Introducing our People Matter theme for 2020: the Year of Encouragement. Hear stories from local nonprofits on how being encouraged has fueled their desire to in turn encourage others.

A Place at the Table is a pay-what-you-can café that welcomes everyone through their doors and provides them with community and food, regardless of means.

People Matter 2019

Thank you for engaging with us!

These were some tough talks, but you hung in there. We’re so thankful for the perspectives we were able to share this year, thanks to some pretty awesome people tackling some tough – but critical – topics. We hope you were able to relate, learn and grow from these spaces we stepped into with you.

Stay tuned for People Matter 2020!

Are You Walking Your Walk?

How do you know if you’re “walking your walk?” Are you being innovative enough? Engaging enough? Leading by example in your industry? And if you aren’t — how do you start? These aren’t easy questions to ask, but they are undeniably important in helping you and your team learn to walk the walk and talk the talk. Hear answers to these challenging questions and more as we dive into the final topic of People Matter 2019.

Danny Rosin

Band Together

Raeford Williams

Healing Transitions

Barbara Jessie-Black


Is Your Board Any Good?

What should the relationship between a board chair and an executive director look like? What are the warning signs of a bad board? How can you tell if your board is truly engaged with the organization’s mission? If a board doesn’t reflect the people its organization serves, is it a good board? Hear answers to these questions and many more as we dive into the first topic of People Matter 2019.

Should You Exist?

Do you remember why your nonprofit got started? Most nonprofits are founded because there’s a need in the community or someone had a personal experience. Now matter how you started, you still need to answer this one important question… “Should you exist?” Hear answers to this question and many more as we dive into the second topic of People Matter 2019.

Ashton Smith

Jesma Reynolds
Walter Magazine

Daniel Alexander
Mission Triangle

Tough Talks: critical questions for the nonprofit community.

This year, we’re asking tough questions of our nonprofit community’s champions — staff, donors, board members and philanthropists. They believe people matter. And so do we.

People Matter 2019 will be a conversation only the truly invested and passionate are willing to have. These are not easy conversations but are worth engaging in for those who deeply care about the potential of the nonprofit sector — and its impact on the people of our community. Will you join us?

People Matter 2018

Thank you for joining us!

We’re incredibly grateful for the voices and stories we were allowed to capture and share this year. These are our community’s heroes, and their causes are why we get out of bed every morning.

Stay tuned for what People Matter 2019 will highlight.

Mental Illness

Mental illness is a nationwide issue that remains in the shadows. It’s hard to identify and even harder to explain. And it comes with a cost to our community, our families and our neighbors. 200,000 people in Wake County alone struggle with mental illness, and nonprofits are doing everything they can to make sure this problem is brought to light through research, education and treatment. Hear from two women on the front lines in the Triangle making sure mental health is in our future.

Addiction Recovery

The impact of addiction on people’s lives, families and communities is enormous. It’s a huge problem in the Triangle – for all ages and genders. The good news? Treatment is available, and recovery is possible. There are nonprofits in our community who are coming alongside those struggling with addiction – casting a vision for the future, restoring hope and empowering people to reclaim their lives. Hear from them directly as they share with you what’s happening right here in our backyard.

Chris Budnick
Healing Transitions

Wayne Edwards
Converting Hearts

Tracy Freeman
Healing Transitions

Tad Clodfelter
SouthLight Healthcare

Poverty Alleviation

Nearly 90,000 people in Wake County are living in poverty. They are our neighbors, but behind the scenes they may be coming out of crisis situations, earning minimum wage, struggling to provide childcare for their families or barely keeping a roof over their head. Thankfully, nonprofits in Wake County are stepping up to fight for poverty alleviation and create opportunities for our community to succeed and thrive.

Angela Coleman
Step Up Ministry

Lindsey Blankenhorn
Carroll’s Kitchen

Youth Development and Empowerment

Youth homelessness is one of the most invisible issues in our community. And kids aren’t being equipped for success. Hear stories of mentorship, education, development and empowerment from the people investing in the future generation of our city.

Christal Carmichael
Communities In Schools of NC

Patricia Cardoso
Haven House Services

Emmanuel Holder & Denzell Henry
Neighbor to Neighbor

Raleigh is thriving. But not everything is great.

Many of our neighbors are struggling, invisible in our thriving city. Several social issues are crippling our otherwise flourishing home.

But there are heroes in our community who dedicate their lives to loving our neighbors and championing our causes.

Join us as we highlight these heroes through a 2018 video series. Because they believe people matter. And so do we.

Blogs from the Series

Walk Your Walk – When To Walk Away

Walk Your Walk – The Importance of Diversity

Walk Your Walk – Can Your Constituents Tell a Difference?

Leverage Nonprofit Awareness Month this November 

Walk Your Walk – How Do Businesses Compare to Nonprofits?

Are You Walking Your Walk?

Is Your Nonprofit Adding Unique Value to the Community?

When Was the Last Time You Called a Timeout?

Should Your Nonprofit Exist?

People Matter: 4 Key Takeaways from “Is Your Nonprofit Board Any Good?”

Is Your Nonprofit’s Board “On Board”?

Finding Healing in Community

From Hurting to Helping

Horses Providing Healing

Mental Illness at Home and in our Community

A Story of Redemption

Welcoming a Stranger to a Home

An Overdue Acknowledgment of Unsung Heroes

People Matter: Addiction Recovery

A Story of Healing and Transitions

Finding Hope in Community

Collaborating to Fight Unemployment

Standing on the Edge of Poverty

A Picture into Homelessness

Are You Really Too Busy?

Transforming a Generation