David Hayworth
Outstanding Philanthropist - High Point
Nominated by Family Service of the Piedmont, the High Point Community Foundation and Paul Lessard

David Hayworth is one of those remarkable givers who sees what is possible and then is willing to partner with others to make good things happen. He has always understood the power of leveraging dollars to create a “cadre of givers” who often discover they can accomplish more together than they could ever do separately.  


David has made both immediate and long-term impacts on the work of both Family Service of the Piedmont and the High Point Community Foundation. He has been one of Family Service’s strongest supporters in High Point for over 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the endowment fund of the Family Service of High Point Foundation to fund local services for generations to come. He designated his endowment gift to the David R. Hayworth Fund for Children to help pay for services for children in need. He then served on the Investment Committee overseeing the endowment.  

In 2002, David received the High Point Foundation’s “For Love of Family Award” recognizing his devotion to local philanthropy and his focus on providing services for children. Later that year, he was named patron of Family Services of the Piedmont’s Children’s Advocacy Center. David’s generous support continues to this day.  

David’s other philanthropic passions include North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the United Way of Greater High Point, where he was recognized with the prestigious Chairman’s Award. He was also awarded North Carolina’s highest honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by former Governor James B. Hunt. David was named a Benefactor by the U.S. Department of State and received the Treaty of Paris Society Founder Members Award for his contribution to the preservation and display of our American Heritage of Design. In addition, David underwrote three key projects that created momentum to spur over $1 billion worth of fundraising at High Point University including the Hayworth Arts Center, Hayworth Promenade, and Hayworth Gardens. He was honored by both Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill for his lifelong commitment to cancer research.  

As a business leader and philanthropist in High Point, David has invested his time and resources into shaping High Point into a stronger, richer community for all its citizens.  

"I have always been influenced and inspired by my Mother who taught me the importance of caring for others. I believe children are the most vulnerable members of our society and I have tried to focus the lion’s share of my giving on providing opportunities that will help them reach their fullest potential. I am humbled and honored by this recognition and I hope it will encourage others to give and provide a level playing field of opportunities for all our young people."

- David Hayworth       

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Pictured bottom, L-R: Jody Susong, Chief Advancement Officer, Family Service of the Piedmont ,and Paul Lessard, President, High Point Community Foundation, who  jointly nominated David Hayworth.