Melvin Scales
IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Award - Winston-Salem
Nominated by Leadership Winston-Salem, The Black Philanthropy Initiative, and
CareNet Counseling of the Piedmont Region

Melvin Scales brings the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access with him to many organizations as he serves in the Winston-Salem community. Be it on Leadership Winston-Salem, Black Philanthropy Initiative or CareNet Boards, he has been determined to elevate Winston-Salem to be a better place and he is viewed as a true agent of change. He says he would like to “leave things better than he found them.”  


At Leadership Winston-Salem, Melvin has been a driver to respond to current events as the present times require. He spearheaded the effort to make the Leadership Winston-Salem voice heard in the community and to be responsive to issues of racial inequities.  


Melvin has been a huge advocate for the Black Philanthropy Initiative, which is focused on making philanthropy more accessible to all and redefining the word philanthropist to be more than just about financial wealth and far more inclusive.  


Melvin fully embraces one of the guiding principles for CareNet Counseling by creating an environment that fosters trust, builds respect, honors diversity, and maintains integrity and confidentiality of each person served. He invites a diverse group of clients, donors, and board members to be a part of the organization. Everyone who has a need to be served, and those who can serve are invited to take an opportunity to do so. 


Melvin has given his time, talent, and treasure to the local community for many years. His leadership helps others stay engaged and changes the community for the better. He believes in continuous learning, collaboration, integrity, civility, diversity, and inclusiveness at every level. He moves the mission forward for every organization with which he serves with passion, dignity, and strength. 

"We all have time, talents and treasure that can change the course of a life. My mission in life has always been to leave things better than I found them. Some years ago, I discovered that I was given the spiritual gifts of leadership, mercy and teaching. The work I have the privilege of doing to educate, encourage and empower others to reach their desired goals in life fulfills the mission and allows the gifts to be used. And for this I am deeply grateful."

- Melvin Scales            

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Pictured (center): Yvette and Marvin Scales. (Bottom, L-R): 

Andrea Hulighan, Black Philanthropy Initiative of the Winston-Salem Foundation; Robert Egleston, Leadership Winston-Salem; Yvette and Marvin Scales; and Barbara Saulpaugh from CareNet Counseling.