Insurance to cover autism therapy

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — For over seven years, advocates for people living with autism worked to persuade state lawmakers to require health insurance plans to cover treatment for autism, an incurable brain disorder that affects 65,000 North Carolinians.

Starting July 1, 2016, as the result of a law enacted this year by the legislature and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, autism insurance will be available to eligible individuals through age 18. The State Health Plan for state employees already covers autism.

Working like typical health insurance, autism insurance will cover medically necessary treatments such as occupational, speech and physical therapy, as well as psychiatric, psychological and pharmacy care.

Under a key section of the law that autism advocates favored and insurers supported once limits were set on coverage, eligible individuals will get an annual benefit up to $40,000 to cover “adaptive behavioral treatment.”

Advocates say the legislation, already on the books in some form in 42 other states, represents a breakthrough for families in North Carolina living with autism.

Autism typically makes it difficult for an individual to understand verbal or nonverbal signals and cues, or connect in appropriate ways with family members, caregivers, coworkers and others, or to function in settings like a house, office, store or public transportation.

That disconnection can make it a struggle to handle even basic tasks like bathing or eating a meal, or to cope with everyday occurrences at home or work such as a simple disagreement or change in plans.

Behavior therapy has shown success in helping individuals with autism communicate and cope more effectively with the people, places and situations they see and experience every day.

The new law and the insurance coverage it requires will make that behavior therapy available to more North Carolinians, advocates say. Large group insurance plans the law will affect cover 600,000 individuals. Costs will vary by insurer, and co-payments are expected to total $4,000 to $6,000 a year.

“Autism doesn’t differ from other non-curable chronic medical conditions that have been covered traditionally by health insurance,” says Tracey Sheriff, CEO of the Autism Society of North Carolina.

“We’ve got many families in North Carolina paying health insurance premiums, but their children have been excluded from treatments their physicians deem medically necessary,” he says.

Aleck Myers, a psychologist and clinical director at the Autism Society, says therapy helps families living with autism manage the condition and ease its emotional, personal and financial toll.

Autism can be expensive. With traditional treatment, the lifetime cost of managing the condition for just one individual typically can total $3 million to $5 million, Sheriff says.

But intensive one-on-one behavioral therapy, 10 hours to 40 hours a week, particularly for young children, Myers says, can help lower the lifetime cost by as much as $1.6 million.

In May, the Autism Society launched intensive behavior-therapy pilot programs in Raleigh and Charlotte that already serve about 20 individuals, including adults.

“It’s medically necessary to teach adaptive therapy,” Myers says. “This type of therapy is absolutely essential for people with autism.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.25.15

Homelessness in North Carolina down 12 percent since 2010

Local communities in North Carolina reported a total of 10,685 persons experienced homelessness, representing a 12 percent decline since 2010, according to the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Veteran homelessness in the state fell 12 percent between 2011 and 2015, while family homelessness fell 14 percent, and chronic homelessness fell 15 percent.

Throughout the U.S., the number of persons experiencing homelessness since 2010 fell 11 percent, including a 26 percent decline in the number of persons living on the streets. 

Veteran homelessness throughout the U.S. fell 36 percent between 2010 and 2015, while family homelessness fell 19 percent, and chronic homelessness fell 22 percent.

Aspiration gap’ found in donor gifts over $10 million

Major donors say social change is a top priority yet few of them make big gifts to social-change organizations or initiatives, a new report says.

Among more than 100 major donors whose public mission statements were reviewed by The Bridgespan Group, 80 percent expressed some form of social change among their top priorities.

Yet between 2000 and 2012, only 20 percent of reported philanthropic “big bets” of $10 million or more by U.S.-based donors went to organizations or initiatives for social change, says “Making Big Bets for Social Change,” a Bridgespan Group report published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

The remainder of those donations went mainly to institutions such as universities, hospitals and cultural organizations.

Big institutions have “mechanisms in place to offer potential donors numerous ‘shovel-ready’ opportunities in need of funding — and you can clearly see the result,” says Alison Powell, Bridgespan philanthropy practice partner and study co-author.

But making a “big bet” on  education reform and measuring its effect is less straightforward, Bridgespan says.

And while alumni have a “built-in relationship” to their universities, personal relationships between philanthropists and nonprofit leaders can take years of hard work to nurture, Bridgespan says.

Nonprofit workshop to focus on adapting to change

Adaptive leadership will be the focus of a two-day workshop December 8 and 9 in Wrightsville Beach presented by QENO at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, or Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations, in conjunction with New York-based Cambridge Leadership Associates.

Topics at the workshop, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, include smart risk-taking; strategies to promote collaboration and consensus; discerning the difference between leadership and authority; “courageous conversations;” and how leaders can avoid getting in their own way.

Interactive experience focuses on homelessness

McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham teamed up to develop, an interactive experience that prompts visitors to answer a ringing doorbell and respond with several yes-or-no questions to a homeless man at their threshold.

In previous years, the agency and nonprofit have partnered in developing interactive experiences such as the online game, SPENT, and the website, Names for Change, to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness, and more than $155,000 for Urban Ministries.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina gives $1.3 million

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina approved grants totaling over $1.3 million to nonprofits in an 18-county region.

More than $1 million of the grants went to nonprofits serving economically-disadvantaged populations and were supported by grant partners that include the Janirve Legacy Fund and the Foundation’s affiliate funds and fundholders.

Since identifying its four focus areas in 2011, the Foundation has awarded nearly $6.7 million in grants.

Wake Salvation Army launches annual ‘Angel Tree’ program

The Salvation Army of Wake County registered just over 8,000 children to receive toys, stockings and clothing for the holidays, and has launched its annual Angel Tree program that lets donors “adopt’ ‘children, specifically providing them with new clothing

The Salvation Army’s “Angel Trees,” now at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center and Cary Towne Center, lets shoppers pull a tag bearing a child’s name from a tree and buy new clothing for that child.

Through support of Fidelity Investments, Cisco, SAS and other corporations, as well as churches and community groups, over 5,100 children have been adopted, and nearly 3,000 remain.

Barlow joins Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Erin Barlow, a communications consultant and former grants administrator and office manager at the Campion Advocacy Fund, has been named program coordinator at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

Leadership changes at HD Reach

HD Reach, a nonprofit that works to help families with Huntington’s disease, has named Ann Lassiter, a former member of its board of directors, as its first executive director.

Carl Homer, who work on strategic planning and physician engagement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, will become chair of the HD Reach board on Jan. 1, 2016.

He will succeed Mary Edmondson, who will become the organization’s medical director.

Community Matters gives $200,000

Community Matters, an insurance-industry group in Charlotte that supports selected nonprofit partners, has given Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry a total of $200,000, including more than $70,000 it raised at its Fourth Annual Celebration Dinner on November 9 at the Club at Longview.

SECU Family House honored

The Education Program at SECU Family House in Winston-Salem received the sixth annual High Five Award from HandsOn Northwest North Carolina.

The award, which includes $5,000, is designed to recognize a nonprofit in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry or Yadkin county that has shown an imaginative or creative way to improve program or service delivery, or both, to create a new program, or to develop an unusual or inventive method to address a particular problem or challenge.

The Education Program was created in 2012 by a physician concerned about the failure to incorporate caregivers into medical discussions and treatment plans, a lack of appreciation for the skills and perspectives of those working in various health care disciplines, and a lack of medical-student interaction with caregivers.

The program involves a collaboration between health-care students in the areas of nursing, medicine, physician assistants, and chaplaincy — and guests who stay at the Family House.

Triad Dream Center provides Thanksgiving trimmings

Triad Dream Center in Winston-Salem provided meals for over 350 individuals on November 21 and held its first fundraiser at the Embassy Suites.

In Partnership with The Chris Paul Family Foundation, about 100 families received the trimmings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner to cook and share, with local service agencies, schools and law enforcement agencies partnering with Triad Dream Center to designate the need-based families to come to the church for a worship service, followed by the distribution of dinners.

Durham Boys & Girls Club to hold golf event

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham will hold its annual golf tournament, The Bull City Golf Classic Fore Kids, at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham on May 22-23, 2016.

Truliant awards $22,000

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem awarded $1,000 and $500 mini-grants totaling $22,000 to 24 nonprofits in the Carolinas and Virginia that submitted proposals for a project focusing on financial education, basic needs, arts and culture, or youth.

The awards were based on 19,000 fan votes by app mobilized in less than a month by 38 semifinalists selected from 180 applicants.

The mini-grants program, now in its seventh year, has awarded over $200,000 in funding.

Care Ring raises $27,000

Care Ring in Charlotte raised nearly $27,000 at its 60th anniversary “Beer Bands and BBQ Bash” on November 14 to provide affordable health care to people in need.

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.20.15

Giving by donor-advised funds surges

Charitable giving from donor-advised funds grew 27 percent in 2014 to $12.49 billion, while contributions from donors to donor-advised funds grew 14.1 percent to $19.66 billion, and grantmaking assets of donor-advised funds grew $23.9 percent to $70.7 billion, a new report says.

Assets at donor-advised funds have grown at a double-digit pace for five straight years, have grown over 20 percent for two straight years, says the 2015 Donor-Advised Fund Report from the National Philanthropic Trust, which is based in Jenkintown, Pa., and is the largest national, independent donor-advised fund charity in the U.S.

The annual study, published since 2006, is based mainly on data from Form 990 annual reports that nonprofits file with the Internal Revenue Service. It examined 1,016 charities that sponsor donor-advised funds.

For nine straight years, the annual payout rate for donor-advised funds has exceeded 20 percent, compared to the mandatory minimum payout rate of five percent for foundations.

The U.S. now is home to over 238,000 donor-advised accounts, up 8.8 percent in 2014, when the average size of a donor-advised fund account grew 13.7 percent to a record-high $296,701.

Gender of first-born child linked to parents’ charitable giving

Parents’ charitable giving is affected by the gender of their first child, a new report says.

Parents who have a first-born son and two or more children are more likely to give, and the amounts they give are 14.3 percent higher than parents whose first-born child is a daughter, says the report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Parents who have a daughter who is an only child are more likely to give to charity, and the amounts they give are 20.3 percent higher than parents of a son who is an only child, says the report, “Women Give 2015: How do  sons and daughters affect parents’ charitable giving?”

People whose only child is a daughter give more to education and basic needs, while people whose first-born child is a son give more to education, youth and family services.

Previous studies have found that parents influence their children’s generosity, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute says.

The new research finds the effect of children on their parents’ generosity is shaped by other family characteristics, including the number of children, the partnership status of the parents, the parents’ partnership history, and whether any children still live at home.

Higher education remains top priority for $1 million donors

Charities across eight international regions received at least 1,831 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $24.5 billion with higher education remaining the top priority of gifts at that level, a new report says.

Of the total, universities and other higher-education institutions received $7.58 billion, says Million Dollar Report, a study from Coutts in association with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Individuals gave 59 percent of the total dollars, while foundations gave 25 percent and corporations gave 16 percent.

Foundations received $6.77 billion from 168 gifts.

More than 95 percent of the gifts and nearly 90 percent of the dollars were given to charities in the donor’s own country or region. In the Middle east, the vast majority of donations were directed overseas.

Indian-American diaspora giving seen on rise

Philanthropy by donors with roots in India has shifted from family and community to supporting broad-based social causes and organizations focused on addressing India’s toughest problems, new research says.

Indian-American giving to programs in India could dwarf official U.S. foreign aid to India and total half the $2.2 billion in aid India receives from all countries, says the research, which was released by The Bridgespan Group and featured in an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

The median annual income for Indian-headed households in the US. totals $89,000, compared to a U.S. median of $50,000, and 27 percent of Indian households earn more than $140,000, putting them in the top 10 percent of earners in the U.S., the research says.

The combined annual discretionary income of Americans of Indian origin totals roughly $67.4 billion.

If their philanthropic contributions were consistent with those of other U.S. households in similar income brackets, and they directed 40 percent of their philanthropy to India, W$1.2 billion a year would flow from Indian diaspora donors to Indian causes, compared to $116.4 million in U.S. foreign aid to India in fiscal 2014 and $2.2 billion on average from 2005 through 2013 in annual official development aid received by India from all countries.

Second blues CD to benefit Interactive Resource Center

The art and music departments at Greensboro College, along with other faculty, staff, students and area musicians, plan to produce and sell a second Healing Blues Project CD  to raise awareness of and money to fight homelessness.

The first Healing Blues CD, released in October 2014, raised over $10,000 for the Interactive Resource Center, a day center in downtown Greensboro for people experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of homelessness.

The CD featured blues and blues-related songs whose lyrics were built from the true stories of persons experiencing homeless, with local musicians providing the music.  

Release date for the second CD will be June 2016. Volume 2 will be partially funded by a project-support grant from ArtsGreensboro to the Interactive Resource Center.

Women’s Fund gives $107,000

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awarded over $107,000 in grants to local effort to address the root causes of problems affecting women and girls in Forsyth County at its 10th Annual Luncheon on November 17 at the Benton Convention Center.

N.C. Central gets over $1 million from alumni

North Carolina Central University in Durham received contributions totaling just over $1 million from 1,061 alumni during homecoming weekend, setting a record for the most donors ever during the annual event.

Duke gets $5 million for law school

Duke University in Durham has received a $5 million grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to support an increase in the number of endowed faculty positions at its School of Law.

The grant will create a dollar-for-dollar matching gift fund to encourage donors to endow up to six new faculty positions in the next two years.

Platinum Corral giving $25,000

Platinum Corral, parent company of 26 Golden Corral franchises throughout the Carolinas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio, is making a five-year, $25,000 donation to ProStart, a career and technical education program that focuses on teaching culinary arts and restaurant management fundamentals to secondary school students in all 50 states.

YWCA Family Shelter gets food donation

YWCA Family Shelter in Greensboro received over 1,100 bags of trail mix packed by over 100 employees at the Greensboro Customer Service Center of Time Warner Cable.

Boys & Girls Club gets donated mouth guards

Delta Dental of North Carolina donated 1,000 mouth guards to the Boys & Girls Club of Wake County for its sports teams.

Triad Health Project to hold walk, run

Triad Health Project, an HIV/AIDS service organization in Greensboro, will hold its 24th Annual Winter Walk for AIDS and Ron Johnson 5K Run on December 6 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The event raises over $120,000 for the organization’s direct services, support and prevention-education programs.

Walking Classroom Institute gets $451,000

The Walking Classroom Institute in Chapel Hill has received a $451,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem to make its The Walking Classroom program available to elementary schools in six rural North Carolina counties.

The Institute also will provide in-kind donations of classroom materials totaling $333,000.

The effort will serve 15,000 students in grades four and five in Beaufort, Burke, Edgecombe, Halifax, McDowell and Nash counties by allowing them to get exercise during the school day as they walk while listening to podcasts that support the required curriculum.

Downtown Greenway gets $12,000

The Downtown Residents’ Association is giving $12,000 to the Downtown Greenway to support a bike rack to be located at Freedom Cornerstone at the corner of Gate City and Murrow boulevards in Greensboro.

Volunteers spruce up room at Women’s Hospital

The room at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro that is used for conversations about mammograms and ultrasounds has a new look, thanks to a group of volunteers.

Hospital volunteer Cookie Weissman took it upon herself to improve the space and contacted contacted interior designer Jess Dauray of Jessica Dauray Interiors who volunteered to help and contacted a furniture company, artists, photographers and others.

Today, the space has a custom-upholstered chair and sofa, original art and photography on the walls.

SAVE gets $75,000

The North Carolina-based National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, or SAVE, has received $75,000 from The Allstate Foundation to support its chapters at schools in North Carolina and Mississippi.

10 nonprofits get $40,000 each

GSK and Triangle Community Foundation announced 10 local nonprofits each received a $40,000 GSK IMPACT Award.

Engage donors through your story

Donors want make a difference, and be appreciated, informed and involved.

So use continual communication to build your relationship with your donors.

Get to know them, and help them get to know you and your organization.

Who are your donors? What do they care about, and why? What is their dream? How do they want to help make it happen?

Explain the need you address, your work, and the lives you affect.

Talk about what you do, how you operate, and the people you serve. Who are your partners? What role does each of you play? How do run your programs and business?

Telling your story is a way to engage the donors and other partners you need to make a difference.

So focus your stories on social needs, their human and financial cost, and the social and economic return that donors can expect from investing in your work.

Keep your stories short and clear. Avoid hype and stick to details that focus on people living better lives as a result of what you do.

And if donors want to know more, particularly about how you operate, be candid about any bumps in your operations and services, and the steps you have taken to overcome them.

Openness will show donors your dedication to learning from mistakes to improve your work.

And candor and detail about how you identify and fix problems will show donors a variety of ways they can put their experience, knowledge, skills and dollars to work.

Donors want to help, and to know their support matters. So help them see how and why your work — and their involvement — makes a difference.

Want professional help?

Philanthropy North Carolina is a consulting practice that provides writing and strategic communications support for nonprofits, foundations, colleges and universities, and others working for social good.

To find out more about hiring Philanthropy North Carolina to work with your organization to improve your communications, contact Todd Cohen at 919.272.2051 or

Ronald McDonald House eyes growth

By Todd Cohen

On April 15, Ronald McDonald House of Durham began offering overnight stays in five rooms donated by WakeMed in its Heart Center Inn in Raleigh to families of critically-ill pediatric patients at WakeMed Children’s Hospital.

Through September, the new WakeMed House already had provided 630 overnight stays.

And with demand from families growing, the nonprofit has renamed itself Ronald McDonald House of Durham and Wake and is considering whether to establish a new Ronald McDonald House to serve families of pediatric patients at WakeMed, says Oie Osterkamp, executive director.

Launched in 1980 with 13 beds, Ronald McDonald House of Durham was the first of what now are five Ronald McDonald organizations in the state operating a total of seven houses. The others are in Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greenville and Winston-Salem.

The Durham House, located near Duke University Hospital, grew to 29 rooms in 2011, and was expanded to 55 rooms in October 2012 after a capital campaign that raised $7.2 million. Last year, it provided 16,200 overnight stays to families.

Ronald McDonald House also operates separate family rooms at Duke University Hospital and WakeMed that together serve over 40,000 parents a year.

Ronald McDonald House operates with an annual budget of just over $2 million, plus $500,000 to $600,000 in estimated in-kind donations, a staff of 12 people working full-time and 12 working part-time, and 4,500 volunteers.

This year, it expects to generate most of its budget — $1.85 million — through contributions, revenue from annual fundraising breakfasts each fall in Durham and Raleigh, and a “Heart of Gold” gala in February or March at the Angus Barn in Raleigh.

It also receives support from McDonald’s Corp., individual owner-operators of local McDonald’s restaurants, and their local advertising co-op, as well as investment income from its $3 million endowment.

In-kind support ranges from $25,000 worth of toilet paper to $17,000 worth of disinfecting wipes. Both family rooms provide frozen meals, the WakeMed House provides meal vouchers for the WakeMed cafeteria at WakeMed, and once a week Ronald McDonald House provide lunch for all the pediatric families at WakeMed. At the Durham House, volunteers provide activities every day and cook dinner every night for all families.

In June, Ronald McDonald House launched a new “Security Blanket Society” to recognize and encourage planned gifts, says Nancy Jones, senior director of development and communications.

And building on an existing program that offers donors an opportunity to sponsor a room or suite in its Durham House, Ronald McDonald House has begun an effort that offers donors the opportunity to endow or “adopt” a room or suite.

While the suggested fees for families total $10 a night for a small bedroom and $15 a night for a long-term stay in a suite, the actual cost is over $100. A year-long sponsorship totals $3,650 for a room and $5,475 for a suite, and an endowment gift totals $100,000 for a room and $150,000 for a suite.

“We ask for $10 a night for families to stay here, and 70 percent of families can’t afford that,” Osterkamp says.

At the Durham House, sponsors already are covering the annual cost to families of about 20 rooms.

And Aaron and Natalie Cain of Fayetteville have made a $100,000 commitment to endow a room at the Durham House named for their late son, Wells McRae Cain, and have created an annual memorial golf tournament to raise the endowment funds.

After Wells was born with a congenital heart defect, he was airlifted to Duke Hospital. The Cains spent two weeks at the Durham House before Wells died. He had lived for 71 days.

Jones says the endowment will make a big difference for families that need to stay at Ronald McDonald House.

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.13.15

Cumberland Community Foundation awards $1 million

Cumberland Community Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grants, named four new members of its board of directors, and organized its grantmaking and leadership around six “priority-impact” areas.

Joining the Foundation’s board are Kelly Puryear, Lockett Tally, Seema Slehria and Myrtle Summers.

Since 2003, the Foundation’s assets have grown to $72 million from $22 million, while grants to local charities have grown to over $30 million.

Through 2020, the Foundation’s priority impact areas will be growing sustainable support for local nonprofits; growing local giving; increasing college access and affordability; improving education outcomes; improving quality of life for all; and strengthening local nonprofits.

The recent round of grants focuses on those six areas.

Lynne Callahan Nimocks received the Mary Lynn McCree Bryan Leadership Award for her leadership of the board of the Cape Fear Botanical Garden during the construction of a new facility and expansion of programs.

Cone Health Foundation giving $4.8 million

Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro awarded $4.82 million in grants to 40 area nonprofits.

The grants support agencies working in the Foundation’s four focus areas of grantmaking — access to health care; adolescent pregnancy prevention; HIV/AIDS; and substance abuse and mental health.

Some of the grants fall outside of those defined categories and support community collaborations.

The median award was $100,000, and 41 percent of grants support access to care.

Since 1997, Cone Health Foundation has made nearly 1,300 grants and contributions totaling over $77 million.

Women’s Resource Center raises $100,000

The Women’s Center of Greensboro raised over $100,000 at Men Can Cook, an event that celebrated the agency’s 20th anniversary and featured corporate sponsors, a silent auction and dishes prepared by over 50 community chefs.

Women’s Fund to mark 10 years

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem will host a luncheon November 17 at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

At the event, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., the Fund will announce more than $107,000 in grants to recipients..

In the last nine years, the Fund has awarded 85 grants totaling $1.2 million to local organizations.

Grants are funded from the pooled contributions of the Fund’s members and donors. The Fund has over 800 strong members, including female corporate and nonprofit leaders, educators, community leaders, volunteers, entrepreneurs, college and high school students who each year determine which organizations receive grant funding.

Food drive to benefit Feeding America

Friends Feeding Friends, an annual food drive that is held at all Lowes Food stores in the Carolinas and Virginia through December 31 and benefits Feeding America and its member agencies in the three states, has kicked off.

General Mills, which contributing $20,000 to the food drive, sponsored kickoff events at five Lowes Foods stores.

Friends Feeding Friends has raised nearly 19 million pounds of food — including over 15 million meals in North Carolina, where it is the largest food drive — and is on track to reach 20 million pound this holiday season.

Summit Rotary support ‘Say Yes’

Summit Rotary members are making contributions to the “Say Yes’ program in Guilford County to help meet a $25,000 challenge grant.

Funds support the club’s McKnight Scholarship endowment program, which has awarded 80 college scholarships over the past 31 years and is currently awarding 16 $1,500 scholarships, one for each public high school in Guilford County.

Maddrey joins Center for Nonprofits

Robert Maddrey, assistant vice president for philanthropy, annual fund, and operations at  North Carolina Symphony, has joined he North Carolina Center for Nonprofits as director for sustainability.

Avery joins Pat’s Place

Lori Avery, senior director of development at LifeSpan in Charlotte, has joined Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Charlotte as director of development and communications.

High Point Salvation Army begins Red Kettle campaign

The Salvation Army of High Point has kicked off its annual end-of-year Red Kettle campaign and aims to raise $160,000, or enough to help an additional 200 families in need this year.

Butterball donating turkeys

Butterball is donating 125 turkeys plus 345 pounds of deli meat through Urban Ministries of Durham.

The turkeys will be distributed through Urban Ministries’ partner agencies to provide Thanksgiving dinner in the community, and the lunchmeat will provide sandwiches for healthy bag lunches given to clients of Urban Ministries during breakfast.

Benevolence Farm gets $10,000

Benevolence Farm in Alamance County has been awarded $10,000 from RSF Social Finance.

Phillips Foundation principals featured in book

Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, executive director of the Phillips Foundation in Greensboro, and Kevin Phillips, president of the Foundation’s board of directors, are featured in “If … Stories of Philanthropy,” a coffee-table book released by Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

Women’s Fund awards $13,000

The Women’s Fund of North Carolina at the North Carolina Community Foundation awarded a total of $13,000 to five organizations.

Find common ground to promote collaboration

Charities like to tout their partnerships yet often fail to explain how they actually work and why they matter.

Collaborative partners should work together to develop a story that makes it easy for donors and other supporters to understand the partnership, including the need it addresses, the people it serves, the way it operates, and the difference it makes for its community.

Instead, partners often get bogged down in deciding who gets credit and top billing, and in hyping rather than explaining their respective roles and clearly showing their collective impact

Collaborative work represents a great opportunity to engage donors and other partners in making your community a better place to live and work by showing them exactly why a partnership is greater than the sum of its parts in filling critical gaps in serving people in need.

So if you are part of a collaborative initiative, help people understand why they should care and get involved.

Want professional help?

Philanthropy North Carolina is a consulting practice that provides writing and strategic communications support for nonprofits, foundations, colleges and universities, and others working for social good.

To find out more about hiring Philanthropy North Carolina to work with your organization to improve your communications, contact Todd Cohen at 919.272.2051 or