Nonprofit news roundup, 02.12.16

Winston-Salem State gets $205,000 for scholarships

Winston-Salem State University received a $205,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation to fund scholarships for full-time female students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The grant is expected to support about 150 scholarships with an average value of $1,400.

Nearly 90 percent of students at the university receive need-based financial aid, 33 percent are the first in their families to attend college, and 60 percent have no family assistance in paying college expenses.

In 2015, the university distributed over $900,000 in scholarships, up 49 percent from the previous year.

Event raises $120,000 for Family Service

The Big Hair Ball, a  masquerade ball on January 31 presented by The Guild and Junior Guild of Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, attracted more than 550 people and raised over $120,000 for Family Service of the Piedmont.

Association Management Group in Greensboro and Winston-Salem was a sponsor of the event.

Joedance gives $20,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital

Joedance Film Festival in Charlotte donated $20,000 in 2015 to Levine Children Hospital Carolinas HealthCare System for rare pediatric cancer clinical trials and research.

Since it began six years ago, Joedance now has raised nearly $100,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $564,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 21 community grants in January totaling $564,235.

Band Together partnering with YMCA

Band Together NC in Raleigh has selected the Southeast Raleigh project of YMCA of the Triangle as its 2017 nonprofit partner.

The YMCA has purchased land in Southeast Raleigh to serve as a community hub that will include a YMCA facility, affordable housing, a school, health-care options and access to healthy food.

In 2015, the partnership between Band Together and StepUp Ministry generated $2 million in net proceeds.

Morehead to head land trust

Travis Morehead, former operations director for the Carolina Thread Trail project in the Carolinas, will join The Land Trust for Central North Carolina in Salisbury as executive director on February 15.

Morehead, who grew up in Stanly County, previously served in the U.S. Army in Iraq, as senior and principal planner for the Town of Cary, and as community coordinator for the Catawba Lands Conservancy.

The Land Trust serves Anson, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan and Stanly counties.

Davidson Hospice names business developer, engagement director

Kara Thompson, assessment team leader at Hospice of  Davidson County, has been been named director of business development, and Jan Knox, director of family engagement and philanthropy at High Point University, has joined Hospice as director of engagement.

Poindexter, Triad nonprofit leader, dies at 75

Bonnie Poindexter, who led the Triad Chapter of the March of Dimes and the Piedmont Opera, died February 4 at age 75, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Poindexter serve as interim executive director of several arts organizations, including the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Sawtooth School of Visual Art and, twice, Piedmont Opera, the newspaper said.

Two join Nussbaum Center board

Deven Griffin, an industrial asset recovery specialist for D.H. Griffin Companies, and Leigh Ann Klee, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Pace Communications, have joined the board of directors of the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro.

Greensboro Hospice recognized for focus on veterans

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has been recognized as a Level Four Partner in We Honor Veterans, a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hospice received the recognition for increasing its capacity to sever veterans and their families; developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, veterans organizations and other health care organizations; promoted hospice and palliative care for veterans; and shown the impact of its programs that focus on veterans.

Greensboro United Way partners honored

Five of 14 statewide recipients of the Spirit of North Carolina awards from United Way of North Carolina are partners of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

They include Guilford County Schools in the category of school campaigns with more than 5,000 employees; Morrisette Paper Co., manufacturing campaign with 51 to 100 Employees; Kayser-Roth Corp., manufacturing with 101 to 200 employees; E.P. Pearce Elementary School, school campaign with 51 to 100 employees; and city of Greensboro and Guilford County, city or county with more than 5,000 employees.

Free promotional video for nonprofits

Raleigh video production company Blueforest Studios has invited Triangle nonprofits that focus on the community, environment, or economics to apply for production of a free promotional video valued at $5,000 to $10,000 that can be posted online, and to participate in seminars, newsletters and other offerings for nonprofits.

National Philanthropic Trust gives $643.7 million

National Philanthropic Trust made more than 25,000 donor-recommended grants totaling over $643.7 million to nearly 13,600 charities in 2015, a 23.7 percent increase in funding dollars from 2014.

The average grant size was $26,750.

Since it was founded in 1996, the Trust has raised over $5.9 billion and made over 136,000 grants totaling over $3.2 billion.

Black Philanthropy Initiatives gives $17,400

The Black Philanthropy Initiative awarded a total of $17,433 in grants from the Black Philanthropy Fund to Authoring Action, Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, Hanes Magnet School, and Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment, which was stablished in 2014 with $25,000 and supplements funds the Initiative raises each year, now totals $90,885.

The Endowment received matching grants of $10,000 each in 2014 and 2015 from First Tennessee Bank under a three-year challenge grant of $10,000 a year to match contributions of donors to the Endowment.

Sole Dimensions donates shoes

Sole Dimensions in Wake Forest donated 195 brand new pairs of shoes to Note in the Pocket, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides clothing to homeless and impoverished school-aged children.

After-school club at Dudley High gets $10,000

The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools has given $10,000 to the Advanced Technology Team, an after-school club at Dudley High School in Greensboro.

The funds were from a $20,000 contribution last year from Dun & Bradstreet, which has contributed a total of $50,000 to the Enrichment Fund since 2013.

Individuals with disabilities focus of partnerships

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Five days a week this school year, seven young people from all seven public high schools in Durham who have completed their high school course work are interning at Duke Regional Hospital, rotating through departments to develop skills to prepare them for local jobs.

The students all have intellectual and developmental disabilities and spent most of their school career separated from most other students, learning in classrooms for those with “individual education plans.”

They are are among 70 who are interning at nine sites, primarily hospitals, throughout North Carolina through Project SEARCH, a model launched in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Funding several of the North Carolina programs has been the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The Council, a stand-alone state agency that reports to the state secretary of health and human services and is mandated and funded by the federal government, works to give people with disabilities and their families access to — and a voice in shaping — services and supports they need.

Employment is critical for individuals with disabilities, says Chris Egan, the Council’s executive director.

“It means you’re working, and work is a huge outcome for most everyone in our society — to work, earn, contribute and get paid,” he says. “It leads not only to doing the job but to asset development, and engagement with people who become friends. And for people with disabilities, it demonstrates their contribution and potential, and their individuality.”

About 80 percent of individuals with developmental disabilities in the U.S. are unemployed, he says. In North Carolina, about 185,000 to 200,000 individuals, or about 1.5 percent to two percent of the population, live with developmental disabilities.

And they face continuing challenges, including low expectations, stereotyping and isolation, Egan says.

“If you have a disability, you’re often not considered capable, and society’s expectations tend to be low,” resulting in “fewer choices and fewer opportunities to contribute to your community, even when you want to and could,” he says.

Historically, he says, stereotyping resulted in the segregation and separation of individuals with disabilities in school, the workplace and the community.

Operating with an annual budget of $1.9 million and a staff of 10 people, the Council invests 70 percent of its funding in about 20 initiatives that focus on improving services and connectedness for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

A new five-year plan the Council is developing focuses on boosting its constituents’ financial security and community living, and their participation in advocacy work.

Project SEARCH, for example, aims to help students with disabilities make the transition from school to work, combining classroom instruction, career exploration and job‐skills training through internships.

The collaboration taps the resources of schools, businesses, community workforce agencies and the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

The Council is working with Wake Technical Community College, Community Workforce Solutions, the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Alliance Behavioral Health and NC Works to expand the program to young adults with disabilities in Wake County starting in August.

To help improve community living, the Council is working with Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina and Virginia, and with The Arc of North Carolina, to find a way to integrate and better coordinate access to health and wellness services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

For about 20 years, it also has funded Partners in Policymaking, a program that each year provides about 25 individuals with developmental disabilities and family members with a day-and-a-half of training a month to help build their leadership skills so they can be effective advocates for services they need.

And it is working with Benchmarks, a Raleigh-based alliance of agencies that serve children, adults and families, to organize a state chapter of the National Association of Direct Support Professionals.

Direct support professionals provide services that are indispensable in the daily lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, yet they are among the lowest paid in the health-care field, Egan says.

Ultimately, he says, the Council aims to help ensure that individuals with development disabilities lead full and fulfilling lives.

“A disability is a natural part of human condition,” he says, “and a label doesn’t define a person and what they’re capable of.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 02.05.16

Arts’ impact in Wake County eclipses state, U.S. averages

The creative economy is stronger in Wake County, on average, than in the U.S. and in North Carolina, and also stronger than in Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties combined, and in Charlotte, Concord and Gastonia combined, but it trails Durham and Chapel Hill combined, a new study says.

The Creative Vitality Index, an annual measure of the health of the creative economy in a specific area, is based on federal data on employment and other indicators, and includes for-profit and nonprofit arts-related enterprises.

Based on a national “baseline” or average score of 1, the 2014 index value for Wake was 1.02, down from 1.03 in 2013, 1.05 in 2013, and 1.08 in 2011.

Using the state average as the baseline, Wake’s score in 2014 was 1.52.

Earnings for Wake’s creative industry overall totaled $17 billion, up $47.5 million from 2013, and accounted for 18,811 jobs, up 326 from 2013.

Wake gained 771 creative jobs in 2014, and nonprofit arts groups generated $83.5 million in revenue, or $4.2 million more than in 2013.

Wake received $612,000 in state arts agency grants, up $82,000 from 2013.

The creative vitality index was 1.20 for Durham-Chapel Hill; 0.89 for Wake/Johnston/Franklin counties; and 0.82 for Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia.

Transitions LifeCare raises over $5 million

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh says it has raised over $5 million in a campaign expected to ends this spring with a goal of raising $6 million to expand its 20-room facility with 10 new patient rooms and other spaces to allow it to serve another 500 patients and their families each year.

In the five years since it opened its Hospice Home, Transitions LifeCare has served over 3,000 patients and their families.

Triangle YMCA buys 32 acres for community hub

YMCA of the Triangle has purchased 32 acres in Southeast Raleigh in the Rock Quarry Road near I-440 to serve as the home of a YMCA facility, affordable housing, a school, health-care options and access to healthy food.

YMCA is seeking partners to deliver those services, and aims to have another organization coordinate community engagement and collaborations.

High Point University raises $230,000 for United Way

High Point University was the third largest contributor to the annual fundraising campaign at United Way of Greater High Point for the third straight year.

The school raised $230,000 for United Way in 2015, up from $38,000 in 2005.

In addition to dollars, students, faculty and staff also donate 100,000 hours of service each year valued at $2.3 million to United Way and other agencies.

Gates Foundation officer to speak in Raleigh

Teresa Rivero, senior program officer for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at an event on February 18 at Brier Creek Country Club hosted by the Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students.

Youth groups get mini-grants

Fifteen youth programs throughout the state received a total of nearly $6,300 in mini-grants from the state Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office.

The winners were among 14 proposals selected by the State Youth Council and Youth Advisory Council, two programs directed by youth that are operated by the Youth Involvement Office, which is directed by the state Department of Administration.

Boys & Girls Clubs members build with blocks

Forty-five members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point took part  last month in the Block Kids Building Program of the National Association of Women in Construction sponsored by its Piedmont Chapter.

Each participant at the event, which was held January 30 and hosted at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Southside Club, was given legos, tin foil, a rock and string to build a structure.

Judges from the construction management program at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, and from the Piedmont Chapter of Women in Construction, selected five winners.

Each winner received a monetary gift and an opportunity to advance to a regional competition.

Big Brothers Big Sisters honors college senior

Jasmine Williams, a senior at High Point University, has been named “Big of the Year” by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont.

Williams, a journalism major from Montgomery Village, Md., has volunteered as a mentor and “Big Sister” since 2012, and has held several fundraisers for the organization, including a Bowl-for-Kids-Sake event for which she raised over $1,000 to help match more children in need of mentors.

Summit Rotary awards scholarships

Summit Rotary in Greensboro is awarding 16 McKnight Scholarships of $1,500 each, one for a qualified college‐bound senior from each public high school in Guilford County, bringing to 80 the number of scholarships it has awarded over the last 31 years.

College students donate food

High Point University students who package surplus food from campus dining locations to give to Open Door Ministries three times a week as a part of the Food Recovery Network last semester packaged and donated over 8,000 pounds of food to the organization.

Golf event to benefit Care Ring

Care Ring in Charlotte will benefit from Golfing Fore a Healthy Charlotte on March 28 at Providence Country Club.

Heart Association walk set for Wilson

The American Heart Association will hold its annual Wilson Heart Walk on April 23 at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.  Chairing the event, which aims to raise $170,000, is Bill Caldwell, CEO of Wilson Medical Center.

Roger Daltry to host Teen Cancer America event

Roger Daltry, founder of Future Teen Cancer America and singer for The Who, will host an event April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center to benefit future Teen Cancer America units in hospitals throughout North Carolina.

Junior Achievement office gets awards from national organization

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina is among 17 Area offices throughout the U.S. that received a 2014-15 Peak Performance Team Award for superior performance from Junior Achievement USA.

The Eastern North Carolina office also won a 4 Star Award for meeting the national organization’s operational standards for compliance, student impact, operational efficiency, financial stability and sustainability.

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs recognized for safety

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point is one of four Boys & Girls Clubs and 59 youth

camps across the U.S. to receive the Safety First designation for 2015 from financial-services company Markel.

The Safety First program recognizes policyholders for commitment to the safety of their employees and customers.

Donor cultivation yields $10 million gift for UNC Lineberger

By Todd Cohen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — In October, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill announced a $10 million gift commitment — its biggest gift ever — to fund early-stage cancer research.

The form of the gift represents the holy grail of fundraising: It is unrestricted, giving Lineberger’s leaders discretion to apply the dollars to areas of research they believe are most promising.

Ken and Cheryl Williams of Burlington, who are making the gift, are the kind of donors who fundraising professionals dream about, says Eli Jordfald, director of major gifts at Lineberger, who says the gift is the largest she has helped secure in her 30-year career in fundraising.

“Not only have they made this gift,” she says. “They want to help us solicit other gifts and be right there with us.”

Long-time supporters of athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and and of the Educational Foundation, the sports booster and scholarship organization at UNC better known as The Rams Club, the couple first got involved with the Cancer Center in October 2010.

Cheryl Williams, whose mother had died from breast cancer at age 52, volunteered that year to help raise money for Tickled Pink, a month-long fundraising effort the couple supported with a small gift.

Ken Williams, who holds master’s and doctoral degrees from what is now the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC and is a retired senior vice president at Durham-based Quintiles, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services, also has a personal connection with cancer: His father died from mesothelioma and, last year, the couple brought his 94-year-old mother to Lineberger after she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

In 2011, the couple joined Lineberger’s board of visitors, a group of 135 couples who serve as ambassadors for the Center throughout the state. And in 2013, they joined the board’s development committee, which provides volunteer input and support for the Center’s fundraising efforts.

“They been very engaged in development conversations and development initiatives,” Jordfald says.

The Williamses also have been involved in early planning during the silent phase of a comprehensive fundraising campaign at UNC that is expected to set a goal totaling billions of dollars.

Since joining the board, Jordfald says, the Williamses have worked closely with many people at Lineberger, including Debbie Dibbert, its former executive director of external affairs.

Last April, Jordfald invited the couple to lunch at the Carolina Club at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center at UNC for what they understood “was going to be a gift conversation,” she says. Also at the lunch was Martin Baucom, who had been named executive director of development and communications to succeed Dibbert after she became chief of staff for UNC Chancellor Carol Folt.

“We talked about some of the really big and bold plans for the Cancer Center and the importance of philanthropy and how critical it would be to have board members step up and support these important initiatives,” Jordfald says.

The Williamses said during the two-hour lunch that they were “starting to think seriously about their gift,” Jordfald says, and indicated they were “thinking about a significant gift” that would be earmarked for unrestricted research.

Then, in July, standing in the lobby of the Center at the close of a 90-minute tour, the couple said “they were very close to finalizing a gift” and indicated “it was going to be a multi-million-dollar gift.”

They also asked how large a gift would be needed to name the lobby for their son Tony, who had died tragically two years ago.

“When they heard the figure of $10 million,” Jordfald says, “Cheryl said it would be so wonderful to be able to name the lobby for Tony.”

Final details of the gift were worked out, and papers signed, at two lunches at a restaurant in Burlington, and the gift was announced in October.

Key to the gift, Jordfald says, were the active role the Williamses played on the board of visitors and development committee; their engagement with and support of staff leaders and faculty; and their substantive knowledge about the Center’s work and vision, and desire to participate in advancing it; and conversations they had with Folt and David Routh, UNC’s vice chancellor for university advancement.

Equally critical was “listening carefully to what their goals were,” she says. “They wanted to establish a legacy. They wanted to find answers to complicated cancers.”

The Williamses “are truly a development person’s dream,” Jordfald says. “They are rainmakers.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.29.16

Higher-ed fundraising grows, endowment returns drop

Charitable contributions to U.S. colleges and universities grew 7.6 percent to $40.3 billion in 2015, the highest total in nearly 50 years, while returns on schools’ endowments fell 2.4 percent, net of fees, after growing 15.5 percent in fiscal 2014,  two new report say.

Fundraising

Gifts from alumni grew 10.2 percent to $10.85 billion, or 26.9 percent of the total raised, although alumni participation — the number of donors divided by the number of “donors of record” that schools know how to reach — fell in the face of a 3.4 percent increase in the number of donors of record, says the Voluntary Support of Education survey from the Council for  Aid Education.

The number of alumni donors grew 0.7 percent.

Gifts from non-alumni grew 23.1 percent, while gifts from foundations, including family foundations, grew 3.6 percent, corporate giving was flat, and gifts from other types of organizations fell 1.2 percent.

Contributions for current operations grew 13.1 percent, while those for capital purposes — endowment, property, buildings, equipment and loan funds — were flat.

Gifts to restricted endowments, which account for the biggest share of gifts for capital purposes, had grown 23.3 percent in 2014.

College endowments grew three percent in 2015, down from 15 percent in 2014.

Eight gifts of $100 million or more totaling $1.44 billion went to four institutions, all among the 20 that raised the most, compared to five gifts at that level in 2014 that totaled $698.55 million.

The combined value of those eight gifts equaled the total raised by the 490 schools that raised the least, or nearly half the schools surveyed.

The top 20 fundraising schools together raised $11.56 billion, or 28.7 percent of the total raised in 2015 by schools surveyed.

Stanford University raised the most, $1.63 billion, the biggest total for any school the survey has reported since it began in 1957, followed by Harvard University, which raised $1.05 billion.

Duke University, which raised $472 million, ranks 12th among all schools surveyed and is the only North Carolina school among the top 20.

Endowment returns

Returns on college and university endowments fell to their lowest level in fiscal 2015 since a loss of 0.3 percent was reported for fiscal 2012, and contributed to a decline to 6.3 percent from 7.1 percent in 2014 in 10-year average returns, says the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments.

The 10-year average in 2015 was well below the median 7.5 percent that most endowments say they need to earn to maintain their purchasing power after spending, inflation and investment management costs, says the study, which was based on data from 812 institutions representing $529 billion in endowment assets.

While the average endowment totaled abut $651 million, endowments at over half the schools surveyed were below $115 million.

Despite the drop in investment gains, 78 percent of schools surveyed said they spent more in dollars from their endowments in 2015 than in 2014, and the median increase in endowment spending among those schools was 8.8 percent, well above inflation, the study says.

Among investment categories, returns totaled 6.4 percent for domestic equities, net of fees, down from 22.8 percent in 2014; 1.1 percent for alternative strategies, down from 12.7 percent; 0.2 percent for fixed income, including domestic and foreign bonds, down  from 5.1 percent; a loss of 2.1 percent for international equities, down from a gain of 19.2 percent; and a flat return for short-term securities, cash and other investments, down from a gain of 1.9 percent.

Duke gets $23 million for challenge fund

Duke University has received $23 million to establish a challenge fund for undergraduate financial aid.

Th challenge was launched with a $10 million gift from alumni Barbara and Fred Sutherland, $10 million from The Duke Endowment, and $3 million from other donors. The challenge will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for every qualifying gift to financial aid.

Nearly half of Duke’s undergraduates receive need-based financial aid.

Rex Endowment gives $824,000, names board member

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh approved five grants totaling $824,106 to support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children.

Recipients are the Natural Learning Initiative of the College of Design at North Carolina State University; Salvation Army of Wake County; Program on Integrative Medicine at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Advocates for Health in Action; and PLM Families Together.

The Endowment also named Pablo Escobar, director of the Open Door Clinic at Urban Ministries of Wake County, to its board of directors.

Vasto, Greene join Land Trust

Alicia Vasto, a former graduate student intern at The Land Trust for Central North Carolina in Salisbury and later its Americorps outreach and stewardship coordinator, has been named operations and communications director.

Ethan Greene, a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University, has been named the Land Trust’s first stewardship director.

Crumpler joining Communities in Schools

Jennifer Crumpler, director of development at Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina and Virginia, has been named the first associate vice president of development at Communities in Schools of North Carolina.

Arts Council names campaign co-chairs, trustees

Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to the president at Wake Forest University, and Leslie Hayes, executive vice president and business banking division manager for the Carolinas at Wells Fargo & Company, have been named co-chairs of the 2016 annual campaign of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

The Council also named eight members to its board of trustees, including Carl Forsman, dean of the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Adriana Granados, founder of Design Edge and PixGift; Dana Caudill Jones, president of Caudill’s Communication and Electric Co.; Cheryl Lindsay, director of human resources and inclusion/diversity at Hanesbrands; community volunteer Melinda McConnell; Michael Moore, chief marketing officer at Lowes Foods; Silvia Rodriguez, certified public accountant; and Corey Walker, dean of the College and professor of humanities at Winston-Salem State University.

Guilford Heart Ball rescheduled for February 12

The Guilford Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association has been rescheduled for February 12 as a result of the winter storm the weekend of January 23, when the ball had been scheduled.

Junior Achievement to honor couple who care

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — In 1985, as secretary and treasurer of Mechanical Systems Inc. in Greensboro,  Jim Geiger was invited to contribute $400 to support a new program Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina was launching to place business executives in public-school classrooms — and to volunteer as a “classroom consultant” for the program in a ninth-grade class at Northeast Guilford High School.

“That first experience was so enlightening and positive for me,” says Geiger, who volunteered for Junior Achievement throughout the Guilford County schools for the next 20 years and served on the Junior Achievement board for 25 years, including two years as chair.

In 1986, Jeanne Geiger moved to Greensboro from Harnett County, where she had taught high-school English, and was looking for a teaching job when the executive director of Junior Achievement approached her about managing the new classroom-consultant program and training the volunteers.

She took the job. In 1988, she was named executive director, a position she held until 1999. During her tenure, Junior Achievement expanded beyond Greensboro to all of Guilford County and Rockingham, Alamance and Randolph counties, and also landed a gift of an historic home and land that now serve as its headquarters.

“Thousands and thousands of students have benefited from participating in Junior Achievement as a result of their collective efforts,” says Jaqueline McCracken Wall, president and CEO of the Central North Carolina chapter.

On January 26, at its Business Leaders Hall of Fame and 50th Anniversary Celebration, to be held at Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, Junior Achievement will honor the Geigers — who met in 1985, were in 1990, and moved to Wilmington in 1998 — with its Lifetime of Service Award.

The year Jeanne Geiger joined the chapter to head its new classroom-consultants program, corporate volunteers from Junior Achievement served in about 50 classrooms in Greensboro.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015, volunteers contributed over 58,000 hours of classroom time, serving nearly 11,000 students in six counties who completed 516 Junior Achievement programs.

Junior Achievement works to help students learn how the economy works by connecting them with business executives who can talk about their actual experience in the marketplace, the Geigers say.

“Jim always called it ‘seat-of-the-pants economics,'” Jeanne Geiger says. “It was the real stuff that experienced business people would bring and share with the kids. It’s this business experience you can’t put a price on that our business people in the community brought into the classroom and used to equip these students with life skills.”

Jim Geiger says that “nuts-and-bolts” perspective is indispensable to help students meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world.

“If we do not address the educational needs of our young people, our future is in jeopardy,” he says. “Junior Achievement is unique in accomplishing this — taking people who have been there and putting them directly in the classroom as role models and as a resource and as examples for young people. If we don’t do it, this country is in trouble.”

On meeting him, students initially would “test me to see if I was sincere, and they were real good at that,” he says. “Then they started picking your brain for how could I make life better for them. It’s not just the nuts and bolts of economics but also a broader approach to how we treat and address the needs of our young people.”

Jeanne Geiger says the classroom-consultants program also helps students see “the importance of serving one’s community, and work, business and life ethics — a wonderful realm of experience that Junior Achievement is sharing with these kids.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.21.16

Giving expected to grow in 2016, 2017

Charitable giving in the U.S. is expected to grow 4.1 percent in 2016 and 4.3 percent in 2017, a new report says.

Giving by foundations is expected to grow the most, followed by growth in giving by estates and corporations, with individuals and households giving more in 2016 and 2017, compared to previous one-year periods, says The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 and 2017,  which was researched and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University an

Changes in total giving in 2016 and 2017 are expected to exceed the five-year, 10-year and 25-year annualized average rates of growth in total giving, and will fall just slightly short of the 40-year average growth rate of 4.4 percent, says the study, which was presented by Marts & Lundy, a fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm.

Giving to education, which historically has represented about one-sixth of all U.S. giving, is expected to grow by 6.3 percent in 2016 and by 6.1 percent in 2017.

Those growth rates slightly exceed the 40-year annualized average rate of growth for giving to education and are roughly equal with the 25-year average and higher than the 10-year average, the report says.

Factors expected to have the biggest positive impact on U.S. charitable giving in 2016 and 2017 include, among other factors, projected growth in the S&P 500, personal income and the net worth of households and nonprofits, the report says.

But changes in tax policy or significant changes in the global or U.S. economy could affect the predictions, it says.

Older donors most likely to give online, study says

Donors ages 40 to 59 years are now the most likely to give online, countering the conventional wisdom that younger donors are more likely to give online, a new study says

The share of donors ages 40 to 59 giving online grew to 67 percent in 2015 from 47 percent in 2010, says a survey commissioned by Dunham+Company and conducted by Campbell Brinker of 400 U.S. adult donors who had given at least $20 in the previous year.

In comparison, 54 percent of donors age 60 and older say they have given online, making this demographic just as likely to give online as those under 40.

Twenty-six percent of donors surveyed, up from 20 percent a year ago, say they have given on a charity’s website as a result of being asked to do so by another individual through social media.

Thirty-four percent of surveyed donors under age 40, and of those who are single, say they respond to a solicitation through social media, as do 40 percent of people who occasionally attend religious services and 30 percent those who and make $25,000 to $75,000 a  year.

Twenty percent of surveyed donors say they have given online as a result of an email from a charity, up from six percent in 2010.

Eleven percent of donors say they have made a gift through an organization’s website as a result of receiving an appeal letter through the mail from the charity.

Nineteen percent of donors age 66 or older say they given that way in response to direct mail, compared to eight percent of donors under 40

Fifty-one percent of donors who receive a letter in the mail asking for support say they go online to make their contribution, while 36 percent say they send their donation through the mail, and 18 percent say will make that donation using a mobile device.

Swayne stepping down as CEO of StepUp North Carolina

Steve Swayne will step down this spring as CEO of StepUp North Carolina and will join the Raleigh-based nonprofit’s board of directors.

Founder leaving Benevolence Farm

Tanya Jisa has resigned as executive director of Benevolence Farm, a nonprofit she founded in 2007 that in Alamance County that provides jobs and a place to live for women returning from prison.

Benevolence Farm is  conducting a search for a new executive director.

Carolina for Kibera names new executive director

Julian Rowa, who recently helped launch an Equity Bank in in Rwanda that has helped create access to capital for millions of Africans, has been named executive director of Carolina for Kibera, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit that focuses on the Nairobi slum of Kibera.

A former boxer in a low-income community in Nairobi, Kenya, Rowa will be based in Kenya.

He succeeds Leann Bankoski, who is joining an advisory firm in Kenya that works to identify, measure, and scale best practices in global development.

Play puts spotlight on homelessness

First Baptist Church Greensboro in February will host the premiere of “Un/Sheltered Lives,” a play that focuses on local individuals struggling with homelessness, and ways to support and and connect with them.

To be performed February 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and February 28 at 1 p.m., the play was written by Debra LeWinter, a local playwright, and will be performed by Scripture and Stage, a drama group from the church.

It is based on interviews with people living in poverty and conducted at the Interactive Resource Center by Greensboro Day School students.

First Baptist Church commissioned the script to deepen the conversation about those living in poverty in our community and how to best reach out to them.

STARworks renovating historic building

STARworks, a project in Star, N.C., of Central Park North Carolina, has begun a project to restore and renovate the historic building that houses the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise.

The building, including the original building built around 1900, was donated to Central Park in 2005.

Once the renovation is complete, STARworks plans to have a large retail store that will sell products made in-house, as well as work made by other artists and craftspeople working in North Carolina.

Architect Frank Harmon designed the new look for STARworks.

Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte gives $63,000

Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte gave $63,000 to local nonprofits last year, its biggest annual total, brining to nearly $500,000 the total it has donated in 13 years.

Free tech support available

Inmar will host its second Community Tech Night in Winston-Salem on January 28 in partnership with Winston-Net. The event will be held at the Fourteenth Street Community Center at 2020 N.E. 14th St.

A team staffing a “Help Desk” at the event will provide free, one-on-one assistance to anyone with questions or needing help on problems involving a personal computer, mobile device or use of technology.

Arts Greensboro gives $18,000 to artists

ArtsGreensboro awarded a total of $18,000 to 15 artists from among 41 who submitted applications — the most ever — requesting a total of over $78,000 for projects this year.

Two join Band Together advisory board

Stephanie Sanders of Poyner Spruill and Jason Brodmerkel of Elliott Davis Decosimo will join the advisory board of Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change.

Goetz Foundation to make larger grants

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in Durham has increased to $2,500 from $1,000 the size of its grants to help recipients offset costs associated with the process of adoption.

The Foundation, which will offer two grant cycles in 2016, has awarded 13 grants since 2011.

Boys & Girls Clubs to get donated supplies

The Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club at 2100 Reynolds Park Rd. and International Boys & Girls Clubs at 850 New Walkertown Rd., both part of  the Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem, are among Boys & Girls Clubs in 12 communities in the Carolinas, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C., that will received supplies such as storage containers, light bulbs, cleaning supplies and trash bags donated by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Lowe’s.

Each Boys & Girls club also will receive a $150 Lowe’s gift card.

Four join board of Barnabas Network

Four new members have joined the board of The Barnabas Network, a nonprofit furniture bank in Greensboro that provides household furnishings to local families in need.

Joining the board are Lindsay Burkart, owner of FEMCO Construction; Ruth Edwards, former executive director of The Arc; Henry May, owner and president of Peaches ‘N Cream Children’s Wear; and Chuck Wallington, vice president of marketing at Moses Cone Health System.

Willie Gary to speak to black law students

Attorney Willie Gary, a partner at Gary, Williams, Parenti and Watson, will be the keynote speaker at the 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet to be hosted by the Wake Forest Black Law Students Association on  February 12 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Concert to benefit cancer research foundation

A free concert featuring the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Monk and benefiting the McCay Foundation for Cancer Research will be held February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church at 40 North Holden Rd. in Greensboro.

Winston-Salem State gets $50,000 for internships

Winston-Salem State University has received a $50,000 gift from DataMax Foundation to create paid internships at businesses located in Forsyth County.

The funds will provide 16 Winston-Salem State students with paid internships in 2016.