Nonprofit news roundup, 01.18.13

Giving to National Christian Foundation affiliate grows 50%

Charitable giving in 2012 to the Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation grew by 50 percent from 2011 to $39.5 million, with the number of funds growing by 40 to over 200.

Cash contributions totaled $9.1 million, stock donations more than doubled to $3.8 million, and non-liquid gifts such as real estate, businesses or restricted securities totaled $26.5 million.

The Raleigh affiliate facilitated over 2,600 grants totaling nearly $10.5 million from donor advised funds, compared to just over 2,000 grants totaling $6.2 million in 2011.

Assets at the affiliate total $60.5 million, including $24.5 million in cash and $36 million in non-cash assets waiting to be liquidated for giving.

Since 1982, the Georgia-based National Christian Foundation has received over $5 billion in contributions and made $3.3 billion in grants to over 30,000 churches, ministries and charities.

Since it began operating in January 2005, the affiliate has received $92.9 million in contributions and made $41 million in grants.

Triangle United Way to increase support for agencies

United Way of the Greater Triangle says it will distribute $10.6 million to nonprofits this year after generating $15 million in revenue in 2012, including an annual campaign that raised $14 million, the same amount it had raised the previous year.

Half those funds will go to causes designated by donors.

The other half will go to programs approved by United Way, the first increase in five years and 2 percent more than United Way had allocated in 2012.

To make up the difference between what it has allocated and what it raised, United Way has reduced expenses by a total of 10 percent last year and this year.

That has included reducing the staff by four employees to 36, and using technology to handle more of its campaign operation, including marketing and the collection and distribution of funds, says Mack Koonce, United Way president and CEO.

That reduction also will allow United Way to lower to 13 percent from 16 percent starting in this fall’s annual fundraising campaign the administrative fee it charges to donors who designate that their gifts go to specific programs rather than to a general fund United Way uses to allocate funds using its discretion.

AFP Triangle to hold annual philanthropy forecast

Corporate and foundation giving, city and county government funding, and charitable giving by individual major donors, all in the face of current issues and the fiscal “cliff,” will be the focus of the annual philanthropy forecast hosted by the Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Luncheon keynote speaker for the event, to be held January 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Cary, will be Dan Gerlach, President, Golden Leaf Foundation, who will talk  about the federal budget impact for philanthropy and nonprofit management.

Komen to host Inaugural Wilmington Race for the Cure

The Raleigh-based North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host its Inaugural Wilmington Race for the Cure on March 2.

The family event will feature 5K Race/Walks, a Kid Zone and a Survivor Breakfast, all in support of raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

The North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate last year added nine counties in southeastern North Carolina to the 20 counties it already was serving. Its Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, which celebrated its 16th year in 2012, has attracted as many 23,000 participants in the past.

Last year, with funds it raised, the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate distributed $1.1 million to 19 agencies in the region to provide a continuum of breast health services to underinsured and uninsured women, and contributed another $400,000 for national breast cancer research.

That same year, Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the largest fundraising charities in the U.S. to fight breast cancer, returned $2.4 million to the region in the form of research grants to Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Judy Woodruff joins Duke Endowment board

Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and senior correspondent for The PBS NewsHour, has been elected a trustee of The Duke Endowment in Charlotte. A graduate of Duke University and former member of its board of trustees, Woodruff has covered politics and other news for CNN, NBC and PBS.

Autism Society to hold annual conference

The Autism Society of North Carolina will hold its annual conference Feb. 8-9 in Charlotte. To be held at the Hilton University Place, the conference will focus on planning for and proactively addressing the challenges of transitions to adolescence and adulthood.

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry gives over $41,000

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh donated over $41,000 to charities in 2012 through its A Time to Give program, raising the most funds since launching the program in 2008. Bailey’s provides a free replacement for any watch battery and in exchange asks that a donation be made to a designated charity the company selects each month. Bailey’s has donated over $141,000 through the program to the communities where Bailey’s stores are located, including Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Greenville and Fayetteville.

Keep NC Beautiful accepting grant requests

Keep NC Beautiful, in partnership with the NC Coca-Cola Bottlers Council, is accepting grant applications for community improvement projects to be completed in 2013 that address litter prevention and roadside clean-up, waste reduction and recycling and beautification.

Wells Fargo giving $3 million to UNCF

Wells Fargo will invest $1 million annually in the United Negro College Fund during the next three years to help students earn college degrees and get an education before college that prepares them for college coursework and college success.

High Point University

High Point University students from New York and New Jersey raised $22,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief and presented a check for that amount to Christy Dvorscak, chapter manager of the American Red Cross, Greater High Point-Davidson Chapter.

AIDS Care Service of Winston-Salem

AIDS Care Service of Winston-Salem will benefit from the 6th annual Small Art Big Heart, to be hosted February 8 by Hampton House Art and Framing, beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to funding the care of those in Northwest North Carolina who are suffering from HIV-AIDS. AIDS Care Service provides support groups, hospice care, housing, a food pantry and counseling for those in need.

Envision Plastics

For its permanent dinosaur dig site exhibit, The Duluth Children’s Museum in Duluth, Minn., is using recycled high-density-polyethylene-plastic resin pellets from Envision Plastics in Reidsville.

Triad Association of Health Underwriters

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has been selected to receive proceeds from the Annual Charity Golf Tournament, which will be held May 16 at Cardinal Country Club in Greensboro and sponsored by the Triad Association of Health Underwriters.

John Rex Endowment

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh is seeking notification of intent to apply, or letters of intent, for grants for nonprofit capacity building. The deadline for submitting notifications or letters is February 12 at noon.

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