Group aims to boost early childhood development

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — By the year 2020, two in three  jobs in North Carolina are expected to require higher education. Yet in 2015, only 38 percent of fourth-graders in the state — and only 25 percent of fourth graders eligible for lunch that is either free or at a reduced price in school — scored at or above proficiency in reading.

“Third-grade reading is the single greatest predictor of high school graduation and career success,” says Tracy Zimmerman, executive director and co-founder of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. “Looking at the fact that we have such low reading-proficiency numbers, we will not have the workforce.”

Formed in 2013, the Foundation is working to advance policies and practices to support the best possible development of children from birth to age eight.

Its work has focused on the unglamorous and often tedious process of engaging leaders from a broad range of fields, assembling experts to assess research on early childhood development, getting feedback from the leadership group, and developing metrics to gauge the impact on third-grade reading of policies and practices in the areas of health, family and “high-quality” child care and education.

“This has been a very intentional process,” says Zimmerman.

“Collaboration is hard,” she says. “Our work is really about creating this space, about trust and process and design, but the work is really coming from the people.”

Now, the Foundation is forming three “learning” teams to use metrics a team of experts has developed to determine North Carolina’s status in the areas of health, family and high-quality learning, and to identify early-childhood trends in the state.

Then, the Foundation will create “design” teams to develop strategies and priorities for “what makes the most sense for the state  to be working on,” Zimmerman says.

And with $325,000 from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, the Foundation is launching a Birth-to-Eight Policy Center to serve as a resource hub for its work.

The Center will examine, screen and synthesize the policies and practices that have shown success in making progress on improving third-grade reading. It also will serve as a resource for and help educate policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, early childhood professionals, community leaders and others.

Operating with an annual budget of $400,000 and a staff that soon will grow to three people working full-time and one working part-time, the Foundation generates two-third of its funds from North Carolina foundations, and another fourth through contracts and fees — funded mainly with federal dollars — to provide materials and training it has developed to other states.

Those states use the materials and training to try to engage the partners they need to communicate effectively to support public investment in early childhood education.

The remainder of its funds come from corporate sponsorships and individual contributions.

The Foundation aims to help stimulate investment in early childhood education by  “building public will, aligning action around common measures, and advancing policy and practices to support those common measures,” Zimmerman says.

It has provided its materials — such as presentations and sermons — to hundreds of business leaders, clergy and others throughout the state to help them communicate with their networks about the impact of child development on the ability of a community to thrive economically, and to be safe and healthy.

According to a bipartisan poll the Foundation commissioned in 2014, majorities of Democratic, Republican and independent voters in the state support investment in early childhood programs, and 83 percent believe investments in early childhood programs would benefit the state’s economy in the short-term and long-term.

“Now it’s up to policymakers to figure that out to make that investment,” Zimmerman says.

Investment in early learning also is the focus of Mission Readiness, a national group of active and retired military leaders who are targeting the single issue of national security, she says.

“We know from research that during children’s first eight years, their brain is literally forming and the foundation for learning is being built,” she says. “We also know that how the brain is built and how the foundation is formed, is based on the experiences they have and the environments in which they interact.”

For optimal development, “children need health and development on track, they need supported and supportive families and communities, and high-quality birth-to-eight early learning,” Zimmerman says.

“When we do that,” she says, “then we as a society get the best outcomes in education, health and economic well-being for everyone.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 08.19.16

Smart Start gets $4 million

The North Carolina Partnership for Children, know as Smart Start, has received a federal grant totaling $4 million over four years from the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to increase the number of children starting kindergarten at a healthy weight and ready to learn.

Novant Health Forsyth Auxiliary awards scholarships

The Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Auxiliary has a total of $25,000 in scholarships to nine students majoring in health care at Forsyth Technical Community, each of whom received received $2,500 to use for tuition in 2016, and to two students graduating in December 2016, each of whom received $1,250.

The scholarships now will be named after longtime volunteer Wayne Vestal, who died last month. In 1999, Vestal founded the Forsyth Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship program with Forsyth Tech.

Since 1999, the Auxiliary has granted nearly $300,000 in scholarships to 182 students at Forsyth Tech, or about 11 each year.

Crosby Scholars Program gets $42,000

The Crosby Scholars Program received a $42,000 grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation to fund a full-time advisor-coordinator position to manage its program of senior advisors who work one-on-one with senior Crosby Scholars, guiding them through the college admissions process.

The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership offers academic, financial and personal preparation for college admission to all students in sixth through 12th grades in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools.

Hinson joins Habitat Charlotte

Shannon Hinson, who served for 13 years as chief development officer at Thompson Child & Family Focus, has joined Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte in the newly created position of director of organizational advancement and development, overseeing fundraising, advocacy, communications and volunteer management.

Alamance United Way plans day of giving

United Way of Alamance County aims to make September 1 the biggest single day of giving in its 89-year history.

The fundraising effort and celebration of United Way will include social media; online giving; the donation by nine local restaurants of five percent to 20 percent of that day’s proceeds; volunteering; and regsitering to vote.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $883,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 28 grants totaling $883,490 to groups serving people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture; community and economic development; education; environment; health; human services; public interest; and recreation.

Novant Health gets $15,000

Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center received a $15,000 grant from Brave Beginnings, a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, to buy cardiorespiratory monitors for the labor and delivery at Forsyth Medical Center to meet the new neonatal resuscitation requirements of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dental clinics treat unsheltered adults

Guilford Adult Health partnered with Cone Health Congregational Nurses to hold a dental clinic for unsheltered adults living in Guilford County on August 12, June 17 and May 20 , with each clinic treating roughly.

United Way young leaders fill backpacks, plan social event

Members of Young Leaders United, a program of the United Way of Greater High Point, met at The Salvation Army of High Point on August 11 to organize school supplies and prepare 51 backpacks for local students in need.

The group will host a social event on August 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Brown Truck Brewery on 1234 North Main St. in HighPoint.

Donated school supplies to benefit students in need

Salvation Army of High Point received 3,853 school-supply items weighing over 1,300 pounds to benefit 600 local children in need from employees at Thomas Built Buses and United Automobile Workers Local 5287.

Event to benefit injured service members

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will host its Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk – The Triangle on September 10 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Frontier at 800 Park Offices Drive in Research Triangle Park to benefit the Building for America’s Bravest program, which builds specially adapted homes for catastrophically injured service members.

5K to benefit American Heart Association

Inmar is collaborating with Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on Inmar’s annual 5K run/walk on September 10 to benefit the American Heart Association.

The 2016 Inmar/Innovation Quarter 5K will begin and end at Bailey Park in downtown Winston-Salem starting at 9 a.m.

SAFEchild to host fundraiser luncheon

SAFEchild in Raleigh will host its 17Annual SAFEchild Fundraiser Luncheon on October 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

Heartstrings moves

Heartstrings in Greensboro has moved to 1250 N. Revolution Mill Drive, Suite 160.

Komen Charlotte Race for Cure set for October 1

The 20th annual Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure will be held October 1 in Marshall Park.

Fundraising professionals to present awards

The Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will celebrate National Philanthropy Day with its awards luncheon on November 21 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

Keynote speaker will be Ursula Dudley Oglesby, president and recruiter in chief of Dudley Beauty Corp.

The chapter is seeking nominations for the awards for volunteer fundraisers, fundraising professionals and philanthropists.

Wilson funder gives $1.3 million

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson awarded 19 grants totaling $1.3 million for community projects to address local health challenges.

BB&T to be at National Folk Festival

BB&T has agreed to sponsor the North Carolina Folklife Area at the National Folk Festival in 2016 and 2017, the final year of the Festival’s three-year residency in Greensboro. This year’s Festival will run from September 9 to September 11.

Urban Ministries to benefit from student fundraising

Urban Ministries of Wake County has been selected as beneficiary of the 12th Annual Charity Ball at Enloe High School in Raleigh.

 The high school set a goal of raising $120,000 by December 10 through ticket sales and smaller fundraisers.

Nonprofit news roundup, 08.12.16

Wealthy colleges shortchange low-incomes students, report says

U.S. colleges and universities with the biggest endowments invest relatively little in low-income students, a new report says.

Nearly half the schools with over $500 million in endowment assets rank in the bottom five percent nationally based on enrollment of students getting federal Pell grants for financial need, says the report, “A Glimpse Inside the Coffers: Endowment Spending at Wealthy Colleges and Universities,” from The Education Trust.

At four in five of those schools, the annual net price for low-income students exceeds 60 percent of annual family income.

“This effectively prices out many low-income students, funneling them to institutions that are less selective and have far fewer resources,” the report says.

In 2013, it says, endowment assets at 138 institutions — roughly 3.6 percent of all colleges and universities in the U.S. — exceeded $500 million each.

Those school held 75 percent of all post-secondary endowment wealth.

Their median endowment in 2013 was valued at over $1.05 billion, with a per-student value slightly above $137,000.

By contrast, endowments at 1,525 four-year public and private nonprofit institutions with less than $500 million in endowment assets had a median overall value of roughly $24 million and a median per-student value of roughly $9,600.

Between 2010 and 2013, new contributions to endowments at 67 wealthy institutions the study analyzed added an average of 3.1 percent annually to the size of their endowments.

During the same period, those endowments generated an average annual return on investment of 11.1 percent.

Among those 57 schools, the median spending rate totaled 4.6 percent and 4.9 percent in fiscal 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Individually, those schools spent between $11.5 million and 1.5 billion in 2013, and collectively they spend over $9.3 billion.

While the median endowment spending rate approaches the five percent minimum-spending threshold that private foundations are required to disburse, the study says, the spending rate at roughly two-thirds of the 67 schools was below five percent in 2012,and roughly half the schools had spending rates below five percent in 2013.

Even after accounting for all spending, additional contributions and net investment gains generated an increase in average endowment wealth of about 8.8 percent annually over the four years studied.

At the start of fiscal 2010, the collective wealth of the 67 schools totaled $149.5 billion; four years later, it totaled $202.3 billion.

Winston-Salem State University Foundation gets $125,000

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation has received $125,000 from BB&T for academic scholarships for students.

The gift will be used to create the Cynthia A. Williams Endowed Scholarship for undergraduates who have declared a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics.

Cynthia Williams, a member of the Foundation’s board of directors, retired recently as senior vice president and chief corporate communications officer at BB&T and a member of its executive management team.

Staff changes at SECCA

Katherine White Foster, founding executive director of the New Winston Museum, has joined the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem as director of development.

Debbie Foster Fuchs, past president of the ConvergeSouth Conference of the Triad, has joined SECCA as director of marketing and public relations, while Marisa Avila, box office manager of the RiverRun Film Festival, has joined SECCA as volunteer coordinator, a new position.

Ableidinger joins N.C. Early Childhood Foundation

Mandy Ableidinger, an independent consultant and former director of policy and budget analysis at Action for Children NC, now NC Child, has joined the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation as policy and practice leader.

AbolitionNC to provide anti-human-trafficking education

AbolitionNC in Greensboro will help provide anti­-human-trafficking education to every Guilford County high school and every sex-education teacher.

Through the initiative, the result of a 2015 state law, students in eighth through 12th grade will get instruction on the dangers and signs of human trafficking as a part of their reproductive health classes through the use of a DVD.

In July, the health advisory committee to the Guilford County Schools approved the DVD and its curriculum.

Junior Achievement reports banner year

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina posted record highs in number of students served and contact hours during the 2015-16 academic year.

The 41-year-old nonprofit develops partnerships between schools, sponsors and volunteers in 18 counties that focus on financial literacy, workforce development and entrepreneurship for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

In 2015-16, it worked with 650 volunteers, up 11 percent from 2014-15; offered 440 classes, up 11 percent; served 10,970 students, up 10.5 percent; and provided 60,840 instructional contact hours, up 11.5 percent.

Corporate sponsors and their financial support included Wells Fargo, $25,000; John Deere, $20,000; SunTrust Foundation and MetLife, $17,500 each; Duke Energy, $15,000; and Bank of America, Genworth Financial, and John William Pope Foundation, $10,000 each.

Public School Forum to host TV show

The Public School Forum of North Carolina is launching a new weekly television program starting October 2 on WRAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in the Raleigh-Durham and Fayetteville market.

Hosting the program, Education Matters, which will focus on public education in the state, will be Keith Poston, president and executive director of the Forum.

The first show will air at 11:30 a.m., then move to its permanent time slot on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. starting November 26.

Out of Garden Project gets $40,000

Out of the Garden Project in Greensboro received a gift of $40,000 from the Lillian Steele Bequest Community Hunger Grant through Starmount Presbyterian Church and will hold its annual celebration and fundraiser on September 24 at CS Greensboro.

United Arts Council gets $10,000

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County received $10,000 from Bank of America to support arts programming for Wake County schools.

Poe Center to benefit from young professionals event

Poe Young Professionals will host a CycleBar Brier Creek Fundraiser Ride benefiting the Poe Center in Raleigh on August 21 at 5:15 p.m. at 8741 Brier Creek Parkway, No. 100.

Christian Foundation to host Raleigh conference

The Raleigh office of the National Christian Foundation will hold its Third Annual Plan to Give Conference on September 20 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Brier Creek Country Club at  9400 Club Hills Drive.

Family Services to host event

Family Services in Winston-Salem aims to raise $30,000 at  Wake-Up Walk, an event that will be held October 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Bailey Park.

Worthy to attend Financial Pathways fundraisers

Former NBA and UNC-Chapel Hill basketball standout James Worthy will the featured guest at two fundraising events for Financial Pathways of the Piedmont in Winston-Salem — a VIP reception September 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Divine Llama Vineyards in East Bend, and a luncheon September 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Benton Convention Center.

School supplies, health screening provided at event

Community Connections and UnitedHealthcare hosted an event in Greensboro on August 6 that provided back-to-school supplies and health screenings for low-income children. At the event, attended by about 800 people, registered nurses conducted blood pressure and glucose screenings to detect health issues and prevent further problems.

Forsyth Family Services to receive school supplies

Tar Heel Basement Systems has selected Forsyth Family Services to receive donations of school supplies.

Nonprofits seen hurting donations

Many nonprofits hurt donations and relationships with donors because they do not clearly define their “value proposition” in interactions with potential donors, a new study says.

The study by NextAfter looks into how well nonprofits and charities can make a case for donation ­ across all platforms and through every channel of the organization.

In the study, sponsored by Douglas Shaw & Associates, over than 125 nonprofits were contacted by “mystery” donors through a variety of channels, including website inquiries, phone, email and social outreach..

About one in three nonprofits never responded to a potential donor’s email, only one in four answered email within 48 hours, and 27 percent had disabled direct messaging on Facebook, thus limiting their interaction with donors.

Duke researchers get $1 million

Two brain researchers at Duke University studying human consciousness have been awarded a $1 million grant by the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Their study, “Unraveling the Neural Gate to Consciousness,” will pair the neurobiology labs of associate professor Fan Wang and assistant professor Kafui Dzirasa in their efforts to find the specific circuits in the brain that govern the conscious and unconscious states.

Arts mini-grants available

September 1 is the deadline for submitting applications to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for community enrichment mini-grants of up to $500.

Wells Fargo is sponsoring the grants to community groups and individuals for small-projects that promote creativity and use art as a means to bring people together.

FIRST North Carolina receives award

FIRST North Carolina in Greensboro was one of two winners of the “Excellence in Volunteer Experience” award at the second annual US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards.

FIRST North Carolina, uses robotics to motivate youth to pursue careers in science and technology and engages STEM professionals.

It estimates it has over 1,500 mentors and volunteers who donate a total of over 150,000 hours a year.

Sheetz to host charity event

Sheetz will host its 2nd Annual Double Elimination Cornhole Tournament on August 20 at Greensboro Coliseum, West Wing, with all proceeds to go directly to Sheetz For the Kidz to buy new toys, clothes and other basic needs for children in communities in which Sheetz operates.

The year’s goal is to double the nearly $25,000 raised at last year’s inaugural event that supported over 190 children in North Carolina.

Artist grants available

September 23 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting applications to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grants that support professional development by artists in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties.

Durham group works to serve seniors

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Durham County is home to over 49,000 individuals age 65 and older, a population that is expected to grow to 69,000 in 2025.

For many of those seniors, coping with daily life can be a challenge. And for their family members who typically serve as their volunteer caregivers, it can be physically and emotionally draining.

Cathy Stallcup should know. For four years, after serving as executive director of Presbyterian Ear Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., she lived in Taos, caring for her father, who had suffered a massive heart attack, and for her mother when her health also failed.

And for the past two years, as executive director of the Durham Center for Senior Life, she has headed an organization that provides programs and services for 5,000 to 6,000 seniors a year, as well as respite care for about 30 volunteers caregivers.

“I was totally privileged I could provide that for my parents,” says Stallcup, who shopped and cooked for her parents, scheduled their doctor appointments, ran errands, and provided personal care and hygiene for them.

“Not every aging person has family members or devoted friend to provide that,” she says. “What happens to all these people? That’s why we exist.”

The organization grew out of the Golden Age Society, a group founded in 1949 to provide neighborhood clubs for seniors. It was renamed the Council for Senior Citizens in 1968, and got its current name in 2010.

Working with an annual budget of $1.4 million, the Center employs 16 people full-time and eight part-time, counts on 30 to 40 active volunteers, and operates a main facility downtown and three satellite sites at the W.D. Hill Parks and Recreation Center, JFK Towers on North Roxboro Road, and Little River Community Center in Bahama.

The satellites provide a daily meal to seniors and individuals with disabilities, along with an opportunity to socialize with one another.

“That’s one of the devastating aspects of aging,” Stallcup says. “Some seniors cannot get  out and about. We want to help seniors remain in their communities and take part in activities.”

The Center provides transportation; an adult day health program; education, fitness and exercise programs to promote health and prevent disease; and provides activities from games to movies.

It also offers information and assistance to seniors facing challenges.

And it provides respite and support for caregivers, contacting with in-home health vendors who can provide in-home aid so the caregivers — typically spouses, siblings or other family member, many of whom also are seniors and facing aging issues of their own — can take a few hours off periodically.

The Center, which is celebrating its 10th year in its current home downtown, will a hold its annual fundraising breakfast on October 13 at the Center.

Now, to find ways to expand its services to keep pace with the needs of the growing population of seniors, the Center is about to begin working with Executive Service Corps of the Triangle to develop a strategic plan.

The year-long effort will assess a broad range of needs for seniors ranging from “food deserts” to transportation.

“The number we’re serving now is a drop in the bucket,” Stallcup says. “If we can provide them with a place where we can transport them and provide socialization activities for them, then we are hopefully alleviating some of the depression that can easily take place.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 08.05.16

Feree named CEO of High Point Boys & Girls Clubs

Holly Ferree, vice president of development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, has been named CEO, effective August 8.

She succeeds Thomas Falgout, who resigned to become chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana in New Orleans.

Staff changes at Winston-Salem Foundation

Meridith Whitaker, who has worked since 2012 in the philanthropic services department of The Winston-Salem Foundation, has been named marketing and communications manager

Tamisha Keith has joined the Foundation as donor relations officer.

Cones, Slanes to be honored

Sally and Bob Cone of Greensboro and Marsha Slane and the late Jack Slane of High Point will receive the 2016 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad at its annual Citation Award Dinner on November 10.

Balek receives humanitarian award

The Nish Jamgotch Jr. Humanitarian Award has been awarded to Jeffrey Balek, a volunteer at Y Readers, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s literacy program for students in kindergarten through third grade who are reading below grade level.

The award, facilitated by Foundation For The Carolinas and presented annually to an individual or group for service to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community, includes a $6,000 cash gift.

Boys & Girls Clubs merge

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham is merging with the Boys & Girls Club in Chapel Hill, effective early in 2017, and will be known as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties.

Meredith College raises $55 million

Meredith College in Raleigh has raised over $55 million in a campaign that aims to raise $75 million.

Project Impact gives $1.56 million

Project Impact has given $1.56 million in operating support for three initiatives in the  Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to address student achievement gaps.

The funding includes $308,300 for Pathway to K; $400,000 for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools summer school; and $856,470 for six new pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Albermarle funder gives $110,000

The Northern Albemarle Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $111,000 in local grants from the HCWGMW Fund in Elizabeth City.

Mustard Seed gets $50,000

Mustard Seed Community Health has received a $50,000 donation from anonymous donors through the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and will use the money for general operating expenses incurred in treating patients.

Habitat Wake board elects chair, new members

Raymond E. Carey IV, president of NeoNova, has been elected president of the board of directors of Habitat of Humanity of Wake County.

Joining the board are George Aiken of Savvy Homes; Marvin Connelly of Wake County Public Schools; Michelle Grant, formerly of the City of Raleigh and Amy Watkins of York Properties

Parker Colbath, a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, was elected to serve as the board representative of the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter.

SAFEchild board elects officers, gets new members

Dan DeLeo, chief operating officer of Pool Professionals, has been elected president of the board of directors of SAFEchild in Raleigh, and and Anita Blomme Pinther, president and founder of AP Connect, has been elected president­-elect.

New board members include Ann Beal, senior director of operations at MedCall, LLC; Brian Berk, director of sales and operations at Nationwide Insurance; Kacie Fore, community relations manager at Duke Energy Corporation; Robert Glausser, financial advisor at Merrill Lynch; Michael Minotti, financial advisor at Edward Jones; Matt Schanz, financial advisor at Cornerstone Wealth Management and Lindsay Tripp, tax manager at ABB, Inc.

Faizi heads health underwriters association

Nadeem Faizi an independent agent and a senior advisor with Senior American Services Inc in Greensboro, has been named president of the Triad Association of Health Underwriters.

Program aims to prevent foreclosures

Financial Pathways of the Piedmont in Winston-Salem is offering a program that assists homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages because of job loss, reduction in income or other temporary hardships.

The program — the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund — is administered by the N.C. Housing Finance Agency and funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Event to benefit Crisis Control Ministry

Shmedfest, a music event benefitting Crisis Control Ministry, will be held August 27 from 4 to 11 p.m. at Triad Park in Kernersville.

Corporate Volunteer Council to hold open house

The Corporate Volunteer Council at the Volunteer Center in Greensboro will hold an open house on August 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Volunteer Center at 1500 Yanceyville St.

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.29.16

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs chief resigns

Thomas Falgout has resigned as chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point to become chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana in New Orleans.

Falgout’s last day in the High Point job will be August 5.

Charlotte funder gives $550,000

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, a permanent endowment at Foundation For The Carolinas, awarded $549,776 to 24 organizations serving children and youth in Mecklenburg County.

National Philanthropic Trust awards $626 million

National Philanthropic Trust, national, independent donor-advised fund sponsor in Jenkintown, Pa., issued 26,168 donor-recommended grants totaling over $626 million in the fiscal year ended June 20, 2016.

Those donors supported 26,168 grants to 10,897 charities in the U.S. and abroad.

In the last 20 years, the Trust has raised over $6.2 billion in liquid and illiquid asset charitable contributions and has made over 148,000 grants exceeding $3.6 billion to charities.

Old Salem to hold free community day

To  celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Salem, Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a free community day on August 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Providing support for the event are the City of Winston-Salem and Wells Fargo.

Tuskeegee president to speak at Boys & Girls Clubs gala

Brian Johnson, president of Tuskegee University, will be the keynote speaker at the annual gala of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham.

The event will be held November 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center.

Tiemann to chair UNC School of the Arts board

Michael Tiemann of Chapel Hill, first vice president of open source affairs at Red Hat, has been elected chair of the board of trustees for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Ralph Womble of Winston-Salem, who is retired and was president and CEO of Hanes Companies and president of Hanes Dye and Finishing Co., was elected vice chair.

Greensboro United Way gets $23,685

United Way of Greater Greensboro has received a contribution of $23,865 from AT&T.

Onslow funder gives $33,600

Onslow Caring Communities Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded a total of $33,600 grants to 11 organizations.

Apartment Association volunteers pitch in for Food Bank

Volunteers from Piedmont Triad Apartment Association helped raise food and money for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to provide 17,540 meals to hungry people in the Piedmont Triad.

The volunteers worked at the Winston-Salem Dash game on July 15 at BB&T Ballpark and at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game on July 22 at Newbridge Bank Park.

Goodwill opening new store

Triad Goodwill will open a new store and donation center at 4835 W. Wendover Ave., Suite 139, in Wendover Square at James Landing in Jamestown.

Enrichment Center names board members

The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem named four new members to its board of directors.

They include Tim Gallagher of Novant Health; Angie Murphrey of First Tennessee Bank; Jason Phillips of The Phillips Collection; and Suzanna Watkins of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

StepUp Ministry adds six board members

StepUp Ministry in Raleigh added six new members to its board of directors.

New board members are Jacques Oury of Red Hat; Elizabeth Scott, a lawyer at Williams Mullen; Angie Dowd, a retired financial professional; Katrina Lyons of Cardinal Advisors;

John Constance, a retired business executive; and Emmett Haywood, a lawyer at Nicholls and Crampton.

Read and Feed to host event

Read and Feed in Cary will hold its second annual Rock and Roast on September 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

I Am A Queen to hold school-supply drive

I Am a Queen will hold its eighth annual Back-to-School Supply Drive on August 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Windsor Recreation Center  at 1601 E. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.

Reynolda House offering free admission to educators

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem is offering free weekend admission in August to teachers and other employees of public and private schools in North Carolina.

Helping to support the “Educator Weekends” Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty.

Students target support for schools

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — In the fall of 2014, as an 11th-grader at Hillside High School in Durham, Jalen McGee submitted a proposal to the Durham Public Schools for funding and resources to support independent research he wanted to conduct on prosthetic limbs.

When the schools administration replied it lacked funds to sponsor his project, McGee quickly “went to work to plan how I could make sure that every student who comes after me who desires to conduct independent research in high school could have the opportunity to do so.”

McGee and a handful of other students formed The iMpact Education Foundation, a nonprofit that is trying to raise $5,000 to secure tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and get started.

Now overseen by a board of seven Hillside graduates who all are rising college freshmen, the Foundation aims to raise $200,000 by September 30, 2017, and will focus on providing funds for scholarships, teachers and student projects, and college-readiness workshops.

The Foundation’s board members will spend the next year raising money and recruiting college and high school students to support the fundraising effort. Between them, they will enroll this fall at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The Foundation aims to enlist honor societies at 30 to 40 high schools, for example, to partner on events such as spelling bees and science fairs to raise a total of $70,000.

It hopes to raise another $90,000 through crowdfunding campaigns, by creating iMpact Education Foundation clubs on college campuses that would solicit corporate donations, and by seeking challenge grants from companies that would match other funds the Foundation raises.

And it will try to raise another $40,000 in government and foundation grants.

Efforts to enrich the experience of high school students, including the purchase of resources and materials for student projects, and offering college-readiness workshops, will account for the biggest program at the new Foundation, says McGee, who was inducted into the academic Hall of Fame at Hillside High School and has been awarded Coca Cola, Goodnight and Blacks at Microsoft scholarships totaling $118,000.

“We’ve all gone through North Carolina public schools all our lives,” he says of the Foundation’s seven board members. “We asked what could have made our experience better. We decided to put more project-based learning into schools.”

A big focus, particularly in the face of government cuts in spending for public schools, will be supporting student projects and research, says McGee, who is working this summer handling quality assurance for the website and mobile app for Spiffy, a mobile car-wash company in Durham. He plans to major in electrical and computer engineering, and hopes after college to work for the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency.

“What we remember from each school year were the projects we did,” he says. “They help you retain more information.”

The Foundation also hopes each year to award 10 scholarships of $4,000 each to seniors graduating from North Carolina high schools, and to give $200 each to 100 teachers nominated by their students.

Teachers, McGee says, “are the backbone of our education system.”