Nonprofit news roundup, 12.09.16

Foundation CEOs see lost opportunities for impact

Two-thirds of foundation CEOs believe foundations can make a big social impact yet few believe foundations are fulfilling their potential, even though they are in a position to change much of what they see blocking them, a new report says.

The report, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, also finds most CEOs believe foundations can take greater advantage of the unusual role they play to experiment, be innovative, collaborate and convene.

And they see  listening to and learning from those they seek to help as a way to make a greater impact.

Commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the report is based on responses from 167 CEOs to a survey, and in-depth interviews with another 41 CEOs.

V Foundation launches $200 million campaign

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary has launched a campaign to raise $200 million by 2020.

Chairing the campaign is George Bodenheimer, retired president and executive chairman of ESPN and a member of the V Foundation board of directors.

In 2016, the Foundation awarded over $23 million — a record-high — in grants for cancer research.

United Way auto lottery raises over $1 million

An effort to generate more giving to the annual fundraising campaign at United Way of Alamance County through a lottery to win a new car has generated over $1 million since United Way launched the effort in 2004.

For this year’s Great Alamance Auto Rally, auto dealers that contribute to the effort agreed to include a second car to be given to an individual in need, and United Way agreed to increase to $60 from $52 the amount required to enter the lottery, with the $8 difference being applied toward the purchase of the second car.

The winner of that second car was Diane Shipmon, a teacher in the Adult Basic Literacy Education program at Alamance Community College and founder of Steel Magnolias, a group for women with addiction.

In addition to car dealers such as Cox Toyota, Dick Shirley, Stearns Ford and Westcott Automotive Group that have participate and contributed to the lottery all 12 years, dealers participating in this year’s effort included Flow Volkswagen-Subaru-Volvo and Flow Honda of Burlington.

NCCJ 50th annual event raises $448,000

The 50th annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner hosted by National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, or NCCJ, raised 447,929, including $65,223 in cash gifts and pledges during the event, which attracted 1,266 guests — all record-highs.

Chaired by local philanthropists Victoria and Ron Milstein, executive vice president for external affairs at ITG Brands, the event November 10 also generated $42,706 in in-kind donations and $33,150 in ticket sales, also record-highs.

Receiving NCCJ’s Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award at the event were Sally and Bob Cone of Greensboro and Marsha and the late Jack Slane of High Point.

NCCJ, founded in 1937 as the Greensboro chapter of the former National Conference of Christians and jews, and organized as an independent nonprofit in 2005, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad works to develop youth leadership and advocacy to fight bigotry, bias and racism.

This year, NCCJ hosted 133 Guilford County students at two week-long sessions for its ANYTOWN residential program, and provided day-long diversity-awareness programs to over 1,500 middle-school and high-school students.

John Rex Endowment gives $179,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded $108,873 to Haven House Services, also in Raleigh, for a program to reduce incidents of physical violence and the number of youth referred to the juvenile justice system in five Wake County middle schools.

The Endowment also awarded capacity grants of $30,320 to Haven House, and $40,250 to The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

Hobson joins The Relatives

Trish Hobson, vice president of advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, has joined The Relatives, also in Charlotte, as executive director.

Komen gets $28,525 from Subway

Susan G. Komen affiliates in North Carolina received $28,525 from Subway restaurant owners in the state, including $6,000 from Triad restaurants, from a percentage of the sale of a special cookie.

Teacher arts grants total $13,000

ArtsGreensboro awarded 14 teacher art grants totaling nearly $13,000 for arts projects in public, charter and private schools serving Greensboro-area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Supporting the grants program is Wells Fargo Bank and its Arts in Education Fund.

Changes on Early Childhood Foundation board

Gregory Alcorn, founder and CEO of Global Contact Services and a member of the State Board of Education, has joined the board of directors of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation.

Easter Maynard, director of community investment for Investors Management Corporation, has been elected board vice chair.

Arts Council awards $25,000 to artists

The Art Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County made 11 awards totaling $25,000 to local artists through its Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant program to support the artists’ professional development through specific projects.

Girl Scouts team with Goodwill

Over 2,400 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina collected gently used clothing, toys, books and household items that could be sold in Goodwill’s retail stores and donated 5,817 bags of goods to Goodwill.

Proceeds from the sale of those donated will support workforce development programs designed to help unemployed and underemployed persons find jobs.

Participating organizations were Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont in Colfax; Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in Greensboro; Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem; and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte.

Students getting coats, socks

Coats and pairs of socks collected at the the 9th annual Breakfast with Community Leaders hosted by Annual African American Leadership for United Way of Greater Greensboro on December 6 will be distributed to youth in United Way’s African American Male Initiative.

The initiative, led by Communities in Schools, is a mentoring program for students as they progress through Wiley Elementary School, Jackson Middle School and Smith High School.

230 foster kids getting gifts

Members of the Realtor Foundation of Wake County, the charitable arm of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, purchased 920 gifts that will go to 230 foster children through a 12-year partnership with Wake County Guardian ad Litem Project Angel Tree.

Since 2011, 1,230 children have been served and over 5,100 gifts have been distributed through Project Angel Tree, which has raised over $175,000 of in-kind donations from Association members over the past five years.

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.02.16

Donors, nonprofits out of sync on boosting leaders

Nonprofits face a “chronic” deficit in developing leaders, and funders and the nonprofits they support differ on how to overcome it, new study says.

Nearly two-third of 50 foundation leaders participating in a survey ranked leadership development a top priority, yet only 42 percent of 438 nonprofit leaders participating in a separate survey reported getting any grant dollars for leadership development, The Bridgespan Group says in an article on the study published in Stanford Social Innovation Review.

And even among nonprofits that get support for leadership development, the investments do not always match the most critical support that organizations say they need, says the article, “Leadership Development: Aligning Funders’ Good Intentions with Nonprofits’ Real Needs.”

Investing in leadership to make a bigger impact requires first identifying the problem and the right investment to address it, Bridgespan says.

That requires “engaging the stakeholders who understand the challenge best,” including nonprofit staff, boards, recruiting professionals and other “field experts to get a deeper sense of what support specific leaders and organizations need to cultivate talent,” it says.

Those needs “differ by field: there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” Bridgespan says.

“The gap our survey discovered between funders’ good intentions and grantees’ needs prevents funders from realizing their goals for building stronger nonprofit and field leaders,” Bridgespan says.

“Closing that gap,” it says, “will require funders to think and act differently, whether loosening the  grip on overhead expenditures or taking more time to dig deeply into the leadership challenges of individual grantees, but it is an investment worth making.”

Millennials want to connect, get involved, give, research shows

The engagement of “millennials,” or those born from 1980 to 2000, is moving beyond brief interest to activism, reflecting the generation’s fundamental desire to do good, a new report says.

“Millennial engagement with causes will expand as this generation ages and as causes learn to connect with individuals more effectively,” says a study by Achieve that is based on five years of its research and supported by The Case Foundation.

The report, “Cause Influence & The Workplace,” also says millennials’ “preferences in cause engagement will alter current models of giving and views on how to effect change in the world.”

The report identifies six common findings from research on over 75,000 millennials:

* Millennials’ main charitable motivation is “intrinsic passion for a cause.”

* Millennials volunteer and give modestly to multiple causes in “early engagement.”

* Among millennials, women give more money than do men, and older individuals give more than younger ones, with larger donations tied to more volunteer hours.

* Peers are a critical influence on millennial giving.

* Millennials want to use and develop their skills through engagement in causes.

* Millennials learn about and donate to causes digitally, and use each digital “platform” distinctly.

Donations over $1 million surge to $56 billion

The value of individual donations worth over $1 million grew to $56 billion in 2015 in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East from $17 billion a year earlier, a new report says.

Even excluding a single gift that totaled $32 billion, the value of individual donations worth over $1 million in the three regions grew 41 percent from the previous year, says the fourth international edition of the Million Dollar Donors Report produced by Coutts & Co. in association with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Individuals accounted for 85 percent of the value of donations over $1 million in 2015, while corporations and foundations accounted for the remainder.

Foundations received the greatest share of the total value of donations — $36.3 billion from 96 donations — thanks in particular to a $32 billion pledge from a donor in the Middle East.

In the U.S., the number of donations of $1 million or more grew to 1,823 in 2015 from 1,064 in 2014, while the total value of those gifts grew to $19.3 billion from $14.1 billion.

In the U.S., individuals contributed 861 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $13.5 billion, accounting for 47 percent of all gifts that size and 70 percent of the total value of all gifts that size.

Foundations in the U.S. gave 725 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $4.7 billion, accounting for 40 percent of all gifts that size and 24 percent of the total value.

Corporations in the U.S. made 237 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $1.1 billion, accounting for 13 percent of gifts that size and six percent of the total value of gifts that size.

Of the total 2,197 donations over $1 million in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East, 1,047 donations totaling $10.2 billion were given directly to universities and higher-education institutions.

In the U.S., higher education was the focus of 53 percent of all gifts of $1 million and over, receiving $9.3 billion, or 48 percent of the overall value of gifts that size.

Also in the U.S., foundations received $3.6 billion in gifts of $1 million or more, or 19 percent of the total value of gifts that size.

Trees NC gets $80,000

Trees NC in Asheboro has raised $80,000 in grants to support its project to

renovate the historic 1839 Asheborough Female Academy for use as a living museum and education center.

Support includes $38,000 from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation; $25,000 from Timken Foundation; $13,000 from Marion Stedman Covington Foundation; and $4,000 from Bank of North Carolina.

Vetter honored for work on stroke prevention

Betsy Vetter, regional vice president of government relations for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association, received the 2016 SHAPE (Stroke Heroes Advocating Prevention and Education) award from the North Carolina Stroke Association.

Food Bank gets $50,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has received $50,000 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in the region.

Benevolence Farm raises $45,000

Benevolence Farm in Alamance County has raised $45,000 in its campaign to raise $80,000 and aims to raise the remainder by the end of the year and launch its residential program to support women getting out of the North Carolina prisons.

Perry-Manning heads national early-care group

Susan Perry-Manning, founding executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and most recently executive director of the Office of Early Learning in the Delaware Department of Education, has joined the Early Care and Education Consortium in Washington, D.C., as executive director.

Berk joins Family Abuse Center

Lauren Berk, former marketing and events coordinator for United Way of Alamance County, has been named program supervisor for the Lethality Assessment Program that Family Abuse Services of Alamance County is piloting with the Burlington Police Department.

Cone Health Cancer Center gets $11,000

Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro received $11,000 to support patient needs from the Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-A-Thon, which has raised over $60,000 for the Cancer Center since the event was launched in 2009 by Coley Hooker to honor his wife, Johnnie Mae Hooker, who had died of cancer.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving focus of video

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, a Cary nonprofit that provides volunteer non-medical assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities, and support for caregivers, is the focus of a promotional video produced by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh.

In its second annual pro-bono effort, Blueforest selected the Center from a pool of 35 applicants and produced a video to help it recruit new volunteers.

The Center’s volunteers provide services to 500 adults.

Crosby Scholars to mark 25 years

The Crosby Scholars Program which provides college-preparation seminars and workshops to over 20,000 public middle-school and high-school students each year, and financial-aid sessions for students and their families, marked its 25th anniversary on November 29.

Graduates of the Winston-Salem program are eligible to apply each year for scholarships through the program, which has awarded over $5.5 million in scholarships and helped student secure over $50 million in financial aid, excluding loans, since 1993.

Second-graders raise $306.62

The second-grade classes at Northwood Elementary School in High Point collected $306.62 for the Little Red Schoolhouse.

The High Point Historical Society aims by the end of the year to raise $15,000 needed to for conservation and preservation work on the Little Red Schoolhouse, which recently moved to the campus of High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library.

Funding available visiting artists

The Morris and Lillian Sosnik Memorial Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation is accepting applications for requests of up to $5,000 to bring visiting lecturers, musicians, and artists to the community.

Feb. 6, 2017, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting letters of application for grants of up to $5,000. The Fund accepts requests biennially in odd-numbered years.

Companies pitch in on home repairs

Over 24 local companies sponsored the inaugural Big Give Back event, working with Rebuilding Together of the Triangle on home repairs for a local family.

Leading the two-day event, which raised over $9,000 and included nearly 100 volunteers, was the Triangles Sales and Marketing Council, part of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County.

Salvation Army gets coin worth $500

The Salvation Army of High Point found a $5 gold coin minted in 1881 inside a Red Kettle used in its annual fund drive.

Sale of the coin, valued at $500, has generated enough funds to provide utility assistance for three families or feed an 50 families.

High Point University students donate food

The Food Recovery Network team at High Point University has donated 20,000 meals and nearly 25,000 pounds of food since it was launched in fall 2015, including 6,653 pounds donated this semester.

Students donate the food to Open Door Ministries in High Point several times a week.

Camp Corral gets $20,000

Camp Corral in Raleigh received a $20,000 donation from Superfeet to benefit children of wounded, ill, injured or fallen military members who attend its free summer camp sessions.

Superfeet also will send volunteers next summer to YMCA Camp Seymour in Washington, a camp partner of Camp Corral.

Diaper Bank focuses on families in need

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Packed into a 10,000-square-foot warehouse in Durham are two million disposable diapers that individuals and diaper companies have donated to the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a Durham nonprofit that has distributed over one million diapers to agencies serving low-income families since it began operating in June 2013.

A second warehouse houses another million diapers for the nonprofit, which distributes over 100,000 diapers a month to 22 agencies in Durham, Orange and Alamance counties.

It also operates a branch on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem that distributes 45,000 diapers a month to 18 agencies in eight counties in the Triad, and a branch in Wilmington that distributes 5,000 diapers a month in four counties.

It recently agreed to take over from The Diaper Train, a program of Saint Saviour’s Center in Raleigh, the distribution of 60,000 diapers a month to 12 agencies in Wake County.

In 2017, the Diaper Bank expects to distribute a total of over 2 million diapers to its partner agencies.

And once it builds its current branches into sustainable operations, it will consider adding a branch to address demand in western North Carolina.

“We work through nonprofits that work with families living in poverty,” says Michelle Old, founder and executive director of the Diaper Bank. “It is our goal in every county we serve to have an open source of diapers for residents of that county.”

The critical need for diapers among low-income people is under-appreciated, says Old, a long-time advocate working to protect women from violence, who launched the Diaper Bank in January 2013.

With a child who as an infant had severe diaper rashes, requiring frequent visits to the hospital and 15 to 20 diaper changes a day, she says, she made it her mission to make sure families that could not afford them had access to free diapers.

An estimated one in three families in the U.S. experience the need for diapers. And working families account for 73 percent of families that receive diapers the Diaper Bank distributes to its partner agencies, with each adult holding one to two jobs, according to a 2015 a study for the Diaper Bank by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“We are dealing mostly with working families and they cannot afford basic needs for their children,” Old says. “And every time, they’ll choose feeding their children over diapers, and make those diapers last longer.”

Operating with an annual budget of $150,000, plus $450,000 worth of in-kind support, the Diaper Bank employs one person working full-time and three working part-time, including Old.

It counts on 250 volunteers a month at its Durham branch, 20 a month at its Triad branch, and 30 to 40 a month at its Wilmington branch.

The Diaper Bank depends on donations from individuals to support its operations, and raises $22,000 at each of two children’s consignment sales it holds April and October.

It gets 30 percent of its diapers from community donations and drives, and the rest from diaper companies. Those include Huggies through the National Diaper Bank Network, and a partnership with Domtar Personal Care, a diaper-maker in Greenville with corporate offices in Research Triangle Park that also provides volunteers.

The Diaper Bank rewraps all the donated diapers and counts on community donations for sizes not included in the bulk donations from diaper companies.

It also distributes feminine-hygiene products, as well as diapers for seniors with incontinence who are living in poverty.

And in a pilot project supported by the Community Care Fund at Duke University, it provides potty-training classes in English and Spanish, as well as transportation to the classes, child care during the classes, and a “potty,” pull-ups and a book to read to children while sitting on the potty.

In partnership with UNC-Greensboro, the Diaper Bank conducts ongoing research and works through its partner agencies to connect diaper recipients with programs and services that can address other needs the families may have.

“We’re not just giving them diapers,” Old says. “We’re connecting them with programs that can help them in multiple ways to become self-sustaining.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.23.16

Northern Hospital Foundation raises $260,000

The Northern Hospital Foundation has raised $260,000 in gifts and pledges in a campaign it kicked off in April with goal for an initial phase of raising $800,000 to renovate 40 patient-care rooms at Northern Hospital in Mt. Airy.

The Hospital will use the funds it has raised so far to complete the first hallway of 13 rooms.

In addition to gifts from individuals ad groups such as Northern Hospital Volunteers, the Foundation has received grants of $100,000 from The Cannon Foundation in Concord and $20,000 from RAI Foundation.

The Foundation expects to complete the first phase of the campaign in the second quarter of 2018.

The overall goal for the campaign, which will have four phases, is $2.5 million.

The next phase will raise funds to renovate guest rooms in the 33-unit Northern Surry Skilled Nursing Facility.

In addition to funds it has raised for the campaign, the Northern Hospital Foundation has received $250,000 from The Duke Endowment for a new cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services.

Old Salem names new president

Franklin Vagnone, founder and president of Twisted Preservation Cultural Consulting in New York City and co-author of The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums, has been named president of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

Vagnone, who will start working full-time on March 1, 2017, will succeed Ragan Folan, who has served as president and CEO since February 1, 2012, and is retiring.

Starting immediately, Vagnone will work with Folan and Anthony Slater, chief operating officer at Old Salem, during a transition period.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation changing leadership

Sister Paulette Williams, former vice president of the Sisters of Mercy – South Central Community, has been named executive vice president of The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation in Belmont, and Cheryl Brownd, senior program officer at the Foundation, has been named program director.

Williams and Brownd both begin their new jobs January 1 with the departure of Michelle Maidt, who is leaving her position as executive director at the end of December.

Williams, whose job will be part-time, previously served as president of the North Carolina Region of the Sisters of Mercy and as principal of Charlotte Catholic High School.

In her new position, she will serve as the Foundation’s spokesperson and will provide mission, governance and fiscal oversight.

Truax joining Environmental Defense Fund

Hawley Truax, environment program officer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, will leave the Foundation at the end of the year to become Southeast regional director in Raleigh for Environmental Defense Fund.

Habitat Alamance dedicates three houses

Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County has dedicated three houses just completed in Apple Tree Village in Burlington that were built as part of an agreement among Habitat, the City of Burlington and Alamance County Community Services Agency.

Over 400 volunteers worked alongside the three prospective homeowners and other partner families to build the houses.

Sponsoring one of the houses were Front Street United Methodist Church, Honda R&D America’s, Alamance Caswell Builders Association, Burlington Alamance Realtors Association and First Bank.

Church donates blankets to police for homeless

Members of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church are donating 80 handmade blankets and bags containing socks, a hat, a prayer square, toothpaste, toothbrush, a bottle of water, tissue and a comb to Greensboro police officers to give to unsheltered residents.

Church members previously donated 27 handcrafted blankets to the Greensboro Police Department.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards $2.4 million

In 2015, The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded nearly $2.4 million in community grants to nonprofits that served a broad range of needs in Forsyth County.

Funding included $30,500 to support animal welfare; $198,870 for arts and culture; $328,450 for community and economic development; $386,877 for education; $91,000 for the environment; $119,991 for health; $644,923 for human services; $550,966 for the public interest; and $33,875 for recreation.

Urban Ministries raises $60,000

Urban Ministries of Wake County attracted over 500 people and raised over$60,000 at its Stone Soup Supper.

Greensboro United Way gets $25,000

United Way of Greater Greensboro has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to support its Family Success Center.

Greensboro Housing Coalition gets $12,000

Greensboro Housing Coalition has received a $12,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, for a project that will target problems such as predatory lenders and financial scams that can affect disadvantaged populations.

Power of the Dream honored for Thrift Store

The Power of the Dream received the Employer of the Year Award from Arc of the Triangle for its HANDmeUPs Thrift Store.

Rex Endowment board names new members, officers

Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom and Matt Leatherman, policy analyst for the Department of State Treasurer, have joined the board of directors of the John Rex Endowment.

The board elected Linda Butler, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Rex Healthcare, its chair, and Walker Wilson, director of health policy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, its vice chair.

Kidznotes growing in Wake, considers expansion

[Note: This was written for The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.]

DURHAM, N.C. — Kidznotes, a Durham nonprofit that uses orchestral training to prepare underserved students to succeed in school and life, will continue its expansion into economically-distressed Southeast Raleigh and is considering future growth in other parts of the Triangle, thanks in part to a $25,000 grant from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in Durham.

Formed in 2010, Kidznotes will serve 300 students in Durham and 150 in Wake County this school year, up from a total of 330 last year. It plans to add another 35 Raleigh students this year and grow to a total of 1,000 students in the Triangle by 2020.

And it is considering expanding to new areas in the 2017-18 school year.

Kidznotes was inspired by El Sistema, an effort that began in 1975 in the slums of Caracas, Venezuela, and now reaches millions of students throughout the world, including hundreds of thousands of students in Venezuela and 30,000 in 120 communities in the U.S.

The Durham nonprofit partners with public schools in which over 80 percent of students qualify for lunch that is free or at a reduced price.

“Our kids face significant stress at home, in school and in their communities as a result of poverty,” says Katie Wyatt, executive director and co-founder of Kidznotes. “Now, they are on track for good grades, good retention, low suspension rates and low detention rates, and will be at the top of school in high school and beyond.”

Mimi O’Brien, executive director of the Biddle Foundation, says Kidznotes “demonstrates the foundation’s long-held conviction that the arts can be a vehicle for social change. We are enthusiastic about making this empowering opportunity available to more children.” This grant is made as part of the foundation’s celebration of its 60th anniversary.

Making music

Co-founded by Durham philanthropist Lucia Powe, Kidznotes operates with an annual budget of $1 million, and a staff of 10 people working full-time and part-time, plus about 40 teaching artists.

In partnership with five elementary schools each in Durham and Raleigh, and a middle school in Durham, it immerses students in music instruction after school, and on Saturdays it assembles all the students in each community for orchestra or band rehearsals, along with choir rehearsals.

All Kidznotes students learn violin in kindergarten, with kindergarteners and first-graders spending a total of six hours a week after school and Saturdays on the program, and older students spending at least 10 hours a week.

Starting in first or second grade, students join either a band or orchestra, and all students also participate in a choir starting in kindergarten.

“Knowing how to sing makes the best musicians,” says Wyatt, a violist who played with the New World Symphony in Miami for two-and-a-half years, and served as director of education for the North Carolina Symphony. “You have to have an internal sense of pulse and pitch.”

Kidznotes provides instructors for all instruments, and each school provides a music teacher for team-teaching after school, and for orchestra or band instruction one Saturday a month.

Kidznotes also provides all instruments and the curriculum, while the participating schools pay for the music teacher and provide rent-free space, a snack, and a bus after school to take students from their schools to the Kidznotes home base, known as a “nucleo.”

Music to thrive

Students who participate in Kidznotes do better in school and are prepared to succeed in life and work, Wyatt says, because learning an instrument and performing in an orchestra stimulate brain development.

Those activities also lead to increased executive functioning skills; greater academic achievement and language comprehension; improved social skills; advanced character development; more nimble physical coordination; greater self-confidence; and the critical skills of problem-solving, self-discipline and teamwork.

“As you learn new skills and create new sounds and advance on your instrument, your brain improves in the way it works,” Wyatt says. “El Sistema uses the orchestra and assembling a mini-society to create a model of living and of human effort that is really about every single person mastering their part and blending it to create something of great beauty that is bigger than just yourself.”

Partners in music

In addition to public schools, key partners of Kidznotes are other schools, professional arts organizations and parents.

Serving as volunteer mentors to Kidznotes students, for example, are students and teachers from the North Carolina School of  Science and Math, Durham School of the Arts, Durham Academy, and East Chapel Hill High School, among others.

Guest artists from professional organizations like the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera and Duke Performances, among others, work with Kidznotes students, who also are invited to attend their performances for free.

And parents of Kidznotes students are encouraged to attend all performances. Kidznotes students perform at least six times a year, typically 10 to 12 times, and as many as 25 times for the most advanced students.

Last year, for example, they performed at the Raleigh Convention Center for the annual Spree of the Junior League of Raleigh; at a Sunday morning service at Christ Church in Raleigh; and in the Red Hat Amphitheater for the annual Band Together concert culminating a year-long partnership that raised $1 million, including $850,000 for Kidznotes.

Wyatt also is executive director of El Sistema USA, which in July announced a partnership in which Duke University will incubate an effort to provide professional development opportunities to program directors for organizations like Kidznotes that are members of the national organization.

Music impact

The schools Kidznotes partners with serve some of the Triangle’s most underserved communities. Unemployment in Southeast Raleigh totals 12.2 percent, eight percentage points higher than Wake County overall, for example, while the median income in the region totals $28,370, roughly $35,000 below the Wake County average.

“Children from the neighborhoods we serve confront unfortunate, poverty-based reality even before they arrive at the schoolhouse door,” Wyatt says. “The Kidznotes and El Sistema philosophy is designed systematically to build a wellspring of positivity, joy and healing, and drive, and also a lot of hard work in a highly creative environment to work hand-in-hand with families to overcome the deficits of poverty.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.18.16

Growing ‘inequity’ seen in charitable giving

Charities in the U.S. increasingly are counting on bigger donations from smaller numbers of high-income, high-wealth donors, while getting smaller gifts from lower-income and middle-income donors who represent the vast majority of the population, a new report says.

The report, by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., calls for “urgent reform of the philanthropy sector to encourage broader giving, protect the health of the independent sector, discourage the warehousing of wealth in private foundations and donor-advised funds, and increase accountability to protect the public interest and the integrity of our tax system.”

From 2003 to 2013, itemized charitable contributions from people making $500,000 or more — roughly the top one percent of income earners in the U.S. — grew 57 percent, while itemized contributions from people making $10 million or more grew 104 percent, says the report, “Gilded Giving: Top-Heavy Philanthropy in a Age of Extreme Inequality.”

The number of grant-making foundations in the U.S. grew to 86,726 in 2014, up 28 percent from 2004, while those foundations’ assets grew 35 percent, the study says.

From 2003 to 2013, it says, itemized charitable deductions from donors making $100,000 or more grew 40 percent, while itemized charitable deductions from donors making less than $100,000 fell 34 percent.

According to one estimate, the report says, low-dollar and mid-range donors to national public charities — donors who traditionally represented the “vast majority of donor files and solicitation lists for most national nonprofits” — fell by as much as 25 percent from 2005 to 2015.

The rate of decline in low-dollar donors is closely correlated to indicators of overall economic security in the U.S., including wages, employment and homeownership, indicating that donor declines are likely closely related to changing economic conditions, the report says.

“If these trends continue,” it says, “we will witness the rise of ‘top-heavy’ philanthropy dominated by a small number of very wealthy donors.”

The report calls for changes in the rules governing philanthropy, including increasing the minimum annual five percent distribution payout for private foundations; excluding foundation overhead from the payout percentage; linking the excise tax on foundations to payout distribution amounts; and establishing a “two-tier tax benefit structure” for charitable gifts, with incentives that encourage direct donations to public charities focused on “urgent social and community needs.”

It also recommends “exploring a lifetime cap of tax-deductible charitable giving to ensure that those who possess some of the largest fortunes in the United States cannot use such deductions to entirely circumvent tax obligations.”

Participation gap seen in nonprofit services

Nonprofits are not getting enough people to participate in their programs, the participation gap is getting bigger and, to fill it, nonprofits need to a do a better job marketing their programs, a new study says.

Seventy percent of 85 nonprofit leaders surveyed by The Bridgespan Group reported shortfalls in program participation, and half said the shortfall had increased over the past five years.

“Our research points to the need for U.S. and international nonprofits to recognize that innovative social programs don’t sell themselves,” Taz Hussein, a Bridgespan partner who led the study, says in a statement. “Getting a new idea adopted, even when it has proven effective, is often very difficult.”

The study, the focus of “Selling Social Change,” an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, calls for nonprofits to “recognize the limits of designing primarily for effectiveness and design for ‘spreadability;'” to “go beyond identifying a broad group of potential beneficiaries and focus first on a subgroup most likely participate;” and to “develop and resource a sales and marketing capability from the outset, right alongside budgeting for program delivery.”

Donor advised funds post record-high grants, assets

Grants from donor advised funds and those funds’ assets available for grantmaking climbed to record highs in 2015, a new report says.

Grants grew 16.9 percent to $14.52 billion, continuing a double-digit “payout” rate of 20.7 percent for the 10th straight year, compared to the mandatory five percent minimum payout for private foundations, says the “2016 Donor-Advised Fund Report” from National Philanthropic Trust in Jenkintown, Pa.

Assets grew 11.9 percent to $78.64 billion, continuing double-digit growth every year since 2010, the report says.

It is based mainly on data from Form 990s filed with the Internal Revenue Service by 1,1016 charities that sponsor donor advised funds, including national charities, community foundations and other sponsoring charities.

Contributions to donor advised funds grew 11.4 percent to $22.26 billion, an all-time high, the report says.

The number of donor advised fund accounts in the U.S. grew 11.1 percent to 269,180, while the average donor advised fund account grew 8.8 percent to a record-high $235,727.

Younger women seen having more charitable influence

Women ages 25 to 47 — known as “Generation X” and “Millennials” — have more influence in charitable giving than their counterparts four decades ago before the “Baby Boom” generation, or those born from 1946 through 1964, a new report says.

Among GenX and Millennial married couples who give large amounts, women have more influence on decisions about giving than their pre-Boomer counterparts, says “Women Give 2016,” a report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

For GenX and Millennial married couples whose giving decisions were influenced by women, estimated giving is higher than that of their pre-Boomer counterparts, the report says.

And for GenX and Millennial married couples whose giving decisions are made by men only, it says, estimated giving is lower than that of their pre-Boomer counterparts.

While estimated giving by GenX and Millennial single women is comparable to that of pre-Boomer single women, estimated giving by GenX and Millennial single men and married couples is lower than their pre-Boomer counterparts.

Giving to orchestras exceeds earned income

Contributed income accounted for 43 percent of total income at U.S. orchestras in 2014, while earned income accounted for 40 percent and investment income accounted for 17 percent, a new report says.

Audiences at orchestras fell 10.5 percent between 2010 and 2014, says “Orchestra Facts: 2006-2014,” a report commissioned by the League of American Orchestras and prepared by the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University.

In 2013, for the first time, single-ticket revenue and group sales exceeded subscription revenue, the report says.

Still, it says, while single-ticket revenue and income from group sales grew six percent, that growth did not fully compensate for a drop of 13 percent in subscription sales.

Orchestra trustees and other individual donors contributed nearly half of contributed funds to orchestras in 2014, and roughly 75 percent of gifts made by individuals who were not trustees were under $250.

In 2014, foundations provided 13 percent of contributed income to orchestras that were members of the League, while corporations provided 10 percent and government sources provided seven percent.

In 2014, the U.S. was home to 1,224 orchestras that contributed $1.8 billion to the national economy, with two in three orchestras operating with annual expense budgets under $300,000.

Statewide Habitat effort focuses on hurricane relief

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina is recruiting the 78 Habitat ReStores in the state to  try to raise up to $100,000 to help pay for rebuilding 93 Habitat homes in Fayetteville damaged in October by flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStores are donating 20 percent of sale proceeds to the effort.

The 93 homes represent over half the 154 houses the Fayetteville Habitat affiliate has built over the past 30 years. Only 27 of the homes had flood insurance.

Community Matters gives $175,000

Community Matters gave a total of $175,000 to Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry, its charity partners for 2014-16, bringing its three-year contribution to the two charities to $550,000.

Combined with its donations to Safe Alliance in 2012-13, Community Matters now has contributed $925,000 to charity since its was formed five years ago.

Grant supports program for adolescent boys

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina received a grant of $56,980 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem that will support continued access by adolescent men in Forsyth County to the Wise Guys male responsibility program.

The national program is taught to boys ages 11 to 17 in schools and community-based sites.

Wise Guys works to promote healthy concepts of masculinity and responsible behavior while educating young men about wise choices on sexual relations.

Wise Guys has grown from serving 500 boys in Greensboro in 1996 to 5,400 boys in 14 counties last year.

High Point University gets $10 million

High Point University has received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor that will support a new undergraduate sciences school and building.

Construction on the facility will begin next summer.

Guilford College gets $30,000

The Hillsdale Fund in Greensboro has awarded Guilford College a $30,000 grant to support start-up funds for a major in sustainable food systems the School will launch in spring 2017.

New Hanover funder gives $30,000

New Hanover County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $30,000 from the Riegelwood Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to Wesley United Methodist Church to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew in the Riegelwood community.

Winston-Salem State gets $26,000

Winston-Salem State University received $26,000 from AT&T to support a fund that helps students who need financial assistance continue their education.

The gift will allow the school to award need-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 each to about 20 students.

In the last three years, first-year retention of students at Winston-Salem State has increased to 80 percent from 71 percent, marking the biggest increase in the 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

Food drive to benefit hurricane relief

UNC and UNC Rex, including co-workers at UNC Wayne Memorial and UNC Lenoir Memorial Hospitals in Goldsboro and Kinston, teamed with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to host a food drive to benefit people affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The drive filled over 17 bins of 27 cubic feet each with essential items and non-perishable food weighing over 10,245 pounds, or the equivalent of 8,627 meals.

The effort also raised $1,250 that was matched to total $2,500.

Event to benefit heart research

Hand for Hearts, a Greensboro charity that raises money to benefit research on congenital heart defects, will host its third annual “Casino Night” on February 25 at 7 p.m. at Greensboro Country Club.

The event, which last year raised $100,000, this year will benefit The Children’s Heart Foundation.

Shook joins Hospice of Davidson County

DeeDee Shook, former human resources and accounting manager at Talon of NC in Winston-Salem, has been named director of human resources for Hospice of Davidson County.

Singleton joins Forsyth United Way

Aaron Singleton, former director of news and media relations at Winston-Salem State University, has joined United Way of Forsyth County as director of communications.

Bank employees assemble bikes

Triad employees of eight Carolina Bank locations and eight First Bank locations were scheduled on November 16 to assemble 16 bikes to benefit the Angel Tree Program of The Salvation Army.

The bikes will be distributed among the First Bank and Carolina Bank branches across the Triad for inclusion in their respective Salvation Army donation boxes.

Farmers Market gets grant

Greensboro Farmers Market received a grant from Cone Health Foundation to participate in the Orange Card Program of Guilford Community Care Network, allowing 5,460 participants enrolled in the program to have access to fresh foods.

The network is a nonprofit program of community supporters that coordinates health care services for low-income or uninsured individuals in Guilford County.

Orange Card beneficiaries will get $15 in tokens each week to shop at the Market for fresh produce, breads, dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood.

Duke Energy employees package food

Employees and retirees of Duke Energy’s 11 operations centers in the Triad were scheduled on November 17 to sort and repackage thousands of pounds of donated food at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and prepare it for distribution to local food pantries.

Since late October, the operations centers have hosted food drives for local food banks.

Syngenta employees assemble snack packs

About 30 employees of the customer marketing department of Syngenta in Greensboro assembled 850 trail-mix snack packs that were delivered to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope.

Before the packaging effort, the employees routed The Salvation Army Royce and Jane Reynolds Center for Worship and Service and Boys & Girls Club.

United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center coordinated the project, which had a goal of assembling 750 packs.

Truliant giving $21,000

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem is awarding a total of $21,000 in to 23 nonprofits in Alamance, Randolph, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Gaston, Guilford and Forsyth County in North Carolina; in Greenville, S.C.; and in Wytheville and Radford in Virginia.

The Mini Grants program, which has awarded over $200,000 in eight years, considers proposals to support operating, programming or capacity-building needs for projects that focus on financial education, basic needs, arts and culture, or youth programming.

Ten nonprofits get $40,000 each

GSK in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation awarded $40,000 each to 10 local nonprofits.

Elon University gets two gifts

John R. Hill, a graduate of Elon University and a member of its board of trustees, and his wife, Lesley, of Severna Park, Md., have given the school an estate gift that will provide it with funding in the future, and have made a commitment to give $100,000 to support construction of Richard W. Sankey Hall, a new facility that will provide space for the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.

Local refugees focus of Carrboro nonprofit

By Todd Cohen

CARRBORO, N.C. — Orange County is home to an estimated 1,300 refugees, mainly from Burma and Thailand, and more recently from Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with about 15 new refugees arriving every month.

For those refugees, coping with their new community can be tough.

They typically have fled from horrific conditions ranging from government persecution and civil war to genocide and ethnic cleansing, says Madison Hayes, executive director of Refugee Community Partnership in Carrboro, a nonprofit that works to provide them with support and connect them to information and resources.

Refugees often do not speak English, lack documentation of their previous education or work, are not familiar with U.S. social systems, and are disconnected from community resources, she says.

The result, she says, is “chronic isolation” that typically results in or reinforces persistent poverty, mental-health problems and exclusion from opportunities, particularly access to higher education, jobs, health and human services, health care, and insurance.

The Refugee Community Partnership was founded in 2011 by Asif Khan, then an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who worked at the Human Rights Center, a local nonprofit that served “marginalized communities,” mainly Latinos and refugees in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, Hayes says.

In 2011, the Partnership merged with the Center, and this fall Khan enrolled in medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Operating with an annual budget of $30,000, a half-time executive director, interpreters who work under contract, and over 70 volunteers, the Partnership offers a range of programs for refugee families, students and women.

In its main program, teams of two volunteers each visit 42 families in their homes each week, working collaboratively with the families to find solutions to challenges they identify, such as learning English, finding better housing or navigating the community.

A second program matches about 30 undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill one-on-one with a total of 42 students at Chapel Hill High School and East Chapel Hill High School.

The UNC students serve as academic mentors, helping with tutoring, homework, studying for exams, and charting a path to graduation and college. The students in each high school also meet once a week in a club with volunteer facilitators from the Partnership to practice collective decision-making, critical thinking and self-advocacy.

Through a collaboration with Durham nonprofit Farmer Foodshare, the Partnership is the recipient of fresh local produce donated by farmers and consumers at a “Donation Station” at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. The Partnership then provides that food to over 130 individual refugees a week.

In the first nine months, it received 8,000 pounds of donated fresh produce for the refugees it serves.

The Partnership also supports two groups of about six women each, with one that meets once a week and the other once a month ind homes of its members on a rotating basis.

The groups talk about issues such as domestic violence and mental health that refugee women often are reluctant to discuss or may not understand, and about how to find services and resources to address those issues, Hayes says.

To help them overcome fear they may have about public or crowded spaces, the Partnership also hosts a community outing every three months for refugee families to destinations such as the Carrboro Farmers’ Market or the UNC-Chapel Hill campus

It hosts about three workshops a year on topics such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, road laws, driving, mental health, college readiness and tax preparation.

It plans within the next year to double — to 100 and 140, respectively — the number of families it serves and the number of volunteers who work with them.

It also plans to make the position of executive director full-time, add a full-time position for a program coordinator, and triple its annual budget.

And it plans within six months to launch a new program to plug refugee entrepreneurs into a collaborative network it has developed among local service providers, businesses, experts, policymakers and other organizations that can help them start new businesses.

“A number of women in our program are housekeepers at UNC, the graveyard shift, and don’t make enough to make ends meet, but back in their home country they were restaurant owners, culinary professionals,” says Hayes, who also works as project director at The Food Mint, a consulting firm in Chapel Hill.

She says the Partnership looks for creative solutions that use existing resources to address challenges refugees face.

While the languages of refugees from Burma and Thailand are oral, for example, local agencies often promote their services by posting printed flyers in community locations. So the Partnership works with over 10 agencies to make voice recordings in the language of refugees of the information on those flyers, and then plays the recordings for the families it visits.

“Our work is not to duplicate what already exists,” Hayes says, “but to connect refugees with resources in ways that are culturally sensitive and socially strengthening.”