Donors’ focus varies based on where they live
Where donors live makes a difference in the causes they support with their giving, Fidelity Charitable says based on an analysis of donors in its top 30 metro areas.
Among the findings:
* Salt Lake City ranks first in donor support of religious charities, with donors in Atlanta, Cincinnati Dallas, Minneapolis and Raleigh-Durham also making support for religion a priority.
* Washington, D.C., ranks first in donor support for international-affairs nonprofits.
* San Francisco ranks first in support for the environment, for animal welfare cause, and for arts and culture organizations.
* Boston ranks first in support of the health sector.
* Naples, Fla., ranks first in support for human services, followed by Detroit.
* Miami ranks first in support for social-benefit charities.
YMCA raises $7.2 million for Garner facility
Community volunteers raised $7.2 million to build the Poole Family YMCA off Aversboro Road as the permanent home of the YMCA of Garner.
The YMCA launched the public phase of the campaign to raise $7 million for the facility in April 2015.
The YMCA is expected to begin site work on the Poole Family YMCA later this summer, with a ceremonial groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for the fall.
Health foundation in High Point gives $4.5 million
The Foundation for a Healthy High Point awarded a total of nearly $4.5 million in grants to local nonprofits.
The grants include over $4.48 million in the Foundation’s spring grants cycle and $16,400 through its small grants program.
The Foundation was created in 2013 through the merger of High Point Regional Health and UNC Health Care.
It works to improve health and wellness in the region that includes High Point, Jamestown, Archdale and Trinity.
North Carolina Habitat awarded $450,000
Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the Oak Foundation to cover most of the administrative costs for a project that aims to build a Habitat home in each of the state’s 100 counties by February 2018.
The project was launched early in 2015 in partnership with Habitat’s 70 affiliates in North Carolina and with the State Employees Credit Union Foundation, which pledged up to $10 million in grants and financing and help affiliates recover, at closing, the full mortgage value of up to $150,000 for each home.
Affiliates typically wait 25 years to 30 years to recover the value of the no-interest mortgages they make.
Habitat affiliates, which serve 75 counties in the state, have produced 7,600 homes since 1983, rehabbed another 500, provided repairs on another 1,825, and served over 9,900 families.
New Ronald McDonald House serves 99 children and families
Ronald McDonald House at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh served 99 children and their families in its first year, which it celebrated April 15.
A separate Ronald McDonald Family Room, which already was in service offering respite to caregivers of all pediatric patients at WakeMed Children’s Hospital, served 5,140 visitors in 2015.
Hospital Association pilot program honored
A pilot program coordinated by the North Carolina Hospital Association has received the Public Policy Innovation Award in the Pioneer Institute’s 25th Annual Better Government Competition.
Funded through a three-year grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, the North Carolina Mobile Medication Management Program aims to reduce the number of psychiatric hospitalizations and repeated emergency department visits by individuals with severe behavioral health disorders.
The pilot program uses trained peer support specialists, supervised by registered nurses, who meet one-on-one with individuals in their homes to build the skills they need to keep medical appointments and follow medical instructions at home.
The program also addresses barriers patients face, including cost of medication, safe housing and other health and social issues.
After its first year in operation in Nash and Vance counties, the pilot program has resulted in a 94 percent reduction in emergency department visits by participants and reduced the number of psychiatric hospitalizations by 83 percent.
UNC Nash Health Care and Daymark Recovery Services operate the programs in Nash and Vance counties, respectively.
Triad Stage increases ticket sales, fundraising
Triad Stage in Greensboro sold 40,000 tickets in its just-ending 15th season, up six percent from last year, while the sale of season passes for next season totaled 2,298 through June 21, compared to 2,104 it needed to sell by that date to meet its goal of 3,000 season passes for next season.
The professional nonprofit regional theater company also employed over 250 professional artists, including 176 local actors, designers and technicians, in nine productions, and provided discounted tickets to 4,146 Triad-area students.
In a special campaign it launched in February to raise $500,000, Triad Stage has raised $456,740.
To support that campaign, over 150 businesses, foundations and individuals made new or larger gifts this year. They include VF Corporation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, TOLEO Foundation, Cemala Foundation, and Well*Spring.
The donor base for Triad Stage, which is preparing for its 16th season of operation at The Pyrle Theater in Greensboro and its fourth season at Hanesbrand Theatre in Winston-Salem, has grown to 694, up 21 percent from last year.
Earlier this year, the theater company and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro announced plans to expand a long-term partnership.
The expansion calls for providing new courses, strengthening recruitment efforts by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at UNCG, preparing students for professional jobs, and providing a pool of talent for artistic productions at Triad Stage.
As part of that partnership, Preston Lane, founding artistic director at Triad Stage, and Richard Whittington, its founding managing director, will serve as artists in residents at the School of Music, Theater and Dance.
Triad Stage this season also was the first arts organizations ever to receive general operating funds — in the same or different years — both from ArtsGreensboro and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Those grants totaled $100,000 from the Arts Council and $90,000 from ArtsGreensboro.
N.C. Central gets $1.1 million
The School of Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham has been awarded $1.1 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to create training programs to develop a more diverse field of education researchers.
Northern Hospital gets $148,500
Northern Hospital of Surry County received a $148,500 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem to provide a program focusing on diabetes education and self-management.
Cone Health names unit for philanthropist
Cone Health has named the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation unit at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro after philanthropist Leonard Kaplan, who helped create Greensboro’s first cardiac rehabilitation program inside a local YMCA.
That effort led to the creation of what now has been named The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health.
United Way members volunteer in community garden
Members of Young Leaders United, a program of United Way of Greater High Point, volunteered on June 9 to weed, water, plant and mulch garden spaces at Bountiful Harvest Community Garden, a program of West End ministries that aims to help tackle food insecurity in the community.
Financial Pathways receives award
Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth, received the 2016 Excellence in Business Award in the nonprofit category from the Triad Chapter of the Risk Management Association.
Chowan foundation gives $14,130
Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded a total of $14,130 to nine organizations.
Iredell United Way gets $5,000
United Way of Iredell County received a $5,000 corporate gift from CoBank in the name of EnergyUnited.
Artist or artist teams sought for public art
synerG and Action Greensboro are looking for emerging artist or artist teams to design, fabricate and install a signature public art piece in Greensboro by October 12, 2016.
Care Ring annual luncheon set for September 22
Care Ring in Charlotte will hold its annual luncheon on September 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.at The Westin.
Public School Forum names new members
The Public School Forum of North Carolina named new board and at-large members.
New board members include Ann Bennett-Phillips, vice president at Capital Development; Richard Schwartz, a partner at Schwartz & Shaw; Doug Sprecher, senior vice president, for retail sales and branch channel strategy at First Citizens Bank.
New at-large members include Sandra Wilcox Conway, a consultant; Van Dempsey III, dean of the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Nation Hahn, chief growth officer at EdNC; Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education at East Carolina University; Deena Hayes-Greene, managing director at the Racial Equity Initiative; Graig Meyer, a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives; and Katie Rosanbalm, a research scientist at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.
Greensboro United Way adds board members
The board of directors of United Way of Greater Greensboro has elected five new members, including Chuck Burns, corporate development officer at First Citizens Bank; Jacquelean Gilliam, philanthropic management consultant for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Antonia Monk Reaves, vice president and senior program officer at Cone Health Foundation; Robert Scheppegrell, senior vice president for customer solutions at Lincoln Financial Group; and Gina Sorrells, market executive of the Carolina commonwealth market for Merrill Lynch.