Center works to boost volunteer caregiving

By Todd Cohen

CARY, N.C. – Every week, volunteers for the Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary drive seniors and adults with disabilities in Wake County to doctors, grocery stores and pharmacies, and to government agencies to enroll in programs like Social Security.

Volunteers, who use their own vehicles and are selected by the Center to participate after it screens and assesses them, can use an online calendar to choose assignments that fit their schedules.

The Center spent the last year developing the calendar using Volunteers for Salesforce, a software system for customer-relationship-management, or CRM, that it purchased with $30,000 from a grant it received from GlaxoSmithKline in 2013.

The online calendar is part of a larger effort by the Center to build long-term relationships with volunteers, companies and funders to serve seniors in Wake County, which is home to an estimated 70,000 individuals age 65 and older. By 2030, that population is expected to grow to over 200,000.

The Center was launched in 1992 by 12 churches in Cary and Raleigh with $25,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey as part of its national effort to help faith congregations create formal volunteer programs to serve seniors and adults with disabilities. Previously, congregations had provided those programs on an informal basis.

A key goal was for the new programs to use formal screening, background checks and training for volunteers.

Operating with an annual budget of $425,000, the Center employs six people full-time and one-part-time, counts on 350 active volunteers, and serves nearly 800 individuals a year.

In addition to transportation, the Center provides volunteer relief and seminars for caregivers, as well as information and referrals, mainly to home health agencies that can assign substitutes for caregivers who need time off.

And in October, with a $25,000 grant from a family fund at Triangle Community Foundation, the Center launched a pilot program that provides relief once a month for up to 12 caregivers who support individuals with dementia.

Those individuals spend three-and-a-half hours at Genesis United Methodist Church in Cary. Then, through a collaboration between the Center and the five Rotary clubs in Cary, the individuals spend another two hours for dinner and entertainment at the “Memory Cafe,” a program at the town’s Senior Center.

With rising demand for its services, the Center for Volunteer Caregiving is working to increase the number of its active volunteers to 500 from 350.

To help do that, it has posted on its website a four-minute video produced by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh in its second annual pro-bono effort.

Lynn Templeton, executive director at the Center, says effective support for caregivers depends on cultivating long-term relationships.

This year, for example, the Center is getting $15,000 from Raleigh insurer Genworth, which for the past 15 years has provided it with annual grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

George Reichert, chief information officer at Genworth and a member of the Center’s board of directors, led the effort to develop the online volunteer calendar.

The Center’s 14-member board also includes executives from Eisai, Quintiles, John Deere and WakeMed, as well as local attorneys.

“When we get to know companies,” Templeton says, “I try to start by involving them as volunteers, then try to get invited to apply through their grant process, then try to leverage excellent board members.”

Long-term relationships also are critical for effective volunteering, she says.

“We need volunteers who can invest in a relationship that is going to help alleviate loneliness and depression” on the part of seniors and adults with disabilities, she says. “There’s something to be gained on both sides.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.13.17

Giving expected to grow in 2017, ’18

Fueled by an increase in giving by foundations, charitable giving in the U.S. will grow by 3.6 percent in 2017 and 3.8 percent in 2018, a new report says.

Giving by foundations will grow 5.9 percent in 2017 and six percent in 2018, while estate giving will grow 5.4 percent in 2017 and 5.2 percent in 2018, says the report, The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018.

Researched and written by the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University ad presented by consulting firm Marts & Lindy, the report says giving by individuals will grow three percent in 2017 and 3.2 percent in 2018, while giving by corporations will grow 2.4 percent in 2017 and 2.7 percent in 2018.

Changes in overall giving both years are expected to exceed the most recent 10-year annualized increase in giving of 0.5 percent but will trail the most recent 25-year and 40-year annualized averages, the report says.

Spurring the growth in giving, it says, will be increases in the economy, reflected in the value of stocks, Gross Domestic Product and household income.

Giving to health is expected to grow 8.5 percent in 2017 and 79 percent in 2018, exceeding annualized averages over the most recent 40-year period, while giving to education is expected to grow 6.3 percent in 2017 and six percent in 2018, continuing strong growth trends in recent years, the report says.

Giving to support the public-society benefit sector, which includes giving to federated campaigns, United Ways, human and civil rights groups, national donor-advised funds and similar groups, is expected to grow 52 percent in 2017 and 5.4 percent in 2018.

The projections are based on 25 key predictors of giving developed through an econometric methodology that tested trends of thousands of combinations of economic variables with the potential of influencing each type of giving.

Z. Smith Reynolds awards $8.8. million

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem awarded 183 grants totaling $8.8 million in its fall grant cycle, including $75,000 to three North Carolina food banks to assist the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

The Foundation also named Allie Garrett, its former Fellow, to lead its environment portfolio on an interim basis as an associate program officer with the departure of Hawley Truax, environment program officer, who resigned to become southeast regional director for Environmental Defense Fund.

Foundation for a Healthy High Point gives $5.44 million

Foundation for a Healthy High Point approved $5.44 million in grant awards to 21 organizations in 2016 to support projects focusing on teen pregnancy prevention and early intervention, behavioral health, and other services.

Since it was established in 2013, the Foundation has awarded nearly $6.77 million in grants.

Veterans and homeless to get free dental services

Affordable Dentures & Implant, a Raleigh-based national network of dental practices, will partner with Brighter Way Dental Institute in Phoenix  to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of U.S. military veterans and homeless citizens.

The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute about $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017.

About 400 volunteers – including affiliated practice owners, dental technicians and other auxiliary staff members – will travel from throughout the U.S. to Phoenix for six three-day sessions throughout 2017.

Opera Carolina names deputy director of philanthropy

Eileen M. Pronobis, former executive director of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation in Utica, N.Y., has been named to the new position of deputy director of philanthropy at Opera Carolina in Charlotte.

Moody leaving Winston-Salem Symphony

The 2017–18 season will be the 13th and farewell season for Robert Moody as music  director of The Winston-Salem Symphony.

Moody will continue in his roles with both the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Musicfest.

High Point University getting $2.5 million

High Point University has received a commitment of $1.5 million from David and Christine Cottrell, parents of a graduate of the school, to support an outdoor amphitheater, and a $1 million gift from BNC Bank to support Congdon Hall, which will house the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

Habitat Greensboro getting $300,000

Housing Opportunities in Greensboro will donate $300,000 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Habitat Greensboro, which has kicked off its 30th anniversary celebration, plans in March to build a house in 30 days; in June to work with the City of Greensboro to improve older neighborhoods; in July to create a “housing hub” containing multiple housing-assistance agencies under one roof, as well as a “learning center” to help homeowners with do-it-yourself projects; and in August to host a fundraising event to raise enough money in one night to build a complete house.

At a breakfast on January 11 at N.C. A&T State University, Habitat presented its Founders Award to Bob Kelley, who helped founding Habitat Greensboro and served as its executive director.

Women Givers to host event

Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina will host its ninth annual Power of the Purse & Pretties raffle and silent auction on February 4 at Arts of the Albemarle at 516 E. Main St. in Elizabeth City from noon to 2:30 p.m. to support charitable efforts in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

Event to benefit Poe Center

Poe Young Professionals will host The Poe Gala on February 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at  ArtSource at 4421-123 Six Forks Rd. in Raleigh to benefit the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

Families Together raises $106,000

Families Together in Raleigh raised $106,000, exceeding its campaign goal by $6,000.

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.06.17

Habitat Forsyth gets $97,000

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County received grants of $65,000 from Publix Super Markets to fund a Habitat home to be built this year, and $31,785 from The Winston-Salem Foundation to fund a new staff position for a marketing and volunteer engagement manager.

Joedance Film Festival gives $25,000

Joedance Film Festival in Charlotte and its affiliated year-round events that raise funds for rare pediatric cancer clinical trials and research at Levine Children Hospital at Carolinas HealthCare System, also in Charlotte, donated $25,000 in 2016.

The total brings to over the $125,000 the total Joedance has contributed to Levine Children Hospital since 2010.

Habitat Wake receives $20,000

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County received $20,000 from First Tennessee Bank, presenting sponsor for the organization’s annual Blueprint Breakfast fundraiser, to hold its 2017 event at PNC Arena.

Organizers hope the event, to be held March 21, will raise over $300,000, up from  $250,000 last year.

Junior Achievement awarded $16,800

Junior Achievement of the Triad received a grant of $16,800 from The Winston-Salem Foundation to fund a programs-manager position for Forsyth County for a project that provides students with economic education, with an emphasis on economic literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills.

Silver named to emerging-leaders arts group

Dara Silver, senior administrative assistant, special projects, and grant program manager at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has been elected  to the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Ashe-Card joins Winston-Salem Foundation Committee

Alison Ashe-Card, assistant director in the Office of Career and Professional Development at Wake Forest University School of Law, has joined The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, the primary governing body for The Winston-Salem Foundation.

City, United Way partner on mentorship program

The City of Greensboro is teaming up with the African-American Male Initiative at United Way of Greater Greensboro to provide mentors for African-American, Hispanic and other male students in grades two through five at Wiley Elementary School, grades six through eight at Jackson Middle School at ninth grade at Smith High School.

A total of about 140 boys are eligible to participate in the program at the three schools.

Kids in Salvation Army shelter gets toys, shoes

Furnitureland South owners Jeff and Jason Harris, and their families, donated $5,000 to buy toys and shoes for all of the children spending the Christmas holiday in The Salvation Army of High Point family shelter this year.

Boys & Girls Clubs gets ballet tickets

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina in Henderson received tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet from the Carolina Ballet for all five clubs in Vance County.

Realtor Foundation names officers, partners

Gina Miller of Re/Max United has been named president of The Realtor Foundation of Wake County and ,Tim McBrayer of Howard Perry & Walston has been named president-elect.

The Foundation in 2017 plans to provide volunteer manpower and financial assistance to housing improvement nonprofits that include Families Together, The Green Chair Project, Wake County’s Cool for Wake Program and Haven House Services/Wrenn House.

Applications for arts mini-grants due February 3

February 3 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for community groups and individuals to submit applications to The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for grants up to $500, sponsored by Wells Fargo, for projects to spread the arts throughout the community, promote creativity, provide greater access to the arts and bring people together.

Teachers grants available

February 9 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for teachers from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to submit applications to The Winston-Salem Foundation for grants of up to $2,500 for professional development.

The Foundation will hold information sessions on the grants process for educators on January 11  at 4 p.m. and January 19 at 5 p.m. in its offices at 751 Fourth St.

To attend either workshop, contact Madelyn McCaully at or (336) 725-2382.

Arts Council to kick off campaign

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will kick off  its 2017 annual fundraising campaign on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn at Reynolda Village.

The kickoff will feature poetry readings and performances by Jacinta V. White, Ezra Noble, and Aaron Bachelder, all recent recipients of Duke Energy regional artist project grants.

Arts Together raises $7,000

Arts Together in Raleigh reached its goal of raising $7,000 goal for a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.

Make-A-Wish launching young-professionals program

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has launched a Young Professionals program, which will hold its inaugural meeting January 19 at 6 p.m. at the chapter’s office at 2880 Slater Road, Suite 105, in Morrisville.

Winston-Salem Foundation accepting nominations for awards

March 3 is the deadline for submitting nominations to The Winston-Salem Foundation for The Winston-Salem Foundation Award and the Echo Awards.

The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, which recognizes personal dedication to improve the quality of life for all individuals in the community, includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charity the winner selects.

The ECHO Award — which recognize individuals, informal groups or organizations; unsung community members; and community members who build social connections — includes $1,000 for winers to donate to a charity of their choice.

Recipients of all awards will May 3 at the Foundation’s community luncheon.


Strowd Roses focuses giving on Chapel Hill, Carrboro

By Todd Cohen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Carrboro received $10,000 to support operations at its Food Pantry in Carrboro that each month provides 1,300 bags of groceries to people in need, and at its Community Kitchen in Chapel Hill that last year provided 60,000 meals to hungry individuals.

Reach Out And Read Carolinas got $1,500 to support a regional literacy summit its Triangle office hosted for coordinators at health clinics who prescribe books for young children visiting the clinics and for representatives of partner agencies that donate the books.

And the PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro received $10,000 to assess the organizational needs of nonprofits that will be housed in YouthWorx on Main, a nonprofit collaborative the Thrift Shop is launching with Youth Forward for nonprofits serving youth.

Making all those grants was Strowd Roses, believed to be the only charitable foundation that makes grants only to nonprofits serving Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

With just over $7 million in assets managed by Fidelity Investments, the foundation has awarded over $5.1 million in grants to 292 nonprofits since it was formed in 2001.

Last year, it awarded 62 grants totaling $286,000.

“We intentionally give to a lot of organizations and spread the money around,” says Eileen Ferrell, the foundation’s part-time executive director.

Strowd Roses was created through the will of Irene Strowd, the widow of Fletcher Eugene Strowd, who retired in 1979 as a partner in the former Johnson, Strowd, Ward furniture store on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

The foundation also received proceeds from the estate of Gladis Harrison Adams, who was Irene Strowd’s sister, and from the sale of over 250 acres in Chatham County, now home to the residential subdivision Strowd Mountain, where Gene Strowd grew up.

In addition to awarding grants, the foundation pays about $38,000 a year to Witherspoon Rose Culture in Durham for upkeep of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden, a free public space at 120 South Estes Drive for events on property owned by the Town of Chapel Hill that contains over 350 bushes of 130 different varieties of roses. The space can be reserved for free for events.

Gene Strowd, who was president of the Chapel Hill Rose Society, proposed the idea for a community rose garden in 1987 and designed its layout working with the Rose Society and the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department

Grants to local groups range up to $10,000 and average about $7,000, with grants to support general welfare, education and literacy, and youth accounting for the biggest share of funding in 2016.

Each year, Strowd Roses also gives $33,000 to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, which regrants the funds to support projects in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

“We look at them as being the experts on what the greatest needs are and what the greatest impact can be,” Ferrell says.

With 700 nonprofits in Orange County, including those in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Ferrell says, she is working to encourage more local giving overall, including giving by living individuals, who account for 71 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S.

“There’s a lot of need that still exists,” she says, “that we alone can’t address.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.22.16

High Point funder gives $951,000

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point is making $951,103 in grants to local organizations and nonprofits, with 80 percent of the funds going to programs that address teen pregnancy prevention and early intervention.

Groups receiving grants include Family Services of the Piedmont, $120,000; Open Door Ministries, $40,560; Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, $49,000; Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality, $50,030; Division of Public Health, Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, $258,639; Guilford County Partnership for Children, $39,000; SHIFT NC, $375,534; and Guilford Non-Profit Consortium, $10,000.

The Foundation also approved $8,340 to the Guilford Non-Profit Consortium to support summer internships for college students.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation gives $965,000

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $965,250 to 26 nonprofits in 11 counties in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.

The awards included 15 grants totaling $520,050 for social services and 11 grants totaling $445,200 for education.

Bayer gives $420,000

Bayer in Research Triangle Park donated over $420,238 this year to local charities and organizations, including $100,000 to the Community Garden at Passage Home in Raleigh that was the first installment of a three-year grant of $300,000.

Junior Achievement to honor Brady, Page

Don Brady, founder, chairman, and CEO of Brady Services, and Bob Page, founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., will be inducted by Junior Achievement of the Triad into its Business Leaders Hall of Fame on January 24.

The event will be held at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center, starting with a VIP Green Carpet reception honoring the inductees at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards dinner and presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Schools gets $40,000 for financial education

Truliant Federal Credit Union awarded $40,000 in grants for 13 schools and school systems offering financial education programs, including Dudley High School, Eastern Alamance High School, Eastern Guilford Middle School, Lowrance Middle School, Northeast Guilford High School, and the Social Studies Department of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Salvation Army gives donated toys to kids

The Salvation Army of Wake County distributed toys and other items to nearly 3,300 families, including over 7,100 children, donated by hundreds of companies, churches, families and community groups.

SECU Family House gets $3,734

SECU Family House, a 45-bedroom hospitality house that provides lodging for patients or caregivers, or both, traveling to Winston-Salem for medical care received a grant of $3,734 for its Family Assistance Fund from Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation.

Through November, over 400 guests this year had used over $68,000 drawn from the Fund, which was established with seed funding from North Carolina Baptist Hospital Foundation to provide support for guests to stay at the Family House for a reduced rate.

Family House charges $35 a night to offset costs and support future families, but the Fund allows qualified guests to stay for as little as $15 a night.

Greensboro Coliseum gets $5,000

The Greensboro Coliseum Complex received a grant from Duke Energy to pay for up to $5,000 toward the purchase and installation of an electric-vehicle car-charging station.

Board changes at John Rex Endowment

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

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

Interfaith Clergy gets $5,300 for hurricane relief

First Tennessee Bank gave $5,300 to Interfaith Clergy in Greenville to assist with relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew.

College students stuff stockings for Salvation Army

The Student Government Association and other student groups at High Point University partnered with The Salvation Army of High Point to fill over 1,100 stockings with toys, clothes, and hygiene items for boys and girls ages one to 12.

Project EverGreen donates trees

Project EverGreen donated 11 giant evergreen trees to Greensboro Parks and Recreation and helped volunteers plant them at Levette Ballfield at Nocho Park.

Catawba funder gives $80,000

Kenneth K. and Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment, a fund of the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, which is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, distributed grants totaling $80,000 to 20 nonprofits.

UNCW gets $10,000 for literary magazine

Ecotone, the literary magazine at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Lookout Books, the literary book imprint of the school’s Department of Creative Writing, have received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for publication of the magazine.

Franklinton school getting $2,500

Tar River Elementary School in Franklinton will receive a $2,500 grant from Give a Note Foundation that will be matched by the CMA Foundation.

Volunteers assemble toiletry kits, trail-mix bags

One hundred forty employees of International Textile Group assembled 1,000 toiletry kits that were donated to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, and over 800 bags of trail mix that were delivered to the Interactive Resource Center.

Coordinating the volunteer project were The Volunteer Center of Greensboro and United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.16.16

Yntema to head Greensboro Hospice

Kristen Wither Yntema, vice president of regional development and innovation at Advanced Home Care in High Point, has been named president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Yntema, who begins her new job on Feb. 20, 2017, will be the third CEO to lead the 36-year-old nonprofit and succeeds Patricia A. Soenksen, who will retire in March 2017 after nearly 10 years with the organization.

Yntema also will lead the Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the supporting organization for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Sheldon retiring from Friends Homes

Wilson Sheldon will retire on December 31 as CEO of Friends Homes in Greensboro after 34 years at the nonprofit retirement community.

Sheldon joined Friends Homes in 1982 as assistant administrator, was promoted soon after that to administrator when his predecessor left, and in 1996 was promoted to CEO.

Under Sheldon, Friends Homes grew from a single-site community, now known as Friends Homes at Guilford, into two communities with the completion in 1994 of Friends Homes West.

Other efforts he led included, in March 2010, the installation of solar hot-water heating systems that reduced the consumption of fossil fuels by over 150 tons a year, and in May 2016, a management-services agreement with The Presbyterian Homes to provide management and marketing services.Founded by the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, to meet the needs of individuals age 60 and older, and chartered in in 1958, Friends Homes has two campuses that Presbyterian Homes Management Services manages.

Friends Homes Guilford, at 925 New Garden Rd., is home to about 325 residents, and Friends Home West, at 6100 West Friendly Ave., is home to about 300 residents.

Miller leaving UNC Gillings for Indiana University Health

Crystal Hinson Miller, associate dean for advancement at the Gillings School of GlobalPublic Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and executive director of the UNC-CH Public Health Foundation, has been named chief philanthropy officer at Indiana University Health, Inside Indiana Business reported.

Heart health focus of wellness kits

The American Heart Association and Crumley Roberts, sponsor of Greater Guilford Go Red For Women, are distributing a Healthy Heart Start Wellness Kit to nearly 100 local businesses, civic groups and places of worship in Guilford County — and asking them in January to share with their staff, clients, and patrons some of the health statistics, warning-signs materials and information on ways to prevent heart disease and stroke found in the kits.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $343,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 16 grants totaling $343,085 to organizations that serve people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture; community and economic development; education; environment; health; human services; public interest; and recreation.

Salvation Army assisting 2,500 families

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem expected to distribute Christmas assistance consisting of toys, food and clothing to over 2,500 families, including nearly 7,000 children.

This year, distribution is being handled by a volunteer group of students from Erskine College in South Carolina, headed up by Cali Colbert, daughter of Majors Stan and Deborah Colbert, the Salvation Army’s Area Commanders.

UAW-Ford distributing 800 meals

United Auto Workers Local  3250 in Greensboro, in a joint effort with Ford, will distribute at least 800 meal boxes valued at $75 a meal during UAW-Ford’s fourth annual holiday-giving initiative to fight hunger.

The national effort will distribute more than 25,000 meals valued at nearly $1 million to families across 17 states.

Charlotte students sponsored for UNC program

Raleigh-based marketing firm Creative Allies sponsored 50 children from Charlotte’s Ranson IB Middle School to the First Look Program at the University of North Carolina that works to increase awareness of the collegiate experience among middle-school students.

Hurricane victims get virtual mental-health appointments

Carolina Partners in Mental Health partnered with Durham telemedicine app TouchCare to provide 100 free virtual video appointments to North Carolina residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, connecting them residents with mental-health providers.

Syngenta employees pack toiletry kits

About a dozen employees of Syngenta were scheduled to pack up to 600 toiletry kits to benefit the Salvation Army Center of Hope in effort coordinated by the Volunteer Center and United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Museum of Art gets $92,000

North Carolina Museum of Art received a $92,000 grant from Duke Energy for improvements at its its Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.

The funds will be used to improve the headwaters of the tributary to House Creek in the Museum Park in an effort to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff in the Neuse River Basin, and for a new trail and signage.

College students collect $7,500 for gifts

Students at High Point University collected $7,500 in chapel offerings this fall to support the Angel Tree Program at Salvation Army by buying gifts for 75 local families that included school uniforms, baby swings, dolls and bicycles.

People attending weekly chapel also sponsored individual children, including four children sponsored by Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Kids get holiday gifts

Tar Heel Basement Systems partnered with Potter’s House FRC in Winston Salem to provide holiday presents to 50 children in need.

Helping kids fly to get medical treatment

By Todd Cohen

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — In the last 10 years, children who were seriously ill or injured but faced hurdles getting to medical facilities have received 1,500 free flights, thanks to Children’s Flight of Hope, a nonprofit in Morrisville.

“Travel to treatment is often an overlooked component of getting children the care they need,” says Staci Barfield, the group’s executive director. “Insurance doesn’t pay for   the travel of the children we serve. If we didn’t provide these flights, they’d forego or postpone treatment until their families could raise the money, which could be too late.”

Formed in 1991 by Al Wethington, a Durham pilot and businessman, Children’s Flight of Hope operates with a full-time staff of four people and an annual budget of $821,000, plus in-kind support valued at about $500,000, mainly in the form of flights that companies and American Airlines donate.

It also counts on 150 active volunteers who mainly work on three annual events that net a total of about $360,000. The group gets the rest of its funds from individuals and corporations, plus some grant support.

It pays for most of its flights. This year, through October, it spent $154,000 on commercial flights and $87,000 on private flights.

Through November 11, it had provided 408 flights for 127 families, and expects to have provided 500 flights by the end of the year.

Until this past April, flights had been limited to children living or needing to get to medical facilities east of the Mississippi River. The biggest share of the children are traveling to or from destinations in North Carolina.

And thanks to a one-year partnership it formed in April with American Airlines, American now is letting the nonprofit use for its own clients two million miles of flights donated to the airline. In return, Children’s Flight of Hope will handle eight million miles of charity flights American routes to Children’s Flight of Hope.

The nonprofit developed that partnership in the wake of $151,000 in seed money it received in 2015 from the CAPCommunity Foundation, the charitable arm of CAPTRUST Financial Advisers in Raleigh, to expand its geographic reach.

Now, Children’s Flight of Hope is considering the creation of hubs in 10 other markets throughout U.S., plus the Triad and Charlotte, Barfield says.

Developing the hubs will depend on interest in each market among local volunteers, funders and companies, she says.

The nonprofit also continues to focus on meeting the needs of North Carolina children. Seeing that children from the coastal area were not participating, the staff approached The Eshelman Foundation in Wilmington, which provided a $15,000 grant to meet the travel needs of children from the three counties the Foundation serves.

Since 2014, Children’s Flight of Hope also has raised about $400,000 through a campaign known as “Join Our Crew” that focuses on recruiting “recurring” donors who make a commitment to make an annual gift for a number of years.

Three donors each have made pledges to give $20,000 a year for five years.

The nonprofit mainly flies children to pediatric speciality centers for a broad range of illnesses, including rare “orphan” diseases for which research and treatment are not supported by institutional programs or organizations.

“The treatments we’re sending them to,” Barfield says, “are going to save, prolong or dramatically improve the quality of their lives.”