Nonprofit news roundup, 07.20.12

Charitable giving grows in Charlotte

Contributions, gifts and grants to private foundations in the 14-county Charlotte region grew to $170 per capita in 2010 from $71 per capita in 2009, while giving to public charities in the region grew to $602 from $574 per capita in the same period, according to the Urban Institute at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Still, while contributions to public charities in the region seems to be on a steady rise, giving to private foundations has been much more sporadic over the years, the Urban Institute at UNC-Charlotte says, citing two annual reports published by the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Contributions to private foundations grew between 2009 and 2010 in seven counties in the region, including an increase to $434 per capita from $176 in Mecklenburg County, which posted the biggest increase in the region, and a decline to $5 per capita from $15 in Cleveland County, which posted the biggest decline.

Per-capita giving to public charities grew in 10 counties in the region in that two-year period, including an increase to $948 per capita in Lancaster County, S.C., the biggest increase in the region, and falling to $308 per capita from $500 in Cabarrus County,  which posted the biggest decline.

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO leaving

Amy Rogge Mack is stepping down as president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services in Winston-Salem after two-and-a-half years in the job to move with her family to Seattle, where her husband has accepted a faculty job at the University of Washington. Mack, a former senior executive at the Corporation for National and Community Services, expects to remain on the job until October at the latest. Big Brothers Big Sisters, which operates with an annual budget just over $917,000 and aims to serve roughly 600 children in this year in Forsyth and Davie counties, pairing them with adult volunteers, is conducting a search for a successor. Recruiting volunteers, Mack says, is the organization’s biggest challenge.

Komen founder and CEO to speak

Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be the featured speaker at Pink Bow Gala on Sept. 29 at  Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte hosted by BCC Rally, an all-volunteer nonprofit that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer. BCC Rally is part of the overall Komen Charlotte effort, which last year distributed $1.4 million to 27 grantees serving low-income, underinsured and uninsured women.  Seventy-five percent of funds raised through BCC Rally directly benefit Charlotte and its nine surrounding counties, with the remaining 25 percent supporting research through Komen’s national headquarters.

Contest aims to improve rural health

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, launched the Innovations in Rural Health Award, looking for original, innovative solutions to drive health improvement in rural communities. In addition to receiving $25,000 each, up to three winners might see their projects implemented in North Carolina by the Trust. Any individual or organization across the U.S. is invited to participate.

Guidestar names CEO

Jacob Harold, who has led grantmaking for the philanthropy program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 2006, has been named president and CEO of GuideStar, which serves as a source of information on nonprofit. He succeeds Bob Ottenhoff, who in March announced he was leaving after 10 years as president.

Agencies form partnership

Thompson Child & Family Focus in Charlotte and Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina in Lake Waccamaw entered into a partnership to  expand regional access to mental-health and child-welfare community services for vulnerable children and families. The agencies will jointly operate program offices in Durham and Fayetteville.

Red Cross raises $35,000

The fifth annual Lake Norman Excursion bicycle ride on July 14 raised $35,000 for the Charlotte-based Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross. Sponsored by Lowe’s and CoolBreeze Cyclery, the event drew over 800 people who for a 5K walk/run and bicycle rides.

John Rex Endowment

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh approved three healthy-weight grants totaling over $525,000 for The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals for projects that include overweight-and-obesity-prevention strategies focused on policy and environment changes, long-lasting preventive benefits, and wide public impact.

Capstone Advancement Partners

Deepa Naik, former donor relationship coordinator for a capital campaign to build the Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violance Shelter, has been named associate consultant at Capstone Advancement Partners in Charlotte.

Family Service of the Piedmont

Family Service of the Piedmont will host its Third Annual Jamestown Pig Pickin’ presented by TCDI and featuring premier Beach Music band The EMBERS on August 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Magnolia Farm, the home of George and Jenny Ragsdale on Main Street, Jamestown,, with free parking at Jamestown United Methodist Church.

Triangle Community Foundation

iContact co-founders Ryan Allis and Aaron Houghton made a personal gift of $1.2 million gift to create the iContact Foundation Scholarship Fund at the Triangle Community Foundation. The Fund will offer competitive scholarships for children of employees of iContact from its creation in 2003 through the sale of the company in February 2012.

Arts & Science Council

The Arts & Science Council in partnership with the City of Charlotte will receive $100,000 to commission public artwork to help in the revitalization of the North Tryon Street Corridor from Dalton Ave. to W. 30th St./Matheson Ave. The grant was  among 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia.

N.C. New Schools Project

A developing network of secondary schools that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, with a focus on biotechnology and agriscience – including a regional STEM school in northeastern North Carolina – will get a boost from a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to the N.C. New Schools Project,  a partner in the network and regional model school. The Northeast  Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience, North Carolina’s first public school with a regional governing board will open in August with an initial class of 60 ninth graders and eventually will grow to as many as 500 students in grades 7 to 13 from at least five counties. The regional STEM early-college high school is designed to serve as a statewide model and partner in a broader effort to boost the economically-distressed region.

Forsyth United Way

Registration has opened for the 2012 United Way of Forsyth County Scavenger Hunt, an effort to publicize how United Way helps advance education, income and financial stability, and health in Forsyth County, and to build on its social media network.  Teams of four will be tasked with finding United Way’s Building Blocks for a Better Life display at six locations between August 15 and August 30. Clues to Blocks’ locations will be sent through United Way’s Facebook page and its Twitter feed as well as listed on its website at forsythunitedway.org.

Children’s Museum fundraiser

The Young Professionals of the Triad chapter of the Risk Management Association raised over $6,000 for the Greensboro Children’s Museum its annual benefit golf tournament on June 4 at Starmount Forest Country Club. The even was sponsored by Carruthers & Roth,  NewBridge Bank and Senn Dunn Insurance.

MS Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society committed up to $18.4 million to support 52 new MS research projects and training fellowships, including nearly $170,000 for a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who is investigating a possible trigger for immune attacks on the brain and spinal chord for clues to stopping MS activity.

River Landing

For the second straight year, the skilled nursing area at River Landing at Sandy Ridge, a nonprofit continuing-care retirement community in High Point that is an operating division of The Presbyterian Homes, received the highest-possible 5-Star rating following an annual survey by the state Department of Health Service Regulations.

Fill Their Backpacks

Wrights Care Services and the North Carolina Dream Center, both in Greensboro, have teamed up to provide school supplies for students in Guilford County through the Fill Their Backpacks Campaign from July 17 through August 18.

Weatherspoon Art Museum

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has been awarded grants of $80,000 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and $10,000 from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

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