Nonprofit news roundup, 07.27.12

Arts & Science Council investing $12.5 million

After raising $100,000 more than last year in its annual fundraising campaign this year, the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte will invest $12.5 million in the cultural community in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in fiscal 2012-12.

That investment consists of public and private funding from the city of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Arts Council, surrounding Mecklenburg County municipalities, endowment earnings and the Arts & Science Council’s annual campaign, which this year raised $8.4 million.

Investments allocated in direct funding, totaling nearly $12 million, will support arts, science, history and heritage organizations, cultural neighborhood projects, and artists.

Indirect funding, totaling $519,900, will support capacity building and training efforts for cultural organizations and artists, including board development, management and audience development.

After raising a record-high $11.4 million in 2008, before the economy collapsed, the annual fund campaign raised $7.1 million in 2009, representing a 38 percent shortfall.

Still, the campaign, which generates most of its funds through workplace campaigns, has continued to meet its annual fundraising goal, the Council says, with the 2011 campaign raising an extra $1 million for education programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Triad United Ways score on big gifts

Local United Ways in Winston-Salem, High Point and Greensboro ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the number of donors who gave $10,000 or more, as a share of the local population, among 13 affiliates in the Southeast that participated in a survey.

Trailing only the affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., which ranked first in the survey with 1 donor giving at that level for every 1,468 citizens, Winston-Salem ranked second, with 1 donor at that level for every 1,605 citizens, High Point ranked 3rd, with one for every 1,818 citizens, and Greensboro ranked 3rd, with one for every 2,450 citizens.

Other high-ranking affiliates in North Carolina included Asheville, which ranked 7th, with one donor at that level for every 4,339 citizens; Charlotte ranked 9th, with 1 donor for every 4,984 citizens; and the Triangle ranked 13th, with one donor at that level for every 18,987 citizens.

Triangle Community Foundation

Triangle Community Foundation made grants totaling $240,000 to 18 nonprofits, including nine grants for youth leadership and development, and nine grants for civic engagement.  Since it launched its Communty Grantmaking Program in spring 2007, the Foundation has made grants totaling 182 grants totaling over $2.3 million to 103 nonprofits, including 47 that received multiple grants. On average, that program awards over $420,000 a year to nonprofits.

North Carolina Bar Association Foundation

The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation approved 22 endowment grants totaling $162,156, including 16 statewide grants and six local and regional grants. The Endowment, with $8.7 million in assets, is the philanthropic arm of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation and the North Carolina Bar Association. Since 1988, 517 endowment grants totaling more than $4 million have been awarded.

NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad

NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad received over $36,000 in grants to support its mission of building a community free of bias, bigotry and racism. They include $15,000 from The Cemala Foundation; $10,000 from Lincoln Financial Foundation; $5,000 from the Alexander Worth McAlister Foundation; $3,000 from the Rotary Club of Greensboro Foundation; $2,000 from the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation; $500 from New Garden Friends Meeting; $500 from the Crescent Rotary Club Foundation; and $300 from Sign-a-Rama.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Neurological Institute, which operates The Memory Institute in Charlotte, is teaming with the Charlotte-based Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to provide education conferences, referral sources, and free screenings. The Neurological Institute also is donating proceeds from the sales of its book, “Alzheimer’s Disease Pocket Guide,” to the Western Carolina Chapter.

Duplin County Community Foundation

The Duplin County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has awarded over $12,000 to local nonprofits through the annual Duplin Community Grants Program and the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement. Since 2005, the Duplin County Community Foundation and the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement have made more than $46,000 in grants to Duplin County nonprofits.

North Carolina Community Foundation

The North Carolina Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its statewide Women’s Fund. Funds are available for nonprofits that sponsor programming that supports women or families, or both, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues. Programs must serve areas within the 67 counties the foundation serves. The fund this year will award a total of $9,000, with grants typically ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. It awarded grants in 2011 to Helping Hands Clinic in Caldwell County, Albemarle Hopeline in Elizabeth City, StepUp Ministry in Raleigh, YMCA of Catawba Valley, Down East Partnership for Children in Rocky Mount, and the Chowan/ Perquimans Smart Start Partnership.

North Mecklenburg  Women’s Club

The North Mecklenburg Women’s Club in Huntersville has awarded a $10,000 grant to the ANSWER Scholarship Endowment to help send local mothers to college.

BJH Foundation for Senior Services

BJH Foundation for Senior Services, based in Greensboro, awarded over $200,000  to 19 different programs focusing on improving the lives of Jewish seniors throughout the Carolinas, including Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina, Asheville; Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte, Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center, and Temple Beth-El, Charlotte; Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation; Jewish Family Services of Greensboro, Temple Emanuel, Beth David Synagogue, Greensboro; Agudus Israel Congregation, Hendersonville; Temple B’nai Sholem, New Bern; and Temple Beth Or, Raleigh. Over the past six years, the foundation has awarded over $1.2 million to qualifying nonprofits.

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter shoppers donated over $445,000 to a Support Our Troops donation-card campaign in May benefiting USO and Wounded Warrior Project.

Raleigh Rotary Club

Raleigh Rotary Club, North Carolina’s oldest civic organization, named new board members and provided a total of $11,000 in  grants, including The Salvation Army, SAFEChild, Girl Scouts-N.C. Coastal Pines, Triangle Family Services and other charities. New board members include Cindy Poole, Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, Reagan Weaver, Brad Krehely, Mark Livingston, Mary Moss, Louis Rogers, Kirk Warner, Steele Hall, Aaron Guyton, Eric Larson and Mike Tadych.


Actor J.D. Lewis, who moved to Charlotte in 2007 to open an Actor’s Lab office, has established TwelveInTwelve, a nonprofit that aims to help families making international humanitarian trips, and raise money and awareness for organizations he and his sons supported on a recent year-long trip around the world.

Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools of North Carolina, part of a national dropout-prevention network, is participating in a statewide campaign with Walmart to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students in the state.

Me Fine Foundation

The North Carolina Community Foundation contributed $1,500 to Me Fine Foundation to help local families with children being treated at UNC and Duke Children’s Hospitals. Me Fine Foundation’s project, Johnston County Children’s Fund, is providing financial support for Johnston County families who are sacrificing their livelihoods to give their children lifesaving or last chance treatment. The grant was awarded as support from the Cara Lee Powell Priest Endowment for Johnston County, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Health Underwriters

The Triad Association of Health Underwriters donated $5,000 to NC Free Clinics with funds raised at its annual charity golf tournament.

Meals on Wheels

Enid A. Borden is stepping down as president and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America after more than 20 years of leadership to become CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

— Todd Cohen

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