Nonprofit news roundup, 08.31.12

HanesBrands raises over $2.5 million

HanesBrands raised over $2.5 million combined in 2012 for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and for United Way of Forsyth County.

The company and its employees raised $334,715 for the Arts Council in its 2012 campaign, up from $330,173 a year earlier.

Since 2001, the company and its employees have donated over $3.9 million to support the Arts Council, including a pledge of $2 million in 2008 to help fund construction of HanesBrands Theatre, a 300-seat performing arts theater in downtown  Winston-Salem.

Hanes and its employees also pledged $2.2 million to be donated to United Way of Forsyth County in 2012, and have been the biggest corporate contributors to United Way, donating over $30 million since 1999.

Triangle CEOs to sleep on streets to spotlight homelessness

Twenty five Triangle CEOs and community leaders will sleep outside on the streets of Durham on September 6 as part of an effort by United Way of the Greater Triangle to call attention to poverty in the Triangle.  Over 203,000 people live in poverty in Durham, Johnson, Orange and Wake counties. Of that number, 65,264 are children under age 18.

School of the Arts names chief advancement officer

Mark Hough, executive director of the Orlando Ballet in Florida and president of Hough and Associates, a consulting business serving nonprofit, has been named chief advancement officer for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, effective Oct. 1.

United Way of the Greater Triangle names VP

Tammy Laurence, former resource development director for United Way of Cumberland County in Fayetteville, was named vice president of workplace giving at United Way of the Greater Triangle in Morrisville.

United Way of Central Carolinas sets goal

United Way of Central Carolinas in Charlotte set a goal of $21.2 million for its 2012 fundraising campaign up 1.5 percent from the total raised last year, when it exceeded its goal by 5 percent.

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina gets grant

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina received a grant of $43,500 from Wells Fargo. The grant will allow Junior Achievement to provide financial literacy programs to over 1,500 students in 11 North Carolina counties.

The John Crosland School

Charlotte’s first school solely for children with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder, or both, has opened in its new home, and changed its name to The John Crosland School from Dore Academy. John Crosland Jr., whose real estate company bears his family name, personally contributed over $1 million to the school. Foundation For The Carolinas, which oversees the Crosland Foundation, helped bring the two parties together to make the gift possible.

Walk for Hope

Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness in Raleigh will host the 24th Annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope and the 4th Annual Run for Hope on October 14, 2012 at the Angus Barn Restaurant.

Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute

The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute in Research Triangle Park received a five-year grant of $3.5 million a year from National Science Foundation, renewing previous five-year grant in 2007 of $2.7 million a year. Founded in 2002 and one of eight mathematical institutes funded by Division of Mathematical Sciences at the Foundation, SAMSI is the only one of the institutes that focuses on statistics and applied mathematics. The grant is a collaboration of Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences in conjunction with the William Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science.

Changes at Goodrich

Kelly Chopus, director of community relations at Goodrich in Charlotte, is leaving in December in the wake of the company’s acquisition by United Technologies in July and its merger with another UTC company to form UTC Aerospace Systems. Dan Coulom has been named manager of external communications, and Cynthia Forbes has been named manager of community relations. They will relocate to Charlotte from Connecticut.

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina

The Pitchin’ for Wishes Cornhole Tourney, sponsored by general contractor Andrew Roby and Harris Teeter, will be Oct. 13 at Freedom Park in Charlotte and aims to raise $200,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina.

LIFESPAN open house

LIFESPAN in Greensboro will host an open house and groundbreaking ceremony on September 7 from 11 a.m. to  1 p.m.  to begin the first phase of “The George Andreve Gardens & Greenhouse” at LIFESPAN’s Creative Campus at 908 McClellan Place.

BCC Rally

BCC Rally, an all-volunteer nonprofit formed in 2004 that has raised $719,000 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer, will hold a week-long series of fundraising events Sept. 23-29 at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte. Susan G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be the keynote speaker at a gala on Sept. 29.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in High Point has received a $10,000 gift from the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation in Greensboro to fund performances of the Shakespeare To Go tour in Guilford County Schools.

High Point Regional Health System

High Point Regional Health System, along with presenting sponsor High Point Bank, will host the 26th Annual Warren Rives 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run on Sept. 15 at the Millis Regional Health Education Center to benefit Heart Strides, a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program at High Point Regional.

Guild of High Point

The Guild of High Point will host the Eleventh Annual Guild Golf Classic on Sept. 14 at Holly Ridge Golf Links in Archdale to benefit High Point Regional Health System. Formed in 1945, the Guild over the years has provided funds for medical equipment, wheelchairs, maintenance of hospital facilities and nursing education scholarships at High Point Regional, including a donation of $500,000 in 1985 for construction of the new hospital.

Winston-Salem Foundation

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 16 community grants totaling $315,700.

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Samaritan Ministries aims to expand

By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — At the six tables and 47 chairs in its dining room, Samaritan Soup Kitchen in Winston-Salem serves roughly 360 meals a day to hungry and homeless people, with each table “turning over” to new diners 10 times in the two-and-a-half hours lunch is served each day.

Volunteers and staff at the soup kitchen, the only one in the city, have served over three million meals since it opened in 1981.

Now, with demand rising in the wake of the continuing economic downturn that began with the collapse of the capital markets nearly four years ago, Samaritan Ministries is set to launch the public phase of a capital campaign to raise $4 million to expand the soup kitchen and its other programs, including a long-term residential recovery program for substance-abusers and a shelter for homeless people.

“We just can’t serve the volume of folks that need our services,” says Sonjia Kurosky, executive director of Samaritan Ministries.

Formed in 1981 as a program of Crisis Control Ministry, Samaritan Ministries began with the soup kitchen and then became a separate nonprofit in the mid-80s.

In 1988, with the support of downtown churches that had been providing shelter for homeless people on a rotating basis, Samaritan Ministries launched Samaritan Inn.

The 69-bed shelter, which operates near its capacity year-round and also serves dinner and breakfast to its residents, has provided nearly 615,000 nights of shelter since it opened, including 26,240 night of shelter in 2011 to 789 men.

And in 1995, Samaritan Ministries launched a long-term recovery program that has provided intensive case-management services to over 125 men recovering from substance abuse.

Operating with an annual budget of $900,000 and 19 employees, including 12 working full-time and seven working part-time, Samaritan Ministries receives 48 percent of its funds from contributions by individuals, 17 percent from churches, 9 percent from corporations, 8 percent from government grants, and the remainder from events or foundations.

The agency also generates revenue from an endowment of roughly $300,000 at the Winston-Salem Foundation, plus about $50,000 a year from an endowment created by through the estate of an anonymous donor.

Anne Rudert, development director at Samaritan Ministries, says the ailing economy has resulted in greater demand for the agency’s services, particularly for food.

“We have  seen people in our kitchen we never saw before, people who lost a job, or elderly for whom Social Security is not enough,” she says, “not just the homeless needing food, but the working poor, people needing that extra little bit to bridge each month.”

Chaired by Paul Breitbach, retired executive vice president and chief financial officer at Krispy Kreme, the campaign is supported by consulting firm Whitney Jones Inc.

Increasing the size of the soup kitchen and shelter will allow the agency not only to feed and house more people but also will give it more time to better understand their needs, refer them to resources they can use, and collaborate with other agencies, Rudert says.

With a three-year grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem to the psychiatry department at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center , for example, Samaritan Ministries three years ago opened a mental-health clinic at its facility staffed by that psychiatry department that has provided psychiatrists, case management and free medication for 400 people.

The Trust recently awarded a new $900,000 grant to continue the program.

Those kinds of services increasingly are in demand for homeless people in an economic downturn, Rudert says.

“The poor are the first to be hit by a poor economy,” she says, “and the last to recover.”

Crosby Scholars becomes Goodwill affiliate

The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership has become an independent affiliate of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.

The strategic alliance aims to provide Crosby Scholars with funding from Goodwill and to give Crosby Scholars the opportunity to expand within the 31-county region Goodwill serves.

It also aims to give Crosby Scholars a boost in increasing the number of students it serves to 10,000 by 2015 from 7,000 in 2011.

Another goal is to help Crosby Scholars expand its programming, improve its delivery of services, and generate innovative approaches to engaging the community and its clients.

Goodwill has pledged substantial support to a capital campaign at Crosby Scholars that has a goal of $3.7 million and has raised 90 percent of its goal.

Todd Cohen

Nonprofits urged to ’empower’ donors

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — If nonprofits want to be change agents, they need to move beyond asking donors for money and instead give them the knowledge and tools they need to make change happen.

That was the message that Jon Duschinsky, a cause activist and founder of bethechange, delivered Aug. 23 in Greensboro at the 8th annual NC Philanthropy Conference presented by the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“There’s never been a better time to change the world,” he told 430 fundraising professionals who attended the conference.

But despite the emergence of a broad range of business models to engage people, as well as a broad range of social media and other tools to “empower people and spread the message,” he said, nonprofits are “failing to seize these opportunities.”

‘Underpaid’ and ‘under-resourced’

Operating like “funnels,” nonprofits are driven “to raise more money every year,” he said , “but even if you could do that, it still wouldn’t solve the problem you were created to address.”

While passionate about their work, nonprofits are “underpaid” and “under-resourced,” with charitable giving representing only 2 percent of gross domestic product in the U.S., a share that has not changed in 40 years, he said.

“The rest of society has tasked you with changing the world, and given you 2 percent of resources to do it,” he said. “If we continue to do what we always have done, it will kill us.”

Reflecting the pressure and stress is the fact that fundraising professionals change jobs every 18 months, on average, Duschinsky  said.

“If we keep doing what we have always done, we’re not going to change the world,” he said. “You’re being stymied and prevented from doing that by the system. It’s time to change the system so we can change the world.”

Solving problems

Nonprofits were created to solve problems, he said, but they typically become preoccupied with talking about themselves, not the problems they were created to solve.

“We are having conversations with the rest of the world that the rest of the world doesn’t care about,” he said. “What you need is the idea that could unleash people interested in your cause if you let the cause  do the talking rather than letting the organization to the talking. Organizations organize problems, they don’t solve them.”

Donors need to hold boards accountable for the fact that their nonprofits typically focus on their own survival rather than on the problems they were created to address.

“We have endowed a group of people to sit at the head of organizations tasked with changing the world, and we have completely forgotten oversight, accountability,” he said.

“When an organization is created, its purpose changes from solving a problem it was set up to solve, to ensuring its sustainability,” he said. “Donors want to see problems solved.”

Knowledge an asset

Nonprofits’ greatest asset, he said, is their “understanding for how to effect change,” and they can make greater use of that knowledge by making it available to donors and others who care about the same cause.

“People don’t give money for tax reasons but to make change happen,” he said. “People want to associate themselves with values, not institutions, and make a difference.”

So instead of continuing to operate like “a hamster on a wheel, gathering resources to us  all the time,” he said, nonprofits should find ways to package, capture and share their knowledge.

“Empower people not only so you can be the change you wish to see in the world,” he said, “but so they can be the change.”

A new business model

That will require identifying the “compulsion” that drives the organization and the realistic outcome it wants to achieve; starting a “conversation that people actually want to be part of;” serving as a “champion” people can believe in; and “empowering” donors and other supporters “who passionately believe the thing you’re fighting for is worth fighting for,” Duschinsky said.

Ultimately, he said, nonprofits need to “flip” their business model.

Instead of asking donors to give money so their organizations can fix problems, he said, nonprofits need to engage donors by providing the tools and expertise they can use to be part of the solution to those problems.

“Turn your funnel upside down and empower stakeholders and donors to take the baton and run with it, so they feel they own the change you are trying to achieve,” he said. “You have to be the change you want to see in the world if you want it to happen.”

Women in state move ahead but remain behind

Women in North Carolina have made big social and economic strides but still lag in jobs, wages and wealth, and find it tough to pay for housing and child care, preliminary findings from a new report show.

Women of different racial and ethnic groups, and from different regions of the state, also face “stubborn disparities in opportunities and outcomes” that must be addressed to improve the health of the state’s communities, says The Status of Women in North Carolina, a preliminary report from the North Carolina Council for Women.

“Engagement in social and economic progress is essential to the ongoing success of North Carolina women, particularly those of different races and ethnic groups, as well as among women from various geographic regions of the state,” Beth Briggs, executive director of the Council for Women, says in a statement.

“By working together to address these challenges and disparities,” she says, “we will further enhance the well-being and vibrancy of our state.”

Employment

Fifty-nine percent of North Carolina women are in the workforce, up from 34 percent in 1950 and 43 percent in 1970, says the report, prepared by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Still, in comparison, 70 percent of men participate in the workforce.

And in 2010, in the wake of the recession, 12 percent of women and 12.7 percent of men in the state were unemployed, compared to 10 percent of women in the U.S. and 11.4 percent of men.

Education, wages

Women in North Carolina have higher levels of education than men, yet their wages trail those of men.

Thirty-three percent of women in the state hold an associates degree or some college education, compared to 28 percent of men, for example, while 27 percent of women have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 26 percent of men.

Yet in 2010, median annual earnings for women in the state who work full-time, year-round totaled $33,000, compared to $40,000 for men.

And women who have at least a college degree and work full-time, year-round earn more than $20,000 a year less than men with that level of education.

White women 2010 had median annual earnings of $35,400, the highest among all women, compared to $30,000 for Asian American women, $29,000 for black women and for American Indian women, and $24,000 for Hispanic women.

Median annual earnings between 2008 and 2010 for immigrant women in North Carolina who worked full-time, year-round totaled $25,900, compared to $27,000 for  immigrant men, $33,700 for native-born women, and $41,000 for native-born men.

Women also own 28 percent of all businesses in the state, compared to 29 percent in the U.S. overall, with North Carolina ranking 17th in the U.S. in 2007 in the share of businesses owned by women.

The median annual income for households headed by single mothers totals $20,393, the lowest among all family household types and just 29 percent of the income of married couple households with children.

Housing, child care

Housing is too expensive for many women and families in the state, and quality health care is prohibitively expensive for many families the report says.

Thirty-six percent of all households in North Carolina spend at least 30 percent of their monthly income on housing costs, a level the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says is unaffordable for most families.

And  average annual fees in the state for full-time care in a center are $9,185 for an infant and $7,774 for a four-year-old, compared to $5,685 in average annual tuition and fees for a public four-year college in the state.

Poverty

In 2010, 17 percent of women and 13 percent of men age 18 and older in North Carolina were poor, compared to 15 percent of women and 12 percent of men in the U.S. overall, living with incomes at or below the federal poverty threshold.

Poverty rates for women age 18 and older in North Carolina vary across different geographic regions, including 13 percent in Raleigh, 14 percent in Charlotte, 15 percent in Asheville, 16 percent in Greensboro, 17 percent in Fayetteville, and 21 percent in Ashe, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties combined.

Poverty status also varies by race and ethnicity, with 64 percent of Hispanic women who are poor or near poor, compared to 54 percent of American Indian women, 52 percent of black women, 35 percent of Asian American women, and 30 percent of white women.

in 2010, over 300,00 immigrant women were living in North Carolina, and 28 percent of them were poor, compared to 22 percent of immigrant men and 16 percent of native-born women in the state living at or below the federal poverty line.

Yet despite relatively poverty rates among women in some parts of North Carolina, very few women in the state receive cash assistance from the public program, Temporary Aid to Needy Families, the report says.

In 2010, 1.5 percent of women age 18 ad older in the state received benefits from that program.

Data show that women in the state “form a diverse group with varying needs and concerns,” the report says.

Continuing gaps

“The disparities they continue to experience, as well as their substantial progress, reveal the needed to promote policies and programs that will advance women’s status in the state and in the United States as a whole,” it says.

“Especially now, as the nation struggles to move  beyond an economic recession in which women experienced significant losses,” it says, “it is critical that women’s interests and concerns fully inform policymaking and service provision, as well as advocacy, research and program initiatives.”

The study was funded by the N.C.  Council for Women; Wells Fargo Foundation; Women for  Women at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina; Women to Women Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro; Women’s Giving Circle at the Cumberland County Foundation; Department of OB-GYN at Mountain Area Health and Education Center and Women’s Fund at the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Todd Cohen

Nonprofit news roundup, 08.24.12

Farmer Foodshare gets $450,000

Farmer Foodshare, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that works to connect North Carolina farmers with people and organizations that need fresh, healthy, local food, has received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

Farmer Foodshare will use the investment to sustain and expand its operations throughout the state.

Since it was formed in mid-2009, the agency has generated over $90,000 for local farmers and provided over 110,000 pounds of food to agencies in six counties in the state.

The grant follows a $1 million grant from the Foundation to the state Department of Agriculture for its Farm to School Program that connects schools and local farms, aiming to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, provide agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

Tomorrow Fund gets $90,000

The Tomorrow Fund Scholarship for Hispanic Students has received a three-year, $90,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The funds will be used to support education for low-income, Latino college students in North Carolina pursuing degrees in health services, including healthcare administration and healthcare management; public health; or other related professions.

The Tomorrow Fund, which is held at the Triangle Community Foundation, has raised over $250,000 toward scholarships. It was established in 2009 by a local immigrant couple and is advised by a community board of local leaders. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to low-income Latino students in North Carolina and positively affect college degree completion.

Futures for Kids names Lloyd executive director

Craig Lloyd, former state executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, has been named executive director Futures for Kids, which works in over 885 middle schools and high schools in North Carolina to connect students to career coaches and businesses across the state.

Curamericas Global names Florey executive director

Francesca Florey, director of global health and director of program management for research and innovation solutions at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named executive director of Curamericas Global, a Raleigh-based global health nonprofit, effective Sept. 10. The organization serves 257,000 people in Haiti, Guatemala, and Liberia.

Cisco Systems gives $25,000 to NC STEM

Cisco Systems made a $25,000 grant to the NC STEM Learning Network to help develop an online tool for use by parents, teachers and students interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Latin American Coalition wins award

The Latin American Coalition in Charlotte received the 2012 Family Strengthening Award from the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.

Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro

The Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro attracted over 600 people and raised nearly $60,000 to help support its programs and services at its 11th annual Men Can Cook fundraiser on Aug. 11.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $5,000 grant from the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation to enhance financial literacy and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, or STEM and serve up to 500 K-12 students in Guilford County during the 2012-13 school year.

Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem will hold its 11th Annual Storybook Soiree, presented by Flow Automotive, on September 7 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the atrium at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Proceeds from the event, the Museum’s largest fundraiser, will support its operating budget.

Touring Theatre of North Carolina

The Touring Theatre of North Carolina will benefit from Stompin’ at the Savoy!, to be held Sept. 29 at the Creative Center at 900 Sixteenth Street in Greensboro at 7 p.m.

NZMG Foundation to host benefit

The NZMG Foundation on November 8 will host its 2nd Annual VIP Reception & Benefit at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham. The Foundation works to help people experience infertility make parenthood a reality through education about domestic adoption and through grant funding.

Babcock produces multimedia content on Katrina recovery

To mark the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem has produced a video and other multimedia content to highlight recovery efforts still underway on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

All video content, audio, photos and written pieces are available online for download and use.

YWCA Central Carolinas

YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte will open its eleventh Youth Learning Center at Billingsville Elementary School on August 27. With funding from Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a partnership with the school administration, the site will be the YWCA’s second Center to be located at an elementary school and will serve 45 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, a Raleigh nonprofit that focuses on home rehabilitation for low-income homeowners, named new members to its board of directors, including Donna Cheek, Windstream/Hosted Solutions; Drew Robinson, Homeownership Initiatives, DHIC; Henry Ward, York Properties; Jim Caravello, Robuck Homes; and Ron Cohn, Rodgers Builders.

North Carolina Outward Bound

North Carolina Outward Bound attracted 550 runners for the July leg of its Riverbound Trail Race series that aims to raise $45,000 to $50,000, and aims to attract 400 runners for its final leg on September 22 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte that will feature a 5K and half-marathon.

Fill Their Backpacks

Wrights Care Services and the North Carolina Dream Center teamed up for a Fill Their Backpacks campaign that collected school supplies that will benefit over 100 students in the Guilford Public Schools.

Lowes Foods

Lowes Foods in June and July collected over 143,000 pounds of food in North Carolina for food banks through its Bag Childhood Hunger campaign. Pepsi Bottling Venture, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola,  Gallo Wine made contributions, while W Allegacy Federal Credit Union and its customers collected food and donations.

Over 775,000 have served in AmeriCorps

Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps, and more than 80,000 will serve this year. The program aims to provide skills and experiences that support members in jump-starting a professional career after their term of service. Two-thirds of alumni continue in a public service career.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy launched

A nonprofit Center for Disaster Philanthropy been launched to work with donors throughout the life cycle of domestic and international disasters. Robert G. Ottenhoff, former CEO and president of GuideStar, has been named president and CEO fo the new agency. The agency was co-founded by Irene W. and C.B. Pennington, who serve as president and CEO, respectively; Lori J. Bertman, who serves board chair; Eric Kessler, managing director of Arabella Advisors; and John Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Triangle United Way taps new CEO

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Mack Koonce, former chief operating officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, has been named CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Koonce, who begins his new job Sept. 4, succeeds Craig Chancellor, who is retiring after 37 years as a United Way professional and after 10 years as CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Koonce, a North Carolina native who lives in Chapel Hill, formerly was executive vice president of sales and marketing at Wyndham Hotels.

In Chancellor’s 10 years as CEO, United Way of the Greater Triangle has raised over $170 million for agencies and programs in the region.

Todd Cohen