Nonprofit news roundup, 12.28.12

Duke Endowment gives $3 billion in 90 years

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte has distributed over $3 billion in grants since it was founded in 1924.

It took the Endowment 68 years to distribute its first $1 billion, another 12 years to reach $2 billion, and only eight more to arrive at $3 billion.

Established by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, the Endowment is the largest private foundation in the Southeast and distributes grants in the areas of child care, health care, higher education and rural churches to organizations in the Carolinas.

James B. Duke also was instrumental in the the founding of Duke University and Duke Energy, although the three organizations are separate from one another.

Solicitors keep 45.68 percent of what they raise

Charitable solicitation firms handling fundraising campaigns in the state pocketed 45.68 percent of over $43.6 million they generated from North Carolinians in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, with the remainder going to the charities that hired the firms to raise money for them, says a report from the state Secretary of State’s Office.

In contrast, the report says, national solicitation campaigns that included North Carolina citizens and were reported to the office generated nearly $578.8 million, with solicitation firms pocketing 57.45 percent and the remainder going to the charities.

Giving circles focus of conference

Strategic giving and collective philanthropy will be the focus of North Carolina’s first conference for giving circles, to be held Jan. 26, 2013 in Raleigh.

Keynote speaker for the event, to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Junior League Center for Community Leadership, will be Eugene Cho, founder of One Day’s Wages.

Organized by Darryl Lester of Next Generation of African American Philanthropists and Hindsight Consulting, and Heather Yandow of Beehive Collective and Third Space Studio, the conference will include workshops on basics of grantmaking; understanding nonprofits;community problem solving; websites and social media; understanding funders, networks and resources in the state; growing and engaging membership in giving circles and engaging in advocacy.

Supporters of the event include A.J. Fletcher Foundation, Hindsight Consulting, North Carolina Community Foundation, Third Space Studio, Triangle Community Foundation, and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

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Loftis leaving Council for Children’s Rights

Brett A. Loftis has resigned as executive director of the Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, effective Feb. 1, 2013, to become CEO of The Crossnore School.

Biggs leaving NC Prevention Partners

Beverly Biggs is stepping down at the end of the year as vice president for development and marketing at NC Prevention Partners in Chapel Hill after seven years with the organization, a period in which the organization tripled in size and expanded into other states.

NC MedAssist meets challenge goal

NC Med Assist in Charlotte met a $50,000 challenge grant from The Leon Levine Foundation, which agreed to match, dollar for dollar, new or increased gifts the agency raised in just under 90 days. NC MedAssist raised $79,980, securing the match, and enabling it to serve over 900 additional clients.

Three Greensboro groups team up for kids

Three local organizations in Greensboro teamed up to benefit local kids during the holiday season through the Gifts for Good Toy Drive. New Jerusalem Cathedral, Bridlewood Executive Suites and Wrights Care Services Greensboro hope to serve around 2,500 kids from the Guilford County area. The event, which marked its 13th year and included a gift giveaway and Christmas Cantata, was held at New Jerusalem Cathedral.

North Carolina DECA

J.D. Giddley, a certified financial planner practitioner with Ameriprise Financial, has been awarded an honorary life membership in North Carolina DECA, a Raleigh-based membership association that prepares high school and college student to be emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

High Point University teams with United Way

High Point University partnered with the United Way of Greater High Point and local nonprofits to feed 400 people on its campus on Dec. 21 and offered them free admission to a men’s basketball game after the meal. Children and their parents from Communities in Schools, YWCA, YMCA, Oak Hill Elementary School, clients of the Housing of Authority of High Point, and other local agencies attended the dinner.

Bell Partners supports food banks

Bell Partners, a Greensboro-based apartment investment and management company, collected 35 tons of food from over 200 Bell apartment communities in 15 states during a three-month drive that benefited over 75 food banks.  In 2011, the Bell “Annual Give & Get Charity Program” collected 11.7 tons of food.

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