Nonprofit news roundup, 03.08.13

High Point United Way drive sets record

United Way of Greater High Point raised nearly $4.72 million in its 2012 annual campaign, exceeding its goal by nearly $20,000 and last year’s total by nearly $93,000, and marking the best campaign in its 77-year history.

Based on results reported to United Way of North Carolina, the High Point campaign also posted the best percentage increase, 2 percent, among United Ways in the state’s major metro areas for the fifth time in six years, including Charlotte, the Triangle, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Wilmington, the High Point affiliate says

The campaign, which raised funds to support programs at 29 local partner agencies, also marked the third straight year it raised a record-high total, United  Way says.

It also says, based on data from United Way of North Carolina, that it is the only United Way among major metro areas in the state that is raising more funds than in 2007, before the economy collapsed.

United Way of North Carolina data shows giving to the nearly 60 local United Way affiliates in the state has dropped over 30 percent since 2007, High Point United Way says.

The biggest contributors to the campaign, which was chaired by Tim Ilderton, owner of Ilderton Chrysler Dodge Jeep, were Old Dominion Freight Line, with a total gift of $353,275 in employee and corporate giving; City of High Point, $239,444; and Cornerstone Healthcare, $188,789.

JDRF Triad chapter raises $1.8 million

The Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, raised $1.8 million at its JDRF Hope Gala, making it the largest fundraising event ever among North Carolina’s three JDRF chapters.

The honoree of the event, which was held March 2 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem and attracted over 1,000 guests, was Kelly King, CEO and chairman of BB&T, who received Beverly Berry Living and Giving Award from the chapter.

The award is named for the late Beverly Berry, a co-founder of Fresh Market, who had Type 1 Diabetes.

Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of New York City-based JDRF, spoke at the event.

Operating with an annual budget of $2.2 million and a staff of five people, the Triad chapter serves 15 counties that are home to an estimated 100,000 people with diabetes, says Mike Conrad, executive director.

Over 80 cents of every dollar the chapter raises goes to research for a cure, treatment and prevention of Type 1 Diabetes, he said.

High Point University parents giving $10 million

Parents of current High Point University students are committing to finance the cost of the new Center for Student Excellence in its entirety. The price tag for construction is estimated at $10 million.

Already the gifts have been received or pledged by six families from Atlanta, Richmond, Baltimore, Charlotte, Charleston, W.Va. and Chevy Chase, Md. Scheduled to start this fall, the center will house programs focused on student success and excellence during the college journey and beyond as they start their business or commence their career.

Catholic Social Services raises $200,000

Catholic Social Services raised nearly $200,000 at its annual Partners in Hope fundraiser on February 28 to support its programs and services in the Triad.

The Rev. Brian J. Cook, pastor of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, received the Partner in Hope 2013 award at the event, which was held at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem and attracted 600 people.

Catholic Social Services serves people in need, providing services such as pregnancy support, counseling on a sliding fee scale, and youth services that target troubled youth and their families, and teen parents and their babies.

Last year, its food pantry served 3,500 people with 106,388 pounds of food.

V Foundation awards over $100 million

The Cary-based V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded over $100 million throughout the U.S. for research into all types of cancers since it was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, who was basketball coach at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and a commentator for ESPN. To kick off its 20th anniversary, the Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Albert Einstein College for research and diagnostics of cancers affecting 9/11 first responders who worked at the World Trade Center site destroyed by terrorists.

Teach for America draws North Carolina students

Nearly 1,300 seniors at North Carolina colleges and universities applied for Teach America this year, the organization says.

Seven percent of seniors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University applied for Teach for America, as did 10 percent of the graduating classes at Wake Forest University and Davidson College, while 6 percent of seniors at Elon University and N.C. A&T State University applied.

UNC-Chapel Hill ranked third among schools with 10,000 or more undergraduates in the share of seniors who applied, trailing only the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Florida and Penn State University Park.

Wake Forest trailed only 10 schools with 3,000 to 9,999 undergrads, and Davidson trailed 20 schools, none of them in North Carolina, with fewer than 3,000 undergrads.

Overall, Teach for America received over 57,000 applications, up 18 percent from 2012 and its largest applicant pool ever.

Forty-two percent of 2013 applicants identify as people of color, and half received Pell grants, or federal tuition assistance for students from low-income backgrounds.

StepUP Ministry of Greensboro names executive director

Richard “Rick” Hurley, former executive director of United Way of Rockingham County, has joined StepUp Ministry of Greensboro as executive director.

Hurley, who formerly was campaign director for United Way of Cumberland County, succeeds Sheron K. Sumner, who served as executive director on a voluntary basis since inception of the the program, which provides job skills and life skills training to struggling individuals and families.

StepUP Ministry of Greensboro is the first replication of a Raleigh-based model founded at White Memorial Presbyterian Church.

StepUp Ministry Greensboro is supported financially and with volunteers by 11 founding faith community partners and eight supporting church partners, as well as businesses and individuals. Over 200 volunteers work in the program, which in its first 18 months has served 462 adults and graduated 380 from its jobs readiness program, with roughly 175 finding jobs.

First Presbyterian Church, a founding and primary partner, has provided Paisley House at 707 N. Greene Street for the ministry’s offices, meeting space, computer lab and clothing closet.

Blackbaud releases eBook on nonprofit marketing

Blackbaud has released npEXPERTS: Online Marketing Insights for Nonprofits, a free eBook featuring ways nonprofits can connect with supporters, activate their donor bases and raise more money online. The eBook features contributions from 20 online marketing experts from the nonprofit sector.

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