Nonprofit news roundup, 04.12.13

Seattle ranks as most generous online city

For the second straight year, Seattle has been ranked as the most generous online city in the U.S. by Blackbaud, based on online giving per 1,000 residents.

The analysis ranks 265 cities with a total population of over 100,000 based on per capita online giving, with over $509 million donated online by donors in the 265 cities, up 15 percent from 2011.

Per capita online giving in Seattle totaled $38,297.

Other cities that ranked among the 10 most generous online cities, including their rank and per capita giving, were:

* Alexandria, Va., 2, $33,106.

* Washington, D.C., 3, $23,995.

* Arlington, Va., 4, $23.759.

* Ann Arbor, Mich., 5, $21,499.

* Cambridge, Mass., 6, $20,202.

* Berkeley, Calif., 7, $17,800.

* San Francisco, 8, $17,384.

* St. Louis, 9 $16,631.

* Minneapolis, 10 $17,721.

Cities in North Carolina that were ranked, along with their national rank and per capita online giving, included:

* Cary, 18, $13,616.

* Raleigh, 21, $12,843.

* Durham, 28, $10,087.

* Charlotte, 29, $9,190.

* Wilmington, 47, $7,660.

* Greensboro, 70, $6,364.

* Winston-Salem, 111, $4,667.

* High Point, 173, $3,241.

* Fayetteville, 186, $2,742.

Wesley Mancini Foundation closing

The Wesley Mancini Foundation, which has funded projects to foster the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT,  individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community, or to seek to end censorship and work to promote and support freedom of expression, or both, has awarded its final grant and will close on June 30.

The Foundation has awarded $30,000 to endow residencies for LGBT artists-in-residence at McColl Center for Visual Art.

The purpose of the Foundation has been accomplished, says Wesley Mancini, who says in a statement he created the Foundation in response to the 1999 controversy over the play, “Angels in America,” and a decision by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners to withhold arts funding of LGBT-related causes.

In 2000, he says, the Foundation was the sole local funding resource, other than individual donors, for LGBT nonprofits.

That is no longer the case, he says.

Me Fine Foundation names executive director

Joey Powell, a former account executive at Sports Radio for Capitol Broadcasting Co. in Raleigh, has been named executive director of the Me Fine Foundation in Princeton, N.C., which helps to provide resources and financial assistance to parents and caregivers with children facing life-threatening illnesses at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Durham and North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Farmer Foodshare hosting benefit concert

Farmer Foodshare will celebrate its 4th birthday at a free concert on May 5 in the Cat’s Cradle parking lot in Carrboro featuring Lost in the Trees, The Love Language, and Loamlands, and selling  a limited edition Lost in the Trees t-shirt, with all proceeds supporting its mission of connecting people at risk of hunger and malnutrition with fresh produce from local farms.

High Point Museum staffers honored

Marian Inabinett, curator of collections at the High Point Museum, received the Professional Service Award from the North Carolina Museum Council, and Kimberly Mozingo, park interpreter at the Museum, received the Student Memorial Award.

Homeless services in spotlight

The 2013 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down was held at the LJVM Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, on April 10. A goal of the one-day, one-stop shop was to bring together individuals experiencing a housing crisis and veterans who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis with volunteers and service providers on site to establish the necessary connections to end their housing crisis. Sponsors included Mayor Joines, City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, United Way of Forsyth County, Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, American Express, U.S. Department of Labor, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board Mobile JobLink Unit, and Salvation Army.

The John Crosland School names head of school

Sean Preston, former head of school at Cypress Heights Academy, a K-8 private school with 300 students in Baton Rouge, La., has joined The John Crosland School in Charlotte as head of school. Maria Leahy, the associate head of school who led the school on an interim basis, will report to Preston and continue to manage day-to-day academics.

HandyCapable to celebrate 5000th recycled computer

HandyCapable Network in Greensboro will celebrate recycling its 5,000th computer at an event at Earth Fare Market in Greensboro on April 20 from 11 p.. to 3 p.m. Guests are invited to bring and donate old computers, monitors, printers and cell phones.

Easter Seals drive

Customers who visit any A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts store through April 27 can donate $1 to Easter Seals’ Act for Autism campaign at checkout.

Catholic Charities to hold benefit

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh will hold its Third Annual Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala, hosted by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, on April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, with Chris Hohmann, ABC11 meteorologist, serving as emcee. At the event, the 2013 Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Community Service Award will be presented to Ron and Jeannette Doggett, who are long-time benefactors of a range of charitable causes, including Catholic Parish Outreach, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Guilford Go Red for Women

Red Mango stores in Greensboro and High Point are major sponsors of the American Heart Association’s Guilford Go Red For Women campaign. Red Mango is sponsoring the “Red Hot Purse-a-nality” Silent Auction at the Guilford Go Red For Women Educational Expo and Luncheon on May 6 at the Koury Convention Center, and from April 12 through April 16 is hosting an exhibit at the Palladium Center of Go Red-themed artwork created by every student at High Point Friends Middle School.

SEEDS expanding facility

SEEDS, an educational community garden in Durham, has broken ground on a project to expand its facility. The building renovation, designed by MHAworks and constructed by CT Wilson, will expand the size of its  current structure to roughly 5,000 square feet from 3,200 square feet. The main entrance to the building will be relocated to the sest side of the structure, making the garden the focal point of all activity.  Working and learning space will be expanded, and a teaching kitchen will be added.

Benefit for Urban Ministries of Wake County

Tour D’ Coop, an annual tour of homes, gardens and backyard chicken coops in the Raleigh and Cary areas, will hold its third annual COCK-Tail Party, a preview event of the one-day tour to help raise funds for Urban Ministries of Wake County. The preview event will be held April 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the North Hills home of Anna Baird and Hunt Choi. The 2013 Tour D’ Coop will take place on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Greensboro Symphony to hold fundraiser

The Greensboro Symphony will hold its annual “Name That Tune” fundraiser on May 17 at the penthouse of Vanessa and Roy Carroll, in Center City downtown Greensboro.

One response

  1. Rankings such as these can be useful if all the relevant caveats can be kept in mind, which is not always easy to do. First, these are only online gifts. So it is hardly surprising that the hometown of Microsoft and Amazon employees, among other long-standing tech giants, is a place where people are comfortable making larger gifts online. San Francisco, Boston, Cambridge, all to be expected. What interests me are the online figures for the greater DC area. Who are the generous online donors? Consultants? Lobbyists for the tech industry? Federal employees? In any case, the discrepancy between the largest-online-donor cities and the smaller ones is so great as to invite examination of the methodology and considerable reflection.

    Of course Blackbaud uses a sample, and that sample depends on access to the recipients’ data systems, according to the explanation on the Blackbaud site. ( ) That’s an obvious but necessary limitation of this sort of method. And those sampled figures are averaged across all residents of those cities, not across all donors, so a city with a higher concentration of affluent Internet-comfortable people stands a better chance at being at the top of the rankings, irrespective of whether one city’s donors are, on average, more generous than another’s. Religious gifts online are not included in Blackbaud’s report, so places where more residents do their online giving to religious causes (Would that be the South? I don’t know.) may be under-represented.

    If there is a take-away from a report like this, it would seem to be that there are areas of the country where spending money and effort to get online donations (TV, radio, online ads) is not as smart as it may be in other areas. Or maybe the opposite is true.What proportion of total fundraising effort should be devoted to seeking online gifts if donors are mostly in North Carolina as opposed to Boston?

    Finally, we are left with questions such as these: Is Wilmington a poor choice for raising money online, or is it a potentially untapped goldmine? What is the best way to test either of these possibilities? These are not rhetorical questions, at least for me. I’d love to hear what people think.


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