Social business, Part 6: Companies turn to nonprofits to help develop leaders

By Todd Cohen

To advance its mission of developing the next generation of global health leaders, Global Health Corps looks for partners that recognize the importance of investing in young leaders, said Heather Anderson, vice president of programs for the New York City-based organization.

That approach led to a partnership with technology company HP, or Hewlett-Packard, which provides financial support and donations of technology for Global Health staff and its annual class of fellows.

HP, based in Palo Alto, Calif., also provides employees the opportunity through a competitive process to serve as volunteer advisers to the fellows.

This year, 20 HP advisers are paired with 20 Global Health fellows in Africa and the U.S., speaking or communicating with one another at least once a month, talking about the fellows’ work challenges and career aspirations, and providing support on issues such as supply-chain management, monitoring the evaluation of programs, and playing a technology-related role.

The advisers, in turn get a “first-hand look at what it’s like to be working in a developing country, to be dealing with issues similar or different to what they are dealing with,” Anderson explained.

The partnership benefits both the nonprofit and the company, she said.

“Fellows are able to tap into the mentorship network and learn from the experience of those more senior,” she explained. “And vice versa, senior-level advisers can see what’s happening on the ground in global health in these countries.”

Next: Nonprofits tap corporate expertise

The series:

Part 1: Companies team with causes to add value

Part 2: Companies build giving into business strategy

Part 3: Philanthropy adds value for companies

Part 4: Nonprofit builds corporate partnerships from ground up

Part 5: Company works with nonprofits to build markets

Part 6: Companies turn to nonprofits to help develop leaders

Part 7: Nonprofits tap corporate expertise

Part 8: Company teams with nonprofit to solve social problems

Part 9: Nonprofits work with companies to help find business solutions

Nonprofit news roundup, 04.19.13

Swayne, Nunnallee promoted in StepUp Ministry expansion

Steve Swayne, executive director at StepUP Ministry in Raleigh since 2009, has been named CEO, and Linda Nunnallee, associate executive director and director of development since 2010, has been named executive director of StepUp Ministry-Raleigh.

Both promotions, which take effect July 1, are part of a restructuring at StepUp, which last year opened StepUp Ministry-Greensboro as part of a pilot expansion.

Founded in 1988, StepUp works to help adults and children build stable lives through jobs and life skills training.

The nonprofit operates with an annual budget of $1.86 million, an increase of 44 percent since 2010, and last year placed 378 people in jobs, up 153 percent since 2010.

And this  fall, it will launch a new life skills program in downtown Raleigh.

Under the restructuring, Swain will be responsible for strategic planning, program development and replication, including StepUp’s relationship with StepUp Ministry-Greensboro and other potential future sites.

Nunnallee will be in charge of all operations for StepUp Ministries-Raleigh, including its second life skills program that will begin this fall downtown.

Swayne and Nunnallee will share some responsibilities for key relationships with major donors,  Andy Betts, board chair of StepUp Ministry, says in a statement.

Children & Family Services Center marks 10 years

Ten non-profit agencies that share space and resources in the Children & Family Services Center have served nearly 2 million children and families in Mecklenburg County in the Center’s first 10 years.

The agencies, which provide a broad range of services to children and families but no duplication, moved in April 2003 into what at the time was its new, 100,000-square-foot building at 601 East Fifth St.

The building was funded through a capital campaign that raised $10 million in cash and in-kind services and products to support construction, technology and collaboration.

The Center says it has helped save partner agencies over $11.3 million in rent, furniture, and technology costs, compared to market rates over the 10 years.

Shared Services provides financial and human resources services for partner agencies that the Center says has resulted in increased service, reduced risk, enhanced accountability, and best practices for participating agencies.

The multiple needs of some families and children require the services of more than one agency, and can be met within one building, the Center says.

Partner agencies include A Child’s Place; Care Ring; Children’s Home Society; Communities in Schools; Community Link; Council for Children’s Rights; MedAssist; Smart Start of Mecklenburg County; The Relatives (Alexander Youth Network), and Safe Alliance, formerly United Family Services.

Community Care of North Carolina getting $2.6 million

Community Care of North Carolina received $2.6 million over two years from the Kate B. Charitable Trust and the N.C. Office of Rural Health and Community Care for Project Lazarus, a statewide program aimed at addressing chronic pain issues and combating prescription drug abuse.

Modeled on a pilot program in Wilkes County, the statewide Project Lazarus program will be designed to assist North Carolina providers in getting the appropriate pain control medication to patients who need it while minimizing the risk of addiction, and dealing effectively with dependence issues that develop.

Hispanic League awarding scholarships

The Hispanic League in Winston-Salem will award $2,000 scholarships to 34 local Hispanic and Latino students at the 14th Annual Spanish Nite Scholarship Awards Gala on April 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Since 2000, when the scholarship program was launched, $335,000 has been awarded through 180 scholarships to local Hispanic and Latino students.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra gets $50,000

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra received a gift of $50,000 from the estate of Nancy H. McAllister, the largest gift to its endowment in its 42 year history.  The gift endows the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Chair in perpetuity.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards teacher grants

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded a total of $24,332 in 2013 in Forsyth County Teacher Grants for professional development to 25 teachers in kindergarden through 12th grade in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools.

The selection committee, consisting of a panel of professional educators, made the awards in support of innovative and results-oriented educational experiences for teachers to improve their teaching ability and enhance the subject or content being taught in the classroom.

Providing funds for the grants were component funds at the Foundation, including The Sam and Anne Booke Family Trust, The Maytrice Walton Fund, The Blanche Raper Zimmerman Fund and The Gaddy Educator Fund.

Betsy Bennett joins Capital Development Services

Betsy Bennett, former director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, has been named strategic counsel at Capital Development Services, a fundraising consulting and executive search firm.

Griffin joins LGBT Community Center

Glenn Griffin, former artistic director of Queen City Theatre Company in Charlotte, has been named operations director of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Community Center of Charlotte. Griffin succeeds O’Neale Atkinson, who has joined Time Out Youth as director of youth services.

Autism Society raises $31,000

The Autism Society of North Carolina raised over $31,000 at its 2nd annual Catwalk to Camp spring fashion show, held March 14 at 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh, to support the Society’s scholarship fund for Camp Royall, a residential camp program near Pittsboro for individuals of all ages with autism. Camp Royall last year served over 1,100 campers from throughout the state during its summer camp and year-round programs. The 41-year-old camp program is the largest and oldest of its kind in the U.S.

Friends of N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences to hold fundraiser

Friends of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will hold its signature event, The Brimley Bash, on April 26  from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., in the Museum’s new Nature Research Center.

Columnist to speak at Epilepsy Institute

Sharon Randall, a nationally syndicated columnist, will speak at two events April 26 for the 25th anniversary of Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina. She will speak at a noon luncheon and for a 7 p.m. lecture at Forsyth Country Club. Information and reservations can be obtained by calling 336.722.1921 by the end of the day today.

Event to benefit John Avery Boys & Girls Club

The John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham will host its annual Golf Fore Kids Tournament On on June 24 at Hasentree Golf Club in Wake Forest, with all proceeds benefiting the agency’s programs for underprivileged, at-risk youth, including homework assistance, athletics, health and wellness, character development, the arts, and career learning.

Youth Grantmakers in Action give $2,337

Youth Grantmakers in Action, a program of the Winston-Salem Foundation, awarded seven 2013 grants totaling $2,337 to projects to help youth of Forsyth County come together to make a difference in the community.

The program, a group of youth ages 15 to 18 from all over Forsyth County, focuses on leadership and granting money to youth-led community projects. The program, formed in 2005 with financial support of Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, made three grants totaling $2,000 its first year; four grants totaling $2,500 in 2007; five grants totaling $2,500 in 2008;  six grants totaling $1,690 in 2009; four grants totaling $1,535 in 2010; five grants totaling $2,006.25 in 2011; and in four grants totaling $2,005 in 2012.

Housing fund established

Affordable Housing Management in Greensboro has established a Resident Education and Enrichment Fund to assist residents living in its apartment communities.

The focus of the fund is to grant awards up to $500 per household to assist with completing or enhancing education, career training, and advancement as it relates to employment opportunities.

The grants will be designed to serve as a gateway for economic, social, and educational success for AHM residents.

The AHM board of directors earmarked money to establish the fund, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro awarded a community grant to add to the fund.

Reading Connections to benefit from Scrabble Challenge

Reading Connections, a nonprofit that focuses on adult literacy, will benefit from 13th annual VF Corporation Scrabble Challenge, to be held April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at West Market Street United Methodist Church at Friendly Avenue and Commerce Place in Greensboro.

Truliant Federal Credit Union to award scholarships

Truliant Federal Credit Union will award 15 college scholarships, totaling $21,500 to its member-owners through the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation scholarship program. Truliant’s member-owners will receive scholarships from four Scholar Vision Funds: the Fred J. Sarda Fund, Telephone Pioneers Fund, General Merit Fund and the Clyde O. Padgett Fund.

Central North Carolina MS Society chapter raises funds

The Central North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society attracted 200 guests at the Greensboro Women Against MS Luncheon on April 10 and raised over $22,000 for research for local programs and services.

The Chapter also raised over $20,000 and attracted over 300 walkers and volunteers at its annual Walk MS: Rockingham County, sponsored by Modern Automotive on April 13 at The Penn House in Reidsville.

AIDS Walk in Charlotte on May 4

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, or RAIN, will receive all funds raised at the 17th Annual AIDS Walk Charlotte scheduled for May 4 in the city’s Fourth Ward.

Raleigh affiliate of National Christian Foundation makes grants

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation made 707 grants totaling $3.2 million to local, national and international charities during the first quarter of 2013. The average grant totaled $4,536, and the largest grants aside from those to local churches were given to student education and international outreach efforts.

Boys & Girls Clubs complete 20th Annual Career Skills Program

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Winston-Salem celebrated its 20th Annual Career Skills Program, a 14-week course that teaches students life skills needed to succeed beyond high school. The program is offered to 20 middle and high school students at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Winston-Salem.  Weekly topics included how to plan for college, write a resume, and find a job.

Social business, Part 5: Company works with nonprofit to build markets

By Todd Cohen

A key philanthropic goal at Verizon Communications is to work with nonprofits in the areas of health care, education and sustainability in ways that address their immediate needs and help the telecom company understand the effectiveness of its products, said Kathy Brown, senior vice president for corporate responsibility.

“We want to be in new markets with new communities, and we want to be close to the community and have an opportunity to understand customers’ needs and wants,” she explained.

“We can understand much better how we can serve the community through partnerships, we can get metrics that are good for nonprofits on how they’re delivering services,” she said, “and that also are good for us, to see the effectiveness of the products we put into the market.”

In a partnership with the New York City-based Children’s Health Fund, a national nonprofit that provides free primary care through mobile medical units in urban and rural areas, New York City-based Verizon provides tools to protect the security and privacy of health information, as well as wireless technologies for telemedicine and remote diagnostics.

“Our profit isn’t made on these partnerships,” Brown said. “Our profit is made in selling commercial products we understand better” through the partnerships.

The company also benefits because “our customers care that they’re doing business with companies that are responsible,” she explained. “We believe that if we don’t create value for the community, we are not creating long-term value for our shareowners.”

Next: Companies turn to nonprofits to help develop leaders

The series:

Part 1: Companies team with causes to add value

Part 2: Companies build giving into business strategy

Part 3: Philanthropy adds value for companies

Part 4: Nonprofit builds corporate partnerships from ground up

Part 5: Company works with nonprofit to build markets

Part 6: Companies turn to nonprofits to help develop leaders

Part 7: Nonprofits tap corporate expertise

Part 8: Company teams with nonprofit to solve social problems

Part 9: Nonprofits work with companies to help find business solutions

Junior League investing in elementary school

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — At Cone Elementary School in Greensboro, a low-income school that receives Title 1 federal funding, over 96 percent of students qualify for lunch that is free or at a reduced price.

In 2012, only 45.7 percent of its students showed proficiency on end-of-grade tests for reading, math and science combined, the lowest ranking among all Guilford County elementary schools.

To help address the challenges facing Cone Elementary, the Junior League of Greensboro on June 1 will begin devoting all its community giving, including funding and volunteers, to the school.

For each of the past three years, the Junior League has contributed roughly $50,000 to eight to  10 nonprofits to help address the basic needs of families.

For the coming year, it expects to invest over $60,000 in Cone Elementary.

That effort, which is expected to continue at least through May 2014, initially will focus on an initiative, through the school’s recently reconstituted parent teacher association after years of inactivity, designed to engage parents in the educational process; a literacy initiative that will focus on books and reading; school day programs designed to generate excitement in learning; programs that address basic needs; and efforts to support teachers.

A key goal is to make all those efforts “sustainable,” says Emily Faucher, a former assistant district attorney for Guilford County who is serving this year as the League’s president, a full-time volunteer position.

The League this year also is celebrating its 85th anniversary, and from April 20 through May 5 will host its third ShowHouse, which will feature the Adamsleigh estate, which was completed in 1930, and will benefit the initiative at Cone Elementary.

Formed in 1928, the Junior League grew out of the Greensboro Charity League, which was formed in 1926 by a  group of women organized by the late Kathleen Price Bryan, the daughter of Julian Price, who was CEO of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co., and the wife of Joseph M. Bryan, who was the company’s senior vice president.

The Junior League operates with an annual budget of over $600,000, including $400,000 it generates from its Bargain Box thrift store in downtown Greensboro.

One of 11 Junior Leagues in North Carolina, the Greensboro Junior League includes 360 active members who each typically volunteers at least three hours a month at organizations the League supports with funding.

The League also includes nearly 700 “sustaining” members.

Projects the League is considering at Cone Elementary include working with parents to boost their children’s literacy; getting parents more involved in the school; collecting books and other supplies for teachers; and supporting feeding and clothing programs for children and their families.

The ShowHouse, which the League hosts every four years, aims to raise over $300,000, Faucher says.

It will kick off with a patron gala on April 19 at the 15,000-square-foot, 13.5-acre estate, and will be open to the public for tours from April 20 through May 5, featuring designs for its more than 33 rooms created by local designers, as well as national designers secured by Traditional Home magazine, national media sponsor for the event.

All the funds raised will support the League’s initiative with Cone Elementary.

“We know we will support this school for at least two years,” Faucher says.

Social business, Part 4: Nonprofit builds corporate partnerships from ground up

By Todd Cohen

In 2008, The Home Depot approached Good360, formerly Gifts In Kind, about working together to provide the Atlanta-based retailer with a way to put to productive use inventory it was not able to sell.

Good360, based on Alexandria, Va., worked with the information technology department at The Home Depot to help identify the products the company would be donating.

“We listened,” explained Cindy Hallberlin, president and CEO of Good360. “We didn’t come in with a cookie cutter plan. We said, ‘What’s your plan and vision?’ We got aligned, not just with management but also with technology. We made sure there’s a marriage between their system and ours so we could be as efficient as possible.”

The effort began modestly, with The Home Depot distributing that inventory to 25 Good360 stores where 25 local nonprofits could pick up that donated inventory.

By 2009, finding that some stores had more donated inventory than the local nonprofits could handle, Good360 worked with The Home Depot on a strategy to develop warehouses so that instead of donating goods to individual nonprofits, many local nonprofits could visit the warehouses to pick up donated goods .

Now, the partnership has grown to nearly 1,300 stores and five warehouses, developed by local nonprofit partners with seed grants from The Home Depot.

“You need to listen and understand the needs of your corporate partner, as well as the needs of those you serve,” Hallberlin said. “If you’re meeting only the needs of the corporation and not meeting the needs of the end users, it’s not a good program.”

Overall, the partnership has helped distribute donated products to over 600,000 low-income families, diverting that inventory from landfills and in some cases saving money by not sending it back to a distribution center.

It also has connected thousands of charities with The Home Depot, helping to create good will and customer loyalty among the supporters and clients of those charities, Hallberlin said.

A single nonprofit served by the partnership, for example, purchased $500,000 worth of products at The Home Depot in a single day for a building project, she said.

“Nonprofits have collective buying power,” she explained. “If you get donations from The Home Depot, you’re going to go there for discretionary purchases.”

Next: Companies work with nonprofits to build markets

The series:

Part 1: Companies team with causes to add value

Part 2: Companies build giving into business strategy

Part 3: Philanthropy adds value for companies

Part 4: Nonprofit builds corporate partnerships from ground up

Part 5: Company works with nonprofit to build markets

Part 6: Companies turn to nonprofits to help develop leaders

Part 7: Nonprofits tap corporate expertise

Part 8: Company teams with nonprofit to solve social problems

Part 9: Nonprofits work with companies to help find business solutions

Ret Boney to head statewide philanthropy group

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ret Boney, senior vice president at Clarity Group, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit consulting firm, and former deputy editor of the Philanthropy Journal, has been named executive director of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers.

Boney begins work May 13 and succeeds Bobbi Hapgood, who is leaving after heading the statewide funders group since May 2005.

Phil Redmond Jr., who chairs the board of directors of the Network of Grantmakers and is associate director for child care at The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, announced Boney’s appointment in an email message today to Network members.

In his message, which a member forwarded to Philanthropy North Carolina, Redmond says Boney was the unanimous choice of the board, which last August engaged Raleigh search firm Elinvar to assist with the search for a new executive director.

Redmond also says the Network will organize regional meetings to give members a chance to meet Boney.

The Network of Grantmakers, a membership organization that operates under the fiscal oversight of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Community Foundation, is the leading resource and voice for organized philanthropy in the state.

Created in September 2002 to connect and support trustees, staff and advisers of grantmaking organizations, the Network of Grantmakers has over 90 members, including foundations, corporate giving programs and donor-advised funds that make grants to charitable causes in the state.

Boney has spent her career in the fields of journalism, public policy and consulting.

Before working as a reporter and editor at the Philanthropy Journal for nearly eight years, she managed the electric utilities group of KnowledgeBase Marketing in Chapel Hill and was a director in Chapel Hill in the loyalty-marketing division of Young & Rubicam.

She previously had served as deputy policy director for Gov. Jim Hunt and as a reporter and columnist for Fortune Magazine.

Boney received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in business administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Todd Cohen