Nonprofit news roundup, 06.14.13

Independent College Fund raises record-high $2.5 million

The Independent College Fund of North Carolina raised over $2.5 million in its 2012-13 annual campaign, the highest total since it was founded 60 years ago.

Dollars from the Fund, which has seen annual fundraising grow from $1.6 million four years ago, are used to sponsor student scholarships and enrichment programs at North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities.

Founded in 1953, the Fund has raised over $75 million since it was founded in 1953.

The Fund is the fundraising division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that represents the state’s 36 private colleges and universities. generates $1 million for arts in Mecklenburg County, a website the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte launched in August 2011 to raise money for local arts and cultural projects, has generated a total of $3 million for arts projects in 15 U.S. cities, including $1 million Mecklenburg County.

In Charlotte, the site has handled just over 3,300 individual donations that have been matched by gifts from corporations and foundations secured by the Arts & Science Council that represent 46 percent of the funds raised locally.

Those local funds have supported over 300 arts and cultural projects in Mecklenburg County at 68 organizations that have posted projects on the site, inviting donors to support them.

The Arts & Science Council receives 3.75 percent of funds raised by other communities using

In North Carolina, arts councils in Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Winston-Salem are using the site, and the North Carolina Arts Council is using it to raise money for arts projects in the state’s 95 other counties.

Laura Belcher, senior vice president at the Arts & Science Council and national director of, says the fundraising platform should be serving 18 communities by the end of June, and will add another 12 in the fiscal year that  begins July 1.

High Point United Way awards over $3.91 million

United Way of Greater High Point has awarded over $3.91 million to 72 health and human service programs at 29 local partner agencies for the fiscal year that begins July 1, up 6.5 percent from last year and the most funding United Way ever has awarded.

In High Point and Archdale-Trinity, Mobile Meals programs that have lost government funding, received increased funding from United Way, while Mental Health Associates received an increase of $250,000 in the wake of the closing of the Guilford Center, a public mental health facility.

United Way on June 18 will announce 10 venture grants totaling over $45,000 to fund innovative programs and capital needs at United Way agencies and other area nonprofits.

United Way raised nearly $4.72 million in its 2012 annual campaign, a record-high total that exceeded its $4.7 million goal.

United Way donors designated another $510,329 to organizations outside the High Point area, with most of those funds donated to other United Ways in the regions, mainly in Greensboro and in Davidson, Randolph and Forsyth counties.

In addition to agency funding, United Way will allocate $15,125 to provide 2-1-1 service, an information and referral line, in the region.

United Way set aside $240,221 to cover “uncollectable” pledges.

It also will spend $36,000 on its BackPack program that provides nutritious food to kids at risk of hunger over the weekends during the school year. Donors designated those dollars for that program.

Donations totaling $204,962 from local companies such as Bank of America and Aetna that run national workplace campaigns for United Way were pledged and will be paid directly to United Way’s partner agencies through a private third-party vendor the companies hired to handle payments for their campaigns.

Delamar joins Food Bank as vice president for development

Ashley Delamar, former director of development for North and South Carolina for the The Salvation Army, has been named vice president of development for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Fayetteville/Cumberland Arts Council awards $630,155

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County awarded $630,155 in grants in the current fiscal year.

That funding included $425,000 in operating support to three organizations; $140,000 in project support to 23 agencies; and $15,571 for Regional Artist Project grants to 14 artists in 15 counties.

Over 53,000 students benefited from the Council’s Artists in Schools program.

Davidson names general manager at WDAV

Frank Dominguez, interim general manager at WDAV at Davidson College since November 2012 and the station’s former announcer coordinator, assistant program director, and program director, has been named general manager and content director of WDAV.

Risk management professionals raise $10,000 for children’s museum

The Young Professionals of the Risk Management Association, Triad Chapter, raised $10,000 for the Greensboro Children’s Museum at its annual benefit golf tournament, Chipping In, that was held June 3 at at Starmount Forest Country Club and sponsored by Carruthers & Roth, PA.

Red Cross raises $25,000

Members of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, Central Piedmont Region in Charlotte, along with its CEO and team, raised $25,000 by spending the morning on a roof. The funds will be used to provide shelter, food and support to families after house fires. It costs the Red Cross roughly $1,000 to assist a family affected by a house fire. The local Red Cross responds to two house fires every day.

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