Nonprofit news roundup, 01.17.14

Triangle United Way campaign posts first increase since 2006

United Way of the Greater Triangle raised $14.2 million in total pledges in its 2013 annual campaign, up 4 percent from the previous year and the first increase in its annual campaign since 2006.

United Way’s board of directors approved a 10 percent increase, to $5.8 million, in community investment to support the work of nonprofit partners and to fund new initiatives in Durham, Chatham, Johnston and Wake counties.

The campaign also raised $5.3 million in donor-designated funds that also will be  distributed throughout 2014.

Henderson County funder receives $3.6 million, awards $2.5 million

Community Foundation of Henderson County received over $3.6 million in contributions, had more than $77.6 million in assets, and awarded over $2.49 million in grants to nonprofits and scholarship recipients in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Belk Endowment gives $10 million to boost access to higher education

The new John M. Belk Endowment in Charlotte will give $10 million over three years to the College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill to increase access to higher education for low-income students in rural North Carolina high schools.

The grant is the first for the Endowment, which plans to award over $13 million a year in grants and has the mission of helping low-income and other underrepresented students increase their access to higher education as a key step toward prosperity.

The College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underserved high school students who enter and complete higher education.

The Corps plans to grow 34 percent this year with advisers in 552 high schools in 14 states.

Wake Salvation Army raises $339,000

The Red Kettle Campaign at The Salvation Army of Wake County collected just over $339,000 in 2013, with nearly $28,000 given on Christmas Eve alone.

Fund raised in the kettle campaign support Salvation Army’s holiday programs and year-round assistance programs.

For the Christmas holidays, Salvation Army served 20,932 individuals and 6,701 families, with 2,247 volunteers giving 7,085 hours.

And its 25th annual Coats for the Children Telethon on WRAL-TV raised $125,000 and donated over 7,500 coats.

Habitat Charlotte selected for effort to boost veterans

Habitat Charlotte has been selected to participate in the Repair Corps program of Habitat for Humanity International, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help repair, renovate or construct the homes of U.S. veterans.

Repair Corps grants will total up to $15,000 for each project.

Charlotte Better Business Bureau sees rise in demand

The Better Business Bureau in Charlotte received 2.25 million requests from consumers in 2013, up 23 percent increase from the previous year.

Consumers in 2013 filed nearly 14,000 complaints against area businesses, up from six percent.

The overall settlement rate for all complaints filed by consumers grew to a record high of 90 percent, up from 88 percent in 2012.

Complaints were filed about auto dealers over new and used cars; cable and satellite television; collection agencies; and auto repair services.

Triangle United Way to hold day of service

For the ninth straight year, United Way of the Greater Triangle will hold a day of service on January 20 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

An estimated 2,000 volunteers will support 34 community service events in Durham, Johnson, Orange and Wake counties.

Community college students in Charlotte to volunteer

Students from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte will work on service projects at 10 local organizations on January 20 as part of the school’s 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Challenge.

Band Together to hold bluegrass event

Band Together NC will hold a live bluegrass music event January 25 in Raleigh to benefit its work and its activities to support Communities in Schools of Durham and Communities in Schools of Wake County. The event, sponsored by Duke Realty, will begin at 8 p.m. at City Limits Saloon at 901 Tryon Hill Drive in Raleigh.

Truliant raises $29,000 for American Cancer Society

Truliant Federal Credit Union raised nearly $29,000 and donated over 500 volunteer hours in 2012-13 for the American Cancer Society through its Relay for Life event in Forsyth County.

Truliant, which has sponsored the event for 18 years, was the event’s top fundraiser in the Triad region that includes Surry, Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, Wilkes, Davie, Davidson, Yadkin, Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance, Rockingham, Caswell, Randolph and Stokes counties.

Junior Achievement gets $15,000

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received grants of $10,000 and $5,000.

Junior Achievement received a $10,000 grant from Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina to support programming in Forsyth County that teaches financial literary, entrepreneurship, and work readiness to students in grades K-12.

Junior Achievement also received a $5,000 grant from Ecolab to support a program to teach Guilford County students in kindergarten through 12th grade about personal finance, professional ethics, economics, entrepreneurship, and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, for career development.

Blackbaud release free ebook on donor retention

Blackbaud, a company that provides technology and services for nonprofits, has released npEXPERTS: Show the Love, an ebook featuring articles from 13 fundraising professionals on how to engage supporters to improve donor retention.

According to research conducted by Chuck Longfield, Blackbaud’s chief scientist, nearly three in four newly acquired donors leave within the first year, and the cost of acquiring a new donor is six-to-seven times more than it is to retain an existing donor.

Greensboro groups collecting household items for refugees

Leadership Greensboro 2014 and Church World Service have partnered to collect items to build household kits to stock new refugee’s homes when they first arrive in Greensboro.

Bruce rejoins board at Cone Health

Carole Bruce, an attorney and partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood, has returned to the board of trustees at Cone Health to complete the term of Michelle Gethers-Clark, who resigned to focus more on her job as president and CEO at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Bruce served on the Cone Health board from 1988 to 2002, and was board chairwoman from 1999 to 2001.

WakeMed Foundation names officers, board members

J. Blount Williams, chairman and CEO of Alfred Williams & Company, has been named board chair for the WakeMed Foundation, the fundraising arm of WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh.

Tish Turner, director of office development for Kane Realty Corporation, has been named vice chair, while Greg Carr, regional managing director for Carolinas Triangle East at Wells Fargo Wealth Management, now serves as board secretary, and Peter Scott, retired former president and CEO of Progress Energy, has taken on the role of treasurer.

The board also named six new members, including Margaret Douglas, a pediatric radiologist and director of pediatric imaging at Wake Radiology; Michael Ferguson, an ear, nose and throat doctor and director of WakeMed Faculty Physicians – ENT-Head & Neck Surgery; Dennis “Denny” Fingers, manager of the Private Wealth Group for First Citizens Bank; Sunny Johnson Lewis, owner of SolarView and the corporate director of business development for Johnson Automotive Center; Easter Maynard, director of community investment for Investors Management Corporation, the parent company of Golden Corral Corp.; and Walter Rogers, a partner in the Raleigh law firm Smith Anderson.

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