Nonprofit news roundup, 02.07.14

Blackbaud reports growth in giving

Overall charitable giving grew 4.9 percent in 2013, while online giving grew 13.5 percent and accounted for 6.4 percent of all giving, down from the previous year, a new report says.

In the three months ended Dec. 31, 2013, overall charitable giving grew 1.8 percent, compared to the same period a year earlier, while online giving grew 12.6 percent, says the Charitable Giving Report from Blackbaud.

Based on The Blackbaud Index, which tracks $12.5 billion in U.S.-based charitable giving from over 4,000 organizations on a monthly basis, the report says the increase was the biggest since the U.S. economy crashed five-and-a-half years ago.

Big organizations posted the biggest increase in overall charitable giving in 2013, while small organizations posted the biggest increase in online giving.

International affairs organizations had the biggest increase in overall charitable giving, while faith-based organizations had the biggest increase in online giving.

Just over one-third of overall charitable giving is made in the last three months of the year, with 17.5 percent of the total given in December.

North Carolina Community Foundation awards $5.8 million

North Carolina Community Foundation awarded a a record-high 2,100 grants totaling $5.8 million in 2013, and in its first 25 years has administered over $74 million in grants and scholarships for fundholders throughout North Carolina.

The Foundation also administers scholarships, and has awarded $4.2 million directly to 3,200 students over the last 25 years.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded $579,286 in direct scholarships to allow students to pursue post-secondary educations.

In addition to the grants reported in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2013, the Foundation was asked to administer grants for two programs offered by Duke Energy this year.

NCCF will help administer about $8 million in grants for the two programs, including one to North Carolina’s community colleges for workforce development, and one to social service agencies for energy assistance to low-income residents.

Anderson to head The Hill Center

Beth Battle Anderson, a national leader at Teach for America, has been named executive director of The Hill Center in Durham, effective July 1, 2014.

She succeeds Shary Maskel, who in February 2013 announced her decision to step down after 30 years as executive director at The Hill Center, which works to help students with learning differences become independent learners.

In 2001, Anderson joined the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she co-founded and served as managing director of the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship.

In 2007, she joined Teach For America as vice president for national foundation relations, and in 2009 was named senior vice president for national development.

She currently serves as senior strategic adviser, mentoring senior leaders on the Growth, Development, and Partnerships team.

Parker named fundraising chief at Triangle United Way

Virginia Parker is stepping down as vice president of development at the Divers Alert Network to become senior vice president of resource development and strategic partnerships at United Way of the Greater Triangle.

She will focus on expanding workplace relationships and engagement, and on developing major gifts, grants and new partnerships to support United Way’s community impact initiatives.

Parker joined Divers Alert Network in March 2013 after serving as associate executive director of the Wake Tech Foundation. She previously was vice president and business development officer at Paragon Commercial Bank.

Greensboro United Way $500,000 short of annual goal

United Way of Greater Greensboro says it needs to raise another $500,000 by February 28 to keep from reducing its investment in local health and human services programs.

United Way did not set a goal for this year’s campaign, which has raised $9.8 million.

For each of the past four years, United Way fell short of the goal for its annual fundraising campaign.

It raised $10.2 million last year, short of its $11 million goal and down from the $10.7 million it raised a year earlier.

In an interview before the campaign kicked off in September, Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way and at the time interim CEO, said that, rather then set a goal for the annual campaign, United Way would be working to raise awareness in the community about the impact of the programs in which it invests at 29 partner health and human services agencies.

Bar Association Foundation gives $189,000

The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation is making 21 grants totaling $189,427 to 14 statewide and seven local and regional grants.

The grants support five legal services projects, two scholarship programs, and one project each in Windsor, Salisbury, Greensboro, Durham, Asheville, Winston-Salem and Raleigh.

Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded 576 endowment grants totaling nearly $4.6 million.

Funds available to send at-risk kids in Triangle to camp

Children whose families otherwise might not be able to afford it will be able to go to camp again this summer, thanks to funding from Triangle Community Foundation through its Send A Kid To Camp program.

Nonprofits that operate summer camp programs serving children from Chatham, Wake, Orange and Durham counties may submit applications by February 28 for grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 during the open application process.

The goal of the grant program is to give deserving children a camp experience and the opportunity to continue learning during their summer break from school.

Since 1984, the Foundation’s Send A Kid to Camp program has raised over $3 million, sending more than 8,000 children to summer camp and providing a safe, educational and healthy outlet for at-risk kids in the region.

Priority for grants will be given to programs that reduce summer learning loss, target vulnerable populations, and provide opportunities for the involvement of parents, guardians and families.

Grant recipients will be announced March 31.

Nonprofit leader Hartigan dies at 65

Maureen Hartigan, executive director of Guilford Battleground Company in Greensboro, and president and owner of Hartigan and Associates, a leadership and management consulting firm, died February 2, just short of her 66th birthday, after a battle with cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Benevolence Farm focus of documentary film

The development of Benevolence Farm, a collaborative working-farm project being developed in Alamance County that will house and employ 12 women at any given time after their release from prison, will be the focus of a two-year documentary film project by Joanne Hershfield, chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Miller joins Food Bank

Anna Spell Miller, former development officer at Raleigh Little Theater, has been named senior grants administrator at Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Crossnore School gets $1 million

The Crossnore School for abused and neglected children in Avery County has received a $1 million gift from Ken Lewis, former CEO of Bank of America, and his wife, Donna.

The school has begun a campaign to raise $6.3 million to build housing for 30 more children and a new school building.

Ad Federation creates campaign for nonprofit

The Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the American Advertising Federation created a public service announcement campaign for E3 Project, a nonprofit that encourages children in the Triangle to be more healthy and active.

TIMCO teams with Junior Achievement on job shadow program

Building on a job shadow pilot program it launched last fall for Guilford County high school students, Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina continues to team with TIMCO on a five-week program that gives students on-site job experience.

This month, five students from T. Wingate Andrews High School began an aviation-based program at TIMCO with a specific focus on engineering or mechanics.

Each student will spend one day a week for five weeks with an individual mentor gaining knowledge about the requirements of working in the aviation field, and participating in hands-on learning opportunities.

Students also participate in Junior Achievement lunch-and-learn sessions designed to address personal success and financial literacy.

Cat shelter to host benefit

SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh will host a “Spay-ghetti & No Balls” benefit dinner on February 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to the SAFE Care Clinic.

Heart Association recognizes ‘fit-friendly’ worksites

American Heart Association has recognized 13 Winston-Salem companies as 2013-14 “Fit-Friendly Worksite” award winners, including Allegacy Federal Credit Union; Cook Endoscopy; HanesBrands; Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; Corning Cable Systems; Forsyth County; Inmar; MedCost; Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind; Lowes Foods; Salemtowne Retirement Community; BB&T; and Novant Health.

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