Nonprofit news roundup, 03.07.14

High Point United Way raises record-high $4.86 million

United Way of Greater High Point Campaign raised a record-high $4.86 million, exceeding its $4.75 million goal and the nearly $4.72 million it raised last year.

According to results reported to United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way says, it has posted the best percentage change among the major metro regions in North Carolina for the 6th time in the last seven years.

These regions include Charlotte, Triangle, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Wilmington.

The only year High Point was not first among these cities, it was second to Forsyth County.

The most recent campaign marks the fourth straight year High Point has set a record-high campaign total.

According to United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way says, it is the only major metro area in North Carolina that is raising more funds than in 2007, before the collapse of the economy.

In contrast, giving to North Carolina’s nearly 60 local United Way affiliates has dropped more than 30 percent since 2007, High Point United Way says.

Kenchen new CEO at N.C. Community Development Initiative

Tara Kenchen, general counsel and chief operating officer at the North Carolina Community Development Initiative, has been named CEO.

She succeeds Abdul Rasheed, the statewide nonprofit’s founder and CEO, who is retiring March 15.

Rasheed founded the Initiative in 1994 to serve as an intermediary to invest in the work of community development organizations across the state.

Kenchen joined the Initiative in 2005 as legal counsel and vice president of special projects. She was promoted to COO and general counsel in 2008.

Before joining the Initiative, Kenchen served as assistant general counsel for Self-Help, a community development financial institution.

She previously was a law intern at Penny & Barnes in Elizabeth City, and teacher, team leader and program coordinator for Bertie County Public Schools.

She also is co-founder of Radah Consulting Group, a consulting firm that provides organizations with nonprofit and management services.

Habitat Charlotte CEO to head Presbyterian group

Frank Spencer is stepping down after two years as CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte to become CEO of the Philadelphia-based Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Spencer, who will leave at the end of May and begin his new job in June, has served since 2012 on the board of directors of the Board of Pensions. He will succeed Robert W. Maggs Jr., who is retiring after 15 years.

Habitat has hired Sockwell Partners of Charlotte to start a search for Spencer’s successor.

Since Spencer became its president in May 2012, Habitat Charlotte has served a record number of low-income families with affordable housing, and was named by Habitat for Humanity International as one of only seven Affiliates of Distinction in America.

In 2011, Spencer entered Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte and expects to earn a Master of Divinity degree this year.

The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has over $9 billion in assets under management and is accountable for the benefits of about 19,500 pensioners and survivors, more than 15,000 active members, 23,000 dependents, and 8,500 inactive members.

JDRF gala raises $1.2 million

The Piedmont Triad chapter of the JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, raised $1.2 million at its JDRF Hope Gala on February 22 at the Koury Convention Center at the Sheraton Greensboro.

The event attracted 700 people and brought the total the annual gala has raised over the past four years to $5.1 million.

Roy Carroll II, founder, chairman and CEO of The Carroll Companies, was honored at the event, which was chaired by Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh, a member of the chapter’s board.

Corporate chair for the event was Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chairman and owner of PACE.

Top sponsor for the event was BB&T.

At the annual JDRF Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., last year, the Piedmont Triad chapter gala was recognized as the most outstanding gala among 80 held each year throughout the U.S.

The chapter serves a 15-county area, raising money to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Child welfare agencies merging

Grandfather Home for Children and Barium Springs Home for Children, two of North Carolina’s oldest child welfare agencies, will merge effective April 1.

Grandfather Home operates as a subsidiary of Homes for Children. After the merger, Barium Springs Home also will become a subsidiary of Homes for Children, which will have a board of directors equally represented by Barium Springs and Grandfather Home.

By combining assets, the two agencies will become one of the largest child welfare providers in the state, with a projected operating budget of $35 million and over 360 employees and 350 foster families who serve 3,500 children in 63 counties.

Grandfather Home, based in Banner Elk, has five offices in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Waynesville and Winston-Salem. Barium Springs has 13 offices across central and western North Carolina.

Core services for both agencies are adoption, foster care, and comprehensive treatment for traumatized or neglected children delivered in residential, outpatient and in-home settings.

The leaders of Barium Springs and Grandfather Home say the merger will enhance and expand the scope of services, provide a larger operating footprint and continuum of care, and deliver operational efficiencies to better serve the state’s most at-risk children and their families in the face of dramatic change in the provision and funding of their care.

Greensboro Public Library Foundation raising money

The Greensboro Public Library Foundation has launched the public phase of an effort to raise up to $350,000 in private funds to provide enhancements to the new Glenn McNairy Branch Library being built with public funds on Lake Jeanette Road.

The fundraising effort, which began its quiet phase two-and-a-half years ago, has secured a $250,000 gift from McNairy’s two sons — William G. McNairy, a lawyer at Brooks Pierce, and John O. McNairy, president and CEO of Harvey Enterprises and Affiliates in Kinston.

In return for contributions, the Foundation also is selling brick “pavers” that will be engraved as donors choose, and used for the new branch’s outdoor patio.

Elizabeth “Boo” Stauffer, chair of the board of the Greensboro Public Library Foundation, says enhancements to the library to be funded by the private effort include public art; interactive learning for children; and books, audio books, CDs and other materials.

The total cost for the new branch, to be named for the late owner of Tatum-Dalton Transfer and Storage, will be $3.6 million. Voters approved funds for the branch as part of a bond referendum in 2006.

A key goal of its private fundraising efforts, Stauffer says, is to “get the public more involved with the library so that they have a part in it.”

Greensboro Rotary clubs pack 64,000 meals for kids

Over 185 members and families from seven Rotary clubs in Greensboro, along with students from youth clubs in Rotary District 7690 packed 64,000 meals for kids at an event hosted by Summit Rotary Club and District 7690 on February 22.

The annual event, held at the Out of the Garden Project warehouse at the C3 Church on Route 68, was an assembly line that packed fortified macaroni and cheese, soy protein and 21 vitamins and minerals combined to make a dried, bagged meals for students in Guilford County who are “food insecure.”

Rotary partnered with the Out of the Garden Project’s distribution network that helps feed hungry students on the weekend. Over half of the meals will be distributed through the 124 Guilford County Schools.

In addition to Summit, participating Rotary clubs were Airport, Crescent, Greensboro, Southern Guilford, Gate City and Guilford.

HanesBrands, employees raise $2.2 million

HanesBrands and its employees raised $2.2 million for the United Way of Forsyth County in its 2013 annual campaign.

Hanes and its employees represented the largest corporate giver to the United Way affiliate and have given over $34 million to United Way since 1999.

Brunswick County funder accepting online grant applications

Brunswick County Community Foundation is accepting online applications until April 8 from local nonprofits working in the areas of arts and humanities, education, the environment, health, human services, public and societal benefit, and youth development.

An affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, the Brunswick County Community Foundation since 1997 has awarded over $40,000 to local nonprofits through a competitive application process.

Eno River Unitarian Universalist gives $5,275

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham has donated $5,275 to two organizations that help LGBT youths and work to prevent and end homelessness, including $2,147 to iNSIDEoUT, a youth-founded, youth-led organization that provides leadership opportunities and a safe space for North Carolina’s LGBTQISA-queer youth, both in and out of schools, and $3,128 to Housing for New Hope, which works to prevent and end homelessness in Durham and Orange counties by providing increased access to health care, integrated services and housing.

Quebein to chair N.C. Campus Compact executive board

Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, has been elected to a three-year term as chairman of the executive board of North Carolina Campus Compact executive board.

The board consists of presidents and chancellors from the nearly 40 colleges and universities that are part of the statewide network, which is an affiliate of Boston-based Campus Compact and works to build the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen communities.

Family physician to speak at Guilford Go Red for Women event

Dr. Sherry Ryter-Brown, family physician at Novant Health Pineview Family Medicine in Kernersville, will be the keynote speaker for the 3rd Annual Guilford Go Red For Women Educational Expo and Luncheon on May 5.

The event, presented by the American Heart Association to improve women’s heart health through awareness and prevention education initiatives, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

National parks in state generate $1.11 billion in spending

National parks in North Carolina attracted 17.7 million visitors who spent $1.11 billion and supported 16,703 jobs in the state in 2012, a new National Park Service report says.

National parks in North Carolina are Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Moores Creek National Battlefield, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and portions of Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Heisman honored by national fundraising professionals

Eileen Heisman, president and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust in Jenkintown, Pa., has been named the 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Heisman will receive the honor on March 22 at AFP’s 51st International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio.

Since Heisman became its president  in 1998, the National Philanthropic Trust has grown to become the largest, independent provider of donor-advised funds in the U.S., raising over $4 billion in contributions and making over 90,000 grants totaling $2 billion to charities in 57 countries.

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