Nonprofit news roundup, 05.16.14

North Carolina ranks low in charitable giving

North Carolina trails most U.S. states in charitable giving, with only 55 percent of residents reporting they donated money the previous month, only 36 percent reporting they volunteered, and only 28 percent reporting they donated money and volunteered, a new Gallup poll says.

Utah led the states, with 71 percent saying they donated money, 56 percent saying they volunteered, and 48 percent saying they did both, says the 50-state poll, which was conducted from June to December 2013 with at least 600 residents in each state.

Overall, residents in all states were more likely to donate their money than their time, with Utah and Minnesota the only states where majorities of residents said they had done both in the past month

North Carolina was one of 10 states in which the percentage of those donating money and volunteering time was below 30 percent. The others were Nevada, Kentucky, New York, Mississippi, Arizona, Arkansas, West Virginia, Rhode Island and Louisiana.

New York and Rhode Island residents ranked fairly high on donating their money, but fell behind in volunteering their time.

StepUp Greensboro names executive director

Ingrid Bullock, a business and leadership consultant, has been named executive director of StepUp Greensboro, succeeding Sheron K. Summer, who led the 2011 effort to bring the model of StepUp Raleigh to Greensboro and has served as interim executive director.

StepUp Greensboro, a faith-based nonprofit that provides job skills and life skills training to struggling individuals and families, is the first replication of a program founded at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.

StepUp Greensboro is supported financially and with volunteers by 11 founding faith community partners, and eight supporting church partners, as well as businesses and individuals.

Over 300 volunteers work in the program, which in its first 30 months has served over 750 adults, with 650 graduating from its Jobs Readiness program and over 400 finding  jobs.

First Presbyterian Church, a founding and primary partner, has provided Paisley House at 707 N. Greene Street in Greensboro for the ministry’s offices, meeting space, computer lab and clothing closet.

Raleigh-based Builders of Hope buys 68 homes in Florida

Builders of Hope in Raleigh paid $1.6 million to buy 68 homes in poor neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, Fla., and aims to rehab the properties for affordable housing, the Tampa Bay Tribune reported.

Fishing tournament raises $429,000 for N.C. Children’s Promise

The 6th Annual Reelin’ for Research fishing tournament on May 3 in Morehead City raised $429,000 to benefit the N.C. Children’s Promise, the nonprofit arm of the N.C. Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill,  and children’s cancer research.

The total raised was twice the amount raised last year.

N.C. Children’s Promise, which had a goal of raising $1 million in 10 years, now has met its goal in just six years.

Commercial real estate services firms CBRE|Triad and CBRE|Raleigh supported the tournament.

Charlotte women’s fund gives $377,500

The Women’s Impact Fund, a Charlotte-based, collective-giving organization with 400 female community leaders, granted a total of $377,500 to Charlotte Children’s Choir, Child Care Resources, TreesCharlotte, Barium Springs Home for Children and The Salvation Army.

Since 2003, the Women’s Impact Fund has awarded 49 grants totaling over $3.7 million.

Community leadership honored in Winston-Salem

Claudette Weston, president and CEO of Weston & Associates, a meeting and event management firm, has received The Winston-Salem Foundation Award from The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Weston has designated that the $10,000 grant that accompanies the award, which recognizes leadership in a community activity or on behalf of a community organization, particularly in the recent past, will go to Youth Opportunities and to the Joel A. Weston Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management.

At its annual community luncheon on May 7,  the Foundation and the ECHO Network also jointly presented the 2014 ECHO Awards to four recipients for building social capital by connecting people and building trust among people.

Recipients, each receiving $1,000 to grant to a nonprofit of their choice, were Interfaith Winston-Salem; A Priest and a Rabbi; Tyler Davis Sparks, founding president and of Sustainable Ardmore; and Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance.

Balfour Beatty Construction raises $23,000 for Make-A-Wish

Balfour Beatty Construction raised $23,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina at its 2014 Golf Classic on April 21 at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary.

Proceeds from the 64-team tournament will help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Caterpillar gives $20,000 to Green Building Council

Caterpillar Foundation has given $20,000 to the U.S. Green Building Council – North Carolina Chapter to expand its Environmental Stewardship Challenge in K-12 schools.

Throughout the year, chapter mentors and Caterpillar employees in the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte areas worked with 21 different school groups as they selected projects to promote environmental stewardship on campus.

Projects vary from energy conservation campaigns to improving school grounds for sediment runoff prevention and subsequent water pollution.

Caterpillar employs over 2,000 employees at 10 facilities in North Carolina, including sites in Winston-Salem, Clayton, Sanford and Cary.

ArtsGreensboro online fundraising tool gets $10,000 matching gift, an online fundraising tool that ArtsGreensboro launched in May 2013, has received a $10,000 matching gift from Wells Fargo.

The site, designed to help local nonprofit arts groups raise money for specific projects, and to help donors connect with arts groups and the audiences they serve, has raised over $60,000 for local arts projects in the area.

The matching gift from Wells Fargo will match donations for projects on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Helen Keller Foundation supports North Carolina surf camps

Helen Keller Foundation in Birmingham, Ala., has awarded a three-year, $20,000 grant to Indo Jax Surf Charities in Wilmington to support instructors and gear for North Carolina surf camps for visually and hearing impaired children.

Individuals, groups receive volunteer service awards 

Nine recipients from Forsyth County received 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards on May 14 from HandsOn Northwest North Carolina in partnership with United Way of Forsyth County, Salem College and The Winston-Salem Journal.

Recipients and the awards they received were: Cheryl Lindsay, Individual Adult Volunteer; Don Adamick, National Service Volunteer; Diana Heatwole, Senior Volunteer; Woodforest National Bank, Corporate Volunteer; Patricia Call, Lifetime Achievement Volunteer; Roger Lynn Jordan, Perseverance in Volunteerism; The Stanley Brothers, Family Volunteers; Chad Brown, Outstanding Mentor Volunteer; and VFW Memorial Honor Guard, Group or Team Volunteers.

Baker joins Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation

Dick Baker, former executive director of the Education Foundation for Union County Public Schools, has joined Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation in Asheville as executive director.

Hill named first executive director of GO FAR

Julie Samuels Hill, former major gifts officer for High Point Regional Health Foundation, has been named the first executive director of GO FAR, a youth exercise and running program founded in 2003 by Robin Lindsay, a High Point physician assistant.

Turlington now chief development officer for MudPies child centers

Neely (Kramer) Turlington, former marketing and communications manager for ASPIRE Communications and Marketing, has been named chief development officer for MudPies Northwest Child Development Centers in Winston-Salem.

Greensboro United Way grants available

United Way of Greater Greensboro is offering two grant opportunities, funded through the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, for new and existing programs that create positive community impact.

The Joseph M. Bryan Community Enrichment and Venture Grant awards up to $15,000, and the United Way of Greater Greensboro Joseph M. Bryan Human Services Grant offers awards of up to $30,000.

Letters of interest are due June 5.

Transitions LifeCare to dedicate veterans garden

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh will dedicate its Veterans Garden on May 24 at 2 p.m.

Founded in 1979 as Hospice of Wake County, Transitions LifeCare serves Johnston, Franklin, Durham, Harnett, and Wake counties with services in the areas of hospice, palliative care, transitional home care, and bereavement.

Blue Cross executive joins Triangle United Way board

Maureen O’Connor, executive vice president and chief strategy and innovation officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, has been elected to the board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Health Underwriters to hold benefit golf event

See Kristan Run, a local charity that is raising funds to help pay ongoing medical expenses, the cost of extended care, and prosthetics for assist Kristan Seaford and her family, will be the beneficiary of the annual golf tournament sponsored by three Triad Association of Health Underwriters on June12 at the Bryan Park Golf Course in Greensboro.

Seaford, an avid runner and mother of five young children, suffered a sudden and nearly fatal illness that resulted in the amputation of both her hands and left foot in late January.

NCShakes gets $5,000

The Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival a $5,000 grant to support workshops for teachers of English, drama and language arts in Guilford County and are designed to provide performance-based skills in the teaching of Shakespeare.

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