Nonprofit news roundup, 06.20.14

Arts fundraising overhaul urged for Charlotte

To support its cultural sector, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County need a new fundraising model, a new report says.

Among other recommendations, the report from the Cultural Life Task Force calls for restructuring of the Arts & Science Council, or ASC; securing private investment of $4 million or more a year for 10 years for revenue-generating staff and technology resources for ASC’s cultural partners; and designing and launching a $125 million endowment campaign over the next 10 years by ASC, its cultural partners and the Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust.

Private-sector giving should be restructured to increase individual, corporate and foundation donations directly to cultural organizations, says the report from the 23-member task force.

ASC’s annual fund drive that in the past has raised money to support local cultural groups should be redesigned as a year-round campaign that focuses on fundraising and engagement, and ASC’s role should be shifted to connect donors directly to cultural organizations, the report says.

ASC also should support its cultural partners with administrative, fundraising and managerial resources, and help them focus on investing in revenue-generating departments and raising more money.

The report also calls for strengthening ASC’s partnership with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to make the region a destination for cultural tourism; launching a major data collection and sharing initiative with ASC’s cultural partners; creating a regional “Cultural Coalition” to spearhead advocacy for the cultural sector; engaging local and state government to “restore the public/private partnerships that built and grew the local arts, science and history sector;” and increasing annual support from the city of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and nearby towns.

Forsyth United Way raises $17.35 million; names board and staff members

United Way of Forsyth County raised $17.35 million in its 2013 workplace campaign, exceeding its goal — and the goals and totals raised in 2011 and 2012 — by $25,000.

As part of a new strategy in recent years to diversify its funding, United Way in fiscal 2014 also secured grants and other gifts totaling $2.569 million, up from $2.412 million in fiscal 2013, $1.11 million in fiscal 2012, and $716,000 in fiscal 2011.

Most of that grant funding has been from state and national sources outside Forsyth County, both public and private.

United Way also has added six new members to its board of directors, including Guillermo Alvarez, president and owner of Spearhead Insights, Market Intelligence and Discover; Alvin Atkinson, executive director of The Community Safety Center at Winston-Salem State University; Mark Johnson, corporate counsel for Inmar; Jim Olson, a community volunteer; Hank Price, president and general manager at WXII 12; and Evan Raleigh, assistant to the city manager for the City of Winston-Salem.

Sallye Liner, chief clinical officer of Novant Health, chairs United Way’s board, while Brenda Diggs, a board member, also is chair of the board of directors for United Way of North Carolina.

Mary Cranfill, former executive director for procurement services at Wake Forest University, has joined Forsyth United Way as vice president for marketing and communications, while Ryland Tisdale, former sales executive at Ricoh USA, has joined United way as resource development director.

Triangle YMCA merging with Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA

YMCA of the Triangle and Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA are merging, effective July 1.

As a result of the merger, Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA will become a branch of the YMCA of the Triangle, its employees will become employees of YMCA of the Triangle, and a new YMCA branch in Chatham County will be chartered.

Since 2013, YMCA of the Triangle and Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA have operated under a management services agreement.

Under the agreement, YMCA of the Triangle has provided leadership to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA in fund development, staff development, volunteer development, as well as fiscal oversight.

Late last year, both YMCAs renewed the agreement for one year.

YMCA of the Triangle operates 13 facility branches in Wake, Durham and Lee Counties. It also operates three overnight camps — Camp Kanata in Wake Forest, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer in Pamlico County.

In 2013, YMCA of the Triangle invested over $7.5 million to serve 13,708 children, teens and adults in need, with its annual We Build People campaign providing over $5.7 million.

Triangle Race for the Cure raises $1 million

Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast raised over $1 million at its 18th annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure. The event, held June 14 at Meredith College in Raleigh, attracted over 10,500 participants.

Seventy-five percent of the proceeds are used to support breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women and men in central and eastern North Carolina, and the remaining 25 percent are used to support breast cancer research.

Since its first race in 1997, the local Komen affiliate has raised nearly $15 million for local breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social programs.

Seattle most generous U.S. city for online giving

Seattle is the most generous U.S. city for online giving, according to a ranking by Blackbaud of cities with populations over 100,000, based on per-capita online giving in 2013.

Following Seattle among the 10 most generous cities in the ranking were Alexandria, Va.; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, Mass.; Ann Arbor, Mich.;  Arlington, Va.; Cincinnati; Bellevue, Wash.; and San Francisco.

$51,000 awarded for arts marketing 

The Forsyth County Tourism Development Authority approved $51,000 in funding to support eight arts marketing campaigns. Campaigns that received funding include The Art of Seating Winston-Salem campaign by Old Salem Museums & Gardens and Reynolda House Museum of American Art; Bookmarks Festival of Books; Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair; RiverRun International Film Festival; Salute! The NC Wine Celebration; Winston-Salem Air Show; Winston-Salem Hispanic League – Fiesta 2014; and Winter Holiday Campaign by Old Salem Museums & Gardens and Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Summit School gets $25,000

Summit School in Winston-Salem received a gift of $25,000 from Tuncer Cebeci of Long Beach to establish an endowment fund in memory of his late wife, Sylvia Holt Cebeci, a Summit School alumna from the class of 1956.  The endowment will provide financial aid to a student whose family otherwise might not be able to afford a Summit education.

Duke Medicine gets $15 million

Duke Medicine has been awarded $15 million from The Marcus Foundation in Atlanta to support a research program that explores the use of umbilical cord blood cells to treat autism, stroke, cerebral palsy and related brain disorders.

The grant will fund the first two years of a planned five-year, $41 million project.

Teen Driving Solutions School gets $5,000

Teen Driving Solutions School in Raleigh received a $5,000 donation from a Triad family that wishes to remain anonymous.

Bond honored for role in Watauga County Community Foundation

Bettie Bond, a retired history professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, has received the Lewis R. Holding Philanthropic Leadership Award for 2014 from the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

Bond was honored for her role as a member of the board of advisors of the Watauga County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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