Nonprofit news roundup, 08.01.14

Environmental movement a ‘Green insiders club’

People of color account for over one-third of the U.S. population and support environmental protection at a higher rate than whites, yet they have not broken the “green ceiling” in the mainstream environmental movement, a new report says.

Environmental organizations, most saying they value diversification, show little interest in improving practices that leave people of color disproportionately underrepresented in their organizations, especially at the executive and board levels, says “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies.”

Unconscious bias, discrimination, and “insular” recruiting practices are the three biggest challenges to hiring, retaining and promoting diverse talent in mainstream environmental organizations, says the report, which characterizes the mainstream environmental movement as “the Green insiders” club.

The report looks at organizations’ gender and racial diversity composition and is based on a survey of 191 environmental nonprofits, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 leading environmental grantmaking foundations, and on confidential interviews of 21 environmental leaders from diverse backgrounds and experience.

The report was prepared by Dorceta E. Taylor, a professor in the School of  Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan for Green 2.0, a new initiative that aims to increase diversity across mainstream environmental nonprofits, foundations and government agencies.

“Organizations either do not recognize or have been unwilling to act on initiatives that will make them more welcoming to people of color,” The Raben Group says in a statement.

The report calls for environmental organizations and associations to institute annual diversity and inclusion assessments; for foundations, nonprofits and government agencies that do environmental work to integrate diversity goals into performance evaluations and grantmaking criteria; for the allocation of more resources for diversity initiatives; and for sustainable funding for networking to reduce isolation and support current leaders of color.

CEO of Winston-Salem Hospice resigns

Brian Payne has resigned as president and CEO of Hospice & Palliative CareCenter in Winston-Salem to pursue a job offer in another state.

Payne, who joined Hospice as CEO three years ago, had returned to his job this summer after being on leave for roughly five months for an illness.

Linda Darden, senior vice president for operations who had served as acting CEO during Payne’s leave, has been named interim CEO.

The Hospice board will meet in late August to discuss plans for a search for a new CEO.

Founded in 1979 and the oldest hospice in the state, Hospice & Palliative Care serves roughly 400 patients and families from 13 counties on any given day.

With an annual budget of $27 million and a staff of about 350 employees, including those who work part-time and as needed, it operates the 40-bed Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem and the 14-bed Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury it co-owns with Novant Health, formerly Rowan Regional Medical Center.

Boys & Girls Clubs aim to mobilize support for kids

As part of a national effort by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to mobilize support for kids, the four Boys & Girls Clubs in the Triad have joined a new national campaign to raise awareness about the needs of kids and the role the Clubs pay in meeting those needs.

Clubs in the Triad, which together serve a total of 2,550 kids a year, include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point.

The overall campaign aims to increase membership and access to Clubs for kids who need a safe place to go after school and during the summer; ensure successful transitions to middle school and high school, and foster readiness for college or career; motivate kids to be healthy; and engage youth in taking action in their communities and beyond, and build character and leadership skills.

According to the Clubs, one in five kids in the U.S. lives in poverty, three in 10 are obese or overweight, one in three leave school every day with no place to go and, in the summer, three in four kids lack access to summer learning programs, increasing their risk of “learning loss” and putting them at a disadvantage before the new school year starts.

North Carolina Museum of Art gets $1.9 million

North Carolina Museum of Art has received a $1.9 million grant from the SECU Foundation for art education outreach.

The Museum will use the grant to create an Education Center that will serve as a “portal” that provides access to its collections of art, special exhibitions, and educational programs on-site and, on a virtual basis, throughout North Carolina.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 for an auditorium, adjacent studio classrooms, and a distance-learning center, all equipped with technology to share the Museum’s programs and resources throughout and beyond the state.

Tomorrow Fund awards $133,700 in scholarships

The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students awarded a total of $133,700 in scholarship funding to 16 individuals from throughout North Carolina, including 13 females and three males, to attend 10 public and private colleges and universities in the state.

Scholarships ranged from $2,000 to $15,000.

Since it was founded five years ago by Diane Evia-Lanevi and Ingemar Lanevi, The Tomorrow Fund has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships for low-income Latino students in North Carolina.

Transitions LifeCare gets $70,000

The foundation supporting Transitions LifeCare, formerly Hospice of Wake County, is getting $70,000 from the 2014 Summer Salute for Hospice of Wake County sponsored by North State Bank. Over 11 years, the event has raised nearly $1.2 million to benefit the Hospice of Wake County Foundation.

The Foundation will use proceeds from this year’s event, held May 17 at North Ridge Country Club, to their Benevolent Care Program and will help provide roughly 467 days of care to patients without the means of paying for hospice services.

Triangle United Way names innovation finalists, board member

United Way of the Greater Triangle named four finalists in its competition for innovative strategies to reduce childhood hunger in region. United Way also named a new member of its board of directors.

The four finalists, which will receive mentoring and assistance to continue to develop their ideas and were drawn from 12 semifinalists in the innovation competition, are:

* Durham Public School System, which aims to change the way breakfast reaches students.

* Pennies 4 Progress, which was developed by students at N.C. State University and offers a new way to engage shoppers.

* Grocers on Wheels, which aims to overcome “food deserts.”

* Urban Ministries of Wake County, which is partnering with two entrepreneurs to streamline food distribution.

The winner, to receive $50,000, will be announced in mid-September.

Chris Bowers, vice president of technical support and client success for the Software Group Application and Infrastructure Middleware division of IBM, and Software Group senior site executive for IBM’s Research Triangle Park Lab, has been elected to United Way’s board.

New date for Greensboro event supporting mammography screening

The date for the 22nd Women’s Only 5K Walk and Run to benefit the Mammography Scholarship Fund at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro has been changed to November 22 from October 4 to avoid a conflict with the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur, which this year falls on October 4.

Proceeds of the event support screening mammograms for women who are unable to afford them.

Marbles to hold 4th annual ideas forum

Jesse Lipson, founder of ShareFile and vice president at Citrix, will be the featured speaker for the 4th Annual Marbles Big Ideas forum on October 1.

The annual luncheon for corporate and community leaders will be held at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

Duke gets $1.25 million

Former Duke basketball star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to Duke University, including $1 million to improve athletics facilities, and the rest to support Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

Career Academy gets $3,157

EPES Logistics Services contributed $3,157, including $855 from employees, to Career Academy of Durham, which serves young men of high-school age outside the traditional school system.

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