Nonprofit news roundup, 10.03.14

Earth lost half its wildlife in past 40 years

Half the planet’s wildlife disappeared over the past 40 years, according to a new study by scientists at wildlife group WWF, the Zoological Society of London and other groups, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The study, the most comprehensive study of animal populations ever, found a far bigger decline than previously reported, the Journal said.

Based on an analysis of thousands of vertebrate species, the study found the decline everywhere and attributed it mainly to increased habitat destruction, commercial fishing and hunting, the Journal said.

Climate change also was seen as a factor, but its impact was tougher to measure, the newspaper said.

Giving to health-care institutions grows in U.S., Canada

Giving by donors in the U.S. and Canada to nonprofit health-care institutions grew by over $380 million to more than $10.7 billion in fiscal 2013,  the most ever, a new report says.

Philanthropic fundraising to support U.S. nonprofit hospitals, medical centers, health-care systems and related facilities totaled over $9.2 billion, up 3.1 percent from the previous year and $1.5 billion more than in fiscal 2009, says the Report on Giving from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

In Canada, giving to health-care institutions totaled over $1.5 billion, up $100 million from the previous year and up $500 million from fiscal 2008, the report says.

Hospitals and health systems that invest in philanthropy generate a return of at least $3.50 for every $1 invested, AFP says.

The return on investment in fiscal 2013 totaled $3.83 in Canada and $3.55 in the U.S. for every $1 spent on philanthropic activities, AFP says.

And the “cost to raise a dollar,” a measure of fundraising efficiency, totaled 26 cents in Canada and 28 cents in the U.S., it says.

The report is based on data on their philanthropic fundraising activities in fiscal 2013 submitted by 242 institutions in the U.S. and 49 in Canada, reflecting response rates of 18 percent and 25.7 percent, respectively.

Median salary $160,000 for foundation CEOs; board compensation $71,438

The median salary for CEOs at U.S. foundations totals $160,000, while the median compensation for foundation board members totals $71,438, two new reports say.

Based on data from over 1,000 organizations, the 2014 Grantmakers Salary Tables and Board Compensation Tables from the Council on Foundations include information on nearly 9,500 full-time staff members, as well as board members.

For CEOs, the median salary was $124,373 at community foundations, $175,000 at corporate foundations, and $192,000 at private foundations, including $171,596 at family foundations and $210,500 at independent foundations.

For board members, the median compensation was $26,925 at corporate foundations and $72,700 at private foundations, including $35,750 at family foundations and $86,125 at independent foundations.

Insufficient data were available on median compensation for board members at community foundations.

Komen gives $2 million to UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke

Susan G. Komen is giving over $2 million in research funding for breast-cancer research to nine programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Since 1982, total research investment in North Carolina by Komen now totals nearly $31 million.

Since 1997, the Raleigh-based Komen North Carolina to the Coast affiliate has funded nearly $15 million for community health programs that provide screening, education, financial aid, and social and emotional support to women and families throughout the 29 counties it serves in central and eastern North Carolina.

Seventy-five percent of net funds the affiliate raises are invested in those communities, and the remaining 25 percent help fund Komen’s national research programs.

Forsyth Arts Council raises $2.65 million

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County raised $2.65 million in its 2014 annual campaign, meeting its goal and exceeding by $140,000 the total it raised last year.

Jeff Lindsay, chief operating officer at Novant Health, chaired the campaign.

The Arts Council says it is set to make grants in the coming year to 81 arts organizations and individual artists.

Triangle arts focus of partnerships

Triangle Community Foundation has teamed with The Durham Arts Guild and the North Carolina Arts Guild to promote the arts and strengthen arts groups.

The partnership with the Arts Guild will bring a local, curated art gallery early next year to the Foundation’s offices at the American Tobacco campus in Durham. The new Triangle Community Artists Gallery will host juried artwork from local artists for six months at a time.

The partnership with the Arts Council will create an organizational development program for arts groups in Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. The new program aims to boost the growth and sustainability of arts groups and help build a regional identity for the arts.

N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities names new VP, general counsel

Thomas R. “Tom” West, a partner in the Raleigh office of law firm Poyner Spruill, has been named vice president for government relations and general counsel at North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, the statewide office for North Carolina’s 36 independent, nonprofit institutions of higher education.

West, who begins work on November 1, succeeds Timothy H. McDowell, who retired after 20 years as NCICU’s vice president of government relations and public information.

West, who has worked for over 17 years at Poyner Spruill, leads its Government Relations Group and has focused on state law and regulatory matters. He previously served for 11 years as an administrative law judge with the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings.

Noble new CEO at Guilford Partnership for Children

Jennifer Noble, who has served as a pro-bono legal resource for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro and the Guilford Mental Health Alliance, has joined Guilford County Partnership for Children as president and CEO.

She succeeds Alice Moore, who has served as interim executive director since April.

The Partnership for Children, known as SmartStart, is a local resource for early childhood education and development.

Leadership change at Institute for Minority Economic Development

Andrea Harris, president and co-founder of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, has been named a senior fellow at the Institute.

Farad Ali, who for the past year has worked as senior business consultant to the Institute after serving for 14 years was its senior vice president, has rejoined the organization as president and CEO.

Gordon joins Fayetteville Habitat as development director

Erica Gordon, program officer for grants and special initiatives at Cumberland Community Foundation in Fayetteville, has been named development director at Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Adams named development director at KIPP in Eastern N.C.

Ben Adams, former assistant director of undergraduate admission at Duke University, has been named director of development and external affairs for KIPP ENC, public charter schools serving 1,000 students from low-income communities at four schools in Northampton and Halifax counties in northeastern North Carolina.

Giving grows overall, online

Overall charitable giving to nonprofits grew 4 percent and online giving grew 12.7 percent in the three months ended in August 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier, the Blackbaud Index says.

Wheels4Hope places 75th car in Triad

Wheels4Hope, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that recycles cars for people in need, will place its 75th car with a family at the 2nd Anniversary Celebration on October 9 at its Greensboro garage.

Over the past two years, Wheels4Hope has placed over 70 cars affecting the lives of over 200 people in the Triad.

The Second Anniversary event will feature a total of five placements.

Film festival raises $30,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital

Joedance Film Festival, a two-day event in August to raise money for rare pediatric cancers research for Levine Children Hospital, raised $30,000 this year, exceeding last year’s total by $10,000.

The Festival raised $950 its first year in 2010, $1,500 in 2011 and $2,900 in 2012.

Hancock chairs Guilford Go Red for Women

Cheryl Hancock, senior vice president and director of training and retail operations for NewBridge Bank, has been named 2014-15 Chair for Go Red For Women in Greater Guilford County, which raises money for the American Heart Association.

Sponsors of Go Red for Women, a year-long effort to raise money and awareness about heart disease and strong among women, include NewBridge Bank and Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center.

National MS Society raises $70,000

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society raised over $70,000 at its Dinner of Champions at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem. The event honored NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and attracted nearly 300 people.

Winston-Salem Salvation Army relocates to larger offices

The Salvation Army Greater Winston-Salem Area Command has relocated its emergency assistance and administrative offices to a new location at 901 Cleveland Ave. in space that is 40 percent larger than its previous space.

Commercial real estate event raises $14,000 for SAFEchild

The Ninth Annual Joint Commercial Real Estate Networking Event, held on September 11, raised $14,000 to benefit SAFEchild, a child-abuse-prevention agency in Raleigh.

The event, co-hosted by seven area associations attracted over 350 members from seven commercial real estate organizations.

The funds raised brought to $104,000 the total the event has donated over the years to local charities, which also include The Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, Hilltop Homes, Wake County Women’s Shelter, Pretty in Pink, InterAct, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Haven House and Urban Ministries.

Corporate officials get Ronald McDonald socks

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Ronald McDonald Houses of Chapel Hill and Durham mailed red-and-white-striped socks — the same style worn by the organization’s namesake character — to over 600 corporate supporters in the Triangle.

Duke gets $3 million

Gary L. Wilson, former chairman of Northwest Airline Corp. and a former trustee at Duke University, and his son, Derek, who serves on the board of advisors at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke, are providing $2 million to enhance and support athletic facilities at Duke and $1 million to fund an endowment for the museum and its collection.

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