Nonprofits say funders don’t understand beneficiaries’ needs
Nonprofits use feedback from the people they serve to inform their programs but believe most of their foundation funders lack a deep understanding of the needs of those people, a new research report says.
Most nonprofits collect and use feedback from their beneficiaries, and 60 percent of 235 nonprofit leaders who completed a survey share that feedback with most or all of their foundation funders, says Hearing from Those We Seek to Help: Nonprofit Practices and Perspectives in Beneficiary Feedback, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Yet 73 percent of nonprofit leaders believe only some or fewer of their funders have funding principles that reflect a deep understanding of the needs of intended beneficiaries, and 84 percent believe only some or fewer of their funders have programmatic strategies that reflect that understanding.
“Our research shows a disconnect between foundations and their grantees when it comes to listening to the people whom both groups are seeking to help,” Phil Buchanan, president of The Center for Effective Philanthropy and co-author of the report, says in a statement. “Foundation strategies will be most effective when they are informed by those who will be affected.”
Community foundations growing
100 years after the first community foundation was founded in Cleveland, the number of community foundations now totals 1,826 in 67 countries, with 75 percent of those foundations created in the last 25 years, a new online directory says.
In the past 14 years, the number of known community foundations and community philanthropies nearly doubled, says the Community Foundation Atlas from a collaboration of international partners.
Combined financial reserves of community foundations totals $63.2 billion, and their combined grantmaking in the most recent fiscal year reported totals nearly $5 billion.
Sixty-four percent of community foundations employ five or fewer paid employees, and the average staff size is 7.6
The largest endowment of a community foundation is $3.73 billion, two in 10 community foundations have no endowment, and the average population that community foundations serve is 200,000.
Allebaugh joins N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness
Terry Allebaugh, founder and former executive director of Housing for New Hope in Durham, has been named to the newly-created position of community impact coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness.
Allebaugh retired in May from Housing for New Hope, a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness by providing access to housing, health care, and integrated services.
United Arts Council awards $112,000 to Wake schools
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County awarded $112,000 to 137 Wake schools to bring in teaching artists during the 2014-15 school year for performances and residencies that integrate the arts with core subjects.
In the 2013-14 school year, the program supported 157,688 contact hours to 144,059 students. This school year will fund 311 events.
Raleigh Boys & Girls Clubs dedicate new center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County have dedicated its new Ralph E. Capps Teen Center.
Named for Ralph Capps, its president for 42 years, the new facility at 721 North Raleigh Blvd. replaces quarters it has used since 2007 in the Alliance Medical Ministries facility in Southeast Raleigh.
SAFE Haven for Cats raises $6,800
SAFE Haven for Cats, a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter that works to find homes for homeless cats and kittens, and to reduce euthanasia in the Triangle, raised a total of $6,800 at two recent events, including the 4th annual September Hepcat bike race the 3rd annual October Run for Their Lives 5K.
Shredding event to benefit Heart & Stroke Walk
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the American Heart Association will host a document shredding event for the public on November 8 from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of the Miller Plaza building at 2200 Cloverdale Ave. in Winston-Salem.
Cintas Corporation will provide shredding services.
The shredding service is free, but donations are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Heart Association’s Tanglewood Heart & Stroke Walk.
Greensboro Hospice opens education center
Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has opened its John A. Lusk III, MD, Caregiving Education Center, a 15,000-square-foot facility at 2501 Summit Ave. that includes meeting space for community outreach and education on end-of-life issues, including grief and loss, continuing education for staff and volunteers, and hospice care team meetings.
Duke gets $1 million
Sean Fahey, a graduate of Duke University and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, both in Durham, is giving $1 million to endow scholarships at Duke for graduates of the School of Science and Math.
The gift from Fahey, a co-founder and co-chief investment officer of Claren Road Asset Management, an $8.5 billion global credit hedge fund manager, will provide whole or partial scholarships each year to one Duke undergraduate student from each class — from freshman to senior.
It is the largest gift of its kind to a North Carolina university to support graduates from the high school.
Seventy-seven former students at the School of Science and Math have graduated from Duke since 2009, and 38 currently are enrolled.
HandsNFeet Foundation raises $3,500
The HandsNFeet Foundation in Charlotte raises over $3,500 at its 2nd Annual HandsNFeet Cornhole Tournament. It will use the funds to by socks, gloves and hats for people in need.
Howard to chair Heart & Stroke Walk
Mike Howard, vice president of AM West Field Sales at Ecolab, has been named chairman for the 2015 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk of the American Heart Association.
Goetz Foundation honors couple
Angela and Larry Tollen of Durham will receive the inaugural “Family Building Building Blocks Award” from the Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation. The award, which recognizes individuals, couples and organizations that support the Foundation, will be presented at the 4th Annual Family Building Blocks Gala on November 13 at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh.
Event to benefit Hospice of Wake County
North State Bank will host its 12th Summer Salute for Hospice of Wake County on May 16, 2015, at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.
The event has netted nearly $1.2 million since it began in 2004.
Contributions are raised through sponsorships, event and raffle ticket sales, a silent and live auction, a casino and other donations.
The Hospice of Wake County Foundation uses the money raised to help fund its Benevolent Care Program to provide assistance to patients with financial needs.