Nonprofit news roundup, 11.14.14

New role for Bullard at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Jill Bullard, CEO and co-founder of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh, will shift her role early next year from day-to-day operations at the 25-year-old nonprofit to community development, long-range change in the food system, advocacy and strategic fund development.

Bullard will continue to report directly to the board of directors, which has created the new position of executive director that also will report directly to the board and be responsible for daily operations, including managing staff, delivering programs and services, managing finances, and strategy for marketing and development.

The board’s personnel committee is beginning a search for the new executive director.

NC New Schools gets $20 million federal grant

NC New Schools has won a $20 million federal grant to develop new early college opportunities for students in rural communities.

Final approval of the funding hinges on NC New Schools securing commitments totaling $1 million from non-government funders, with pledges totaling $500,000 due by Dec. 10 and the remaining $500,000 required within the first six months of the program.

An additional $3.2 million in funding will be raised jointly over the five-year project by NC New Schools and participating districts and states.

 Five North Carolina counties are prospective partners in the initiative — Duplin, Harnett, Hertford, Rutherford and Surry.

Out-of-state partners are in Illinois, Mississippi, South Carolina and a fourth state partner to be sought from proposals.

Young, single, non-religious women generous

Young single women without a religious affiliation give two-and-a-half times more money to charity than do middle age and older single women are not religiously affiliated, and twice as much as young, single women who are religiously affiliated but attend service infrequently, a new study says.

Those women also give twice as much as their unaffiliated male peers, and they give twice as much to organizations identified as non-religious they do to organizations identified as religious, says Women Give 2014, a study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

U.S. foundations give record-high $52 billion

Giving by the 86,192 foundations in the U.S. totaled a record-high $52 billion in 1012, Foundation Center says in its Key Facts on U.S. Foundations.

The annual research study says those foundations held $715 billion in assets and it estimates giving in 2013 totaled $54.7 billion and likely will grow ahead of inflation in 2014, with independent and family foundations growing at a higher rate than other types of foundations.

Donor advised funds post record-high grants, gifts

Grants from donor advised funds to qualified charities totaled a record-high $9.66 billion in 2013, up 12.6 percent from 2012, says the 2014 Donor-Advised Fund Report from the National Philanthropic Trust.

Total charitable assets at donor advised funds grew nearly 20 percent to $53.74 billion, while contributions to donor advised funds totaled a record-high $17.28 billion, up 23.5 percent.

The U.S. was home to 217,367 donor advised fund accounts, with one of every three donor advised funds created in the last seven years.

The average size of a donor advised fund account totaled a record-high $247,217, up 13.4 percent.

Wealthy donors give $26.3 billion

Wealthy donors in seven regions of the world gave $26.3 billion in gifts of $1 million or more in 2013, says the Million Dollar Donors Report from Coutts in association with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Thirty-four percent of the total value of all gifts of $1 million or more supported high education, which received 43 percent of the total value of million-dollar gifts in the U.S.

Overall, million-dollar giving in the U.S. grew $3 billion to nearly $17 billion — its highest level since 2008.

Investment returns grow for operating charities

Investment returns for 60 operating charities with a total of $24.3 billion in assets grew to an average of 15.1 percent in fiscal 2013, up from 11.7 percent in fiscal 2012, according to the FY2013 Common Fund Benchmarks Study of Operating Charities.

Cook named Girls Scouts CEO

Lane Cook, vice president for advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, has been named CEO of Charlotte-based Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.

Autism Society events raise $430,000

A series of run-walk events hosted this fall by the Autism Society of North Carolina in Greensboro, Asheville and Raleigh raised over $430,000 for families affected by autism in North Carolina.

Three North Carolina communities join effort to end homelessness

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Greensboro and High Point, and Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are among 67 communities in the U.S.  that Community Solutions has selected to participate in Zero: 2016, a national campaign to end veteran homelessness by December 2015 and chronic homelessness by December 2016.

Legal Services in Charlotte expanding support for veterans

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, which for the past two years has offered civil legal assistance to low-income veterans in Mecklenburg County, has received support from United Way of Central Carolinas to expand its services to veterans in Cabarrus and Union counties.

Salvation Army in Winston-Salem launches Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army in Greater Winston-Salem has kicked off its Annual Red Kettle Campaign, aiming to raise $375,000, as well as its Annual Angel Tree Program to help serve 7,000 children in Forsyth, Stokes and Yadkin counties.

Angel Trees, located at 26 sites in the region, invites individuals, churches, civic groups and corporations to adopt children in need and provide them with personalized gifts and necessities.

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs honored

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point has received the NC Honor Award for Program Excellence from the North Carolina Area Council for its “Teens With a Plan” program.

The program provided teen Club members with opportunities to go on college tours, have teen nights, participate in financial literacy programs, and explore career options.

The program was supported through funding from the Staples Foundation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Bank of America Foundation and United Way.

Information session on 2015 Human Race scheduled

Companies and nonprofits that want to participate in The 2015 Human Race, to be hosted by The Volunteer Center and held April 18, 2015, at the Greensboro Coliseum, may attend an information session on November 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Topics include: overview and history of the event, nonprofit team responsibilities, corporate walking team responsibilities, dates to remember, and benefits. To reserve a spot, visit at HRInfoSession.eventbrite.com or call The Volunteer Center at 336.373.1633.

Last year’s event generated over $142,000 for 97 nonprofits, school PTAs and church groups that participated.

Over the past 20  years, the event has raised over $4.1 million for local nonprofits.

Wake Forest volunteers preparing Thanksgiving dinners

More than 150 student, faculty and staff volunteers at Wake Forest University have prepared and are delivering over 400 traditional Thanksgiving dinners to Triad-area residents in need during Turkeypalooza, an annual event hosted by The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University.

Stop Hunger Now to hold annual Thanksgiving fundraising dinner

Stop Hunger Now in Raleigh will hold its Thanksgiving fundraising dinner on November 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Plates Neighborhood Kitchen at 301 Glenwood Avenue.

Chinese Business Association to celebrate 10th anniversary

The North Carolina Chinese Business Association will celebrate its 10th anniversary at a dinner on November 18.

Speakers include Jean Davis, president and CEO of MCNC; Gina Qiao, senior vice president of Lenovo; and Tony Copeland, partner at Williams Mullen.

The event will be held at the Research Triangle Park Foundation at 12 Davis Drive in  Research Triangle Park.

Different Roads Home to hold fundraiser

Different Roads Home will host its 5th Annual Evening of Hope and Inspiration on November 15 at McGlohan Theater in Charlotte to raise money and awareness for its Jeanne White-Ginder Food Pantry.

Green Chair Project to hold sale

The Green Chair Project will host its year-end fundraiser sale Nov. 20-Nov. 22 at its headquarters at 1853 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh.

Proceeds from the sale of upscale furniture and household items will support the nonprofit’s mission of helping local families move to self-sufficiency and furnish their homes.   

Arneke named interim media-relations director at N.C. A&T.

David Arneke, director of research communications at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, has been named interim director of media relations.

Concert to benefit Neuse Riverkeeper

A concert to benefit the Neuse Riverkeeper will be held November 21 at 8 a.m. at RallyPoint Sport Grill in Cary and feature singer and songwriter Pierce Pettis.

GreenNC conference set for December 4 in Raleigh

The North Carolina chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will hold its 7th annual GreenNC conference on December 4 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Family Promise moves

Family Promise of Greater Guilford County has moved moved from Starmount Presbyterian Church to the Summit House at 2505 Fairview St. in Greensboro.

Wake Women’s Giving Network gives $120,500

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $120,500 to four area nonprofits that support women or children, or both.

Awards included $45,000 to InterAct to support victims of domestic violence; $38,500 to Note in the Pocket to help provide clothing to children in need; $27,000 to Haven House Services to provide programs to help struggling youth; and $10,000 to NC Arts in Action to help enrich the lives of children through performing arts.

The Women’s Giving Network, which awarded $100,000, now has awarded a total of $901,500 in eight years.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards scholarships

The Winston-Salem Foundation has named three winners of the 2015 Dean Prim Scholarship, which offers a summer travel program to China and a college scholarship in the amount of $1,500 a year for four consecutive years, and three winners of the AIFS Scholarship, a travel scholarship for the China study program to Dean Prim Scholarship applicants.

Urban Ministries to hold Stone Soup Supper

Urban Ministries of Wake County will host its 10th annual Stone Soup Supper on November 19 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.

The event last year raised over $35,000 for the Raleigh nonprofit, which supports 27,000 people a year.

Dress for Success Triangle gets $30,000

Dress for Success Triangle has received a $30,000 gift from Lenovo to support a new program to provide image and career coaching for women who are unemployed or underemployed after leaving the military.

Band TogetherNC picks Kidznotes as 2016 partner

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music to raise money for nonprofits, has picked Kidznotes as its 2016 nonprofit partner.

Women’s Fund of North Carolina gives $11,500

The Women’s Fund of North Carolina at the North Carolina Community Foundation awarded a total of $11,500 to six organizations.

AT&T, employees, donate clothes to veterans

AT&T and its employees donated winter coats, caps and gloves to support veterans in need in the Triad.

 The items will be distributed by the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program at Salisbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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