Nonprofit news roundup, 11.21.14

Hood leaving Locke Foundation to head Pope Foundation

John Hood, president, CEO and a founder of the John Locke Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Raleigh, has been named president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaking foundation.

Hood, who begins his new job January 5 and will continue to chair the board of the Locke Foundation, succeeds business executive Art Pope, who is stepping down as president of the Pope Foundation and will continue to chair its board.

Succeeding Hood as president and CEO of Locke Foundation, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in February, will be Kory Swanson, its long-time executive vice president.

Pope, who stepped down this year as state budget director, is chairman and CEO of Variety Wholesalers and co-founder of the Pope Foundation.

His daughter, Joyce Pope, has served as vice president of the Pope Foundation since July 2013.

Public School Forum launching initiative to boost new teachers

The Public School Forum of North Carolina will launch an initiative in 2015 aimed at retaining and supporting new public school teachers in the state.

With a grant from Golden Corral, the Forum will pilot its Beginning Teacher Network in Wake County next spring, and operate the program for its first full year in 2015-16, with plans to expand to additional counties.

North Carolina loses roughly half its public school teachers within their first five years in the classroom, says Keith Poston, president and executive director of the Forum.

“With increasing teacher turnover in recent years and declining enrollment at our state’s teacher preparation programs,” Poston says in a statement, “it is critical we support our teachers at the beginning of their careers, both to help them develop even more quickly into highly effective teachers, and to keep them in the profession long-term.”

To better retain, support and speed development of new teachers, the new initiative will include monthly face-to-face forums and digital networking in the areas of education policy and advocacy; cross-curricular collaboration; and professional development.

Triangle arts groups get grants to build capacity

Ten small and medium-sized arts groups in the Triangle have been picked to participate the New Realities Triangle Regional Initiative, a capacity-building program presented through a partnership of Triangle Community Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Each group will receive a $3,450 grant for consulting provided by ARTS Action Research.

The groups, which also will participate in regional roundtables and receive individualized technical assistance over the course of a year, are: Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival; Deep Dish Theater Company; Durham Symphony; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; Hidden Voices; Justice Theater Project; Mallarme Chamber Players; North Carolina Opera; Raleigh Review; and Southern Documentary Fund.

ArtsGreensboro kicks off $1.2 million campaign

ArtsGreensboro has launched its 2015 ArtsFund campaign, setting a goal of $1.2 million.

Funds raised through the campaign will provide support to over 50 arts organizations, artists, and teachers.

In the fiscal year ended June 30, ArtsGreensboro provided $1.2 million in funding and in-kind support to the local arts community.

Co-chairing the campaign are Denny Kelly, chairwoman of Bouvier Kelly, and Josephus Thompson III, a poet and Founder of The Poetry Project.

Cash giving grows to churches, faith-based nonprofits

Annual cash charitable giving to 1,525 churches and nonprofits accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, or ECFA, grew 6.9 percent in 2013, up from an increase of 6.4 percent in 2012 and 1.7 percent in  2011, a new report says.

The 5th Annual State of Giving Report from ECFA reflects total cash donations of $11.6 billion in 2013, up from $10.9 billion in 2012.

While the report focuses on cash giving, non-cash giving held relatively steady in 2013, growing 0.7 percent to $3.4 billion of gifts.

Total revenue grew 8.2 percent to $23.1 billion for 2013, compared with $21.4 billion for 2012.

Cash giving grew 18.8 percent for camps and conferences; 13.9 percent for children’s homes; 12.3 percent for students and youth; 12 percent for orphan care; 10.7 percent for medical programs; 10.2 percent for relief and development; child sponsorship; 10 percent for child development; and 10 percent for leadership training.

Data for the report, unadjusted for inflation, comes directly from financial statements, mainly audits, prepared by independent certified public accountants.

Online give-a-thon in Minnesota raises $18.2 million in a day

Nonprofits and schools across Minnesota raised a record-high $18.3 million on November 13 through the sixth annual Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour online give-a-thon.

Over 62,607 people donated to 5,544 organizations through, representing increases of 20 percent in the number of donors and 25 percent  in the number of organizations receiving gifts, compared to last year’s event, which raised a total of $17.1 million.

Meredith College raises $18 million

Meredith College in Raleigh says it raised over $18 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, eclipsing its previous record-high annual total of $7.2 million.

Meredith says its endowment also grew to a record-high of over $93 million.

Greensboro Children’s Museum gets $25,000

Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation had made a $25,000 grant to the Greensboro Children’s Museum to establish “Outdoor Engineers,” an educational program for students in kindergarten through second grade that promotes science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

8,800 kids sign up for Wake Salvation Army’s Christmas program

The Salvation Army of Wake County registered a record-high 8,807 children from Wake County for its annual Christmas Cheer Program that will provide children in need with toys, stockings and clothing.

Triad Health Project to hold walk, run on December 5

Triad Health Project, the region’s HIV/AIDs service organization, will hold its 23rd Annual Winter Walk for AIDS and its inaugural Ron Johnson 5K run on December 1 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The new 5K is named for a partner in law firm Johnson, Peddrick & McDonald in Greensboro who has raised a total of roughly $400,000 over the past 21 years for the Annual Winter Walk for AIDS to support programs and services at Triad Health Project.

Paradigm 360 teams with Junior Achievement

On November 21, volunteers from Paradigm 360 partnered with Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina and and volunteered in every classroom Kimberley Park Elementary School in Winston-Salem to help students complete in a single day the five lessons in JA’s program that focuses on entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy.

Children’s Home Society launches Little Red Stocking drive

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina has launched its annual Little Red Stocking campaign to raise money to provide families for children in need.

Proceeds from last year’s Little Red Stocking Fund helped the agency serve 17,321 children and families, including placing 590 children with foster families, giving 113 children a permanent family, assisting 1,229 families with post-adoption services, counseling 65 birth parents, and providing educational services to 13,231 teens, professionals and parents.

Nearly 10,000 children live in foster care in North Carolina, and more than 2,000 children await adoption, the agency says.

ROTC students volunteering at Benevolence Farm

Forty Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students from UNC-Chapel Hill will volunteer this weekend at Benevolence Farm in Graham, sawing down trees and clearing land. The nonprofit farm will provide transitional housing, jobs and support for women getting out of prison.

Theatre Raleigh gets first development director

Leono Taylor, former development officer at InterAct, has joined Theatre Raleigh as its first development director.

Raleigh Little Theatre gets $10,000

Raleigh Little Theatre received a $10,000 grant from the Jandy Ammons Foundation to support installation of a new hearing loop system in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. The hearing loop will enable patrons with hearing aids to tap into an electromagnetic signal through telecoil, or T-coil, broadcast throughout the theater.

Surry Community College gets truck donation

Hardy Brothers has given the Truck Driver Training and HVAC programs at Surry Community College in Dobson a 2007 Peterbilt tractor and enclosed trailer, along with three refrigeration trailer units.

Reynolds Trust gives $10.6 million

The Health Care Division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem made 44 grants totaling over $10.6 million to improve the health of low-income individuals throughout the state.

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