Nonprofit news roundup, 11.26.14

Solicitors pocket 58% of North Carolinians’ donations

Charities received only 42 cents of every dollar donated by North Carolinians to North Carolina charities in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, in response to solicitations from professional fundraisers, a report from the state Secretary of State’s Office says.

North Carolinians donated $21.4 million in response to solicitations, and only $9 million of those funds went directly to charities, the report says.

In comparison, it says, solicitation campaigns for national charities that included North Carolina donors generated $297.2 million in donations, and only $110.9 million, or 37.3 percent, went directly to charities.

Giving this year, both in North Carolina and in the U.S., fell dramatically, the report says, and hit a four-year low, according to news reports.

Bordeaux leaving PLM Families Together; Breit named interim executive

Beth Bordeaux has stepped down as executive director of PLM Families Together in Raleigh, and Eric Breit, former interim executive director at Housing for New Hope in Durham, has been named interim executive director.

Bordeaux, who has served as executive director since April 2010, told the nonprofit’s board, staff, supporters and partners in a letter two months ago that she wanted to “embark on a new path for myself and my career.”

She said by phone that she wants to spend more time with her family, and plans to return to her former work as a consultant to nonprofits and churches.

She agreed to remain at the nonprofit through today to assist with the transition at PLM Families Together, which works to help homeless families find stability.

“She leaves the organization in great standing financially, operationally and programmatically,” says Breit, who began working two weeks ago in the interim job.

Kathy Blum, the board president, and John Davis, its vice president, said in a separate letter to the organization’s partners, supporters, friends and colleagues that Bordeaux leaves PLM Families together in a “stable financial position, and at the end of an extensive strategic planning process that is nearly complete.”

The board has formed a search committee to find a successor to Bordeaux, as well as its first-ever development director. Creating the new development position is a result of the strategic plan, Bordeaux said.

Greater Carolinas Chapter of MS Society names president

Kristina Fransel McGraw, former vice president of community outreach for the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has joined the Greater Carolinas Chapter as president.

With offices in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte, the Greater Carolinas Chapter serves over 18,000 individuals living with MS in 97 counties in North Carolina and all of South Carolina people.

Greensboro United Way awards $275,000

United Way of Greater Greensboro has awarded 17 grants totaling $275,000 through two grant programs it manages.

The Kathleen & Joseph Bryan Community Enrichment and Venture Grant invests in new and innovative programs, and the Joseph M. Bryan Human Services Grant provides stabilization and expansion grants for programs already demonstrating success.

Grant recipients, selected through a competitive request-for-proposals process, serve children and youth through education; work to help individuals and families become financial stable and independent; and work to help individuals lead a healthy life.

Greensboro Hospice forms foundation

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has created a foundation to build its financial stewardship and fundraising efforts.

Chaired by Ron Johnson of law firm Johnson, Peddrick & McDonald, the Foundation now is responsible for raising money to support Hospice.

The Foundation’s board will oversee fundraising campaigns and events for Hospice, including its annual campaign, Light Up A Life, and Corks for Kids Path.

Trustees of the Foundation also will review the annual performance and distributions fro the endowment at Hospice.

Women’s event raises $110,000 for mammograms

The 22nd Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run at Cone Health in Greensboro on November 11 drew 2,549 women and raised $110,316 to support mammograms to screen women for breast cancer.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation raises

Starry Night, new walk/run event hosted in Los Angeles on November 22 by the Asheville-based Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, raised $33,000.

Goetz Foundation raises over $7,000

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation raised over $7,000 at its annual gala on November 13 and will use the fund for its grant and education programs to help North Carolinians that previously battled infertility become parents through domestic adoption.

Greensboro Boys & Girls Clubs on Garth Brooks Teammates tour

Seventy kids in grades two through six at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro participated in a free camp offered on November 22 by the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and ProCamps.

The camp featured Brooks and Wendy Palmer, a former WNBA All-Star who is head women’s basketball coach at UNC Greensboro.

Rural physicians program recognized by state

The Community Practitioner Program, a program of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation that is designed to encourage doctors to practice in rural and underserved areas of the state, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary, received special recognition from the state Office of Rural Health and Community Care.

Gov. Pat McCrory named November 20 National Rural Health Day for the state.

Grants available for visiting lecturers, musicians, artists

Applications for grants of up to $5,000 from the Morris and Lillian Sosnik Memorial Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation to bring visiting lecturers, musicians, and artists to the community may be submitted until February 2 at 5 p.m.

Retirement community residents make donation to Food Shuttle

Residents of SearStone, a one-year-old retirement community in Cary, donated unused dining credits that were then used to by 1,600 pounds of food for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle  in Raleigh.

Anonymous donor agrees to triple contributions to cat shelter on ‘Giving Tuesday’

An anonymous donor has agree to give $2 to SAFE Haven for Cats, a no-kill shelter in Raleigh, for every $1 it receives on December 2, the date of a national giving initiative known as “Giving Tuesday.”

Beautiful Butterflies teams with Hornets

Beautiful Butterflies, a High Point nonprofit that works to provide support, services and education to people affected by lupus, mainly minorities, is partnering with the Charlotte Hornets.

At the Hornets’ “Community Corner” during its December 22 game with the Denver Nuggets, Beautiful Butterflies will have the opportunity to highlight its organization to fans, advertise upcoming events, and raise money.

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