Nonprofit news roundup, 12.05.14

#GivingTuesday raises $45.7 million, up 63% from 2013

#GivingTuesday, a global effort to encourage giving on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, generated $45.7 million on December 2, up 63 percent from 2013, including $34.9 million in online giving and $10.8 million in offline, a new report says.

Giving results for #GivingTuesday 2014 are expected to grow significantly as offline donations continue to be processed, says the report from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, which reported estimates from five big donation processing platforms for nonprofits.

Online giving represents an estimated 6 percent to 10 percent of total annual giving, the report says.

During the 24-hour period that began at 12 a.m. on December 2 and continued until 11:59 p.m., over 296,000 online and offline contributions were made to charities, up at least 53 percent from 2013.

The total average donation is estimated to have grown 6 percent.

An estimated $28.09 million was raised through #GivingTuesday in 2013, up from $13.46 million in 2012, all mainly online.

The estimates are based on contributions tracked by Blackbaud, DonorPerfect, GlobalGiving, Network for Good and Razoo.

Launched in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, with additional partners, #GivingTuesday is driven mainly by social media and online giving campaigns, the report says.

Over the course of the day, over 698,000 tweets mentioning the #GivingTuesday hashtag were shared, up 159 percent from 2013.

UNC-Chapel Hill getting $100 million for Pharmacy School

The Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $100 commitment from Fred Eshelman, a 1972 graduate of the school who is founder and former CEO of Pharmaceutical Product Development and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals.

The commitment, the biggest ever to UNC from an individual or to a pharmacy school in the U.S., will be used to create the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.

Through strategic collaborations inside and outside UNC, the institute will aim to help fuel innovation, create jobs and spur economic development in the state.

The Pharmacy School was named for Eshelman in 2008.

Humanities Council leaving Greensboro for Charlotte

The North Carolina Humanities Council is moving its administrative offices to Charlotte from Greensboro, its home since it was formed in 1972.

Paula Watkins, the Council’s executive director, will move to Charlotte, while the Council’s four other staff members declined to move and will not be employed by the organization, effective Jan. 31, 2015, when it will open its new offices in the Center City campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Each of those four staff members will receive a severance package. The Council aims to fill all four positions in the first quarter of 2015.

The Council, a statewide nonprofit that works as an advocate, makes grants and provides programs to boost understanding of the humanities, says the move aims to take advantage of opportunities for organizational development and collaboration in Charlotte.

Over the past four years, the Council has provided over $559,000 in grants, with an additional $131,000 budgeted for the current fiscal year.

Since 2009, Council funding has supported presentation of nearly 800 programs in over 80 North Carolina counties for more than 50,000 participants. All programs are free and open to the public.

MetLife invests in Self Help credit unions

MetLife Foundation made an $800,000 grant to Self Help to support its first full-service credit union branch in Durham and to develop new products, while MetLife made a $5 million long-term, low-interest loan that Self-Help will use to make a secondary capital investment in its credit unions.

Self-Help credit unions operate 43 branches in North Carolina, California and Chicago that serve over 100,000 families. 

Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $6.4 billion in financing to nearly 87,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions.

GSK gives $40,000 to each of 9 Triangle nonprofits

GlaxoSmithKline has made $40,000 GSK IMPACT Award grants to each of nine Triangle nonprofits. Winners of the awards, presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, include Community Home Trust; Dress for Success Triangle; Durham’s Partnership for Children; Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina; Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines; Motheread; Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina; StepUp Ministry; and Voices Together.

For the first time this year, winners participated in a $10,000 challenge grant on #GivingTuesday and proposed through Twitter what they would do with an additional $10,000 to foster a healthier community.

The winner, Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines, will use the additional prize money to bring healthy eating and active living programming directly to girls in remote, under-resourced areas of the Triangle Region through its Mobile Program Vehicle Project.

BCC Rally gives $199,000 to Komen Charlotte

BCC Rally has given $199,000 to Komen Charlotte in its 11th year raising funds and awareness for breast cancer, bringing to more than $1 million the total it has raised for Komen Charlotte.

BCC Rally, Komen Charlotte’s largest single donor, generated $116,000 from special events and $83,000 from the sale of pink bows.

Of the funds given this year, 75 percent will benefit local breast health organizations that provide screenings, treatment and education to under-insured and uninsured residents, and the remaining 25 percent goes to the Susan. G. Komen National Research Fund.

In its 13-county service area, Komen Charlotte is funding 17 grantees and so far this year has referred over 400 people to local breast health services.

Komen, the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research, has invested over $847 million in research since 1982 and is funding nine research grants in North Carolina totaling $2 million.

Wake Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle campaign

The Salvation Army of Wake County has kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign to raise funds for people in need, including over 8,800 children who have registered for its Angel Tree program that provides holiday gifts.

The Salvation Army, which has served people in Wake County since 1887, says it invests 91 cents of every donated dollar in programs and services.

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs in campaign

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point is raising money through its “Give the Gift of a Great Future” campaign through January 15, 2015.

The Clubs, a partner program of the United Way of Greater High Point and United Way of Randolph County, operates five Club sites and for 17 years has provided a year-round program for over 1,300 youth ages six to 18 for the past 17 years.

Make-A-Wish event to recognize women

A three-month fundraising campaign for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will culminate on January 30 with the organization’s “WISH – Women Inspiring Strength & Hope – 2015 Celebration Luncheon” at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary.

Co-chaired by Diane Adams, chief people officer at QlikTech, and Billie Redmond, founder of TradeMark Properties, both members of its board of directors, the campaign challenges each WISH Champion to raise at least $7,500 to grant a wish.

The WISH Champion who raises the most during the campaign will be recognized during the luncheon as the 2015 WISH Woman of the Year.

SearStone donates $156,000 to charities

SearStone, a nonprofit retirement community in Cary, donated a total $156,000 this year to charities that serve seniors, including Meals on Wheels, Resources for Seniors and the Center for Volunteer Caregiving.

A provision in SearStone’s charter says it will donate 5 percent of its gross revenue to local nonprofits that serve seniors.

Public School Forum expanding fellowship program

The Public School Forum of North Carolina will expand the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program to Western North Carolina beginning in 2015.

Expansion of the program, which focuses on preparing high-potential teachers, as well as school and district administrators, for leadership roles in education and related fields, is supported through a grant to Appalachian State University in Boone from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Public School Forum of North Carolina is a partner in the program.

Bike Drive to benefit Salvation Army

Womack Electric Supply in Danville, Va., and the North Carolina Association of Electrical Contractors are teaming up to host the 5th Annual Give A Kid A Bike campaign at each of the company’s branch locations in North Carolina and Virginia.

The drive aims to collect 314 bikes, up from 214 last year, which will be donated to the Salvation Army site in Greensboro for distribution to children during the holidays.

Junior Achievement names board members

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina has elected seven new members to it board of directors — Ryan Cotterman, senior manager for assurance services at Ernst & Young; Monica Cutno, president and co-founder of Envision Science Academy; Rosalind Fox, factory manager at John Deere Turf Care; John Lynch, senior vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; David Rabin, executive director of marketing at Lenovo Americas; John Risinger, Raleigh city president for commercial banking at SunTrust Bank; and Leah Webb, senior vice president and general counsel at Square 1.

1st Aide Restoration collecting gifts for kids

1st Aide Restoration, a Greensboro franchise member company of Chicago-based DKI, a disaster restoration contracting organization, is a sponsor of the Hope for the Holidays program of Children’s Home Society.

Children’s Home Society, which has served children and families for over 100 years, collects holiday gifts each year for over 300 Children’s Home Society foster children.

The Children’s Home gets $45,000

The Farm at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the Harriett Taylor Flynt Fund at The Winston Salem Foundation. The 105-year-old community farm, which provides food and vocational training and uses farming to teach work ethics and serve as a basis for therapy, will use the grant to fund a professional business manager for 2015.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $246,000

Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded 12 community grants totaling $245,742 to groups working in arts and culture, human services, health, and the environment that serve people living in Forsyth County.

Duke gets $1.25 million commitment

Karl Leo, an Alabama lawyer and graduate of Duke Law School, and his wife, Fay, have committed $1.25 million to Duke University to establish a new faculty chair at the in business law and entrepreneurship at the law school.

Council on Developmental Disabilities honors two professionals

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities has presented its Helen C. “Holly” Riddle award to Maureen Morrell, a special projects director for the Autism Society of North Carolina in Raleigh, and to Joan S. Johnson of Browns Summit, project director of Beyond Academics at UNC-Greensboro, for their professional work with families and people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Kurt Timothy Reid of Maiden, N.C., received the Jack B. Hefner Award for his advocacy of individuals with autism.

Crumley Roberts to sponsor Heart Association initiative

Law firm Crumley Roberts has become a local sponsor in Guilford County of Go Red For Women, a year-round initiative of the American Heart Association to educate, encourage and enable women in the community to prevent and fight heart disease and stroke.

Financial Pathways gets $150,000

Financial Pathways of the Piedmont has received a three-year, $150,000 grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem to support its Representative Payee program.

Financial Pathways began offering the program early in 2014 when The Enrichment Center, another nonprofit, decided to stop offering the program.

The program, which works in partnership with the Social Security Administration, allows a third party to receive and manage the financial benefits of a person who qualifies for government payments but is not able to manage his or her money.

Payee clients may have a range of challenges, including behavioral issues, substance abuse, and developmental disability, including age-related disability.

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