Nonprofit news roundup, 12.19.14

Report tracks child well-being throughout North Carolina

Young people in North Carolina have the greatest likelihood for success in Orange, Union, Wake, Cabarrus and Camden counties but are most at risk in Anson, Halifax, Northampton, Edgecombe and Robeson counties, a new report says.

The makeup of the top five counties is unchanged from last year, while Northampton replaced Scotland County in the bottom five this year, according to Roadmap of Need, a report from the Center for Afterschool Programs at the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

The annual report, launched in 2010, uses data on health, youth behavior and safety, education, and economic development to assess the relative well-being of young people living in each of the state’s 100 counties.

While the report at first glance points to counties in eastern North Carolina as those most at risk, the Public School Forum says, the nature of countywide indicators often masks variation within counties, particularly populous urban counties in which “neighborhoods that alone would fare well” based on indicators the report tracks “can exist in close proximity to neighborhoods with many young people in need.”

Strategies to boost donors’ gifts focus of new research

A handful of new research efforts find donors will give more when charities promote a gift from a well-known donor, advertise gifts from all donors, assure donors the organization already has secured donations to cover overhead costs, or make human and direct contact with donors during holiday appeals at retail outlets, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Charlotte arts groups merging

Charlotte Children’s Choir will merge with Community School of the Arts, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The Choir will become part of the school and its choral program will keep the name Charlotte Children’s Choir.

The Children’s Choir, which was founded in 1986 and serves children ages eight to 18 through three choirs, will continue under the artistic direction of Heather Potter.

The School, founded in 1969, instructs nearly 4,000 students a year in music and visual arts through private lessons, group classes, workshops, summer camps, and outreach programs.

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation gives $1.8 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling $1.8 million to 42 nonprofits.

Of the 42 grants, 20 were in the area of social services totaling $743,368; 14 went to education for a total of $632,397; and eight were health-care related totaling $428,863.

Since 1996, the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded 1,575 grants totaling over $70 million to organizations serving unserved or underserved populations.

Victory Junction names CEO

Chad Coltrane, CEO of The Ability Experience in Charlotte, formerly Push America, has been named president and CEO of Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman for children with serious medical conditions.

Since 2004, when it was formed by the Petty family in the wake of the death of NASCAR driver Adam Petty, Victory Junction has serve over 21,000 children ages six to 16 and and their families at no cost to campers or their families.

Barrett joins Cone Health

Pam Barrett, principal consultant and owner of P Barrett & Associates, has been named senior development officer at Cone Health in Greensboro.

CareRing taps community manager

Public relations consultant Simone McDowell joined CareRing in Charlotte community manager. She will handle marketing and communication needs for the organization.

Wake Salvation Army to distribute clothing, toys to kids

With community support, $10,000 from an anonymous donor, and the help of 700 volunteers, the Salvation Army of Wake County will distribute clothing and toys at its Christmas Center at 2116-D New Bern Avenue in Raleigh over three days to more than 8,800 children in over 3,900 families at its Christmas Center.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers raise $1.3 million to fight breast cancer

Greensboro-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers raised over $1.3 million to help in the fight against breast cancer during the 21st annual Tanger PinkSTYLE Campaign.

The company will donate $750,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and $550,000 to breast cancer organizations in local communities throughout the U.S. that Tanger Outlet centers serve.

HandyCapable Network awarded grant

HandyCapable Network in Greensboro has been awarded a grant from the Cemala Foundation. Funds from the grant will cover the cost of 125 refurbished computers and initial training from HandyCapable for low-income students at McNair Elementary School in Greensboro.

Duke gets $1.5 million commitment

William McCutchen Jr. and his wife, Irene Lilly McCutchen, both graduates of Duke University have committed $1.5 million to endow a professorship at Duke Divinity School. McCutcheon, former director of communications for Eli Lilly and Company, recently retired as a professor of management at the Zicklin School of Business in Baruch College at the City University of New York.

Discovery Place reducing admission cost for low-income families

Discovery Place  in Charlotte is launching a program that will reduce the cost of admission to $1 per person for families who present electronic-benefit-transfer or women-infants-and-children cards at Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum or Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville or Rockingham, for up to six family members.

Prevention Partners names three board members

Prevention Partners has named three Durham residents to its board of directors, including Peter Chauncey,  president of the Carolinas market for Aetna; Mark Dessauer, director of communications for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation; and Chris Skowronek, senior vice president for business development for the North Carolina Hospital Association.

Marion retires from Senior Services; board members named

Holly Marion has retired as vice president of development at Senior Services in Winston-Salem.

Sandra P. Adams has been elected chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors, and Marilyn Broyhill Beach, a community volunteer, and Bill Benton, chairman and CEO of Salem Senior Housing, have been named to the board.

Joining the Senior Services Foundation, a supporting organization of Senior Services, are Chris Chapman, president of the Chapman Company, and Dale E. Driscoll, president and CEO of the Driscoll Group.

John Rex Endowment names board chair, new board members

Jill Wright of Wake Health Services New Bern Ridge Pediatrics, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh.

New board members include Russell Killen, partner and litigation department chair for Parker Poe; Dexter V. Perry, president and CEO of The Providence Group of North Carolina; Walker Wilson, director of health policy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; and M. Carter Worthy, president of Carter Worthy Commercial.

Pat’s Place gets matching challenge

Pat’s Place, a child advocacy center in Charlotte, has received a challenge from the Leon Levine Foundation. The Charlotte foundation has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $30,000 from first-time donors to Pat’s Place, from existing donors who increase their contribution this year, or from any donor who has not given to Pat’s Place since 2012.

National Christian Foundation of Raleigh posts year-end results

National Christian Foundation of Raleigh says it expects its grants in 2014 to total $13 million, bringing to more than $65 million the grants it has made since it was formed in 2005, and will have worked with donors to create 80 new funds.

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