Nonprofit news roundup, 01.16.15

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation names executive director

Justin Maxson, president of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, Ky., since 2002, has been named executive director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem.

Maxson, who starts work on March 16, previously served as executive director of the Progressive Technology Project, a group that formerly was based in Washington, D.C., and now is in Austin, Tex.

Sandra Mikush, who has served as interim executive director at the Babcock Foundation, will return to her job as deputy director.

She was named to the interim job after David Jackson, who had served as executive director for just a year-and-a-half,  resigned in April 2014 for personal reasons.

Jackson, who previously was president and CEO of the Center for Working Families in Atlanta, joined the Foundation in November 2012.

He succeeded Gayle Williams, who retired after leading the foundation for 19 years.

Menestres retiring from SAFEchild

Marjorie Menestres, founding executive director at SAFEchild, a child abuse prevention agency in Raleigh that was founded in 1993, will retire on June 30.

Launched by the Junior League of Raleigh,  SAFEchild became an independent nonprofit three years later.

It operates with an annual budget of $1.2 million, a staff of 14 people, and over 250 volunteers.

The agency operates the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, which provides coordinated response to allegations of child abuse and is the only center in Raleigh serving children who have been severely abused physically or sexually, or both.

Other programs include Welcome Baby for new mothers; the MOVE Program for mothers who have been abused; the Nurturing Program to teach parenting skills; and Funny Tummy Feelings to empower and protect area first-graders.

Salvation Army fights human-trafficking

Project FIGHT, a program of the Salvation Army of Wake County that works with victims of human trafficking, has received the Survivor Care Award from the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission.

Project Fight, which has assisted over 140 victims of human trafficking and has trained over 4,500 people across the state since 2011, also has received the a federal grant from the Office of Victims Crime that will allow it to expand, with locations in New Bern and Salisbury.

The grant provides funds for housing of victims.

Creative economy grows in Wake County

Creative jobs and revenue grew in Wake County in 2013, the most recent year for which data are available, according to Wake’s Creative Vitality study, a report fro the Western States Federation.

Creative jobs totaled 25,242, up 3 percent from 2012, including 5,628 post-secondary teachers; 2,595 photographers; 1,416 graphic designers; 1,203 public-relations specialists; and 1,202 musicians and singers.

Creative-industry revenue totaled $5.4 billion, up 5 percent, including $3.2 billion for software publishers, $293.7 million for internet publishing and broadcasting;$168.3 million for book publishers; $124.3 million for independent artists and writers; and $116.3 million for newspaper publishers.

Revenues for cultural nonprofits totaled $79.3 million, up 9 percent, plus $45.8 million in contributions and gifts, although grant revenue fell 12 percent.

With 1.0 serving as the national baseline or average, Wake’s Creative Vitality score for 2013 was 1.10, or 10 percent above the national average, and up from 1.03 in 2010.

In comparison, the scores were 1.26 for Durham County; 0.95 for Raleigh-Cary; 0.91 for Asheville; 0.75 for Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill; and 0.66 for Winston-Salem.

Nationally, Wake County posted a better score than competitors such as Provo, Utah, with 0.89; Oklahoma City, with 0.77; and Indianapolis, with 0.95.

But it trailed competitors such as Austin, with 1.31; Boston, with 1.67; Seattle, with 1.38; and San Jose, with 1.24.

“Wake County is rebounding from the recession but will need to continue growing in these areas to catch up to some of our competitor cities,” says Eleanor Oakley, president and CEO of United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Triangle Community Foundation investing in innovation

Triangle Community Foundation is seeking applications for its 2015 What Matters Innovation Awards, an annual grant program that will award $25,000 to the winning collaborative proposal to solve a community problem, address a need or strengthen the region.

Applications, which are due by February 6, must be submitted by a collaboration of at least two organizations based in Chatham, Durham, Orange or Wake counties.

The Innovation Awards are held in conjunction with the What Matters Community Luncheon, which the Foundation will host on April 1 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

This year’s luncheon, with “Adapting to Change” as its theme, will focus on the region’s changing demographics, and how businesses, nonprofits and leaders adapt to that change.

The keynote speaker will be Dan Heath, co-author of Switch.

Hobson new VP of advancement at Alexander Youth Network

Trish Hobson, senior financial development director at YMCA of Greater Charlotte, has been named vice president of advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte.

Casp joins Environmental Defense Fund

Molly Coyle Casp, development associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, has joined the Environmental Defense Fund as board liaison.

Flavin named executive director at LIFEspan’s Guilford Creative Campus

Timothy P. Flavin, executive director of Physicians Home Visits in Winston-Salem, has been named executive director of LIFEspan Inc., Guilford Creative Campus, in Greensboro.

Baker joins board of Triangle United Way

Amy Baker, assurance partner and office managing partner at EY, has been elected to the board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Vanguard Charitable grants climb to $5 billion

Vanguard Charitable says its has granted a total of $5 billion since it was founded in 1997.

The eighth-largest grantmaking organization in the U.S., Vanguard Charitable says it has made grants to over 142,000 charities, sustained an annual five-year rolling payout rate of nearly 20 percent, and made grants totaling over $2 billion in the past four years.

Vanguard Charitable manages assets for over 15,000 donors.

Davidson County Hospice hires marketing firm

Hospice of Davidson County has selected Lexington marketing firm The Media Matters as its agency of record. The firm will develop and implement a public relations, social media and advertising strategy for Hospice, which this year is marking its 30th anniversary.

Human Race to be held April 18

The Volunteer Center in Greensboro will hold the 2015 Human Race on April 18 at The Greensboro Coliseum.

Since 1994, The Volunteer Center has managed the event, helping to raise over $4.2 million for local nonprofits.

Greensboro realtors feed homeless

Roughly 50 members of the Realtors Community Service Committee of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association served a traditional Thanksgiving meal on November 29 to about 300 people who are homeless.

Culinary Visions Catering provided the food through a donation from the Greensboro Regional Realtors Foundation. 

The realtors partnered with Under the Bridge, a ministry for feeding the homeless through 16 Cents Ministry, which works with volunteers to provide meals to roughly 300 homeless men, women and children every Saturday night at 6 p.m. under the Randleman Bridge spanning Spring Garden Street. 

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