Nonprofit news roundup, 02.27.15

Giving expected to grow in 2015 and 2016

Charitable giving in the U.S. is expected to grow 4.8 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016, a new report says.

Giving by individuals and households is expected to grow 4.4 percent in 2015 and 4.1 percent in 2016, while giving by estates is expected to grow 2.7 percent in 2015 and 6.3 percent in 2016, says The Philanthropy Outlook prepared by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and released by consulting firm Marts & Lundy.

Foundation giving is expected to grow 7.2 percent in 2015 and 6.7 percent in 2016, while corporate giving is expected to grow 6 percent in 2015 and 4.8 percent in 2016.

The report says the expected growth of overall giving in both years will exceed the estimated 3.1 percent estimated annualized average rate of growth in total giving in the years after the economy collapsed in 2008, and the 3.8 percent estimated long-term average for the 40-year trend in total giving from 1973 to 2013.

The report is based on 10 key predictors of giving drawn from over 16,000 combinations of economic variables that might affect each source of giving.

Forsyth United Way raises $16.93 million

United Way of Forsyth County raised $16.93 million in its 2014 community fundraising campaign, exceeding its goal by $430,000.

United Way says it is on track to meet its total resource-development goal of $20.8 million. That goal includes the community campaign, as well as grants, foundation donations, and major gifts. 

Chairing the community campaign was Cantey Alexander, Triad Regional President of BB&T.

Greensboro adopts nonprofit’s ID-card program

Greensboro has become the first city in the South to adopt a nonprofit identification-card program for immigrants, homeless people, the elderly and others in the community who may lack access to government-issued forms of identification, says FaithAction International House, the Greensboro nonprofit that created the program.

The Greensboro Police Department and the city’s water resources department, parks and recreation department, and library system now are accepting the FaithAction ID cards, says FaithAction.

The nonprofit, which is working with the city to clarify regulations for the ID program, and its benefits and limitations for each department, also says several cities in Alamance County will be adopting its ID program this spring.

The group says 1,700 FaithAction ID cards have been issued to individuals who are from Greensboro or live in the city and are from over 30 different nations and over 50 cities throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

FaithAction will host a conference on March 27 at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for government officials, law enforcement, academics, nonprofits, and immigrant and faith leaders from throughout North Carolina.

The conference will focus on the purpose, logistics ad impact of community ID programs.

BCC Rally gives $199,000 to Komen Charlotte

BCC Rally, an all-volunteer group in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte that raises money ad awareness for breast cancer, has given $199,000 to Komen Charlotte

In its 11th year, the group generated $116,000 from sponsorship support and a weeklong series of fundraising events in September, plus $83,000 from donations for pink bows.

BCC Charlotte says it the largest Rally organization in the U.S. and the single largest donor to Komen Charlotte.

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

BCC Rally says its contribution equates to roughly 750 mammograms. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women.

Marcia Myers Gainer, a member of BCC Rally’s board of directors and its vice president, has been elected president, effective immediately.

Sue Dockstader, who held the position for the past three years, remains on the board.

Carl Carande, national managing partner of the Advisory practice at KPMG, and Maura Sanborn, owner of Green Oaks a professional life and career coaching consulting firm and a breast cancer survivor, have joined the board.

The group will kick off its 2015 efforts on March 18 with a “wine and nibbles” event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. hosted by Jeff and Fran Lyons at 10925 Ballantyne Crossing Ave.

Camp Grier governance restructured

The three Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church, USA, that have overseen Camp Grier in McDowell County in western North Carolina since it was founded in 1952 have  created a new nonprofit to oversee the 650-acre camp.

As a result of the restructuring, which began nearly a year ago, enrollment in the camp last summer grew 17 percent, and early registrations for summer programming in 2015 have grown 34 percent, the camp says.

Julian Wright, a lawyer in the Charlotte firm Robinson Bradshaw Hinson, chairs the new Camp Grier board that now governs the program and oversees the property.

Wright was a camper, counselor, summer director and parent of campers at Camp Grier, and a member of the Joint Outdoor Ministry Committee that oversaw the camp for the Presbyteries of Charlotte, Salem and Western North Carolina.

Empty Bowls event to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham

Urban Ministries of Durham aims to raise $80,000, up from $66,700 last year, at its annual Empty Bowls event on March 5.

The “Best Soup in Durham” competition, presented by United Therapeutics, will be held from 5:30 p.m. o 7:30 pm at the Durham Convention Center.

Urban Ministries will use the funds to help serve over 241,000 meals a year to those in need.

Executive director at National MPS Society to retire

Barbara Wedehase will retire in October as executive director of the National MPS Society in Durham.

The group’s governance committee is looking for a new executive director.

The nonprofit works to find cures to mucopolysaccharidoses and related diseases, and to support affected individuals and their families through research, advocacy and awareness of the diseases.

Event to benefit Pat’s Place

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center will hold its second annual “Rhythm and Blues” fundraising event on March 28 at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In 2014, Pat’s Place served 478 children in Mecklenburg County who were affected by sexual abuse.

Baby Bundles to hold annual coffee

Baby Bundles, which provides clothing for newborn babies, will hold its annual coffee on March 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte.

Two join Bookmarks board

Regan K. Adamson, an associate at Kilpatrick/Townsend, and Richard L. Williams, president and CEO of Black Business Media, have joined the board of directors of Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit in Winston-Salem that works to engage readers and and connect  them with authors. 

Reading Connections to hold volunteer training

Reading Connections, which provides free literacy literacy services for adults in Guilford County, will hold an orientation and two training sessions for volunteers on March 11, 16 and 18 the Self Help Building at at 122 North Elm St. in Greensboro.

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