Nonprofit news roundup, 03.13.15

High Point United Way raises $4.91 million

United Way of Greater High Point raised a record-high $4.91 million in its annual campaign, just over its goal and exceeding by 1 percent the total it raised a year ago.

Chaired by Owen Bertschi, owner of Crescent Ford, the campaign marked the fifth straight year United Way has raised a record-high total.

United Way, citing results reported to United Way of North Carolina, says the rate of growth of its campaign was the highest among the major metro areas in North Carolina — including Charlotte, the Triangle, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Wilmington — for the seventh time in the last eight years.

It says it also is the only United Way in a major metro area in the state that is raising more funds than in 2007, before the economy collapsed.

Since 2007, it says, giving to the nearly 60 United Ways in North Carolina has dropped over 30 percent.

Giving to High Point United Way grew despite the fact that at least 12 of its biggest donor companies recently underwent either a change in ownership or leadership, creating uncertainty in their workplace-giving campaigns, says Bobby Smith, United Way president.

Old Dominion Freight Line and its employees gave $427,000, the most of any contributors, followed by $241,000 from the City of High Point and $225,000 from High Point University.

Funds raised in the annual campaign benefit 28 local agencies that serve over 80,000 clients a year.

Greensboro United Way pilots partnership to fight poverty

Bundling local services to help entire families lift themselves out of poverty is the focus of a collaborative effort United Way of Greater Greensboro is piloting in southeast Greensboro.

Teaming with Guilford Child Development, which will develop and operate the pilot project, United Way’s new Family Success Center will serve up to 100 families in the 27406 zip code over 18 months.

Families living in that zip code who currently are enrolled in Head Start early child development programs at Guilford Child Development will have the opportunity to opt into the pilot program.

More than 12 additional community partners, to be announced by United Way on March 26 at the kickoff of its new Center, will provide a range of services for all members of participating families.

Designed to help participants get jobs and achieve financial stability, the program will provide services such as job-readiness training, job-placement assistance, financial literacy classes, case management for children and families, and youth mentoring.

Broader goals include increasing per-capita income for low-income neighborhoods, improving community health, and boosting the readiness of children for school to help ensure they will graduate from high school.

United Way announced a year ago it would focus its work for the next 10 years or more on breaking the cycle of poverty.

In Greensboro, nearly one in five individuals lives in poverty. According to federal guidelines, a family of four with annual income of $24,250 or less lives in poverty.

Guilford Child Development operates Head Start programs that serve children from birth to age five, and their families, living at or below that income level.

Over the next three years, United Way plans to develop at least three more Family Success Centers in partnership with local nonprofits.

United Way estimates it will cost $500,000 to launch and operate each Center for the first year.

United Way has solicited and received new donations designated for the project that will be counted as part of United Way’s annual fundraising.

United Way also is seeking grant support for the Center, and its board of directors has approved using funds for the pilot from reserves at United Way.

The first Center will be housed in the Arlington Street headquarters of Guilford Child Development and headed by a director United Way will name from its own staff.

Staffing the Center will be employees of Guilford Child Development and of other community partners in the project, as well as an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at United Way who will be dedicated to the project.

Greensboro Salvation Army building new facility

The Salvation Army of Greensboro has broken ground on a new facility that will include a child-care center, worship and service center, and Boys & Girls  Club.

The Salvation Army Royce and Jane Reynolds Center for Worship and Service and Boys & Girls Club, located at 400 West Whittington St., will double the capacity of the Boys & Girls Club, include a new day-care center for infants to six-year-olds, offer activities for adults and seniors, and feature a youth development park funded by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Kevin Harvick Foundation.

The Ripkin-Harvick Youth Development Park will feature a synthetic-surface outdoor field that can be used for for soccer, baseball, flag-football and lacrosse.

The new facility, which will serve 250 children and teens, up from 125 at the Boys and Girls Club on Ayock Street it is replacing, will be built at the site of the former J.C. Price School, off Freeman Mill Road, in the Warnersville community.

The $11.8 million project is replacing two facilities on Aycock Street — the Boys and Girls Club and a community center — that both have been purchased by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Salvation Army, which aims to raise $7.64 million for the project, has received pledges of over $7 million.

The park is scheduled to open later this year. The Community Center and Boys and Girls Club is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Biogen Idec Foundation awards $125,000

Biogen Idec Foundation awarded 34 grants totaling $124,999 to support science education programs and projects in North Carolina public and charter elementary, middle and high schools, and at nonprofits that serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The grants program is administered by Triangle Community Foundation.

Urban Ministries raises $86,000

Urban Ministries of Durham raised $86,083 at its 9th Annual Empty Bowls event, up 29 percent from the total it raised at the event last year.

It  will use the money to work to help end homelessness.

Teens award $10,000 to 11 groups

The Teen Grantmaking Council of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has awarded $10,000 in grants to 11 youth-lead service projects in Guilford County.

The Council consists of 30 high school students from Guilford County who meet once a month for seven months starting in September.

Council members learn about philanthropy. They decide which issues to address with funds the Foundation allots to them. They issue a request for proposals to young grant-seekers. And they read the proposals and interview grant-seekers before making final decisions about funding.

The projects the Council funded focus on food insecurity; science, technology, engineering and math education, or STEM; at-risk immigrant youth; dance education for underprivileged youth; children’s literacy; therapeutic horseback riding; and highlighting positive youth through the media.

Summit to focus on reducing school violence

Decreasing the potential for violence in schools and communities will be the focus of the 15th SAVE Summit on March 21 that will be hosted in Raleigh by the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere.

Formed in 1989 in Charlotte and now based in Raleigh, nonprofit works to educate students to take action in stopping violence in schools.

It now has over 2,100 chapters in seven countries and 48 states.

Bordeaux joins Coalition to End Homelessness

Beth Bordeaux, former executive director of PLM Families Together in Raleigh, has been named data team director at the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness.

Leadership and board changes at Goetz Foundation

Nathaniel H. Goetz, co-founder and chief operating officer of the Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in Durham, has stepped down from the nonprofit’s board of directors to become its first executive director.

The nonprofit, which works to help those experiencing infertility become parents through education about domestic adoption, along with grant support, has named five new members to its board.

They include Jeffrey Clarke, a physician at Duke University Medical Center; Kearny Davis, president and owner of Carolina Home Mortgage; Nadia Heuberger, civic leader; Ryan Hill, claims quality assurance program manager at Builders Mutual Insurance Company; and Larry Tollen, founder and team Leader at MyNCHomes.

Russ recertified as Certified Fund Raising Executive

Paul Russ, vice president of marketing and development for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, has been recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International.

Lincoln County Habitat opening second ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County will open its second ReStore, in the Westport Market Shopping Center in Denver, on April 14. 

The ReStore will sell new and gently used items donated by individuals and businesses, including include furniture, appliances, building materials, home accessories, antiques and books.

Legal Services, Legal Aid to host annual luncheon

Mark Martin, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, will be the keynote speaker on March 12 at the annual Justice for All Luncheon in Charlotte hosted by Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina.

The event, from noon to 1 p.m., will be held at The Westin Charlotte.

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