Nonprofit news roundup, 04.03.15

Ronald McDonald House to open at WakeMed

Ronald McDonald House of Durham is set to open a new program at WakeMed Children’s Hospital in Raleigh.

The new Ronald McDonald House, which will begin operations on April 15, will be located at WakeMed’s Heart Center Inn on the third floor of WakeMed Heart Center.

It will include five bedrooms to support the families of pediatric and neonatal intensive care patients, and will be the second house program operated by Ronald McDonald House of Durham.

Since the 2010 opening of WakeMed Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Durham has operated a family room program at the hospital.

The expanded program will offer families of pediatric patients access to sleeping rooms, meals and activities that provide emotional support while keeping them close to their hospitalized infants and children.

Nonprofits see fundraising grow

Sixty-three percent of nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada responding to a survey by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative say fundraising receipts grew in 2014, while 73 percent of U.S. nonprofits and 66 percent of Canadian nonprofits say they met their fundraising goal.

The share of nonprofits that saw an increase — the largest share since 2007, before the economy crashed — is up from 62 percent in 2013, 58 percent in 2012, 53 percent in 2011, and 43 percent in 2010, says the Winter 2015 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey, which is based on responses from over 1,200 nonprofits.

The share of U.S. nonprofits that met their fundraising goal is up from 59 percent in 2013 and 63 percent in 2012, while the share of Canadian nonprofits that met their goal is up from  52 percent in 2013.

Seventy percent of arts nonprofits saw an increase in fundraising, the biggest share in any field of interest and up from 52 percent in 2013.

Charitable receipts grew at 56 percent of health nonprofits, the lowest share in any field of interest and down from 65 percent in 2013.

Big foundations spend little on leadership development

From 2003 to 2012, the top U.S. foundations dedicated only 0.9 percent of total grant dollars and only 0.8 percent of total grants to nonprofit leadership development, says Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Funding for leadership development fell to roughly $160 million in 2012 from a high of nearly $270 million in 2007.

Grantmaking focused on social justice was an exception, the report says, with funding for leadership development accounting for 3.9 percent of grantmaking for social justice, which accounted for 54 percent of dollars for leadership development,

For-profit businesses routinely invest $129 per employee for leadership development every year, compared to only $29 per employee invested for leadership development by the civic sector, the report says.

Band event to benefit StepUP Ministry

Band Together NC, a nonprofit that uses live music as a platform for social change, is holding its fifth-annual “Last Band Standing” event on April 10 at Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh to raise money to support its 2015 nonprofit partner, StepUP Ministry.

Raleigh nonprofits team up on fundraising

Passage Home, a nonprofit that works to fight poverty and homelessness in Wake County, and the J.D. Lewis Multi-Purpose Center, a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for youth, are working together to raise $250,000 this year to support local families struggling to make ends meet.

The joint fundraising campaign will include a kickoff VIP event on May 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and a summer festival on August 1 at Needham B. Broughton High School.

Greensboro Hospice marks 25 years

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, says it has served over 25,000 patients since it was formed in 1980, as well as thousands more through its bereavement services.

SAFEchild gets $25,000

SAFEchild in Raleigh received a $25,000 grant from the Nationwide Foundation to support its PLUS Program, which works to help at-risk families in Wake County learn to stop child abuse, and encourages readiness and success in school.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards grants to teachers

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded a total of $80,286 in grants for professional development to 53 teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Winston- Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Triad Association of Health Underwriters gets award

The Triad Association of Health Underwriters has received the Silver Certification from the National Association of Health Underwriters. The award is given to “Excelling Chapters” throughout the calendar year.

U.S. Green Building Council adds Wilmington branch

The Cape Fear Provisional Branch of the North Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has been elevated to a full branch.

The Wilmington-based branch joins existing branches of the chapter in the Triangle, Piedmont-Triad, and Charlotte regions.

High Point Salvation Army to host community event

The Salvation Army of High Point will sponsoring an Easter Eggstravaganza on April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 121 SW Cloverleaf Place.

The day-long event for adults and children will feature a range of free activities.

Davidson County Hospice to hold golf tournament

Hospice of Davidson County will hold its 8th annual Benefit Golf Tournament on April 23 at Sapona Ridge Country Club in Lexington.

AIDS Walk Charlotte set for May 2

The 19th annual AIDS WALK Charlotte, the largest annual fundraiser for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, or RAIN, will be held May 2 at Gateway Village Promenade at 800 W. Trade St. 

Duke gets $6 million

Duke University has been awarded a $6 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to support leadership education at Duke Divinity School focused on professional development opportunities for leaders in church and nonprofit ministries.

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