Nonprofit news roundup, 04.10.15

Family Services gets $2.2 million

Family Services in Winston-Salem has been awarded $2.2 million in federal funding to bring the Early Head Start program to Forsyth County in September 2015.

Early Head Start will operate year-round and provide education and development services to low-income families with 120 children from birth to age three.

Health screenings, nutrition, social and emotional health, social services, and services for children with disabilities are the focus of the full-day program.

Greensboro funder to promote giving among people of color

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is getting $306,000 over two years from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote philanthropy in communities of color and to engage donors of color around issues that disproportionately affect vulnerable children and families.

Athan Lindsay, former faith outreach coordinator at the Rural Advancement Foundation in Pittsboro, has joined The Community Foundation as the new development officer focused primarily on the new Kellogg initiative.

The Community Foundation is one of just 27 grantees in the U.S., and the only community foundation in the Southeast, selected for the Kellogg initiative.

Assets grow to $1.7  billion at Foundation For The Carolinas

Charitable assets at Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte grew $316 million in 2014 to nearly $1.7 billion, while contributions to funds held by the Foundation grew to $627 million, more than twice the total given in 2013.

Public School Forum honors Jim and Carolyn Hunt

Former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. and Former First Lady Carolyn Hunt have been named recipients of the 2015 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award from the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

The award, established in 2000 to recognize leaders who have advanced public education, will be presented to the Hunts at a gala event on  June 8 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

BB&T is presenting sponsor of this year’s event.

Chicago giving outpaces rate in U.S.

Charitable giving in the six-county Chicago region outpaces the national average, a new report says.

Nearly three in four households in the region gave to nonprofits in 2013, compared to nearly six in 10 in the U.S. in 2010, the latest year for which data are available, says Giving in Chicago, a report from The Chicago Community Trust.

Roughly two in three households gave in any given year between 2000 and 2008, says the study, which was conducted by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Nearly seven in 10 Chicago-area households reported giving $100 or more to charity in 2013, over half reported giving $500 or more, with donor households on average giving about three percent of their annual income to nonprofits in 2013.

Just over three in four donor households in the region said helping individuals meet basic  needs was their top motivation for giving, while seven in 10 said those who have more should help those who have less, and two in three said their giving was motivated by personal values of beliefs.

Nearly half of households in the region volunteered in 2013, and among those who did, nearly half volunteered once a week or more.

Nearly eight in 10 of charitable dollars donated by households in the region remained in the region in 2013.

In 2012, the report says, corporate foundations in the region made roughly 3,500 grants of $4,000 or more that totaled $158 million, with 44 percent of grants and 51 percent of grant dollars awarded staying in the region.

Sixty-eight companies, or 97 percent of those surveyed, reported making charitable donations to nonprofits in fiscal 2013, and 81 percent of those surveyed gave to nonprofits in the region.

Over 2,000 grantmaking organizations in the region made early 39,000 grants or $4,000 or more in 2012 with an estimated total value of $2.6 billion.

Grant recipients in the region received over 19,000 grants of $4,000 or more from over 1,300 grantmakers in the region, accounting for roughly $1 billion, or 39 percent of total grant dollars that grantmakers in the region made in 2012.

Nonprofit business model for news seen tough to sustain

News organizations that operate with a nonprofit business model are finding it a challenge to sustain themselves financially, a new report says.

While revenue among 20 local, state and regional nonprofit news organizations grew 73 percent, on average, between 2011 and 2013, including average growth of 30 percent in 2012, median revenue in 2011 grew only seven percent, suggesting year-over-year revenue for half the sites was either flat or declining, says Gaining Ground: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability, a report from the Knight Foundation.

Nonprofit news organizations also count heavily on foundation funding, and few seem to be likely soon to find a sustainable business model, the report says.

The organizations generated only 23 percent of revenue through earned income in 2013,  compared to 18 percent in 2011.

Most growth in earned income is generated through sponsorships and in-person events.

And while advertising is the earned-income source for most nonprofit news organizations, ad revenue was flat from 2011 to 2013.

Spending is focused mainly on editorial expenses, although organizations seem to invest more in marketing and technology as they grow.

Web traffic grew 75 percent on average from 2011 to 2013, and the share of mobile traffic and traffic referred from social media grew considerably, the report says.

Wheels4Hope placing cars with vets

Wheels4Hope, a car-donation nonprofit, will place cars with veterans who need them at the 2nd annual Memorial Day Bike Ride, which will be held on May 25 at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 4747 Lake Brandt Road in Greensboro.

Harley riders bring Easter to kids

Over 100 riders from Raleigh Harley Owners Group and Ray Price Harley-Davidson delivered Easter baskets to youngsters at The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, along with a $1,200 donation, during the annual Ray Price “Easter Basket Ride.”.

TROSA to hold fundraising sale

Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abuses, or TROSA, will hold a fundraising sale from April 15 through April 18 at Oxford Commons at 3500 N. Roxboro St. in Durham.

The sale, to be held in a 40,000-square-foot tend, will feature furniture, appliances, clothing and used vehicles.

Event aims to raise $110,000 to help end arthritis

The 2015 Triangle Walk to Cure Arthritis, to be held May 2 at the Imperial Center in Durham and sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, aims to raise $110,000 to help end arthritis.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $291,600

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 16 community grants totaling $219,600 in the areas of animal welfare, arts and culture, education, health, human services, public interest, and recreation.

EnergyUnited, electric coops to give $600,000 to teachers

EnergyUnited in Statesville and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have pledged nearly $600,000 to the state’s teachers for the 2015-16 school year.

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded directly to local educators in EnergyUnited’s service territory for hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded by traditional school budgets.

EnergyUnited serves over 120,000 electricity members in 19 North Carolina counties, includes suburbs near Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

Davidson County Hospice to mark 30 years

Hospice of Davidson County will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a tribute dinner on April 28 starting at 6 p.m. at the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center at Davidson County Community College.

American Cancer Society hires Durham e-learning firm

Weejee Learning, a Durham-based provider of e-learning solutions, has been chosen by the American Cancer Society to create an interactive program for volunteers for its Relay for Life fundraising event, a community walk that has raised nearly $5 billion and involved over 4 million people in over 20 countries a year since it was launched 30 years ago.

May 1 deadline for seeking arts mini-grants

May 1 is the deadline for submitting applications to The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for mini-grants of up to $500 for projects that promote creativity and use art as a means to bring people together. 

Anti-rape campaigns at N.C. State and Duke

Fraternities4Family, which last year raised over $27,000 for local domestic-violence agencies, is launching campaigns at North Carolina State University and at Duke University to raise money and to awareness to reduce rapes on campus.

High Point funder awards grants

The High Point Community Foundation awarded grants from the Principals’ Fund for Student Needs to Montlieu Academy of Technology, Oak View Elementary School

and Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.

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