Nonprofit news roundup, 04.17.15

Merged Planned Parenthood names CEO

Jenny Black, former CEO of Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, has been named president and CEO of Raleigh-based Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.

The affiliate, formed earlier this year through the merger of Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, operates 15 health centers in the Carolinas, West Virginia, and Blue Ridge area of Virginia.

Greensboro United Way raises $11.1 million

United Way of Greater Greensboro raised $11.1 million in its 2014-15 fundraising campaign.

The effort, which did not set a goal, marks the second straight year of campaign growth.

Last year, when it also did not set a goal, United Way raised $11 million, exceeding the previous year’s total by $800,000 and posting its first year-over-year increase in five years.

Over 500 organizations participated in the 2014-15 campaign, over 15,000 individuals contributed, and over 1,400 donors gave $1,000 or more

Chairing the campaign was Jason Bohrer, president and partner at management consulting firm Newbold Advisors.  

Public School Forum raps school-performance grading system

North Carolina’s A-F School Performance Grading system serves only to label schools based on the family income of the students served and does not provide support to help struggling schools improve, the Public School Forum of North Carolina says.

In the first year of school performance letter grades, among 325 district and public charter schools throughout the state with low-income students that account for at least 85 percent of all students — the state’s highest-poverty schools — none received an A, and only two received B’s, the Public School Forum says in “A is for Affluent,” an issue brief.

And among 222 schools with low-income students accounting for less than 25 percent of all students, none received an F and only one received a D.

Nearly 90 percent of those schools received A’s or B’s.

 “The current school grading system does little more than identify schools that serve students from low-income families,” said Keith Poston, president and executive director of the Public School Forum. “If the intent is to capture how well schools serve students, a better approach would be to place a much greater emphasis on student academic improvement year over year.”

GSK, North Carolina New Schools partner on STEM

Drugmaker GSK and North Carolina New Schools are teaming up on a new effort to boost public education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, and tie it to industry and higher education.

GSK is making a $1 million investment in the new STEMAccelerator, a project of North Carolina School that aims to speed effective STEM education strategies focused on improving math and science instruction, and develop new strategies.

Nonprofits want better data to track performance

Most nonprofits that receive funding from big foundations collect and use information about their performance, yet many want to gather additional or better data, and only a minority say they get support to do that from their foundation funders, a new report says.

Nearly all nonprofits among 183 surveyed for the report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy say they make efforts to assess their performance, but seven in 10 respondents say they want more detailed data, a larger volume of data, or data that is collected more frequently to help them perform better to advance their goals.

The report, “Assessing to Achieve High Performance: What Nonprofits are Doing and How Foundations Can Help,” analyzes survey data from organizations based in the U.S. with $100,000 to $100 million in annual expenses that received funding from foundations giving at least $5 million a year.

Foundation support for black males growing

In 2012, the latest year for which data are available, 98 foundations made $64.6 million in grants explicitly intended to benefit black men and boys, says a report from the Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Achievement.

That total was up from $40.4 million a year earlier and continues rising trend, says the report, “Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys.”

Over half of all foundation funding for black males from 2003 to 2012 was distributed in the most recent three years.

Americans favor charity tax deduction

Most Americans oppose limiting, capping or eliminating the charitable tax deduction as part of any tax reform, according to a Dunham+Company study conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research.

Fifty-four percent of Americans said they opposed changing the deduction, while only 35 percent favored changes as part of tax reform, a stated priority of the Republican-controlled Congress, Dunham+Company says.

Victory Junction teams with Ronald McDonald House

Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, is partnering with Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill to provide camp-like activities to residents and their families once a month.

Staff from Victory Junction and volunteers from Carolinas Credit Union Foundation will bring camp activities to Ronald McDonald House every third Thursday of the month.

AT&T a sponsor for Folk Festival

AT&T North Carolina will serve as Artists-in-the-Schools Sponsor for the 2015 National Folk Festival, which will feature 300 artists on seven stages over three days in downtown Greensboro from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, 2015.

Co-produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and ArtsGreensboro, the Festival this year begins a three-year residency in downtown Greensboro.

Law firms recognized for food bank campaign

Five law firms have been recognized for their support of efforts by the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association in the annual “Legal Feeding Frenzy” campaign of the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks to restock stock shelves at food banks in the state.

In this year’s statewide campaign, which ran from March 9 to March 27, North Carolina law firms and related organizations competed in categories based on their employee count. 

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Research Triangle Park contributed the most pounds overall.

Other winners included Simonsen Law Firm in Edenton in the Sole Proprietor Division; Rose Harrison & Gilreath in Kill Devil Hills in the Small Firm Division; Bell, Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem and Charlotte in the Medium Division; Moore & Van Allen in the Large Firm Division; and Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem in the Law School Division.

Autism Society offers guide for parents, guardians

The Autism Society of North Carolina has released “Accessing Services” a free guide for parents and guardians of children and adults on the autism spectrum about services and supports that may be available to them and their families in North Carolina and how to obtain them. 

Event to benefit Triad Health Project

Friends and supporters of Triad Health Project, an HIV/AIDS service and support organization, are hosting the inaugural Ribbons & Roses for THP, a Kentucky Derby-themed Dining for Friends party, on May 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the historic Briles House at 1103 N. Main Street in High Point.

Barnabas Network gets donation

Matrix is donating over $30,000 worth of children’s beds, nightstands, dressers, and desks to The Barnabas Network, a nonprofit furniture bank serving individuals and families in Guilford and nearby counties.

Elias receives humanitarian award

Ric Elias, CEO and co-founder of marketing-and-sales firm Red Ventures, has received the Nish Jamgotch Jr. Humanitarian Award, presented annually to an individual or group for  service to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

Named for the retired UNC Charlotte professor who established the program, the award is facilitated by Foundation For The Carolinas and includes a $6,000 cash gift, which was presented to Golden Door Scholars in Elias’ honor.

Raleigh Junior Woman’s Club to hold wine raffle

The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh will hold its Third Annual Stock Your Cellar Wine Raffle on April 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mia Francesca Trattoria at North Hills.

Dinner to benefit nonprofits

Pilot Benefits will host a dinner at a Greensboro home on May 21 from  5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit local nonprofits.

Featured at the dinner will be author and speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

For information, call 336-230-2007, ext. 208.

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