Nonprofit news roundup, 04.24.15

Nonprofit boards seen as ineffective

A new survey supports a long-held belief that many nonprofit boards of directors are ineffective, say researchers at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

A significant minority of 924 members of nonprofit board surveyed were not sure of their organization’s mission and strategy, dissatisfied with their ability to evaluate their organization’s performance, and uncertain whether their fellow board members have the experience to do their jobs well.

Still, nearly all directors surveyed believe the organization’s executive director understands the mission well, 87 percent are satisfied with the executive director’s performance, and 85 percent are satisfied with their organization’s overall performance.

The survey found:

* 27 percent of board members don’t think their colleagues have a strong understanding of the mission and strategy.

* 65 percent don’t think their board is very experienced, and roughly half don’t think their colleagues are very engaged in their work.

* 46 percent have little or no confidence that the performance data they review accurately measures their organization’s success.

* 32 percent don’t think their board can evaluate their organization’s performance.

* 42 percent don’t have an audit committee, and many rely on monthly bank statements to monitor financial performance.

* 57 percent don’t benchmark their performance against peer groups.

* 39 percent don’t establish performance targets for their executive directors.

* Two-thirds don’t have a succession plan in place.

*  78 couldn’t immediately name a successor if the current executive were to leave suddenly.

Alamance United Way investing in public transit

United Way of Alamance County will give $100,000 to support the new public bus system the City of Burlington expects to launch in the spring of 2016.

United Way says it is making the investment because the new transit system will provide people in need with an affordable way to get to work or school or to appointments for health and human services.

United Way also says earnings from investments and other funds it has accumulated through its fiscal management have generated $200,000 it will be able to use, in addition to funds from its current annual campaign, to support health-and-human-services programs in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Heidi Norwick, United Way president, said the campaign so far has raised $1.3 million and likely will raise as much as the $1,586,000 it raised a year ago.

YMCA of Garner raises $5.5 million

YMCA of Garner, a branch of YMCA of the Triangle, has raised $5.5 million in the silent phase of a capital campaign to raise money to build a permanent YMCA facility in Garner.

It will launch the public phase this spring.

Women’s Fund to give over $100,000

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem expects to grant over $100,000 to local nonprofits that serve women and girls, and is seeking proposals that focus on their economic security.

An initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation, the Women’s Fund has awarded over $1.1 million since 2007.

The 2015 grants will be awarded at The Women’s Fund 10th Annual Luncheon in November 2015.

Dining for Friends to benefit Triad Health Project

Triad Health Project, an HIV/AIDS service organization, will hold its 26th Annual Dining for Friends this spring to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and funds for the organization.

Individuals and groups are invited to host a Dinner with Friends event. And a Grand Dessert Finale for all sponsors, hosts and guests will be held May 16 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Terrace at The Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Community Matters raises $73,000

Community Matters, an insurance-industry group that supports selected nonprofit partners, raised $72,578 at its Fourth Annual Dodgeball Tournament.

Family Promise volunteers serve 6,000 meals

Family Promise of Greater Guilford County says its volunteers have served over 6,000 meals over the last 11 months, provided over 2,000 hours of support at its shelter, donated supplies, toiletries and household items, and made financial contributions.

Staunch to chair board at North Carolina Community Foundation

Linda Staunch, president and CEO of Linda Staunch & Associates, a public relations and marketing firm in New Bern, has been named chair of the statewide board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Becoat joins UNC development office

Paulette Becoat, for manager for fundraising and special events at the American Diabetes Association, has been named assistant director of stewardship services in the Office of Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rock concert to benefit charity

The Fifth Annual Rock Your World Free Benefit Concert will be held May 8 from 6 p.m. to  11 p.m. at RallyPoint Sport Grill in Cary.  Donations from the free event will benefit Hope for Haiti Foundation and Dew4Him Ministries.

Thompson to hold annual luncheon

Thompson, a Charlotte-based provider of clinical and prevention services for children and families across the Carolinas, will hold its 13th annual benefit luncheon at April 28 at noon at The Westin Charlotte.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to hold walks in Triangle

The Carolinas Raleigh Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold walks on May 16 at 9 a.m. at the Research Triangle Park campus of Credit Suisse and at Halifax Mall in Raleigh.

Youth Grantmakers in Action gives $1,900

Youth Grantmakers in Action, an initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation for  youth ages 15 to 18, awarded four grants totaling $1,900 to projects serving youth in Forsyth County.

Since its first round of grants in 2006, the group has awarded over $18,000 to youth-led community projects.

Housing for New Hope to hold annual breakfast

Housing for New Hope in Durham will hold its annual Rays of Hope breakfast on May 5 at 7:30 a.m. at PNC Triangle Club at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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