Giving hits record-high $358 billion

Charitable giving in the U.S. grew to $358.38 billion in 2014, marking the fifth straight year of growth and exceeding its peak in 2007 before the economy collapsed, a new report says.

Individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests all gave more, says Giving USA 2015, a report from the Giving USA Foundation and researched and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Total giving grew 7.1 percent in current dollars and 5.4 percent adjusted for inflation from the revised estimate of $339.94 billion in 2013.

Giving to religion, education, human services, and health reached record highs when adjusted for inflation, as did giving to arts, culture and humanities, and to the environment and animals.

Giving to foundations, public-society benefit organizations, and international affairs has not returned to or exceeded peak levels.

Who gives

Individuals gave $258.51 billion, up 5.7 percent in current dollars, or 4 percent adjusted for inflation, accounting for 72 percent of all giving.

Foundations gave $53.97 billion, up 8.2 percent, or 6.5 percent adjusted, accounting for 19 percent of all giving.

Bequests gave $28.13 billion, up 15.5 percent, or 13.6 percent adjusted, accounting 8 percent of all giving.

Corporations gave $17.77 billion, up 13.7 percent, or 11.9 percent adjusted, accounting for 5 percent of all giving.

Individual giving

The 5.7 percent increase in giving by individuals represented 58 percent of the increase in all giving.

Including giving by bequests and family foundations, individuals accounted for nearly 90 percent of all giving.

Itemized giving grew six percent and accounted for 83 percent of the total estimate for giving by individuals, while giving by non-itemizing households grew 4.1 percent.

Individual giving is affected by available, disposable household income, by wealth and by growth in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-market index, all of which grew last year, as did general spending by individuals, the Giving USA Foundation says.

Foundation giving

Grants by independent foundations grew 7.8 percent, accounting for 74 percent of giving by all foundations.

Grantmaking by community foundations grew 10.9 percent, while giving by operations foundations grew 8.1 percent.

Corporate giving

Corporate giving includes cash and in-kind contributions made through corporate-giving programs, as well as grants and gifts made by corporate foundations.

Corporate foundation grants totaled an estimated $5.34 billion, down 0.8 percent.

Where giving goes

Giving to religion totaled $114.9 billion in 2014, up 2.5 percent in current dollars from 2013, or 0.9 percent adjusted for inflation, accounting for 32 percent of all giving.

Giving to education totaled $54.62 billion, up 4.9 percent, or 3.2 percent adjusted, accounting for 12.7 percent of all giving.

Giving to human services totaled $42.1 billion, up 3.6 percent, or 1.9 percent adjusted, accounting for 11.7 percent of all giving.

Giving to health totaled $30.37 billion up 5.5 percent, or 3.8 percent adjusted, accounting for 8.5 percent of all giving.

Giving to arts, culture and humanities totaled $17.23 billion, up 9.2 percent, or 7.4 percent adjusted, accounting for 4.8 percent of all giving.

Giving to the environmental and animal organizations totaled $10.5 billion, up 7 percent, or 5.3 percent adjusted, accounting for 2.9 percent of all giving.

Giving to public-society benefit groups totaled $26.29 billion, up 5.1 percent, or 3.4 percent adjusted, accounting for 7.3 percent of all giving.

Giving to foundations totaled $41.62 billion, up 1.8 percent, or 0.1 percent adjusted, accounting for 11.6 percent of all giving.

Giving to international affairs totaled $15.1 billion, down 2 percent, or 3.6 percent adjusted, accounting for 4.2 percent of all giving.

Giving to individuals fell 10.2 percent to $6.42 billion, accounting for 2 percent of all giving. Giving to individuals consists mainly of in-kind donations of medication to patients in need through the Patient Assistance Programs of pharmaceutical companies’ operating foundations,

Giving to religion

While giving to religion grew to a new high of $114.9 billion and continued to account for the biggest share of overall giving, that share has declined steadily for 30 years. In 1987, giving to religion accounted for 53 percent of all giving, compared to 32 percent in 2014.

That decline reflects the fact that fewer Americans identify with religion, attend worship services, or give to houses of worship, the report says. Those trends, it says, have been noted among Baby Boomers, and are being seen among younger age groups.

Giving to donor-advised funds

Giving to the biggest national donor-advised funds slowed dramatically, the report said. That decline may have slighted reduced giving to public-society-benefit groups, the report says.

It also said giving to pass-through charities that redistribute their funds to other organizations had seen little or no growth in recent years.

Todd Cohen

Nonprofit food hub emerges in Durham

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Connecting local farmers with people in need, adding a missing link to the local food-supply chain, reviving a distressed urban corridor, and boosting the local economy are the goals of a new food hub just opening on the north side of downtown Durham.

Developed by Reinvestment Partners, an advocacy and community development nonprofit that has invested $2 million since 2007 in 17 projects radiating from the intersection of East Geer and North Roxboro streets, Bull City Cool houses two tenants in a 4,200-square-foot building at 902 N. Mangum St.

Operating in the building, which began as a Gulf gas station in 1928, are Bella Bean Organics, a business that buys local food and products and makes home deliveries, and Farmer Foodshare, a nonprofit that helps get fresh food from local farmers to local agencies that serve “food-insecure” individuals.

“It’s going to revitalize the neighborhood,” Peter Skillern, executive director of Reinvestment Partners, says of the food hub. “Its going to help local farmers. It’s going to feed hungry people.”

The nonprofit has raised $600,000 for the project, including $100,000 from the City of Durham to redevelop the building; $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for  equipment, marketing, development of a food-safety plan, and training for farmers; and $25,000 from Triangle Community Foundation for a processing center, with the grant awarded through a competition that attracted over 50 collaborative proposals to address local needs.

The remainder includes a loan from BB&T and equity investments from Reinvestment Partners.

Reinvestment Partners expects the hub will help Bella Bean Organics and Farmer Foodshare double the combined volume of food they handle in about two years and eventually generate a total of $2 million a year in business, Skillern says.

Formed in 2009 to collect unsold food at the Carrboro Farmers Market and give it to the nearby food pantry at the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, Farmer Foodshare has been operating at a small warehouse with two eight-foot-by-10-foot walk-in coolers on Hood Street in Durham, just off East Main Street.

Operating with an annual budget of $360,000, up by half from last year, the nonprofit runs “donation stations” at 25 farmers markets in eight counties throughout the state that in 2014 collected 55,000 pounds of fresh produce from vendors and shoppers that it donated to local relief agencies to help feed just over 20,000 people in need.

It also collected $32,000 in donations from shoppers that it used to buy food at the farmers markets for their local partner agencies.

Farmer Foodshare also operates a “pop market,” serving as an exchange that connects local farmers with food pantries and social-service agencies, that last year handled 80,000 pounds of fresh produce totaling $120,000 in sales.

“The capacity for what we can move will dramatically increase,” says Gini Bell, executive director of Farmer Foodshare.

The new processing center, where food can be stored, washed, dried, cut and frozen, will allow Farmer Foodshare to begin providing food for child-care centers and school systems, which typically lack the staff or kitchen equipment to process food from local farmers, Bell says.

Skillern says the food hub will serve as an intermediary that will build both supply and demand in the local food supply chain by adding processing capacity the region lacks, by raising money to buy food from Farmer Foodshare and donate it to social-service agencies, and by attracting more high-income customers for Bella Bean Organics.

The food hub, he says, will “increase our two current tenants’ capacity to buy and redistribute food.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.12.15

North Carolina nonprofits a $38.5 billion business

North Carolina is home to over 10,600 nonprofits that spend $38.5 billion a year, or nine percent of the gross state product, and provide over 400,000 jobs, or one in 10 jobs in the state, a new report says.

And many of those nonprofits are facing rising demand for services and shrinking resources, says the report, “Essential: Our State’s Nonprofit Sector is a Vital Economic Engine,” from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

In 2014, the report says, demand for services grew for 78 percent of all North Carolina nonprofits, while 60 percent were not able to meet that demand.

Forty percent of nonprofits in the state expected the 2014 financial outlook to be even tougher for the communities they serve, and 46 percent said the financial outlook is getting worse for their organizations.

Each year, the report says, 2.5 million North Carolinians volunteer, representing just over one in four people in the state.

Over the past even years, the report says, nonprofit employment in the state has grown nearly 18 percent while overall state employment has declined.

The nonprofit workforce in the state includes 367,229 employees of nonprofits that file annual Form 990 reports with the Internal Revenue Service, plus an estimated 72,000 employees of nonprofit churches, religious congregations and other religious groups.

Nonprofit employees’ average weekly wage was $837 in 2011, or the equivalent of over $15 billion in annual wages in the state.

Forty-three percent of nonprofits in the state operate with annual budgets under $100,000, while 84 percent have budgets under $1 million.

North Carolina nonprofits with budgets over $10 million account for 85 percent of total spending by all charitable nonprofits in the state, with the 104 nonprofit hospitals accounting for 38 percent of all nonprofit spending, and the 70 nonprofit colleges and universities accounting for 11 percent of all nonprofit spending.

Total dollars from state grants to nonprofits in 2012-13 were nearly the same as in 2003-04, representing a 40 percent decline relative to inflation and population growth during the period, the report says.

Roughly half the time, it says, state agencies pay nonprofits more than a month late for work they do for the state.

To help manage that big cash-flow problem, 35 percent of nonprofit;s used emergency reserves if they had them; 21 percent paid the delayed funds from their own budgets; 27 percent used other unrestricted or earned income; nine percent delayed payments to vendors; and 12 percent relied on loans or lines of credit and had to pay the interest themselves.

In 2014, 17 percent of North Carolina nonprofits had an operating deficit; 54 percent did not have enough cash on hand to operate for more than three months; 10 percent reduced staff; 5 percent reduced staff hours; and 2 percent froze positions.

In 2009, 60 percent of nonprofits in the state froze or reduced wages, as did 62 percent in 2010, 40 percent in 2011, and 14 percent in 2012.

Yet in 2014, 46 percent of the state’s nonprofit hired staff for new positions, 39 percent made replacement hires, 22 percent gave raises for the first time since 2008, and 48 percent served more people or locations.

Fifty-seven percent of North Carolina nonprofits collaborated with another organization in 2014 to improve or expand services.

High Point United Way giving $4.3 million

United Way of Greater High Point is giving over $4.3 million to nonprofits in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

In its 2014 annual campaign, United Way raised a record-high $4.9 million.

Proceeds from the campaign will fund 72 health and human service programs at 28 local partner agencies.

United Way also will award eight venture grants totaling over $32,500 for innovative programs at seven agencies not traditionally funded through United Way, and to one partner agency for computer upgrades to better serve clients.

In addition to direct financial assistance totaling over $4.2 million, United Way provides in-kind support to Partners Ending Homelessness and the Greater High Point Food Alliance.

That in-kind support includes office space, phones, computers, technical support, administrative and backroom operations, and serving as fiscal agent.

United Way also provides office space to to StepUp Ministries.

Donations from the campaign included $241,080 from local companies such as Bank of America and Aetna that run local campaigns.

Those funds were pledged and will paid directly to charities through a private third-party vendor those companies hired to handle payments for their United Way campaigns.

United Way’s partner agencies, as well as those that are not partner agencies, will received those additional  funds separately from their official United Way allocation.

United Way donors also opted to designate an additional $389,323 to organizations outside the greater High Point area, mainly other local United Ways in the region, including in Greensboro and in Davidson, Randolph and Forsyth counties.

In addition to agency funding, United Way will allocate $14,684 to continue to provide 2-1-1 information-and-referral services in the region.

It also will spend $154,443, designed by donors, on its BackPack Feeding Program that provides food to nearly 450 kids at risk of hunger over the weekends during the school year.

Charlotte United Way giving $17 million

United Way of Central Carolinas is giving $17.05 million to support 154 programs operated by 80 charities in Mecklenburg and four surrounding counties that serve an estimated 284,000 women, men and children in the region, The Charlotte Observer reported.

United Way’s total giving is roughly what it gave last year, although the agency may need to take up to $2 million of those funds from its reserves because of a gap between what it raised last year and rising community needs, the newspaper says.

It says United Way has depended on its reserve fund nearly ever year since the start of the recession, including $985,000 last year.

Fidelity Charitable now 2nd-biggest U.S. grantmaker

Fidelity Charitable says the funds it grants on the advice of its donors tripled over 10 years to $2.6 billion in 2014, making it the second-largest grantmaker in the U.S., trailing only the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The number of charities its grants support doubled over the same period to 97,000, Fidelity Charitable says.

In its 2015 Fidelity Charitable Giving Report, the independent public charity says a survey of 1,042 of its donors finds that events and philanthropic goals often drive the use of donor-advised funds.

Sixty-two percent of those donors use a donor-advised fund to sustain giving in retirement, while 27 use it to capitalize on a financial windfall and 24 percent use it to capitalize on a year-end bonus.

Seventy-three percent of survey respondents say a key feature that influenced their use of donor-advised funds was the ability to get more money to a charity by leveraging tax benefits such as those associated with giving long-term appreciate assets, while 76 percent said a key feature was the ability to grow their charitable dollars with tax-free investment options.

Fidelity Charitable says it has made an additional $3.6 billion available for grantmaking through investment growth since it was established in 1991.

In 2014, it says, donors recommended eight grants from individual donor-advised funds, on average, up from five in 2005.

And the share of grants from pre-scheduled recommendations grew to 23 percent, up from eight percent in 2005.

Ninety-one percent of donor-advised funds also make direct gifts, while nine percent also use community foundations to give, and six percent also use private foundations to give, the survey says.

On average, Fidelity Charitable says, donors report using a donor-advised fund for about  two-thirds of their household’s charitable giving.

Harvard gift eclipses most college endowments

The $400 million gift to Harvard last week by hedge fund billionaire John A. Paulson exceeds the endowments of 98 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S., The Boston Globe reported.According to an analysis of data reported to the U.S. Department of education, the newspaper said, the combined value of the top one percent of college and university endowments represents nearly two-thirds of all endowment dollars in the U.S.

The 10 richest colleges account for one-third of all endowment dollars for colleges and universities, and Harvard’s $36.4 billion endowment alone accounts for 6.6 percent.

The gift, which supports Harvard’s school of engineering and applied sciences school and is the single largest donation in the university’s 379-year history, also exceeds the endowments of all but one of the historically black colleges and universities in the U.S., reported Gene Demby of National Public Radio, according to Quartz.

Howard University, with an endowment of $586 million in 2014, is the only exception.

Concert nets $38,800 for two charities

The Fifth Annual Rock Your World free benefit concert in Cary on May 8 netted $38,804 for Hope for Haiti Foundation and Dew4Him Ministries.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $342,400

Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $342,417 that for programs serving people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, public interest, and recreation.

Temple joins Genesis Home

Robin Temple, development manager at the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation in Raleigh, has been named director of development at Genesis Home in Durham.

Stop Hunger Now gala to honor founder

Stop Hunger Now in Raleigh will hold a benefit gala on September 25 honoring founder Ray Buchanan.

Keynote speaker at the event, to be held in the A.J. Fletcher Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, will be Tony P. Hall, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Culture and former member of the U.S House of Representative from Ohio.

2016 Human Race scheduled for April 16

The 2016 Human Race, a 5K event that raises money for local nonprofits and is managed by The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, will be held April 16 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Hospitality House gets $12,000 from former lodger

Hospitality House of Charlotte, which since 1985 has provide affordable lodging to over 54,000 guests from 49 states and 37 countries with a seriously ill family member in a local hospital.

When her sister became seriously ill, Debra Harvey and her mother stayed at Hospitality House for 80 days, thanks to a special fund that covers the cost of food and lodging for families that are struggling.

Harvey’s sister died in July 2014. With her estate now settled, Harvey decided to make the gift to Hospitality House.

Arts Council awards mini-grants, seeks applications

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County awarded 10 grants of $500 each to community groups and individuals.

The Arts Council also seeking applications for its Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grants from artists in a six-county region to help them further their professional development. 

The deadline for submitting applications for the grants, available for artists in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties, is July 10 at 5 p.m.

Economic developer of year named

Sandy Dunbeck, senior vice president at the High Point Economic Development Corporation, has been named 2015 Economic Developer of the Year by the North Carolina Economic Developers Association.

Junior Achievement gets $10,000

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. 

Prevention Partners honors Dow health director

Catherine Baase, global director of health services for The Dow Chemical Company, received the 2015 Jim Long Award for Individual Prevention Excellence from Prevention Partners in Chapel Hill.

Make your meetings matter

Regularly scheduled meetings at many nonprofits are a waste of time and resources.

Instead of stimulating thinking about big issues and challenges facing the organization, board and staff meetings are stuck in the rut of routine matters that easily could be handled through email distribution of reports and budgets.

Meetings represent a great opportunity to keep your board and staff informed about what matters at your nonprofit and engaged in fulfilling its promise.

For each meeting, pick a big hurdle or opportunity at your nonprofit, brief your board and staff by email in advance, and then use the meeting to enlist their ideas and suggestions about how to deal with the problem or seize the opportunity.

Instead of simply giving a tedious recital of your boiler-plate agenda items, and then asking everyone attending to say briefly what they are working on, carve out time at every meeting to talk about the big picture .

What is your nonprofit’s vision, or your dream for your community? What is your your mission, or your role in making that dream a reality? What is the urgent community need you address? What difference are you making in the lives of the people you serve? Are routine daily tasks or high-maintenance board members, donors or employees diverting you from your mission and attention to big challenges? Why are you not raising more money? Are you truly integrating your communications into your overall business strategy?

Your staff and board are your core asset and the people you count on to advance your mission. Use your regular meetings to engage and inspire them.

Want help?

Philanthropy North Carolina is a consulting practice that provides writing and strategic communications support for nonprofits, foundations, colleges and universities, and others working for social good.

To find out more about hiring Philanthropy North Carolina to work with your organization to improve your communications, contact Todd Cohen at 919.272.2051 or

Arts groups aim to increase access

By Todd Cohen

[Note: This was written for Triangle Community Foundation.]

DURHAM, N.C. — Art of Cool Project, a Durham nonprofit formed in 2011 to provide jazz and build an audience for it, wants a physical home and a way to expand its audience, build its donor base and find corporate sponsors.

American Dance Festival, which also is in Durham and is celebrating its 82nd season this summer, wants to establish a year-long presence and know more about its audience.

Artsplosure, a Raleigh nonprofit that for nearly four decades has produced big arts festivals each year and worked to promote the arts, also wants to know more about its audience, and to host first-time events and performances.

And 14-year-old Deep Dish Theater Company, which stages four shows a year in a storefront at University Mall in Chapel Hill that seats 70 people, wants new space that can handle constantly-changing programs and will attract a steady flow of visitors.

Key to making the arts and culture more accessible in the Triangle, representatives of all four groups told the Triangle Donors Forum on April 14, are capacity-building and technical support for small and mid-sized arts organizations, as well as collaboration among them.

Economic driver

The arts are big business and big contributors to the economy and the health of local communities, Lori O’Keefe, president of Triangle Community Foundation and moderator of the panel, told several dozen guests at the Donors Forum, which was hosted Foundation and held at the Carolina Theater in Durham.

Sixty percent of employees in North Carolina work in the arts or creative industries, which generated $22 billion in revenue for the state in 2014, O’Keefe said.

“This is real work for our region and for our state, with real people working real jobs in the arts, and the majority of those jobs are in the nonprofit sector,” she said.

Arts offerings contribute to the health of downtowns and communities, and can have a big impact on the way children learn, O’Keefe said.

“Immersion in art has such a ripple effect on how a child can be set up for success later in life,” she said.

Arts and culture represent an important focus of grantmaking at the foundation, which last year granted nearly $2 million to organizations that support arts and culture in the region and beyond, O’Keefe said.

Providing leadership in building the cultural identity of the Triangle also is a focus — along with building the capacity of groups that address youth literacy and community development, and supporting environmental conservation programs — of a “People and Places” program the Foundation launched last year.

Yet while larger arts institutions in the region may seem to find it easier to sustain themselves, O’Keefe said, smaller arts organizations faces challenges, including a lack of “ready-made venues,” lack of knowledge about how to use technology to attract audiences, and a business model that will sustain them.

Providing access

Adequate and appropriate space to perform and show art, and the accessibility of that space to a regional audience, are big challenges for smaller arts groups, members of the panel told the Donors Forum.

The Triangle, for example, lacks a “home” for jazz, a single space to house jazz performance, teaching, rehearsing and related activities, said Cicely Mitchell, president and co-founder of Art of Cool Project.

The idea that led to the founding of Art of Cool was to “provide space where we could help expand the audience for jazz,” she said. “It’s all about accessibility.”

Paul Frellick, artistic director of Deep Dish Theater Company, said that while ticket sales generate only about half of the funds it needs to operate, its capacity of only 70 seats makes it tough to attract corporate advertisers for its printed programs or corporate sponsors.

After operating in two locations at University Mall, he said, the troupe aims to find new space and move over the course of its next season.

Maintaining momentum

Arts groups like Artsplosure, Art of Cool and American Dance Festival that concentrate many of their activities into a few events or times during the year face the challenge of maintaining a presence or momentum throughout the year, panelists said.

Multiplying that challenge for an arts group can be a lack of data about its audience, a hurdle that many arts groups face.

Michael Lowder, executive director of Artsplosure, said venues in themselves can carry a brand that can “trump whoever the presenter is.”

The Artsplosure festival this year was moving to Fayetteville Street from Moore Square, he said.

Yet because Fayetteville Street has attracted both “great events and not-so-great events” and has only a “so-so brand,” he said, the move carried some risk.

“Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd,” he said.

To help promote and market itself throughout the year, he said, Artsplosure has made aggressive use of social media such as Instagram and Facebook.

“We really try to maintain a relationship with our audience,” he said. Yet at Artsplosure, he said, “we really don’t know our audience.”

While 30,000 to 50,000 people attend the organization’s First Night activities, and 60,000 to 80,000 attend Artsplosure, less than one thousand attending those festivals actually fill out surveys about who they are, he said.

Artsplosure tries to communicate with the arts community through arts agencies, and through roughly 25 media outlets.

Still, Lowder said, maintaining a year-long presence and momentum “with who you perceive your audience to be” can be challenging.

Sarah Kondu, director of communications and marketing at American Dance Festival, said it performs at venues such as Durham Arts Center yet, because of a policy by intermediaries that sell tickets online, it can not get information on the people who buy tickets to its performances.

So knowing and communicating with its audiences is a “real struggle for us,” she said.

Mitchell, who suggested that venues do not share information on ticket buyers to protect their privacy, said that while Art of Cool has built an email list of people who attend its events, its marketing budget is small and so it relies on social media to reach its audience.

Showing value

O’Keefe, who worked as a fundraiser and arts administrator at performing arts institutions in California and New York City before joining Triangle Community Foundation in 2005, asked the panelists whether the new residents who have swelled the Triangle’s population recognize the value the arts add to the region’s quality of life and are “opening their pockets and engaging in ways other than just buying tickets.”

Mitchell said Art of Cool launched its festival last year entirely through a Kickstarter social-media campaign.

Tondu said modern dance is a “hard sell, even in larger cities,” and that American Dance Festival is “still trying to educate, to get people to give it a try.”

Frellick said that because tickets sales generate only about half the income Deep Dish Theater needs to operate, and because its limited seating capacity has made it tough to attract corporate sponsors, the company depends on individual donors and patrons to sustain it.

On the other hand, he said, when corporate giving fell after the economy crashed in 2008, Deep Dish was not as hard hit as some other organizations because it already lacked corporate support.

Lowder said Artsplosure six years ago saw a 60 percent spike in ticket sales for First Night, and asked a statistician to try to find out why.

The only correlation the statistician could find after looking at a broad range of indicators was that “the more we spend on art, the more tickets we sold,” Lowder said.

“We want to be perceived as an entry point, the gateway, to what others are doing,” he said. “It’s about the art we’re presenting, and presenting in an accessible way to encourage people to learn more and get involved.”

Making the arts accessible is important, he said, because of the “influx of people from all over the country with expectations about what sorts of art they’re going to find here.”

Capacity and collaboration

A big challenge for smaller and mid-sized arts groups is building their organizational “capacity,” panelists said.

Mitchell at Art of Cool said finding corporate support has been tough.

The group participated in a training program at the Durham Chamber of Commerce to learn how to ask companies for money, and was the only nonprofit in the program, she said.

“A lot of younger organizations would jump over the opportunity to have mentorship and camaraderie,” she said.

O’Keefe said a “big push” in the nonprofit sector is for greater collaboration, and “the arts tend to be on the forefront of this, using statistics, data, having a revenue producing model.”

Through tickets and products, “the arts have always had,” she said. “The arts, particularly in the Triangle, are constantly thinking about ways to work together to raise each other up.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.05.15

Stop Hunger Now distributes 200 million meals

Stop Hunger Now, an international relief agency based in Raleigh, has distributed 200 million meals to feed hungry people in 51 countries since it launched its meal-packaging program in December 2005.

The meals were packaged by 600,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic groups at 8,387 meal-packaging events.

Stop Hunger Now operates meal-packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and at locations in South Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Italy and India.

It distributes the meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are part of the movement to address global issues.

Rowe new executive director at PLM Families Together

Lisa Rowe, former director of CapitalCare Collaborative, has been named executive director of PLM Families Together in Raleigh.

The agency also has raised over $103,000 in its annual campaign, exceeding its $85,000 goal and meeting a challenge grant from the Steward’s Fund for an additional $20,000.

Phillips Foundation gives $960,000

Phillips Foundation in Greensboro awarded a $960,000 grant to Partners Ending Homelessness to continue solving chronic homelessness in Guilford County.

Partners Ending Homelessness, in its annual “Point in  Time Count,” recently reported a 25 percent decline in homelessness and a 30 percent decrease in chronic homelessness in Guilford County over the past year.

In 2013, the Foundation provided a one-year, $1 million grant to the organization to launch a “Housing First” initiative to end chronic homelessness in the county within five years.

The late Kermit Phillips, who died in 2008 and was founder and president of Phillips Management Group in Greensboro and co-founder of ATC Development Corporation in Augusta, Ga., created the Kermit G. Phillips II Charitable Trust in 2005 to provide funding to nonprofit causes selected by the Phillips family.

The trust’s endowment recently gained the majority of its funding and now has $60 million in assets and operates as the Phillips Foundation.

Its board has focused on five key issues  in the Greensboro community, including housing and homelessness; economic development; arts and culture; child and family services; and education and learning enrichment.

Golf event raises $113,600 for Ronald McDonald House

The 27th Annual Carolina Kids Classic on June 2 at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill raised $113,600 for Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

Tomorrow Fund raises $80,000

The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students has raised $50,000, exceeding a challenge from two donors who agreed to give $30,000 to the Fund if it could raise $30,000 before May 31.

The challenge was made by Diane Lanevi, founding board member of the Tomorrow Fund, who pledged $20,000 in matching funds, and by another board member who pledged $10,000 in matching funds.

Triad McDonald’s employees get scholarships

Twelve students who work at McDonald’s restaurants in the Triad each received either a $5,000 or $1,000 Ray Kroc Scholarship and will use the money to fund their first year of college and complete their final year and, for some winners, pay for their entire local community college tuition.

Triad McDonald’s owners award $1,000 scholarships to student-employees every year, and decided to increase the scholarship amount this year for some winners.

Junior Achievement gets $20,000

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina has been awarded two grants of $10,000 each from the John Deere Foundation. 

WPF Foundation awards grants

The WPF Foundation in Greensboro awarded grants to recipients with programs that share its focus of empowering women and girls.

The grants, awarded at the recent Women’s Professional Forum luncheon, include $5,500 to the YWCA for its Passion to Purse Program; $5,000 to the Black Child Development Institute for its AmeriCorps Professional Development program; and $4,500 to the North Carolina Institute for Political Leadership for its Fellows Program.

Autism Society to hold Triangle walk/run in October

The Autism Society of North Carolina will hold its 17th annual Triangle Walk/Run for Autism on October 10.

Marlo Thomas to speak at Women to Women’s luncheon

Marlo Thomas, the philanthropist, activist, author and actress, will be the special guest speaker at the sixth annual Women to Women’s Celebration Luncheon on October 19 at Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, .

Thomas is national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father, Danny Thomas.

In 2004, she created the hospital’s annual Thanks and Giving campaign, an annual holiday fundraising program that has raised over $500 million to date.

The Women to Women fund, an endowed grantmaking fund at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro that focuses its support on issues involving local women and families, has met its initial goal of $3 million goal, and is working to raise another $2 million.

Once all pledges of the new $5 million goal have been fulfilled, the fund is expected to generate $200,000 a year in grant support.

Chairs named for NCCJ awards dinner

Mark and Ursula Dudley Oglesby will chair the 49th Annual NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner hosted by the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.

Mark Oglesby is sales manager for StoneMor Partners, and Ursula Dudley Oglesby is president of Dudley Beauty Corp

The event, which will be held November 12 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center and is expected to attract 1,000 business and community leaders, will recognize a citizen or citizens of the Piedmont Triad region who have made significant contributions toward creating a community free of bias, bigotry and racism.