Nonprofit news roundup, 08.07.15

Women philanthropists to meet in Charlotte

Giving by women will be the focus of a national gathering of women philanthropists in Charlotte October 15-17 for the 2015 National Leadership Forum of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.

Keynote speaker at the event, which will be held at the Ballantyne Resort Hotel, will be Darla Moore, former vice president of Rainwater, Inc., a private investment company.

Moore is founder and chair of the Palmetto Institute, a nonprofit think-tank that works to boost per-capita income in South Carolina, and of The Charleston Parks Conservancy, a foundation that works to improve parks and public spaces in the City of Charleston.
She has invested or donated roughly $130 million in projects that benefit South Carolina.

Other speakers will include Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Molly Barker, the local founder of Girls on the Run.

The Women’s Collective Giving Network represents 44 collective-giving grantmaking groups with a total of nearly 10,000 women members in 23 states.

Those groups have contributed a total of nearly $70 million in grants to nonprofits throughout the U.S.

Co-chairs of the event are Dianne Bailey Bailey, a lawyer at Charlotte firm Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, and Sonja Nichols.

Since 2003, the Fund has made 54 grants totaling nearly $4.2 million. It is one of the largest women’s collective-giving groups in the U.S.

Merrill Lynch is the event’s major corporate sponsor.

Giving to foundations grows

Overall giving to 96 foundations representing over $414.6 million in annual revenue grew 4.7 percent in the 3 months ending in June 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, according to the new Foundation Index from Blackbaud.

Giving to those foundations grew 7.6 percent in the 6 months ending in June 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier. In comparison, overall charitable giving to 5,170 nonprofits representing over $17 billion in annual giving grew 1.4 percent in the 6 months ending in June 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

Giving to those 96 foundations in 2014 grew 6 percent from 2013. In comparison, overall charitable giving to nonprofits in 2014 grew 2.1 percent from 2013.

Nonprofit accounting errors studied

A new study says nonprofits make accounting errors at a relatively high rate, partly because they try to keep from spending too big a share of their funding on overhead, reports.

The study, by Jeffrey Burks, associate professor of accountancy at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, says the rate of accounting errors at nonprofits is nearly double that of for-profit businesses of similar sizes.

The study appears in the journal Accounting Horizons, published by the American Accounting Association.

NCCJ to honor Arbuckle and Brown

The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad will honor Margaret B. Arbuckle of Greensboro and Robert J. “Bob” Brown of High Point with the 2015 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award at its 49th annual Citation Award Dinner on November 12.

Arbuckle is the retired executive director of the Guilford Education Alliance.

Brown is CEO and founder of B&C International, the oldest public relations firm in the U.S. owned and operated by an African American.

Chaired by Mark and Ursula Dudley Oglesby and expected to attract over 1,000 guests, the event will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

Project One provides scholarships

Project One Scholarship Fund in Charlotte is providing financial support for 13 students from low-income, single-parent families attend college this fall, including four incoming freshmen. 

Two Project One scholars are on track to graduate in 2016, having had Project One support during all four years of college.

The organization also provides tools for college success, including a gifts-and-talents program, financial literacy and mentoring.

Through scholarships and federal student aid, Project One scholars will graduate from college debt-free. 

Project One was awarded a $10,000 unrestricted grant from The Leon Levine Foundation.

Warner elected Raleigh Rotary president

Kirk Warner, a partner in law firm Smith Anderson, has been elected the 102nd president of Rotary Club of Raleigh.

Autism Society to hold run/walk events

The Autism Society of North Carolina will hold its Western North Carolina Run/Walk for Autism UNC-Asheville  on September 12; its Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism at UNC-Greensboro on September 26; and its Triangle Run/Walk for Autism in downtown Raleigh on October 10.

Triangle Dairy Queen raises $20,000 for Duke Children’s Hospital

Triangle Dairy Queen’s three locations raised $19,615 for Duke Children’s Hospital through the sale of blizzards and balloons.

The money raised will be used for research, care and support programs to help families and children at Duke Children’s Hospital.

New Winston Museum to hold event celebrating exhibit

The New Winston Museum will hold a VIP event celebrating the opening of a new exhibit, “Planes trains and Automobiles: Winston-Salem’s Wheels of Change.”

The event, “Come Fly With Us,” will be held at Smith Reynolds Airport on September 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Honorary co-chairs are Sandy and Allan Gitter.

All proceeds will support the Museum’s mission of preserving, promoting and presenting the history and stories of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County through education and collaboration.

Guests at the event may attend the VIP opening of the new exhibit on September 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dawkins elected VP of health underwriters board

Johnny Dawkins of Fayetteville, a strategic benefits consultant for EbenConcepts, has been elected vice president of the board of trustees of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Central Park NC gets $60,000

Central Park NC, a nonprofit in Star that works to stimulate a local economy based on the sustainable use of the region’s natural and cultural resources, has received a $60,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for general operational support.

United Arts Council launches new website

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has launched a redesigned website it developed with Signal Hill Design.

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