Nonprofit news roundup, 10.02.15

Progress and challenges for women and girls

Women and girls in Forsyth County are more economically secure than they were five years ago but still face big challenges, a new report says.

Women are earning more, a bigger share of them are graduating from high school, and a smaller percentage of teenage girls are getting pregnant, says “Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County in 2015.”

Still, women and girls in Forsyth County continue to lag behind their white counterparts on nearly every indicator, says the report, released by The Women’s Fund of  Winston-Salem and based on data and information collected by Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem and The Women’s Fund, an advised fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Among the progress found by the report:

* Women account from 53.4 percent of the local workforce, up from 49 percent in 2010, when the Women’s Fund released an earlier report.

* Women now near 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, up 3 cents from 2010.

* In 2014, the graduation rate among Forsyth County girls was nearly 88 percent, up from 77 percent in 2009.

* The pregnancy rate among teen girls in Forsyth County has dropped to 33 per 1,000 from 67 per 1,000 five years ago.

Among the challenges found by the report:

* In Forsyth County 21.7 percent of women live in poverty, including over half of Hispanic women, 34 percent of African-American women, and 16 percent of Caucasian women, or double the rate in 2009.

* Key work supports to help keep low-income women out of poverty continue to be unavailable or difficult to get. Effective January 2014, for example, North Carolina became the only state among 25 that had created a state Earned Income Tax Credit to eliminate the credit.

* There have been no substantial increases in the number of women in male-dominated jobs such as those in science, technology, engineering and math careers, or STEM.

* Adequate and affordable childcare remains a barrier to economic security for women in Forsyth County, where 82 percent of grandparents are responsible for raising grandchildren.

* Housing and associated costs have increased “in the absence of livable wages hat keep women and their families out of poverty.”

Cancer centers enlist doctors to raise money from patients

Oncology centers are recruiting their oncologists to help raise money from their patients, a new survey has found.

Among 400 oncologists surveyed at 40 leading cancer centers, nearly half said they had been trained to identify wealthy patients who might be possible philanthropic donors, The New York Times reported.

A third of the oncologists were asked to solicit donations — half of them refused — and three percent had been promised they would be paid if a patient made a donation, the Times said.

The study, published online in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, was conducted by Dr. Reshma Jagsi, a radiation oncologist and ethicist at the University of Michigan, who had concerns about the practice and wanted to learn more, the Times said.

Wake Forest Baptist awarded $1.5 million

The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center received a five-year, $1.5 million award from the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the Medical Careers and Technology Pipeline: Health and Biomedical Workforce Development for American Indian and Appalachian Region High School Students.

National MS Society raises $720,000

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society raised over $720,000 at its 20th annual Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood on September 19 and 20.

The event attracted over 1,000 cyclists and 500 volunteers.

VF Corporation and Wrangler served as the title sponsors, and B&G Foods served as presenting sponsor.

Other sponsors included Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health, Biogen, Carrabbas Italian Grill, Sheetz, and The Fresh Market.

Legal Aid gets $325,000

Legal Aid of North Carolina has been awarded $325,000 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight housing discrimination.

United Arts gets $25,000

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County received a $25,000 donation from Duke Energy to support arts education programming for Wake County schools.

United Arts providing $154,000 to Wake Schools

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County is making $153,843 available to 138 Wake schools to bring in teaching artists during the current school year for performances and residencies that integrate the arts with core subjects.

Heart Association to hold walks

The American Heart Association will hold these Heart Walks in Rocky Mount at North Carolina Wesleyan College on October 3 starting at 9 a.m.; in downtown Fayetteville Heart on October 10; in Mount Olive at Mount Olive Pickle Company, on October 17 starting at 8 a.m.; and at Greenville Town Commons on November 1 starting at 3 p.m.

Mental Health Association to host golf event

Mental Health Association in Greensboro will hold its Second Annual Wellness Academy Golf Classic on October 23 Bryan Park Players Course.

Dine-and-dance to benefit Benevolence Farm

Benevolence Farm in Alamance County will host the Third Annual Second Chance Dine and Dance on October 15 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.

All proceeds support Benevolence Farm’s mission of providing an opportunity for women leaving prison to live and work on a farm.

Interactive Resource Center benefits from service project

Holiday Inn Greensboro Airport hosted a service project on September 15 for its employees, who packed 317 toiletry kits to be delivered to The Interactive Resource Center, a day center for those experiencing homelessness.

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro facilitated the project.

Volunteer Center honors volunteers

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro will honor recipients of its 2015 Volunteer Award at The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on October 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Elm Street Center.

Recipients, their charities, and the award categories are:

* Jim Weikel, Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro — Lifetime of Service Award. 

* Kat Manzella, Kisses4Kate — Outstanding Volunteer.

* NewBridge Bank, Interactive Resource Center — Corporate Award.

* Greensboro Science Center, Outstanding Volunteer Program.

* 100 Collegiate Women of North Carolina A&T State University, Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro — Outstanding Volunteer Group.

* Jack Duffy, YMCA Camp Weaver —  Emerging Volunteer.

Montessori Farm School moves to Durham

After eight years in Hillsborough, Montessori Farm School has moved to 2400 Broad Street in Durham.

The school is located in the north wing of a historic brick building previously occupied by DTW Architects and Planners and WTVD.

Paul Young of DTW managed the renovation of the space.

The school has begun planting an Edible Schoolyard that features kale and broccoli in the Winter Garden, as well as blueberries, raspberries and figs.

United Arts names board members

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County elected three new board members, including Kay Bailey, regional human-resources consultant and senior vice president at First Citizens Bank; Ryan Cottrell, tax senior manager at Deloitte in Raleigh; and Heather Allen Zucchino, business owner and author.

Schlesinger heads Triad Health Underwriters board

Mel Schlesinger has been named president of the executive board of the Triad Association of Health Underwriters.

Gallops heads Health Underwriters’ statewide board

Liz Gallops of Allegacy Business Solutions in Raleigh has been installed as president of the executive board of the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters.

Bruce Frizen of Waxhaw has been named president-elect .

Housing for New Hope to hold food drive

Housing for New Hope will hold a food drive October 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Durham Farmer’s Market at Durham Central Park.

Community Matters reschedules event

Community Matters in Charlotte has rescheduled its Second Annual Party with a Purpose for October 29.

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