Nonprofit news roundup, 10.30.15

Underserved communities focus of new partnership

The North Carolina Community Development Initiative and North Carolina Housing Coalition have formed a strategic partnership to boost economic opportunity and affordable housing in the state’s hardest-hit and underserved communities.

Through an interlocking board, not a merger, the Development Initiative will function as a holding company for Initiative Capital, its lending arm, and for the Housing Coalition.

Tara Kenchen, president and CEO of the Development Initiative and of Initiative Capital, serves as CEO of the holding company, while Satana Deberry serves as executive director of the Housing Coalition.

Both organizations now are located at the Initiative’s headquarters at 5800 Faringdon Place in Raleigh.

The combined organization will focus on nurturing community-based leadership and stimulating social innovation; advocating for local and state community economic development and housing policies; and providing access to capital to finance community development.

Donated pies to help boost services for people in need

Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry in Raleigh have launched a campaign to sell donated pies for Thanksgiving to support their collaborative work to provide affordable health care to working people who are uninsured, and job and life skills to people looking for work.

Through the campaign, known as Share the Pie, the two nonprofits are recruiting professional bakers from restaurants, caterers and bakers in Raleigh and Cary to donate pumpkin, pecan and chocolate pies they will sell through their websites.

Serving as pick-up locations for customers on November 24 and 25 will be Edenton Street Methodist Church, Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and White Memorial Presbyterian Church, all in Raleigh, and Cary First United Methodist Church.

Share the Pie is modeled on Pie in the Sky, an event in Boston for over 20 years.

Report maps characteristics of foundation boards

Relatives of the original donors to private foundations serve on half their boards, 95 percent of board members have specific knowledge about their foundations’ programs, and 46 percent of foundations compensate all board members.

Those are among the findings of a new report, Benchmarking Foundation Governance, from The Center for Effective Philanthropy. The report is based on survey responses from CEOs at 64 private, U.S.-based foundations giving at least $10 million a year.

Thirty-nine percent of foundation boards have discretionary funds that board members can use to make grants with little or no staff involvement, the report says.

The median annual discretionary grant budget for board members is $50,000, while the discretionary budget for 25 percent of boards is $100,000 or more.

“There is no single right way for a foundation board to organize itself,” says Ellie Buteau, vice president for research at The Center for Effective Philanthropy and co-author of the report. “Form needs to follow function.”

The report is part of a larger benchmarking study funded by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. Survey questions related to governance were designed in partnership with BoardSource.

Arts Council awards $1.8 million

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County awarded 109 grants totaling $1.8 million to 38 organizations, including some that received multiple grants, and 16 individuals.

The Council awarded 14 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million for organizational support; 14 grants totaling $112,000 for annual events and series; 11 Duke Energy grants totaling $15,000 for regional artist projects; 13 grants totaling $49,000 for innovative projects; seven mini-grants totaling $15,000 for community enrichment; and 10 grants totaling $107,600 for advertising assistance.

Autism Society raises $330,000

The Autism Society of North Carolina raised over $330,000 at events in Greensboro, Asheville, and Raleigh this fall.

It will use the funds to support individuals and families throughout the state living with autism.

SECU Family House honored, launches campaign

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals received first-place awards for its annual report and website from the Healthcare Hospitality Network, marking the second straight year its annual report has won the award.

SECU Family House also launched a campaign to raise $40,000 in 40 days in response to a challenge by a group of donors who agreed to match the total if the organization can raise it by December 1.

Tompkins leaves N.C. Center for Nonprofits for McGladrey

Tim Tompkins, who joined the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits in March 2014 as chief sustainability officer, has left the membership organization to become a director at McGladrey, the audit, tax and consulting firm.

Tompkins previously was director of business development at Hughes Pittman & Gupton, and at Grant Thornton.

Wake Tech fundraiser honored

Mort Congleton, vice president at Wake Tech and executive director of the Wake Tech Foundation, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Council of Resource Development. The Council consists of resource development officers from community colleges across the state.

Business women create patients’ fund

Joy Poger, CEO and co-founder of Buzzy Multimedia in Greensboro, and business partner June Williams, donated $30,000 to establish the Wesley Long Patients Comfort Fund at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro.

Children’s Museum gets $150,000

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem has been awarded a federal grant of $150,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This grant, which the Museum must match, will support the development, prototyping, fabrication and installation of a 1,000-square-foot theatre-themed maker space and associated programming, to be known as The Prop Shop.

Guilford coalition focuses on homeless veterans

Since January, a collaborative effort in Guilford County working to end homelessness among veterans by the end of the year, has helped house 113 veterans who had been homeless.

The local effort — part of Zero: 2016, a national movement of 75 communities — is working to find housing for 78 veterans who still are homeless.

The local effort includes Partners Ending Homelessness, lead agency for the Guilford County Continuum of Care, as well as The Community Coalition, a group of partners throughout Guilford County that provides oversight to processes and activities for the Continuum of Care.

Thompson joins Wake Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame

Sammy Thompson, a partner at law firm Smith Anderson and a former president of the board of directors of the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs has been inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Habitat Matthews opening larger ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Matthews will open a new ReStore at 2447 E. John St. at 9 a.m. on Nov. 7.

The new store totals 15,000 square feet, nearly three times the size of its former space on East Charles Street.

Duke gets $8.36 million

Duke University received a gift of $8.36 million gift from alumnus Karl von der Heyden, a Duke trustee emeritus and retired vice chairman of PepsiCo, and his wife, Mary Ellen.

The gift will support the arts at Duke and graduate students at the Duke Global Health Institute

Guilford Adult Health gets grant

Guilford Adult Health, which provides medical and dental care to underserved individuals in Greensboro, has been awarded a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to provide strategic planning training for its staff and board of directors.

Local foundations award grants

The Warren County Community Foundation awarded grants to The Warren Family Institute, Loaves & Fishes, and Prevent Blindness North Carolina, while the Wilson County Community Foundation awarded a grant to  Hope Station.

Both Foundations are affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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