Nonprofit news roundup, 11.25.15

Homelessness in North Carolina down 12 percent since 2010

Local communities in North Carolina reported a total of 10,685 persons experienced homelessness, representing a 12 percent decline since 2010, according to the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Veteran homelessness in the state fell 12 percent between 2011 and 2015, while family homelessness fell 14 percent, and chronic homelessness fell 15 percent.

Throughout the U.S., the number of persons experiencing homelessness since 2010 fell 11 percent, including a 26 percent decline in the number of persons living on the streets. 

Veteran homelessness throughout the U.S. fell 36 percent between 2010 and 2015, while family homelessness fell 19 percent, and chronic homelessness fell 22 percent.

Aspiration gap’ found in donor gifts over $10 million

Major donors say social change is a top priority yet few of them make big gifts to social-change organizations or initiatives, a new report says.

Among more than 100 major donors whose public mission statements were reviewed by The Bridgespan Group, 80 percent expressed some form of social change among their top priorities.

Yet between 2000 and 2012, only 20 percent of reported philanthropic “big bets” of $10 million or more by U.S.-based donors went to organizations or initiatives for social change, says “Making Big Bets for Social Change,” a Bridgespan Group report published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

The remainder of those donations went mainly to institutions such as universities, hospitals and cultural organizations.

Big institutions have “mechanisms in place to offer potential donors numerous ‘shovel-ready’ opportunities in need of funding — and you can clearly see the result,” says Alison Powell, Bridgespan philanthropy practice partner and study co-author.

But making a “big bet” on  education reform and measuring its effect is less straightforward, Bridgespan says.

And while alumni have a “built-in relationship” to their universities, personal relationships between philanthropists and nonprofit leaders can take years of hard work to nurture, Bridgespan says.

Nonprofit workshop to focus on adapting to change

Adaptive leadership will be the focus of a two-day workshop December 8 and 9 in Wrightsville Beach presented by QENO at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, or Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations, in conjunction with New York-based Cambridge Leadership Associates.

Topics at the workshop, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, include smart risk-taking; strategies to promote collaboration and consensus; discerning the difference between leadership and authority; “courageous conversations;” and how leaders can avoid getting in their own way.

Interactive experience focuses on homelessness

McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham teamed up to develop yourdoorbellrings.com, an interactive experience that prompts visitors to answer a ringing doorbell and respond with several yes-or-no questions to a homeless man at their threshold.

In previous years, the agency and nonprofit have partnered in developing interactive experiences such as the online game, SPENT, and the website, Names for Change, to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness, and more than $155,000 for Urban Ministries.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina gives $1.3 million

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina approved grants totaling over $1.3 million to nonprofits in an 18-county region.

More than $1 million of the grants went to nonprofits serving economically-disadvantaged populations and were supported by grant partners that include the Janirve Legacy Fund and the Foundation’s affiliate funds and fundholders.

Since identifying its four focus areas in 2011, the Foundation has awarded nearly $6.7 million in grants.

Wake Salvation Army launches annual ‘Angel Tree’ program

The Salvation Army of Wake County registered just over 8,000 children to receive toys, stockings and clothing for the holidays, and has launched its annual Angel Tree program that lets donors “adopt’ ‘children, specifically providing them with new clothing

The Salvation Army’s “Angel Trees,” now at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center and Cary Towne Center, lets shoppers pull a tag bearing a child’s name from a tree and buy new clothing for that child.

Through support of Fidelity Investments, Cisco, SAS and other corporations, as well as churches and community groups, over 5,100 children have been adopted, and nearly 3,000 remain.

Barlow joins Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Erin Barlow, a communications consultant and former grants administrator and office manager at the Campion Advocacy Fund, has been named program coordinator at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

Leadership changes at HD Reach

HD Reach, a nonprofit that works to help families with Huntington’s disease, has named Ann Lassiter, a former member of its board of directors, as its first executive director.

Carl Homer, who work on strategic planning and physician engagement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, will become chair of the HD Reach board on Jan. 1, 2016.

He will succeed Mary Edmondson, who will become the organization’s medical director.

Community Matters gives $200,000

Community Matters, an insurance-industry group in Charlotte that supports selected nonprofit partners, has given Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry a total of $200,000, including more than $70,000 it raised at its Fourth Annual Celebration Dinner on November 9 at the Club at Longview.

SECU Family House honored

The Education Program at SECU Family House in Winston-Salem received the sixth annual High Five Award from HandsOn Northwest North Carolina.

The award, which includes $5,000, is designed to recognize a nonprofit in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry or Yadkin county that has shown an imaginative or creative way to improve program or service delivery, or both, to create a new program, or to develop an unusual or inventive method to address a particular problem or challenge.

The Education Program was created in 2012 by a physician concerned about the failure to incorporate caregivers into medical discussions and treatment plans, a lack of appreciation for the skills and perspectives of those working in various health care disciplines, and a lack of medical-student interaction with caregivers.

The program involves a collaboration between health-care students in the areas of nursing, medicine, physician assistants, and chaplaincy — and guests who stay at the Family House.

Triad Dream Center provides Thanksgiving trimmings

Triad Dream Center in Winston-Salem provided meals for over 350 individuals on November 21 and held its first fundraiser at the Embassy Suites.

In Partnership with The Chris Paul Family Foundation, about 100 families received the trimmings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner to cook and share, with local service agencies, schools and law enforcement agencies partnering with Triad Dream Center to designate the need-based families to come to the church for a worship service, followed by the distribution of dinners.

Durham Boys & Girls Club to hold golf event

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham will hold its annual golf tournament, The Bull City Golf Classic Fore Kids, at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham on May 22-23, 2016.

Truliant awards $22,000

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem awarded $1,000 and $500 mini-grants totaling $22,000 to 24 nonprofits in the Carolinas and Virginia that submitted proposals for a project focusing on financial education, basic needs, arts and culture, or youth.

The awards were based on 19,000 fan votes by app mobilized in less than a month by 38 semifinalists selected from 180 applicants.

The mini-grants program, now in its seventh year, has awarded over $200,000 in funding.

Care Ring raises $27,000

Care Ring in Charlotte raised nearly $27,000 at its 60th anniversary “Beer Bands and BBQ Bash” on November 14 to provide affordable health care to people in need.

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