Nonprofit news roundup, 12.04.15

Giving Tuesday generates nearly $117 million in online donations

Giving Tuesday, a four-year-old effort to use social media to spur charitable donations, generated nearly $117 million in online donations on December 1, up over 155 percent from 2014, according to preliminary calculations from the event’s organizers, Reuters reports.

In the 24 hours starting at midnight on Tuesday, U.S. charities reported receiving 1.08 million donations, Reuters says.

Blackbaud, which provides software and services for nonprofits, says it processed over $39.6 million on Giving Tuesday, up 52 percent from 2014, based on over 5,000 organizations that received at least one online donations.

Blackbaud processed over 130 million emails, up 42 percent from 2014, with the average online gift totaling $137, up six percent.

Mobile  devices were used to make 17 percent of  online donations on Giving Tuesday, up from 13 percent, and data show a shift to mobile giving during evening hours as donors engage on multiple screens, Blackbaud says.

The Associated Press reported Blackbaud estimates it processes over 10 percent of all online giving in the U.S. but handles over 80 percent of donations on Giving Tuesday, which it and other groups launched in 2012.

Network for Good, which also processes online donations, reported nearly $6.6 million in donations on Tuesday, AP reported.

And PayPal, a payment processor, says it recorded donations totaling $45.8 million globally on Tuesday, although some of those funds also may have been recorded by donation processors like Blackbaud or Network for Good that use PayPal like a bank, AP said.

Sesame Street to pilot new initiative in Guilford County

Guilford County is one of three communities Sesame Workshop has selected as pilots to conduct research, development and a national rollout of “Sesame Street in Communities,” a new initiative that will provide U.S. children with online resources that focus on social and emotional well-being, health and early learning.

The effort, which also will be piloted in Los Angeles and Kansas City, aims to connect vulnerable families and at-risk children from birth through age six to a digital portal that is home to Sesame’s social-impact resources.

The New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is supporting the research-and-development phase of the initiative.

The Phillips Foundation in Greensboro convened an advisory meeting in November with co-organizers — United Way of Greater Greensboro and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

As a result of the meeting, several Guilford County social-service organizations have begun incorporating Sesame resources for vulnerable families into their services.

SECU Foundation funds digital space at Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art has opened a newly renovated auditorium, distance-learning classroom, and outdoor classroom, funded by a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.

The spaces are digitally connected and equipped with technology to share the Museum’s programs and resources with audiences across and outside the state.

Oberle retiring from Habitat Forsyth

Sylvia Oberle, who joined Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County as executive director and CEO in February 2006, will retire in May 2016.

Habitat’s board of directors will begin a national search for a new executive director and aims to fill the job by late spring.

Event raises $130,000 for Communities in Schools

The third annual Wine Women & Shoes on October 8 raised event raised $130,000 for Communities in Schools of North Carolina.

Stacey Mangum, president of RPG Solutions, served as volunteer chairwoman for the event, which was held at Talley Student Union at N.C. State University and attracted over 300 people.

Wake women’s network gives $40,000

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County awarded a total of $105,000 to Green Chair Project, Women’s Center of Wake County, Queen’s Foundation and Kidznotes.

The Network, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has given $1 million to Wake nonprofits over the last nine years.

Winston-Salem State supporters give $35,100

A total of 564 Winston-Salem State University donors gave a total of $35,100 on December 1 during Giving Tuesday to fund scholarships for the university, exceeding the $20,000 goal and five times more than last year.

Wal-Mart teams with Salvation Army

Wal-Mart is hosting a “Fill the Truck” toy drive in Winston-Salem and Mocksville through December 13 as part of the 125th annual Red Kettle Campaign at Salvation Army of Winston-Salem to help provide new toys and coats to local children on Christmas.

High Point University teams with Gifts for Kids

High Point University donated the use of the JCPenny building at the University’s Oak Hollow Mall for the FOX8 Roy’s Folks Craft Fair that raises money to support the FOX8 Gifts for Kids program in partnership with Salvation Army of High Point.

Cone Health gets $50,000

The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation has given Cone Health $50,000 to fund breast-cancer care for patients in Guilford and Rockingham counties.

The grant will be used to pay for medical testing and procedures for underserved women whose screening mammograms revealed areas of concern.

No Blank Walls gets $5,000

No Blank Walls, a street art project in Greensboro, has received a $5,000 donation from the Downtown Greensboro Residents Association.

Council on Developmental Disabilities honors advocacy, leadership

Becky Garland Hopper of Andrews received the Jack B. Hefner Memorial Award from North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and Michael Mayer of Mebane posthumously received the Helen C. “Holly” Riddle Distinguished Service Award.

The Hefner Memorial Award honors vision and achievement in advocacy by North Carolina families and people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Hooper has advocated on behalf of her 26-year-old son born with Down syndrome and mentored families whose lives have been touched by intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

The Riddle Distinguished Service Award honors leadership by a professional in the field of intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Mayer oversaw the development of community residential, vocational,and other support and treatment services for over 700 people with disabilities, specializing in individuals with more severe or complex disabilities, or both, with a focus on inclusion in community. 

Kids get Thanksgiving dinner at Boys & Girls Club

Victor Gatling of Durham provided a Thanksgiving meal to 150 children and staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham. It was the second straight year he hosted the Thanksgiving dinner.

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