Nonprofit news roundup, 12.11.15

Guilford schools chief to head Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Maurice “Mo” Green, superintendent of the Guilford County Schools, has been named executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem.

Green, who is resigning from his Guilford schools job to head the Foundation, likely next spring, will succeed Leslie Winner, who will retire after eight years as the Foundation’s top executive.

Green will be the first African-American and the third lawyer in a row to head the Foundation, which says it is working to “maximize its impact and leverage its assets in light of demographic, economic and technological shifts across the state.”

At Guilford County Schools, a system with 127 schools, 10,000 employees, over 72,000 students and an annual budget over $600 million, Green in January 2009 unveiled the district’s first-ever strategic plan. In January 2013, he unveiled its next plan, for 2016.

The Guilford graduation grew to 88.5 percent in 2014 from 79.5 percent in 2008, when Green was named superintendent.

Roughly 35 percent of the Class of 2014 took and passed at least one Advanced Placement exam or International Baccalaureate exam or college course.

In 2013-14, volunteers at the schools logged over 475,000 hours of service, up nearly 65,000 hours from the previous year, while cash and in-kind donations grew $2.3 million  from the previous year.

Before joining Guilford County Schools, Green worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which he joined in 2001 as general counsel after working as a partner at law firm Smith Helms Mullis & Moore in Charlotte.

He was named chief operating office of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2006 and later was named deputy superintendent.

Green has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics, and a law degree, both from Duke University.

Before joining the Foundation in January 2008, Winner served as vice president and general counsel for the University of North Carolina system.

She succeeded Tom Ross, a judge and former director of the state’s Administrative Office  of the Courts, who joined the Foundation in 2001. He left the Foundation to become president of Davidson College and later was named president of the UNC system.

YMCA campaign raises $6 million, gets challenge

A campaign to raise $7 million to build the new Poole Family YMCA on Aversboro Road in Garner has raised just over $6 million and received a challenge from an anonymous donor who has agreed to match any gift up to $250,000 through January 31, 2016.

The women’s locker room at the new YMCA will be named for the late Faye Gardner of Garner, thanks to a donation from her family.

Gardner, who died in November, was vice president of operations for the Garner Chamber of Commerce, a long-time volunteer for YMCA of Garner, and a volunteer fundraiser for in the campaign to build the new 30,000-square-foot facility.

Inmar funding scholarships at Wake Forest

Inmar Inc. in Winston-Salem will fund a scholarship that will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students with a strong interest in majoring in computer science at Wake Forest University.

The undergraduate scholarships, valued at $10,000 a year, will allow students to earn $6,400 during the summer and up to $5,000 through fall and spring semester work-study programs at Inmar.

The graduate awards will be valued at $21,000 and will consist of paid work study and scholarship. 

 The goal is to enroll five to 10 students a year, depending on the applicant pool. Scholarship recipients will gain industry experience using the newest web and mobile technology and data analytics and also receive mentorship networking and career development benefits.

Career Transitions-StepUp moving to Wake Tech

Career Transitions-StepUp, a Raleigh-based program that has provided support for thousands of unemployed and underemployed people since it was founded in 2008, will become a new program of the Human Resources Development division at Wake Tech in January 2016.

The program, which will be renamed Career Transitions Forum, will offer a weekly lecture series for business professionals looking to advance their careers.

Starting January 14, it will meet Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church at 4815 Six Forks Rd. in Raleigh.

With meetings moderated by Gail McCowan, a Wake Tech instructor and career coach, Career Transitions Forum will provide programs ad counseling aimed at building job-search skills and confidence.

Speakers will include representatives of Triangle companies, staffing and search firms, and career counselors.

Initially known as Career Transition Support Group, the program for its first five years was part of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, and for the past two years has been part of StepUp Ministry.

Nonprofits adapting to rising donor demand to track social impact

Rising demand from donors that nonprofits report on the social returns of the donors’ gifts is making it tougher for nonprofits to raise money, and many nonprofits plan to try to meet donor expectations by changing the way they track their social impact, a new survey says.

Among 114 CEOs, executive directors, presidents, chief financial officers and board members of nonprofits with annual budgets between $10 million and $200 million who responded to a survey by accounting firm Marks Paneth, 47 percent say it’s challenging or extremely challenging to raise money with more donors looking for  data on the social return of their investments.

Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents say their organizations plan over the next three years to change the way they measure social return on investment.

Fifty-three percent say it is possible to report definitive results for social return on investment within a year of a donor’s investment, and 19 percent say their base of donors allows a portion of their gifs to be used to cover the cost of measuring outcomes.

Only four percent of survey respondents say donors’ expectations for reporting and showing impact are unreasonable.

Mountain Valley Hospice building in-patient facility

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in Yadkinville has raised over $2 million in a campaign to raise $2.5 million to help pay for the first inpatient hospice facility in Yadkin County.

Mountain Valley Hopsice, which will break ground on the facility on December 16, 

has received a challenge grant from the State Employee’s Credit Union, local support and other grants.

The new SECU hospice home of Yadkin will be located at North Lee Avenue on land adjacent to the SECU campus in Yadkinville.

Pope Foundation gives $1.8 million

The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh awarded $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in its winter grant cycle.

Of the total, over $1 million went to humanitarian groups that address hunger, housing, and health needs, mainly in the Triangle, including $400,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help fulfill a $1.3 million pledge made in 2014. 

First time grants included $10,000 each to Camp Corral, Dress for Success of Eastern North Carolina, TROSA, and Wake County 4-H; $5,000 each to to the Hope Center at Pullen and Junior Achievement of the Triangle; and $2,500 to Raleigh Camerata.

Other large grants included $250,000 each to the North Carolina Museum of Art and White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, and $225,000 to Asheville School.

John Rex Endowment gives $1.9 million

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded $1.9 million to support five groups that are partnering to nurture children’s mental, social and emotional well-being in places and spaces where children live, learn and play.

The four-year grant collaborative project includes the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University; Lucy Daniels Center; Marbles Kids Museum; Natural Learning Initiative in theCollege of Design at North Carolina State University; and Project CATCH, a program of The Salvation Army of Wake County.

The project is rooted in a plan developed through a process led by the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.

The project partners aim to combine their work in creative play, mental health, family needs, child development, policy and design to improve specific children’s places in Wake County as demonstration sites for community learning.

Walking Classroom gets $451,000

The Walking Classroom Institute in Chapel Hill has been awarded a two-year, $451,000 grant by The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

The Walking Classroom will use the grant to make its program available to 350 teachers and thousands of elementary school children in six rural North Carolina counties.

Over the next several years, the project will provide podcasts to over 15,000 fourth and fifth grade students while they walk several times a week throughout the school year.

Since it was formed in 2011 and mainly with foundation support, Walking Classroom Institute has provided free class sets of its program to over 800 teachers throughout the U.S., affecting about 25,000 students, or nearly $1.4 million in donated materials.

Raleigh couple honored

Former Waste Industries CEO Jim Perry and his wife Becky have received the Benefactor of the Year Award from the Council for Resource Development in Washington, D.C.

The Raleigh couple have been generous supporters of Wake Tech Community College for nearly 20 years.

Last year, they presented the college with a gift of $2 million, the largest cash contribution in its history.

Wake Tech’s Perry Health Sciences Campus is named in their honor. Jim Perry is a former chairman of the Wake Tech board of trustees.

 In 1996, Jim Perry established Waste Industries as an annual corporate supporter of Wake Tech Community College.

The company’s contributions to the Wake Tech Foundation exceed $250,000, and have funded student scholarships, as well as trucks and equipment to enhance training programs for heavy equipment operators and other technicians.

Public School Forum to hold policy breakfast

The Public School Forum of North Carolina will hold its 2016 Eggs & Issues Breakfast on January 19, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Marbles Kids Museum at 201 East Hargett St. in Raleigh.

Battleship North Carolina gets $100,000

Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington received a $100,000 donation from the North Carolina Farm Bureau to its fundraising campaign to repair the hull of the ship.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $405,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation’s awarded 12 community grants in November totaling $404,860.

Elsewhere Museum gets $25,000

Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, an artist residency program, public museum and field-building organization for experimental, process and socially driven art practices, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will support the museum’s Southern Constellations program by providing funding for six artist residency fellowships, as well as public programs that build connection between artists and arts institutions in the Southeast.

High Point YMCA gets $100,000

High Point University is underwriting the new splash pad to be built at the Carl Chavis YMCA in High Point with a lead gift of $100,000.

The splash pad will be named in honor of Carlvena Foster, executive director of the YMCA.

High Point University board of stewards gives $10,000

The Board of Stewards at High Point University collected over $10,000 from service at High Point University Chapel to support the to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

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