Nonprofit news roundup, 01.08.16

Fundraising campaigns on rise, survey says

The share of organizations running capital, comprehensive, combined or special fundraising campaigns in the first six months of 2015 grew to 46 percent from 12 percent in the same period in 2011, a new study says.

Compared to the same period a year ago, one-third to just over half of 1,071 charities in the U.S. and Canada responding to a survey reported increases in fundraising receipts from the most-often-used fundraising programs, including major gifts, foundation grants, and direct-response and mail programs, says the Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.

Twenty-seven percent of organizations reported they were in capital, comprehensive or combined campaigns, and 19 percent reported they were in a special campaign for a total of 46 percent.

In the same period in 2011, 12 percent reported being in a special, capital or comprehensive campaign, and 34 percent were planning a campaign.

On average, organizations planned their capital, endowment or comprehensive campaigns would continue for 4.73 years, while special campaigns on average would continue 2.23 years.

Average goals totaled over $45 million for capital, endowment or comprehensive campaigns, and just over $3 million for special campaigns.

Among organizations in campaigns, 59 percent of those with less than $3 million in spending saw growth in fundraising receipts in first six months of 2015, while 74 percent of organizations with $3 million or more in spending that were in campaigns saw a growth in funds raised.

Twenty-eight percent of organizations said they were planning campaigns but as of last summer were not in an active capital, endowment or comprehensive campaign.

Receipts from major gifts grew at 55 percent of surveyed organizations, up from 45 percent in the same period a year ago, while 59 percent saw over fundraising receipts grow, up from 52 percent in the same period a year earlier.

Charitable receipts grew at 71 percent of education organizations, up from 58 percent in the same period a year earlier.

Eduction organizations were more likely than those in all other subsectors to be in or to have previously conducted campaigns.

Sixty-three percent of human-services organizations saw an increase in charitable receipts, up from 48 percent in the same period a year earlier and marking the first time over half of human-services charities have seen an increase by mid-year since the Nonprofit Research Collaborative began tracking results.

Among charities responding to the survey, 88 were from Canada.

Harrington new executive director at Reading Partners

Sharon Carr Harrington, former assistant vice president of institutional advancement at Johnson C. Smith University, has been named executive director of Reading Partners in Charlotte.

Schild named chief philanthropy officer at YWCA Central Carolinas

Marianne Schild, director of donor relations at YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte, has been named chief philanthropy officer.

Braxton new development director at Medical Foundation of North Carolina

Beth Braxton, former vice president for advancement at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and former vice president of institutional advancement at High Point University, has been named director of development at the Medical Foundation of North Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Davis joins DanielStowe Botanical Garden

Michelle Davis, executive director for institutional advancement at Greensboro College, has been named director of development at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, N.C.

Ramos joins Winston-Salem Foundation board

Silvia Ramos, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at Winston-Salem State University, has joined The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, governing body for The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Neighbors joins North Carolina Community Foundation

Dawn Neighbors, former assistant vice president for corporate and foundation relations and grants management at Campbell University in Buies Creek has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation as a regional associate for the Sandhills region.

Mary Anne Howard, who previously served as Sandhills regional associate, remains with the Foundation as philanthropy specialist in the development department.

Fundraising event to support counseling for women, girls

Restoration Runway, a fundraising event to be held March 17 at the Greensboro Country Club, will benefit Restoration Place Counseling, a nonprofit that provides over 6,000 professional counseling sessions each year to girls and women who otherwise could not afford them.

Cycling projects in Charlotte get $300,000

The Knight Cycling Fund at Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte has awarded a total of $300,000 to four projects aimed at increasing the visibility and viability of cycling in Charlotte.

Greensboro gets matching funds for free concerts

Greensboro is one of 15 American cities and towns to win a Levitt AMP Grant award of $25,000 in matching funds from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to present a series of 10 free concerts in 2016.

ArtsGreensboro and the City of Greensboro teamed up to apply for the grant.

The concerts will be held at Jimmie I. Barber Park in East Greensboro.

Business supporters of arts to be recognized

Two businesses, an educator and a foundation will be honored on January 13 with 2016 Business Support of the Arts Awards, co-sponsored by United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Winners of the awards, to be presented at United Arts’ 2016 State of the Arts and Culture in Wake County event at the North Carolina Museum of Art, include Golden Corral, large business winner; Jerry’s Artarama, small business winner; Marshall Butler, arts education winner; and John William Pope Foundation, individual/foundation winner.

Salvation Army distributes donated coats, gets donated food

In its annual Christmas programs, Salvation Army of High Point distributed 4,200 coats through its Give a Kid a Coat campaign and, through food drives and donations, stocked its food pantry with over 11,400 nonperishable food items.

  • Passage Home hosts party for kids

Passage Home in Raleigh, with a sponsorship from Bayer, hosted a Christmas party and gave presents to to over 300 children at Chavis Heights Community Center. More than 160 mothers and 62 fathers and veterans participated in the event, and 31 families received meals.

Rotary recruiting women

Summit Rotary Club and Rotary District 7690 are sponsoring a women’s recruiting event, “Rotary Rocks the Runway Fashion Show,” on February 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a private home in Greensboro.

For information, contact Cindi Hewitt, Summit Rotary membership chair, at 336.  617.0152.

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Raleigh Rotary Club focuses on service

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — At the Salvation Army Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope in Raleigh, volunteer dentists and hygienists in 304 performed 2,822 procedures for low-income, uninsured adults.

In the Dominican Republican, volunteers and donations have supported the construction of hundreds of latrines to help improve sanitation for local residents.

And in Mineral de Pozos, a city in the mountains of Mexico, volunteers and donations are supporting the installation of pump stations, pipes and other equipment that will provide potable water for local villages.

Playing an instrumental role in all three projects has been the Rotary Club of Raleigh.

With 120 members, the Club was founded in 1914 and believes it is the oldest civic and Rotary organization in North Carolina.

Through local and international service projects, the Club aims to “engage leaders of the community in significant and meaningful acts,” says Kirk Warner, president of the Club and a lawyer at Smith Anderson.

Every year, the Club raises $20,000 to $25,000 to support 10 to 15 local and international projects. Since 1979, it has raised thousands of dollars every year for the Salvation Army of Wake County. And it raised $115,000 and continues to raise money for Polio Plus, an effort by Rotary International that has helped nearly eradicate polio throughout the world.

The Club participates in two service projects every month that range from planting trees and clearing streams to supporting food banks. It also hosts information tents and sells bottled water at The Works, the annual July 4 event in downtown Raleigh, and at Wide Open Blue Grass, the downtown music festival held each October.

And it helped create the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, which selects Rotary members to serve as fellows who enroll either in the master’s program in international development at Duke University or in a range of master’s programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014, the Club raised $200,000 to help outfit Wake Smiles, the nonprofit dental clinic at the Salvation Army that is the Dental Health Program of the Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society. And it continues to raise money for the project.

Supporting water and sanitation projects are a big focus of the Club’s international work.

Through contributions and volunteers, it has participated for four years in the latrines initiative in the Dominican Republic. The initiative is a project of Rotary’s District 7710, which includes 46 clubs with nearly 1,900 members.

And it is spearheading the water project in Pozos, a sister city of Raleigh. The Club aims to enlist at least eight to 10 other clubs in the effort and raise money to support it, including grants it hopes to secure from Rotary International.

The Club also launch an annual concert event at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts to raise money to support is work.

The Club “has brought leaders from each of the major industries and professional groups together to try to solve community problems,” Warner says. “And they have made a tremendous impact over the years.”