Nonprofit news roundup, 03.11.16

Charities post steady growth, outpace rest of private sector

The charitable sector in the U.S. grew steadily each year from 2007 through 2012 in employment, wages and number of organizations, outpacing the rest of the private sector, new research data show.

Over the six-year period, employment grew 8.5 percent to 11.4 million jobs from 10.5 million at 501(c)3 charities, which account for more than two of every three nonprofits, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For the private sector overall, the number of jobs during the period fell three percent to 110.6 million from 114 million.

Employment at charities grew every year during the period, including the recession years 2007 to 2009.

“Nominal” total annual wages at charities, or wages not adjusted for inflation, grew 26 percent to $532 billion in 2012 from $421 billion in 2007, while the number of charities grew 15 percent to 267,855 from 232,396.

For the private sector overall, total employment, nominal total annual wages and the number of business establishments varied more with economic fluctuations, and showed highly cyclical movements during the 2007-09 recession and subsequent recovery, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its Monthly Labor Review.

From 2007 to 2010, total private employment fell seven percent, while declines in total annual wages and the number of business establishments were smaller than the decline in employment.

Total annual wages fell during the year 2008-09, while the number of business establishments fell for the 2008-10 period.

As the economic recovery gained strength in 2011 and 2012, the Bureau says, total private employment and total annual wages grew faster than the charitable sector.

In 2012, charities accounted for 70 percent of total private employment in the educational services industry; 46 percent in the health care and social assistance industry; 17 percent of “other services;” 15 percent in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry; and 11 percent in the industry that involves management of companies and enterprises.

Three industries accounted for 90 percent of all charitable employment in 2012.

The healthcare and social assistance industry represented 90 percent of all charitable employment, including health care and social assistance, which accounted for 68 percent; educational services, 16 percent; and other services, seven percent.

Those industry concentrations varied from state to state.

In all states and the District of Columbia, the health care and social assistance industry accounted for most nonprofit employment.

In South Dakota, that industry accounted for 85 percent of its charitable employment, the biggest share of any state, while in the District of Columbia, that industry accounted for only 31 percent of charitable employment, the lowest share.

North Carolina was home of a total 31,148 charitable jobs in the health care and social assistance industry, educational services industry, and other services, or 11 percent of all private sector employment in those industries.

High Point United Way raises $5 million

United Way of Greater High Point raised just over $5 million in its 2015 annual campaign, a record-high total that exceeded its both its $4,925,000 goal and the total of $4,912,090 it raised in 2014.

Based on data reported to United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way says, it has posted the best percentage change among local United Ways in the state’s major metro areas for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

The 2015 campaign marks the first time High Point United Way has reached the $5 million mark and the fifth straight year it has raised a record-high total.

Based on data from United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way is the only major metro area in that state that is raising more funds than in 2007, before the recession.

In contrast, giving to the nearly 60 local United Ways in state has declined fallen over 30 percent since 2007.

Old Dominion Freight Line, which gave a record-high total of $468,195 to the campaign in 2015 through employee and corporate giving, again was the top contributor to United Way.

The second-biggest donor was the City of High Point, which gave $249,654, followed by High Point University, which gave $230,384.

The annual campaign benefits 28 local agencies that each year serve over 80,000 clients.

SECU Family House raises over $75,000

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem raised over $75,000 at its inaugural Men Who Cook event on March 5.

Chef team Harry Fitzgerald and Cameron Kent won the the People’s Choice Award during the event, which featured 20 local celebrity chefs and chef teams who cooked for about 225 guests at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

The event marked the five-year anniversary of the opening of SECU Family House, which each year serves over 4,000 adult patients and their caregivers.

Patients are referred by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

Major sponsors of the event, chaired by Kevin and Deb Kampman, were Winston-Salem Journal; Novant Health; Wake Forest Baptist Health; Visit Winston-Salem; Reynolds American; First Tennessee Bank; NewBridge Bank; Publix Super Market Charities; TW Garner Food Company; Wells Fargo; KPMG; and Kilpatrick Townsend.

Linker moving to Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Adam Linker, co-director of the Health Care Access Coalition at the North Carolina Justice Center in Raleigh, will join the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem this month as program officer its health care division.

Poston joins Forsyth United Way

Michael Poston, retired vice president for advancement at Guilford College in Greensboro, has joined United Way of Forsyth County as executive director of United Way of Forsyth County Foundation, major gifts and planned giving.

Mitterling joins MDC

John Mitterling, former chief development officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, has joined MDC in Durham as senior director of development.

Habitat Greensboro adds six board members

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro has added six members to its board of directors, including Chidi Akwari, owner and operator of real-estate firm Akwari & Company; Brooks Bossong, who focuses on banking and credit union issues at Nexsen Pruet; Patty Caudle, vice president of human resources at Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina; Bob Dischinger, owner and president of Evans Engineering; Patsy Isley, a certified public accountant at Sharrard, McGee and Co.; and Lee Way, general manager at Pella Window and Door of North Carolina.

Fundraising conference set for August 18 in Charlotte

The Charlotte, Triangle, and Triad Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will hold their 12th Annual North Carolina Philanthropy Conference on August 18 in Charlotte at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.

Keynote speaker will be Alex Sheen, founder of international nonprofit “because I said I would.”

Artsplosure to hold spring fundraiser

Artsplosure in Raleigh will hold its spring fundraiser on April 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Market Hall in City Market.

Replacements building second Habitat home

Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, to celebrate its 35th anniversary on March 17, is building a second home for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Resources for Seniors teams with students on new website

Resources for Seniors in Raleigh worked with a team of computer engineering students at North Carolina State University for a new website it has launched that is designed to be more user-friendly for seniors, caregivers and industry professionals.

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