Nonprofit news roundup, 03.25.16

Fundraising results mixed, survey says

Sixty-five percent of nearly 1,200 charities in the U.S. and Canada saw fundraising receipts grow in 2015 from 2014, while 73 percent met their fundraising goal, a new survey says.

Still, compared to 2013 or 2014, a bigger share of charities saw a drop in results from about half the fundraising methods they used, including direct mail, major gifts and board giving, says the Nonprofit Fundraising Survey from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.

The share of charities reporting an increase in fundraising receipts grew slightly from 63 percent in 2014 and 62 percent in 2013, while the share of charities that met their fundraising goal was essentially flat compared to last year.

Seventy percent of health charities reported increased charitable gifts in 2015 than 2014, up from 56 percent reporting increased gifts in 2014, while 61 percent of arts charities reported an increase, down from 70 percent in 2014.

Charities in the southern U.S. were least likely to see an increase in giving, with 64 percent reporting they did, while those in the western U.S. were most likely to see an increase, with 74 percent saying they did.

Sixty-seven percent of the 71 Canadian charities responding to the survey reported increased, up from 53 percent a year ago.

The share of charities reporting increased charitable receipts has grown from 43 percent in 2009 — to 65 percent in 2015.

Charities report that gifts most often solicited in person — major gifts, board giving and planned gifts — continue to see increased charitable receipts.

Charities that invest in fundraising — including staff, fundraising budget, and training for leadership and volunteers — are more likely to report positive results.

Foundation for the Carolinas reports record-high assets

Foundation for the Carolinas posted a record-high $1.78 billion in assets in 2015.

Charitable funds held by the Foundation, which serves 13 counties in the Carolinas, totaled $452 million, and over the past two years added over $1 billion to their funds at the Foundation.

A record-high 14,532 grants totaling $284 million from Foundation-held funds were distributed to nonprofits.

Crossnore School expands, will lead Children’s Home

The Crossnore School in Crossnore in the Blue Ridge Mountains and The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem have formed an affiliation that calls for Crossnore School to assume leadership of The Children’s Home.

Brent A. Loftis, CEO of The Crossnore School, will assume executive leadership of both organizations, including administrative, operational and programming functions

Services at both campuses will be integrated with one another over the coming months, and the governing boards of both organizations will work together to create a governance structure for combined services.

Residential capacity at The Crossnore School is 83 and will grow to over 100 with the opening this spring of three new cottages.

Our Children’s Place merges with Coastal Horizons Center

Our Children’s Place in Chapel Hill has merged with Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington and will be known as Our Childrens Place of Costal Horizons Center and will continued to be based in the Triangle.

Melissa Radcliff, who has served as executive director of Our Children’s Place, will continue as program director.

Geography tied to kids’ risk of failure

In North Carolina, young people living in Union, Orange, Wake, Cabarrus and Camden counties are most likely to succeed, while those living in Vance, Northampton, Anson, Halifax and Robeson are most at risk of not succeeding, a new report says.

The 2016 Roadmap of Need, first published in 2010 and released by the Center for Afterschool Programs at the Public School Forum of North Carolina, assesses the relative well-being on young people living in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties

It is based on data on health; youth behavior and safety; education; and economic development.

The five counties in which young people are mostly likely to succeed remain the same as last year, while Vance replaced Edgecombe in the five counties in which young people are most at risk of not succeeding.

The Public School Forum says in a statement that while the Roadmap suggest that counties in eastern North Carolina are those in which young people are most at risk, the nature of county-wide indicators “often masks the variation occurring within counties, particularly our most populous counties where neighborhoods that alone would fare well on the Roadmap indicators exist in close proximity to neighborhoods with many young people in need.”

Jerome joins Cone Health

Larry Jerome, former senior consulting associate at national consulting firm Brakeley Briscoe, has been named senior vice president of institutional advancement at Cone Health in Greensboro.

Triad Leaders to track health, share progress with community

Solstas Lab Partners/Quest Diagnostics and the American Heart Association are teaming up with six community and business leaders in the Triad who have agreed to visit their physician, make a plan with their doctor, set personal goals for better health, and share their progress with the community through video updates and personal stories through May 21.

Smart Start to celebrate 20 years

Smart Start of Forsyth County will celebrate its 20th anniversary on April 12 at Bridger Field House at Wake Forest University.

Featured at the event, to begin at 7:30 p.m., will be guest Michelle Kennedy of WXII 12 News, and a recognition of the first generation of Smart Start leaders.

Health Underwriters to hold golf event

The Triad Association of Health Underwriters will hold a Charity Golf Tournament on May 11 to benefit the North Carolina Military Order of the Purple Heart, Wounded Warrior Leave Fund.

The tournament will be held at Greensboro National Golf Club at 330 Niblick Drive in Summerfield.

Heart Walk moving to Winston-Salem from Tanglewood

After 23 years, the American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk in Forsyth County is moving from Tanglewood Park.

Renamed the Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk, the 2016 event will be held October 19 downtown at Innovation Quarter.

The event, which attracts nearly 5,000 people each year, formerly was known as the Tanglewood Heart & Stroke Walk and has been held at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on the third Saturday in October for the past 15 years.

Meals on Wheels gets $35,000

Meals on Wheels of Wake County received $35,000 from the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger to put the Foundation’s food waste solution into effect.

The effort, funded with support from the Walmart Foundation, will provide Meals on Wheels with tools and training to better use resources and  meet the nutrition needs of seniors in Wake County.

The project will be carried out at the Five Points Center for Active Adults in Raleigh starting in May.

Six join Women’s Impact Network board

Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County named six new board members, including Linda Brown; Leigh Johnson, director of corporate relations, Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast; Liz Kachris‐Jones, district administrator, Fifth Judicial District North Carolina, Guardian ad Litem Program; Melissa Phillippi, president, Performance Culture; Nancy Scott‐Finian; Laurie Taylor, vice president of development, Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Butterball CEO chairs Triangle Heart Walk

Kerry Doughty, president and CEO of Butterball in Garner, will chair of 2016 Triangle Heart Walk that will  be held in September at the PNC Arena in Raleigh and aims to raise $1.6 million to benefit the American Heart Association.

Fraternity raises $1,500 for Make-A-Wish

Beta Theta Pi fraternity at High Point University has raised $1,500 for for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina through a cornhole tournament attracted hundreds of people.

Bennett alum honored at SXSW

Marissa Jennings, KCEO of SOCIALgrlz and a 2003 graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, received the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award presented during the 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.
Jennings received a $1,000 grant, which she will donate $1,000 grant to Bennett’s Department of Journalism & Media Studies for innovative digital development.

Nominations open for Arts in Business Award

ArtsGreensboro, in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford Merchants Association, and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is accepting nominations for the 2016 Arts in Business Award.

April 12 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the award, which recognizes a Greensboro small business for leadership and commitment to the arts and its impact on the arts over the past year.

This year’s recipient will be honored at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon at the Greensboro Coliseum on May 5.

Franklin County funder awards mini-grants

Franklin County Community Foundation awarded five mini­-grants from its education fund to local schools.

PLM Families Together changes name

PLM Families Together in Raleigh has changed its name to Families Together, effective April 1, and in its tagline now will refer to itself as “a PLM organization.”

It also has is launching its annual campaign, which aims to  raise $150,000.

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