Nonprofit news roundup, 04.29.16

New Schools shutting down

North Carolina New Schools, a nonprofit that got millions of dollars in its effort to improve high-school education, is shutting down in the face of financial problems, published reports say.

The nonprofit, based in Research Triangle Park, told 70 full-time employees and two-part time employees on Thursday they would be paid through the end of the week.

Tony Habit, who has served as president of New Schools since it was launched 13 years ago, quit Wednesday and did not respond to requests for comment, reports say.

Jeffrey Corbett, president of the nonprofit’s board of directors, told The News & Observer in Raleigh that the organization “ran into cash-flow problems that were directly related to growth and the speed of growth.”

New Schools has received millions of dollars in donations and federal grants, including nearly $26 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a $20 million grant in 2014, and a $15 million grant in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Education, reported.

It initially focused on starting smaller high schools, then expanded to support early-college high schools, regional speciality high schools, and schools that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, and to coach teachers and administrators.

Forsyth United Way gives $2.8 million for neighborhoods pilot

United Way of Forsyth County has awarded $2.8 million to social-service organizations through its “Place Matters” pilot program targeting priority needs identified by residents in 13 neighborhoods in east and northeast Winston-Salem.

Needs to be addressed by the funding, awarded in the wake of $8.82 million given in December for community-wide initiatives, include unemployment and underemployment; multigenerational support; healthy living; and housing stock and vacant lots.

The Place Matters program also includes a “Grassroots Grants” initiative that will award grants up to $10,000 that will be allocated on a monthly basis.

Nonprofits expect to boost staffing, survey says

Fifty-seven percent of nonprofits expect to create new positions this year, up from 50 percent last year and compared to only 36 percent of private companies, the same as last year, a new survey says.

The total turnover rate for nonprofits this year is expected to total 19 percent, the same as last year, says the 2016 Nonprofit Employment survey, which Nonprofit HR has produced annually since 2007 and is based on responses from 443 nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada.

The share of nonprofits that reported increasing staff size grew to 51 percent in 2015 from 49 percent in 2014, while the share of those that reported decreasing staff size fell to 15 percent — the lowest percentage reported in the past six years — from 18 percent.

The nonprofit sector contributed an estimated $905.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, or 5.4 percent of gross domestic product, Nonprofit HR says.

In 2013, it says, roughly 1.41 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal Revenue Service, up 2.8 percent from 10 years earlier.

Adjusted for inflation, it says, revenue for the nonprofit sector grew to $2.26 trillion in 2013 from $2.19 trillion in 2012.

And total charitable giving in 2014 grew for the fifth straight year to an estimated $358.38 billion, exceeding the pre-recession peak for the first time.

U.S. is global leader in personal philanthropy, report says

Nearly 40 percent of philanthropists in the U.S. with over $5 million in investable assets plan to leave at least a third of their wealth to charity, a new report says.

The U.S. remains the global leader in personal philanthropy, followed closely by Europe, and then Asia, with the Middle East showing the biggest increase in philanthropic giving, says the fourth annual BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index by Forbes Insights.

The Index is based on a survey of 457 high net worth individuals in the four regions.

History of philanthropy focus of free website

Philanthropy over the past 500 years is the focus of a new website posted by the National Philanthropic Trust.

“A History of Modern Philanthropy,” at, looks at philanthropy from 1500 to the present.

The digital exhibition highlights 200 moments in global philanthropy illustrated by nearly 100 media materials, including documents, audio and video.

Wake Meals on Wheels gets grant for efficiency program

Meals on Wheels of Wake County is one of five nonprofit nutrition programs in the U.S. to receive a service grant from the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger to put into effect the Foundation’s “food waste solution.”

The What A Waste project, with support from Walmart Foundation, will provide Meals on Wheels with tools and training designed to make the best use of resources and better meet the nutrition needs of seniors in Wake County.

The project will be adopted at the Five Points Center for Active Adults in Raleigh. Old 

Camp Corral teams with veterans group

Camp Corral in Raleigh has formed a partnership with Disabled American Veterans to serve 1,000 children of injured and ill service members and veterans.

Founded in 2011, Camp Corral now includes 21 partner camps in 19 states.

Salem young-professionals group to meet

Old Salem Museums & Gardens will hold its annual social for young professionals on May 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event for New Benefactors of Old Salem, the organization’s young-professionals group,  will be held at Horton Meadow at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center at 924 South Main Street in Old Salem.

Event raises $46,000 for Mental Health Association

The inaugural Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk in 2015 attracted over 500 participants and netted$46,442 for the Mental Health Association in Greensboro.

The second annual event will be held November 12 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at Southend.

Deadline set for nominating arts educator of year

May 6 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting nominations to ArtsGreensboro, in partnership with Guilford County Schools, for the 2016 Arts Educator of the Year.

To be eligible, nominees must be employed by Guilford County Schools in a primary role as an arts educator who teaches visual or performing arts.

The 2016 recipient will receive $1,000 to use for professional development.

Hospice volunteer recognized for service

Skip Tussey, a retired business owner and one of nearly 600 volunteers at Hospice & Palliative Care Center in Winston-Salem, was recognized as an unsung hero by Allegacy Federal Credit Union with a certificate and a gift of $500 to Hospice in his name.

College students collect and donate food

High Point University students collected and donated 275 pounds of food — enough to fill 40 backpacks for hungry children and their families — to Out of the Garden Project, which serves schools in High Point and has distributed over 300,000 pounds of food to children and families in need in 2015.

Partners Ending Homelessness to host baseball event

Partners Ending Homelessness will host the 8th Annual Home Run for Homelessness on May 22 at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro at a gamer between the Greensboro Grasshoppers ad Hagerstown Suns.

Event raises $46,000 for Mental Health Association

The inaugural Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk in 2015 attracted over 500 participants and netted$46,442 for the Mental Health Association in Greensboro.

The second annual event will be held November 12 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at Southend.

Lucy Daniels Center to host event

The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary will host its sixth annual “Expressions VI, A Celebration of Food and Art” on October 23 at The Umstead Hotel & Spa.

Three join Passage Home board

Passage Home in Raleigh has added three members to its board of directors — Yvonne Holley, a member of the N.C. House of Representatives; Zebulon Mayor Robert S. Matheny; and Caroline Sullivan, a member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

Golf event to feature NFL players

Carolina Panthers players and other current and former National Football League players will join former Panther player Ricky Proehl and Super Bowl coach Dick Vermil at the Ricky Proehl Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting Proehl’s P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation.

The event will be held on June 2 and 3 at the Farm course at Greensboro Country Club.

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