Nonprofit news roundup, 05.27.16

Pediatrician to head Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Laura Gerald, market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh, has been named president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

A pediatrician and Lumberton native, Gerald will begin her new job in July.

She succeeds Karen McNeil-Miller, who stepped down in 2015 to become president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation.

Allen Smart, vice president of programs, has been serving as interim president.

Gerald formerly served as state health director and director of the Division of Public Health for the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Greensboro Hospice CEO to retire

Patricia A. Soenksen will retire as president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro and the Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro, effective Feb. 17, 2017.

Soenksen joined the organization in 2007 as the second CEO since it was founded in 1980.

Funders urged to increase overhead reimbursement

The typical 25 percent cap on overhead reimbursement that donors provide to nonprofits is too low and should be increased to reflect the real cost to nonprofits of services they provide, a new study says.

Based on an examination of the financial records of 20 well-known, high-performing nonprofits, the study by The Bridgespan Group found their real indirect costs ranged from 21 percent to 89 percent of direct costs.

“We now have proof that we are systematically and chronically underfunding nonprofit organizations,” Jeri Eckhart Queenan, a Bridgespan partner and study co-author, says in a statement.

Nonprofits can be segmented based on what they do and how they do it, says the study, which identified four distinct segments among nonprofits — those based in the U.S. ad providing direct services; those focusing on policy and advocacy work; international networks; and research organizations.

The median indirect cost rate at nonprofit research labs, for example, totals 63 percent because of the nature of their work, not because they are inefficient, the study says, yet that rate is nearly two-and-a-half times the 25 percent median rate of direct-service organizations studied, Bridgespan says.

Bridgespan calls for an end to the “widespread, vexing starvation cycle” of underfunding and underinvesting that it says keeps nonprofits from maximizing their impact.

Funding should be “grounded in the real costs of providing a given type of service,” Bridgespan says, an approach it calls “pay what it takes” philanthropy.

Some foundations are starting to change the way they fund overhead, Bridgespan says.

Starting in January 2016, for example, the Ford Foundation doubled its overhead rate to 20 percent.

Parents, grandparents seen shaping younger family members’ giving

The charitable giving and volunteering of younger members of a family is influenced by their parents and grandparents, a new report says.

Based on findings from an ongoing study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University of the philanthropy of the same 8,000 families over time and across generations, the report finds three key patterns across generations that influence charitable giving.

First, parents and grandparents who give and volunteer are more likely to influence their children and grandchildren to do the same, says the report, “A Tradition of Giving,” from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Vanguard Charitable.

Second, parents’ socio-economic characteristics can affect the giving and volunteering actions of their offspring, the report says.

Finally, it says, generational differences are seen in non-family estate giving to religious and secular organizations.

Grandparents, for example, prefer to leave their estate to religious groups, while parents and children want to leave their estate to secular groups.

Guilford event raises $425,000 for Heart Association

The 2016 Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk on May 21 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro attracted more than 4,400 people and raised over $425,000 for the American Heart Association for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education.

Guilford homelessness down among targeted groups

The number of individuals in Guilford County experiencing homelessness grew in 2016 from 2015 but fell significantly in areas targeted by local efforts to end homelessness, according to the annual “Point In Time Count” conducted in January by the Guilford County Continuum of  Care and released by Partners Ending Homelessness.

Overall, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness grew to 721 in 2016 from 662 in 2015, and was down from 1,182 in 2007, when the local Point In Time Count began in Guilford County.

Despite that overall increase, the number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness — a major community focus for the past two-and-a-half years — fell to 36 from 75.

Chronic homelessness is considered to affect individuals who have a disability and have been living in a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, or a safe haven for the last 12 months continuously or on at least four occasions in the last three years when those occasions cumulatively total at least 12 months.

The Point in Time Count also found the number of homeless veterans had declined to 66 from 81 in 2015, the number of unsheltered homeless individuals had fallen to 84 from 114, and the number of homeless households with children had increased to 56 from 43, reflecting trends across the U.S., with rising housing costs and income stagnation cited as possible causes.

Forsyth United Way recognizes two volunteers

Henry A. “Andy” Brown, owner of Twin City Warehouses and COR365 Information Solutions, has received the Paul Fulton Tocqueville Leadership Society Award from United Way of Forsyth County, and Ann Fritchman‐Merkel, chief customer officer for Hanesbrands Intimate Apparel has received the Tocqueville Council Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Tocqueville Leadership Society consists of donors pledging over $10,000 in a given year to United Way of Forsyth County.

Hendersons honored by UNC School of the Arts

Doug and Sue Henderson of Winston-Salem received the 2016 Giannini Society Award from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for their support of the school.

Doug Henderson is vice president of sales for Dorrell Fabrics. Sue Henderson is regional managing director in the Triad West Region for Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Women for Women giving circle gives $254,000

The Women for Women giving circle at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville awarded $254,182 in grants, bringing to over $2.75 million the total grants it has made since 2006.

The 2016 Power of the Purse event on May 24 raised over $100,000 for The Women’s Fund, a permanent endowment at the Foundation, which distributes funds from the Fund through its Women for Women grant program and this year provided $33,000 to the grant pool.

Barnabas Network to open retail store

The Barnabas Network, a Greensboro nonprofit that provides furniture to families and individuals moving into homes, will launch Barney’s Basement, a retail store that will sell new and gently used name-brand home furnishings to the public.

Much of the furniture sold at Barney’s Basement, which will open June 11 at 2024 16th St. , is donated from area manufacturers and private donors.

All proceeds will support the mission of The Barnabas Network.

Arts For Life gets $25,000

Arts For Life in Asheville has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to expand educational art programs to pediatric patients with serious and chronic illnesses at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center.

Golf event to benefit First Tee

The First Tee of the Triad, a nonprofit that provides golf training and educational programs to kids ages seven to 18 and uses the game to promote character development and life values, will benefit from the seventh annual celebrity pro-am golf tournament that will be held June 12-14 at  Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem.

The Club, which has hosted the event since 2010, expects this year’s tournament to bring the total it has raised for First Tee to over $750,000, allowing the organization to reach and teach golf to over 1,200 kids.

Randolph County Hospice opens marketing outreach center

Hospice of Randolph County has established the Thomas O’Briant III Marketing Outreach Center, which will work to raise awareness among local hospitals, facilities and physicians about its services.

Hospice created the Center through a gift from Julia Griffin, whose son Tommy was born with a rare congenital heart defect and received care at home from Hospice before he died in February 1998 after living for just over two months.

Urban Ministries gets grant for garden

Urban Ministries of Wake County received a grant from The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation to complete a community garden expansion project.

The grant is second from the foundation, which has committed over $10,000 to expand the agency’s gardens.

N.C. A&T gets software donation

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro has received a donation from Adobe Systems of 35 licenses of its 2015 release of Adobe Technical Communication Suite for students majoring in English with a concentration in technical writing.

Duke Law getting $3.5 million endowment

Duke University in Durham is getting a $2.5 million gift from JM Family Enterprises to endow a new professorship at Duke Law School named for Colin W. Brown, the company’s president and CEO and a graduate of the law school.

The Duke Endowment in Charlotte will provide another $1 million in matching gift support through the Duke Law Faculty Endowment Challenge, bringing the total endowment to $3.5 million.

Baseball event for Alamance young professionals 

Alamance HYPE: Helping Young Professionals Engage, a young professionals group organized by the Alamance Chamber and United Way of Alamance County, will host HYPE Night at the Burlington Royals’ Opening Night on June 23.

Women’s Professional Forum gives $16,000

Women’s Professional Forum Foundation awarded a total fo $16,000 to four groups working to empower girls and young women.

The Foundation also is working with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Guilford County Non‐Profit Consortium to develop a community‐based Girls Leadership Initiative.

Goetz Foundation marks fifth year

Since it was launched in 2011, Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in Durham has

supported over 100 couples in North Carolina considering domestic adoption.

The Foundation has helped build 17 families through domestic adoption and

awarded grants to 13 families to help ease the financial burden that

accompanies the process.

Earlier this year, it increased the size of each grant to $2,500 from $1,000.

Cortés joins Children’s Home and Crossnore School

Anthony Cortés, child protection technical advisor at Samaritan’s Purse in Boone, has been named chief operating officer on the Winston‐Salem campus of The Children’s Home and The Crossnore School.

Young Leaders United to volunteer in community garden

Members of Young Leaders United, a program of the United Way of Greater High Point, will meet on June 9 at 5:30 p.m. to volunteer at the Bountiful Harvest Community Garden at 1000 English Road in the West End neighborhood.

Transitions LifeCare accreditation approved

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh received approval of accreditation status for hospice service by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

Underwriters group honored

The North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters was awarded “Gold Certification” by the National Association of Health Underwriters.

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El Futuro provides psychiatric services to immigrants

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — In 2002, during his psychiatry residency at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Luke Smith saw a gap in services to low-income Latino patients, both in the emergency room at UNC Hospitals and at the Carrboro Community Health Center, where he volunteered Monday nights.

Many of the patients were recent immigrants who were confused and frightened, facing the stress of jobs and a new culture, and with psychiatric problems they were not comfortable talking about that showed themselves in physical symptoms, he says.

Yet at the clinic and at the emergency room, which patients typically visited as a last resort, he says, the people working the front desks did not speak Spanish and so did not accurately communicate to the physicians on duty the underlying nature of the patients’ problems.

So near the end of his residency, Smith sent an email message to five academic colleagues to spell out challenges he saw, and to suggest ways to better serve patients.

A few days later, he had received responses from 80 people who had seen his email. Then, after a series of meetings, a group of those people founded El Futuro, a nonprofit that has the mission of advancing bilingual and “culturally informed” behavioral health treatment for underserved, Spanish-speaking individuals and families.

Launched in Carrboro, El Futuro now is based in Durham and also runs a clinic in Siler City. It operates with an annual budget of $1.5 million, 27 employees and 20 volunteers.

In 2015, it provided over 8,900 sessions to nearly 1,500 patients, or just over six visits per patient.

“We’re by and large talking about an immigrant community who are coming to the U.S. to strengthen their family and for working,” says Smith, executive director of El Futuro. In visiting the clinic, he says, immigrants are “motivated to get back to work or their education, or to get their children into school, or to have a healthy family.”

Immigrants in the U.S. generally are healthier psychologically than the population overall and experience less schizophrenia, depression or anxiety, yet the longer they stay in the U.S., the more the incidence of those conditions among immigrants approaches those of the population overall, Smith says.

“For some reason, it seems like we make them sicker,” he says.

Compounding the stress of living in a different culture, he says, are policies and attitudes toward immigrants that are not welcoming or hospitable and sometimes hostile. And the children of immigrants typically experience rates of mental illness similar to those of the general population, Smith says.

El Futuro now is exploring expansion to serve more people in more regions by participating in collaboratives and through “integrated care” that provides behavioral health services in a primary care setting.

While not a formal partner in the East Durham Children’s Initiative, for example, El Futuro works closely with the collaborative, and also with the Family Success Alliance in Orange County, both of which emphasize a “two-generation approach to help not just the child but the caregiver as well,” Smith says.

“We’ve always focused on children and families because we can’t separate the two,” he says. “We’re not just happy with you saying your outcome is getting children more ready for school but also getting the parent a good stable job so the home is stabilized.”

And El Futuro clinical staff spend part of their time at Piedmont Health Services in Carrboro — part of the same clinic system for which Smith volunteered during his residency.

El Futuro draws patients from 15 counties but is not easily accessible to them, Smith says.

So the nonprofit also is looking for ways to partner with public schools and groups such as Communities in Schools and United Way member agencies to provide “strategic interventions that can support these students,” Smith says.

And it provides year-long training each for five to six graduate students from Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel preparing to be physicians, psychiatrists, family doctors, psychiatric nurse practitioners or social workers

To serve more immigrants, Smith says, “we need a bigger potential workforce.”

Last week, El Futuro was awarded a $500,000 grant over four years from Oak Foundation and will use the funds to increase the number of people it serves.

Providing better psychiatric services to immigrants also can mean a positive return on investment for businesses, he says.

“If a person is depressed and misses work and then has to be replaced,” he says, “instead of having to replace that person, and its cost, we can get that person back to work in six treatment sessions that typically last two to three months. Our essence is to get people back to work and back into school.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 05.20.16

Band Together partnership raises $1 million

A year-long partnership between Band Together NC and Kidznotes raised over $1 million and culminated in a concert in Raleigh on May 14 that attract over 4,500 people.

Band Together NC now has raised more than $6.5 million for the Triangle since it was launched in 2001.

In 2017, Band Together will partner with YMCA of the Triangle on at least three live music events in the Triangle to support its Southeast Raleigh Promise Project.

Bennett College raises $724,000 over weekend

Bennett College in Greensboro raised over $724,000 during its National Alumnae Association Alumnae Weekend.

The gifts included $80,000 from the class of 1966, and a $50,000 donation from Marian B. T. Tasco, a former member of the Philadelphia City Council who graduated from Bennett in 1960.

El Futuro getting $500,000

El Futuro, a Durham nonprofit that works to provide bilingual behavioral health treatment for underserved, Spanish-speaking individuals and families, has been awarded a $500,000 grant over four years from Oak Foundation.

El Futuro, which was formed in 2004 and serves 1,500 to 1,700 Latinos a year, will use the funds to increasing the number of people it serves.

Go Red for Women event raises $200,000

The 5th Annual Guilford Go Red For Women Educational Expo & Luncheon hosted by the American Heart Association at Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on May 9 attracted over 500 people and raised $200,000 for women’s heart disease research and prevention education through the year-round Guilford Go Red For Women initiative. Nearly 125 women attended the event for free on scholarships funded through local Circle of Red and Red Tie Society members.

The Guilford Go Red For Women campaign aims to raise a a total of $325,000 goal by June 30.

Greensboro United Way gets $250,000

United Way of Greater Greensboro received a $250,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support collaborative solutions addressing poverty, including educational opportunities for children and families at United Way’s Family Success Center.

$100,000 raised for owner of Skippy’s Hot Dogs

An effort by Winston-Salem’s restaurant community to reopen Skippy’s Hot Dogs on Fourth Street for a week netted roughly $100,000 to help pay the medical bills and expenses of its owner, Mike Rothman.

Rothman, who has brain cancer and whose operation left him with physical disabilities, returned to his home state of Pennsylvania for surgery and to be near family as he began rehabilitation.

Funding available for mental health

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem has launched a two-year pilot program to fund and work in collaboration with local groups to address barriers and improve overall mental health.

Novant Health will offer grants of $10,000 to $25,000 based on priorities that include addressing social determinants that serve as barriers; community coordination of mental health resources and services; transportation; and education and awareness to address mental-illness prevention and myths.

To be considered for funding, applications must submit a letter of intent by June 2 at 5 p.m.

Capps honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Ralph E. Capps, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs in Wake County, has received the 2016 Thomas G. Garth Character and Courage Award, the highest award the Boys & Girls Clubs of America gives to a Club professional.

Gaspari named VP at Winston-Salem Foundation

Brittney Gaspari, director of grants at The Winston-Salem Foundation, has been named vice president for community investment.

Benevolence Farm names executive director

Elly Goetz, former executive director of Un Mundo, a nonprofit that operates in Honduras, has been named executive director of Benevolence Farm in Graham.

Goetz, a Durham native who began working part-time this week and will begin working full time in mid-June, succeeds Tanya Jisa, who founded the organization in 2007 and stepped down in March to pursue other interests.

Stop Hunger Now names marketing chief

Tom Barbitta, former senior vice president of marketing for Carolina Beverage Corporation in Salisbury, N.C., has joined Stop Hunger Now in Raleigh as chief marketing officer.

Gift creates nursing scholarship program at Cape Fear Valley Health

Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation in Fayetteville has received a $25,000 donation from The Cato Corporation in Charlotte to establish a nursing scholarship program create a scholarship endowment for nurses at Cape Fear Valley Health who want to return to school to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree to further their nursing career.

Reading Connections gets $10,000

Reading Connections in Greensboro has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support its family literacy program.

Children’s Home to benefit from festival

Fresh Fest at The Farm, a community festival hosted by The Children’s Home to raise awareness about its work, will be held May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Children’s Home at 1001 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem.

Event to benefit Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association

Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association, which funds the Infant-Toddler Program housed at Gateway Education Center in Greensboro, will receive all net proceeds from the 11th Annual Drake Naylor Invitational.

The event will be held May 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shane’s Sporting Clays in Summerfield.

Forsyth United Way to hold community open house

United Way of Forsyth County will hold a community open house on June 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army International Boys and Girls Club at 2850 Walkertown Rd. in Winston-Salem.

Fresh Market event to benefit JDRF

The Fresh Market will hold its 22nd annual Sidewalk Sale at its 175 stores benefitting JDRF on June 3-5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Fresh Market has raised over $4.5 million for JDRF through its annual Paper Sneaker and Sidewalk Sale, corporate donations, and other fundraising events.

Event to benefit Greensboro Children’s Museum

Greensboro Children’s Museum will benefit from the 9th annual benefit golf tournament to be hosted by Young Professionals of the Triad chapter of the Risk Management Association.

The event will be held June 13 at the Carlson Farm Course of Greensboro Country Club.

Bennett offering summer camps

Bennett College is offering summer programs for students from as young as age nine through rising high school seniors.

Topics for the programs, to begin entrepreneurialism; music theater and expression; enrichment for girls; multimedia production; and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Novant Health Forsyth nurses get scholarships

Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center awarded scholarships for five nurses at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem to continue their nursing education.

Autism Society launches online resource directory

The Autism Society of North Carolina has created an online database of resources available for families in North Carolina.

Nonprofit news roundup, 05.13.16

Mothers of all Forsyth newborns to get free nurse visits

All mothers with newborn babies born and living in Forsyth County will get free visits from nurses in their homes through a partnership between the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Novant Health that will be funded over three years through a $1.7 million grant from theTrust.

Known as Forsyth Connects and modeled on a program developed and tested in Durham starting in 2008, the new effort aims to promote infant and maternal health, and provide support to the entire family, supporting parents’ health and social needs after having a baby and connecting them with community resources.

Novant Health will provide the program with up to 10 full-time nurses who will visit the homes of mothers in Forsyth County who gave birth two to three weeks earlier.

Nurses will assist and encourage breast-feeding, review infant health needs, assess other family concerns, observe the health of the mother, and recommend community resources that can help.

Research on the Durham program found that participating families report 16 percent more connections to community resources; mothers reported more positive parenting behaviors with their infants, such as hugging and reading; mothers were 28 percent less likely to report possible clinical anxiety; and total infant emergency medical care fell 35 percent.

Research also found that every dollar invested in the program saves $3.02 in emergency health costs for the community.

Citing HB2, health funders group cancels North Carolina conference

Grantmakers in Health, a group based in Washington, D.C., that represents hundreds of philanthropic organizations throughout the U.S., has cancelled plans to hold its 2017 annual conference in Charlotte in the face of the state’s new law, known as HB2, that eliminates anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The foundations and corporation-giving programs it represents “are deeply committed to health, equity, fairness and opportunity for all people,” the group says in a statement.

“Philanthropy manages resources held in the public trust, and we cannot ask the field to spend those funds in a state that appears to violate civil rights or sanction discrimination in any form,” it says.

“We were excited about holding the annual conference in Charlotte and deeply regret that this choice was necessary,” it says. “We look forward to brining the largest gathering of health grantmakers to North Carolina in a future year, when this issue is resolved.”

The group says it is working to identify a new site and date for the 2017 conference.

Greensboro College receives 3 gifts totaling $1 million

Greensboro College has received three gifts totaling $1.04 million it will use to address its strategic priorities.

The gifts include $642,990 from the estate of 1938 alumna Eleanor Anthony George to benefit the college’s George Center for Honors Studies; an unrestricted gift of $100,000 from the estate of Fred Proctor; and an unrestricted gift of $300,000 from a donor who does not want to be publicly recognized.

United Service Organizations get $450,000

United Service Organizations of North Carolina has received a $450,000 multi-year grant to serve as coordinating agency in the Triangle for NCServes, a statewide initiative that is part of AmericaServes and aims to better address the needs of service members, veterans and their families by providing streamlined, coordinated access to providers.

The Raleigh/Durham Coordination Center will work in partnership with the state, area military bases, North Carolina National Guard, Veterans Affairs, and over 50 public and nonprofit service providers throughout the region.

The Triangle effort is set to kick off on June 1.

With lead funding from the Walmart Foundation, along with other local and regional philanthropic partners, NCServes was launched in August 2015 in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg region.

AmericaServes is houses at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

Women’s Impact Fund gives $437,000

Women’s Impact Fund, a Charlotte-based, collective-giving organization with over 400 female members, awarded a total of $437,000 in grants to Augustine Literacy Project, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Children’s Home Society, Communities in Schools, and Musical Minds NC.

Since 2003, the Women’s Impact Fund has made 59 grants totaling over $4.6 million.

Winston-Salem Foundation honors community leaders

Sylvia Oberle has received The Winston-Salem Foundation Award from The Winston-Salem Foundation, and also was one of five recipients of the 2016 Echo Awards presented by the Foundation for building social capital.

Oberle recently retired as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, a position she had held since 2006.

She designated that a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for The Winston-Sale Foundation award be shared by Habitat Forsyth and the Bethesda Center.

She and the other ECHO Awards winners also will each receive $1,000 to grant to a nonprofit.

The other ECHO Awards winners are Laurie Coker, who in 2013 founded GreenTree Peer Center; Robin Embry, who in 2011 founded Carolina Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation; F3 Winston-Salem, or Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith; and Goler Community Garden at the Downtown Health.

Mustard Seed gets $150,000

Mustard Seed Community Health in Greensboro is getting a $150,000 grant from the N.C. Office of Rural Health to help pay for operating expenses and expand services in the Cottage Grove community.

Event raises $105,000 for Kids Path

The 2016 Corks for Kids Path event netted $105,347 for Kids Path in Greensboro to support medically fragile and grieving children.

Presenting sponsor for the event, which drew over 600 guests, was Green Valley Financial

Partners for the event were 1618 Downtown; Amicus Photography; Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts; Elm Street Center; Natty Greene’s; O. Henry Magazine; Painted Plate; Yelp; and Zeto Wine & Cheese Shop.

Gala raises $100,000 for SAFEchild

The 2016 SAFEchild Spring Gala, held at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on April 15, raised over $100,000 for SAFEchild.

Benevolence Farm aims to raise $80,000

Benevolence Farm in Graham is launching a campaign to raise $80,000 to providing operational funding to support initial residents when it opens this October to provide  housing, employment and training to help women getting out of prison.

Wake United Arts Council gets $20,000

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has received an award of $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund its Arts Integration Institute, a week-long professional development program in the summer for teams of classroom and arts teachers from Wake County elementary schools.

The View on Elm receives Arts in Business Award

The View on Elm Arts received the 2016 Arts in Business Award from ArtsGreensboro in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Merchants Association, and  North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Event to benefit Breast Cancer Fund, Hirsch Wellness

The national Breast Cancer Fund and the Hirsch Wellness Network of Greensboro will receive net proceeds of LUNAFEST, which is sponsored by Hirsch Wellness Network, Mack and Mack, and Triad Acoustic Stage, and will be held May 19 at 7 p.m. at Mack and Mack at  220 South Elm St. in Greensboro.

Golf event to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point will benefit from the 28th Annual Betty Lynn McInnis Memorial Golf Tournament, presented by High Point Bank, on June 9 at the Willow Creek Golf Course at High Point Country Club.

Rock concert to benefit charities

Hope for Haiti Foundation and Fanconi Anemia Research Fund will receive all donations from the Seventh Annual Rock Your World benefit concert  on May 21 at RallyPoint Sports Grill in Cary featuring North Carolina rock bank Nantucket.

Band Together adds advisory board members

Band Together NC has added four members to its advisory board. They include Kyle Elliott,  principal at Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management; Tom Fritsch, managing director at CBRE|Raleigh; Kyle Lawrence, vice president and practice leader of the Mid-Atlantic region for Marsh & McLennan Agency; and Chris Widmayer, vice president for Regency Centers.

Chowan funder adds advisory board members

The advisory board of Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has added three members, including John Bryant, a real estate appraiser for BB&T; Cynthia Harding, regional admissions associate for the University of South Carolina; and community volunteer Lynne Layton.

Foxx to speak at NAACP banquet

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be the keynote speaker at the 51st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on June 5 hosted by the Greensboro Branch of the NAACP.

The event, to begin at 5 p.m., will be held at the Alumni Special Event Center at N.C. A&T State University at 200 N. Benbow Rd. in Greensboro.

Former NBA player teams with Camp Corral

Antawn Jamison, a former basketball player for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Golden State Warriors, will be the official spokesperson for Camp Corral.

Working to prepare teens for parenting

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — In 2005, while fostering her 10th and final child, Randi Rubenstein recognized the challenges of parenting could be overwhelming.

“I realized there were so many kids, I couldn’t take them all in,” she says. “I had just converted my dining room into a bedroom.”

Even more troubling, she says, was the widespread problem of child abuse and neglect.

“There are reports of child abuse and neglect every year throughout the United States on behalf of six million children up to age 18,” she says. “Those numbers have not changed significantly since they’ve been recorded over the last several decades.”

So Rubenstein, a public-health professional who was living in Orange County, Calif., started Education for Successful Parenting, or ESP.

The nonprofit worked with small groups of teenagers, mostly foster children, to prepare them to live independently as adults. Initially, it worked through state foster-care agencies, then taught classes in high schools.

Rubenstein, the group’s executive director, moved in 2011 to North Carolina, where it  focuses most of its effort on working directly with teens, partnering with schools, nonprofits and other agencies. It still works in California, where it serves fewer than 100 foster parents a year.

ESP teamed with Hope Center at Pullen in Raleigh, for example, to offer teens moving out of foster care a session on preparing to be a parent.

It provided training for staff at Haven House in Raleigh on motivating teens to postpone becoming parents.

And at an education program on child safety offered by the Raleigh Police Department for parents living in public housing, volunteers at the session included students taking a required “healthful living” class in high schools that include sessions on parenting led by ESP.

“We’re reaching teens before they have children, and focusing on helping them make healthy choices so they can start families from day one and be healthy so they can provide and protect their children,” Rubenstein says.

ESP serves over 1,000 students a year at Millbrook High School in Raleigh and Heritage High School in Wake Forest, providing three hours of instruction in a required one-semester health-education course.

In an evaluation of that instruction, 90 percent of students who have received it say that as a result they will be “better able to wait to conceive a child until they’re ready for the responsibility,” Rubinstein says.

The students also say they will be better able to provide, protect and nurture a child.

Operating with an annual budget of $40,000, four part-time employees and about 20 volunteers, ESP receives about 90 percent of its operating funds from private donations and the remainder through the sale of publications it creates on preparing for parenting.

The nonprofit now aims to increase its fundraising so it can expand its program this fall to two more Wake County high schools.

To help raise awareness about the need for better parenting education, and its work, the nonprofit will host a “Dream of Family” event on May 22 at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.

Showcasing teen artwork, dance, music and poetry, and with support from a volunteer team from Leadership Raleigh, a leadership-development program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held in the “promo court” from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

By working with teenage girls and boys before they start families, ESP aims to help them prepare for the critical, lifelong job of being a parent, while also motivating them to stay in school and work harder to succeed, Rubinstein says.

Ultimately, she says, a key goal is to “prevent child abuse and neglect at its source — the decision-making of teens that ultimately affects the strength of a future family.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 05.06.16

Greensboro United Way raises $10.4 million

United Way of Greater Greensboro in its annual campaign raised a total of $10.4 million from over 13,000 people to advance its efforts to address poverty.

That was down from the $11.1 million United Way raised a year ago, when it received a one-time grant of $750,000 from the Phillips Foundation.

While the most recent campaign did not include a supplemental strategic grant, overall community contributions grew.

N.C. A&T getting $1 million

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has pledged to give $1 million over four years to support North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.

The contribution will affect A&T’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, School of Education and Student Health Center, benefiting established programs, professorships and scholarships, and promoting healthy behaviors.

High Point University receives big gift

High Point University is getting a seven-figure gift from two alumni who asked that the exact amount of the gift not be disclosed.

The donors are Mickey Boles, owner and CEO of Smith Phillips Building Supply, and Katy Bowles, who co-founder, president and CEO of Graham and Boles Properties.

The Boles Commons at Centennial Square II will carry their family name.

Big returns seen from investing $1 billion to boost social mobility

Investing $1 billion in philanthropic funds to tap “public will and resources” and shape policy or market behavior to boost social mobility for low-income Americans can potentially improve the lives of large numbers of people and generate return of $3 to $15 on every $1 invested, a new report says.

“Billion Dollars Bets to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American,” the report by The Bridgespan Group, identifies key areas for philanthropic investment across 15 specific “pathways for social mobility proven to be both ‘powerful’ and ‘feasible.'”

It also looks in depth at six investment ideas, including:

* “Support the scaling of technology-enabled applications to help improve each child development and caregiving.”

* “Shift employer incentives to drive inclusive hiring based on  competence as much as pedigree and build new training and career pathways.”

* “Stimulate private and public innovation to reduce conviction and incarceration rates through grant competition, prizes and alternative funding models.”

* “Influence existing funding flows and healthcare provision by expanding access to long acting reversible contraception and providing training to support expanded provision from or referral to family counseling among primary care providers.”

* “Support greater economic integration of communities by buttressing housing voucher programs with additional mobility assistance supports and removing blight conditions in distressed neighborhoods.”

* “Shape government oversight and funding to align with evidence-based outcomes.”

Komen grants $543,000

Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast has awarded a total of $542,742 for 13 grants to local nonprofits to support breast health services and education projects for the under-served, under-insured and uninsured populations in a 29-county service area.

The grants support projects and resources for screenings, treatment support and education.

Komen NCTC will host its 20th Triangle Race for the Cure on June 11 at The Frontier at 800 Park Offices Drive in Research Triangle Park.

Funds for grants Komen North Carolina Triangle to Coast will give in 2017 will be generated from the Race, and 75 percent of this year’s net funds will go back into the community through the grants.

Heart Ball raises $230,000

The American Heart Association raised $230,000 and attracted 360 guests through its Winston-Salem Heart Ball on April 22 to benefit research and prevention education for heart disease and stroke

Co-chairing the event with a team of local executives were Cheryl Kiser, chief financial officer for Southern Fasteners & Supply, and John Rankin, senior vice president of retail and small business manager for BB&T.

BB&T was signature sponsor, while Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health and Dixon Hughes Goodman were premier sponsors, and Womble Carlyle, Belk and Deutsche Bank/Alex Brown were ambassador of hope sponsors.

Habitat Forsyth getting new CEO

Michael Campbell, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County in Florida since 2006, has been named executive director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, effective July 5.

He succeeds Sylvia Oberle, who retired May 1 after leading the agency for the past 10 years.

Beros named development VP at Food Bank

Amy Beros, major gifts officer and campaign manager at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh, has been named vice president of development.

Five awarded Z. Smith Reynolds sabbaticals

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem named give nonprofit leaders for its annual sabbatical program.

Recipients of this year’s sabbatical are Tayuanne Dewberry, executive director of Right Moves for Youth in Charlotte; Robin Emmons, founder and executive director of Sow Much Good in Charlotte; Nancy Gottovi, executive director of Central Park NC/Starworks Center in Star; Robin Merrell, managing attorney for Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville; and Cynthia Marie Penn Halal, executive director of Walltown Children’s Theatre in Durham.

The Foundation has invested $3 million in the sabbatical program and provided awards to over 130 nonprofit leaders since it launched the program in 1990.

Who’s Daltrey helps raise $110,000 for Teen Cancer America

Roger Daltrey, singer for rock band The Who, helped raise $110,000 at a Raleigh event for Teen Cancer America, a nonprofit he founded in 2012 with band mate Peter Townshend and that is the U.S. version of British nonprofit Teenage Cancer Trust.

Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank pledged $1.5 million to support the U.S. nonprofit’s efforts across the state.

Raleigh will serve as its U.S. hub in the Southeast, helping to support initiatives planned for Duke Medical Center, UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Bowman-Grey Medical Center at Wake Forest University’s in Winston-Salem.

The nonprofit also has projects underway in New York City, Cleveland, New Haven, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Tampa, Fort Worth, and Chicago, and partnerships with over 50 hospitals are being planned and developed.

United Way to hold speaker series, honor Cone and Grimes families

Liz Murray, who went from being homeless on the streets of New York City to graduating from Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker on May 23 for the 2016 Community Speaker Series of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

At the event, to be hosted by Women’s Leadership and held at Grandover Resort and Conference Center starting at 11:30 a.m., United Way  will present its 2016 Legacy Awards to Alan and Sally Cone and Betty and Benjamin Cone Jr., and its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to  Joann and David Grimes.

Proceeds from the event will be invested in local efforts to address poverty.

VF Corporation is presenting sponsor for the speaker series.

Weatherspoon gets $15,000

Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro received a $15,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, to support its education programs for youth and adults.

Triad Health Project to host Dining for Friends

Triad Health Project will celebrate its 30th anniversary of providing HIV/AIDS service and support with its annual Dining for Friends, a series of events hosted by individuals and groups

Dining for Friends will culminate with a event on May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in collaboration with its Community Party.

Kiwanis Club to boost playground

Kiwanis Club of Raleigh will mark its 100th anniversary with an volunteer effort on May 14 to improve the Sassafras All Children’s Playground at Laurel Hills Park.

The Club, which has raised $370,000 to support parks, has allocated $100,000 for the playground and expects to field 120 volunteers that day.

Marketing firm to offer free support

Reuben Rink Marketing & Advertising in Winston-Salem will offer, every three months, a free, half‐day marketing workshop for a local nonprofit, plus a follow‐up report with strategic recommendations that address a defined marketing challenge.

Transitions LifeCare board adds three members

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh added three members to its board of directors, including  Matthew Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Paragon Bank: Nicholas Kenny, executive vice president and general manager of global oncology and hematology at INC Research; and Lynda Loveland, a news anchor at WRAL.

HBS Club of Charlotte to host event

HBS Club of Charlotte will host a social event on June 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at TPC Piper Glen Golf Club in Charlotte.

Nominations welcome for arts award

May 27 is he deadline for submitting nominations to ArtsGreensboro for the 2016 Betty Cone Medal of Arts.

First awarded in 1999, the award recognizes artists who have achieved clear excellence in their disciplines or made extraordinary contributions to their field or to the community at large.

The award will be presented at ArtsGreensboro’s annual meeting on June 15.

Food Bank gets $6,500

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh donated $6,500 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.