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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