Nonprofit news roundup, 06.24.16

Donors’ focus varies based on where they live

Where donors live makes a difference in the causes they support with their giving, Fidelity Charitable says based on an analysis of donors in its top 30 metro areas.

Among the findings:

* Salt Lake City ranks first in donor support of religious charities, with donors in Atlanta, Cincinnati Dallas, Minneapolis and Raleigh-Durham also making support for religion a priority.

* Washington, D.C., ranks first in donor support for international-affairs nonprofits.

* San Francisco ranks first in support for the environment, for animal welfare cause, and for arts and culture organizations.

* Boston ranks first in support of the health sector.

* Naples, Fla., ranks first in support for human services, followed by Detroit.

* Miami ranks first in support for social-benefit charities.

YMCA raises $7.2 million for Garner facility

Community volunteers raised $7.2 million to build the Poole Family YMCA off Aversboro Road as the permanent home of the YMCA of Garner.

The YMCA launched the public phase of the campaign to raise $7 million for the facility in April 2015.

The YMCA is expected to begin site work on the Poole Family YMCA later this summer, with a ceremonial groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for the fall.

Health foundation in High Point gives $4.5 million

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point awarded a total of nearly $4.5 million in grants to local nonprofits.

The grants include over $4.48 million in the Foundation’s spring grants cycle and $16,400 through its small grants program.

The Foundation was created in 2013 through the merger of High Point Regional Health and UNC Health Care.

It works to improve health and wellness in the region that includes High Point, Jamestown, Archdale and Trinity.

North Carolina Habitat awarded $450,000

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the Oak Foundation to cover most of the administrative costs for a project that aims to build a Habitat home in each of the state’s 100 counties by February 2018.

The project was launched early in 2015 in partnership with Habitat’s 70 affiliates in North Carolina and with the State Employees Credit Union Foundation, which pledged up to $10 million in grants and financing and help affiliates recover, at closing, the full mortgage value of up to $150,000 for each home.

Affiliates typically wait 25 years to 30 years to recover the value of the no-interest mortgages they make.

Habitat affiliates, which serve 75 counties in the state, have produced 7,600 homes since 1983, rehabbed another 500, provided repairs on another 1,825, and served over 9,900 families.

New Ronald McDonald House serves 99 children and families

Ronald McDonald House at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh served 99 children and their families in its first year, which it celebrated April 15.

A separate Ronald McDonald Family Room, which already was in service offering respite to caregivers of all pediatric patients at WakeMed Children’s Hospital, served 5,140 visitors in 2015.

Hospital Association pilot program honored

A pilot program coordinated by the North Carolina Hospital Association has received the Public Policy Innovation Award in the Pioneer Institute’s 25th Annual Better Government Competition.

Funded through a three-year grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, the North Carolina Mobile Medication Management Program aims to reduce the number of psychiatric hospitalizations and repeated emergency department visits by individuals with severe behavioral health disorders.

The pilot program uses trained peer support specialists, supervised by registered nurses, who meet one-on-one with individuals in their homes to build the skills they need to keep medical appointments and follow medical instructions at home.

The program also addresses barriers patients face, including cost of medication, safe housing and other health and social issues.

After its first year in operation in Nash and Vance counties, the pilot program has resulted in a 94 percent reduction in emergency department visits by participants and reduced the number of psychiatric hospitalizations by 83 percent.

UNC Nash Health Care and Daymark Recovery Services operate the programs in Nash and Vance counties, respectively.

Triad Stage increases ticket sales, fundraising

Triad Stage in Greensboro sold 40,000 tickets in its just-ending 15th season, up six percent from last year, while the sale of season passes for next season totaled 2,298 through June 21, compared to 2,104 it needed to sell by that date to meet its goal of 3,000 season passes for next season.

The professional nonprofit regional theater company also employed over 250 professional artists, including 176 local actors, designers and technicians, in nine productions, and provided discounted tickets to 4,146 Triad-area students.

In a special campaign it launched in February to raise $500,000, Triad Stage has raised $456,740.

To support that campaign, over 150 businesses, foundations and individuals made new or larger gifts this year. They include VF Corporation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, TOLEO Foundation, Cemala Foundation, and Well*Spring.

The donor base for Triad Stage, which is preparing for its 16th season of operation at The Pyrle Theater in Greensboro and its fourth season at Hanesbrand Theatre in Winston-Salem, has grown to 694, up 21 percent from last year.

Earlier this year, the theater company and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro announced plans to expand a long-term partnership.

The expansion calls for providing new courses, strengthening recruitment efforts by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at UNCG, preparing students for professional jobs, and providing a pool of talent for artistic productions at Triad Stage.

As part of that partnership, Preston Lane, founding artistic director at Triad Stage, and Richard Whittington, its founding managing director, will serve as artists in residents at the School of Music, Theater and Dance.

Triad Stage this season also was the first arts organizations ever to receive general operating funds — in the same or different years — both from ArtsGreensboro and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Those grants totaled $100,000 from the Arts Council and $90,000 from ArtsGreensboro.

N.C. Central gets $1.1 million

The School of Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham has been awarded $1.1 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to create training programs to develop a more diverse field of education researchers.

Northern Hospital gets $148,500

Northern Hospital of Surry County received a $148,500 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem to provide a program focusing on diabetes education and self-management.

Cone Health names unit for philanthropist

Cone Health has named the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation unit at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro after philanthropist Leonard Kaplan, who helped create Greensboro’s first cardiac rehabilitation program inside a local YMCA.

That effort led to the creation of what now has been named The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health.

United Way members volunteer in community garden

Members of Young Leaders United, a program of United Way of Greater High Point, volunteered on June 9 to weed, water, plant and mulch garden spaces at Bountiful Harvest Community Garden, a program of West End ministries that aims to help tackle food insecurity in the community.

Financial Pathways receives award

Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth, received the 2016 Excellence in Business Award in the nonprofit category from the Triad Chapter of the Risk Management Association.

Chowan foundation gives $14,130

Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded a total of $14,130 to nine organizations.

Iredell United Way gets $5,000

United Way of Iredell County received a $5,000 corporate gift from CoBank in the name of EnergyUnited.

Artist or artist teams sought for public art

synerG and Action Greensboro are looking for emerging artist or artist teams to design, fabricate and install a signature public art piece in Greensboro by October 12, 2016.

Care Ring annual luncheon set for September 22

Care Ring in Charlotte will hold its annual luncheon on September 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.at The Westin.

Public School Forum names new members

The Public School Forum of North Carolina named new board and at-large members.
New board members include Ann Bennett-Phillips, vice president at Capital Development; Richard Schwartz, a partner at Schwartz & Shaw; Doug Sprecher, senior vice president, for retail sales and branch channel strategy at First Citizens Bank.

New at-large members include Sandra Wilcox Conway, a consultant; Van Dempsey III, dean of the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Nation Hahn, chief growth officer at EdNC; Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education at East Carolina University; Deena Hayes-Greene, managing director at the Racial Equity Initiative; Graig Meyer, a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives; and Katie Rosanbalm, a research scientist at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.

Greensboro United Way adds board members

The board of directors of United Way of Greater Greensboro has elected five new members, including Chuck Burns, corporate development officer at First Citizens Bank; Jacquelean Gilliam, philanthropic management consultant for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Antonia Monk Reaves, vice president and senior program officer at Cone Health Foundation; Robert Scheppegrell, senior vice president for customer solutions at Lincoln Financial Group; and Gina Sorrells, market executive of the Carolina commonwealth market for Merrill Lynch.

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Nonprofit nurtures reading in kids

By Todd Cohen

CARY, N.C. — On different evenings once a week during the school year, a total of 500 children ages five to 11 who are students in Wake County public schools spend an hour or more enjoying a meal and then listening to stories, reading aloud and getting three books to take home and keep for personal libraries they are building.

The after-school literacy program, which serves another 100 kids during the summer, takes place either in one of three “mobile classrooms,” or in schools or at community centers or nonprofits.

Providing the after-school literacy program is Read and Feed, a Cary nonprofit that has served over 650 children since it was formed in 2007.

“Being able to read at grade level is a predictor of success and high school graduation,” says Kati Mullan, executive director of Read and Feed. “If you can read, you can do anything.”

The nonprofit works to provide easy access to reading programs for at-risk, low-income children who typically are reading at least one grade level below their grade in school.

“But the reality is, they’re often further behind,” says Mullan, who joined Read and Feed in 2011 as program and volunteer coordinator and in 2014 succeeded founder Jan Frantz as executive director.

Operating with an annual budget of $400,000 and a staff of two people working full-time and one working half-time, Read and Feed counts on 425 active volunteers who provide a total of over 7,700 hours a year of service.

Volunteers handle tasks that range from tutoring, driving the nonprofit’s three mobile classrooms that once were recreational vehicles, and delivering food and supplies to the program sites.

They also sort and distribute the 33,000 books Read and Feeds gives to kids each year, as well as helping to run the organization, and raising money. In the school year just ended, Read and Feed volunteers drove a total 8,250 miles.

This past school year, Read and Feed served 10 sites with its mobile classrooms, and another eight sites in facilities of partner organizations, such as the SAS Community Learning Center of Communities in Schools of Wake County in the Kentwood neighborhood and the Zebulon Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Wake County.

Each mobile classroom offers two one-hour sessions each evening for 12 children per session, and each facility-based program offers weekly sessions lasting an hour to 75 minutes for about 24 children.

Each session begins with a meal either purchased at a discount from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle or donated or sold at a discount by a local restaurant.

Then the children spend about 35 minutes listening to stories read by volunteer tutors, who also provide help with reading and spelling, and reading aloud.

As a tool for the volunteers at each of its sites and mobile classrooms, Read and Feed keeps a folder for each child that includes notes on the child’s progress as well as checklists completed by the child’s classroom teacher on particular challenges such as vocabulary or sight-reading.

According to a survey of their public school teachers, 88 percent of students who participate in Read and Feed have increased their reading skills and confidence, Mullan says.

Read and Feed counts on contributions to operate, as well as two fundraising events each fall that last year netted a total of $47,000 and this years aim to raise $70,000.

When she joined the nonprofit in 2011 as its only paid employee, it operated at seven sites and had just purchased its second van. In 2014, it  was operating at 17 sites and purchased its third van.

Now Read and Feed is considering expanding more, possibly to other counties.

“Our program is so much more than a reading program or reading comprehension program,” says Mullan. “It’s a nurturing and mentoring program.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.17.16

High Point United Way expands feeding program for kids

United Way of Greater High Point provided weekend food to a record-high 590 students in just-ended school year through its BackPack Program, up 140 from the previous school year, and plans this month to serve 265 students, an increase of 120 from last summer.

Supplementing lunch students will received weekdays through Guilford County Schools and other government sources, United Way programs will provide breakfast during the week and BackPack meals over the weekend.

One hundred students will receive breakfast at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and D-UP, a summer care program in the Washington St. Neighborhood.

Both sites lost their breakfast funding from other sources for this summer from other sources, and also will also distribute the weekend food.

Other partner sites for the summer include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, Carl Chavis Memorial Branch YMCA, and the Housing Authority of the City of High Point.

Novant Health gets $127,000 bequest

Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem received a bequest of over $127,000 from the estate of Sally Leach of Kernersville.

Leach, who worked as a seamstress at Wrangler for 21 years and died in 2015 at age 81, made the donation in appreciation of the care her husband, David, received at the Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center at Forsyth Medical Center.

She requested the donation be used for cancer research.

Theater co-founder, music teacher honored

The family of the late Stephen Gee, co-founder of Broach Theatre Company in Greensboro who died of cancer on May 6 at age 60, posthumously received the Betty Cone Medal of Arts from ArtsGreensboro.

Janice Reinbold, a music teacher and chair of the cultural arts department at Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, received the arts organization’s 2016 Arts Education Teacher of the Year Award.

Former Girl Scouts and IBM leader to head Triangle Rotary

Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, former CEO of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines ad retired North Carolina senior state executive for IBM, has been named Rotary International district governor for 2016-17.

In the volunteer post, Sinclair will coordinate community and international service projects for the 45 Rotary clubs in the greater Triangle area, and will encourage support for The Rotary Foundation as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary of “Doing Good in the World” and its final push to eradicate polio.

High Point Salvation Army closing family store

The Salvation Army of High Point is closing its family store at 2531 Eastchester Drive in the wake of over the past year of declining sales, a continuing rise in operating expenses, an all-time low in income to serve families in crisis, and a $100,000 percent decline in donations, along with the death of five major donors.

N.C. Central receives $185,000

The Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise Program at North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $185,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for students and teachers in three rural counties of North Carolina.

Durham Boys & Girls Club gets $50,000, raises $20,000

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Merck.

The Club also netted $20,000 from the Bull City Golf Classic Fore Kids on May 22 and 23 at Hope Valley Country Club.

Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment gives $69,000

Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment awarded $69,000 in grants to 11 area health and community organizations.

STARworks gets $50,000

STARworks in Star, N.C., has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts it will use to support WoodFire North Carolina, an international conference on wood‐fired ceramics it will host June 8-11, 2017, with the North CarolinaPottery Center in Seagrove.

High Point United Way awards venture grants

United Way of Greater High Point awarded seven agencies a total of $23,600 in venture grants to meet emerging or unmet needs.

In the past 10 years, United Way has awarded seven rounds of venture grants totaling over $230,000 to local agencies, most of them not traditional United Way partner agencies.

United Way this year received 26 applications from Guilford and Randolph counties totaling over $180,000 in requests for venture grants.

Salvation Army partners with BB&T

The Salvation Army of Wake County and BB&T teamed up to revamp the playrooms and nursery in the Salvation Army’s shelter for women and children at 1863 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh.

Through BB&T’s Lighthouse Project, launched in 2009, its employees have completed over 7,700 community service projects and donated over 385,000 volunteer hours.

Baptist Children’s Homes creates resource center

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina is establishing The Bob and Carolyn Tucker Greater Vision Ministry Center at its Mills Home campus in Thomasville after receiving a $1 million donation from Bob and Carolyn Tucker of Kannapolis, founders of Shoe Show.

Womble Carlyle, Heart Association team up

Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice is partnering with the Winston‐Salem Heart Ball of the American Heart Association for the first-ever Healthy Heart Challenge in Forsyth County.

Womble Carlyle and the Heart Association will be accepting nominations for men and women who have made lifestyle changes in exercise and eating habits to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Three finalists will be announced in January 2017, with public voting then to decide the winner, who will be announced at the Ball on April 28 and will become the “Face of Heart Health” in Forsyth County for 2017.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $384,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $384,178 to local organizations that focus on animal welfare, arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, public interest, and youth.

Giving in U.S. grows to record-high $373.25 billion

Charitable giving in the U.S. grew to $373.25 billion in 2015, posting an all-time high for the second straight year and growing 4.1 percent in current dollars from 2014 and four percent when adjusted for inflation, a new report says.

Continuing a long-term trend of six decades, living individuals accounted for the biggest share of overall giving, including 71 percent from living individuals and 87 percent from living individuals, bequests and family foundations.

Also continuing a long-term trend, religion received the biggest share of charitable giving, 32 percent, although that share has been declining steadily for decades.

According to a revised estimate, total giving in 2014 totaled $359.04 billion, up 7.8 percent in current dollars and 6.1 percent adjusted for inflation, says Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015.

The report is published by Giving USA Foundation, an initiative of The Giving Institute, and is researched and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Sources of giving

Giving by individuals grew 3.8 percent to $264.58 billion, or 3.7 percent adjusted for inflation, and accounted for two-thirds of the overall increase in total giving.

Giving by foundations grew 6.5 percent to $58.46 billion, or 6.3 percent adjusted for inflation, and accounted for 16 percent of total giving.

Giving through charitable bequests grew 2.1 percent to $31.76 billion, or 1.9 percent adjusted for inflation, and accounted for nine percent of total giving.

Corporate giving grew 3.9 percent to $18.45 billion, or 3.8 percent adjusted for inflation, and accounted for 5 percent of total giving.

Recipients of giving

Giving to religion grew 2.7 percent to $119.30 billion, or 2.6 percent adjusted for inflation. Its share of total giving, 32 percent, was unchanged from 2014.

Giving to education grew 8.9 percnet to $57.48 billion, or 8.8 percent in adjusted dollars, and accounted for 15 percent of total giving, with giving to higher education accounting for roughly 70 percent of giving to education.

Giving to human services grew 4.2 percent to $45.21 billion, or 4.1 percent adjusted, and accountd for 12 percent of total giving.

Giving to foundations fell 3.8 percent to $42.26 billion, or four percent adjusted, and accounted for 11 percent of total giving.

Giving to health organizations grew 1.3 percent to $29.81 billion, or 1.2 percent adjusted, and accounterd for eight percent total giving.

Giving to public-society benefit organizations grew six percent to $26.95 billion, or 5.9 percent adjusted, and accounted for seven percent of total giving.

Giving to arts, culture and humanities grew seven percent to $17.07 billion, or 6.8 percent adjusted, and accounted for five percent of total giving.

Giving to international affairs grew 17.5 percent to $15.75 billion, or 17.4 percent adjusted, and accounted for four percent of total giving.

Giving to environmental and animal organizations grew 6.2 percent to $10.68 billion, or 6.1 percent adjusted, and accounted for three percent of total giving.

Giving to individuals fell 1.6 percent to $6.56 billion, or 1.8 percent adjusted, and accounted for two percent of total giving, with most of those donations consisting of in-kind gifts of medication to patients in need, made through patient assistance progams of operations foundations at pharmaceutical companies.

Unallocated giving totaled $2.18 billion in 2015, and accounted for one percent of total giving.

Todd Cohen

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.10.16

School of Arts gets $5 million pledge

Chancellor Emeritus Alex Ewing of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem has pledged $5 million pledge the school.

The gift, one of the largest in the the School’s 50-year history, will result in renaming of the largest performance venue on campus as Alex Ewing Performance Place.

Ewing, who served as chancellor from 1990 to 200, also made a $1 million gift for scholarships starting this fall.

The School also received a $250,000 gift from an unnamed donor for a scholarship in the School of Drama, and netted $200,000 at a performance by members of the American Ballet Theatre to fully endow a scholarship honoring Gillian Murphy, a member of the troupe and an alumna of the school.

Hill joins Reynolds Trust as health program officer

Aidil Ortiz Hill, co-founder of Raleigh-based Youth Empowered Solutions and team lead for its work in preventing substance abuse, will join the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem this month as a program officer in its Health Care Division, serving as the primary contact for grantees and potential grantees in the state’s central region.

She succeeds Jehan Benton-Clark, who will join The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver in mid-June as portfolio director for community engagement.

Karen McNeil-Miller joined the Colorado Health Foundation as president and CEO in September 2015 after serving for over 10 years as president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Joyner new executive director at Housing for New Hope

Olive Joyner, interim director at Housing for New Hope since March, has been named executive director.

Leadership change at Salvation Army in Winston-Salem

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston‐Salem is changing its leadership.

Area Commander Major James Allison and Associate Area Commander Major Lois Allison,  who have served he region since 2012, have been transferred to the Hampton Roads Area Command based in Norfolk, Va.

Assuming Command in Winston‐Salem will be Majors Stan and Deborah Colbert, who are relocating from Daytona Beach, Fla.

Asheville community foundation awards $299,000

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina approved eight focus area grants totaling $299,460 to support regional projects in early childhood development and natural and cultural resources, and to combat poverty through matched savings programs at three nonprofits serving low-income people.

Duke Energy employees spruce up veterans cemetery

Thirty local Duke Energy employees and retirees teamed up with the Cemeteries Division of Greensboro Parks and Recreation to honor local veterans by cleaning head stones, planting perennial shrubs and flowers, and assembling park benches at Forest Lawn Cemetery Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Memorial, known as Veterans’ Circle.

Red Cross partners with Camp Corral

The American Red Cross is partnering this summer with Camp Corral, a nonprofit that provides free summer camp to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.

The partnership will roll out the American Red Cross’ new Reconnection Workshops program designed provide military kids with essential life skills to help them better manage stressful social situations and cope with the challenges they face growing up in military families.

Aldersgate, UNC-Charlotte team up

Aldersgate, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Charlotte, is partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to create a Center for Health, Education and Opportunity to serve Aldersgate residents and the local community, including at-risk populations.

The 6,000-square-foot Center, a partnership between Aldersgate and the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services at UNC-Charlotte, will open this fall in the existing Shamrock Senior Center on the Aldersgate campus.

The Center will provide caregivers and families in the nearby area access to community-based health and disease-prevention services.

The Senior Center will relocate to the Methodist Home Park site by the Aldersgate campus.

Fidelity Charitable giving exceeds $22 billion

Cumulative grants by Fidelity Charitable total over $22 billion since it was established in 1991, while the number of charities its donor support doubled over the past to years to 106,250 from 53,076.

In a new report, Fidelity Charitable says 85 percent of its donors support six or more charities, compared to 36 percent of affluent donors.

Non-cash assets such as appreciated stocks and real estate represent two-thirds of donor contributed dollars to Fidelity Charitable in the most recent year, up 18 percent from the previous year, says the 2016 Fidelity Charitable Giving Report, based on an analysis of giving behavior of over 132,000 Fidelity Charitable donors.

Sixty percent of donors contributed appreciated assets to Fidelity Charitable last year, compared to 19 percent of affluent donors at any time in their giving history.

And 82 percent of Fidelity Charitable donors engage others in decision-making related to their giving, compared to 53 percent of similar donors.

Food Bank gets $40,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem received a $40,000 contribution from United Guaranty Corporation in Greensboro.

Reynolds Foundation awards internships

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem has awarded paid summer internships to 27 college students at North Carolina nonprofits it has funded.

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Saint Saviour’s Center focuses on unmet needs of poor

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, older adults who live in Glenwood Towers and the Carriage House Apartments near downtown Raleigh take a walk together in the neighborhood.

And every month, roughly 1,000 families that cannot afford diapers receive enough to last up to two weeks.

Leading both efforts is Saint Saviour’s Center, a nonprofit that was created by the Christ Church Outreach Ministry and other members of the congregation at Christ Church, and began operating in 2003.

“They wanted it to be an independent nonprofit and expand beyond the church and be a center for the community,” says Sharon Hayes, a former marketing manager for IBM who has served as the Center’s executive director since 2009.

Operating with an annual budget of $250,000, one full-time employee and several hundred volunteers, Saint Saviour’s Center operates two programs of its own, partners with other groups on four other programs, and is part of a network of outreach programs with direct connections to over 20 nonprofits that serve thousands of people a year.

Based in two buildings at 616 Tucker St. built by Christ Church in the 1920s, Saint Saviour’s Center has grown rapidly since 2010, when it launched a new program and partnered with two others.

One of those partners, Community Music School, offers private music lessons once a week after school and Saturdays for $1 a lesson to about 100 children a year from low-income families.

The other, Haitian Evangelical Community Church, holds Sunday services and Tuesday night prayer meetings, plus a Sunday school for children.

The new program the Center launched in late 2010 was The Diaper Train, which donated 60,000 diapers to about 12 agencies in 2011. That total grew to 240,000 diapers in 2012, when it expanded to include donations to individual families referred to it, and to 450,000 in 2013.

In its first four years, Diaper Train donated one million diapers, a total that grew to two million last year.

Saint Saviour’s Center’s other program is Healthy Living for Seniors, a wellness program for older adults who live in public housing at Glenwood Towers and Carriage House Apartments.

Launched in 2006, the program serves about 125 of the 400 residents of the two buildings. In addition to activities such as the morning walking group, which is led by Hayes, it includes classes and spiritual support at the Center.

The Center also partners with Meals on Wheels of Wake County and with Wake Relief.

Every weekday, Meals on Wheels serves lunch to 50 to 60 seniors, many of whom arrive at 9 a.m. to participate in activities at the Center.

And Wake Relief, an emergency food pantry that is a program of Christ Church, provides a week’s worth of groceries to families that may visit every 30 days if referred by Wake County Human Services. The pantry serves 7,000 to 9,000 people a year.

Saint Saviour’s Center generates about half its funds from individual donations, about 20 percent from philanthropic grants, and the remainder from fundraising events and fees for the use of its buildings.

Now, it aims to raise $90,000 to hire two part-time employees to focus on fundraising and program coordination.

“Saint Saviour’s Center needs to be set up so we can begin addressing unmet needs of the working poor,” Hayes says. “There are many services available in Wake County to families in need. But we’ve learned from The Diaper Train that there are also needs that are not being met.”