Nonprofit news roundup, 06.03.16

Reynolds Foundation suspends spring 2017 grantmaking

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem has begun a year-long effort to assess its focus, and has suspended its grantmaking for spring 2017 for which the deadline for submitting grant proposals had been Feb. 1, 2017.

As part part of the effort, which will culminate in May 2017 with a new strategic plan, the the Foundation’s new executive director, Mo Green, along with its trustees and staff, will spend several months traveling throughout the state to meet with state and local leaders and community members.

Private foundations a family affair, wealthy donors say

Wealthy donors say engaging family members in their private foundations is a key priority, a new survey says.

Forty-one percent of 203 respondents to a survey in April by Foundation Source of its 1,200 private foundation clients said establishing a “tradition of giving” was the most important family benefit of having a private foundation, while 35 percent said it was to “make an impact on an issue or in the community.”

Asked to  compare the significance of “family engagement” with “having an impact,” 62 percent of respondents said they were equally valuable.

Ninety-seven percent of respondents said that offspring, regardless of when they first become involved with the foundation, should be eligible to become board members or trustees only after their 18th birthday, while 55 percent said offspring should be age 26 to 40 before joining the board.

And 61 percent said the selection of family members to serve on the board should be “based on interest, commitment,” compared to only 13 percent that said membership should be conferred automatically once children reach a certain age.

Only 27 percent or respondents permit non-family members to serve on their foundations.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said participation in their foundations typically is limited to the founder’s spouse, while 93 percent said it is limited to children, compared to 35 percent that are limited to children’s spouses, 19 percent to step-children or adopted children, and two percent to divorced spouses.

Wake Tech highlighted in report on vocational education for veterans

Wake Technical Community College is one of three schools that are the focus of a new report on accelerated vocational instruction for veterans and members of the armed services moving to civilian life.

The report from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University examines a program, funded by the Walmart Foundation, in which the Institute oversaw grants to a network of colleges and universities with workforce development initiatives focused on students veterans and carried out in partnership with local workforce development agencies, businesses and industries.

Best practices that are key to effectively delivering “vocational acceleration services” to veterans and service members moving to civilian life, the report says, are recruitment strategies that tap into both personal and institutional connections; harnessing existing resources and infrastructure to make the most of enrollment capacity and complete training in the shortest time; providing tools and knowledge to help “stakeholders” understand veterans’ needs in a learning environment; continuously gathering data and feedback to tailor training to the needs of local employers; and developing plans to deliver additional training to equip veterans with more skills that are in high demand.

Care Ring raised $145,000

Care Ring in Charlotte exceeded its challenge goal of $30,000 in gifts The Leon Levine Foundation now will match, and also received a gift of $85,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

The Seventh Annual Rock Your World benefit concert on May 21 at RallyPoint Sport Grill in Cary raised $108,105 for Hope for Haiti Foundation and Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.

Carying Place raises $105,000

The Carying Place in Cary netted at least $105,000 at its 15th Annual Benefit Auction, Buffett and Dance on April 29 at Prestonwood Country Club.

Cary nonprofit aims to serve military, veterans and families

Harbor Reins, a new nonprofit in Cary, is working to provide current military and veterans, and their families, with free equine assisted psychotherapy to help combat post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health disorders.

Community foundation affiliates add advisory board members

Beaufort-Hyde Community Foundation added four members to its advisory board, including Buffy Johnson of Pungo Machine, Tuyet Moore of Natural Balance Therapeutic; Marcy Morgan of  Pungo Christian Academy; and Bethany Pugh of Middle Creek Farms.

Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation has added two members to its advisory board, including attorney Bob Lee and community volunteer Anna Pierce.

And Lee County Community Foundation added Jasmine Lucas, an attorney at Wilson and Reives, to its advisory board.

All three foundations are affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh.

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