Nonprofit news roundup, 07.29.16

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs chief resigns

Thomas Falgout has resigned as chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point to become chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana in New Orleans.

Falgout’s last day in the High Point job will be August 5.

Charlotte funder gives $550,000

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, a permanent endowment at Foundation For The Carolinas, awarded $549,776 to 24 organizations serving children and youth in Mecklenburg County.

National Philanthropic Trust awards $626 million

National Philanthropic Trust, national, independent donor-advised fund sponsor in Jenkintown, Pa., issued 26,168 donor-recommended grants totaling over $626 million in the fiscal year ended June 20, 2016.

Those donors supported 26,168 grants to 10,897 charities in the U.S. and abroad.

In the last 20 years, the Trust has raised over $6.2 billion in liquid and illiquid asset charitable contributions and has made over 148,000 grants exceeding $3.6 billion to charities.

Old Salem to hold free community day

To  celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Salem, Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a free community day on August 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Providing support for the event are the City of Winston-Salem and Wells Fargo.

Tuskeegee president to speak at Boys & Girls Clubs gala

Brian Johnson, president of Tuskegee University, will be the keynote speaker at the annual gala of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham.

The event will be held November 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center.

Tiemann to chair UNC School of the Arts board

Michael Tiemann of Chapel Hill, first vice president of open source affairs at Red Hat, has been elected chair of the board of trustees for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Ralph Womble of Winston-Salem, who is retired and was president and CEO of Hanes Companies and president of Hanes Dye and Finishing Co., was elected vice chair.

Greensboro United Way gets $23,685

United Way of Greater Greensboro has received a contribution of $23,865 from AT&T.

Onslow funder gives $33,600

Onslow Caring Communities Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded a total of $33,600 grants to 11 organizations.

Apartment Association volunteers pitch in for Food Bank

Volunteers from Piedmont Triad Apartment Association helped raise food and money for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to provide 17,540 meals to hungry people in the Piedmont Triad.

The volunteers worked at the Winston-Salem Dash game on July 15 at BB&T Ballpark and at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game on July 22 at Newbridge Bank Park.

Goodwill opening new store

Triad Goodwill will open a new store and donation center at 4835 W. Wendover Ave., Suite 139, in Wendover Square at James Landing in Jamestown.

Enrichment Center names board members

The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem named four new members to its board of directors.

They include Tim Gallagher of Novant Health; Angie Murphrey of First Tennessee Bank; Jason Phillips of The Phillips Collection; and Suzanna Watkins of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

StepUp Ministry adds six board members

StepUp Ministry in Raleigh added six new members to its board of directors.

New board members are Jacques Oury of Red Hat; Elizabeth Scott, a lawyer at Williams Mullen; Angie Dowd, a retired financial professional; Katrina Lyons of Cardinal Advisors;

John Constance, a retired business executive; and Emmett Haywood, a lawyer at Nicholls and Crampton.

Read and Feed to host event

Read and Feed in Cary will hold its second annual Rock and Roast on September 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

I Am A Queen to hold school-supply drive

I Am a Queen will hold its eighth annual Back-to-School Supply Drive on August 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Windsor Recreation Center  at 1601 E. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.

Reynolda House offering free admission to educators

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem is offering free weekend admission in August to teachers and other employees of public and private schools in North Carolina.

Helping to support the “Educator Weekends” Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty.

Students target support for schools

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — In the fall of 2014, as an 11th-grader at Hillside High School in Durham, Jalen McGee submitted a proposal to the Durham Public Schools for funding and resources to support independent research he wanted to conduct on prosthetic limbs.

When the schools administration replied it lacked funds to sponsor his project, McGee quickly “went to work to plan how I could make sure that every student who comes after me who desires to conduct independent research in high school could have the opportunity to do so.”

McGee and a handful of other students formed The iMpact Education Foundation, a nonprofit that is trying to raise $5,000 to secure tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and get started.

Now overseen by a board of seven Hillside graduates who all are rising college freshmen, the Foundation aims to raise $200,000 by September 30, 2017, and will focus on providing funds for scholarships, teachers and student projects, and college-readiness workshops.

The Foundation’s board members will spend the next year raising money and recruiting college and high school students to support the fundraising effort. Between them, they will enroll this fall at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The Foundation aims to enlist honor societies at 30 to 40 high schools, for example, to partner on events such as spelling bees and science fairs to raise a total of $70,000.

It hopes to raise another $90,000 through crowdfunding campaigns, by creating iMpact Education Foundation clubs on college campuses that would solicit corporate donations, and by seeking challenge grants from companies that would match other funds the Foundation raises.

And it will try to raise another $40,000 in government and foundation grants.

Efforts to enrich the experience of high school students, including the purchase of resources and materials for student projects, and offering college-readiness workshops, will account for the biggest program at the new Foundation, says McGee, who was inducted into the academic Hall of Fame at Hillside High School and has been awarded Coca Cola, Goodnight and Blacks at Microsoft scholarships totaling $118,000.

“We’ve all gone through North Carolina public schools all our lives,” he says of the Foundation’s seven board members. “We asked what could have made our experience better. We decided to put more project-based learning into schools.”

A big focus, particularly in the face of government cuts in spending for public schools, will be supporting student projects and research, says McGee, who is working this summer handling quality assurance for the website and mobile app for Spiffy, a mobile car-wash company in Durham. He plans to major in electrical and computer engineering, and hopes after college to work for the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency.

“What we remember from each school year were the projects we did,” he says. “They help you retain more information.”

The Foundation also hopes each year to award 10 scholarships of $4,000 each to seniors graduating from North Carolina high schools, and to give $200 each to 100 teachers nominated by their students.

Teachers, McGee says, “are the backbone of our education system.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.22.16

Sisters of Mercy Foundation awards $1 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling just over $1 million to 25 non­profits.

Social services are the focus of 10 of those grants, totaling $379,830, while nine grants totaling 356,975 focus on education, and six totaling $263,690 focus on health care.

Nonprofits receiving the grants are based in Buncombe, Gaston, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Mecklenburg, and Transylvania counties in North Carolina, and York County in South Carolina.

Habitat Forsyth getting $750,000 from BB&T

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is getting $750,000 from BB&T to build 30 houses over the next three years in the Boston-Thurmond neighborhood of Winston-Salem.

The gift is the largest Habitat Forsyth has received in its 31-year history.

The neighborhood, near downtown and just off of University Park, has been the focus since 2008 of Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization program.

Museum of Art gets $500,000

The North Carolina Museum of Art has received a $500,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and will use the funds to renovate its East Building gallery and education spaces.

The phased project, which begins this month, will include  improvements and additions to the Museum’s education studios, the creation of a new media and photography gallery space, and the reinstallation and expansion of the Museum’s African collection.

Early Childhood Foundation gets $325,000

The North Carolina Early Childhood Education Foundation in Raleigh has been awarded a $325,000 grant by The Duke Endowment in Charlotte and will use the funds to establish a Birth‐to‐Eight Policy Center to serve as a source of information for policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, early childhood professionals, community leaders and others in the state on policies to support development of children from birth to age eight.

Truliant creates $200,000 fund to support financial literacy

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem is launching a $200,000 fund to make grants through 2020 to advance financial literacy to teachers in schools districts in communities in which it has financial centers for its members.

Greensboro United Way sets $1 million goal for ‘Pacesetter’ campaign

Sixteen companies aim to help raise $1 million by August 31 as part of the early “Pacesetter” campaign for United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Chairing the Pacesetter effort is Chuck Burns, corporate development officer and vice president of First Citizens Bank.

United Way will kick off its annual fall campaign on August 31 at 7 p.m. at Belk in Friendly Center.

Chairing the annual campaign will be Gregg Strader, executive vice president and chief banking officer of American National Bank & Trust.

Burns will serve as vice chair.

Human rights funders give $2.3 billion

Just over 800 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights in 2013, up 23 percent from 2012, a new report says.

The 2016 edition of “Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking” from the International Human Rights Funders Group and Foundation Center, analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations throughout the world in 2013.

Fidelity Charitable gives $1.6 billion

Fidelity Charitable says it made a record-high $1.6 billion in grants recommended by donors in the first six months of 2016.

Since it was founded 25 years ago, Fidelity Charitable has made $23.4 billion in grants recommended by donors.

Baseball event raises $1,300

A ticket raffle hosted by the Holly Springs Civitan Club on July 12 at the inaugural Miracle

All-Star Game that featured players from the Advanced Players Academy of the Miracle League paired with players from the Holly Springs Salamanders raised a total of over $1,300 for the Miracle League and Civitan Club.

Greensboro Housing Coalition recognized for weatherization

Greensboro Housing Coalition received an “Outstanding Partnership” certificate from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Weatherization Assistance Program, which works to help lo- income, elderly, or disabled residents in seven Triad counties save energy and reduce their utility bills by improving energy efficiency.

Volunteer Center gets $15,000

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro received a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation it used to provide scholarships for 25 female Guilford County School students.

The Center also received $10,000 from Lincoln Financial for its program, Reducing Hunger through Service.

Project One Scholarship Fund awards scholarships

Project One Scholarship Fund is giving four students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools up to $25,000 in scholarships each to attend college.

Since it began in 2009, the Fund has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships.

High Point clinic receives award

Community Clinic of High Point receive “Top Performing Clinic” award from the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

Corporate Volunteer Council to host open house

The Corporate Volunteer Council of the Volunteer Center of Greensboro will host an open house on August 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Center at 1500 Yanceyville St.

Triangle Autism Walk set for October 8

The Triangle Walk for Autism will be held October 8 at 9 a.m. in Raleigh.

The event, to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina, will begin at Halifax Mall north of the Legislative Building and the N.C. Museum of Life Sciences.

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.15.16

Funders seen linking investment practices to mission

One in three of 186 private and public foundations in the U.S. that represent a total of $39.7 billion in endowment assets are using or actively considering investment practices that keep the management of those assets in sync with their mission, a new study says.

Yet 38 percent of funders responding to the survey did not know or were not sure whether responsible investment was consistent with their fiduciary duty, The Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Responsible Investment also says.

“Impact investments” — those involving bigger investments designed to make a big impact — are the most popular strategy among surveyed foundations, and community economic development was cited most frequently as the impact area in which foundations are most likely to increase their mission-driven investments.

Among community foundations, donor interests remain the most  important “drivers,” the study says.

Duke Energy Foundation awards $2.7 million in North Carolina

Duke Energy Foundation made grants totaling over $2.7 million to support 52 education programs across North Carolina that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, and on and childhood reading proficiency.

Western North Carolina funder giving $900,000

Six nonprofits serving Western North Carolina each will receive $150,000 over three years from the Melvin R. Lane Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville.

The grant program support operations, collaboration and sustainability for human-services organizations that served disadvantaged citizens in the region.

Bank of America gives $565,000 in Charlotte region

Bank of America awarded a total of $565,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits working on education and innovative programs in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Schroeder new executive director at Twin City Stage

Connie Schroeder, director of development for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, has been named executive director of Twin City Stage in Winston-Salem.

Redmond heads child care program at Duke Endowment

Phillip H. Redmond Jr., associate director of the child care program for The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, has been named the program’s director.

He succeeds Rhett Mabry, who became president of the Endowment on July 1. Mabry succeeded Gene Cochrane, who retired.

Mustard Seed names Kirkman executive director

Lee Kirkman, former director of operations and finance for the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro, has been named executive director of Mustard Seed, a nonprofit medical clinic that opened in March and provides primary medical care to the underserved in the Cottage Grove neighborhood of East Greensboro.

Golf event raises $60,000 for veterans

HAECO Americas helped raise over $60,000 at its second annual Purple Heart Homes Charity Golf Fundraiser on June 20 in Greensboro for the Piedmont Chapter of Purple Heart Homes to help veterans with a disability find homes.

Johnston County funder giving $40,000

Johnston County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation has awarded $40,000 in local grants.

HandyCapable Network moves

HandyCapable Network has moved to 415 N. Edgeworth St., Suite 175 in downtown Greensboro.

2017 Human Race in Greensboro set for April 1

The 2017 Human Race, a 5K event organized by the Volunteer Center of Greensboro to benefit local charities, will be held April 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Homes4NC awards $6,736

Homes4NC awarded a total of $6,736 in matching grants Greensboro Regional Realtor Association, Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors, and Carteret County Association of Realtors for contributions made to local nonprofits supporting affordable housing efforts.

Loaves and Fishes works to help kids find stability, ‘spark’

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two years ago, the family of a child in the after-school program at Raleigh nonprofit Loaves and Fishes had 18 different addresses in 12 months.

“The kids we work with, typically, the lives they’re in get disrupted from having to move,” says Joe Burmeister, executive director at Loaves and Fishes. “They come from poverty, and there are lots of things in their lives that are not stable.”

So Loaves and Fishes, through academic and other support it provides to children and their families, works to form “stable, long-term relationships,” he says.

Loaves and Fishes dates to 1982, when Betty Anne Ford and Nancy Newell were giving tennis lessons at Peace College in Raleigh, now Peace University, and started talking to kids who lived in public housing at nearby Halifax Court and congregated at the tennis courts to watch the lessons.

The conversations inspired Ford and Newell to start a summer enrichment program for 12 first-and-second-graders. When the kids showed progress in reading and social skills, the two women secured a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem to expand Loaves and Fishes to a year-round program, initially for children in kindergarten through second grade.

Yet when those 12 kids moved beyond second grade and graduated from the program, their school performance fell. So Loaves and Fishes expanded over time to continue to serve them through high school.

In the just-ended school year, Loaves and Fishes served 51 children from 28 low-income families, 90 percent of them black, the rest Hispanic.

Since the nonprofit began operating, 200 students, or 93 percent of the kids it has  served, have graduated from high school. One of them, Dana Wright, started in the program as a second-grader and now is the nonprofit’s director of family support.

Located in leased space at Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church on New Bern Avenue, Loaves and Fishes operates with an annual budget of $250,000, a staff of two people working full-time and five working part-time, 50 active volunteers, and up to 10 interns from six Triangle colleges and universities who mainly assist teachers.

Most of the students Loaves and Fishes serves attend one of five Wake County public schools in southeast Raleigh.

Four days a week, the nonprofit’s two minivans pick up the students at the schools at dismissal and drive them to Loaves and Fishes, where they get a snack, followed by academic support and other activities, including exercise and field trips.

And once a month, the children and their families participate in Family Night, which typically feature a workshop or speaker for the adults on topics such as financial literacy, budgeting, nutrition and exercise, and gang prevention.

Loaves and Fishes works closely with the students’ teachers and, with parents’ permission, tracks their academic and social progress in school.

And to address other needs, it refers families to agencies such as The Green Chair Project for household furniture, local churches for assistance paying electric bills, and Wheels 4 Hope to buy refurbished used vehicles.

Loaves and Fishes gets all its funds through contributions, mainly from individuals and 30 faith congregations, as well as some businesses and foundations, and two events.

Now it is seeking foundation support to create its first fundraising position, and plans a campaign to raise money to hire a specialist in social and emotional learning to work with its teachers.

“Our kids come from poverty, they’re almost always not doing well in school, so it would be really easy for them to think that’s how life is going to be, that they’re not going to do well, they’re stupid, and that’s just the way life is,” says Burmeister, a former partner with KPMG and former senior executive at several tech firms. “We try to help our kids discover their spark.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.08.16

High Point United Way distributes $4.2 million

United Way of Greater High Point is distributing $4.2 million to nonprofits for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Using funds from annual campaign last fall, when it raised a record-high $5 million, exceeding its goal of nearly $4.93 million, United Way will award $3 million to 68 health and human service programs at 28 local partner agencies.

United Way also awarded seven venture grants totaling $23,600 for innovative programs to agencies not traditionally funded through United Way. Only one of those grants was awarded to an agency traditionally funded by United Way.

The campaign included $240,690 raised from local companies such as Bank of America and Aetna that run national campaigns. Those dollars were pledged and will be paid directly to charities through a third-party vendor the companies hired to handle payments for their United Way campaigns.

United Way donors designated another $327,615 to organizations outside High Point, mainly to local United Ways in Greensboro and in Davidson, Randolph and Forsyth counties.

United Way also generated $32,500 from the Wyndham golf tournament to benefit its BackPack feeding program, which provides weekend meals to nearly 1,000 children, and $20,000 from Wells Fargo through a special grant to support the Center for Working Families at Guilford Technical Community College.

Including funds from the Wyndham, United Way will spend $136,201 on its BackPack feeding program.

In addition to funding for agencies, United Way has allocated $15,435 to continue to provide the region with 2-1-1 information and referrals about health and human services.

It also has set aside $252,182 to cover “uncollectible” pledges as a result of job loss or change.

Salvation Army opens emergency utility assistance center

The Salvation Army of High Point has partnered with The Salvation Army of Greensboro to open a new emergency utility assistance center in High Point.

Pending government funding approval, clients will be able to get available emergency utility assistance, food, rent and clothing services at the Center, which is located at 301 West Green Drive.

An office, which opened last year on Eastchester Drive and later moved to Phillips Avenue, now is closed.

SECU Family House serves 20,000th guest

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem, served its 20,000th guest on July 1.

The 45-bedroom facility, which opened in 2011, has provided lodging for patients and caregivers traveling to Winston-Salem for medical care from 89 North Carolina counties and 37 states.

Second Harvest Food Bank benefits from event

Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem will be providing 77,000 meals to people in need as a result of Matt’s 10K Run to Fight Hunger on July 2.

Hosting the sixth annual event were Got You Floored in partnership with Fleet Feet Sports and Piedmont Triad Apartment Association.

Fellowship Hall to hold golf event

Fellowship Hall, a 100‐bed center in Greensboro for alcohol and drug treatment, will hold its 15th Annual E. Raymond Alexander Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on August 5 at Bryan Park’s Players Course.

Cone Health Cancer Center getting blankets

Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society delivered 60 blankets to Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital for cancer patients and their families.

Legal advocates and pro bono volunteers honored

Advocates and pro bono volunteers for Legal Aid of North Carolina were honored by the North Carolina Bar Association at its pro bono awards ceremony on June 24 in Charlotte.

Kelly Clarke, supervising attorney of the Fair Housing Project at Legal Aid received the 2016 Deborah Greenblatt Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award.

Lee Crouch, a partner in the law firm of Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed in Wilmington received the William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award.

Also receiving awards for their work with Legal Aid were Rachel M. Blunk; Everett Gaskins Hancock; McGuire Woods; and Legal Aid Ambassadors at the School of Law at North Carolina Central University.

Hand joins Winston-Salem Foundation Committee

Raymond I. Hand, senior vice president and sales and service director for BB&T Private Advisors, has joined The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, the main governing body for The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Goodwill CEO receives award

Art Gibel, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has received the 2016 Kenneth K. King Outstanding Management Award for Executive Excellence from Goodwill Industries International.