Nonprofit news roundup, 09.23.16

Foundations seen shortchanging evaluation

Foundations say they do not spend enough to share the results of evaluation work or equip grantees to collect or evaluate data, a new report says.

Among foundation officials who responded to a survey, 71 percent said their foundations invest too little in disseminating evaluation findings externally, says the report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge, Mass., and the Center for Evaluation Innovation in Washington, D.C.

And 69 percent said their foundations invest too little in improving the ability of grantees to collect or evaluate data, says the report, “Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices.”

The findings are based on responses from senior evaluation or program staff at 127 foundations in the U.S. and Canada giving at least $10 million a year, or from members a network of foundation leaders in evaluation convened by the Center for Evaluation Innovation.

Seventy-six percent of respondents said it was at least somewhat challenging to generate meaningful insights for their foundations from evaluations, while 82 percent said it was at least somewhat challenge to generate useful lessons for grantees.

And 91 percent said it was a challenge for program staff to find time to use information collected through or resulting from evaluation work.

While only 34 percent of responding foundations operate a dedicated evaluation unit or department separate from their program department, the report says, 62 percent of respondents report directly to the foundation’s CEO or president.

“That says to me foundations are taking this work seriously,” says Ellie Buteau, vice president for research at the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

Charitable giving improves for human services

Giving to human-services organizations has caught up with and exceeded that of all other types of nonprofits, a new report says.

Between 2009 and 2015, giving to human-services groups grew by 58.1 percent, compared to 48.7 percent for the rest of the nonprofit sector, says the report from the Giving USA Foundation.

Human-services organizations accounted for 35.5 percent of all public charities in 2014 but received just 11.7 percent of all charitable donations, trailing religion, which received 32 percent, and education, which received 15 percent, according to other research cited by the report.

It looked at a database created through formation of the Growth in Giving Initiative, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, and DonorPerfect Software.

The Initiative, an offshoot of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, partnered with fundraising data management firms Bloomerang, Neon and Abila, which contributed millions of individual, anonymous gift transaction records.

The report found that human services organizations that receive less than $1 million in total annual contributions often are the most successful at acquiring donors.

Human services organizations also tend to be more successful at retaining higher-end donors than those who give relatively smaller amounts, the report found.

And it found that human services organizations and other types of nonprofits alike saw overall donor retention fall by nearly seven percentage points between 2005-06 and 2004-15, although human services organizations tended to experience higher retention rates.

Study tracks planned giving to universities

Planned gifts to universities are more likely from alumni, older donors and those without children, a new study says.

And donors who live in the same state as a university are significantly more likely to make more than one planned gift to that school, says the study by the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and sponsored by Pentera and its president and CEO, Claudine A. Donikian.

The study analyzes data on planned gifts and donors from five universities in the U.S., and includes data on planned gifts made from 1972 to 2015, with the range of dates varying by university.

Seventy-three percent of planned gift donors studies were graduates of the schools that received their gifts.

Individuals from the World War II and Baby Boom generations represented 54 percent of current planned giving donors studied, and the likelihood of making a planned gift rises sharply when donors reach ages 45 to 50.

Donors with no children were more likely than those with children to make charitable bequests, and the average and median dollar amounts of their bequests were significantly higher than those of donors with children, based on data on roughly 2,500 gifts made to two universities.

Twenty-one percent of donors made more than one planned gift to the same university over time, according to data from three universities, and donors living in the same state where the university is located were significantly more likely to make more than one planned gift to the same institution.

Charitable bequests were the most common planned giving vehicle, representing 42 percent of over 9,700 planned gifts studied, followed by charitable gift annuities, which represented 12 percent.

The so-called “80/20 rule” in fundraising, with roughly 80 percent of charitable giving dollars coming from about 20 percent of major donors, applies in planed giving, with most planned giving dollars studied coming from a small group of major donors.

Komen awards $3 million in breast-cancer research

Susan G. Komen awarded nearly $3 million in new funding for breast-cancer research to three institutions in North Carolina, bringing Komen’s total research investment in the state since 1982 to $40.4 million.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received most of the $3 million, while North Carolina Central University in partnership with Duke University received $405,000. Duke also received a much smaller award.

Since 2000, affiliate Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast has provided $12.5 million in funding for community programs serving local women and men, and contributed $4.7 million to the Komen’s overall investment in research in the state.

High Point United Way aims to raise $5 million

United Way of Greater High Point has set a goal of raising just over $5 million in its 2016  annual campaign, up from $4.9 million last year, when it exceeded its goal.

To kick off the campaign, chaired by Ken Smith of Smith Leonard, volunteers from Bank of America and United Way visited a record-high 45 companies on September 13 during its seventh annual food drive.

They collected donated food, filling three tractor-trailers from Old Dominion Freight Line.

The food was donated to 13 local food pantries.

Conrad retiring from JDRF

Michael Conrad will retire, effective October 7, after 16 years as executive director of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF in Greensboro.

Gorham retiring from Goodwill

Richard J. Gorham will retire, effective January 6, 2017, as CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in Winston-Salem.

The group’s executive board will conduct a search for the next CEO with Goodwill Industries International.

Averhart to succeed La Force at Leadership Triangle

Winkie La Force will retire in January as president of Leadership Triangle after 14 years at the organization.

Succeeding her will be Jesica Averhart, community engagement director at The American Underground in Durham, who will begin her new job during the first three months of 2017.

Rape-prevention program focus of study

The effectiveness of a rape-prevention program at Children’s Home Society of North Carolina in Greensboro is the subject of a study by the Injury Prevention Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will be funded by a four-year, $1.79 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based in Guilford County, the purpose of the program, known as “Wise Guys: The Next Level,” is to educate young men and boys about relationship violence and sexual assault prevention.

The study aims to help determine the best practices for expanding similar rape prevention programs throughout North Carolina and the U.S.

Page Grimsley event to be held October 14

The 11th Page Grimsley Rivalry Reunion Golf Tournament to raise money for the athletic departments at Page High School and Grimsley High School in Greensboro will be held October 14 at Bryan Park in Greensboro.

Since it was launched, the tournament has raised over $110,000 for each school.

Event raises $100,000 for three nonprofits

The PTI 5K10K on the Runway race raised a total of $100,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem, Greensboro Urban Ministry and Open Door Ministry in High Point.

In 2015, the event raised $40,000.

Family House raises $6,500

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem raised $6,558 for its Milk Money Fund in its second year hosting the Milk Money Challenge, which raised $4,161 through seven individual fundraisers, and the remainder through donations.

It uses the Fund to buy coffee, milk, eggs, creamer and last-minute meal purchases for guests.

Silent auction to benefit Hirsch Wellness Network

The 8th annual Art Lives Here Silent Auction to benefit for Hirsch Wellness Network

will be held October 8 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery of Revolution Mill at at 1150 Revolution Mill Drive in Greensboro.

Last year’s event netted nearly $20,000 for the Hirsch Wellness Network.

School of Arts Foundations names three board members

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation in Winston-Salem elected three new members to its board of directors — McDara P. Folan III, senior vice president, deputy general counsel and secretary at Reynolds American; Mary T. Perkins, retired director of nursing for Brenner Children’s Hospital and assistant vice president of Behavioral Health Services for Wake Forest University Baptist Behavior Health; and E. Taylor Shipley Jr., retired manager and instructor for Booke.

N.C. Central gets $40,000

North Carolina Central University in Durham has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Google to foster an interest in technology and computer science in students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Women’s group gives $35,000

The Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $35,000 to SkyWatch Bird Rescue Center.

Goetz Foundation to honor author

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in Durham will honor local author Belle Boggs with its

Family Building Blocks Award on October 27 at the 6th annual

Family Building Blocks Gala at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh.

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