Nonprofit news roundup, 09.09.16

Giving to arts groups falls when attendance grows, study finds

Donations to arts and culture organizations decreases when attendance increases, a new study says.

Researchers at the University of Missouri and Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey analyzed data from the Cultural Data Project, a group that tracks information on the arts and culture sector.

The study — “Do donors care about results? An analysis of nonprofits arts and cultural organizations.” — used attendance as a “performance metric” because, the researchers say, attendance can measure success across various types of events or exhibits and is considered a critical tool in measure performance of the success of arts and culture groups.

Better performance such as strong attendance, one of the researchers says, “creates an image of success” that can make an organization “appear less needy, which may lead to donors being less inclined to support them.”

Leadership program launched for girls

September 22 is the deadline for nonprofits in Guilford County to submit applications to use Girls Leadership Edge, a series of learning modules to provide leadership skills to girls ages 13 to 15.

The effort was funded with a grant from the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation and developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium.

Aging new focus of Junior League of Greensboro

Service to the aging population in Guilford County will be the focus of  community programs the Junior League of Greensboro supports starting in 2017-18.

The League is accepting proposals support and will hold an information session for grantseeking nonprofits on September 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its headquarters at 3101 West Friendly Ave.

Grant applications are due October 31.

Central Park NC gets $400,000

Central Park NC in Star has received a $400,000 grant from the Windgate Foundation in Arkansas to help fund building renovations and arts and crafts programming at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise.

Longleaf Collective seeks grant applications

Longleaf Collective, a giving circle in the Triangle for donors age 40 and younger who contributes 0.5 percent of their annual salary to a pooled fund, is seeking applications for a grant of up to $20,000.

In December, the group made a grant of $5,000 to the East Durham Children’s Initiative that was matched by a $6,000 grant from an anonymous donor.

October 7 is the deadline for submitting applications.

Wade Jurney Homes donating homes to military families

Wade Jurney Homes in Greensboro will donate six to eight homes to military families as part of an effort by national nonprofit Operation Homefront.

The first home will be located in Salisbury.

NC Navigator Consortium gets $2.4 million

The NC Navigator Consortium, a group of 13 health-care, legal-aid and social-service organizations, has been awarded a $2.4 million federal grant to help North Carolina consumers enroll in health-insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The grant will fund the consortium’s outreach and enrollment activities through September 2017.

YWCA of Greensboro gets $29,000

YWCA of Greensboro has received a grant of $28,977 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina for its Home Sweet Home Project, which provides a toy or other item to every child who stays at the YWCA’s shelter.

AbolitionNC to host tea

AbolitionNC, a Greensboro nonprofit that assists survivors of human trafficking, will host its 2nd Annual Mad Hatter Tea at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro on September 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Event to benefit women with gynecologic cancers

The seventh annual Athena’s Run, presented by law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton will be held September 10 at 8:30 a.m. in Tanglewood Park at 4061 Clemmons Road in Clemmons.

In its first six years, the event raised over $400,000.

Pro-bono marketing available

September 14 is the deadline for nonprofits in the Piedmont Triad or Triangle to submit applications to SFW, a marketing agency with offices in Greensboro and Raleigh, for pro bono marketing services.

Event to benefit Out of The Garden Project

The 5th Annual Hearts for Hope fundraiser benefiting Out of The Garden Project in support hungry children and families in the Guilford County area will be held September 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at C3 Greensboro at 300 N.C. 68.

Golf event to benefit PLS Farm Ministry

The inaugural PLS Golf Tournament to benefit PLS Farm Ministry in Reidsville will be held September 24 at Greensboro National.

ConvergeSouth 2016 gets $5,000

ConvergeSouth 2016 has received a $5,000 grant for its 12th annual conference from the Millennium Fund, which is managed by The Winston-Salem Foundation.

The conference is being held September 16 at Wake Forest University’s Innovation Quarter.

Miracle League marks first 10 years

The Miracle League of the Triangle will celebrate its 10th anniversary on September 17.

Association of Health Underwriters names officers

Bruce Frizen, managing agent and president and CEO of L.E. Goodgame & Associates in Waxhaw, has been installed as president of the the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters.

Wes Washel of Asheville has been named president-elect.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to host event

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point will host its 7th annual kickball classic tournament and food truck festival fundraiser September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at

its offices at 121 SW Cloverleaf Place.

Free training for high school counselors, college access professionals

College Foundation of North Carolina is offering six free training sessions across the state in October designed to help high school counselors and college access professionals assist students and parents in applying for college and financial aid.

The sessions will be held October 5 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; October 6 at Meredith College in Raleigh; October 10 at Queens University of Charlotte; October 11 at East Carolina University in Greenville and at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro; and October 14 at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.

Diamente Center names board officers

Diamante Arts and Cultural Center in Cary named new officers for its board of directors, including Roberto Perez of Food Lion, board chair; and Augustine Roman, retired from Lenovo, vice chair.

KIPP Durham College Prep to mark opening

KIPP Durham College Prep will celebrate the opening of its newly renovated facility at the historic Holloway Street School on September 16.

Football game generates 7,000 cans of food for charity

The 20th annual Gate City Soup Bowl football game on September 3 between Greensboro College and Guilford College collected over 7,000 cans of food that will goto the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

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Nonprofit boards focus of online matching service

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Serving on a nonprofit board can be a tough job: Boards ultimately are responsible for the organization and its work, finances and staff. They also must recruit new members, and anticipate and adapt to change.

And boards often fall short of their responsibilities and the roles they should play.

Many nonprofits lack a formal, professional process for selecting board members and are “not concerned with leadership development and succession planning” for their board, says Trudy Smith, executive director of Executive Service Corps of the Triangle, a Durham nonprofit that enlists retired and active executives to provide pro-bono consulting to nonprofits.

To connect the more than 2,200 nonprofits in the Triangle with individuals wanting to serve on a board, and to help companies find opportunities for their employees to serve on nonprofit boards, Executive Service Corps is launching a free web-based board matching service for nonprofits in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties.

Built over the past year-and-a-half by Brian Breneman and Nic Versmissen, two information-technology professionals working as volunteers, buildabetterboard.com invites nonprofits and individuals to complete short profiles about themselves, and uses an algorithm to connect them.

The website provides private, internal communications between nonprofits looking for board members, and individuals looking for board positions, until the individuals opt to reveal their identities to the nonprofits. The parties then can continue their communications through typical channels.

The website features resources about boards, written by experts, that address issues such as what it means to serve on a board, questions to ask in interviews for board positions, and how a nonprofit should market its board.

Demand for board development is among the highest for the services Executive Service Corps provides, Smith says.

“We help nonprofits identify gaps in their board membership to help them fulfill their strategic mission,” she says.

Depending on a nonprofit’s mission, size, field of interest, and programs and services, and the role the board should play based on the organization’s stage in its “life cycle,” she says, the board will need members with specific talents, expertise and experience.

Yet too often, she says, nonprofits limit their recruitment of new board members to their own networks of acquaintances and colleagues.

buildabetterboard.com will expand the pool of prospective board members by marketing itself to larger employers such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, which provided a $20,000 grant to Executive Service Corps to develop the online matching service.

It also is working with five partners — Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Triangle NC; Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce; The Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center; North Carolina Center for Nonprofits; and Triangle Community Foundation — to promote itself to their networks and members.

And Executive Service Corps representatives will be speaking to civic groups, chambers of commerce, and other organizations about the new service.

While it plans to keep the matching service free in the Triangle, Executive Service Corps hopes to sustain it  financially by rolling it out to other communities throughout the state and U.S. and generating income through corporate sponsorships.

Over 60 nonprofits and over 60 individuals already have completed profiles on the website, which currently lists over 50 open positions on local nonprofit boards.

Charles Brown Jr., pro-bono commercialization manager for buildabetterboard.com and a pro-bono consultant for Executive Service Corps, says the web-based matching service also will appeal to younger prospective board members because much of their communication is online.

For-profit companies want to support nonprofits, help develop their boards and build a brand tied to corporate social responsibility, says Brown, retired chief administrative officer and senior vice president for Eastman Kodak Co.

He says companies also recognize that their own employees with high potential to become members of their management team can develop their leadership and decision-making skills through service on nonprofit boards.

Nonprofit news roundup, 09.02.16

Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill post best fundraising years

Duke University in Durham generated a record-high $571 million in gifts and pledges in the fiscal  year that ended June 30, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill generated a record-high $495 million.

Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation gives $102,500

Tannenbaum‐Sternberger Foundation in Greensboro has awarded a total of $102,500 in grants to nine nonprofits serving residents of Guilford County.

Formed in 1955, the Foundation paid $704,576 in grants in its most recent fiscal year.

Salvation Army and Guilford Child Development team up

Salvation Army of Greensboro, in partnership with Guilford Child Development, has opened a child development center that will house three classrooms for 51 children ages three and four.

Located in The Salvation Army Royce and Jane Reynolds Center for Worship and Service and Boys and Girls Club at 1001 Freeman Mill Rd.  Greensboro, the new center offers childcare for low-income families at no cost or on a sliding scale.

The Salvation Army is housing and paying the operational cost of the program, while Guilford Child Development is providing staffing and child development expertise.

The Salvation Army received $500,000 from the Cemala Foundation for construction of the building, and another $250,000 over five years to cover costs to operate the childcare program.

Fellowship Hall gets $500,000

Fellowship Hall in Greensboro received a gift of $500,000 from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.

Fellowship Hall, which has named the lecture hall inside its new Outpatient Center for SECU, now has raised $3.1 million in a campaign to raise $6.5 million that ends Sept. 30, 2018.

Funds from the campaign support the construction of three new facilities. All three have been built and two are in use. The third is expected to open in October.

Greensboro Hospice CEO Soenksen honored

Pat Soenksen, president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro and the Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro, is the 2016 recipient of the Peter Keese Leadership Award from The Carolinas Center.

Soenksen will retire in February 2017.

Thore new marketing VP at Forsyth United Way

Kim Thore, former director of marketing at Greensboro College, has joined United Way of Forsyth County as vice president of marketing and engagement.

Venable new CEO of DataMax Corporation and Foundation

Lisa Venable, senior vice president and chief financial officer of DataMax Corporation and Foundation, has been named president and CEO of the Corporation and Foundation.

She succeeds Robert Egleston, who has been named executive director of Leadership Winston-Salem.

Steigerwald joins N.C. Community Foundation

Marirose K. Steigerwald, former senior adviser and president at Raleigh consulting firm Elinvar, has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh as director of operations.

National Folk Festival gets new sponsors

New sponsors for the National Folk Festival, to be held in Greensboro on September 9-11, include BB&T; Duke Energy; North Carolina Education Lottery; Downtown Greensboro; Mickey Truck Bodies; ITG Brands; Allen Tate; Ben & Jerry’s; and Kona Ice of Greensboro.

Greensboro Housing Coalition gets $5,000

Greensboro Housing Coalition has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Bank of America Foundation for its affordable-housing work.

Symphony Guild to hold annual fundraiser

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte will host its 3rd annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour on October 15, and its Taste of the Tour cocktail party on October 13.

Pennington honored by Health Underwriters

Carol Pennington, media chairperson for the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters since 2010, and for the Triad Association of Health Underwriters since 2006, has won the media relations award from the state group for the fifth straight year and from the chapter for the ninth straight year.

Cary Family Dental gives $3,300

Cary Family Dental raised $3,300 for the Smiles for Life Foundation.

Teacher art grants and regional artists grants available

October 3 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for teachers, parent-teacher associations and schools serving students kindergarten through 12th grade in greater Greensboro to submit applications to ArtsGreensboro for teacher arts grants of up to $1,500 for projects that involve direct student and teacher participation.

November 15 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for artists to submit applications to ArtsGreensboro for regional artists grants it administers for Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties, with funding provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and matched by participating Arts Councils in the five counties. In 2016, 15 artists received a total of $18,000 in grants from the program.