Nonprofit news roundup, 10.07.16

TROSA to build $2.6 million care center

Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers plans to build a comprehensive care center on its campus at 1820 James St. in Durham and has raised $2.1 million in pledges and donations for the project.

TROSA still needs to raise $500,000 for the two-story, 10,000-square-foot center, which is scheduled to open in June 2017.

TROSA, which opened in 1994 in an abandoned elementary school, now is located on the site of a former dairy and is the state’s largest nonprofit residential treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction.

Operating at no charge to individuals, it coordinated over 11,000 health-related issues for 987 individuals in 2015.

TROSA has received two grant challenges — from an anonymous foundation and the Stewards Fund — that will match donations to its fundraising effort.

Health, hunger top priorities for donors

Fighting disease, and increasing access to health care and food are top priorities for donors, who says business, individuals and philanthropy should do more to fund solutions to those problems, a new study says.

Thirty-nine percent of over 3,250 U.S. adults surveyed say developing treatment or cure for a disease is the top challenge, while 33 percent cited access to basic health services and 38 percent cited hunger and access to nutritious food, says the study from Fidelity Charitable.

The study, The Future of Philanthropy, included adults who have donated to charities and claimed itemized charitable tax deductions on their 2015 tax returns

Forty-five percent of donors say nonprofits will create the solutions, while 36 percent cite public partnerships, 33 percent cite individuals, 32 percent cite religious institutions, 26 percent cite universities, 26 percent cite business, 24 percent cite social enterprises, and 19 percent cite government.

Forty-seven of Millennials are equally concerned about domestic and international issues, compared to 36 percent of Baby Boomers.

Forty-nine percent of Millennials and 23 percent of Boomers have changed their approach to giving as a result of technological advances in giving, the study says, while 30 percent of Millennials and 11 percent of Boomers have been influenced by increased opportunities to connect with peers about giving.

And 32 percent of Millennials and 14 percent of Boomers have tried alternative forms of giving, such as choosing to buy from a company with a social mission, or investing for social impact.

New effort targets hurdles for low-income youth

MDC in Durham is launching a three-year, $1.6 million initiative, initially in four cities for two years, to prepare local leaders to find ways to help low-income young people move into the middle class.

Key funders of the effort include The Kresge Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and each of the four cities — Athens, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Greenville, S.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla. — will pay $25,000 a year for two years to participate and receive coaching, technical assistance and other support.

Additional cities are expected to participate in the second year of the project.

Proctor & Gamble employees volunteer

Over 700 employees of Procter & Gamble volunteered for two hours on September 21, making 7,500 trail mix snack packs, over 7,000 toiletry kits, 250 pencil bundles and nearly 100 no-sew blankets, as well as cards and notes, that were donated to 20 local nonprofits in an effort coordinated by the Volunteer Center of Greensboro and United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Volunteers pitch in for Meals on Wheels

Members of the Hart, or the Health Affairs Round Table, prepared nearly 1,000 breakfast bags for Meals on Wheels, assembling the bags at Astria Oakridge and Brighton Gardens with over 20 community partners serving as drop-off sites for food donations during a month-long collection period.

Advocacy effort kicking off for individuals with autism, disabilities 

Raleigh nonprofit The Power of the Dream and Research Triangle Park nonprofit Persever8 are launching an effort to prepare parents and families members of individuals with autism to be advocates for improving job opportunities for adults with autism and intellectual developmental disabilities.

The two nonprofits will hold a kickoff event for the effort on October 17 at 7 p.m. at the Frontier in Research Triangle Park.

Me Fine Foundation gala raises $220,000

The Me Fine Foundation raised over $220,000 at its gala at City Club Raleigh on September 17 presented by Centrifuge Media.

The foundation awarded its Hero for Life Award to Ken Steenson at North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Girls on the Run of the Triangle celebrating 16th anniversary

Girls on the Run of the Triangle will celebrate its 16th anniversary with the Girls on the Run of the Triangle Sweet 16 Black Tie Dinner Gala onNovember 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, and a Community Walk & Talk Event on November 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Frontier at Research Triangle Park in Research Triangle Park.

Featured speaker at both events will be Kathrine Switzer, who in 1967 officially registered for and finished the Boston Marathon, which at the time was a men’s-only event.

Event to benefit InterAct

InterAct in Raleigh will benefit from the inaugural Love Heals 5K Run/Walk on October 22 at RallyPoint Sports Grill in Harrison Square in Cary. Registration starts at 3 p.m. and race to begin at 4 p.m.

Event to benefit Mental Health Association

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro will receive all proceeds of the 2nd Annual Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk, which will be held November 12 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at SouthEnd in downtown Greensboro.

DHIC gets $60,000

First Tennessee Bank of the Triangle has donated $60,000 to DHIC in Raleigh.

Biogen Foundation pays educators’ conference costs

The Biogen Foundation is covering registration fees for 30 teachers and 20 administrators for kindergarten through 12th grade who work in 16 of North Carolina’s most economically distressed counties to attend a two-day conference of the North Carolina Association of Biomedical Research on education in science, technology, engineering and math.

The teachers also will receive travel stipends and reimbursement for costs associated with substitute teachers.

New Hanover funders gives $50,000

The New Hanover County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has made 14 local grants totaling over $50,000.

CPA day of service

As part of a day of service on September 23 by the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Bernard Robinson & Company closed its offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Raleigh while its more than 100 employees volunteered at seven organizations.

JDRF event set for October 22

The Triangle/Eastern North Carolina Chapter of JDRF will hold its annual One Walk  event on October 22 at Coastal Federal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, located at 3801 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh. Check-in opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

Young professionals’ summit in High Point

The inaugural Young Professional Summit in High Point will be held November 17 at High Point Elks Lodge from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Keynote speaker for the event, for young professionals ages 18 to 40, will be High Point City Manager Greg Demko.

Food drive for Greensboro Urban Ministry

Volunteers from 39 congregations and civic groups will pitch in today and Saturday on the fall food drive to collect non-perishable items to restock the Food Pantry at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Realtors volunteer to repair home

Members of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association were scheduled to volunteer October 6 and 7 to provide home repairs for a Greensboro homeowner for the group’s 8th annual rebuilding project with Community House Solutions.

Arts Council awards $3,000

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County awarded six mini-grants of $500 each in a program supported by Wells Fargo.

North Albermarle funder gets two advisory board members

Grafton G. Beaman and James M. Watson, both of Elizabeth City, have joined the advisory board for the Northern Albemarle Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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