Nonprofit news roundup, 10.14.16

Fundraising veterans form consulting firm

Three veteran fundraising professionals in the Triad have formed Stepstone Strategic, a consulting firm that will work with nonprofit presidents, CEOs and board leaders on fundraising strategy, leadership development and communications.

Forming the new firm are Sandra Boyette, retired senior advisor to the president at Wake Forest University and its former vice president for university advancement; Bill Porter, retired vice president for fund development at Cone Health and former vice chancellor for development and public relations at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; and J.D. Wilson,  co-founder, chairman, CEO and retired president of Excalibur Direct Marketing.

Offices for the new firm will be at Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem.

Tomorrow Fund to shut down

The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students this fall will launch a final fundraising campaign, aiming to raise $147,000, and then make its final scholarship awards in 2017 before shutting down.

The Tomorrow Fund, which is housed at Triangle Community Foundation, is shutting down in the wake of changes made last year at the Foundation, where it cannot remain and continue fundraising, Diane Evia-Lanevi, founder and board chair of the Tomorrow Fund and a former member of the board of directors of the Foundation, says in an email distributed to supporters.

Since 2009, the Fund has awarded scholarships totaling $824,584 in scholarships, including $153,400 it awarded in June to 23 Hispanic and Latino students in financial need.

Religion’s economic impact valued at $1.2 trillion

Religion in the U.S. contributes $1.2 trillion a year to the economy, a new study says.

That contribution includes $438.4 billion from businesses, $418 billion from congregations, and $302.9 billion from institutions, including those in the fields of health care, higher education, and charity, says the study, “The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis.”

Over 150 million Americans, or about half the U.S. population, belong to over 344,000 congregations, says the study, which was prepared by researchers at Georgetown University and Newseum Institute, published in Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, and sponsored by Faith Counts.

Despite declining religious affiliation in the U.S. population, the study says, religious organizations in the last 15 years have tripled — to $9 billion — their spending on social programs.

Congregations coordinate 7.5 million volunteers to help run 1.5 million social programs each year, the study says, and 40 percent of the top 50 charities in the U.S. are faith-based, with combined operating revenues of $45.3 billion.

The economic impact of religion, the study says, exceeds the combined annual revenues of the top 10 tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, and Google.

Nearly 120,000 congregations report attracting visitors for their art or architecture each year, nearly four times the number of American museums visited during the same period.

Defined as gross domestic product, the study says, the economic impact of U.S. religion would make it the 15th largest national economy in the world.

Volunteers collect food for Greensboro Urban Ministry

Volunteers from 39 congregations and civic groups worked for two days during hurricane-related rain and collected nearly 50,000 pounds of non-perishable items to help restock the Food Pantry at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

East Durham Children’s Initiative names chief operating officer

Nicky Charles, former executive director and deputy chief of staff for the School District of Philadelphia, had joined East Durham Children’s Initiative as chief operating officer.

Cumberland funder announces hurricane relief fund

Cumberland Community Foundation announced a $50,000 match for gifts to its Giving Together Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund to support disaster relief and long-term recovery in Cumberland County in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Distributions will be awarded in collaboration with Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition. United Way of Cumberland County is acting as fiscal agent for the fund.

Rotary volunteers repair homes

Volunteers from eight area Rotary clubs provided home repairs for four low-income residents in a four-day blitz starting October 7 through the 10th annual Project Rebuild for Community Housing Solutions.

High Point University gets $1.7 million

The School of Education at High Point University received a state grant, managed by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development, of $833,000 for 2016-17 and $893,000 for 2017-18 to begin the High Point Leadership Academy in January 2017.

The grant provides funding for the preparation and support of school principals in North Carolina.

Nominations open for awards for business support of arts

November 28 is the deadline for submitting nominations to United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County for awards for business support of the arts.

The awards, co-sponsored by The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, will be presented January 10, 2017, at the 6th Annual State of Arts and Culture in Wake County event.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $339,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation Foundation awarded 15 community grants totaling $339,338.

Free ‘Ask-A-Lawyer’ event

The Pro Bono Board at the School of Law at Elon University and the Alamance County Bar Association will co-sponsor a free “Ask-A-Lawyer” event on October 22 at Ebenezer Center at 734 Apple St. in Burlington from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At the event, anyone with legal questions will have an opportunity to consult with lawayers at no cost.

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Biddle Foundation grants celebrate 60 years of impact

[Note: This was written for The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.]

DURHAM, N.C. — On September 14, 1956, when Mary Duke Biddle established her philanthropic foundation, inspiring the foundation’s mission were lessons she had learned growing up in a family that believed in supporting causes and communities it cared about.

So she decided her new philanthropy would focus on making modest gifts that could multiply over time, providing access to education, enriching lives and communities through music and the arts, lifting up impoverished people through churches and congregations, and providing critical aid to communities.

In its first 60 years, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has awarded nearly $43 million to those causes in North Carolina, where Mrs. Biddle was born and raised, and in New York City, where she lived for 20 years as an adult before returning to Durham.

Now, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Foundation has awarded five special grants totaling $125,000 to support efforts in North Carolina and New York City to boost the arts and arts education, to use orchestral training to equip more underserved kids to thrive, and to prepare more at-risk kids to succeed in school and life.

“The philanthropic legacy of Mary Duke Biddle continues to advance the arts and improve the lives of youth, particularly those who are less advantaged, in the communities she loved,” says Mimi O’Brien, executive director of the Foundation.

Making an impact

The five special grants — $25,000 each to the Durham Arts Council, Kidznotes and StudentU, all in Durham; the Asheville Art Museum; and UpBeat NYC in the South Bronx — are designed to have a bigger impact on individual organizations and the people they serve. These awards are made in addition to the Foundation’s regular annual giving, including approximately 40 grants of $5,000 each in response to requests from nonprofits in North Carolina and New York City.

“Arts and youth education remain critical, ongoing needs in our community,” O’Brien says. “These special grants represent an investment to help innovative nonprofits make an even bigger difference expanding the impact of the arts and creating opportunities for young people to succeed.”

With the help of the five grants:

* Durham Arts Council will develop an online arts directory and continue to invest in

career development for emerging artists, underscoring Durham’s growing reputation as a hub for the arts.

* Kidznotes will use orchestral training to equip more underserved students to succeed in school and life, continue its expansion into economically-distressed Southeast Raleigh, and consider expanding to other parts of the Triangle region.

* StudentU will prepare more kids in Durham to graduate from high school, enroll in college and graduate, and then find ways to help their peers succeed in school and life.

* The Asheville Art Museum will provide access to arts education and activities to more underserved children in Asheville, Buncombe County and three rural counties in Western North Carolina.

* UpBeat NYC will provide free music training and orchestral instruction to more at- risk children in the South Bronx, along with hope for the future and a better chance to succeed in school and life.

Philanthropic legacy

Mary Duke Biddle, the daughter of Benjamin Newton Duke and granddaughter of Washington Duke, attended public schools in Durham, and in 1907 graduated from Trinity College, now Duke University.

Her father and uncle, James B. Duke, using wealth generated from tobacco, textile and electric power industries they developed in North Carolina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, gave generously to their community and became known for their philanthropy. Both were benefactors of Durham’s Trinity College, and in 1924, through the newly chartered Duke Endowment, the college was named Duke University in honor of their father.

In establishing her own Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle designated that half the grant funding would go to Duke University, with the rest going to non-profit organizations that support a variety of causes in North Carolina and New York.

Mary Duke Biddle died in 1960 at age 73. For many years, the Foundation was led by her daughter, the late Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, and her husband, the late James H. Semans, M.D.

“The Biddle Foundation continues its legacy of making the communities we serve Jbetter places to live and work,” says Jon Zeljo, chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees and great-grandson of Mary Duke Biddle. “We invest in programs that expand opportunities for everyone, connect and inspire diverse populations, and give people in need tools and hope for the future.”

Model for future funding

Including grants to organizations such as Duke University that it has funded for many years through long-standing relationships, the Foundation typically makes nearly $1 million in grants a year.

With an endowment of about $30 million, the Foundation continues to focus its funding on the arts and youth education, particularly in collaborative efforts that serve less advantaged populations.

The Foundation is using its 60th anniversary to examine how its grantmaking practices and programs can be more impactful to the organizations and causes it supports.

In addition to support for Duke and to grants it makes in response to applications, organizations the Foundation funds through long-standing relationships include, among others, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Durham Arts Council; American Dance Festival; Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle; and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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.

New heart and vascular hospital at Rex

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Before Rex Hospital moved in 1980 to its campus on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh from the building it had occupied since 1937 at St. Mary’s Street and Wade Avenue, it raised $4 million in a capital campaign to develop the new campus.

In the past two years, the Rex Healthcare Foundation has generated $8.6 million in cash and pledges in the quiet phase of capital campaign to raise $10 million to help finance construction of a new Heart and Vascular Hospital.

The $235 million, eight-story, 114-bed facility, set to open in March, will consolidate services now spread among seven locations on the campus.

Now, the Foundation is kicking off the public phase of the campaign, its first since 1980. After focusing on “leadership” gifts of $50,000 or more in the quiet phase and generating donations from about 200 donors, the public phase will focus on smaller gifts, particularly those from individuals and families.

The campaign also has enlisted new donors who previously had not contributed to the annual fund at UNC Rex. In the fiscal year ended June 30, the annual fund raised nearly $2.4 million.

The public phase also aims to net at least $100,000 from the annual Rex Gala on November 12 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

In addition to philanthropic contributions, UNC Rex will use reserves and bonds to finance the new facility.

Chairing the campaign is Tift Mann, a retired cardiologist from Wake Heart and Vascular, now North Carolina Heart and Vascular, a Raleigh-based practice of about three-dozen cardiologists that is the largest in Wake County.

It joined UNC Rex Healthcare in 2011 and serves Wake and eight other counties, mainly south and east of Wake.

UNC Rex Healthcare, formed in 2000 through the merger of Rex and UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, has seen growing demand for heart and vascular services, says Alan Wolf, manager of media relations at UNC Rex.

Fueling the rising demand, he says, was a spike in referrals after the merger with North Carolina Heart and Vascular, and after UNC Health Care’s affiliation with hospitals in other counties, as well as the region’s booming population and emergence as a destination for retirees and aging boomers.

It also is getting referrals from hospitals not affiliated with the UNC Health Care system. In 2015 alone, 1,804 cardiovascular-related patients were transferred to UNC Rex from hospitals in eight other counties.

Amy Daniels, director of the Rex Healthcare Foundation, says the consolidation of heart and vascular services in the new 306,000-square-foot facility will make it easier for for patients to get the care they need, and for medical staff to provide it.

The new facility also has been designed to foster efficiency and innovation, she says.

Rather than sharing elevators, for example, families and visitors will use public elevators, while hospital caregivers and staff transporting patients will use clinical elevators, including two that can accommodate patients and trauma equipment and teams of up to 20 people.

The hospital will give tracking devices to patients it will use to track their location and analyze efficiency and the flow of patients flow through the facility.

Patients will be able to use the televisions in their rooms and modules assigned by their physicians to learn about their procedures and about topics such as rehabilitation, healthy diet changes and smoking cessation.

And a training facility to be located in conference space known as the Center for Innovation and Learning will include a simulation lab — equipped with devices such as mannequins and computer-generated models — that physicians, vendors and clinicians can use to learn from and teach one another.

The conference space, which will include a demonstration kitchen, also will be used for classes focusing on wellness and prevention, including topics such as healthy eating.

“The goal is to keep people out of the hospital,” Wolf says. “We’re really hoping the facility will be a place where people can come before they get sick to learn how not to get sick.”