Donors, nonprofits out of sync on boosting leaders
Nonprofits face a “chronic” deficit in developing leaders, and funders and the nonprofits they support differ on how to overcome it, new study says.
Nearly two-third of 50 foundation leaders participating in a survey ranked leadership development a top priority, yet only 42 percent of 438 nonprofit leaders participating in a separate survey reported getting any grant dollars for leadership development, The Bridgespan Group says in an article on the study published in Stanford Social Innovation Review.
And even among nonprofits that get support for leadership development, the investments do not always match the most critical support that organizations say they need, says the article, “Leadership Development: Aligning Funders’ Good Intentions with Nonprofits’ Real Needs.”
Investing in leadership to make a bigger impact requires first identifying the problem and the right investment to address it, Bridgespan says.
That requires “engaging the stakeholders who understand the challenge best,” including nonprofit staff, boards, recruiting professionals and other “field experts to get a deeper sense of what support specific leaders and organizations need to cultivate talent,” it says.
Those needs “differ by field: there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” Bridgespan says.
“The gap our survey discovered between funders’ good intentions and grantees’ needs prevents funders from realizing their goals for building stronger nonprofit and field leaders,” Bridgespan says.
“Closing that gap,” it says, “will require funders to think and act differently, whether loosening the grip on overhead expenditures or taking more time to dig deeply into the leadership challenges of individual grantees, but it is an investment worth making.”
Millennials want to connect, get involved, give, research shows
The engagement of “millennials,” or those born from 1980 to 2000, is moving beyond brief interest to activism, reflecting the generation’s fundamental desire to do good, a new report says.
“Millennial engagement with causes will expand as this generation ages and as causes learn to connect with individuals more effectively,” says a study by Achieve that is based on five years of its research and supported by The Case Foundation.
The report, “Cause Influence & The Workplace,” also says millennials’ “preferences in cause engagement will alter current models of giving and views on how to effect change in the world.”
The report identifies six common findings from research on over 75,000 millennials:
* Millennials’ main charitable motivation is “intrinsic passion for a cause.”
* Millennials volunteer and give modestly to multiple causes in “early engagement.”
* Among millennials, women give more money than do men, and older individuals give more than younger ones, with larger donations tied to more volunteer hours.
* Peers are a critical influence on millennial giving.
* Millennials want to use and develop their skills through engagement in causes.
* Millennials learn about and donate to causes digitally, and use each digital “platform” distinctly.
Donations over $1 million surge to $56 billion
The value of individual donations worth over $1 million grew to $56 billion in 2015 in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East from $17 billion a year earlier, a new report says.
Even excluding a single gift that totaled $32 billion, the value of individual donations worth over $1 million in the three regions grew 41 percent from the previous year, says the fourth international edition of the Million Dollar Donors Report produced by Coutts & Co. in association with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Individuals accounted for 85 percent of the value of donations over $1 million in 2015, while corporations and foundations accounted for the remainder.
Foundations received the greatest share of the total value of donations — $36.3 billion from 96 donations — thanks in particular to a $32 billion pledge from a donor in the Middle East.
In the U.S., the number of donations of $1 million or more grew to 1,823 in 2015 from 1,064 in 2014, while the total value of those gifts grew to $19.3 billion from $14.1 billion.
In the U.S., individuals contributed 861 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $13.5 billion, accounting for 47 percent of all gifts that size and 70 percent of the total value of all gifts that size.
Foundations in the U.S. gave 725 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $4.7 billion, accounting for 40 percent of all gifts that size and 24 percent of the total value.
Corporations in the U.S. made 237 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $1.1 billion, accounting for 13 percent of gifts that size and six percent of the total value of gifts that size.
Of the total 2,197 donations over $1 million in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East, 1,047 donations totaling $10.2 billion were given directly to universities and higher-education institutions.
In the U.S., higher education was the focus of 53 percent of all gifts of $1 million and over, receiving $9.3 billion, or 48 percent of the overall value of gifts that size.
Also in the U.S., foundations received $3.6 billion in gifts of $1 million or more, or 19 percent of the total value of gifts that size.
Trees NC gets $80,000
Trees NC in Asheboro has raised $80,000 in grants to support its project to
renovate the historic 1839 Asheborough Female Academy for use as a living museum and education center.
Support includes $38,000 from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation; $25,000 from Timken Foundation; $13,000 from Marion Stedman Covington Foundation; and $4,000 from Bank of North Carolina.
Vetter honored for work on stroke prevention
Betsy Vetter, regional vice president of government relations for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association, received the 2016 SHAPE (Stroke Heroes Advocating Prevention and Education) award from the North Carolina Stroke Association.
Food Bank gets $50,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has received $50,000 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in the region.
Benevolence Farm raises $45,000
Benevolence Farm in Alamance County has raised $45,000 in its campaign to raise $80,000 and aims to raise the remainder by the end of the year and launch its residential program to support women getting out of the North Carolina prisons.
Perry-Manning heads national early-care group
Susan Perry-Manning, founding executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and most recently executive director of the Office of Early Learning in the Delaware Department of Education, has joined the Early Care and Education Consortium in Washington, D.C., as executive director.
Berk joins Family Abuse Center
Lauren Berk, former marketing and events coordinator for United Way of Alamance County, has been named program supervisor for the Lethality Assessment Program that Family Abuse Services of Alamance County is piloting with the Burlington Police Department.
Cone Health Cancer Center gets $11,000
Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro received $11,000 to support patient needs from the Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-A-Thon, which has raised over $60,000 for the Cancer Center since the event was launched in 2009 by Coley Hooker to honor his wife, Johnnie Mae Hooker, who had died of cancer.
Center for Volunteer Caregiving focus of video
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, a Cary nonprofit that provides volunteer non-medical assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities, and support for caregivers, is the focus of a promotional video produced by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh.
In its second annual pro-bono effort, Blueforest selected the Center from a pool of 35 applicants and produced a video to help it recruit new volunteers.
The Center’s volunteers provide services to 500 adults.
Crosby Scholars to mark 25 years
The Crosby Scholars Program which provides college-preparation seminars and workshops to over 20,000 public middle-school and high-school students each year, and financial-aid sessions for students and their families, marked its 25th anniversary on November 29.
Graduates of the Winston-Salem program are eligible to apply each year for scholarships through the program, which has awarded over $5.5 million in scholarships and helped student secure over $50 million in financial aid, excluding loans, since 1993.
Second-graders raise $306.62
The second-grade classes at Northwood Elementary School in High Point collected $306.62 for the Little Red Schoolhouse.
The High Point Historical Society aims by the end of the year to raise $15,000 needed to for conservation and preservation work on the Little Red Schoolhouse, which recently moved to the campus of High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library.
Funding available visiting artists
The Morris and Lillian Sosnik Memorial Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation is accepting applications for requests of up to $5,000 to bring visiting lecturers, musicians, and artists to the community.
Feb. 6, 2017, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting letters of application for grants of up to $5,000. The Fund accepts requests biennially in odd-numbered years.
Companies pitch in on home repairs
Over 24 local companies sponsored the inaugural Big Give Back event, working with Rebuilding Together of the Triangle on home repairs for a local family.
Leading the two-day event, which raised over $9,000 and included nearly 100 volunteers, was the Triangles Sales and Marketing Council, part of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County.
Salvation Army gets coin worth $500
The Salvation Army of High Point found a $5 gold coin minted in 1881 inside a Red Kettle used in its annual fund drive.
Sale of the coin, valued at $500, has generated enough funds to provide utility assistance for three families or feed an 50 families.
High Point University students donate food
The Food Recovery Network team at High Point University has donated 20,000 meals and nearly 25,000 pounds of food since it was launched in fall 2015, including 6,653 pounds donated this semester.
Students donate the food to Open Door Ministries in High Point several times a week.
Camp Corral gets $20,000
Camp Corral in Raleigh received a $20,000 donation from Superfeet to benefit children of wounded, ill, injured or fallen military members who attend its free summer camp sessions.
Superfeet also will send volunteers next summer to YMCA Camp Seymour in Washington, a camp partner of Camp Corral.