Nonprofit news roundup, 12.09.16

Foundation CEOs see lost opportunities for impact

Two-thirds of foundation CEOs believe foundations can make a big social impact yet few believe foundations are fulfilling their potential, even though they are in a position to change much of what they see blocking them, a new report says.

The report, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, also finds most CEOs believe foundations can take greater advantage of the unusual role they play to experiment, be innovative, collaborate and convene.

And they see  listening to and learning from those they seek to help as a way to make a greater impact.

Commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the report is based on responses from 167 CEOs to a survey, and in-depth interviews with another 41 CEOs.

V Foundation launches $200 million campaign

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary has launched a campaign to raise $200 million by 2020.

Chairing the campaign is George Bodenheimer, retired president and executive chairman of ESPN and a member of the V Foundation board of directors.

In 2016, the Foundation awarded over $23 million — a record-high — in grants for cancer research.

United Way auto lottery raises over $1 million

An effort to generate more giving to the annual fundraising campaign at United Way of Alamance County through a lottery to win a new car has generated over $1 million since United Way launched the effort in 2004.

For this year’s Great Alamance Auto Rally, auto dealers that contribute to the effort agreed to include a second car to be given to an individual in need, and United Way agreed to increase to $60 from $52 the amount required to enter the lottery, with the $8 difference being applied toward the purchase of the second car.

The winner of that second car was Diane Shipmon, a teacher in the Adult Basic Literacy Education program at Alamance Community College and founder of Steel Magnolias, a group for women with addiction.

In addition to car dealers such as Cox Toyota, Dick Shirley, Stearns Ford and Westcott Automotive Group that have participate and contributed to the lottery all 12 years, dealers participating in this year’s effort included Flow Volkswagen-Subaru-Volvo and Flow Honda of Burlington.

NCCJ 50th annual event raises $448,000

The 50th annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner hosted by National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, or NCCJ, raised 447,929, including $65,223 in cash gifts and pledges during the event, which attracted 1,266 guests — all record-highs.

Chaired by local philanthropists Victoria and Ron Milstein, executive vice president for external affairs at ITG Brands, the event November 10 also generated $42,706 in in-kind donations and $33,150 in ticket sales, also record-highs.

Receiving NCCJ’s Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award at the event were Sally and Bob Cone of Greensboro and Marsha and the late Jack Slane of High Point.

NCCJ, founded in 1937 as the Greensboro chapter of the former National Conference of Christians and jews, and organized as an independent nonprofit in 2005, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad works to develop youth leadership and advocacy to fight bigotry, bias and racism.

This year, NCCJ hosted 133 Guilford County students at two week-long sessions for its ANYTOWN residential program, and provided day-long diversity-awareness programs to over 1,500 middle-school and high-school students.

John Rex Endowment gives $179,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded $108,873 to Haven House Services, also in Raleigh, for a program to reduce incidents of physical violence and the number of youth referred to the juvenile justice system in five Wake County middle schools.

The Endowment also awarded capacity grants of $30,320 to Haven House, and $40,250 to The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

Hobson joins The Relatives

Trish Hobson, vice president of advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, has joined The Relatives, also in Charlotte, as executive director.

Komen gets $28,525 from Subway

Susan G. Komen affiliates in North Carolina received $28,525 from Subway restaurant owners in the state, including $6,000 from Triad restaurants, from a percentage of the sale of a special cookie.

Teacher arts grants total $13,000

ArtsGreensboro awarded 14 teacher art grants totaling nearly $13,000 for arts projects in public, charter and private schools serving Greensboro-area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Supporting the grants program is Wells Fargo Bank and its Arts in Education Fund.

Changes on Early Childhood Foundation board

Gregory Alcorn, founder and CEO of Global Contact Services and a member of the State Board of Education, has joined the board of directors of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation.

Easter Maynard, director of community investment for Investors Management Corporation, has been elected board vice chair.

Arts Council awards $25,000 to artists

The Art Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County made 11 awards totaling $25,000 to local artists through its Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant program to support the artists’ professional development through specific projects.

Girl Scouts team with Goodwill

Over 2,400 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina collected gently used clothing, toys, books and household items that could be sold in Goodwill’s retail stores and donated 5,817 bags of goods to Goodwill.

Proceeds from the sale of those donated will support workforce development programs designed to help unemployed and underemployed persons find jobs.

Participating organizations were Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont in Colfax; Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in Greensboro; Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem; and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte.

Students getting coats, socks

Coats and pairs of socks collected at the the 9th annual Breakfast with Community Leaders hosted by Annual African American Leadership for United Way of Greater Greensboro on December 6 will be distributed to youth in United Way’s African American Male Initiative.

The initiative, led by Communities in Schools, is a mentoring program for students as they progress through Wiley Elementary School, Jackson Middle School and Smith High School.

230 foster kids getting gifts

Members of the Realtor Foundation of Wake County, the charitable arm of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, purchased 920 gifts that will go to 230 foster children through a 12-year partnership with Wake County Guardian ad Litem Project Angel Tree.

Since 2011, 1,230 children have been served and over 5,100 gifts have been distributed through Project Angel Tree, which has raised over $175,000 of in-kind donations from Association members over the past five years.

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