Capital Area Preservation looks for opportunities

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — In the face of growth in Raleigh and Wake County, a boom in land development is putting historic buildings at risk but also boosting efforts to preserve and restore those properties and integrate them into the region’s life and economy.

“Development creates dangers but it also creates opportunities,” says Gary Roth, president and CEO of Capital Area Preservation in Raleigh.

The nonprofit was founded in 1972 as the Mordecai Square Historical Society by individuals who had worked to save Mordecai House after the death of the last descendent of the Mordecai family to live in the house, which was built in the 1700s.

In partnership with the city of Raleigh, which renovated the building and maintained it and the grounds, the nonprofit initially managed the visitors program and interpretation of the building.

In 1983, starting to look beyond Mordecai House, the nonprofit accepted its first historic preservation easement — a private agreement with a property owner that is attached to the deed, remains with the property permanently, and includes restrictions on any changes to the building or property, or both, unless approved by the party that holds the easement.

In 1985, after accepting four more historic preservation easements, the nonprofit changed its name to Capital Area Preservation.

Operating with an annual budget of $217,000 and a staff of two people, the group works to “incorporate in our growing future the best of the past” by protecting historic properties, and promoting and raising awareness of historic preservation, Roth says.

Capital Area Preservation now holds 30 easements, and often receives a financial gift from the property owner making the easement to support its easement work.

It also serves as staff for the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission, with the number of landmarks approved by municipal and county government since it formed its partnership with Wake in 2003 growing to 75 from 23.

In return for agreeing to allow their property to be designated as an historic landmark, property owners get a 50 percent deferral on their property tax as long as they comply with the landmark agreement, and must seek permission of the Commission to make changes to the building exterior or land.

If property owners want the landmark designation removed, they must pay three years’ deferred taxes.

Capital Area Preservation, which also has contracts with the towns of Apex, Cary and  Morrisville, has developed five historic properties since 2003.

It typically acquires a property through a gift, then stabilizes and sells it with a preservation easement, often generating a donation from the buyer to support its work.

Roth, who holds a master’s degree in museum and historic preservation from Wake Forest University, says the preservation movement for its first 100 years after its genesis in the 1850s generally focused on turning the homes of famous Americans into museums.

But in recent years, the focus has changed “to saving buildings to integrate them into the future life of our communities, not to keep them as museums, but to keep them as functioning businesses and homes” that use the past to inform the future, he says.

“We are a growing county,” Roth says. “We’re changing rapidly. It’s so important to have a part of our history among us. If a society doesn’t have some knowledge or reverence of its history, we march into our future blindly.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.27.17

Smart leaving Kate  B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Allen Smart, vice president of programs at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and its former interim president, is leaving the philanthropy after 10 years at the end of February to pursue consulting opportunities in philanthropy.

The Trust this week also named Tracey Greene-Washington, program officer for community economic development at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, as director of special initiatives, a new position.

Green-Washington, who will join the Trust in March, will oversee two efforts that Smart was instrumental in developing — Healthy Places, a 10-year, $100 million effort to  improve the health of 10 to 12 rural communities, and Great Expectations, a $30 million effort to invest in the youngest children in Forsyth County and their families.

Smart served as interim president from September 2015 to June 2016, resuming his role as vice president of programs in July 2016 when Laura Gerald, a pediatrician and former market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh, became president.

Smart plans to work as a consultant with other foundations, especially those that focus on rural area in the U.S.

York joins Emily K Center

Sandy York, former director of development for Trinity College and The Graduate School at Duke University, has joined the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham as chief advancement officer.

Children’s Home Society getting $3.7 million

Children’s Home Society in Greensboro is getting a four-year, $3.7 million grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to expand foster care across the state, as well as early intervention and prevention services for foster children.

Ammons Foundation gives $212,000

The Jandy Ammons Foundation in Raleigh is giving a total of $212,011 to five nonprofits in the state to fund capital projects in the areas of art, wildlife conservation, education and mission.

The grants to ChurchNet Foundation in Wake Forest, Raleigh Little Theatre, Rex Healthcare Foundation in Raleigh, Wake Forest Historical Museum and the North Carolina State Engineering Foundation bring to $765,731 the total funding the Ammons Foundation has provided in its first four years.

Heart Association raises nearly $100,000

The American Heart Association netted nearly $100,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education at its 2017 Guilford Heart Ball on January 21.

At the event, which attracted nearly 200 community and business leaders, Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and the American Heart Association recognized Dr. Mike Cooper and Dr. Clarence Owen, co-directors of the Structural Heart Program at Cone Health’s Heart and Vascular Center, as winners of the 3rd Annual LeBauer Visionary Award.

Grant to fund work at Mount Gilead archeological site

The state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is getting a $150,000 grant from the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust in Concord to reconstruct a section of the palisade fence surrounding the Town Creek Indian Mound archeological site in Mount Gilead.

This 55-acre site was developed and inhabited by the Pee Dee, a South Appalachian Mississippian culture, from about 1150 to 1400. It is the only ceremonial mound and village center of that culture located in North Carolina and one of only a few mound sites in the Southeast open to the public.

Black Philanthropy Initiative gives $16,350

The Black Philanthropy Initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded five grants totaling $16,350 to Crosby Scholars, Habitat for Humanity, R.I.S.E. 4 Girls, Wake Forest University and Wiley Magnet School that serve African Americans in the areas of education and financial literacy.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment, launched in 2014 with $25,000, has grown to over $116,000.

First Tennessee Bank pledged a three-year $10,000 annual matching challenge grant to support the Endowment, and Initiative received matching grants of $10,000 in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The Initiative will celebrate the grant recipients at a breakfast on February 21 at Goodwill Industries at 2701 University Parkway starting at 8:30 a.m.

Old Salem restoring Boys’ School

Restoration at Old Salem Museums & Gardens has begun on its Boys’ School, which was built in 1794 and is the world’s oldest Moravian school building still standing and among the earliest existing structures in America built specifically for pre-collegiate education.

Old Salem plans to add educational programming and costumed interpretation to the site, and to use it to build its training programs for North Carolina teachers. Old Salem has selected Frank L. Blum Construction Company as contractor for the restoration work, which is supported by private donations and $1.5 million committed by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

Greensboro Urban Ministry gets $5,000

Greensboro Urban Ministry received $5,000 from the Greensboro Grasshoppers to to buy food.

In 2016, the agency distributed over one million pounds of food to the community through its food pantry and Potter’s House Community Kitchen, assisting nearly over 38,400 individuals and nearly 21,000 households with food assistance.

Stop Hunger Now changes name

Stop Hunger Now, a global relief agency in Raleigh, has changed its name to Rise Against Hunger.

The agency, which operates in 20 U.S. cities and through five international affiliates, coordinates the packaging and distribution of meals to 37 countries.

Bike Co-op gets donated bikes

Employees of architecture firm Perkins+Will on January 19 assembled and donated nine children’s bikes to the Durham Bike Co-op, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides bicycles and bicycle-repair education to the community at low cost or no cost.

Armato to be honored at gala

Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health, will be honored at the 17th annual JDRF Hope Gala on February 25 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

The event, chaired by community volunteer Wendy Calloway and by Brad Calloway, vice president for decision support demand at Reynolds American, has raised at least $1 million every year since 2011 to fight type 1 diabetes research.

College scholarships offered

Project One Scholarship Fund in Charlotte aims to fund six scholarships totaling $25,000 to children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from low-income, single-parent families who planning to enter college this fall. Applications will be accepted through March 17.

Golf event to benefit Care Ring

Care Ring in Charlotte will benefit from the 2nd Annual Golfing Fore a Healthy Charlotte on March 27 at Carolina Golf Club.

MG Walk set for April 8

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America will host North Carolina MG Walk on April 8 at Barber Park in Greensboro.

MG is a a chronic autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack and destroy neuromuscular connections, causing muscle weakness. While some treatments are available, there is currently no cure for MG.

Bookmarks names part-time employees

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, with funding from The Winston-Salem Foundation, has hired two part-time employees — Rachel Kuhn Stinehelfer as education and program specialist, and Beth Seufer Buss as website and social media specialist.

BJH Foundation taking grant applications

February 28 is the deadline for submitting online applications to the BJH Foundation in Greensboro to support health and wellness programs and socialization programs for the older Jewish adult population.

Schwab Charitable handles $1.5 billion in grants

Schwab Charitable donors made 273,000 grant totaling over $1.5 billion in 2016, up 41 from percent a year earlier, to 61,000 charities.

In era of Trump, nonprofits need clarity

Many nonprofits fear President Trump will engineer cuts in funding for them and causes they care about.

The good news is that the new political order can serve as an incentive for charities to do a better job telling their story.

Whatever happens to government funding, nonprofits still will face the challenge of communicating more clearly and effectively with prospective supporters and partners about the needs they address, the way they operate and the difference they make for the people and communities they serve.

The 1.5 million charities in the U.S. — most of them small, compared to big hospitals, universities and museums — traditionally have been expected to do a lot with a little, while struggling to meet rising demand for services and make ends meet.

Fundraising consumes a big share of their time and attention, and charities get little support to build their operations, develop strategies and partnerships, or equip their board and staff to improve their work.

Nonprofits that provide health and human services, or education, to name just a few critical needs, fear government will spend less to address those needs.

Cuts in taxpayer funding will increase demand for nonprofit services from clients no longer able to turn to government programs. And greater demand will make it even more critical for nonprofits to find private support.

Competition for charitable dollars already is fierce. The number of nonprofits keeps growing, and donors increasingly want and expect nonprofits to be more effective, efficient and productive in addressing social needs and running their organizations.

Donors and other investors, including individuals, foundations, companies and government, want nonprofits to use creative strategies that improve communities by engaging more partners, whether charitable, for-profit or taxpayer-supported.

Donors want to see nonprofit business plans that explain exactly how and why they will work. They want to see the “metrics” that nonprofits will use to show their progress and impact. They want nonprofits to be clear and candid about their projected costs, the real hurdles they face and the realistic social returns they expect to generate from the investment they get.

In tough or uncertain times, many nonprofits fall into the nearsighted trap of self-righteousness and self-congratulation. Instead of being clear and honest about the social and operating challenges they face, they hype their role and the impact of their work. They emphasize their own needs as organizations over those of the people and communities they serve. They pander to donors, using vague, feel-good jargon, rather than precise language, as if simply touting the worthiness of their cause were enough to justify support.

In today’s often harsh and demanding political, economic and social climate, nonprofits need to be more clear, blunt and passionate than ever about the needs they address, the work they do, the way they operate, the challenges they face, the supporters and other partners they count on, and their impact.

Nonprofits can inspire the donors and organizations they need to better serve their communities through the stories they tell, the language they use, the facts they share, and the awareness they raise of community needs.

The key is to make it easy for their prospective investors and partners to see the difference they can make by getting involved, and to understand why they should provide their support.

Want professional help? Philanthropy North Carolina is a consulting practice that provides writing and strategic communications support to nonprofits, foundations, higher education, businesses and others working for social good. To find out more about hiring Philanthropy North Carolina to work with your organization to improve your communications, contact Todd Cohen at 919.272.2051 or

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.20.17

Triangle Race for Cure set for May 6

The 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure will be held May 6, a month earlier than in the past, at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park.

The event aims to raise $1 million to support local programs and national research on breast cancer.

For the 16th straight year, Duke Cancer Institute will serve as local presenting sponsor.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised at the even stay in the community to support breast health education, screening, treatment and programs for women and families in a 29-county service area.

The remaining 25 percent support Susan G. Komen’s national research program.

Duke Energy Foundation gives $18,000

Every sixth-grade and seventh-grade teacher in Columbus County Schools and Whiteville City Schools will receive with professional development and a kit containing nine weeks of lessons and materials heat transfer, electromagnetic waves, and electrical currents, thanks to a $18,076 grant from Duke Energy Foundation that expands on a project with the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning and the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Carlisle honored for cultural contribution

Linda Carlisle, formers secretary of the state Department of Cultural Resources, as received the 2017 O.Henry Award from ArtsGreensboro and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

The award honor the contribution to the cultural development of Greensboro over the course of a lifetime.

Retirement event for Gottlieb

An event celebrating Richard Gottlieb, who is retiring after heading Senior Services in Winston-Salem for 35 years, will be held January 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the nonprofit’s offices at 2895 Shorefair Drive.

STARworks to open gallery

STARworks, a project of Central Park NC,  will open its School House Gallery on February 4 in the restored Carolina Collegiate and Agriculture Institute building that was built in the late 1800s.

The Gallery will feature work from STARworks staff artists, interns and resident artists, as well as local ceramic artists and glass artists from across the Southeast.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star.

Local funders name advisory board chairs

Sheila Davies, director of public health for the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services and mayor of Kill Devil Hills, has been named president of the advisory board of Currituck-Dare Community Foundation.

Lucia Peel, owner and operator of Haughton Hall B&B, has been named president of the advisory board of Martin County Community Foundation.

Both foundations are affiliates of North Carolina Community Foundation.

Endowment to support scholarships

The John & Betty Crawford Endowment has been established at Perquimans County Schools Foundation, a fund within Northern Albemarle Community Foundation that supports Perquimans County Schools with a $1,000 scholarship that can be awarded to a graduating senior at Perquimans High School on an annual basis. The Northern Albermarle funder is an affiliate of North Carolina Community Foundation.

Food Bank gets $8,593

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina received $8,593 from Kroger on behalf of its Mid-Atlantic division.

Open house at Children’s Flight for Hope

Children’s Flight for Hope will hold an open house February 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1101 Aviation Parkway, Suite D, in Morrisville.

Scholarships available

Over $900,000 in scholarships for the 2017-18 school year are available from The Winston-Salem Foundation to local high school seniors and college students based on merit and financial need.

Most merit-based scholarship applications are due online by April 1 and most financial need-based applications are due online by August 15, although financial-need funding is first-come, first-served.

Some scholarships are general, while others are for those who attend specific high schools, churches or colleges.

The one-stop scholarship application allows applications for multiple scholarships at the same time.

The first student aid fund was established in 1923 at the Foundation, which partners with local individuals and families to establish endowed scholarship funds.

Education data published

BEST NC in Cary has published the 3rd edition of Fact & Figures: Education in North Carolina, which includes data and and graphics on education in North Carolina, including information on students, schools, programs and educators, as well as trends in school finance and student achievement.

Old Salem Historic District expanded

The Old Salem Historic District, which initially was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 as a 62-acre site and revised in 1978, has been expanded to 193 acres in a National Historic Landmark Designation signed in December by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Center works to boost volunteer caregiving

By Todd Cohen

CARY, N.C. – Every week, volunteers for the Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary drive seniors and adults with disabilities in Wake County to doctors, grocery stores and pharmacies, and to government agencies to enroll in programs like Social Security.

Volunteers, who use their own vehicles and are selected by the Center to participate after it screens and assesses them, can use an online calendar to choose assignments that fit their schedules.

The Center spent the last year developing the calendar using Volunteers for Salesforce, a software system for customer-relationship-management, or CRM, that it purchased with $30,000 from a grant it received from GlaxoSmithKline in 2013.

The online calendar is part of a larger effort by the Center to build long-term relationships with volunteers, companies and funders to serve seniors in Wake County, which is home to an estimated 70,000 individuals age 65 and older. By 2030, that population is expected to grow to over 200,000.

The Center was launched in 1992 by 12 churches in Cary and Raleigh with $25,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey as part of its national effort to help faith congregations create formal volunteer programs to serve seniors and adults with disabilities. Previously, congregations had provided those programs on an informal basis.

A key goal was for the new programs to use formal screening, background checks and training for volunteers.

Operating with an annual budget of $425,000, the Center employs six people full-time and one-part-time, counts on 350 active volunteers, and serves nearly 800 individuals a year.

In addition to transportation, the Center provides volunteer relief and seminars for caregivers, as well as information and referrals, mainly to home health agencies that can assign substitutes for caregivers who need time off.

And in October, with a $25,000 grant from a family fund at Triangle Community Foundation, the Center launched a pilot program that provides relief once a month for up to 12 caregivers who support individuals with dementia.

Those individuals spend three-and-a-half hours at Genesis United Methodist Church in Cary. Then, through a collaboration between the Center and the five Rotary clubs in Cary, the individuals spend another two hours for dinner and entertainment at the “Memory Cafe,” a program at the town’s Senior Center.

With rising demand for its services, the Center for Volunteer Caregiving is working to increase the number of its active volunteers to 500 from 350.

To help do that, it has posted on its website a four-minute video produced by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh in its second annual pro-bono effort.

Lynn Templeton, executive director at the Center, says effective support for caregivers depends on cultivating long-term relationships.

This year, for example, the Center is getting $15,000 from Raleigh insurer Genworth, which for the past 15 years has provided it with annual grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

George Reichert, chief information officer at Genworth and a member of the Center’s board of directors, led the effort to develop the online volunteer calendar.

The Center’s 14-member board also includes executives from Eisai, Quintiles, John Deere and WakeMed, as well as local attorneys.

“When we get to know companies,” Templeton says, “I try to start by involving them as volunteers, then try to get invited to apply through their grant process, then try to leverage excellent board members.”

Long-term relationships also are critical for effective volunteering, she says.

“We need volunteers who can invest in a relationship that is going to help alleviate loneliness and depression” on the part of seniors and adults with disabilities, she says. “There’s something to be gained on both sides.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.13.17

Giving expected to grow in 2017, ’18

Fueled by an increase in giving by foundations, charitable giving in the U.S. will grow by 3.6 percent in 2017 and 3.8 percent in 2018, a new report says.

Giving by foundations will grow 5.9 percent in 2017 and six percent in 2018, while estate giving will grow 5.4 percent in 2017 and 5.2 percent in 2018, says the report, The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018.

Researched and written by the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University ad presented by consulting firm Marts & Lindy, the report says giving by individuals will grow three percent in 2017 and 3.2 percent in 2018, while giving by corporations will grow 2.4 percent in 2017 and 2.7 percent in 2018.

Changes in overall giving both years are expected to exceed the most recent 10-year annualized increase in giving of 0.5 percent but will trail the most recent 25-year and 40-year annualized averages, the report says.

Spurring the growth in giving, it says, will be increases in the economy, reflected in the value of stocks, Gross Domestic Product and household income.

Giving to health is expected to grow 8.5 percent in 2017 and 79 percent in 2018, exceeding annualized averages over the most recent 40-year period, while giving to education is expected to grow 6.3 percent in 2017 and six percent in 2018, continuing strong growth trends in recent years, the report says.

Giving to support the public-society benefit sector, which includes giving to federated campaigns, United Ways, human and civil rights groups, national donor-advised funds and similar groups, is expected to grow 52 percent in 2017 and 5.4 percent in 2018.

The projections are based on 25 key predictors of giving developed through an econometric methodology that tested trends of thousands of combinations of economic variables with the potential of influencing each type of giving.

Z. Smith Reynolds awards $8.8. million

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem awarded 183 grants totaling $8.8 million in its fall grant cycle, including $75,000 to three North Carolina food banks to assist the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

The Foundation also named Allie Garrett, its former Fellow, to lead its environment portfolio on an interim basis as an associate program officer with the departure of Hawley Truax, environment program officer, who resigned to become southeast regional director for Environmental Defense Fund.

Foundation for a Healthy High Point gives $5.44 million

Foundation for a Healthy High Point approved $5.44 million in grant awards to 21 organizations in 2016 to support projects focusing on teen pregnancy prevention and early intervention, behavioral health, and other services.

Since it was established in 2013, the Foundation has awarded nearly $6.77 million in grants.

Veterans and homeless to get free dental services

Affordable Dentures & Implant, a Raleigh-based national network of dental practices, will partner with Brighter Way Dental Institute in Phoenix  to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of U.S. military veterans and homeless citizens.

The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute about $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017.

About 400 volunteers – including affiliated practice owners, dental technicians and other auxiliary staff members – will travel from throughout the U.S. to Phoenix for six three-day sessions throughout 2017.

Opera Carolina names deputy director of philanthropy

Eileen M. Pronobis, former executive director of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation in Utica, N.Y., has been named to the new position of deputy director of philanthropy at Opera Carolina in Charlotte.

Moody leaving Winston-Salem Symphony

The 2017–18 season will be the 13th and farewell season for Robert Moody as music  director of The Winston-Salem Symphony.

Moody will continue in his roles with both the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Musicfest.

High Point University getting $2.5 million

High Point University has received a commitment of $1.5 million from David and Christine Cottrell, parents of a graduate of the school, to support an outdoor amphitheater, and a $1 million gift from BNC Bank to support Congdon Hall, which will house the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

Habitat Greensboro getting $300,000

Housing Opportunities in Greensboro will donate $300,000 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Habitat Greensboro, which has kicked off its 30th anniversary celebration, plans in March to build a house in 30 days; in June to work with the City of Greensboro to improve older neighborhoods; in July to create a “housing hub” containing multiple housing-assistance agencies under one roof, as well as a “learning center” to help homeowners with do-it-yourself projects; and in August to host a fundraising event to raise enough money in one night to build a complete house.

At a breakfast on January 11 at N.C. A&T State University, Habitat presented its Founders Award to Bob Kelley, who helped founding Habitat Greensboro and served as its executive director.

Women Givers to host event

Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina will host its ninth annual Power of the Purse & Pretties raffle and silent auction on February 4 at Arts of the Albemarle at 516 E. Main St. in Elizabeth City from noon to 2:30 p.m. to support charitable efforts in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

Event to benefit Poe Center

Poe Young Professionals will host The Poe Gala on February 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at  ArtSource at 4421-123 Six Forks Rd. in Raleigh to benefit the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

Families Together raises $106,000

Families Together in Raleigh raised $106,000, exceeding its campaign goal by $6,000.