Nonprofit news roundup, 03.24.17

Elderly population outrunning services, funding

Individuals age 65 or older head nearly one in four U.S. households, yet only six percent of nonprofits that file tax returns with the IRS focus on services to aging populations, a new report says.

“Giving and the Golden Years: The Role of Private Giving in Aging Services Organization” from the Giving USA Foundations questions how aging-services organizations will be able to handle needs of Americans over 65, a population expected to double to 98.2 million by 2060.

Over half of all aging-services organizations operate with annual revenue at or under $500,000, except for nursing facilities and home health services, and nearly 30 percent of those two groups operate with annual revenue of $10 million or more.

Grants and contributions account for over 82 percent of revenue for aging-services organizations such as food programs, compared to less than five percent for nursing facilities and home health services, the report says.

And only 10 percent of aging-services organizations have an endowment fund, an investment that many nonprofits such as universities and hospitals use to generate funding for future programs, operations and services, the report says.

It says states such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and the Carolinas, commonly considered “retirement states,” scored in the bottom fourth based on their number of aging services organizations per 1,000 residents age 65 and older, while Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas scored in the top fourth.

Americans born before 1964 represent the most generous generation in the U.S., accounting for nearly 70 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S., the report says.

“It’s likely that this generation will be the biggest philanthropic supporter of aging services they may come to rely on,” it says.

Rise Against Hunger to help deliver donated meals

Rise Against Hunger in Raleigh is one of a group of nonprofits that will deliver a total of one billion meals that Kraft Heinz has agreed to donate by 2021 for people in need throughout the world.

Rising Against Hunger does not yet know how many of those donated meals it will deliver.

The Raleigh nonprofit has served as exclusive micronutrient distribution partner for Kraft Heinz since 2013 and has delivered throughout the world over 167 million hunger-relief meals fortified by micronutrient powders the company provided.

Closing achievement gaps focus of funding effort

Law firm Bell, Davis & Pitt will contribute $10,000 a year over six years to Project Impact, a community effort to provide funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to benefit at-risk students who are eligible for pre-kindergarten or who attend Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Project Impact, which focuses on pre-kindergarten programs, increasing developmental and instructional support for students, aims to improve third-grade reading and math proficiency and close literacy gaps.

It has received a total of $24 million from local foundations and companies, aims to raise a total of $45 million and already has reached over 2,600 students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools through projects such as Pathway to K, summer school, and funding new pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Funders include The Winston-Salem Foundation; BB&T; Wake Forest Baptist Medical Ce

Hill Center gets $50,000

The Hill Center in Durham received $50,000 from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament to support a reading intervention program for the students struggling the most in Carteret County Public Schools.

This gift expands a project established in the 2015-16 school year, when Carteret County beta-tested the Hill Learning System from The Hill center, and aims to reach more students and support more teachers through the purchase of 90 iPads.

Gala to benefit lung cancer research, education

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina will host its 10th annual Evening of Hope Gala on April 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh to raise money to support lung cancer research and education.

Me Fine Foundation to host event

The Me Fine Foundation will host its second annual Music for Me Fine fundraising event on April 21 at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. Last year’s event raised $20,000 to raise money to help families of children receiving treatment at UNC Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s.

Two advisers join Armstrong McGuire

Mendi Nieters, former vice president for development at Comfort Zone Camp, and Katie

Weeks, former vice president of development for the United Performing Arts Fund in Milwaukee, have joined Raleigh consulting firm Armstrong McGuire as senior advisors.

Event to benefit Petty Family Foundation

The Petty Family Foundation will benefit from the second annual Blue Jeans and Boots fundraising dinner, to be sponsored by Hutchison Family Office and held May 10 at Reverie Place, the home of Richard Petty  in Randleman.

‘Free little library’ opens in High Point (photo)

A new “free little library” has opened for children in the Washington Street neighborhood of High Point.

The library was built by Samantha Paterno, an AmeriCorps VISTA member and graduate of High Point University, and her father.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the Washington Street area helped paint the library, and High Point Parks and Recreation assisted with its installation.

Fellowship Hall to host event

Fellowship Hall in Greensboro will host a Walk for Recovery to raise awareness about substance use disorder and its treatment on April 30 at 2 p.m. in Center City Park in downtown Greensboro.

Performance center getting stained-glass windows (photo)

The exterior of the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center is getting 28 artistically designed stained-glass windows illuminated with LED lighting

The Public Art Endowment, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, pledged $50,000 to cover the design, fabrication and installation of the glass. The City of Greensboro is providing lighting and the false windows.

Asheville artist Carl Powell, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship winner, was scheduled on March 28 to begin installing the first of the windows.

High Point Regional Health Foundation gets $15,000

High Point Regional Health Foundation has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Delta Dental to fund a new interactive dental health exhibit in the Wellness Discovery room at Millis Regional Health Education Center.

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