Nonprofit news roundup, 05.05.17

CEO change at Triangle United Way

Mack Koonce is retiring as president and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle, effective June 30, and will be succeeded by Eric Guckian, former senior adviser on education to former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

Guckian will join United Way on May 8 as chief philanthropy and business development officer, and then become president and CEO on July 1.

Koonce started working at United Way as president and CEO in September 2012.

Guckian joins United Way in the wake of a five-year shift in its focus and its spending in the community, with 80 percent of its funding now supporting collaborative partnerships rooted in a “two-generational” approach to try to break the cycle of poverty for vulnerable children and their families.

In a statement announcing the CEO change, United Way says it hired Koonce five years ago to begin to strengthen the organization and its impact in the face of its own “diminishing presence” among corporate partners, and low morale among its staff.

Guckian most recently served as vice president of alliances for Washington, D.C.-based Leadership for Educational Equity.

Before working for McCrory, he was founding executive director of New Leaders in Charlotte after serving as executive director of Teach for America-North Carolina.

As chief philanthropy and business development officer, Guckian will work for two months with United Way’s development staff and community partners, and will design a plan “for what the staff should look like,” says Kevin Trapani, immediate past chair of United Way’s board of directors and now chair of its governance and board development committee, and a member of the board’s executive committee.

Then, as CEO, Guckian might look for a new chief philanthropy and business development officer or possibly restructure the position, Trapani says.

Last fall, Koonce began talking with Trapani and Maureen O’Connor, who at the time was vice chair of the board and now is its chair, about the “natural end of his tenure,” which was “linked to us finding a natural and appropriate successor to him,” Trapani says.

Then, in February, saying it aimed to raise $20 million a year within five to eight years, up from its current level of $12 million, United Way began looking for its third fundraising chief in less than three years.

United Way said at the time it would place greater focus on soliciting “major” gifts of $25,000 or more, and on “principal” gifts of $100,000 or more.

Triggering that search for a chief philanthropy and business development officer was the departure of Allison Warren-Barbour, after just over a year-and-a-half as senior vice president of resource development and engagement, to become president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County in the state of Washington.

She had succeeded Virginia Parker, who left Triangle United Way after 15 months as senior vice president of resource development and strategic partnerships to become senior vice president and Triangle market manager at Bank of America.

“We were looking for a pretty senior philanthropy person,” Trapani says of the search that began in February for a new fundraising chief. “In the context of Mack’s plans, we wanted to hire someone who could relatively quickly be in a good position to succeed Mack.”

Donations up, donor retention dips, report says

Overall donations to U.S. nonprofits grew three percent in 2016 from 2015, while the retention rate of donors — the share of donors who gave in 2015 and again in 2016 — slipped half-a-percentage point to 45 percent, a new report says.

Gift revenue to nonprofits with under $100,000 in contributed income fell 10.4 percent in 2016 from 2015, while gift revenue to nonprofits with over $500,000 in contributions grew 8.6 percent, says the 2017 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project.

The Project, a collaborative effort of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Urban Institute, is based on data from over 10,800 U.S. nonprofits with 8.9 million donors and over $9.1 billion in contributions.

In 2016, the report says, the average gift totaled $419, up from $400 in 2015.

Smaller share of nonprofits see fundraising growth

Sixty-one percent of nearly 700 U.S. nonprofits surveyed posted higher charitable receipts in 2016, compared to 65 percent that reported higher receipts in 2015, marking the first time since 2013 that a lower share of survey participants reported fundraising growth, a new report says.

Still, says the Winter 2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, receipts grew in six types of giving for over half of survey recipients, including 55 percent that reported greater receipts from major gifts; 50 percent reporting more from direct mail; 57 percent more from online giving; 54 percent from special events; 53 percent from foundation grants; and 58 percent from received and new planned gifts.

The median total amount received by bequest ranged from $100,000 to $249,999, while the average median bequest ranged from $25,000 to $100,000.

About one in three organizations says the 2016 campaign and election cycle affected its fundraising, with nearly one in four reporting fewer charitable receipts, and about one in 10 reporting more.

Two in three organizations expect fundraising receipts will grow in 2017, and 46 percent worry that economic and political change might affect charitable giving.

Thirty-four percent worry that organizational activity such as leadership, marketing and staffing might affect giving, and 20 percent see challenges in  fundraising processes, such as building major-gifts capacity, acquiring new doors, or using online technologies effectively

Gap in funding to address needs of rural seniors

Older people in the rural U.S. face big challenges, yet philanthropic support for rural projects is disproportionately low, a new report says.

Rural America generally is poorer than urban America and is aging faster, yet many rural communities lack the financial resources to help, and private philanthropy “has generally not taken a concerted interest in rural America or its older residents,” says the report, “New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging,” from Grantmakers in Aging.

Challenges that older people in rural places face, making them increasingly vulnerable, range from mobility and economic security to housing and health care, the report says.

Rural seniors also may lack the technology skills or digital access, or both, that could keep them connected to people and services critical to their well-being.

While the challenges facing older people in rural and urban places throughout the U.S. are similar, the report says, “the physical and social isolation that can occur in a rural setting compounds problems and makes it even more difficult to age in place, safely and well,.”

Roughly 20 percent of Americans, or over 60 million people, lived in a rural place in 2010, down from 60 percent in 1900.

About 10 million people age 65 and older live in rural America, and one of four older Americans lives in a small town or other rural area, the report says.

“During times of migration and change, older people often are the ones who stay behind, which is one reason that rural America is aging more quickly than the rest of the country,” it says.

Yet research shows that grantmaking to rural projects has declined for years and is “disproportionately low,” it says, with only 6.3 percent of large foundation grants benefitting rural communities, and possibly even a smaller share of overall philanthropic investment.

Rural data focus of digital dashboard

Economic, workforce, education and demographic data for Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties in mostly rural southeastern North Carolina, and Horry County in South Carolina, soon will be available on a new digital dashboard.

Aiming to be a “one-stop, interactive, online portal,” the dashboard was developed with funding from the Brunswick County Chamber Business Development Committee, formerly the Committee of 100, a nonprofit administered by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce in Shallotte.

The dashboard features data for Brunswick County, and for the five-county region that includes Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina and Horry County in South Carolina.

Powering the dashboard will be Headlight Data, the data-visualization service of Avalanche Consulting.

Fishing event reels in $517,000

The ninth annual Reelin’ for Research offshore fishing tournament in Morehead City, an event launched in 2009, raised a record-high $517,000 on April 28 to benefit the Tony Montana Fellowship Fund at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Since the event was launched in 2009 by a group of friends in Greensboro celebrating the life of fisherman Tony Montana after he died from cancer in 2005, the event has raised $2.4 million, including $1.4 million raised in the last three years alone.

Of the total raised this year, $100,000 will be awarded to a physician specializing in childhood cancer research, and the remainder will go to an endowment, which now will have received a total of $1.3 million the event and is designed to eventually fund the fellowship in perpetuity.

Women’s Impact Fund giving $400,000

Women’s Impact Fund in Charlotte, at its annual meeting on May 9, will award grants totaling over $400,000 to five area nonprofits, bringing to over $5 million the total funding it has awarded since 2003.

The annual meeting will be held at Foundation For The Carolinas at 220 N. Tryon St. Wells Fargo will be presenting sponsor .

Allegacy to donate $250,000

Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem this year will donate over $250,000 in sponsorships to improve the community, and Allegacy employees will exceed the 7,000 hours they volunteered in 2016.

To mark its 50th anniversary, Allegacy is donating $50,000 to Project Impact, a community initiative to provide additional operating funds to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to address gaps in student achievement, and to improve third-grade reading and math proficiency scores, by supporting intensive early intervention among at-risk and lower-performing schools.

Heart Association raises $232,000

The American Heart Association raised $232,000 at its Winston-Salem Heart Ball on April 28 to benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education.

Mandy, BG, Grant and Keegan Minor were honored as 2017 Faces of Heart, and the Rev. Konnie Robinson was named the 2017 Womble Carlyle Healthy Heart Champion.

Chairing the event was William Whitehurst, Winston-Salem Managing Partner at Womble Carlyle.

Salvation Army raises $140,000

The Salvation Army of Greensboro raised over $140,000 and attracted 500 people at an event on April 20 at Proximity Hotel, exceeding its goals of raising $100,000 and attracting 400 people.

At the event, the organization presented Dennis and Nancy Quaintance of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels with its Signature Advocates award.

Rockingham Community College gets $20,000

Rockingham Community College in Wentworth received a gift of $20,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation for scholarships to be awarded over a two-year period to computer-integrated machining students.

United Way honors Liner, King

Sallye Liner, former president of Forsyth Medical Center, has received the Paul Fulton Tocqueville Leadership Society award from United Way of Forsyth County, and Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T, has been inducted into United Way’s Million Dollar Roundtable.

United Way presents its Leadership Society award each year to a Forsyth County volunteer. The Million Dollar Roundtable, United Way’s highest level of philanthropic giving, includes donors who have invested $1 million or more in the work of United Way over 10 years or less.

Youth grantmakers award $2,460

Youth Grantmakers in Action awarded eight grants totaling $2,460.

Formed in 2005 and a program of The Winston-Salem Foundation, the group of youth ages 15 to 18 from Forsyth County has granted over $21,000 to youth-led community projects since making its first round of grants in 2006.

Scuppernong Books honored for support of arts

Scuppernong Books in downtown’s Greensboro received the 2017 Arts in Business Award presented by ArtsGreensboro in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Merchants Association, and North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The award, presented on May 2 at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce small business awards luncheon at the Van Dyke Performance Space, each year recognizes a Greensboro small business for leadership and commitment to the arts and its impact on the arts over the past year, as measured by activities, projects, or events in support of any aspect of the arts.

Adults get free dental care

Cary Family Dental, through a team of dentists, staff and volunteers at its Sixth Annual Dentistry from the Heart event, provided roughly $47,000 in free dental care to 165 adults, with eight volunteer dentists performing 76 cleanings, 53 extractions and 36 fillings for adults with valid identification.

Hospice to honor veterans of Korean War

Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, and Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, which host monthly Veterans Coffee events in 10 central North Carolina cities, will recognize and honor veterans who served and fought in the Korean War at free special event on July 30 at the Embassy Suites in Concord.

Petty fundraiser set for May 10

Richard Petty’s second annual Blue Jeans and Boots fundraising dinner will be held ay 10 at Reverie Place, his home in Randleman, with proceeds to support the mission of the Petty Family Foundation.

Sponsoring the event is Hutchinson Family Office.

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