Nonprofit news roundup, 05.26.17

Level of human need holds steady, index says

The level of human need stayed relatively flat in 2016, according to an indicator developed by The Salvation Army and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The Human Needs Index, a joint project of the two groups, tracked the level of American need in 2016 at 1.239, compared with 1.245 in 2015.

In the past decade, the Index hit its highest level in 2012 at 1.331, and several states continue to struggle at levels of need above the national average.

Based on data from The Salvation Army, the Index tracks seven types of services that aim to address basic human needs, including meals provided; groceries; clothing; housing; furniture; medical assistance; and help with energy bills.

Zero on the Index’ scale indicates the lowest recorded level of need.

In 2016, states with the highest Index values were Nevada, 4.409; Wyoming; 4.026; Pennsylvania, 3.234; Alaska; 2.195; and Arkansas, 2.194.

From 2015 to 2016, Wyoming, Minnesota and South Dakota showed the most dramatic increases in need.

Over the past three years, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Kansas remained among the 10 states with the highest level of need.

From 2015 to 2016, the Index shows double-digit-percentage increases in requests for medical assistance — payments for prescription medicine — in 18 places, including Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Hawaii, Maine, Florida, Mississippi, Maryland, Alaska, Missouri, New Hampshire, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, South Dakota, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

Environmental leadership ‘overwhelmingly white,’ report says

Staff, leadership and boards among the top 40 environmental nonprofits are overwhelmingly white, says a new report from Green 2.0 an advocacy campaign to increase diversity among environmental groups.

People of color represent 27 percent of staff, 15 percent of leadership, and 22 percent of board positions at those organizations in 2017, says Transparency Card, the report.

Two leading environmental groups — Oceana and Pew Charitable Trusts — refused to participate in the survey and submit data, Green 2.0 says.

Greensboro United Way raises $10.1. million

United Way of Greater Greensboro raised $10.1 million in its 2016 campaign.

Chaired by Gregg Strader, executive vice president and chief banking officer at American National Bank and Trust Company, the campaign received a total of $9.62 million from over 17,000 individuals, plus $480,000 through grants.

Cumberland funder awards $179,000 in scholarships

Cumberland Community Foundation in Fayetteville awarded 93 scholarships totaling $179,400, and ranging from $500 to $10,000 per student.

Boys & Girls Clubs raise $25,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties netted $25,000 from The Bull City Golf Classic Fore Kids.

Job searching focus of nonprofit business network

Providing support for job-seekers is the focus of sessions hosted each week by the nonprofit Triad Job Search Network.

Sessions scheduled for June 6, 13, 20 and  27 at Covenant Methodist Church in High Point will focus, respectively, on answering difficult questions; setting a salary range; local networking associations; and dressing for networking and interviews.

Each session features a guest speaker, is free and held on the second floor of the education wing at the church.

For information on the Job Search Network, which meets weekly from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the church, at 1526 Skeet Club Road, contact Glenn Wise at 336.298.1152.

Carolina Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation opens tech lab

The Carolina Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation on May 16 dedicated The Sheets Smith Wealth Management Technology Laboratory, which was funded with a $16,000 grant from Sheets Smith Wealth Management and honors William “Bill” G. Smith, co-founder of the company and an aphasia advocate, stroke survivor and member of the Center’s board of directors.

Eastern Music Festival gets $12,500

Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro received a $12,500 grant funding from the Cemala Foundation in Greensboro to support its 2017 programming initiatives.

School gets bike gear, gift cards

Academy Sports + Outdoors donated 25 bikes and helmets to students at Guilford Elementary School in Greensboro; 25 gift cards of $20 each for teachers to buy physical-education equipment; and 10 additional bikes for the school to give out throughout the school year.

Pre-K students get free book

Sixty pre-K students at Hampton Elementary and Guilford Child Development, both in Greensboro, each received free copies of the book from UnitedHealthCare Children’s Foundation, which since 2013 has awarded over 280 grants totaling over $637,000 to families in North Carolina.

Money management focus of program for students

About 300 seventh-graders and eighth-graders at Philo-Hill Magnet Academy in Winston-Salem participated in a program on budgeting and personal finance management coordinated  by the Woman’s Leadership Council, an affinity group of United Way of Forsyth County.

Arts Greensboro to hold annual meeting

ArtsGreensboro will hold its annual meeting June 21 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 North Davie St. in Greensboro.

Blake to co-chair UNCF event

Tina Blake, a strategy and development consultant vitalink in Raleigh will serve as co-chair for the Raleigh-Durham UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball in 2018.

Community School of the Arts gets $20,000

Community School of the Arts in Charlotte received a $20,000 grant from The Mockingbird Foundation to buy instruments to establish a brass and at a west Charlotte community center that serves at-risk students.

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