Nonprofit news roundup, 06.30.17

Reynolds Trust targets inequity through systems change

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, which turned 70 in June, has unveiled a new strategy designed to stimulate sustainable new ways to improve health and well-being in Forsyth County and throughout North Carolina.

It aims to do that through partnerships to address a persistent lack of opportunity rooted in long-standing inequities.

To put its new strategy into place after a year of study, the Trust has renamed its two divisions.

Health Improvement in North Carolina, formerly the Health Care Division, now will “support community-wide health improvements across the state,” the Trust says.

And Local Impact in Forsyth County, formerly the Poor and Needy Division, will work to “foster equitable and sustainable solutions in our hometown,” it says in a statement.

“We will only achieve equity and success when systems and policies change,” Laura Gerald, who joined the Trust as executive director a year ago, says in the statement.

Improving health and well-being requires investing in communities “where a persistent lack of opportunity prompts great need,” she says.

It also requires “changes in the systems that have historically perpetuated inequities,” saying those changes “are essential to affect outcomes that are sustainable,” she says.

To make those changes, she says, the Trust will work in partnerships with residents, local organizations and agencies “to influence those systems so everyone can have the opportunity to thrive.”

One Scholarship Fund awards $150,000

Project One Scholarship Fund in Charlotte awarded six Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students a total of $150,000 in scholarships of up to $25,000 per student to attend a four-year college, up from four students in 2016.

The scholarships, which include a four-year financial commitment and a mentoring component, help high school students from single-parent families in Mecklenburg County attend a public college or university that their families otherwise could not afford.

Elon gets $100,000 to endow scholarship

Elon University has received $100,000 from the family of 2004 graduate Michael Poteat — his sister Nicole Poteat and his parents George and Kathy Poteat — to endow a new Global Education Scholarship in his memory to help support Elon students with financial need who are suffering from a debilitating chronic disease have the experience of studying abroad.

Michael Poteat died in 2014 after being chronically ill for much of his life.

Event to benefit youth, young adults fighting cancer

Teen Center America will host the 2017 Nolan Smith TCA Hoop-a-thon Challenge on July 22 at the Emily K Center in Durham.

Co-founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of rock band The Who, and headquartered in Los Angeles, Teen Center America is raising money for development of specialized facilities and services for adolescents and young adults fighting cancer.

Sponsoring and underwriting the TCA Hoop-a-thon is Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank, a primary corporate partner of Teen Cancer America.

Spay neuter clinic expanding in Gastonia

The Animal League of Gaston County has expanded and relocated its spay-neuter clinic and named it the Lenora Borchardt Spay Neuter Center, thanks to a gift from the Michael and Lenora Borchardt Family Foundation, a donor advised fund at Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte.

Habitat gets gift of prefabricated building panels

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro received a donation of prefabricated building panels, known as framing, from WeaverCooke Construction to create the walls of  home Habitat is building with funding from the Joy Foundation in memory of Janelle Johnson.

Women’s Professional Forum gives $10,000

Women’s Professional Forum in Greensboro awarded three grants totaling $10,000 to groups working to empower girls and young women.

The grants include $3,500 to American Association of University Women; $3,000 to Music for a Great Space; and $3,500 to The Volunteer Center.

Since 2003, the WPF Foundation has granted over $123,000 to community organizations and individuals to support women’s professional and personal development.

Emily Krzyzewski Center gets $9,500

The Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham received a $9,500 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to support science, technology, engineering and math elements, and science-based elements, of its programs for elementary and middle-school students, and in the summer.

Witter joins Public School Forum

Sheronda Witter, former extension agent of 4-H youth development for North Carolina State University, serving youth and families in Orange County, has been named manager of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs at The Public School Forum of North Carolina in Raleigh.

Co-founders of Living Art America honored

Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco, co-founders of Living Art America, received the Betty Cone Medal of Arts from ArtsGreensboro

Sponsored by AT&T, the award recognizes artists who have exceeded in their disciplines or made extraordinary contributions to their field or to the community through their artistry or expertise, or both.

Alamance United Way elects board chair, chair-elect

Pam Fox, president and CEO at Twin Lakes Community, has been elected chair of the board of directors of United Way of Alamance County, and Noah Sanders, a partner at accounting firm Gilliam, Coble & Moser, has been elected chair-elect.

Goodnight, Wynn join board of North Carolina GSK Foundation

Ann B. Goodnight,  senior director of community relations at SAS Institute, and Phail Wynn Jr., vice president for Durham and regional affairs at Duke University, have joined the board of directors of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

Hospice support group focuses on overdose death

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has started a free support group for people grieving the overdose death of a loved one.

Greensboro has averaged 24 overdoses a month from opioid abuse since August 2016, up  from 10 a month one year ago, according to the Greensboro Police Department, Hospice says.

Barnabas Network holding sale at retail store

July 8 is the final day of a “Renovation Wrap-Up Sale” at the Retail Store of The Barnabas Network in Greensboro.

The sale at the store, which features donated, new and gently-used furniture, is designed to clear out inventory so the agency may refinish the floor of the retail space at its new location at 838 Winston St. in Greensboro.

Volunteers pitch in for Salvation Army

Twenty employees of Vann York Auto Mall volunteered at The Salvation Army of High Point on June 13 and 15, organizing the food pantry at The Salvation Army of High Point, filling food bags, and distributing food items to senior residents living at William Booth Garden Apartments.

BBQ event to support JDRF

Potent Potables will host the 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off on July 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 115 East Main St. in Jamestown to support the Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF, which raises money for Type 1 diabetes research.

Oktoberfest to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be the main beneficiary of the Fourth Annual Triangle Oktoberfest, which is organized by the Rotary Clubs of Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor and will be held at October 6-7 at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

Proceeds benefit the Triangle Oktoberfest Rotary Foundation, will make a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society based on attendance and funds raised.

Convention & Visitors Bureau gives $268,000

The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded grants totaling $267,834 to 20 local nonprofits.

The grants program, which was launched in 1983 and funds tourist-related events or activities such as arts or cultural events, has awarded a total of over $4.9 million to 668 projects.

Grants aim to boost tourism, culture

May 4 at 5 p.m. is he deadline for submitting applications to the Special Events & Tourism Related Activities Committee of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Awarded once a year, the grants are designed to stimulate and assist organizations and agencies in Greensboro and Guilford County in the enhancement, promotion and marketing of tourism and culturally related events and activities.

Chowan funder gives $16,000

The Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded nine local grants totaling $16,000.

Lemonade stands raise $1,800

Toll Brothers raised $806.50 at its Raleigh lemonade stands on June 10 and $1,020 at its Charlotte lemonade stands to support the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and its efforts to find cures for childhood cancer.

Grantseeking workshop scheduled

A free grantseeking workshop will be held July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Braswell Memorial Library at 727 N. Grace St. in Rocky Mount for nonprofits in Edgecombe and Nash counties seeking grant funding from local affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation, including the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount, Edgecombe Charitable Foundation, and Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount.

 

Arts a $2.12 billion business in North Carolina

By Todd Cohen

The nonprofit arts industry adds $2.12 billion to North Carolina’s economy, a new study says.

Throughout the state, nonprofit arts and cultural groups support the equivalent of nearly 72,000 full-time jobs, and generate $201.5 million in revenues for local governments and the state, says The Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study, which was led by Americans for the Arts and conducted by economists at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Local arts groups throughout the U.S., including United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, ArtsGreensboro, and United Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County,  paid for their communities to participate in the study.

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences spent a total of $557 million in Wake County in 2015, $162.2 million in Guilford County, and $156.8 million in Forsyth County.

The nonprofit arts and cultural industry supports the equivalent of 19,873 full-time jobs in  Wake, 5,963 in Guilford, and 5,559 in Forsyth.

In Wake, it accounts for over $167 million in household income for local residents, and generates nearly $15.8 million in revenues for local and state government.

In Forsyth, it generates over $129 million in local household income, and over $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.

And in Guilford, it generates over $56.3 million in household income and $5.3 million in local and state government revenue.

In Wake, nonprofit arts and culture groups spent over $179 million in fiscal 2015, and stimulated another $378 million in event-related spending by their audiences at restaurants, hotels, retail stories, parking garages and other local businesses.

In Guilford, the industry spent $67 million in fiscal 2015, generating nearly nearly $95.2 million more in local event-related spending by their audiences.

In Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, arts and cultural groups spent nearly $105 million in 2015, generating another $52 million in spending from their audiences.

Throughout the U.S., the study says, nonprofit arts in 2015 spurred $166.3 billion of economic activity, including $63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural groups, and another $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.

That activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments, compared to those governments’ collective $5 billion in arts allocations, the study says.

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.23.17

Office work seen curbing effectiveness of foundation program officers

Program officers at U.S. foundations believe internal challenges at their organizations pose the biggest challenge to doing their jobs, a new report says.

Program officers believe administrative tasks consume time they should be devoting to playing their role more effectively, says Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

They also believe they are spending too little time on building and keeping relationships, says the report, which is based on responses from 150 randomly-selected program officers at foundations that give at least $5 million a year.

Internal challenges that 84 percent of respondents say pose the biggest obstacles to doing their job include limited resources or capacity; a lack of independence in their role; and the need to manage a “disconnect” between their priorities and the priorities of their foundation’s leadership.

Sixty-two percent program officers who responded say internal administration is a responsibility that takes up the greatest amount of their time, while 75 percent say it should take up less time so they can be most effective in their role.

Only 36 percent of program officers say developing and maintaining relationships is a responsibility that takes up the greatest amount of their time, while 53 percent believe it should take up the greatest amount of their time so they can be most effective.

Ninety-eight percent of program officers believe having strong relationships with grantees is important for achieving their foundations’ goals, and 95 percent believe learning from grantees is an integral part of their jobs.

Seventy-four percent of program officers say they admire the leadership of their CEOs, and 73 percent say they are very or extremely satisfied with their jobs.

Income grows for 7 in 10 fundraisers

Seventy-one percent of 1,738 fundraisers in the U.S. posted higher incomes  in 2016, although average salaries generally were flat, a new report says.

The average salary for survey respondents, all members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, totaled $70,256, down $624 from 2015, says AFP’s 2017 Compensation and Benefits Report.

The median salary, meaning half were higher and half were lower, totaled $65,000 in 2016, up from $62,000 in 2015.

The top 25 percent of survey respondents earned more than $86,5000, while the bottom 25 percent earned $49,000 or less, with the median for both groups growing slightly from 2015.

The year 2016 was the fourth straight year in which the share of fundraisers seeing higher incomes grew, following 68 percent who saw increases in 2015; 65 percent in 2014; and 63 percent in 2013.

The average survey respondent has worked for 3.2 employers as a fundraiser, the report says, while the average number of years a respondent has worked for an employer — the “turnover” rate — was 3.9 in 2016, the same as in 2015.

High Point health funder gives $394,000

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point awarded seven local grants $393,842 to support the advancement of health and wellness for High Point residents.

Nearly half the grants support pregnancy-prevention and early-intervention programs.

The Foundation also awarded $9,000 to NC MedAssist to assist in providing behavioral health medications for High Point patients.Since it was formed in 2013 through the merger of High Point Regional Health and UNC Health Care, the Foundation has awarded a total of roughly $7.1 million in grants to 22 organizations.

Tanger gives $194,000 to schools

Tanger Outlet Centers in Greensboro, through its philanthropic program TangerCARES, awarded 172 TangerKIDS grants totaling $194,000 to schools across the U.S.

Lawyers recognized for pro-bono work

Twenty Triad lawyers are among 170 lawyers recognized by the Supreme Court of North Carolina for donating 50 or more hours of legal services during 2016 through the state’s inaugural voluntary pro bono reporting effort.

Those 170 lawyers make up the first group of the N.C. Pro Bono Honor Society.

All 543 North Carolina lawyers who shared information about their pro bono volunteerism reported more than 25,700 hours during 2016.

New nonprofit aims to boost Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem Ambassadors, a new nonprofit, aims to create and raise awareness of Winston-Salem.

Started and headed by Mackenzie Cates-Allen, CEO of Cates-Allen Connections and former development manager for theDowntown Winston-Salem Partnership, the new nonprofit is recruiting “ambassadors,” who will hold quarterly information sessions and workshops about the city’s strengths and possibilities.

On October 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the group will hold its second “Second Sundays on 4th” outdoor event for families, with support from 4CM and Flow Companies.

Food focus of youth summit

Youth ages 10 and older participated in a Youth Food Summit on June 21 hosted by the Greater High Point Food Alliance and United Way of Greater High Point at the High Point University Community Center.

The event included hands-on activities, including gardening, cooking and nutrition, as well as presentations by participants about food insecurity from their perspective, along with their ideas on how to address the issue.

United Way collects hygiene kits for people in need

United Way of Greater Greensboro, during a “Day of Action” on June 21, collected hygiene kits that will be delivered to the Greensboro Urban Ministry, Interactive Resource Center

and United Way’s Family Success Center for distribution to people in need.

The kits include basic items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and shampoo.

Brannock honored for fundraising

Mike Brannock, CEO of WorkForce Unlimited and AREVO Group in Mount Airy, was recognized as Man of the Year Runner Up by the North Carolina Chapter of The Leukemia  Lymphoma Society.

He raised $209,000 as part of a 10-week national fundraising campaign that included 15 other individuals and raised over $1.42 million to support the Society’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments.

Brannock joined the fundraising after after two co-workers and a family member battled different types of cancer in 2016.

East Durham Children’s Initiative gets $20,000

The East Durham Children’s Initiative has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Duke Energy to support EDCI BELL Summer Camp in 2017, which works to prepare students in East Durham for college or career and is offered in partnership with Building Educated Leaders for Life.to further its work .

United Way elected chairs of board, campaign

Greg Strader, executive vice president and chief banking officer at American National Bank & Trust, has been elected chair of the board of directors of United Way of Greater Greensboro, and Chuck Burns, corporate development officer and vice president at First Citizens Bank, has been named chair of the 2017-18 United Way fundraising campaign.

Carying Place to host race event

The Carying Place’s will host its Tenth Annual Labor Day “Race for Home” on September 4 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary starting at 8 a.m.

Vance County funder gives $7,000

Vance County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded five local grants totaling $7,130.

Students find hope at the WELL

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — On a Wednesday afternoon in mid-May, at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab in Raleigh, the families and friends of 19 Wake County high-school seniors attended a “Senior Signing Day” to celebrate the students’ hopes for the future.

Unlike signing events at which professional sports teams announce their “picks” of top college athletes, the WELL event underscored the high-school students’ academic achievement: All will graduate this year, with 17 going to college — roughly half will be the first in their families to move on to post-secondary education — and two entering military service.

Over the past four years, all 19 students participated in programs at the WELL, a nonprofit that provides after-school and summer support in academics and youth development to students facing challenges in school and life.

“Schools cannot do this all by themselves,” says Betsey McFarland, executive director of the WELL. “There are not enough teachers, not enough hours, not enough money. They need community programs like ours.”

Formed in 1996 by the late Elizabeth Edwards, who was married to former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, the WELL is named for their son, Wade Edwards, who was killed in an automobile accident in April 1996 at age 16 while a student at Broughton High School.

At first, the WELL provided only a computer lab, tutoring and career workshops, and only for Broughton students.

But in the five years McFarland has headed the organization, it has added programs and expanded beyond Broughton.

In the school year that ended a year ago, the WELL served over 900 students — triple the number five years ago — from 22 high schools, mostly in Wake County.

Operating with an annual budget of $345,000, a staff of three full-time employees, and 13 volunteer tutors, the WELL gets 40 percent of its operating funds from the Lucius Wade Edwards Foundation, a charitable foundation that had $1.87 million in assets in 2015, according to its 990 annual return on file with the IRS.

Catharine “Cate” Edwards, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Edwards, serves on the boards of the Foundation and the WELL.

Located across St. Mary’s Street from Broughton, the WELL houses a 21-desktop computer lab, open weekdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., that typically attracts 20 to 25 Broughton students at any given time.

Over the past school year, by appointment, about 120 students from throughout Wake County also worked with volunteer tutors from the WELL.

About 150 Wake students enrolled in a one-day prep course the WELL offers one or two Saturdays a month throughout the school year on the SAT and ACT exams many colleges require for admission.

Another 50 to 60 students participated in Hi-Tech Teens, a workshop the WELL offers one or two Saturdays a month that focuses on computers and computer programming.

To boost youth development, the WELL also offers a weekly program on life skills such as professional etiquette, and a weekly discussion session on social and emotional issues.

It also connects students to community service projects, and assigns them to host is own events and lead tours of its computer lab.

Now, aiming to make its programming more accessible, the WELL hopes to raise $20,000 to $30,000 for a vehicle to pick up students throughout the county and bring them to its offices, or $35,000 to $40,000 to offer its programs in partnership with another organization that serves teens but does not focus on academic support.

To help raise those funds, particularly from individual donors and corporations, it has created a strategic fundraising committee, chaired by its board chair, Jaime Kulow, a vice president at Bank of North Carolina.

“The goal is to encourage more individual donors and more corporate participation around our mission,” MacFarland says.

And with the challenges growing both for schools and at-risk students, advancing that mission is critical, she says.

While the graduation rate in Wake County totals 87 percent, for example, only 65.8 percent of students who graduate enroll in college, she says.

“There’s so much focus on early childhood education and third-grade reading, which is absolutely important,” McFarland says. “But if our students continue to live in poverty, continue to be subject to crises in their life, continue to be in schools that can’t serve some of their greater needs, they can pass all the third-grade reading tests they want, but they’re still going to get to high school and they’re still going to be behind.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.16.17

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation setting new course

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem has announced an “emerging direction” rooted in three strategies, respectively, that focus on the state, communities and new ideas, and that aim “to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians, now and for generations to come.”

The board of trustees of the Foundation also have made a commitment to find ways to increase its participation in “the life of its hometown” of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the Foundation says in a statement.

Based on year-long effort it launched in 2016, the Foundation says, it will take another 12 to 18 months to full develop and put into place its new strategies.

Its grant cycle this fall will mark the start of its transition and the last grant cycle based on the current focus areas for its grantmaking, and will be closed and by invitation only.

The Foundation says it will not have a traditional grant cycle in spring 2018 so it can focus on designing and putting its new strategies into place.

Giving in U.S. grows 2.7% to $390 billion

Charitable giving in the U.S. grew 2.7 percent to $390.05 billion in 2016, or 1.4 percent adjusted for inflation, a new report says.

Giving by individuals grew 3.9 percent and accounted for 72 percent of overall giving, while giving by foundations grew 3.5 percent and accounted for 15 percent of overall giving, says Giving USA 2017, published by Giving USA Foundation, and researched and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University

Giving by bequest fell nine percent and accounted for eight percent of overall giving, while giving by corporations grew 3.5 percent and accounted for five percent of overall giving.

Giving to religion accounted for 32 percent of overall giving, followed by giving to education, which accounted for 15 percent; to human resources, 12 percent; to foundations, 10 percent; to health, eight percent; to public-and-society-benefit groups, eight percent; to arts, culture and humanities, five percent; to international affairs, six percent; to environmental and animal groups, three percent; and to individuals, two percent.

Duke Energy Foundation gives $2.7 million

The Duke Energy is giving $2.7 million to over 70 initiatives throughout North Carolina that focus on science, technology, engineering and math; childhood reading proficiency; and workforce development.

Elon receives $400,000 estate gift

Elon University has received a $400,000 gift from the estate of the late Mattie Pickett Edwards and John Lee Edwards to endow a music scholarship.

Both were graduates of the school. Mattie Pickett worked as secretary for former Elon President Leon Edgar Smith, and John Lee Edwards was a retired Air Force major.

SAFEchild gets $100,000 from Junior League

The Junior League of Raleigh awarded $100,000 in proceeds from the 2017 North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball to SAFEchild in Raleigh to help end child abuse in Wake County.

SAFEchild, which was founded by the Junior League nearly 25 years ago using proceeds from the the 1993 North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball, will use the funds to expand the number of children it serves at its Advocacy Center.

Baseball event raises $29,000 for kids with cancer

The 4th Annual North Wake Vs. Cancer Benefit Tournament on May 20-21 at the Factory Baseball Complex in Wake Forest raised $28,650 to help children with pediatric cancer.  The tournament, sponsored by DICKS Sporting Goods, has raised over $80,00- for the Vs. Cancer Foundation since it began in 2014.

Event raises $80,000 for veterans

HAECO Americas helped raise over $80,000 at its third annual Purple Heart Homes Charity Gold Fundraiser on May 22 in Greensboro for the Piedmont chapter of Purple Heart Homes, which works to help veterans find homes for disabled veterans.

Proceeds, up $20,000 from last year, will contribute to the work of the chapter, and to renovating the current homes of disabled veterans so they can live independently.

The funds also support stays by homeless Purple Heart veterans at The Servant Center and the Arthur Cassell House, two transitional homes in the Piedmont.

Gift to support annual mammograms

The Becky Baker Foundation donated $10,000 to Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation in Winston-Salem to raise awareness of and encourage women to get annual mammograms.

The gift will be used to cover the cost of mammograms for women who are uninsured or are unable to pay for the breast cancer screening. Forsyth Medical Center’s breast center will provide the mammography screenings.

The Becky Baker Foundation honors Becky Baker, a resident of Clemmons who died in April after a long battle with breast cancer.

Make-A-Wish gets $44,000 from golf event

The 2017 Golf Classic hosted by Balfour Beatty Construction on April 3 at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary raised $44,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

Proceeds from the 140-player tournament will help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Goodwill receives United Way award

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is the recipient of the Joel A. and Claudette B. Weston Award, a bi-annual honor that recognizes excellence in nonprofit management at a local health or human-service organization.

Goodwill will receive $15,000 to support its mission. United Way of Forsyth County managed the application review process.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $231,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded nine grants totaling $230,700 to organizations serving Forsyth County that support arts and culture; community and economic development; education; health, human services and public interest.

Trauma’s impact on learning focus of new effort

NC Resilience and Learning Project, a new initiative of The Public School Forum of North Carolina, aims to address the impacts of traumatic childhood experiences on student learning.

Founding partners ChildTrust Foundation, The John M. Belk Endowment and The Belk Foundation each invested $100,000 each to help launch the initiative.

The Public School Forum, Massachusetts Trauma & Learning Policy Initiative at Harvard Law School, and Duke Center for Child & Family Policy, plus other nonprofits and academic institutions, will partner with several North Carolina school districts to use an inquiry-based process to create trauma-sensitive whole-school learning environments that aim to improve students’ academic outcomes and social-emotional wellbeing.

Casey gets new role at Transitions LifeCare

Christine Casey, senior philanthropy officer at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, has been named director of annual giving and stewardship.

Blake joins Masonic Foundation

Dee Blake, director of development at Duke HomeCare & Hospice, has been named Western Region director of Development at North Carolina Masonic Foundation.

Allen joins Albermarle Alliance

Brian Allen, executive director and vice president at YMCA of Fayetteville, has been named director of development and community relations at Albermarle Alliance for Children and Families.

Simmons new CFO at North Carolina Community Foundation

Wilson Simmons, former vice president of finance at United Way of the Greater Triangle, has been named chief financial officer for the North Carolina Community Foundation, succeeding David Ryan, who retired in early 2017.

Public School Forum names directors, members

Tom Williams, president of Strategic Educational Alliances, has been elected as chair-elect of the  board of directors of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

The board selected new members, including Damon Circosta, executive director, AJ Fletcher Foundation; Courtney Crowder, president, Crowder Consulting; Charles Francis, managing partner, The Francis Law Firm; Cyndi Soter O’Neil, senior policy advisor, ChildTrust Foundation-Investors Management Corporation; Mark Sorrells, senior vice president, Golden LEAF Foundation; Steve Stephenson, partner, Ward and Smith; Sandra Wilcox Conway, president, Conway & Associates; and Saundra Wall Williams, president and CEO, Vision Building Institute for Women.

New at-large members of the Forum include Sue Burgess, retired superintendent, Dare County Schools; Scott Penland, retired superintendent, Clay County Schools; Philip Price, retired chief financial officer, N.C. Department of Public Instruction; Patti Gillenwater, president and CEO, Elinvar; Dick Daugherty, retired senior executive, IBM; Blount Williams, chairman and CEO, Alfred Williams & Co.; Alisa Chapman, visiting fellow in Public Policy and the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jim Phillips, partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard; Chris Bell, region president, SunTrust Bank; Van Isley, chairman and CEO, Professional Builders Supply; Jessica Holmes, Wake County Board of Commissioners; and Norris Tolson, president and CEO, Carolinas Gateway Partnership.

Local funders award grants

The Cary Women’s Giving Network, a program of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $14,000 in local grants, and the Franklin County Community Foundation and Johnston County Community Foundation, affiliates of the statewide Foundation, awarded $1,350 and $42,050, respectively in local grants.

Support for service dogs focus of event

The Inaugural maCares Tribute 5K Run/2.5K Walk will be held September 9 at Country Park/Jaycee Park in Greensboro to honor service members and first responders, with all proceeds going to support the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program.

The program aims to ease the financial burden of caring for a service dog for a veteran, child, or adult. It covers initial and re-certification training expenses, plus daily care expenses such as food, supplies, veterinary, medications, and grooming.

Veterans also have sponsored access to a licensed therapist.

Marathon to support ALS research

Durham Sports Commission will serve as title sponsor of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Marathon and Half Marathon on November 12 at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham to support ALS research, while other sponsors will include Fleet Feet Sports, Sprouts Farmers Market, Lululemon, S&A Communications, Raleigh Brewing Company, and Bull Durham Beer Co.

Event organizer FS Series is teaming with Team Drea Foundation, Team Chris Combs, and Jason Capel to donate proceeds from the event to help fund research to find a cure for ALS.

Animal Shelter gets donations

Tar Heel Basement Systems donated over 75 items to Stokes County Animal Shelter in Germanton, including over 500 pounds of dog food; over 10 dog beds; over 15 food and water bowls; and treats, kitty litter, blankets, cleaning supplies, toys and treats.

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.12.17

Global-health work adds $2.7 billion to state economy

North Carolina is home to over 220 global-health organizations that contributed $2.7 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015, a new report says.

Those organizations — universities; nonprofits; faith-based groups; government agencies; and biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical-technology companies — work in over 185 countries, attract over $1.2 billion to the state for health-research from sources other than state government, and support over 2000 jobs in the state that generated over $1.6 billion in annual wages, salaries and benefits, or an average of about $62,000 per job, says The Global Health Sector’s Contributions to the Economy of North Carolina, from the Triangle Global Health Consortium.

The economic activity tied to the global-health sector generated $182 million in state tax revenue and $433 million in federal tax revenue.

High Point United Way expanding summer lunch program

United Way of Greater High Point, through its BackPack Program, aims this summer to provide food to 715 students while they are not in school, an increase of 420 students from last summer.

During the just-ending school year, the program provided weekend food to 985 students, an increase of 395 students from the previous year.

This summer, the program will provide breakfast at summer care sites, as well as weekend food.

Partner sites for the summer program include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point; Carl Chavis Memorial Branch YMCA; Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity; The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club; D-Up Program; Operation Xcel; Triad Food pantry; Helping Hands Ministries; Macedonia Family Resource Center; West End Ministries; and Housing Authority of the City of High Point.

Rex Hospital Open raises $350,000 to $400,000

The REX Hospital Open this year raised $350,000 to $400,000 to support cardiovascular disease prevention and education at the new North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital that opened in March on UNC REX’s main Raleigh campus.

Not including those funds, the event has raised $8 million over the past 30 years.

Poteat-Spicer to head The Forsyth Promise

Wendy Poteat-Spicer, former director of government affairs for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce  has been named director of The Forsyth Promise, an initiative supported by United Way of Forsyth County that works to improve educational outcomes for Forsyth County students.

JDRF chapter honors volunteers

Anne Hummel of Greensboro, who co-founded the Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF in 1994, and Ken Cochran of Jamestown, received the Volunteer of the Year award from the chapter at its annual meeting on May 25 at Proximity Hotel in Greensboro.

BB&T partners with Heart Association

In partnership with the 2018 Winston-Salem Heart Ball of the American Heart Association, BB&T will be sharing life-saving CPR kits with 75 community organizations and companies throughout Forsyth County to train employees, families and community members.

For 2017, BB&T has created 1,300 Emergency Response Plans; begun training BB&T associates in CPR; and approved plans to place 300 Automated External Defibrillators  throughout the company.

BB&T is investing $1 million in funds and resources to help its associates learn how to save lives with CPR and AED training.

Marsha Alford, Community Bank training manager at BB&T University, is co-chair of the 2018 Winston-Salem Heart Ball.

Community grants available

June 30 is the deadline for nonprofits in communities Truliant Federal Credit Union services to submit to the organization grants up to $1,000 that focus on address needs in the areas of arts and culture; employment and income generation; financial education; and food insecurity.

Kids raise $3,500

Students at Summit School in Winston-Salem raised over $3,500 to help H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem provide meals to local children who are at-risk for hunger.

Throughout the school year, students grew herbs and vegetables; baked food for H.O.P.E. lunches collected coats, socks and art supplies; and delivered meals.

H.O.P.E. provides 1,200 meals every weekend.

Kids getting free meals

Arby’s Foundation throughout the summer is providing Greensboro children who rely on meal assistance during the school year with meal cards to redeem 10 free Arby’s kids meals.

Women’s network to become nonprofit

The Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, will become an independent nonprofit, effective November 1.

Montgomery County Fund gives $26,000

Montgomery County Fund, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded over $26,000 in local grants.

Kay Yow Cancer Fund plays for life

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Since 2012, over 22,000 women in 17 North Carolina counties who otherwise would not have the opportunity have been screened for breast cancer, thanks to two mobile mammography units from UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh.

Financing the digital-imaging equipment for the units — at a cost of $115,000 each — has been the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The Raleigh charity was founded in December 2007 by the late Kay Yow, who was head women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University and died in 2009 after a 22-year intermittent battle with cancer.

Inspiring her to start the charity was a game, initially known as “Hoops 4 Hope,” that her team at N.C. State played on Feb. 19, 2006, with the University of Maryland.

Since then, mainly through games throughout the U.S. that later were known as “Think Pink,” then “Pink Zone,” and now “Play4Kay,” the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has raised $5.38 million and awarded grants of $1 million each to support research into cancers affecting women at four cancer centers, including UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill.

It also has made grants of $100,000 each to cancer centers in nine cities that have hosted the Women’s Final Four basketball tournament. And it works to serve underserved women by funding programs such as the UNC Rex mammography units.

The charity “was born through the sport of basketball,” says Stephanie Glance, the Fund’s executive director and former associate head coach at N.C. State under Yow. “She saw this as a way to unite coaches, players and communities of women’s basketball.”

Operating with an annual budget of about $600,000 and a staff of five full-time employees, the Fund raises $1 million to $1.5 million a year.

That includes $350,000 to $400,000 generated through 200 to 250 basketball games hosted by teams at colleges and schools throughout the U.S.

It also receives royalties from Nike’s retail sale of apparel and shoes branded with the the Kay Yow Fund’s “Y” logo, and generates revenue from a golf tournament, which will be held in September for the third straight year in Pinehurst, that last year netted $200,000.

And it gets revenue from events that third-parties organize, and in February hosted an inaugural run and walk on the N.C. State campus that netted $20,000.

Through a partnership, the scientific advisory committee at the V Foundation — which also raises money for cancer research and is named for Jim Valvano, the late coach of the N.C. State men’s basketball team — reviews and evaluates grant requests to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, then monitors grants the Fund approves.

And through another partnership, the Fund is the “charity of choice” of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, which encourages its members to support the Fund through an annual game on the schedule of each of their teams.

Now, as it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary this December with a dinner, the Fund is planning to launch a 10 for 10″ campaign to raise $10,000 each from at least 50 donors. It also plans to create a local golf tournament in Raleigh.

And it aims to generate more revenue from its Play4Kay games, either by increasing the number of games each year to 350 or more, or by increasing the share of revenue it receives from each game.

To help do all that, Glance this spring is visiting nearly 20 Division I conference meetings.

The goal, she says, is to fund more research and provide more underserved women with access to cancer services.

“Every person has  been touched by cancer in some way,” she says. “The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is making a significant impact in the fight against all women’s cancers.”