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.

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