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.