Nonprofit news roundup, 08.18.17

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson gives $1.6 million

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson has awarded 23 grants totaling $1.6 million to address critical community needs in the areas of adolescent pregnancy; alcohol and substance abuse; obesity; and sexually transmitted diseases.

Southern Documentary Fund getting $900,000

The Southern Documentary Fund is Durham is getting $900,000 over three years from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and will used the funds to make grants for documentary makers living in the region; to expand a screening series to more cities; and to establish a peer-to-peer mentorship program for movie makers.

Longino named CEO at Camp Corral

Leigh Longino, chief operating officer at Camp Corral in Raleigh, which serves children of military families, has been named CEO.

Hurricane relief getting $207,500

North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh allocated $207,500 from its Disaster Relief Fund to go to 15 of its affiliates that serve parts of eastern North Carolina still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.

Food Bank gets $40,000 plus 50,000 pounds of food

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has received over $40,000 and nearly 50,000 pounds of food as part of the Lowes Foods ‘Bag Childhood Hunger’ initiative.

More than $10,000 of that total will go directly serve the Wilmington region.

Pepper Festival to benefit Abundance NC

Abundance NC in Pittsboro will benefit from the 10th Annual Pepper Festival, which will be held September 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Briar Chapel, a master-planned community in Chapel Hill.

Beaufort-Hyde Community Foundation gives $1,440

Beaufort-Hyde Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded two grants totaling $1,440.

Community service focus of Exchange Club

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Exchange Family Center, formed 25 years ago by members of Exchange Clubs in the region to help prevent child abuse, received $15,000 in the fiscal year ended June 30 from the Exchange Club of Greater Durham.

Through its Durham Blues & Brew Festival and a beer concession its volunteers staff at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Club raises about $30,000 a year to support the Family Center and other local causes.

“The premise of Exchange is to promote Americanism and community service, to do good in our community,” says Debbie Mangum, president of the all-volunteer civic group and co-owner of Mangum Benton Ventures.

Since it was formed in 1981, the Club has contributed roughly $700,000 to community groups, including a total of $83,000 in the past three years, when half the funds each year have gone to Exchange Family Center, and half to another to 10 to 12 groups that each receives a grant of $500 to $1,000.

Operating with an annual budget it generates from $150 dues each member pays each quarter, the Club meets for lunch the first four Thursdays of each month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Club in University Tower.

Three of those meetings each features a speaker from a local nonprofit, or a local expert to talk about a community issue, with the fourth meeting focusing on Club business.

Each quarter, in a month with five Thursdays, it also hosts an after-work social event at various locations for members and their families.

“We believe our Club can only be successful if we have the support of the Club members’ families,” Mangum says.

The Club awards funds to nonprofits once a year based on recommendations from, and then a vote by its members.

A nonprofit is eligible for funding if a representative of the organization has been a speaker at a weekly lunch meeting of the Club within the previous two years, or if a Club member has a strong relationship with the nonprofit, such as volunteering, making a donation or receiving services.

In addition to making contributions, the Club also provides a range of programs, typically once a year for each program.

To promote Americanism, for example, it works with all the teachers, typically on three grade levels, at a local elementary school. The teachers assign essays on the American flag, and a Club committee selects a winner from each grade level.

Then, at a school assembly, an ROTC drill team from a local high school performs, U.S. Rep. David Price typically presents the school with an American flag that has flown atop the U.S. Capitol, students read their winning essays and receive a gift of $25 to $50 each, and each student receives a small American flag.

Other Club activities range from promoting fire safety and crime prevention to recognizing a student of the month and shopping for Christmas presents for children served by a local organization the Club selects.

“We’re all very different,” Mangum says of Club members. “Our ages are from the mid-20s to mid-70s. We’re like-minded but we’re very different. I’ve met people in our Club that I never would have met on the street otherwise.”

Two years ago, she says, the day after her father suffered a heart attack, “the very first person I called was an Exchange Club member. I just needed to talk to a friend, different from family.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 08.11.17

Duke raises $3.85 billion

Duke University raised $3.85 billion over the past seven years in the school’s largest fundraising campaign ever.

The campaign, which had an initial goal of $3.25 billion, received contributions from over 315,000 donors and foundations $3.25 billion, including $589 million in new commitments of gifts and pledges in the fiscal year ended June 30.

In that fiscal year, the school received $581 million in cash, up 15 percent from the previous year and posting a new high for the fifth straight year.

Carolina For The Kids gives $71,000

Carolina For The Kids in Chapel Hill awarded 17 grants totaling $70,755 to advance programs, services and other hospital-based initiatives that directly affect care and specific patient-related needs for patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital.

The grants support educational waiting room activities; education sessions for parents with children in the neonatal intensive care unit; resources for understanding and managing diabetes; food models; art supplies; and knee calipers for children with disabilities.

Life Experience founder retiring

Mary Madenspacher, founder and executive director of Life Experience in Cary, will retire, effective March 23, 2018.

Power of the Dream names executive director

Nichole Brownlee, a former member of the  board of directors of The Power of the Dream in Raleigh, has joined the nonprofit as its first executive director.

Lung Cancer Initiative to host Advocacy Summit

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina will host its 7th Annual Lung Cancer Advocacy Summit August 18-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Solution Center in Durham.

Keynote speaker will be Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Event to support cancer screening and mammography services

The Sixth Annual Pink Pint Night, which last year raised over $45,000 for Levine Cancer Institute, will be held September 28 starting at 4 pm. at NoDa Brewing Company at 2921 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte.

All funds raised at the event support local uninsured women in need of screening and diagnostic mammography services.

Sponsors are Charlotte Radiology and NoDa Brewing Company.

Prevent Child Abuse board elects officers

Jesica Averhart, executive director of Leadership Triangle, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, and Jed Hysong, vice president for finance at Jaggaer in Research Triangle Park, has been elected board vice-chair.

John H. Jo of Wake Forest, a lawyer at Smith Anderson Law Firm, has joined the board.

Endowment gives scholarships, grant

The Jane Graham McKay and Katherine Hill McKay Endowment at Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte awarded $20,000 in scholarships to seven local students in Laurinburg.

The endowment also awarded a $25,000 grant to the Scotland County Humane Society to buy a van to transport animals.

Harvesting books to boost child literacy

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Growing up in Atlanta, Ginger Young became a “voracious reader who thrived in childhood because of books, and took great comfort and solace and inspiration from books.”

Then, starting in the mid-1990s and living in the Triangle, she says, she took her own children to the public library once a week so they would have a “childhood full of books and reading and vocabulary development.”

But she also saw a troubling gap in kids’ access to books based on their parents’ income.

Children’s opportunity to get books “should not be connected to how much money their parents make,” she says. “There is no reason every child in our community can’t grow up in a book-rich home.”

So in 2011, Young tested an idea: She asked friends and colleagues to donate their own children’s books. In return, she promised to distribute them to children who otherwise might not get a chance to read or own a book.

Within two weeks, her garage was stocked with bags and boxes filled with 6,000 books. By the end of the month, donations had grown to 10,000.

That was the start of Book Harvest, a Durham nonprofit that now has distributed nearly 700,000 books through home visits to families with newborn babies, and through schools, nonprofits and other partners.

Operating with an annual budget of $728,000, eight full-time employees, and nearly 500 volunteers, including 100 who volunteer regularly, Book Harvest works to get books into the hands of children up to age 18, and to promote literacy for kids and families.

It operates four programs in the Triangle that provide a “continuum” of books and literacy support based on a child’s age.

It also is developing plans to serve more people with its own programs, and find ways for other communities to adopt those programs.

And it is heading a collaborative effort in Durham that is part of a national initiative in over 300 communities to improve reading proficiency by the end of third grade.

In Durham, the effort aims to increase to 70 percent in 2025 from 45.7 percent in 2016 the number of children who read on grade level at the end of third grade — and to 66 percent by 2025 from 33.2 percent in 2016 the number from low-income homes who read at that level.

Key to the developing the most effective local strategies to inspire children to read will be parental leadership, says Young, founder and executive director of Book Harvest.

“The people who can best chart that path are the parents,” she says.

Book Harvest gears its delivery of books and literacy support to a child’s age.

Its Books Babies program, for example, is based on research that shows 80 percent of the brain is developed by age three, “which means we have to really front-load book access for families where there’s a newborn,” Young says.

So, through referrals from partner agencies such as Durham Connect, a nurse home-visiting program, Book Harvest enrolls newborns and their families starting six weeks to two months after birth.

It provides them with books. And three to four times a year for the first three years, and then two to three times a year for the next two years, it visits families’ homes and offers literacy coaching for parents.

Currently, 260 families are enrolled, each getting 20 books a year.

To address the challenge of summer “learning loss” for students while school is out, Book Harvest offers Books on Break, a program that provides 10 free books at the end of the school year the children select themselves — a total of nearly 71,000 books this year — for nearly 19,000 students at 44 public schools in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties and Chapel Hill-Carrboro public schools.

Once a week, through its Community Book Bank, it also stocks shelves it has set up in the waiting rooms of about 65 partner organizations– such as social service agencies, health clinics, and after-school and tutoring programs, mainly in Durham and Orange counties — where children can select books and take them to build their own home libraries.

That effort, which was Book Harvest’s initial program, this year will distribute just over 100,000 books to children.

And at Books to Go events it hosts three times a year, teachers and officials from about  80 schools and nonprofits that work with middle-school and high-school students can visit Book Harvest to pick books the students then can select and keep for their home libraries.

This year, that effort is expected to put at least 30,000 books into the hands of students.

This year, Book Harvest also launched a service that twice a week sends text messages to parents who subscribe, offering tips on reading to children, and on summer reading opportunities at libraries and other locations.

Partnerships are central to Book Harvest’s work, Young says.

In partnership with the Durham Housing Authority and Durham County Library, for example, Book Harvest aims to “make sure every child that lives in each of DHA’s eight housing communities, has a big stack of books next to their bed.”

It also provides “literacy-enrichment activities” for those children through after-school and summer programs in those eight communities.

Ultimately, Young says, improving child literacy depends on raising community awareness of the need, and getting the community involved in addressing it.

“It’s all about civic engagement and the public narrative about what is acceptable for our children,” Young says.

“There are hundreds of thousands of books, and thousands of book donors and volunteers who are well on their way to creating book-rich environments throughout our community,” she says. “What we are going to do next is to take that transactional experience of book provision, which is what we started with, and turn it into how we transform outcomes for children, to go from transactional to transformational.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 08.04.17

Wake Tech gets nearly $11 million

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations at Wake Tech received $10.99 million in grant funding in the fiscal year ended June 30, the highest total since it was formed in 2004.

The Office now has received over $48 million in grant funds for program support, including over $31 million in the past five years.

Grants in the past fiscal year included $575,277 from the National Science Foundation to fund a robotics program; 580,000 from the Aspen Institute’s “Frontier Set,” a group of 31 institutions from throughout the U.S. that aim to increase student access and success and eliminate racial/ethnic and socio-economic disparities in college attainment; $15,000 from Raleigh consulting firm Accenture for training in a program to improve operations at county social services departments; and $10,000 from Duke Energy to add electric vehicle charging stations at the school’s Northern and Main campuses.

Curamericas getting $1.49 million

Curamericas Global in Raleigh has been awarded a three-year, $1.49 million grant from the Global Grants Program of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Curamericas will use the funds to support its “Casa Materna” model for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and child stunting in high-mortality regions of Guatemala.

The work the funds will support will directly affect over 205,000 people, including 58,800 women, 13,050 adolescent girls, and 32,070 children under age two.

Event raises $350,000 for Heart Association

The Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk on May 20 raised over $350,000 for the American Heart Association to benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education..

The top overall fundraiser at the event, which was held May 20 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and attracted over 4,500 participants, was Cone Health, which fielded a team of 354 walkers who raised $50,144.

That was the largest amount ever has raised for the event by Cone Health, which over the past 10 years has raised $324,000 for the Walk.

Prevent Child Abuse raises $255,000

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina has raised $255,000, including a $75,000 challenge grant from the ChildTrust Foundation in Raleigh that Prevent Child Abuse used to generate another $180,000, exceeding the dollar-for-dollar challenge by $105,000.

Those additional funds include a $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor, and a $25,000 gift from Raleigh business executive Art Pope to create an endowment at the North Carolina Community Foundation to support Prevent Child Abuse.

The endowment is named for Katherine Vail Pope, who is married to Art Pope and is a member of the board of directors of Prevent Child Abuse.

The ChildTrust Foundation is the charitable arm of Investors Management Corp. in Raleigh.

Transitions LifeCare gets $150,000

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh received $150,000 from North State Bank that the bank raised at its “Summer Salute” co-chaired by Jim Branch and Sandra A. Temple.

on June 10 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.

In the past 14 years, the event has raised $1.5 million.

Mountain Valley Hospice opens care center in Yadkinville

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care has opened a new hospice care center at 243 North Lee Ave. in Yadkinville.

It raised over $2.5 million to help pay for the facility, including a challenge grant from the State Employees Credit Union.

The new SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin, which will be the first in-patient hospice facility in Yadkin County, will serve patients and their families from throughout the Yadkin Valley region.

Totaling 11,000 square feet, the new facility will offer a private, home-like setting to  provide end-of-life care for patients who can no longer stay in their own home.

It will feature six, 300-square-foot patient suites with private baths and outdoor patios.  The new center also will include a chapel; family living room; family kitchen; dining area; children’s playroom; teen room; community meeting room with covered patio; sunroom; and courtyard with a view of Pilot Mountain.

Davidson Hospice adding pediatric program

Hospice of Davidson County has received a contribution of $35,000 from Lauren’s Ladder in Lexington, plus a commitment of $10,000 from another organization, to support a $225,000 program it is launching to serve patients up to age 18, and their families.

Hospice is raising funds to create the new pediatric program as part of a comprehensive campaign to raise $2.3 million.

Dance event aims to raise $100,000 for cancer research

A dance festival and gala, scheduled for September 21-24 in Raleigh and organized by a U.S. Army veteran and cancer survivor, aims to raise $100,000 for cancer research.

The event will feature public workshops on salsa, bachata, aouk, and kizomba dances, and a dinner gala on September 23 at the Talley Center at North Carolina State University, with performances by Latin dancers.

Organizing the event is Matthew Bergens, who founded BailaCura, a nonprofit of dancers working to support cancer patients and their families during treatment.

A graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Matt served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg until he was diagnosed with cancer. He received treatment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Videos focus on homelessness, poverty

Greensboro Urban Ministry has received a donation of $3,000 form Flow Buick-GMC of Greensboro to support a series of videos, known as “Finding the Way Home,” of client stories about homelessness and poverty.

Produced by Swiftwater Media, the videos sponsored by Flow Buick-GMC focus on two military veterans — Angel Baptist, a student at North Carolina A&T State University, and Jerry Hunt, a minister in Guilford County.

In 2016, Greensboro Urban Ministry served nearly 216,000 meals at Potter’s House Community Kitchen, including breakfast and dinner for shelter guests at Weaver House; provided emergency food assistance to nearly 21,000 households; sheltered nearly 1,900 men and women and 45 families; and supported over 170 men, women and families in their move back to permanent housing.

New CEO joins Horizons

Richard Anderson, former vice president of operations at RHA Health Services in Asheville, has joined Horizons Residential Care Center in Rural Hall as president and CEO.

Horizons was formed in 1973 from the Old Memorial Industrial School, a home for black orphans from across North Carolina.

It operates two homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities accompanied by significant physical health challenges — Horizons-Arches, which hosts 10 adults, and Horizons-Atrium that hosts 30 residents, 22 of them children who attend a school on campus that is an extension of Forsyth County School System.

Panel to focus on dealing with loss from drug overdose

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro on August 22 will host a presentation about the impact of losing a loved one to drug overdose.

The event, from 6 p.m. t 7 p.m. in the Lusk Center at 2501 Summit Avenue, will feature a panel of individuals who have lost a loved one to overdose.

Arts Access gets $162,000

Arts Access has been awarded a grant of $162,430 from the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh for its Wake Arts Inclusion Project, which works to increase participation by children with disabilities in local cultural arts activities.

With the funds, Arts Access will work with teachers, administrators, teaching artists and community-based cultural organizations in the Wake County Public School System.

United Arts Council awards grants, to host dinner event

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County awarded $19,000 in grants to 14 individual artists in Wake County in the areas of dance, literature, multimedia, music and visual art.

United Arts will host its “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” event on Nov. 2-4.

Over the last 12 years, the event has raised a total of $1 million for arts education in Wake County.