Nonprofit news roundup, 10.20.17

Giving to charity makes givers happier, study says

People who give to charity are happier than those who don’t, and the more they give, the happier they are, a new study says.

Single men see a bigger increase in happiness when they become donors, while single and married women alike get a bigger boost when they give more of their income, says Women Give 2017, an annual study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

And in households where women drive or participate equally in charitable decisions, the entire family is happier, the study says.

It also found that:

* The more a household gives as a percentage of income, the higher the household’s “life satisfaction.”

* Giving to charities is positive related to a household’s life satisfaction for single women, single men and married couples alike.

* For households where either a wife makes charitable decisions, or spouses make charitable decisions jointly, life satisfaction increases with the percentage of household income given to charity.

* For households in which charitable decision are driven by women, and more than two percent of their incomes are given to charity, households making less than $100,000 a year experience more of an increase in life satisfaction than those making $100,000 or more.

Winston-Salem Foundation targets disparities

Addressing significant local educational and economic disparities, especially in concentrated geographic areas, will be the new focus of community grantmaking by The Winston-Salem Foundation starting in 2019, when it will mark its 100th anniversary.

In 2018, the Foundation’s staff plans to work with community partners working in the two new focus areas, which it says aim to “create more equitable educational outcomes for diverse groups of students” in the community, and “create more equitable and inclusive pathways for people and places to fully participate in economic opportunities.”

In late fall 2018, the Foundation plans to announce funding priorities and strategies for the two focus areas, and begin making grants in 2019 to support the new areas of emphasis.

The Foundation will continue to provide capacity-building and capital campaign grants to local nonprofits in a wide range of program areas.

The 2018 application deadlines for these grants will be on March 1 and September 3.

Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, the Foundation administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of $453 million at the end of 2016, when it granted $38.4 million to charitable causes, including $2.8 million in community grants.

Duke Energy Foundation gives $524,500

A dozen cultural and arts nonprofits in North Carolina are getting a total of $524,500 in grants from Duke Energy Foundation to support arts appreciation and educational programs.

Forsyth United Way giving $100,000 for hurricane relief

United Way of Forsyth County to Donate $100,000 to United Way of Greater Houston and American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

On August 31, United Way launched a community-wide crowdfunding campaign for hurricane relief. It promised to match all local donations up to a total of $100,000, donating half of all funds to the United Way of Greater Houston for longer-term rebuilding efforts and the remaining other half going to the American Red Cross for more immediate disaster relief.

The campaign raised $45,241.20 in just three weeks.

United Way Forsyth County will match those funds and also will donate the balance of its pledged funds, sending a total of $145,241.20 for hurricane relief.

High Point Regional foundation raises $120,000

High Point Regional Health Foundation netted $120,000 at its seventh annual Sun & Stars Signature event on September 29 at High Point Country Club.

All funds raised this year will go to the Campaign for High Point Regional, a fundraising effort to support a major renovation and modernization project for the Congdon Regional Heart Center and the Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional.

Forge launches $200,000 campaign

Forge Greensboro, the largest community maker-space in the Southeast, has launched a campaign to raise $200,000 to support membership growth, expand educational workshops and community programs and add new equipment for member use.

The fundraising effort already has received pledges totaling $20,000.

Wake Forest gets $900,000 for hormone research

Researchers at Wake Forest University have received a $900,000 awarded from the National Science Foundation to examine how the plant hormone ethylene affects growth and development of the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, a genetic model used to provide insight into other plants.

The collaborative grant brings together researchers in biology, computer science and mathematics who began working together through the Center for Molecular Signaling at Wake Forest.

Food drive to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry

Local grocery stores and three-dozen congregations are holding a food drive October 20 and 21 to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry.

The drive, which aims to collect nonperishable food items for the nonprofit’s food pantry will be held both days at Harris Teeter, Lowes Food, and Whole Foods stores, and at Walmart stores on W. Friendly Avenue, W. Gate City Boulevard, and Alamance Church Road, and on Saturday at Food Lion stores.

Last year, the food pantry distributed over 1.15 million pounds of food, most it donated by the community, to households in need in the region.

Health Underwriters honor Pennington

Carol Pennington, media chairperson for the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters since 2010, and media chairperson for the Triad Association of Health Underwriters since 2006, recently won both the state and the chapter media relations awards at the 87th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Police officer, public defender receive humanitarian award

Major Mike Campagna of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, and Mecklenburg County public defender Toussaint Romain have received the 2017 Nish Jamgotch Jr. Humanitarian Award from Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte.

Alamance United Way raises $24,500

United Way of Alamance County raised $24,500 at a music event to support grants for education, health and financial-stability programs, and for community initiatives.

Food Bank donates food to TABLE

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is donating $20,000 worth of food to support the Weekend Meal Backpack Program for TABLE that will help the Carrboro nonprofit deliver non-perishables and fresh produce every week to over 600 children this year.

Event raises $58,000 for Center for Child & Family Health

The Eighth Annual Urbaniak-Sanders Fashion Show & Luncheon, hosted by the Washington Duke Inn, netted over $58,000 for the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham.

Summit set for October 24 on minorities and women in business

The Greensboro Community Development Fund will host the inaugural Minority and Women in Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit, with Wells Fargo Bank as presenting sponsor, on October 24 at Gateway Research Park at 2901 #2500 E. Gate  City Blvd. in Greensboro.

Schools getting donated instruments

Triangle-based National Pawn is donating over 100 musical instruments and $2,000 for instrument upkeep to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

The instruments will go to the music programs at Easton Elementary School, Walkertown Middle School, Mineral Springs Middle School, and Philo-Hill Magnet Academy.

Nonprofit sabbaticals available

November 2 is the deadline for submitting applications to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for its 2018 sabbatical program.

Every other year, the Foundation awards five sabbaticals, which include compensation totaling $30,000, plus  and $10,000 to each recipient’s organization for planning and transition expenses.

The program aims to provide veteran nonprofit leaders with a break of three to six months to focus on personal needs and growth.

Bikefest raises $14,000 for veterans groups

The Ray Price Capital City Bikefest generated a total of $13,917 in donations from bikers  to the USO of North Carolina and United States Veterans Corps.

Of the total, $7,860 was raised at the 2017 Raleigh Tattoo Festival, which was presented by 401 Tattoos & Art, and Warlock’s Tattoos & Body Piercings.

Crumley Roberts honors human-relations director

Chuck Trull, director of human relations  at law firm Crumley Robertsin Greensboro, has received its 2017 “KSR Servants Heart Spirit Award” for giving back to the community in a significant way.

The firm also donated $5,000 to the Back2Back Ministries in Trull’s honor.

Family Service foundations honor former board members

The two foundations of Family Service of the Piedmont honored David S. Thompson of High Point and Robert C. Ketner of Greensboro with the Julia B. Nile For Love of Family Award at its annual meeting on October 9 at the Sedgefield Country Club.

Powers elected to head Health Underwriters board

Walter “Rick” Powers, vice president of the life, health, group and pension department of Murray White Associates in High Point, has been elected president of executive board of the Triad Association of Health Underwriters.

Volunteers pitch in for BackPack Beginnings

Team members from the High Point and Greensboro offices of Sharrard, McGee & Co. volunteered on September 22 at BackPack Beginnings in Greensboro, helping to assemble, box, label and pallet bags to fill the weekend food gap for children in need.

Dee Todd to speak at Empowered Girls event

DeLores “Dee” Todd, who in 2005 became the first female athletics director at North Carolina A&T State University will speak at the fourth annual High Tea fundraising event that Empowered Girls of North Carolina will host on November 11.

The event,  to be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 900 16th Street in Greensboro also will feature presentation of the organization’s inaugural Women of Distinction Award presentation.

Motorcycle Club gives $3,500

Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club in Greensboro donated $3,500 to help support service dog in the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program.

O.Henry award nominations due November 8

November 8 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2018 O.Henry Award, which is giving jointly by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and Arts Greensboro, and recognizes an individual for lifetime contribution to the arts and cultural development of the community.

Community Housing Solutions getting $10,000

First Bank in Southern Pines is donating $10,000 to Community Housing Solutions of Guilford County.

ABC of NC to host annual fundraising event

Matt Savage, a jazz pianist and autism self-advocate, will be featured as the Tenth Annual Gourmet Lunchbox Lunch that ABC of NC will host October 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Millennium Center at 101 West Fifth St. in Winston-Salem.


Nonprofit news roundup, 10.13.17

Smaller share of Americans giving to charity, research says

The share of U.S. households that contributed to charity in 2014 fell nearly 11 percentage points from the share that gave in 2000, according to new data available on a new website that features data on charitable giving.

Reasons for the decline — to 55.51 percent of households from 66.22 percent — include the recession, a decrease in “religiosity,” and demographic shifts, says the Lilly Family School of Family at Indiana University, which released the data and launched its website at

Two program officers joining Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Tania Duran, North Carolina program manager in Raleigh for Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Sorien Schmidt, former state director in Raleigh for Enroll America, both will join the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem on October 31 as program officers.

Duran most recently has served director of youth programs for El Pueblo in Raleigh, and Schmidt has served as director of community engagement and education for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina in Raleigh.

Meredith College gets $1 million

Meredith College in Raleigh received a $1 million gift from 1972 graduate Elizabeth Triplett Beam of Raleigh to name a foundation plaza in front of Johnson Hall that was renovated last  year.

Kennedy chairing board of Partners Ending Homelessness

The Rev. Chesley Kennedy, director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Partners Ending Homelessness in Guilford County.

Kennedy succeeds the Rev. Mike Aiken, retired executive director of Greensboro Area Ministry, who has been named to the honorary position of chair emeritus.

Volunteers pitch in to rejuvenate gardens

Members of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps teamed up with volunteers from The Winston-Salem Foundation on October 1 to help rejuvenate the gardens around Family Services’ Head Start buildings at 2050 Big House Gaines Boulevard in Winston-Salem.

The project is one of 10 service projects that HandsOn Northwest North Carolina has organized to mark its 10th anniversary.

Wake Ed Partnership receives award

WakeEd Partnership has received the US2020 STEM Mentoring Award for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.

Gilbarco employees volunteer

Gilbarco Veeder-Root offered its employees a full work day on October 2 to volunteer, and its 1,500 employees in Greensboro were able to choose from among 15 projects to feed the hungry, boost educational opportunities, support veterans, assist hospices, and fight homelessness.

Scholarship at A&T named for Al Johnson

Friends and colleagues of the late Al Johnson, who was an editor for Knight-Ridder newspapers and founding publisher of The Business Journal in Greensboro, have partnered with N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro to establish an annual scholarship in his name.

Johnson attended A&T in the 1960s.

Stroke Association gives $71,000

The North Carolina Stroke Association in Winston-Salem awarded grants of $25,700 to Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton, and $45,560 to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie through an initiative that aims to ensure that every North Carolinian has access to stroke care, wherever they live.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $614,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $614,176 to groups serving people in Forsyth County in the area of animal welfare; community

and economic development; education; the environment; human services; and public interest.

Bookmarks honors educator, author, family

Ruth Wilcox, media coordinator at Paisley IB Magnet School, is the 2017 winner of the Authors in Schools Educator Award from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, while author Emily Herring Wilson is the winner of its Literary Achievement Award, and Megan and Philip Mulder, and son David Mulder, are winners of its Debora D. and Victor F. Harllee, Jr. Volunteer Award.

GSK executive to speak at Made in Durham summit

Jack Bailey, president of U.S. pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline and vice president of the board of directors of Made in Durham, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Power of Partnership Summit that the nonprofit will host November 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 21C Museum Hotel Durham.

Teacher of year to speak at North Carolina PTA event

Jason Griffin, principal of Hertford Grammar School in Perquimans County and 2017 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 NCPTA Annual Founders Day Celebration hosted by the North Carolina Parent Teacher Congress on November 4 at its headquarters at 3501 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2018 Power of the Purse® to feature Award-winning Journalist Maria Hinojosa

Journalist Hinojosa to speak at event for The Women’s Fund 

Journalist Maria Hinojosa will be the featured speaker at the 14th Annual Power of Purse event that the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina will host May 22, 2018, to benefit The Women’s Fund, an endowment at the Foundation.

Her talk, “My American Experience: Immigration, Disparity and Opportunity,” will focus on migration, immigration and changing demographics.

Meals on Wheels delivers ‘more than a meal’

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Every weekday at 8:30 a.m., a dozen volunteers gather around tables in the offices of  Meals on Wheels of Durham to assemble meals that another 30 volunteers will deliver the same morning to about 400 seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The volunteer drivers also spend a few minutes speaking with their clients, and making a quick visual assessment of the meal recipients’ mental and physical well-being. The volunteer drivers also deliver pet food for meal recipients who have pets and, on Fridays, deliver two bag lunches for the weekend for clients who request them.

Meals on Wheels is “more than a meal,” says Gale Singer Adland, who joined the nonprofit as executive director in 2009 after working for more than 30 years as a software programmer. “It’s a lot more than just bringing food to somebody.”

The group is one of nearly 5,000 community-based programs in the U.S. dedicated to feeding seniors, including programs serving nearly every one of North Carolina’s 100 counties, Adland says.

And as a member of Meals on Wheels America, she says, the free-standing Durham nonprofit benefits from research, education, advocacy and a national conferences, as well as group-buying discounts it otherwise might not have access to or be able to afford.

Founded in 1975 , Meals on Wheels of Durham operates with an annual budget of $900,000, three full-time and two part-time staff, a part-time bookkeeper, and nearly 200 volunteers.

Meals on Wheels, which does not have its own kitchen, pays less than $4 a meal to Spicy Green Gourmet, which cooks the meals and delivers them to the nonprofit each weekday morning for assembly and delivery by its volunteers.

Meals on Wheels also buys most of the ingredients for the weekend bag lunches that are delivered along with meals each Friday — although bread is free — from the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, paying 18 cents a pound for nearly everything.

The nonprofit also gets donations of pet food for meal recipients’ pets from Paws on Durham, and from Walmart.

And with a $5,000 gift from Westminster Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Durham to install doorbells, door handles and ramps for meal recipients who need them.

Last year, in its annual survey of meal recipients, Meals on Wheels found that well over half of them did not have a working doorbell.

The nonprofit also partners with other organizations that provide volunteers, including the schools of public policy, law and nursing at Duke, and the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University.

Meals on Wheels has two contracts with Durham County that account for about half its annual revenue, and generates another 10 percent of its funds through contributions from about 15 percent of its clients.

And to address other needs they may have, it refers its clients to other nonprofits, including A Helping Hand, which assists with shopping, companionship and minor house upkeep.

Meals on Wheels generates its remaining funds from foundations, corporations, churches and individuals. In addition to fundraising appeals it mails each fall and spring, it will host its inaugural gala, presented by Ellis Family Law, on February 24 at 21C Museum Hotel.

According to research by Meals on Wheels America, Adland says, seniors who receive home-delivered meals, compared to seniors in similar circumstances who don’t receive meals, feel safer in their homes; said they were less depressed and more physically active; visited a doctor, urgent-care facility or emergency room less often; and had fewer hospital stays.

Yet with its annual client base growing by over two-third to 530 individuals in just two years, and the number of seniors in Durham County projected over the next 10 to 15 years to grow more than 60 percent, Meals on Wheels is looking for ways to meet growing demand for home-delivered meals.

“We have lots of people who want food,” Adland says. “The only thing preventing us from feeding them is more funding and more volunteers.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 10.05.17

High Point United Way collects 100,000 pounds of food

United Way of Greater High Point collected over 100,000 pounds of nonperishable goods from 51 organizations over two days that were distributed to 14 local food pantries.

Companies making in-kind donations to the effort included Bank of America; Ilderton Motors; Old Dominion Freight Lines; Crescent Ford; High Point University; and the City of High Point.

Science centers getting $2.39 million

Fifty-four science centers across North Carolina have been awarded state grants totaling $2.39 million to improve education opportunities for the public in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, particularly in communities with few resources.

Greensboro United Way getting $210,000

United Way of Greater Greensboro is getting $70,000 a year over the next three years from the Women to Women Fund of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to help local women earn General Education Diplomas, or GEDs, and increase their financial stability.

Templeton retiring from Center for Volunteer Caregiving

Lynn Templeton will retire as executive director of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary, effective December 31.

The Center has received a $15,000 grant from Triangle Community Foundation to conduct a search for a new executive director.

Arts Council honors individuals, organizations

Three individuals and two organizations have received awards from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Winners, who received the awards at the Arts Council’s annual meeting September 25 at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, include:

* Matthew Troy, music director and conductor of the Piedmont Wind Symphony, who received the Philip Hanes Young Leader Award.

* Christina Soriano, associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University, who received the Arts Educator Excellence Award.

* Steve Berlin, a lawyer with the Kilpatrick Stockton Law Firm, who received The Arts Council Award.

* Riverrun International Film Festival, which received a Strategic Vision Partner Award through the Arts Council’s Organizational Support Grant program.

* Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, which received a Strategic Vision Partner Award through the Arts Council’s Annual Event and Series Grant program.

Harlem Children’s Zone founder to speak in Winston-Salem

Geoffrey Canada, founder and president of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker at a benefit luncheon hosted by Family Services on November 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

United Arts funds school field trips

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has made $43,275 available to 53 Wake County schools to take one grade level per school on a field trip to an arts and cultural destination in the area.

Winston-Salem nonprofits get $20,000

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is giving $15,000 to Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods in Winston-Salem for its”Grassroots Grants Program,” and $5,000 to The Winston-Salem Foundation for its Youth Grantmakers in Action program.

United Way kickoff raises $21,000

United Way of Forsyth County raised $21,000 at the kickoff of its annual fundraising campaign through a 5K event, music event, and guitar raffle.

Local funders make grants

Rockingham County Community Foundation awarded five local grants totaling $4,730, and Morrisville Community Fund awarded two grants totaling $1,500. Both are affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Barnabas Network raises $3,800

The Barnabas Network in Greensboro raised $3,792.15 at a fundraiser at Once Upon A Child, which sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear.

At the event, shoppers were invited to fill bags at $15 each full of children’s clothing, with all proceeds benefitting The Barnabas Network.

Wake Forest associate professor gets $680,000

Patricia Dos Santos, an associate professor of chemistry of Wake Forest University, received a grant of $680,000 from the National Science Foundation for research and mentoring students from other Triad-area colleges.

Event to benefit ALS Association

Grove Winery and Vineyards in Gibsonville will host the ALSapalooza music festival on October 7 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to benefit to the North Carolina chapter of The ALS Association to fund research and provide care for people living with ALS in the state.

Trustees joining Medical Society Foundation board

Five trustees are joining the board of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation. They include Jason Sandner, chief financial officer at Medical Mutual Insurance Company in Raleigh; Lyndon Jordan, president and managing partner at Wake Radiology; Connette McMahon, who practices obstetrics and gynecology at Jones Center for Women’s Health in Fayetteville, and Mind Body Spirit Women’s Health in Dunn; Andrew “Andy” Lamb, vice president of medical affairs for Alamance Regional Medical Center; and Walker Ray, a retired pediatrician.

Cumberland County Foundation gives $307,500

Cumberland Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $307,500.

V Foundation partners with NFL team

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is teaming up with the Kansas City Chiefs and The University of Kansas Health System to support cancer research.