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.

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