Nonprofit news roundup, 11.27.17

Cone Health Foundation awards $4.84 million

Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro has awarded nearly $4.84 million in grants to 36 nonprofits in the region, brining its total grantmaking since 1997 to over $86 million.

Nonprofits receiving grants work in the foundation’s four focus areas, including access to health care; adolescent pregnancy prevention; HIV/AIDS; and substance abuse and mental health.

Some grants were made outside those categories and support community collaborations.

The median award was $100,500, and 41 percent of grant awards focused on access to care.

Salvation Army of High Point aims to raise $150,000

The Salvation Army of High Point has kicked off its annual Red Kettle campaign, which this year aims to raise $150,000.

The campaign needs to offset a projected shortfall of $12,000 as a result of a decision by a regional retailer no longer to allow the Salvation Army to set up it red kettles at more than 100 of its stores in the Southeast, including one in High Point.

And in the face of rising local need for food and clothing, the Salvation Army says, it again has begun it annual campaign two weeks before Thanksgiving in an effort to raise an additional $10,000 to $15,000 — enough to serve 200 families more than the 30,000 it served in the fiscal year ended September 30.

Barbara leaving Forsyth Futures

Dan Barbara has resigned as executive director of Forsyth Futures to care for an ailing parent but has agreed to continue serving in his role from his new home in the Southwest until the end of November, and then as a consultant for Forsyth Futures until the end of 2017.

Members of the board of directors of Forsyth Futures will oversee operations of the organization, with the support of staff members as needed, says board chair Rence Callahan.

The board is assessing the need for an interim executive director and aims to have a plan in place to go forward by the beginning of 2018, Callahan says.

Western North Carolina funder gives $1.45 million

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville awarded grants totaling nearly $1.45 million to nonprofits serving economically-disadvantaged populations in 18 counties in the region.

John Rex Endowment gives $800,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded seven grants totaling over $800,000 to organizations and groups that support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children.

Marathon team raises $578,000 for V Foundation

Team V, the endurance training program for the V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary, raised $577,985 in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5.

High Point Community Foundation gives $369,000

The High Point Community Foundation awarded a total of $369,310 in grants to 18 Guilford County charities, an increase of $40,000 from last year, at its 2017 annual grants luncheon on November 15 at High Point Country Club $40,000.

Legal Aid reopens office in Boone

Legal Aid of North Carolina has reopened its Boone office, thanks to funding from the Governor’s Crime Commission, six years after budget cuts forced the organization to close some of its smaller offices throughout the state.

State Farm agents partner with Junior Achievement

More than 20 local State Farm agents are partnering with Junior Achievement of the Triad to talk about their entrepreneurial experiences with high school students at Walter Williams High School in Burlington, Dudley High School in Greensboro, High Point Central High School, and Carver High School in Winston-Salem.

Family Service receives care bags

Family Service of the Piedmont received 150 care bags from Foresters Financial for the Fairview Family Resource Center on Taylor Street in High Point.

The donation included 75 hygiene kits filled with toiletry items, and 75 “New Mommy” kits filled with diapers, wipes and other items.

Ziehl-Abegg teams with Guilford Apprenticeship Partners

Ziehl-Abegg, a German manufacturer of fans and motors with operations in Greensboro, has joined Guilford Apprenticeship Partners to provide a four-year work agreement with apprentices.

Camp Corral names two to advisory council

Clark Frederick, a retired colonel in the Army Reserve, and Gary Bowen, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have been appointed to the National Advisory Council of Raleigh-based Camp Corral.

College students build beds for veterans

Two student-run groups at High Point University teamed up to build 50 beds for Heal Our Heroes Camp, a new facility that will house homeless veterans in High Point.

Bank employees pitch in with Community Housing Solutions

Employees from First Bank teamed up with Community Housing Solutions to set kitchen cabinets, paint walls and complete trim work in the house of a single mother of two who lives in Greensboro.

Guilford Partnership for Children to host anniversary breakfast

Partnership for Children of Guilford County will celebrate its 20th anniversary at a breakfast on December 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Union Square Campus at 124 E. Gate Blvd. in Greensboro.

Carteret funder gives $54,600

Carteret Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded 20 local grants totaling $54,605.

Oakwood Cemetery works to keep history alive

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — In 1867, under federal occupation, the city of Raleigh was told the cemetery at its Civil War hospital, containing the remains of Union and Confederate soldiers alike, was becoming a national cemetery.

In response, a group of local women formed the Ladies Memorial Association, which successfully lobbied state lawmakers for $1,000. It then asked the Mordecai family for two-and-a-half acres where it could bury the remains of Confederate soldiers interred in the hospital cemetery in violation of a federal law prohibiting the burial of Confederate soldiers alongside Union dead.

The Association then bought the Mordecai land for $1, and used the rest of the funds from state lawmakers to move the remains of 494 Confederate soldiers and make improvements to the former Mordecai land, now part of Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

Oakwood Cemetery, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019, has grown to 72 acres and is home to the remains of 25,000 people, among them local and state political, business and civic leaders, and over 1,400 Confederate soldiers.

Oakwood each year hosts thousands of visitors, including hundreds of students, for public tours, events and educational programs on history, death and dying.

“A cemetery is a place of remembrance, where generations after us will come back to learn about the people who lived before them,” says Robin Simonton, executive director of the Raleigh Cemetery Association.

In 1986 the nonprofit purchased the two-and-a-half acre confederate cemetery for $1 from the women’s group that had formed it and had been renamed United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Operating with an annual budget of $550,000 and seven employees, Oakwood Cemetery holds five burials in a typical week, and has enough space to handle burials for at least 200 more years, says Simonton, former program and volunteer services executive at Raleigh-based Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines who studied Amish burial customs in graduate school and holds a master’s degree in historical administration.

Oakwood generates about 95 percent of its operating income through fees from the sale of burial plots and monuments, and the preparation of graves. It generates the remainder through donations, mainly contributions for tours and education programs.

Oakwood is in the early stages of considering whether to change its tax-exempt status. As a nonprofit cemetery, it now can accept contributions of no more than $13,000 a year. for which the donors can take a deduction. Becoming a charitable nonprofit as well would remove that limit.

If it made that change, Oakwood likely would launch a formal fundraising program, mainly to cover the costs of preservation, expansion of its education programs, and repairs from storms and vandalism.

Two years ago, Oakwood spent $23,000 to restore 11 headstones in its Confederate cemetery that vandals had defaced by painting anti-slavery language.

And in the wake of the toppling in September of a Confederate statue in Durham, the Raleigh Police Department has increased its patrols of the cemetery, Simonton says.

In 2011, Oakwood spent tens of thousands of dollars to remove 17 trees and restore dozens of grave monuments felled by tornadoes.

“This was a garden cemetery, which were precursors to city parks,” Simonton says. “This is where people came to socialize, go on dates and picnics, in the early days. We invite people to come in and enjoy the cemetery as it was for generations.”

As part of its nonprofit mission, she says, Oakwood provides learning opportunities throughout the year for students, civic groups, and for individuals and families trying to cope with death and dying.

Once a semester, students from William Peace University enrolled in a class on death and dying visit Oakwood to learn about death traditions and customs. And continuing-education students from N.C. State University visit the cemetery for a six-week course on “Discovering the Dead.”

Oakwood partners with Renaissance Funeral Home and Transitions LifeCare to host sessions on death and dying.

In a competitive business — Raleigh is home to two other cemeteries, and its incidence of cremation far exceeds that of North Carolina overall, and of rural areas — Oakwood does little advertising, and markets itself mainly by inviting the public to “use the grounds as they’ve always been used,” Simonton says.

Although one in five Americans has a cremation urn at home, “a cemetery is always important,” she says. “To be remembered is an important part of the grieving process for you and your family.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.17.17

Donor-advised funds surge

Total assets available to donor-advised fund accounts for grantmaking grew 9.7 percent to $85.15 billion in 2016, while grants from donor-advised funds to qualified charities represent four percent of all individual giving and grew 10.4 percent to $15.75 billion for a payout rate of 20.03 percent, a new report says.

Contributions to donor-advised funds grew 7.6 percent to $23.27 billion in 2016, and the number of donor-advised fund accounts grew 6.9 percent to 284,965, says the 2017 Donor-Advised Fund Report from the National Philanthropic Trust.

The average size of donor-advised fund accounts grew 2.6 percent to a record-high $298,809.

Massachusetts was home to 82,643 individual donor-advised funds, the most in any state,  and their grant value totaled $3.1 billion, while contributions to them totaled $5.18 billion, both the highest of any state.

Donor-advised fund charitable assets under management totaled $18.89 billion, the most of any state, while nearly half of all donor-advised fund accounts were sponsored by charities in Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania.

Donor-advised funds are the fastest growing vehicle for charitable giving in the U.S., the National Philanthropic Trust says.

Giving circles raise nearly $1.3 billion

The number of collective-giving groups, known as giving circles, have tripled since 2007, engaged at least 150,000 individuals in all 50 states, and given up to $1.29 billion, a new study says.

Women represent 70 percent of all giving-circle members, while a specific shared identity, such as gender, race, age or religion, is the basis of 60 percent of all giving circles, says The Landscape of Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the U.S. — 2016, from the Collective Giving Research Group, with support from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

While men are members of 66 percent of giving circles, the study says, they represent the majority of members in only 7.5 percent of groups.

The minimum dollar contribution required to join a giving circle ranges from under $20 to $2 million, and the average donation was $1,312, compared to $2,809i 2007.

Twenty-five networks of giving circles have emerged, representing 45 percent of giving circles.

In addition to donations from their members, 52 percent of giving circles receive additional funds from community foundations, corporate partners and other outside donors.

Leadership, staff changes at Made in Durham

Meredythe Holmes, founding executive director of Made in Durham, has resigned, and Casey Steinbacher, CEO of Casey’s Company and former CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, has been named interim executive director.

Steinbacher, a founding member of the Made in Durham board, will serve as interim executive director for three months while the board looks for a successor to Holmes.

Lorenza Wilkins, program manager for Triangle Literacy Center and president, chairman and CEO of Compass Youth Center in Warrenton, has been named senior director of programs and operations, succeeding Valerie Anderson, who left in September to become senior director of programs for the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham.

Deanna Knighton, career specialist and adjunct accounting instructor at Wake Technical Community College, has been named career development specialist, succeeding Dolan.

initiative develop career plans and career-readiness skills.

Dominique Oliver, a social worker for the Durham County Department of Social Services, has been named re-engagement specialist, a new position that will support expansion of Durham Futures with a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Oak Foundation.

Jacob Dolan has been promoted to employer engagement strategist.

Forsyth United Way aims to raise $15.5 million

United Way Forsyth County has set a goal of $15.5 million for its annual campaign, $400,000 more than it raised a year ago.

Chairing the campaign, which on November 1 had raised 55 percent of its goal is John McConnell, CEO Emeritus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Funds raised a year ago helped fund over 60 programs through over 40 agencies that served more than 78,000 residents of Forsyth County.

Chronic homelessness near zero in Guilford County

The number of cases of chronic homelessness in Guilford County fell to only three last summer from 143 in 2013, making the county one of only seven communities in the U.S. to attain or nearly reach a “sustainable zero” in chronic homelessness, according to the Phillips Foundation.

From 2013 to 2016, through United Way of Greater Greensboro, the Foundation invested a total of $1.96 million in Partners Ending Homelessness.

Based on an estimated cost to Guilford County taxpayers of roughly $30,000 a year in emergency services and subsidized care for each case of chronic homelessness, the Foundation says, its investment in the work of Partners Ending Homelessness helped save Guilford County taxpayers an average of $1.26 million a year over the life of the grant, or a total of $3.78 million.

Ties between foundations, grantees focus of report

Foundations can best strengthen their relationships with nonprofits they fund if they focus on understanding the nonprofits and the context in which they work, and if they are transparent with them, a new report says.

And the foundation program officer to whom a nonprofit grantee is assigned plays a crucial role in shaping how the nonprofit experiences its relationship with the foundation, says the report, Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

The report, based on the perspectives of nearly 20,000 grantees of 86 foundations, also finds that nonprofit leaders value funders’ understanding of their organizations’ goals and strategies; the challenges they face; the communities and fields in which they work; the social, cultural, and economic context in which they work; and the needs of their ultimate beneficiaries.

Hotel Association collecting items for homeless

Through November 30, the Guilford County Hotel Association is collecting donated sheets, towels, blankets, pillows, and other linens for distribution through the Salvation Army, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Barnabas Network and other agencies to the homeless population.

Donated items can be dropped off in Greensboro at Greensboro Marriott Downtown at 304 North Greene St.; Courtyard by Marriott at 4400 West Wendover Ave; Hampton Inn and Suites Coliseum Area at 3033 West Gate City Blvd; and in High Point at Greensboro

Radisson at 135 South Main St.

Civic groups raise $13,500 for food for kids in need

The Nat Greene Kiwanis club in Greensboro and the eight Rotary Clubs of Greensboro raised over $13,500 at a golf event October 31 at Bryan Park Golf Club for the Out of Garden Project, with proceeds to be used to provide all children in need at Allen Middle School and Southern Middle School with food backpacks for the entire school year.

Coles to head foundation at United Way

Cathy Coles, former special education teacher at the Triad Academy at Summit School, has been named executive director of the United Way of Forsyth County Foundation.

Coles, who previously served as executive director of Project Potential, will oversee the major gifts and planned giving programs at United Way, and will be responsible for overseeing the development and growth of the foundation’s philanthropic goals.

Food Bank honors donors, vice president

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh honored its top donors in fiscal 2016-17, including Food Lion, Walmart Foundation, Full House Farms, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

And it presented its annual Hunt-Morgridge Service Award to Earline Middleton, its vice president for agency services and programs.

Gunter honored by Goodwill

Michael D. Gunter, who retired last year as a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem, received the 2017 Heritage Award from Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.

The organization has presented the award, its highest honor, only four times in its 91-year history.

Thompson launches program for teenage girls in custody

Thompson in Matthews has began a program to provide short-term housing, assessment and “wraparound” services for females ages 12 to 17 in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Division of Youth and Family Services.

Dental foundation accepting grant applications

December 20 is the deadline for community-based oral health programs and organizations in North Carolin that focus on children’s oral health, particularly among underserved populations, to submit applications to the Delta Dental Foundation in Raleigh for grants that will total up to $45,000.

Jeffrey joins Cone Health Foundation board

Paul A. Jeffrey, president of Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro and first chief inclusion office at Cone Health, has joined the board of directors of Cone Health Foundation.

John Rex Endowment board names new members, chair

The John Rex Endowment named three new board members, including consultant Warren Ludwig; John Rusher of Raleigh Pediatric Associates; and Kate Simpson, vice president of TrueBridge Capital Partners.

Linda Butler, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at UNC REX Healthcare, is board chair.

Goodwill, Habitat team up on recycling drive

Triad Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro are partnering on a recycling drive this weekend at Christ United Methodist Church at 410 N. Holden Road in Greensboro

The two agencies will collect donated clothing, linens, housewares, furniture and building supplies on November 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on November 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They then will sort the items for distribution or for sale in their respective retail locations.

Board changes at Junior Achievement

Randy Brodd, a partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman, has been elected board chair at Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, and Jon Dewar, president of LPL Financial, has been elected chair-elect.

Joining the board are Kevin McGarry, assistant vice president and relationship manager and PNC, and Felicia Woodard, senior vice president and market team lead for Triangle commercial banking at Bank of America.

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.10.17

Fundraising grows at nearly six in 10 charities

Fifty-seven percent of 1,104 charities in the U.S. and Canada saw growth in charitable revenues in the first half of 2017, and 75 percent were on track to meet their fundraising goals for the year, a new study says.

Larger charities were more more likely than the smallest organizations to be on track to meet their goals, while arts groups were more likely to be struggling to meet their goals, says the Summary 2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.

Charitable revenue from major gifts grew at half the charities surveyed, with event revenue growing 47 percent, and online giving growing 48 percent.

Baby Boomers, or people born from 1946 through 1964, are the single  generation most likely to be the focus of charities communications, while fewer than half the charities said they were raising money or recruiting volunteers from Millennials, or people born from 1980 through 1995.

Endowment values grow at smaller foundations

Overall endowment values grew $200 million in 2016 to $3.7 billion at 876 foundations  that were at least three years old and had assets under $50 million, a new report says.

Foundations allocated 48.2 percent of their assets to equities in 2016, up from 46.7 percent in 2015, says the 2017 Report on Private Foundation Investment Performance from Foundation Source.

Excluding charitable expenses, the report says, foundations of all sizes granted more than the five percent minimum distribution that was required.

High Point University gets $1 million for planetarium

High Point University has received a $1 million gift from Robert G. Culp III,  executive chairman of Culp Inc. in High Point and treasurer of the University’s board of trustees, and his wife, Susan Culp, and their family, for a future planetarium on the school’s campus.

Vision for High Point, professional growth focus of summit

High Point’s vision for the future, as well as professional growth and community involvement, will be the focus of the second annual Young Professionals Summit on November 14.

Hosted by Young Leaders United, a group at United Way of Greater High Point, the event will beheld  from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the High Point University Community Center.

Feature speakers include Greg Demko, High Point city manager; Patrick Chapin, president and CEO of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce; and Nikki Lee, sales and events manager of Radisson High Point.

Women’s Giving Network gives $95,800

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded three grants totaling $95,800, bringing its cumulative grantmaking to over $1.1 million.

Energy United giving $40,000 to teachers

EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation in Statesville is awarding a total of over $40,000 to nearly 40 teachers to fund classroom learning projects serving over 12,000 students at schools in Alexander, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Randolph, Rowan and Wilkes counties.

Women in Motion gets $1,000

Pinnacle Financial Partners has made an endowment gift of $1,000 to the Women in Motion Fund of the High Point Community Foundation, becoming its first corporate donor.

The gift will be matched by The L. Paul Brayton family, which made an initial gift of $500,000 to establish the Women in Motion Fund.

The initiative has raised half the funds it needs to meet a second matching gift of $250,000 the family has made for funds the initiative raises by December 31.

Zimmerman named to task force and initiative

Tracy Zimmerman, executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation , has been appointed to the new Birth-to-Eight Interagency Task Force at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Zimmerman also has been named to participate in My Future NC, an initiative that will bring together state leaders in education, business, philanthropy, faith, nonprofits and and state government to create an agenda and education plan to make the state more competitive.

Vellani by Triangle Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

Larry Vellani, CEO of Smart Start of Forsyth County, has been named Outstanding Italian American in North Carolina in 2017 by the Triangle Sons and Daughters of Italy in America.

Pro Fee donates socks for hurricane victims

Pro Feet in Burlington donated 30,000 pairs of socks to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

The American Red Cross and other nonprofits in Houston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio and smaller communities outside Houston distributed the socks.

Habitat gets 10 donated storage units

Local UNITS owners Sabrah and Bill Hardin donated 10 portable storage units to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro for its effort to build five homes in one week on Asher Downs Drive in northern Greensboro.

The effort involved 20 homebuilders, 50 contractors, and hundreds of volunteers.

Junior League to host holiday market

The Junior League of Winston-Salem will host its eighth annual holiday shopping market, Boutique, on Nov. 17 and 18 in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom in the lower level of the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem.

Welborn Academy getting donated instruments

Triangle-based National Pawn is donating over 100 musical instruments and $2,000 for instrument upkeep to Welborn Academy of Science & Technology in High Point.

Sozo Children to host annual dinner

Sozo Children, a nonprofit ministry serving children in Uganda, will host its annual fundraising dinner on November 14 at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Leadership Council recognizes award-winners

The Women’s Leadership Council at United Way of Forsyth County presented awards at its 10th Annual Celebration Dinner at the Millennium Center on November 1.

Awards and winners are:

* Outstanding Volunteer: Alexis Thompson.

* Outstanding Corporate: Wake Forest University,

* Outstanding Youth: Jalissa Johnson, eighth-grader at East Forsyth Middle School.

* Outstanding Educator: Dossie Poteat, principal at East Forsyth Middle School.

* Susan Cameron Award: Priscilla Green.

Board and staff changes at Triangle United Way

Jes Averhart, executive director of Leadership Triangle, and Michael Botzis, an assurance partner with RSM US, have joined the board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Also joining United Way are Caren Howley, former associate director for alumni engagement and employer strategy for Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has been named vice president of strategic partnerships; Emily Page, president of Creative Knowing Consultancy, who has been named senior director of talent development; and Olivia Morris, controller at International Farming Corp., who has been named chief financial officer.

Greene County funder gives $4,200

Greene County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded four grants totaling $4,210.

Building a regional arts hub

By Todd Cohen

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Artists and arts groups in the Triangle wanting to hold “pop-up” events, and property owners with available space, can turn to a pop-up toolkit, prepared with the help of law students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The toolkit spells out logistics and details of planning and staging the events, from permits and insurance to rules on access to parking and restrooms.

Emerging local arts leaders who want to increase their arts revenue through more effective use of marketing, social media, fundraising and other business functions can attend monthly workshops, while photographers, filmmakers, writers and other creative artists can learn about copyright law and other legal issues at monthly talks by lawyers.

And artists, nonprofit and for-profit arts groups in the region, and anyone else looking for information, resources or opportunities, from funding  and technical support to exhibit and performance space and calendars, can visit a website devoted to arts in the region.

Spearheading all those efforts is Triangle ArtWorks, a nonprofit formed in 2010 that aims to serve as a resource hub and advocate for the region’s arts community.

“We are working to make it easier for artists and arts organizations and businesses to thrive, which is good for the entire Triangle, not just the artists,” says Beth Yerxa, executive director and co-founder of Triangle ArtWorks.

When she chaired the Raleigh Arts Commission in the 2000s, Yerxa and Leigh Ann Wilder, who at the time served on a Commission panel and now is director of arts in communities for the North Carolina Arts Council, saw a gap in resources and infrastructure for the region’s arts community.

“There were a lot of organizations doing various levels of support for different types of artists,” such as fundraising by local arts councils, or professional support for segments of the arts community such as visual artists, says Yerxa. “But no one really was looking at how best to get the arts, as a business community, the resources they need to thrive and be financially sustainable.”

Lawyers, in comparison, can turn to county, state and national bar associations for professional development, networking, insurance, newsletters and other resources, says Yerxa, a lawyer.

But as a “business community,” she says, “artists have nobody doing that work.”

So she and Wilder launched Triangle ArtsWorks.

An all-volunteer nonprofit that operates with an annual budget of $10,000, and 30 to 40 active volunteers, the group serves artists and arts groups, both nonprofit and for-profit, in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.

It operates in The Frontier in Research Triangle Park in space donated by Research Triangle Foundation.

And with a total of roughly $10,000 in grants from Duke Energy Foundation, Durham Arts Council and the Town of Cary, it has been building its own organizational infrastructure — including development of its board and raising money — with the assistance of consultant Maggie Clay Love.

The group also is redesigning a digital platform it built, including a website, database and social media network, to connect and provide resources for anyone involved or interested in the arts.

Triangle ArtWorks also is talking with local arts councils throughout the region about expanding its program of two professional-development workshops a month for artists and arts groups.

Its board recently created a fundraising committee that initially aims to raise $70,000 — including $10,000 through December — to continue to strengthen its organizational “capacity.”

And Yerxa, a member of the North Carolina Small Business Alliance who quips she has “no arts bone in my body,” works with a range of economic development and planning organizations to connect the worlds of business and the arts, and raise awareness about the value each adds to the other and to the region.

“The arts enrich our lives,” says Yerxa. “The arts create jobs and are jobs. Artists are innovators. If the Triangle is building itself as a technology and innovative community, the arts need to be part or that.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.03.17

A&T gets $50,000 for education internships

The College of Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will provide internships for education candidates, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Foundation.

Ten SECU Public Fellows have been selected for the internships and each will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Women’s Fund to give nearly $157,000

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem will award nearly $157,000 in grants during its Twelfth Annual Luncheon on November 9 from noon to 1:30 pm. at Benton Convention Center.

Golf event raises $55,000 for Ronald McDonald House

The second annual Dickie Britt Memorial Classic at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro on October 23 raised $55,000 for Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.

The inaugural tournament, held in May 2016, also raised $55,000 for the charity.

Peace new finance VP at Greensboro Community Foundation

Marci Peace, vice president for finance and administration at United Way of Greater Greensboro, has joined The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro as vice president for finance.

Former United Way CEO joins Capital Development Services

J. Mac Bennett, former CEO of United Way of the Midlands in Columbia, S.C, has joined Capital Development Services in Raleigh as senior counsel.

Schimizzi joining Public School Forum

Joanna Schimizzi, a former biology teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has been named statewide coordinator for the Beginning Teacher Leadership Network at the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

She succeeds James Ford, former program director at the Public School Forum, as statewide coordinator of the network.

Nonprofits get $50,000

Wells Fargo awarded $50,000 in grants to nonprofits across North Carolina to recognize employees who support them.

Housing Consultants Group gets $25,000

Housing Consultants Group in Greensboro received the annual Lighting the Way Award, including a $25,000 grant, from the SunTrust Foundation.

Event raises $24,000 for UNC Lineberger

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston raised over $23,800 for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center as part of its Pig Out For the Cure fundraiser.

Builders, Habitat team up to build five houses

The Greensboro Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro teamed up the week of October 28 through November 3 to build five houses at the bottom of Asher Downs Drive off Yanceyville Street in Greensboro.

Children’s Flight of Hope honors LORD Corporation

LORD Corporation is the 2017 recipient of the Mark Ash and Noah Duncan awards from Children’s Flight of Hope in Morrisville recognizing, respectively, a commitment of time and expertise to the organization, and financial contributions.

The company, which since 2015 has donated the use of its private aircraft and their pilots to support of 13 private flights, is the first corporation to receive both awards.

Mental Health Association to benefit from run/walk event

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro will receive all proceeds from the 3rd Annual Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk, which will be held November 4 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at SouthEnd in downtown Greensboro.

In its first two years, the event netted a total of $92,414.

Free meals at Panera Bread for veterans, service members

Covelli Enterprises will provide free meals for veterans and military service members on November 10, Veteran’s Day at its 15 Panera Bread locations in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, Kernersville, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Boone, Hickory, Salisbury, and Mooresville.