Nonprofit news roundup, 02.09.18

Employers, workers see value in family-friendly practices, study says

Employers and employees believe family-friendly practices help businesses attract and retain talented workers, and keep companies strong, new research finds.

Ninety-four percent of North Carolina employees believe family-friendly practices help businesses attract and retain talent, and 71 percent of business leaders in the state see just as much benefit for employers from family-friendly practices as for employees, according to research by the NC Early Childhood Foundation.

Based on interviews with over 300 employers in the state, and surveys with 300 employees from small, medium and large businesses, the research also finds that nearly half of employers in the state plan on strengthening family-friendly practices next year.

The research also shows that many employers and employees have a narrow definition of family-friendly practices.

The research is part of a new initiative, Family Forward NC, that aims to improve children’s health and well-being, and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive.

St. Andrews, Scotia Village get $2.7 million from estate

St. Andrews University and Scotia Village retirement community, both in Laurinburg, have received gifts totaling over $2.7 million over the past two years from the estate of  John D. Currie Jr., who was a long-time trustee of St. Andrews and was a resident of Scotia Village when he died in 2014.

The gift to St. Andrews University has been used in large part to support academic programs and for capital improvements to the campus. The the balance is being used to establish a named professorship.

The gift directed to Scotia Village will benefit its Caring and Sharing Endowment that provides financial assistance for residents who have outlived their personal financial resources.

Pope Foundation awards $100,000 arts and human-service grants

The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh awarded grants of $100,000 each to Stokes County Arts Council in Danbury and Haywood Pathways Center in Waynesville.

Stokes Arts will use its 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts to complete phase two construction of The Arts Place of Stokes, a multi-purpose community arts facility that opened in 2017.

Haywood Pathways Center will use the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services to help fund the construction of an emergency and short-term shelter that will be the only emergency housing in Haywood County for homeless women with children and will be able to accommodate up to 10 families at a time.

Greensboro Community Foundation launches Social Impact pool

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has established a sustainable investment pool to hold only investments that meet criteria committed to responsible environmental, social, and corporate governance practices, known as “ESG.”

The new Social Impact pool, which the Foundation has seeded with a $1 million investment, has a long-term focus is available for current and future fundholders.

“We have seen an increasing interest in ESG investing for charitable funds,”

John Englar, chair of the Foundation’s investment committee, says in a statement. “In the past, there has been a perception that socially conscious investors were sacrificing portfolio performance; however, firms that score high on ESG criteria are typically well managed across the board, giving a portfolio of these companies the potential to outperform non-selective investment pools.”

Initial holdings in the Social Impact pool include Vanguard FTSE Social Index, Boston Common International, and the TIAA CREF Social Core Bond funds.

Foundation for a Healthy High Point awards $645,000

Foundation for a Healthy High Point approved $645,399 in grant awards to 12 organizations to support projects that focus on teen pregnancy prevention and early intervention; behavioral health; and other services.

Since the Foundation was established in 2013, it has awarded $7.4 million in grants.

V Foundation gets $110,000 from Pepsi Bottling Venture

Pepsi Bottling Ventures raised $110,741 for cancer research in 2017 through a program launched in 2013 in which customers donate their commission of Jimmy V v ending machines to the V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cry.

The effort has raised a total of $333,772 over five years.

Lindsay, Benton co-chairs for arts campaign

Cheryl Lindsay, director of human resources and inclusion/diversity at Hanesbrands, and Bill Benton, chairman and CEO of Salem Senior Housing, have been named campaign co-chairs of the 2018 Community Fund for the Arts for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Page honored by N.C. A&T

Bob Page, chairman and CEO of Replacements Ltd., the world’s largest retailer of vintage and current china, crystal, silver and collectibles, is the recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Medal from N.C. A&T State University.

Page, a long-time activist and leader for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, received the medal on February 1 during the 58th February One Sit-In Celebration at the Alumni Foundation Event Center.

Walk event raises $57,000 for Mental Health Association

The 3rd Annual Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 4 2017, generated a net donation of nearly $57,000 for the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, up from $44,000 in 2015 and $48,000 in 2016.

The 4th annual walk will be held November 10 at 11 a.m.

School of Undergraduate Sciences named for Waneks

High Point University will name its School of Undergraduate Sciences for Todd Wanek, CEO of Ashley Furniture, and Karen Wanek, president of Superior Fresh.

Davidson County Schools getting bleeding-control kits [photo]

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma have donated a total of 91 bleeding-control kits to all 36 schools in the Davidson County School system and all five schools in the Thomasville City School system, along with the necessary training to school nurses and school resource officers.

Wake Forest Baptist already donated 200 kits to the North Carolina Highway Patrol and another 100 to the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Hospitality House aims to raise $85,000

Hospitality House of Charlotte will kick off its 4th Annual “Queen City Corporate Challenge” fundraising campaign on February 15 and has set a goal of raising $85,000. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the campaign will run through March 22. The Leon Levine Foundation will provide a challenge match of $20,000 if Hospitality House meet its campaign goal.

A Place at the Table gets support for meals

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is making a contribution to A Place at the Table in Raleigh to assist with upfront operational expenses to provide 20 meals a day for 365 days to people in need.

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