Nonprofit news roundup, 02.23.18

Diversity linked to more engaged nonprofit boards

Members of nonprofit boards with a bigger share of women tend to participate more in fundraising and advocacy, and to be more involved in the board’s work, a new study says.

Boards with a bigger share of members age 39 and younger are more committd and involved, and engage more in oversight and governance, says the study, The Impact of Diversity: Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership and Board Engagement.

The study, conducted by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University in partnership with Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, and BoardSource, also finds that:

* Boards of nonprofits founded before 1900 are less diverse than those of newer, smaller organizations.

* A significantly higher share of members of boards of older organizations meet with potential donors, ask  others for money, and contribute financial gifts.

* The diversity of a nonprofit’s board is related to the subsector in which the nonprofit operates. Boards of nonprofits that focus on education, for example, tend to higher shares of African-American members.

* Boards of nonprofits with annual revenues of $5 million ore more are more likely to participate in advocacy.

Saffer new executive director at Executive Service Corps

Anne Saffer, director of consultant development for Executive Service Corps of the Triangle, has been named executive director, succeeding Trudy Smith, who served for nearly 12 years.

Schline to head Carolinas Credit Union League

Dan Schline, senior vice president of the Carolinas Credit Union League, has been named  president and CEO, effective July 1, on the retirement of John Radebaugh, who has held the position since 2003.

School of the Arts gets $3 million from estate

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem has received a gift of $3 million from the estate of an anonymous donor to support merit-based scholarships in the School of Music.

Kidznotes raises $117,000

Kidznotes in Durham raises over $110,000 for young musicians at an event February 17 at The Umstead.

JDRF to honor Mary Gay and Don Brady

The Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF will honor Mary Gay and Don Brady, founder and chairman of Brady Services, at the 2018 Hope Gala on February 24 at Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

A live auction at the event will include bidding on an “Ultimate Kitchen Makeover” with an estimated value of $50,000.

Now in its 18th year and alternating between Greensboro and Winston-Salem, the event  in its first 17 years raised roughly $14.5 million to fund type 1 diabetes research, including at least $1 million in six of the last seven years.

Partnership focuses on minority middle-school males

Two Saturdays of every month, about 110 middle-school boys participate at a program at N.C. A&T State University offered through a partnership between the school and the Verizon Foundation through the foundation’s national program that focuses on providing tech education and skill-building skills to minority, middle-school male students in partnership Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions On February 10, A&T and Verizon partnered with science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals to provide real-world career experiences during the “Preparing Tomorrow’s Innovators Today” conference on the university’s campus.

Winston-Salem State raises $21,000 in state employee campaign

Faculty, staff and administration at Winston-Salem State University donating $20,743 during the annual State Employees Combined Campaign, with 18 percent of full-time employees participating.

Eastern Music Festival gets $20,000

Eastern Music Festival received $20,000 in scholarship funding from the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation to provide scholarship assistance for up to 12North Carolina musicians ages 14 to 23 studying at Eastern Music Festival this summer.

Salvation Army gets $10,000, food to fight hunger

The Salvation Army of High Point has received a $10,000 donation from the Rotary Club of High Point through its 2nd annual “Designs to Fight Hunger” campaign to support the Salvation Army’s food pantry, plus 1,550 donated food items the Club purchased for $2,100.

Athenian House set to open

Athenian Press & Workshops, a Wilmington nonprofit that works to provide a safe space for women and femme-identified writers, artists and creators, has established its official location, known at Athenian House, at 2231 Wrightsville Ave.

Athenian will celebrate its grand opening on March 25.

When fully operational, the main floor of Athenian House will serve as a bookstore and lounge.

All books, artwork and literary merchandise it sells or features will be created and authored by women and femme-identifying artists.

Academic resources such as computers and books will be available for clients seeking free resources.

Public art light installation in Winston-Salem

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is partnering with the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and Clean Air Carolina to sponsor a multi-story public art light installation in downtown Winston-Salem through March 24.

Best viewing of the display, “Particle Falls,”  which will use the west wall of the Stevens Center as a projection screen, is in the evening from the corner of West 4th Street and Spruce Street.

Family Service to host oyster roast

Family Service of the Piedmont in James town will host its 24th annual High Point Oyster Roast on March 2 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Presented by the Lenny Peters Foundation and Bethany Medical Center, and co-chaired by Frosty Culp and Caren York, the event will be held at a private home. To purchase tickets, visit

The 2017 Oyster Roast attracted 550 people generated $202,000 in net proceeds to support High Point programs of Family Service of the Piedmont.

NCCJ accepting nominations for award

March 12 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting nominations to the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad in Greensboro for its 2018 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award.

NCCJ will present the award at its 52nd Annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner on November 7 at the Koury Convention Center.

Raffaldini heads Bookmarks board

Barbara Raffaldini, a partner in the law firm of Pachter, Gregory & Raffaldini, has been named president of the board of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem.

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