Nonprofit news roundup, 10.21.16

Philanthropists, fundraisers to be honored

Marshall B. Bass of  Winston-Salem, Ned and Katherine Covington of High Point, and

Gerald H. Davidson of Greensboro have been named “Outstanding Philanthropist” by the Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Executives, while Susan Gies Conley of the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina has been named “Outstanding Fundraising Professional.”

The awards, along with others for giving and fundraising, will be handed out at the Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 21 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

Keynote speaker for the even will be Ursula Dudley Oglesby, president and CEO of Dudley Q Products.

Other awards and the winners are:

* Lifetime Achievement Award — Elms and Harriet Allen.

* Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser — Reggie and Hope Chapman, Greensboro; Brenda Sloan, Winston-Salem; Kem Ellis, High Point.

* Outstanding Business in Philanthropy — Replacements Ltd., Scott Fleming.

* Outstanding Philanthropic Organization — Home Builders Association of Winston Salem.

* Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Lathan Verwoerdt.

* Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist — Spencer Bennett.

Women’s Leadership Council honors leaders

Regena Wiley of BB&T was named “Outstanding Volunteer” and Reynolds American received the 2016 Corporate Award for the largest number of new members in the 2015 campaign year by the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Forsyth County at its annual celebration and awards banquet at the Millennium Center on October 12.

Other awards and winners include:

* Outstanding Educator — Joan Deely, Philo-Hill Magnet Academy.

* Outstanding Youth Award — Demus Ramsey, Philo-Hill Magnet Academy.

* 5th Annual Susan Cameron award — Barbara Duck, BB&T.

Founded in 2007, the Women’s Leadership Council has recruited over 1,050 members and raised over $4 million to support United Way’s effort to increase the graduation rate in Forsyth County to 90 percent by 2018.

UNC-Chapel Hill gets $20 million challenge

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $20 million challenge from an anonymous donor to match donations for need-and-merit-based scholarships.

SECU Family House raises $220,000

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals raised over $220,000 and attracted a record-high 382 guests at The Carolina Ball on September 16.

Miller joins  Forsyth Tech Foundation

Corey Miller, former director of philanthropy at Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-

Salem, has been named executive director of development at Forsyth Tech Foundation.

Daniel Center names program administrator

Keturah King, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a master’s degree in education from Liberty University, has been named program administrator at The Daniel Center for Math and Science in Raleigh.

Foundation Source names managing director for South

Hugh S. Asher, former managing director at investment management firm, Cedar Capital, been named managing director of the southern fegion for Foundation Source in Fairfield, Conn.

High Point University gets $500,000

Harold and Kate Reed of North Palm Beach, Fla., are donating $500,000 to establish the Harold and Kate Reed Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to students based on financial need.

Miracle League raises $280,000

Miracle League of the Triangle raised over $280,000 and attracted 400 guest at its Ten Year Celebration on October 18 at the The Pavilion at the Angus Barn in Raleigh.

Kroger donating $60,000 in goods

Kroger’s 14 stores in North Carolina will donate over $60,000 worth of goods to ares of the state affected by Hurricane Matthew, including the Triangle and surrounding counties.

Kroger has teamed up with the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina to provide the supplies.

Biogen Foundation to make grants to schools

The Biogen Foundation is launching a $135,000 micro-grants program designed to support science education in North Carolina’s public schools.

Grants will be awarded to teachers and schools that serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teachers may apply online through the North Carolina Community Foundation for grants up to $2,000, and schools may apply for grant up to $5,000.

United Arts to hold dining event

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County will hold its 12th annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” event November 3-5 to benefit its “Artists in the Schools” program.

The event will feature 10 individual dinners the first two nights in private homes or other locations, each with a featured artist, and a 180-person dinner with 20 mystery artists the third night at Burning Coal.

Fidelity Charitable gives $2.3 billion

Fidelity Charitable made a record-high $2.3 billion in donor-recommeded grants in the first nine months of 2016, up 15 percent from the same period last year, while the number of grants grew 12 percent to more than 489,000 made to over 90,100 nonprofits.

Schwab Charitable gives $830 million

From January 1 through September 30, Schwab Charitable account holders recommended roughly 145,000 grants totaling $830 million, up from 129,000 grants totaling $670 million in the same period last year.

Wildlife Federation to benefit from event

North Carolina Wildlife Federation will benefit from an event on November 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Urban Garden at Bank of America in Charlotte.

Junior Achievement honors firm, volunteer

Ernst & Young received the “Outstanding Corporate Service Award” and Louis Pratt, technical marketing engineer at Cisco, received the “Outstanding Individual Service Award” from Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina at its Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on September 28 sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Women’s Network names committee chairs

Amy Horgan, a System of Care coordinator, has been named grants committee chair for Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, while Carol Kennedy, a health-care professional, has been named membership committee chair, and Jenny Callison, a communications professional, has been named communications committee chair.

Two join Goetz Foundation board

Heather Campbell, director of finance and operations at The Raleigh School, and Rhiannon Michalski, senior clinical data associate at INC Research, have joined the board of directors of the Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation.

Leadership seminar for nonprofits

Crumley Roberts’ Education Advancement and Leadership Center, in partnership with the Guilford Non-Profit Consortium, is offering a seminar this spring for 16 emerging nonprofit leaders. The deadline for registration is October 31.

High Point University giving $10,000

High Point University is giving $10,000 to a program that aims to provide swimming lessons free of charge to every second-grader in the city of High Point, or over 500 students.

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.11.16

Charities post steady growth, outpace rest of private sector

The charitable sector in the U.S. grew steadily each year from 2007 through 2012 in employment, wages and number of organizations, outpacing the rest of the private sector, new research data show.

Over the six-year period, employment grew 8.5 percent to 11.4 million jobs from 10.5 million at 501(c)3 charities, which account for more than two of every three nonprofits, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For the private sector overall, the number of jobs during the period fell three percent to 110.6 million from 114 million.

Employment at charities grew every year during the period, including the recession years 2007 to 2009.

“Nominal” total annual wages at charities, or wages not adjusted for inflation, grew 26 percent to $532 billion in 2012 from $421 billion in 2007, while the number of charities grew 15 percent to 267,855 from 232,396.

For the private sector overall, total employment, nominal total annual wages and the number of business establishments varied more with economic fluctuations, and showed highly cyclical movements during the 2007-09 recession and subsequent recovery, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its Monthly Labor Review.

From 2007 to 2010, total private employment fell seven percent, while declines in total annual wages and the number of business establishments were smaller than the decline in employment.

Total annual wages fell during the year 2008-09, while the number of business establishments fell for the 2008-10 period.

As the economic recovery gained strength in 2011 and 2012, the Bureau says, total private employment and total annual wages grew faster than the charitable sector.

In 2012, charities accounted for 70 percent of total private employment in the educational services industry; 46 percent in the health care and social assistance industry; 17 percent of “other services;” 15 percent in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry; and 11 percent in the industry that involves management of companies and enterprises.

Three industries accounted for 90 percent of all charitable employment in 2012.

The healthcare and social assistance industry represented 90 percent of all charitable employment, including health care and social assistance, which accounted for 68 percent; educational services, 16 percent; and other services, seven percent.

Those industry concentrations varied from state to state.

In all states and the District of Columbia, the health care and social assistance industry accounted for most nonprofit employment.

In South Dakota, that industry accounted for 85 percent of its charitable employment, the biggest share of any state, while in the District of Columbia, that industry accounted for only 31 percent of charitable employment, the lowest share.

North Carolina was home of a total 31,148 charitable jobs in the health care and social assistance industry, educational services industry, and other services, or 11 percent of all private sector employment in those industries.

High Point United Way raises $5 million

United Way of Greater High Point raised just over $5 million in its 2015 annual campaign, a record-high total that exceeded its both its $4,925,000 goal and the total of $4,912,090 it raised in 2014.

Based on data reported to United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way says, it has posted the best percentage change among local United Ways in the state’s major metro areas for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

The 2015 campaign marks the first time High Point United Way has reached the $5 million mark and the fifth straight year it has raised a record-high total.

Based on data from United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way is the only major metro area in that state that is raising more funds than in 2007, before the recession.

In contrast, giving to the nearly 60 local United Ways in state has declined fallen over 30 percent since 2007.

Old Dominion Freight Line, which gave a record-high total of $468,195 to the campaign in 2015 through employee and corporate giving, again was the top contributor to United Way.

The second-biggest donor was the City of High Point, which gave $249,654, followed by High Point University, which gave $230,384.

The annual campaign benefits 28 local agencies that each year serve over 80,000 clients.

SECU Family House raises over $75,000

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem raised over $75,000 at its inaugural Men Who Cook event on March 5.

Chef team Harry Fitzgerald and Cameron Kent won the the People’s Choice Award during the event, which featured 20 local celebrity chefs and chef teams who cooked for about 225 guests at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

The event marked the five-year anniversary of the opening of SECU Family House, which each year serves over 4,000 adult patients and their caregivers.

Patients are referred by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

Major sponsors of the event, chaired by Kevin and Deb Kampman, were Winston-Salem Journal; Novant Health; Wake Forest Baptist Health; Visit Winston-Salem; Reynolds American; First Tennessee Bank; NewBridge Bank; Publix Super Market Charities; TW Garner Food Company; Wells Fargo; KPMG; and Kilpatrick Townsend.

Linker moving to Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Adam Linker, co-director of the Health Care Access Coalition at the North Carolina Justice Center in Raleigh, will join the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem this month as program officer its health care division.

Poston joins Forsyth United Way

Michael Poston, retired vice president for advancement at Guilford College in Greensboro, has joined United Way of Forsyth County as executive director of United Way of Forsyth County Foundation, major gifts and planned giving.

Mitterling joins MDC

John Mitterling, former chief development officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, has joined MDC in Durham as senior director of development.

Habitat Greensboro adds six board members

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro has added six members to its board of directors, including Chidi Akwari, owner and operator of real-estate firm Akwari & Company; Brooks Bossong, who focuses on banking and credit union issues at Nexsen Pruet; Patty Caudle, vice president of human resources at Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina; Bob Dischinger, owner and president of Evans Engineering; Patsy Isley, a certified public accountant at Sharrard, McGee and Co.; and Lee Way, general manager at Pella Window and Door of North Carolina.

Fundraising conference set for August 18 in Charlotte

The Charlotte, Triangle, and Triad Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will hold their 12th Annual North Carolina Philanthropy Conference on August 18 in Charlotte at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.

Keynote speaker will be Alex Sheen, founder of international nonprofit “because I said I would.”

Artsplosure to hold spring fundraiser

Artsplosure in Raleigh will hold its spring fundraiser on April 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Market Hall in City Market.

Replacements building second Habitat home

Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, to celebrate its 35th anniversary on March 17, is building a second home for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Resources for Seniors teams with students on new website

Resources for Seniors in Raleigh worked with a team of computer engineering students at North Carolina State University for a new website it has launched that is designed to be more user-friendly for seniors, caregivers and industry professionals.

Nonprofit news roundup, 02.12.16

Winston-Salem State gets $205,000 for scholarships

Winston-Salem State University received a $205,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation to fund scholarships for full-time female students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The grant is expected to support about 150 scholarships with an average value of $1,400.

Nearly 90 percent of students at the university receive need-based financial aid, 33 percent are the first in their families to attend college, and 60 percent have no family assistance in paying college expenses.

In 2015, the university distributed over $900,000 in scholarships, up 49 percent from the previous year.

Event raises $120,000 for Family Service

The Big Hair Ball, a  masquerade ball on January 31 presented by The Guild and Junior Guild of Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, attracted more than 550 people and raised over $120,000 for Family Service of the Piedmont.

Association Management Group in Greensboro and Winston-Salem was a sponsor of the event.

Joedance gives $20,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital

Joedance Film Festival in Charlotte donated $20,000 in 2015 to Levine Children Hospital Carolinas HealthCare System for rare pediatric cancer clinical trials and research.

Since it began six years ago, Joedance now has raised nearly $100,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $564,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 21 community grants in January totaling $564,235.

Band Together partnering with YMCA

Band Together NC in Raleigh has selected the Southeast Raleigh project of YMCA of the Triangle as its 2017 nonprofit partner.

The YMCA has purchased land in Southeast Raleigh to serve as a community hub that will include a YMCA facility, affordable housing, a school, health-care options and access to healthy food.

In 2015, the partnership between Band Together and StepUp Ministry generated $2 million in net proceeds.

Morehead to head land trust

Travis Morehead, former operations director for the Carolina Thread Trail project in the Carolinas, will join The Land Trust for Central North Carolina in Salisbury as executive director on February 15.

Morehead, who grew up in Stanly County, previously served in the U.S. Army in Iraq, as senior and principal planner for the Town of Cary, and as community coordinator for the Catawba Lands Conservancy.

The Land Trust serves Anson, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan and Stanly counties.

Davidson Hospice names business developer, engagement director

Kara Thompson, assessment team leader at Hospice of  Davidson County, has been been named director of business development, and Jan Knox, director of family engagement and philanthropy at High Point University, has joined Hospice as director of engagement.

Poindexter, Triad nonprofit leader, dies at 75

Bonnie Poindexter, who led the Triad Chapter of the March of Dimes and the Piedmont Opera, died February 4 at age 75, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Poindexter serve as interim executive director of several arts organizations, including the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Sawtooth School of Visual Art and, twice, Piedmont Opera, the newspaper said.

Two join Nussbaum Center board

Deven Griffin, an industrial asset recovery specialist for D.H. Griffin Companies, and Leigh Ann Klee, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Pace Communications, have joined the board of directors of the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro.

Greensboro Hospice recognized for focus on veterans

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has been recognized as a Level Four Partner in We Honor Veterans, a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hospice received the recognition for increasing its capacity to sever veterans and their families; developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, veterans organizations and other health care organizations; promoted hospice and palliative care for veterans; and shown the impact of its programs that focus on veterans.

Greensboro United Way partners honored

Five of 14 statewide recipients of the Spirit of North Carolina awards from United Way of North Carolina are partners of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

They include Guilford County Schools in the category of school campaigns with more than 5,000 employees; Morrisette Paper Co., manufacturing campaign with 51 to 100 Employees; Kayser-Roth Corp., manufacturing with 101 to 200 employees; E.P. Pearce Elementary School, school campaign with 51 to 100 employees; and city of Greensboro and Guilford County, city or county with more than 5,000 employees.

Free promotional video for nonprofits

Raleigh video production company Blueforest Studios has invited Triangle nonprofits that focus on the community, environment, or economics to apply for production of a free promotional video valued at $5,000 to $10,000 that can be posted online, and to participate in seminars, newsletters and other offerings for nonprofits.

National Philanthropic Trust gives $643.7 million

National Philanthropic Trust made more than 25,000 donor-recommended grants totaling over $643.7 million to nearly 13,600 charities in 2015, a 23.7 percent increase in funding dollars from 2014.

The average grant size was $26,750.

Since it was founded in 1996, the Trust has raised over $5.9 billion and made over 136,000 grants totaling over $3.2 billion.

Black Philanthropy Initiatives gives $17,400

The Black Philanthropy Initiative awarded a total of $17,433 in grants from the Black Philanthropy Fund to Authoring Action, Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, Hanes Magnet School, and Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment, which was stablished in 2014 with $25,000 and supplements funds the Initiative raises each year, now totals $90,885.

The Endowment received matching grants of $10,000 each in 2014 and 2015 from First Tennessee Bank under a three-year challenge grant of $10,000 a year to match contributions of donors to the Endowment.

Sole Dimensions donates shoes

Sole Dimensions in Wake Forest donated 195 brand new pairs of shoes to Note in the Pocket, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides clothing to homeless and impoverished school-aged children.

After-school club at Dudley High gets $10,000

The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools has given $10,000 to the Advanced Technology Team, an after-school club at Dudley High School in Greensboro.

The funds were from a $20,000 contribution last year from Dun & Bradstreet, which has contributed a total of $50,000 to the Enrichment Fund since 2013.

Nonprofits not tapping staff for senior posts

Succession planning consistently is the top organizational concern of nonprofit boards and CEOs, yet nonprofit leaders are not promoting current staff to fill senior positions, a new study says.

In the past two years, only 30 percent of senior roles in the social sector were filled by internal promotion, or about half the rate in the for-profit world, says “The Nonprofit Leadership Development Deficit,” a paper from The Bridgespan Group published on

The study found “a broad gap in leadership development,” says Kirk Kramer, a Bridgespan partner and co-author of the paper.

“Promising leaders, frustrated at the lack of professional development and mentoring, are not staying around long  enough to move up in the ranks, he says. “CEOs want to exit, too, because their boards aren’t supporting them, a syndrome that is coming at a significant financial and productivity costs to organizations.”

Among 438 survey respondents, one in four said they plan to leave their roles within the next two years, with nonprofits providing the biggest source of people to fill those positions.

That creates a “turnover treadmill,” says Katie Smith Milway, a Bridgespan partner and co-author of the paper. “It exacerbates the succession planning problem at a time when the sector needs capable leaders more than ever.”

Fifty-seven percent of respondents cited low compensation as the cause of their departures from their organizations, compared to 50 percent who cited lack of career development opportunities.

Also cited were a lack of mentorship and support, particularly from their boards.

Only 17 percent indicated they wanted a different work environment.

Over half of respondents ranked their organizations lower than six on a scale of 10 for their ability to develop staff.

The report says funders can foster the development of existing staff for leadership roles.

Libbie Landes-Cobb, Bridgespan manager and a co-author of the paper, says effective development “calls for capacity investments in recruiting, training and performance measurement.

Yet in the past two years, she says, 58 percent of survey respondents received no funding earmarked for talent development.

Kramer says Bridgespan’s research and experience “indicate that the solution to this  problem, while addressable, requires the skill and will to build an ecosystem for leadership development within organizations, involving senior management, boards and funders.”

Todd Cohen

Hope for teens aging out of foster care

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Adulthood can be tough for young people after they leave foster care.

Most children and teens enter foster care as a result of abuse or neglect by their biological families. They often are moved from one foster family to another, and often are disappointed by the adults in their lives and not prepared to live on their own.

That kind of childhood can take its toll: More than one in five of the 20,000 young people in the U.S. who age out of foster care each year at age 18 will become homeless, and only 58 percent will graduate from high school by age 19.

Working to prepare foster kids in Wake County for adulthood is The Hope Center at Pullen.

Formed in 2009, the nonprofit this year is serving over 100 young people ages 13 to 24, up from only 12 young people it served three years ago.

Typically referred by Wake County Child Protective Services, or by homeless shelters, those young people work with The Hope Center case workers and partner agencies to develop an individual plan that includes goals in the areas of housing, education, employment, financial management, physical and mental health, and creating a support network.

The idea is to serve as a one-stop shop that will provide young people aging out of foster care with a map they can use — and the resources and support they will need — to make a seamless transition to living on their own as adults.

Operating with an annual budget of $367,000, up from $140,000 two years ago, a staff of four people working full-time and two working part-time, and 50 active volunteers, The Hope Center partners with seven agencies that provide a broad range of support to it, the young people it serves, and its volunteer mentors who work with those young people.

Young people have the option of working not only with volunteer mentors, but also with volunteer tutors. Volunteers also provide clients of The Hope Center with transportation to paid positions the agency helps arrange for them at local nonprofits.

“We’re trying to build a support system, someone positive in their life,” says Stacy Bluth, executive director at The Hope Center.

Formed in 2009, The Hope Center grew out of Backdoor Ministries, a program of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh that provides brown-bag lunches twice a week to people who are homeless.

Initially serving chronically-homeless adults, The Hope Center in 2012 shifted its focus to providing resources and support to young people aging out of foster care.

In Wake County, where roughly 300 young people ages 13 to 18 are in foster care, 30 to 40 age out of it each year.

In 2014, The Hope Center served just over 100 young people ages 13 to 25, and worked most intensively with roughly 50 ages 18 to 25. Among that smaller group, it helped 75 percent find and keep stable housing, and helped 45 percent secure jobs. It helped 10 percent enroll in a general educational development, or GED, program, and 42 percent enroll in post-secondary education. And it helped 25 percent increase their income.

The Hope Center generates funds from United Way of the Greater Triangle, the City of Raleigh, Wake County, individual donors, foundations and special events.

It netted $30,000 at its annual Hope Gala in May, and aims to raise $20,000 at its annual Cycle for Hope bike event in October, up from $15,000 last year.

And with a grant of $123,000 from United Way, The Hope Center is teaming with six other agencies to provide support for people who have aged out of foster care and now are parents. Children of parents who were in foster care are five times as likely than other parents to end up in foster care themselves.

The Hope Center also is launching a strategic planning effort to map its own future, and possibly create a model for other communities.

“We are committed to serving as many young people in Wake County who need us,” Bluth says, “and developing a model of programs and services that meet all their needs.”

Girls on the Run running faster

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Juliellen Simpson-Vos did not start running until after college, and while she is not fast, she “can put in the miles, go the distance,” she says, and has learned through training for several marathons that “you have to have multiple strategies to approach the challenge, but can be successful, which isn’t measured by winning but by how you approach it.”

That philosophy helps drive Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a Durham nonprofit Simpson-Vos heads that uses physical activity and running as tools to help girls throughout the region build character and courage.

“Our society is constantly hurling new facts, new ideas, new concepts, new challenges, and our girls need to be able to have a resource and a core they can go back to so they have an approach to handling it and feel confident in addressing it, with support systems, and understand why they approach it the way they do,” she says.

Founded in 2000, the nonprofit is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which grew out of a nonprofit formed in Charlotte in 1996.

Counting on over 55,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run programs now serve over 130,000 girls in more than 200 cities in North America each year.

Girls on the Run of the Triangle operates with an annual budget of $450,000, a staff of three full-time and three part-time employees, and roughly 600 volunteers, and will serve 1,600 girls in grades three through five this year, three times the total it served four years ago.

Two-thirds of the girls are from Wake County and the others are split roughly evenly between Durham and Orange counties.

Girls participate in a 24-course program offered over 12 weeks in the fall and again in the spring, and hosted at public and private schools, after-school youth programs, and churches. Each program culminates with a 5K event.

While girls train for the 5K, they also learn about and practice strategies and skills such as goal-setting, communication and teamwork to build their confidence and self-esteem and address problems such as conflicts, bullying and peer pressure.

A group of four girls might be given a scenario, for example, in which a boy seated behind them in class is copying their work. Each girl then would be asked, while running a lap, to compose a phrase to respond to the boy. On completing the lap, the girls would share their responses, and then would be given a new scenario for their next lap.

“They’re thinking and doing something while running,” Simpson-Vos says.

Girls on the Run generates 65 percent of its revenue through fees and the rest through contributions. Participation in the 12-week program costs $200, and one-third of the girls receive a scholarship. Top sponsors include Quintiles and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The nonprofit aims to be serving nearly 2,200 girls a year in 2017, and to expand the program to include older girls and women, beginning with a pilot this fall that will add one middle school each in Wake, Durham and Orange counties, and adding another 10 to 12 middle schools the following spring.

Eventually, Girls on the Run will expand to include high-school girls as “junior coaches,” more college girls as coaches, as well as mothers who serve as coaches or encourage their daughters to participate.’

“The idea is to provide programming that serves the entire life cycle of a girl and a continuum of these ideas and values,” Simpson-Vos says.

“The thing we’re doing is building strong, courageous girls,” she says. “Having the ability to understand who you are and what you’re made of and what your values are is the foundation for courage.”