Nonprofit news roundup, 07.21.17

Wake Forest raises over $112 million

Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem received over $112 million in gifts and commitments in the fiscal year that ended June 30, and bringing to over $700 million the total raised from over 59,000 donors in a campaign it launched its quiet phase in 2010.

Wake Forest in 2016 exceeded, two years ahead of scheduled, its initial goal of $600 million for the campaign, and its board of trustees has set a new goal of raising $1 billion by 2020.

The total raised in the just-ended fiscal year marked the third time the school has raised over $100 million in a single fiscal year since it launched the campaign.

Funds raised in the campaign include over $190 million for scholarships and financial aid, with a particular focus on access for first-generation and middle-class students; over $70 million to recruit and retain faculty, including the appointment of two new endowed “Presidential Chairs;” over $164 million for campus capital improvements; and a record-high $10.6 million in gifts for the University’s annual fund in the just-ended fiscal year.

Forsyth Tech gets $1.5 million

Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation that it will use to help create a Skilled Trades Building planned for its Stokes County Center in the Meadows community near Walnut Cove.

The building will provide high school students with career training opportunities in welding, plumbing, electrical systems and horticulture.

Winston-Salem Salvation Army shuffles fundraising team

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem has reorganized its development department, with Lisa Parrish, director of operations, moving to the job of development director.

Robin Stone, who has been director of development, now will serves as resource development director, while Adriene Smith, volunteer and resource coordinator, will serve as community outreach liaison.

Bob Campbell will continue to serve as director of marketing and public relations.

And Steve Waiksnoris, former director of development for Salvation Army of Greensboro, has joined Winston-Salem Salvation Army as development assistant.

Each member of the development department will report to Stan and Deborah Colbert, commanders majors at Salvation Army for the Greater Winston-Salem Area.

High Point Regional employees, staff raise $224,000

Nine hundred four employees and medical staff from High Point Regional this summer together raised $223,806 for the 2017 GiveStrong! Fundraising Campaign, the most every for the annual campaign and bringing to over $1 million the total raised since the campaign began in 2010.

Employees designated their contributions to support the area of greatest need, including High Point Regional’s Capital Campaign Fund for a major renovation and modernization project to advance clinical technology and facility improvements for the cardiology, oncology and surgical patient care programs.

Contributions were also designated for the Patient Special Needs Fund for individuals identified by hospital social workers to be in a crisis situation and have an immediate need for support.

N.C. Housing Coalition gets over $1.1 million

The North Carolina Housing Coalition has been awarded over $1.1 million to support homelessness-prevention work, and to expand access to housing counseling services in throughout North Carolina.

Funds awarded included $284,607 through Project Reinvest, an initiative sponsored by NeighborWorks America, to expand housing counseling to help clients stabilize their finances, rebuild their credit, and establish savings

The Coalition also received $676,208 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, $100,000 more than it received last year, which it will use to expand counseling services to homeowners and renters throughout the state.

And it will get $74,901 each in fiscal 2017-18 and 2018-19 from the N.C. Department of Health ad Human Services to supports a new conference it will hold each year for homeless service providers.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation gives $1 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation in Belmont awarded grants totaling just over $1 million to 24 nonprofits in Buncombe, Caldwell, Catawba, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, Transylvania and Union counties in North Carolina, and York County in South Carolina.

Of the 24 grants, nine totaling $372,800 focus on education; nine totaling $364,400 focus on social services; and six totaling $272,000 focus on health care.

Peglow new executive director at North Carolina Parent Teacher Congress

Catherine T. Peglow, former director of  continuing legal education for the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, has joined the North Carolina Parent Teacher Congress as executive director and general counsel.

Malory joins Durham Chamber

Tiffany Malory, community outreach and special projects manager at the Durham Performing Arts Center, has been named  director of member relations of the Durham Chamber.

Dance event for kits set for August 5

Business and community leaders, law-enforcement officers, and over 40 children from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro will gather August 5 at 2 p.m. for the Fifth Annual Greensboro Dance Day at the Boys & Girls Club at 1001 Freeman Mill Road.

Organized by Woodruff Family Law Group, and Fred Astaire Studios Greensboro, the free summer dance camp began in 2012 with about 35 boys and girls. This year, all of 40 children, ages eight and nine, who have signed up will be learning choreography from international dancer Oleg Gorianskiy, and Catherine Cameron of Greensboro.

The event now has reached over 60 active participants, with the three organizers covering all costs of dance rehearsals, including professional dance instruction, healthy lifestyle suggestions, and healthy snacks after each rehearsal.

Greensboro Housing Coalition gets $7,000

Greensboro Housing Coalition has been awarded a grant of $7065  from the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation it will use to expand into Guilford County and the City of High Point with its Healthy Homes Team services that aim to assist members of the community with housing problems as a result of inadequate living conditions such as needed repairs, mold and pest infestation.

Caswell Family Medical Center getting $28,000

Caswell Family Medical Center in Yanceyville has been awarded a grant award of $28,000 from the Office of Rural Health in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and will use the funds to hire a medication assistance coordinator who will work to assist patients in getting the prescription medications they need.

The grant program, which the Department of Health and Human Services began in 2003, now supports over 55 full-time employees working in organizations across the state who have helped over 36,000 patients get access to over 168,000 prescription medications valued at over $147 million.

Concert to benefit Hope for Haiti Foundation, Water for Good

Singer Eddie Money will headline the 8th Annual Rock Your World benefit concert on August 12 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, with all proceeds going to Hope for Haiti Foundation and Water for Good.

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.14.17

Raleigh Little Theatre raises $740,000

A major-gifts effort at Raleigh Little Theatre to improve accessibility and technology throughout its campus raised over $740,000, including a contribution of $275,000 from the City of Raleigh, which was the largest single funder among 39 individuals and eight institutions that supported the project.

Raleigh Little Theatre and the City of Raleigh will break ground on September 7 on renovations to the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre that were funded through the effort, which exceeded its goal by $15,000.

Raleigh Little Theatre also has named Georgia Donaldson president of its board of directors.

Smart heads national rural-health project

Allen Smart, former senior vice president and interim president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, has been named lead project director for an 18-month national effort to find and support new ways to improve charitable efforts to boost rural health.

Campbell University in Buies Creek, where the project is based, has been awarded a grant of $730,248 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., to fund the national effort.

The project aims to conduct local and regional analysis of private and public investments in rural health, as well as rural economic development and education in kindergarten through 12th grade, that “will ultimately generate a series of best practice reports, recommendations and new partnerships for consideration and sue by funders interested in better rural philanthropic practice,” Campbell says in a statement.

Smart, who announced in January he was leaving the Reynolds Trust, served as its interim president from September 2015 to June 2016, then resumed his role as vice president of programs in July 2016, when Laura Gerald, a pediatrician and former market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh, became president.

Reynolds Trust names vice president for programs

Tom Brown has joined the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem as vice president of programs, and Alison Elster has joined the Trust as program coordinator.

Brown will oversee the work of the Trust’s two program areas — Health Improvement in North Carolina, and Local Impact in Forsyth County

He previously was senior corporate grant writer at Novant Health Foundation, and before that was executive director of REAL Entrepreneurship; senior program officer at North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund; and executive director of Faith in Action, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey.

Elster serves as the initial contact at the Trust for groups seeking to apply for grants, and  also provides administrative and communications support for the Trust’s program staff and major initiatives.

She previously served as development assistant at Guilford Child Development.

CASA buys 79 apartment units in Durham

CASA, a nonprofit developer and property manager of affordable housing, has purchased two apartment complexes in Durham with a total of 79 one-bedroom units.

The 44-unit Underwood Apartments at 811 Underwood Avenue and the 35-unit Maplewood Apartments, plus an office, at 1407 W. Chapel Hill Road, both in Durham’s West End, bring to 490 the number of units at CASA across Durham, Wake, and Orange counties.

CASA plans exterior improvements at both properties, including landscaping, fencing, parking lot repairs, and rebuilding of the aging staircases and balconies.

Asheville Merchants Fund gives $405,000

The Asheville Merchants Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has awarded a total of $405,000 in grants to nine Buncombe County nonprofits for projects designed to strengthen community and stimulate economic growth.

Habitat Forsyth opens 4th ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has opened a new ReStore at 6491 Shallowford Road in Lewisville.

The 8,000-squate-foot store, located in long-vacant space in Lewisville Shopping Center, is Habitat’s fourth ReStore.

Bookmarks opens bookstore, event space

Bookmarks has opened its new home — including a nonprofit independent bookstore, and an event-and-gathering space — at 634 W. Fourth Street #110 in Winston-Salem.

Senior PharmAssist names board president

Tom Bacon, adjunct professor and research fellow at The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and retired program director of the state’s Area Health Education Centers, has been named president of the board of Senior PharmAssist in Durham.

High Point funder accepting grant applications

High Point Community Foundation is accepting online applications until midnight, August 16, from local public charities seeking grants from a total of $340,000 it will award this fall, up $15,000 from its grant budget a year ago.

The Foundation says it will give preference to projects that focus on issues involving education, “food security” and “community  cohesion.”

In 2016, the Foundation awarded grants to 19 organizations.

Triangle families host low-income New York City kids

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — On July 12,  a handful of low-income children ages seven to 16 from New York City are scheduled to arrive by bus at the Hilton in Durham.

Greeting the children will be a local volunteer for the New York City-based Fresh Air Fund, and families from Raleigh that each will host one of the children for a week.

Two weeks later, a second handful of New York City children will arrive at the Hilton on a bus for a one-week stay with a second group of local families.

“Families will learn things about themselves and about someone who comes from such a different environment, and they will also see how many similarities they have,” says Brandy Shaw, a commercial real estate paralegal for Moore & Alphin in Raleigh who serves as volunteer chair for the Fresh Air Fund in the Triangle.

Formed in 1877 to provide free summer experiences for children living in low-income communities in New York City, the Fresh Air Fund has served over 1.8 million children in need.

In 2016, nearly 7,000 children visited the homes of volunteer host families on the East Coast of the U.S. and in Southern Canada, or visited one of the Fund’s five camps in upstate New York.

As part of a larger effort to connect New York City kids with host families in more parts of the U.S., the Fund expanded to North Carolina in 2013, initially in the Triad, and then to the Triangle in 2014.

Thirty-six have visited the state since 2013, and another 20 are expected to visit this summer, some in the Triangle and some in the Triad.

Local families that apply to the Fresh Air Fund to host a child for a week typically find out about the organization online or by word-of-mouth, says Shaw.

And based on the relationships that develop, some children may stay with a family for longer than two weeks or continue to return over many summers or other parts of the year.

Before moving to North Carolina in 2007, Shaw served as a volunteer escort for the Fresh Air Fund in upstate New York, where her mother, her mother’s mother, and her mother’s mother’s mother all had volunteered for the organization.

Her role is to visit applicant families, which must fill out a form designed to help the Fresh Air Fund determine whether they will provide a safe environment and engage the children they are hosting in activities such as boating, bicycling, camping, visiting parks and going bowling or to movies.

Based on the forms, the Fresh Air Fund selects host families and matches children with them.

Shaw greets the children when they arrive by bus, plans a picnic or other activity for all the families, and is on hand when the families drop off the children for the bus ride back to New York City.

The Fresh Air Fund, Shaw says, “would like to see more kids coming to North Carolina and other areas and see a different place than they otherwise would not have experienced.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.07.17

Kellan Moore to head John Rex Endowment

Kellan Moore, executive director of Care Share Health Alliance, will join the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh in mid-August as president and CEO.

She will succeed Kevin Cain, who in April announced his retirement after 16 years as president and CEO.

Moore previously served as program officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, and supervisor of corporate giving at Progress Energy.

Miller, Stradling join Wake Tech Foundation

Roxanne Miller, former development manager for the Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, has joined Wake Tech Foundation as director of development, and Meg Stradling, former director of finance at Triangle Family Services, has joined the Foundation as director of finance.

Wake Salvation Army names development director

Tara Shepherd-Bowdel, former regional development officer in the eastern U.S. for Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., has joined Salvation Army of Wake County as director of development and community relations.

Boys & Girls Clubs getting $25,000

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties is getting a $25,000 grant from Duke Energy to support activities involving science, technology, engineering and math at its Durham Club, which serves mainly low-income, at-risk youth.

Forsyth Tech gets $10,000

Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America Foundation that it will use to to support its Economic and Workforce Development programs.

Forsyth Promise awarded $1,000

The Forsyth Promise in Winston-Salem has been awarded a $1,000 donation by the Prince Hall-affiliated Order of the Eastern Star.

Salvation Army to hose scavenger event

The Salvation Army of Wake County will host its 6th annual Most Amazing Race Raleigh on August 26 at downtown locations throughout downtown Raleigh.

The scavenger-hunt event last year raised over $30,000.

Fayetteville teacher Virginia Jicha has begun a two-year term as volunteer president of the North Carolina PTA.

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.30.17

Reynolds Trust targets inequity through systems change

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, which turned 70 in June, has unveiled a new strategy designed to stimulate sustainable new ways to improve health and well-being in Forsyth County and throughout North Carolina.

It aims to do that through partnerships to address a persistent lack of opportunity rooted in long-standing inequities.

To put its new strategy into place after a year of study, the Trust has renamed its two divisions.

Health Improvement in North Carolina, formerly the Health Care Division, now will “support community-wide health improvements across the state,” the Trust says.

And Local Impact in Forsyth County, formerly the Poor and Needy Division, will work to “foster equitable and sustainable solutions in our hometown,” it says in a statement.

“We will only achieve equity and success when systems and policies change,” Laura Gerald, who joined the Trust as executive director a year ago, says in the statement.

Improving health and well-being requires investing in communities “where a persistent lack of opportunity prompts great need,” she says.

It also requires “changes in the systems that have historically perpetuated inequities,” saying those changes “are essential to affect outcomes that are sustainable,” she says.

To make those changes, she says, the Trust will work in partnerships with residents, local organizations and agencies “to influence those systems so everyone can have the opportunity to thrive.”

One Scholarship Fund awards $150,000

Project One Scholarship Fund in Charlotte awarded six Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students a total of $150,000 in scholarships of up to $25,000 per student to attend a four-year college, up from four students in 2016.

The scholarships, which include a four-year financial commitment and a mentoring component, help high school students from single-parent families in Mecklenburg County attend a public college or university that their families otherwise could not afford.

Elon gets $100,000 to endow scholarship

Elon University has received $100,000 from the family of 2004 graduate Michael Poteat — his sister Nicole Poteat and his parents George and Kathy Poteat — to endow a new Global Education Scholarship in his memory to help support Elon students with financial need who are suffering from a debilitating chronic disease have the experience of studying abroad.

Michael Poteat died in 2014 after being chronically ill for much of his life.

Event to benefit youth, young adults fighting cancer

Teen Center America will host the 2017 Nolan Smith TCA Hoop-a-thon Challenge on July 22 at the Emily K Center in Durham.

Co-founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of rock band The Who, and headquartered in Los Angeles, Teen Center America is raising money for development of specialized facilities and services for adolescents and young adults fighting cancer.

Sponsoring and underwriting the TCA Hoop-a-thon is Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank, a primary corporate partner of Teen Cancer America.

Spay neuter clinic expanding in Gastonia

The Animal League of Gaston County has expanded and relocated its spay-neuter clinic and named it the Lenora Borchardt Spay Neuter Center, thanks to a gift from the Michael and Lenora Borchardt Family Foundation, a donor advised fund at Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte.

Habitat gets gift of prefabricated building panels

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro received a donation of prefabricated building panels, known as framing, from WeaverCooke Construction to create the walls of  home Habitat is building with funding from the Joy Foundation in memory of Janelle Johnson.

Women’s Professional Forum gives $10,000

Women’s Professional Forum in Greensboro awarded three grants totaling $10,000 to groups working to empower girls and young women.

The grants include $3,500 to American Association of University Women; $3,000 to Music for a Great Space; and $3,500 to The Volunteer Center.

Since 2003, the WPF Foundation has granted over $123,000 to community organizations and individuals to support women’s professional and personal development.

Emily Krzyzewski Center gets $9,500

The Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham received a $9,500 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to support science, technology, engineering and math elements, and science-based elements, of its programs for elementary and middle-school students, and in the summer.

Witter joins Public School Forum

Sheronda Witter, former extension agent of 4-H youth development for North Carolina State University, serving youth and families in Orange County, has been named manager of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs at The Public School Forum of North Carolina in Raleigh.

Co-founders of Living Art America honored

Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco, co-founders of Living Art America, received the Betty Cone Medal of Arts from ArtsGreensboro

Sponsored by AT&T, the award recognizes artists who have exceeded in their disciplines or made extraordinary contributions to their field or to the community through their artistry or expertise, or both.

Alamance United Way elects board chair, chair-elect

Pam Fox, president and CEO at Twin Lakes Community, has been elected chair of the board of directors of United Way of Alamance County, and Noah Sanders, a partner at accounting firm Gilliam, Coble & Moser, has been elected chair-elect.

Goodnight, Wynn join board of North Carolina GSK Foundation

Ann B. Goodnight,  senior director of community relations at SAS Institute, and Phail Wynn Jr., vice president for Durham and regional affairs at Duke University, have joined the board of directors of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

Hospice support group focuses on overdose death

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has started a free support group for people grieving the overdose death of a loved one.

Greensboro has averaged 24 overdoses a month from opioid abuse since August 2016, up  from 10 a month one year ago, according to the Greensboro Police Department, Hospice says.

Barnabas Network holding sale at retail store

July 8 is the final day of a “Renovation Wrap-Up Sale” at the Retail Store of The Barnabas Network in Greensboro.

The sale at the store, which features donated, new and gently-used furniture, is designed to clear out inventory so the agency may refinish the floor of the retail space at its new location at 838 Winston St. in Greensboro.

Volunteers pitch in for Salvation Army

Twenty employees of Vann York Auto Mall volunteered at The Salvation Army of High Point on June 13 and 15, organizing the food pantry at The Salvation Army of High Point, filling food bags, and distributing food items to senior residents living at William Booth Garden Apartments.

BBQ event to support JDRF

Potent Potables will host the 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off on July 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 115 East Main St. in Jamestown to support the Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF, which raises money for Type 1 diabetes research.

Oktoberfest to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be the main beneficiary of the Fourth Annual Triangle Oktoberfest, which is organized by the Rotary Clubs of Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor and will be held at October 6-7 at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

Proceeds benefit the Triangle Oktoberfest Rotary Foundation, will make a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society based on attendance and funds raised.

Convention & Visitors Bureau gives $268,000

The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded grants totaling $267,834 to 20 local nonprofits.

The grants program, which was launched in 1983 and funds tourist-related events or activities such as arts or cultural events, has awarded a total of over $4.9 million to 668 projects.

Grants aim to boost tourism, culture

May 4 at 5 p.m. is he deadline for submitting applications to the Special Events & Tourism Related Activities Committee of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Awarded once a year, the grants are designed to stimulate and assist organizations and agencies in Greensboro and Guilford County in the enhancement, promotion and marketing of tourism and culturally related events and activities.

Chowan funder gives $16,000

The Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded nine local grants totaling $16,000.

Lemonade stands raise $1,800

Toll Brothers raised $806.50 at its Raleigh lemonade stands on June 10 and $1,020 at its Charlotte lemonade stands to support the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and its efforts to find cures for childhood cancer.

Grantseeking workshop scheduled

A free grantseeking workshop will be held July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Braswell Memorial Library at 727 N. Grace St. in Rocky Mount for nonprofits in Edgecombe and Nash counties seeking grant funding from local affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation, including the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount, Edgecombe Charitable Foundation, and Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount.


Arts a $2.12 billion business in North Carolina

By Todd Cohen

The nonprofit arts industry adds $2.12 billion to North Carolina’s economy, a new study says.

Throughout the state, nonprofit arts and cultural groups support the equivalent of nearly 72,000 full-time jobs, and generate $201.5 million in revenues for local governments and the state, says The Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study, which was led by Americans for the Arts and conducted by economists at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Local arts groups throughout the U.S., including United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, ArtsGreensboro, and United Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County,  paid for their communities to participate in the study.

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences spent a total of $557 million in Wake County in 2015, $162.2 million in Guilford County, and $156.8 million in Forsyth County.

The nonprofit arts and cultural industry supports the equivalent of 19,873 full-time jobs in  Wake, 5,963 in Guilford, and 5,559 in Forsyth.

In Wake, it accounts for over $167 million in household income for local residents, and generates nearly $15.8 million in revenues for local and state government.

In Forsyth, it generates over $129 million in local household income, and over $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.

And in Guilford, it generates over $56.3 million in household income and $5.3 million in local and state government revenue.

In Wake, nonprofit arts and culture groups spent over $179 million in fiscal 2015, and stimulated another $378 million in event-related spending by their audiences at restaurants, hotels, retail stories, parking garages and other local businesses.

In Guilford, the industry spent $67 million in fiscal 2015, generating nearly nearly $95.2 million more in local event-related spending by their audiences.

In Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, arts and cultural groups spent nearly $105 million in 2015, generating another $52 million in spending from their audiences.

Throughout the U.S., the study says, nonprofit arts in 2015 spurred $166.3 billion of economic activity, including $63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural groups, and another $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.

That activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments, compared to those governments’ collective $5 billion in arts allocations, the study says.

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.23.17

Office work seen curbing effectiveness of foundation program officers

Program officers at U.S. foundations believe internal challenges at their organizations pose the biggest challenge to doing their jobs, a new report says.

Program officers believe administrative tasks consume time they should be devoting to playing their role more effectively, says Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

They also believe they are spending too little time on building and keeping relationships, says the report, which is based on responses from 150 randomly-selected program officers at foundations that give at least $5 million a year.

Internal challenges that 84 percent of respondents say pose the biggest obstacles to doing their job include limited resources or capacity; a lack of independence in their role; and the need to manage a “disconnect” between their priorities and the priorities of their foundation’s leadership.

Sixty-two percent program officers who responded say internal administration is a responsibility that takes up the greatest amount of their time, while 75 percent say it should take up less time so they can be most effective in their role.

Only 36 percent of program officers say developing and maintaining relationships is a responsibility that takes up the greatest amount of their time, while 53 percent believe it should take up the greatest amount of their time so they can be most effective.

Ninety-eight percent of program officers believe having strong relationships with grantees is important for achieving their foundations’ goals, and 95 percent believe learning from grantees is an integral part of their jobs.

Seventy-four percent of program officers say they admire the leadership of their CEOs, and 73 percent say they are very or extremely satisfied with their jobs.

Income grows for 7 in 10 fundraisers

Seventy-one percent of 1,738 fundraisers in the U.S. posted higher incomes  in 2016, although average salaries generally were flat, a new report says.

The average salary for survey respondents, all members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, totaled $70,256, down $624 from 2015, says AFP’s 2017 Compensation and Benefits Report.

The median salary, meaning half were higher and half were lower, totaled $65,000 in 2016, up from $62,000 in 2015.

The top 25 percent of survey respondents earned more than $86,5000, while the bottom 25 percent earned $49,000 or less, with the median for both groups growing slightly from 2015.

The year 2016 was the fourth straight year in which the share of fundraisers seeing higher incomes grew, following 68 percent who saw increases in 2015; 65 percent in 2014; and 63 percent in 2013.

The average survey respondent has worked for 3.2 employers as a fundraiser, the report says, while the average number of years a respondent has worked for an employer — the “turnover” rate — was 3.9 in 2016, the same as in 2015.

High Point health funder gives $394,000

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point awarded seven local grants $393,842 to support the advancement of health and wellness for High Point residents.

Nearly half the grants support pregnancy-prevention and early-intervention programs.

The Foundation also awarded $9,000 to NC MedAssist to assist in providing behavioral health medications for High Point patients.Since it was formed in 2013 through the merger of High Point Regional Health and UNC Health Care, the Foundation has awarded a total of roughly $7.1 million in grants to 22 organizations.

Tanger gives $194,000 to schools

Tanger Outlet Centers in Greensboro, through its philanthropic program TangerCARES, awarded 172 TangerKIDS grants totaling $194,000 to schools across the U.S.

Lawyers recognized for pro-bono work

Twenty Triad lawyers are among 170 lawyers recognized by the Supreme Court of North Carolina for donating 50 or more hours of legal services during 2016 through the state’s inaugural voluntary pro bono reporting effort.

Those 170 lawyers make up the first group of the N.C. Pro Bono Honor Society.

All 543 North Carolina lawyers who shared information about their pro bono volunteerism reported more than 25,700 hours during 2016.

New nonprofit aims to boost Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem Ambassadors, a new nonprofit, aims to create and raise awareness of Winston-Salem.

Started and headed by Mackenzie Cates-Allen, CEO of Cates-Allen Connections and former development manager for theDowntown Winston-Salem Partnership, the new nonprofit is recruiting “ambassadors,” who will hold quarterly information sessions and workshops about the city’s strengths and possibilities.

On October 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the group will hold its second “Second Sundays on 4th” outdoor event for families, with support from 4CM and Flow Companies.

Food focus of youth summit

Youth ages 10 and older participated in a Youth Food Summit on June 21 hosted by the Greater High Point Food Alliance and United Way of Greater High Point at the High Point University Community Center.

The event included hands-on activities, including gardening, cooking and nutrition, as well as presentations by participants about food insecurity from their perspective, along with their ideas on how to address the issue.

United Way collects hygiene kits for people in need

United Way of Greater Greensboro, during a “Day of Action” on June 21, collected hygiene kits that will be delivered to the Greensboro Urban Ministry, Interactive Resource Center

and United Way’s Family Success Center for distribution to people in need.

The kits include basic items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and shampoo.

Brannock honored for fundraising

Mike Brannock, CEO of WorkForce Unlimited and AREVO Group in Mount Airy, was recognized as Man of the Year Runner Up by the North Carolina Chapter of The Leukemia  Lymphoma Society.

He raised $209,000 as part of a 10-week national fundraising campaign that included 15 other individuals and raised over $1.42 million to support the Society’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments.

Brannock joined the fundraising after after two co-workers and a family member battled different types of cancer in 2016.

East Durham Children’s Initiative gets $20,000

The East Durham Children’s Initiative has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Duke Energy to support EDCI BELL Summer Camp in 2017, which works to prepare students in East Durham for college or career and is offered in partnership with Building Educated Leaders for further its work .

United Way elected chairs of board, campaign

Greg Strader, executive vice president and chief banking officer at American National Bank & Trust, has been elected chair of the board of directors of United Way of Greater Greensboro, and Chuck Burns, corporate development officer and vice president at First Citizens Bank, has been named chair of the 2017-18 United Way fundraising campaign.

Carying Place to host race event

The Carying Place’s will host its Tenth Annual Labor Day “Race for Home” on September 4 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary starting at 8 a.m.

Vance County funder gives $7,000

Vance County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded five local grants totaling $7,130.