Nonprofit news roundup, 03.31.17

Per-student spending gap grows in state

The gap in funding for public schools between the most affluent and poorest counties in North Carolina is “stark and growing,” a new study says.

The 10 counties spending the most spent $3,026 on average per student, compared to $710 spent by the 10 counties that spent the least, says the 2017 Local School Finance Study from the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Orange County, which spends the most, spent 12 times more per student than Swain County, which spends the least, the study says.

In 2014-15, it says, the 10 counties that spend the most spent 4.26 times more per child than the 10 counties that spend the least.

That same year, the study says, the 10 poorest counties taxed themselves at nearly double the rate of the 10 wealthiest counties, yet because of he disparity in real-estate wealth capacity, the revenue the poorest counties could generate at higher tax rates was substantially lower than what the wealthiest counties could generate at lower rates.

“The poorest counties continue to raise their tax rates, while the wealthiest counties lower theirs, and yet the substantial revenue disparity persists,” the Public School Forum says.

On average, it says, the counties that spend the most increased their spending by 3.8 percent more per child this year than last year, or $110 more per student, while the counties that spend the least increased their average spending per student by 0.8 percent, or $5 per student.

North Carolina law gives the state the responsibility to pay for instructional expenses, including personnel, while county governments pay for capital expenses, including building and grounds, except for statewide bond referenda or other state spending.

Yet the state now pays two percent of capital expenses, with local spending accounting for 98 percent, the Public School Forum says,  while counties now are funding 18.8 percent of positions for principals and assistant principals; 6.5 percent of teachers; 11.8 percent of teacher assistants; and 20.9 percent of professional instructional support personnel.

High Point University getting $5 million

The School of Education at High Point University is getting $5 million from Robert “Bob” Stout, retired president of Steel Bar Corp. in Greensboro, and his wife Maggie Stout.

To be renamed for the donors, the Stout School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary, middle-grades, secondary education, special, and science, technology, engineering and math education, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

John Rex Endowment gives $1.1 million

John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded grants totaling $764,418 Wake County Public School System and $270,792 to Youth Thrive to support positive mental health in Wake County, and $70,000 to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to put into effect a safe-environments program in six pediatric clinics in Wake County.

Heart Math Tutoring awarded $350,000

Heart Math Tutoring in Charlotte received a $350,000 multi-year grant from The Leon Levine Foundation that will fund a new full-time position dedicated to recruiting and supporting volunteers.

Read and Feed receives $50,000

Read and Feed in Cary received $50,000 from the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Wake Salvation Army opens second Family Store

The Salvation Army is opening its a Family Store at 4025 Wake Forest Rd. in Raleigh.

Proceeds from sales and donations at the store, its second in Wake County, ­­directly support The Salvation Army’s food pantry, family shelter, community center, and outreach programs for survivors of human trafficking and children experiencing homelessness.

Interior work completed on ArtsGreensboro facility

ArtsGreensboro has completed work on the interior of the new Van Dyke Performance Space, including installation of new permanent and flexible seating.

The new facility for performing arts, events and entertainment facility, with a seating capacity of 250 to 400 or more under different configurations, was developed through a collaborative partnership between the City of Greensboro and ArtsGreensboro, and a $1 million gift from Jan Van Dyke, artistic director of Dance Project.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving to host event

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary will host its 2017 Red Carpet Rendezvous, celebrating celebrating 25 years of service to the community, on April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the N.C. State University Club in Raleigh.

Dog event to benefit Sergei Foundation

The Sergei Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Triad Dog Games on May 20 and 21 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Funds raised at the event will support the Foundation’s mission to save companion pets’ lives by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care.

Heart Association creates board

The American Heart Association has named its first Triad board of directors.

Board president is Allison Brashear, chair of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, while Thomas Boothby, Triad market managing partner for Dixon Hughes Goodman, is board chairman, and David H. Wagner, director of the Student Health Center at N.C. A&T State University, is president-elect.

5K events to benefit local nonprofits

Twin City Track Club, Brenner Families in Training, and Girls on the Run Triad will receive proceeds from  Beat the Heat 5K, an event the Track Club will host July 22 starting at 6:30 p.m., with Cook Medical as presenting sponsor.

Rescue Ranch building playground for kids of all abilities

Rescue Ranch, an animal-welfare nonprofit founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, has broken ground on a 10,000-square-foot playground in Statesville that will be fully inclusive for children with all abilities and the first of its kind in Iredell County.

Event to benefit firefighters group

Little City Brewing and Provisions Company and Heat fitness studios — both located near the fire on March 16 that destroyed an apartment building under construction — will host a fundraiser workout on April 2 benefitting the Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association.

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.24.17

Elderly population outrunning services, funding

Individuals age 65 or older head nearly one in four U.S. households, yet only six percent of nonprofits that file tax returns with the IRS focus on services to aging populations, a new report says.

“Giving and the Golden Years: The Role of Private Giving in Aging Services Organization” from the Giving USA Foundations questions how aging-services organizations will be able to handle needs of Americans over 65, a population expected to double to 98.2 million by 2060.

Over half of all aging-services organizations operate with annual revenue at or under $500,000, except for nursing facilities and home health services, and nearly 30 percent of those two groups operate with annual revenue of $10 million or more.

Grants and contributions account for over 82 percent of revenue for aging-services organizations such as food programs, compared to less than five percent for nursing facilities and home health services, the report says.

And only 10 percent of aging-services organizations have an endowment fund, an investment that many nonprofits such as universities and hospitals use to generate funding for future programs, operations and services, the report says.

It says states such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and the Carolinas, commonly considered “retirement states,” scored in the bottom fourth based on their number of aging services organizations per 1,000 residents age 65 and older, while Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas scored in the top fourth.

Americans born before 1964 represent the most generous generation in the U.S., accounting for nearly 70 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S., the report says.

“It’s likely that this generation will be the biggest philanthropic supporter of aging services they may come to rely on,” it says.

Rise Against Hunger to help deliver donated meals

Rise Against Hunger in Raleigh is one of a group of nonprofits that will deliver a total of one billion meals that Kraft Heinz has agreed to donate by 2021 for people in need throughout the world.

Rising Against Hunger does not yet know how many of those donated meals it will deliver.

The Raleigh nonprofit has served as exclusive micronutrient distribution partner for Kraft Heinz since 2013 and has delivered throughout the world over 167 million hunger-relief meals fortified by micronutrient powders the company provided.

Closing achievement gaps focus of funding effort

Law firm Bell, Davis & Pitt will contribute $10,000 a year over six years to Project Impact, a community effort to provide funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to benefit at-risk students who are eligible for pre-kindergarten or who attend Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Project Impact, which focuses on pre-kindergarten programs, increasing developmental and instructional support for students, aims to improve third-grade reading and math proficiency and close literacy gaps.

It has received a total of $24 million from local foundations and companies, aims to raise a total of $45 million and already has reached over 2,600 students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools through projects such as Pathway to K, summer school, and funding new pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Funders include The Winston-Salem Foundation; BB&T; Wake Forest Baptist Medical Ce

Hill Center gets $50,000

The Hill Center in Durham received $50,000 from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament to support a reading intervention program for the students struggling the most in Carteret County Public Schools.

This gift expands a project established in the 2015-16 school year, when Carteret County beta-tested the Hill Learning System from The Hill center, and aims to reach more students and support more teachers through the purchase of 90 iPads.

Gala to benefit lung cancer research, education

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina will host its 10th annual Evening of Hope Gala on April 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh to raise money to support lung cancer research and education.

Me Fine Foundation to host event

The Me Fine Foundation will host its second annual Music for Me Fine fundraising event on April 21 at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. Last year’s event raised $20,000 to raise money to help families of children receiving treatment at UNC Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s.

Two advisers join Armstrong McGuire

Mendi Nieters, former vice president for development at Comfort Zone Camp, and Katie

Weeks, former vice president of development for the United Performing Arts Fund in Milwaukee, have joined Raleigh consulting firm Armstrong McGuire as senior advisors.

Event to benefit Petty Family Foundation

The Petty Family Foundation will benefit from the second annual Blue Jeans and Boots fundraising dinner, to be sponsored by Hutchison Family Office and held May 10 at Reverie Place, the home of Richard Petty  in Randleman.

‘Free little library’ opens in High Point (photo)

A new “free little library” has opened for children in the Washington Street neighborhood of High Point.

The library was built by Samantha Paterno, an AmeriCorps VISTA member and graduate of High Point University, and her father.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the Washington Street area helped paint the library, and High Point Parks and Recreation assisted with its installation.

Fellowship Hall to host event

Fellowship Hall in Greensboro will host a Walk for Recovery to raise awareness about substance use disorder and its treatment on April 30 at 2 p.m. in Center City Park in downtown Greensboro.

Performance center getting stained-glass windows (photo)

The exterior of the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center is getting 28 artistically designed stained-glass windows illuminated with LED lighting

The Public Art Endowment, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, pledged $50,000 to cover the design, fabrication and installation of the glass. The City of Greensboro is providing lighting and the false windows.

Asheville artist Carl Powell, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship winner, was scheduled on March 28 to begin installing the first of the windows.

High Point Regional Health Foundation gets $15,000

High Point Regional Health Foundation has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Delta Dental to fund a new interactive dental health exhibit in the Wellness Discovery room at Millis Regional Health Education Center.

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.17.17

Nonprofits overlook mid-level donors, study says

Many nonprofits are not paying enough attention to mid-level donors, who fall into a communications “black hole” and are “forgotten by the organizations they faithfully support,” a new study says.

For the study, online-fundraising consultant NextAfter made donations ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to 37 organizations, then tracked emails, direct mail and phone calls it received from those organizations for 90 days.

Only eight percent of the groups phoned to say thank you. One-third never referred to their donors by name. Only 31 percent of communications came from a real person. And 49 percent of organizations never asked for a second gift.

In contrast, NextAfter says, most nonprofits have standard procedures for responding to smaller gifts — usually email or direct mail — and to larger gifts.

Major donors, it says, typically receive a phone call from a representative of the organization. And previous research, it says, indicates that a donor’s second gift may be up to 40 percent more if he or she received a thank-you call for the first gift.

Among organizations in the most recent study, 40 percent stopped communicating after one month, and nine percent did not communicate at all — providing no gift receipt, appeal for more donations, or new information about the organization.

“In other words, they provided no incentive to give again,” NextAfter says.

Scholarship fund created for ex-convicts

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has established a $100,000 fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation named for Darryl Hunt to provide scholarships to individuals in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County who have been convicted of a criminal offense, have served a jail or prison sentence, and are seeking higher education.

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, applicants may apply for a $1,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to three more consecutive years and will be applied to the cost of tuition and fees for students attending an accredited vocational or technical school, community college, or college or university for a certificate, diploma or degree.

Hunt was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in 1984 at age 19 and served two decades in prison before being exonerated.

Food Bank launching teaching kitchen

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is partnering with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions to launch the Allscripts Teaching Kitchen – a new space to be used to teach cooking skills, share healthy recipes, and offer nutrition education to organizations serving families and individuals facing hunger.

The Teaching Kitchen will operate under the Food Bank’s recently launched Community Health & Engagement department. The partnership aims to boost the continued development of a nutrition education program for the on-site teaching kitchen, as well as collaboration with other nonprofits to bring nutrition education and resources to people who are at-risk of hunger.

Thompson names new CEO

Will Jones, former chief operating officer at Eckerd Youth Alternatives in Clearwater, Fla., and more recently senior child well-being industry consultant in Charlotte for SAS, leading efforts to build a national child well-being practice for the Cary-based company, has been named president and CEO of Thompson, a Charlotte-based provider of clinical and prevention services for vulnerable children and families in Mecklenburg County.

Stowe Botanical Garden gets new executive director

Patrick S. Larkin, senior vice president of gardens at Cheekwood in Nashville, Tenn., has been named executive director of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, N.C., effective May 15.

Tomorrow Fund launching final campaign

The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic students will launch its final fundraising campaign on March 31, aiming to raise $135,000 to support students completion of their degrees over the next three years.

Over eight years, the Fund has provided nearly $1 million in scholarship funding across North Carolina.
Sisters of Mercy Foundation awards $1 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling over $1 million to 22 nonprofits in Buncombe, Catawba, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties.

ALS research to benefit from new marathon

Event organizers FS Series, Team Drea Foundation and The Streets at Southpoint have organized the inaugural Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Marathon and Half Marathon, which will be held November 12, start and finish at The Streets at Southpoint shopping mall in Durham, and raise funds to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Boys & Girls Clubs get $2,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County received $2,000 from Delta Dental Foundation for an oral health education program at Washington Elementary Boys & Girls Club.

Event raises $2,810 for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

A Boston Butt Cook-off contest at Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh attracted over 500 people and raised $2,810 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Arts Council gives $6,000

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County awarded 12 grants totaling $6,000 through its Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Mini-Grant program to community groups and individuals.

College students volunteer for Habitat

Students from colleges and universities in New York and Pennsylvania are spending a week in Greensboro this month working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro on new construction, home renovations or at the Habitat ReStore in Gate City Boulevard.

The students attend Eastern University in Wayne, Pa.; Widener University in Chester, Pa.; University of Rochester in New York; Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; and Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

Fraternity raises money for wounded veteran (photo)

Veteran Patrick J. Glavey is getting a Track Chair — an all-terrain wheelchair — thanks to fundraising efforts by the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity at High Point University in partnership with The Independence Fund and the Heal Team 6 organization.

Schools get $19,450

The Principals’ Fund at the High Point Community Foundation awarded a total of $19,450 to eight local schools.

Event raises $15,000 for Mustard Seed

Nonprofit news roundup on March 3 incorrectly reported the amount of money Mustard Seed Community Health in Greensboro received from the inaugural Scrubs vs. Suits MD/JD Challenge basketball game. Mustard Seed received $15,000.

Adequacy of school financing still ‘a problem’

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s system for financing schools is “relatively equitable, stable and flexible,” but its adequacy “most likely remains a problem” for its public schools, a new report says.

Enrollment has grown steadily to about 1.5 million students, including nearly 90,000 at 167 charter schools, while spending per pupil overall, as well as personnel per student in traditional schools, both have declined, says Financing Education in North Carolina, a report from the North Carolina Justice Center.

Per-pupil spending

In fiscal 2016, the state ranked 44th in the U.S. on spending per pupil, down one spot from before fiscal 2009, when budget cuts were made in the face of the recession, the report says.

Per-pupil spending has grown just over two percent since fiscal 2009, but has declined over eight percent when adjusted for inflation, the report says.

In fiscal 2016, per-pupil spending in North Carolina was $3,182 below the national average of about $12,000, the report says.

In fiscal 2009, it says, per-pupil spending in North Carolina had been $1,552 below the national average of over $10,000.

Enrollment and personnel

Enrollment in the state’s public schools has grown 18.6 percent over the past 15 years, driven in recent years by the number of students enrolled in charter schools, the report says.

Yet the number of personnel per student in the state’s traditional public schools has fallen 10.4 percent since fiscal 2009, including six percent fewer teachers and 31 percent fewer teacher assistants, the report says.

Urban school districts continue to attract students, while most rural districts are losing students, with only 28 districts growing in fiscal 2017, and 87 districts losing students.

Diverse districts

North Carolina is home to 115 school districts, including 89 that share their borders with counties, and multiple school districts in 11 counties.

The state is home to nearly 2,600 schools, including charter schools, and they represent diverse populations and student demographics.

The school districts in Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, for example, are among the 20 largest school districts in the U.S., with each enrolling about 150,000 students, while 40 districts in the state enroll fewer than 4,000 students.

The number of students in Wake, the biggest district in the state, is about the same as the combined total of the state’s 54 smallest districts.

Nearly 18 percent of students in Asheboro City Schools speak English as a second language, compared to fewer than one percent of students in Weldon City Schools.

And 28 percent of students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools qualify for lunch that is free or at a reduced price, compared to 88 percent of students in Lexington City Schools.

And 19 percent of students in Stokes County have an identified disability, compared to seven percent in Clinton City Schools.

Funding sources

State law requires that the state pay for instructional expenses for current operations of public schools, and that counties pay for public-education facilities.

In North Carolina, the state historically has accounted for about 65 percent of school district funding.

Local funding —  including appropriations from county governments, as well as private donations — accounts for about 25 percent, and federal funding accounts for about 10 percent.

In fiscal 2014, throughout the U.S., states on average accounted for 46 percent of public school revenue, while local funding accounted for 45 percent and the federal government accounted for nine percent.

State funding

In North Carolina, most state funding for public schools — a total $9.4 billion in fiscal 2017 — is based on student “headcount,” which is measured by the number of students enrolled each day divided by the number of days in the month.

The 10 largest funding categories — such as classroom teachers; children with special needs; transportation; and teacher assistants — represent 90 percent of all state funding distributed to the schools.

Federal funding

In fiscal 2016, child nutrition accounted for 37 percent of federal funds North Carolina received for public schools, while funding to help children from low-income families account for 31 percent and funds for services for students with disabilities accounted for 22 percent.

Local funding

Local spending on schools varies dramatically among school districts, both in amount and share of funds, the report says.

In the fiscal 2016, local spending per pupil in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools totaled $5,710, for example, compared to $415 in Swain County.

And local sources accounted for half of total spending by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools, compared to only eight percent for Robeson County.

North Carolina is one of 18 states with a funding system that, on average, directs more resources to poor districts than wealthy districts, yet local wealth allows some individual school districts to supplement funding for schools to levels most districts cannot afford, the report says.

Lottery

Revenue from the North Carolina Lottery allocated to support education — less than 35 percent of total Lottery revenue since fiscal 2008 — has grown to $592 million from $325 million 10 years ago, yet accounts for only five percent of total state support for public schools, the report says

Much of the funding from the Lottery, it says, now supports programs previously supported by spending from the  state’s General Fund, allowing state lawmakers to “shift” General Fund spending to programs outside the education budget.

The state is not responsible for capital spending but sometimes issues bonds support school construction, while the Lottery, currently $100 million, supports construction projects.

School districts in the state project their facility needs will total $8.1 billion over the next five years.

Charter schools and vouchers

State funding for charter schools — public schools given additional operating flexibility and overseen by independent nonprofit boards of directors rather than locally-elected school boards — exceeded $461 million in fiscal 2017.

Two voucher programs — which provide state funding to families of students who attend a private schools — provided scholarships for over 5,000 students in low-income families in fiscal 2017, and grants for over 800 students with disabilities.

Salaries and benefits

Ninety-four percent of state spending for public schools, and 84 percent of total spending for schools, supports salaries and benefits of state employees, the report says.

Over time, it says, common measures of inflation, such as the Consumer Price Index, “underestimate the actual budget pressures faced by public schools.”

That’s because schools spend most of their money on college-educated professionals, such as teachers and principals, the report says, and wages and benefits for college-educated workers tend to rise faster than the cost of goods, which often can become less expensive as a result of technological advances.

So public schools “face cost pressures above those reflected by traditional inflation measures,” the report says.

— Todd Cohen

Nonprofit news roundup, 02.03.17

Trump says he will ‘destroy’ law barring politicking by churches

President Trump says he will “totally destroy” a 1954 law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates, The New York Times reported.

Under the law, known as the “Johnson Amendment,” churches can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in political speech.

“Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right under threat all around us,” Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast. “That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”

Repeal of the law requires approval by Congress.

Arts Council sets $2.81 million campaign goal

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County aims to raise $2.81 million in its annual campaign for the fiscal year that ends September 30, including $525,000 for targeted priorities.

Last year, the campaign exceeded its $2.5 million goal by $300,000 and used the additional funds for those targeted priorities, which were developed through community listening sessions two years ago.

Last year’s effort generated 27 percent of its funds from 80 workplace campaigns; 20 percent from individuals; 35 percent from corporate gifts; 14 percent from state, county and city funding; and four percent from foundations.

The Arts Council has allocated $1.66 million raised last year to support 29 arts organizations, 18 projects for artists going into Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools; and 12 individual artists through the Duke Energy Regional Artists Projects Grant.

The Council also manages the Arts Council Theatre on Coliseum and the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Spruce Street.

Target priorities to be supported by the campaign include “youth arts enrichment” outside the classroom for after-school and early-childhood programs; “creative ventures,” or new models of sustainability for the arts for emerging organizations; “art in unexpected places,” or nontraditional venues, such as public art or public places not usually reserved for arts; and “arts and healing,” using arts to improve health and well-being.

“We hope people make a base unrestricted general fund gift and on top of that designate a smaller amount for one or more of the targeted initiatives,” says Devon MacKAY, director of the annual fund for the Arts Council.

Co-chairing the campaign are Anna Marie Smith, who recently joined Forsyth Technical Community College as chief human resources officer, and Joe Logan, founding and former executive director of the International Casual Furnishings Association, the trade association for the outdoor furnishings industry.

Piedmont Opera gets $100,000

Piedmont Opera has is getting $100,000 from an anonymous donor.

The gift is restricted to replace the Norman and Matilda Anne Nickel Johnson Trust, which was bequeathed to the opera in 2005 and has helped support operations each year.

The anonymous donation will be used to extend the life of the trust.

Healthy relationships focus of new initiative

Promoting happy, healthy and safe relationships and improving quality of life across Guilford County is the focus of a new partnership between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Phillips Foundation.

Known as Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative, the effort aims to use community mobilization, social marketing and educational programming to help improve public health.

It will kick off with a month-long series of events, including a community date night, educational workshops and a family day at local YMCA branches.

Guiding the effort, which offers free and online toolkits, as well as training for Guilford County professionals, is a steering committee that represents 21 community groups.

Greensboro Area Ministry get food donations

Projected a 20 percent increase in demand for food from hungry people, Greensboro Urban Ministry on January 23, a Monday, issued a public plea for food donations.

By the following Friday morning, it has received cash and food donations totaling the equivalent of over 41,000 pounds of food.

In addition, 25 businesses, congregations, schools and civic groups had scheduled food drives.

Based on its rate of distribution, the agency expected the 41,000 pounds of newly donated food to last 11 days.

In 2016, distributed over one million pounds of food through its  food pantry and Potter’s House Community Kitchen, which serves lunch daily to anyone in the community who is hungry.

Of that total, it distributed nearly 760,000 pounds through the food pantry to men, women and families with children needing food assistance.

Overall last year, it nearly 38,500 individuals and nearly 21,000 households with food assistance in 2016.

Through its Emergency Assistance Program, Greensboro Urban Ministry assists 100 or more households with groceries every day.

To meet the increased demand, its pantry is distributing about 3,600 pounds of food a day.

With a drop in food donations in last fall and this winter, combined with a spike in requests for food assistance, the flow of food out of the pantry was outpacing donations.

The agency says its budget provides funds each year to buy food when its inventory gets low, but that it has spent those funds by the end of December.

Salvation Army seeks clothing donations

The Salvation Army of High Point, which distributes clothing to 75 to 100 individuals every week but says donations are running low, is looking for donations of gently used clothing articles for men, women, and children.

Clothing items not directly given away to families needing assistance are sold at The Salvation Army of High Point Family Stores to fund local social services programs and ministries.

Population growth outpaces Wake County creative sector 

For-profit and nonprofit art-related enterprises in Wake County generated $1.8 billion in earnings in 2014, up $106 million from a year earlier but trailing growth in the county’s population, a new report says

The Creative Vitality Index, released by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and prepared by the Western States Arts Federation, says Wake gained over 2,300 creative jobs in 2016, with revenue for nonprofit arts jobs flat at $83.5 million

Compared to a national “baseline” or average score of 1.00 on the Index, which measures the health of the creative economy in a specific geographic, Wake scored 1.00 on the Index.

Compared to a state average of 1.00, Wake scored 1.47.

Among 59 creative occupations the Index tracks, 437 postsecondary teachers represented the biggest, followed by 207 photographers; 202 graphic designers; 180 singers and musicians; and  193 writers and authors, who last year eclipsed the number of public relations specialists.

Higher-education endowments post 1.9% loss

Endowments at 805 U.S. colleges and universities with a total of $515.1 billion endowment assets posted an average loss of 1.9 percent in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, a new report says, dow from a return of 2.4 percent the previous fiscal year, a new report says.

The 2016 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments says the loss contributed to a decline to five percent in 10-year average returns from 6.3 percent a year earlier, and well below the median 7.4 percent return most institutions need to maintain the purchasing power of their endowments after spending, inflation and the cost of investment management.

Still, the report says, 74 percent of institutions reported they increased spending from their endowments in fiscal 2016 to support their mission, with a median increase of 8.1 percent.

The average endowment for schools in the study totaled nearly $640 million, with the endowments for nearly half the schools totaling $100 million or less.

Fidelity Charitable gives $3.5 billion

Fidelity Charitable made a record-high $3.5 billion in grants on behalf of its donors in 2016, up 15 percent from 2015, and bringing to $25 billion its grantmaking over its first 25 years.

In 2016, over 750,000 individual grants supported 110,000 charities.

High Point University names arena, conference center for Qubeins 

High Point University names its new basketball arena and conference center for its president, Nido Qubein, and his wife, Mariana Qubein.

Qubein has donated $10 million the the school, which has raised over $300 million during his tenure.

The new complex will include an arena that seats 4,500 spectators, a conference center will seat up to 2,500 individuals, and a hotel with 30 to 40 residential rooms.

New board officers, members at Financial Pathways

Lori Timm of Allegacy Consulting has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Financial Pathways of the Piedmont in Winston-Salem, and April Broadway of N-Finity Consulting has been elected vice chair.

Elected to the board are Tamika Bowers of Wells Fargo; Kathy Cissna of Reynolds American;  Evan Raleigh of the City of Winston-Salem;  Aimee Smith of Craige Jenkins Liipfert and Walker; and community volunteer Lynn Thrower.

Three join Habitat Greensboro board

Habitat homeowner ChesKesha Cunningham-Dockery of Sheetz Distribution Services, Cyndi Dancy of Dancy Research, and DeJuan Harris of  Calvary Christian Center have joined the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

United Way honors City/County fundraising

The annual City/County Employee Campaign, which raises funds for United Way of Greater Greensboro and its agency programs, has received a 2016 Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence from United Way of North Carolina.

It was the fourth straight year the campaign has received the award.

In 2016, the City and Guilford County raised $247,970 for United Way, up 21 percent from a year earlier, bringing to over $5.5 million the total the City and County have raised since 2001.

Junior Achievement honored

Junior Achievement of the Triad received the 4 Star Award from Junior Achievement USA, recognizing area staff and boards that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the organization’s brand, and that must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance.

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.13.17

Giving expected to grow in 2017, ’18

Fueled by an increase in giving by foundations, charitable giving in the U.S. will grow by 3.6 percent in 2017 and 3.8 percent in 2018, a new report says.

Giving by foundations will grow 5.9 percent in 2017 and six percent in 2018, while estate giving will grow 5.4 percent in 2017 and 5.2 percent in 2018, says the report, The Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018.

Researched and written by the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University ad presented by consulting firm Marts & Lindy, the report says giving by individuals will grow three percent in 2017 and 3.2 percent in 2018, while giving by corporations will grow 2.4 percent in 2017 and 2.7 percent in 2018.

Changes in overall giving both years are expected to exceed the most recent 10-year annualized increase in giving of 0.5 percent but will trail the most recent 25-year and 40-year annualized averages, the report says.

Spurring the growth in giving, it says, will be increases in the economy, reflected in the value of stocks, Gross Domestic Product and household income.

Giving to health is expected to grow 8.5 percent in 2017 and 79 percent in 2018, exceeding annualized averages over the most recent 40-year period, while giving to education is expected to grow 6.3 percent in 2017 and six percent in 2018, continuing strong growth trends in recent years, the report says.

Giving to support the public-society benefit sector, which includes giving to federated campaigns, United Ways, human and civil rights groups, national donor-advised funds and similar groups, is expected to grow 52 percent in 2017 and 5.4 percent in 2018.

The projections are based on 25 key predictors of giving developed through an econometric methodology that tested trends of thousands of combinations of economic variables with the potential of influencing each type of giving.

Z. Smith Reynolds awards $8.8. million

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem awarded 183 grants totaling $8.8 million in its fall grant cycle, including $75,000 to three North Carolina food banks to assist the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

The Foundation also named Allie Garrett, its former Fellow, to lead its environment portfolio on an interim basis as an associate program officer with the departure of Hawley Truax, environment program officer, who resigned to become southeast regional director for Environmental Defense Fund.

Foundation for a Healthy High Point gives $5.44 million

Foundation for a Healthy High Point approved $5.44 million in grant awards to 21 organizations in 2016 to support projects focusing on teen pregnancy prevention and early intervention, behavioral health, and other services.

Since it was established in 2013, the Foundation has awarded nearly $6.77 million in grants.

Veterans and homeless to get free dental services

Affordable Dentures & Implant, a Raleigh-based national network of dental practices, will partner with Brighter Way Dental Institute in Phoenix  to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of U.S. military veterans and homeless citizens.

The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute about $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017.

About 400 volunteers – including affiliated practice owners, dental technicians and other auxiliary staff members – will travel from throughout the U.S. to Phoenix for six three-day sessions throughout 2017.

Opera Carolina names deputy director of philanthropy

Eileen M. Pronobis, former executive director of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation in Utica, N.Y., has been named to the new position of deputy director of philanthropy at Opera Carolina in Charlotte.

Moody leaving Winston-Salem Symphony

The 2017–18 season will be the 13th and farewell season for Robert Moody as music  director of The Winston-Salem Symphony.

Moody will continue in his roles with both the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Musicfest.

High Point University getting $2.5 million

High Point University has received a commitment of $1.5 million from David and Christine Cottrell, parents of a graduate of the school, to support an outdoor amphitheater, and a $1 million gift from BNC Bank to support Congdon Hall, which will house the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

Habitat Greensboro getting $300,000

Housing Opportunities in Greensboro will donate $300,000 over the next three years to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Habitat Greensboro, which has kicked off its 30th anniversary celebration, plans in March to build a house in 30 days; in June to work with the City of Greensboro to improve older neighborhoods; in July to create a “housing hub” containing multiple housing-assistance agencies under one roof, as well as a “learning center” to help homeowners with do-it-yourself projects; and in August to host a fundraising event to raise enough money in one night to build a complete house.

At a breakfast on January 11 at N.C. A&T State University, Habitat presented its Founders Award to Bob Kelley, who helped founding Habitat Greensboro and served as its executive director.

Women Givers to host event

Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina will host its ninth annual Power of the Purse & Pretties raffle and silent auction on February 4 at Arts of the Albemarle at 516 E. Main St. in Elizabeth City from noon to 2:30 p.m. to support charitable efforts in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

Event to benefit Poe Center

Poe Young Professionals will host The Poe Gala on February 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at  ArtSource at 4421-123 Six Forks Rd. in Raleigh to benefit the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

Families Together raises $106,000

Families Together in Raleigh raised $106,000, exceeding its campaign goal by $6,000.

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.09.16

Foundation CEOs see lost opportunities for impact

Two-thirds of foundation CEOs believe foundations can make a big social impact yet few believe foundations are fulfilling their potential, even though they are in a position to change much of what they see blocking them, a new report says.

The report, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, also finds most CEOs believe foundations can take greater advantage of the unusual role they play to experiment, be innovative, collaborate and convene.

And they see  listening to and learning from those they seek to help as a way to make a greater impact.

Commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the report is based on responses from 167 CEOs to a survey, and in-depth interviews with another 41 CEOs.

V Foundation launches $200 million campaign

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary has launched a campaign to raise $200 million by 2020.

Chairing the campaign is George Bodenheimer, retired president and executive chairman of ESPN and a member of the V Foundation board of directors.

In 2016, the Foundation awarded over $23 million — a record-high — in grants for cancer research.

United Way auto lottery raises over $1 million

An effort to generate more giving to the annual fundraising campaign at United Way of Alamance County through a lottery to win a new car has generated over $1 million since United Way launched the effort in 2004.

For this year’s Great Alamance Auto Rally, auto dealers that contribute to the effort agreed to include a second car to be given to an individual in need, and United Way agreed to increase to $60 from $52 the amount required to enter the lottery, with the $8 difference being applied toward the purchase of the second car.

The winner of that second car was Diane Shipmon, a teacher in the Adult Basic Literacy Education program at Alamance Community College and founder of Steel Magnolias, a group for women with addiction.

In addition to car dealers such as Cox Toyota, Dick Shirley, Stearns Ford and Westcott Automotive Group that have participate and contributed to the lottery all 12 years, dealers participating in this year’s effort included Flow Volkswagen-Subaru-Volvo and Flow Honda of Burlington.

NCCJ 50th annual event raises $448,000

The 50th annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner hosted by National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, or NCCJ, raised 447,929, including $65,223 in cash gifts and pledges during the event, which attracted 1,266 guests — all record-highs.

Chaired by local philanthropists Victoria and Ron Milstein, executive vice president for external affairs at ITG Brands, the event November 10 also generated $42,706 in in-kind donations and $33,150 in ticket sales, also record-highs.

Receiving NCCJ’s Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award at the event were Sally and Bob Cone of Greensboro and Marsha and the late Jack Slane of High Point.

NCCJ, founded in 1937 as the Greensboro chapter of the former National Conference of Christians and jews, and organized as an independent nonprofit in 2005, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad works to develop youth leadership and advocacy to fight bigotry, bias and racism.

This year, NCCJ hosted 133 Guilford County students at two week-long sessions for its ANYTOWN residential program, and provided day-long diversity-awareness programs to over 1,500 middle-school and high-school students.

John Rex Endowment gives $179,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded $108,873 to Haven House Services, also in Raleigh, for a program to reduce incidents of physical violence and the number of youth referred to the juvenile justice system in five Wake County middle schools.

The Endowment also awarded capacity grants of $30,320 to Haven House, and $40,250 to The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

Hobson joins The Relatives

Trish Hobson, vice president of advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, has joined The Relatives, also in Charlotte, as executive director.

Komen gets $28,525 from Subway

Susan G. Komen affiliates in North Carolina received $28,525 from Subway restaurant owners in the state, including $6,000 from Triad restaurants, from a percentage of the sale of a special cookie.

Teacher arts grants total $13,000

ArtsGreensboro awarded 14 teacher art grants totaling nearly $13,000 for arts projects in public, charter and private schools serving Greensboro-area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Supporting the grants program is Wells Fargo Bank and its Arts in Education Fund.

Changes on Early Childhood Foundation board

Gregory Alcorn, founder and CEO of Global Contact Services and a member of the State Board of Education, has joined the board of directors of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation.

Easter Maynard, director of community investment for Investors Management Corporation, has been elected board vice chair.

Arts Council awards $25,000 to artists

The Art Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County made 11 awards totaling $25,000 to local artists through its Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant program to support the artists’ professional development through specific projects.

Girl Scouts team with Goodwill

Over 2,400 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina collected gently used clothing, toys, books and household items that could be sold in Goodwill’s retail stores and donated 5,817 bags of goods to Goodwill.

Proceeds from the sale of those donated will support workforce development programs designed to help unemployed and underemployed persons find jobs.

Participating organizations were Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont in Colfax; Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in Greensboro; Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem; and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte.

Students getting coats, socks

Coats and pairs of socks collected at the the 9th annual Breakfast with Community Leaders hosted by Annual African American Leadership for United Way of Greater Greensboro on December 6 will be distributed to youth in United Way’s African American Male Initiative.

The initiative, led by Communities in Schools, is a mentoring program for students as they progress through Wiley Elementary School, Jackson Middle School and Smith High School.

230 foster kids getting gifts

Members of the Realtor Foundation of Wake County, the charitable arm of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, purchased 920 gifts that will go to 230 foster children through a 12-year partnership with Wake County Guardian ad Litem Project Angel Tree.

Since 2011, 1,230 children have been served and over 5,100 gifts have been distributed through Project Angel Tree, which has raised over $175,000 of in-kind donations from Association members over the past five years.