Nonprofit news roundup, 02.16.18

Women lead most small-staffed foundations

Two thirds of top administrators at thinly-staffed foundations are women who earn, on average, 84 cents for every dollar paid to men, a new report says.

And 39 percent of leanly-staffed foundations include non-white board members, while 33 percent have non-white staff, says the 2018 Foundation Operations and Management Report from Exponent Philanthropy, a foundation association with nearly 2,000 members.

School of Arts receives $1 million for music school

The School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem has received a gift of $1 million from the estate of artist and philanthropist Jenny Lillian Semans Koortbojian, daughter of school founders, advocates and benefactors Dr. James H. Semans and Mary D.B.T. Semans, to endow merit-based scholarships.

James Semans was the first chairman of the school’s board of trustees, and Mary Semans mother served on the board for over 20 years. Koortbojian’s nephew, Charles Lucas, also served as trustees chair and recently completed 19 years of service on the board.

High Point University gets $250,000 for Veterans Day celebration

High Point University has received a $250,000 gift from the parents of a student to establish an endowment to support the annual Veterans Day Celebration at the school.

Alan and Karen Sheriff of Newtown, Pa., are the parents of sophomore Daniel J. Sheriff, who serves in the United States Marine Corps.

Winston-Salem State expanding mobile clinic

Winston-Salem State University has received a $170,294 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust that it will use to expand services and hours of its mobile clinic.

Starting in January, the Rams Know H.O.W. Mobile Clinic, a service of WSSU’s Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities, began offering free expanded clinical services, including medical services; school and work physicals; some vaccinations; STD/STI screenings; pregnancy screenings; and behavioral health screening and counseling.

With the grant, the mobile clinic now will offer services four days a week at various locations in East Winston.

The expansion is made possible through a partnership between WSSU, United Health Centers and Southside Discount Pharmacy.

Cooking event generates $70,000 for Lucy Daniels Center

The Lucy Daniels Center in Raleigh is getting $70,000 from its second annual Cooking for a Classic fundraising event, which this year featured a competition among eight local chefs.

Eastern Music Festival to host gala, honor Bryan

Eastern Music Festival will host its 3rd Annual Spring Scholarship Gala, The Magic of the Music, on March 2, to raise scholarship funds for young artists to study at EMF, and will honor Joseph M. Bryan Jr. for his long-time support.

The event will be held at The Cadillac Service Garage in downtown Greensboro.

Bryan joined the Festival’s board of directors in 1979 and has served 35 years as member of the board member and executive, as board chair and, at the board’s request, as volunteer interim executive director. Since 2016, he has served on the board as an honorary member.

Women in Motion partnering with Marsh Furniture

Marsh Furniture has contributing $5,000 to Women in Motion, an initiative of the High Point Community Foundation, and in return Women in Motion will provide or connect female employees at Marsh’s 600-person headquarters and factory with professional development opportunities, including mentoring, training and networking with local businesswomen. About a third of Marsh’s employees are women.

RiverRun gets $10,000 challenge

RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem has received a $10,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its year-round RiverRun Retro series.

Crisis Control Ministry to hold cereal drive

Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem will hold its 18th annual “Wee Care! Cereal Drive” from March 1 to 23, with elementary schools, preschools and day-care centers throughout Forsyth County collecting cereal to be distributed through the organization’s Client Choice Food Pantries in Winston-Salem and Kernersville.

In last year’s drive, participating students in 30 schools collected over 1,900 boxes of cereal.

Surry Community College gets $3,000

Surry Community College received a $3,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for its computer-integrated machining program.

John Deere partners with Wake Habitat

For the second straight fiscal year, John Deere has sponsored two homes for Wake Habitat — one built last fall in Fuquay-Varina, another just completed in Holly Springs.

John Deere is only corporate sponsor in Habitat Wake’s 33-year history to sponsor two homes in a year.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $429,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded 21 grants totaling $428,876 to programs that serve people living in Forsyth County and focus on arts and culture; community and economic development; health, human services; public interest; and recreation.

Barnabas Network elects five board members

The Barnabas Network in Greensboro has elected five board members, including

Robert Green, senior vice president for wealth management at UBS; retired attorney Courtney Murchison; Rick Ramsey, operating partner at New Page Capital and president of Engineered Steel Products; attorney Tom Duncan; and Harriette Knox, communications coordinator at Canterbury School.

Carying Place to host annual benefit auction

The Carying Place in Cary will host its Annual Benefit Auction and Special 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 21 at 6 p.m.

Willingham to chair 2018 REX Hospital Open

Ed Willingham, chief operating officer at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh, will serve as chairman of the 2018 REX Hospital Open, to be held May 31 to June 23 at TPC Wakefield Plantation.

Last year, which marked the 30th year of REX charity golf, the event netted over $470,000 for the REX Healthcare Foundation.

 

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Nonprofit news roundup, 02.09.18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greensboro Community Foundation launches Social Impact pool

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

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

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

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

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

Foundation for a Healthy High Point awards $645,000

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

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

V Foundation gets $110,000 from Pepsi Bottling Venture

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

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

Lindsay, Benton co-chairs for arts campaign

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

Page honored by N.C. A&T

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

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

Walk event raises $57,000 for Mental Health Association

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

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

School of Undergraduate Sciences named for Waneks

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

Davidson County Schools getting bleeding-control kits [photo]

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

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

Hospitality House aims to raise $85,000

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

A Place at the Table gets support for meals

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

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.01.17

Donor retention declining

The overall rate of retention of charitable donors has fallen this year from last year, and is expected to continue dropping through the end of the year, a new report says

Overall donor retention fell to 32.6 percent for the first nine months of 2017, down from 34.5 percent in the same period last year, says the Fundraising Effectiveness Project Quarterly Report.

For the first six months of 2017, overall donor retention fell to 28.1 percent from 28.7 percent in the same period last year, says the report, which is based on data, from five fundraising software firms, on 4.8 million U.S. donors who gave a total of $4.69 billion.

The retention rate among previous-year donors, other than new donors, fell to 45 percent for the first nine months of this year, compared to 48 percent for same period each of the last four years.

That retention rate has declined each year since 2013, and is expected to drop again in 2017, the report says.

“If this downward trend in retention continues, the cost of fundraising will certainly increase with it,” the Fundraising Effectiveness Project says in a statement.

For the first nine months of the year, the retention rate for new donors was 17.6 percent, down from 23.2 percent for the same period last year, when it reached the highest level in five years.

Elizabeth Boris, director of Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and a member of the steering committee for the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, says some fundraising experts believe “there’s not been enough effort made to build a relationship and communicate with donors outside fundraising.”

Those experts believe “nonprofits have to do a better job keeping in touch with their donors, and communicating with them when they’re not asking for money, and helping them care about the organization,” she says.

Among many factors that may be affecting donor retention, nonprofits also may be “getting used to doing one-off social-media giving,” Boris says. “If you’re just relying on social media, it’s not a way to build trust and long-term relationships.”

But she adds, “There’s a lot we don’t know.”

Gift donations of over $1,000 fell eight percent in the three months ended September 30, compared to the same period last year, while overall giving for the first nine months of 2017 fell four percent, compared to the same period in 2016, the report says.

Donations under $250 grew 6.9 percent in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year, and donations of $250 to $1,000 grew 21 percent, but those increases likely reflect a response to natural disasters in the three-month period, the report says.

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project, launched in 2006 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, is based on data from by five donor software firms, with the report produced by two data-processing-and-analytics firms.

Bank of America gives $2.8 million in Charlotte

Bank of America awarded $2.8 million in grants to 36 nonprofits working in Charlotte to address the roots of economic mobility.

It also named the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte the 2017 recipients of its Neighborhood Builders awards.

For each of those two nonprofits, the bank will provides leadership development for the executive director and a developing leader, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the U.S., and access to capital to expand their impact in the  community.

Food drive generates 3,200 meals

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina generated over 3,200 meals in its inaugural one-day Caring for the Community Food Drive, hosted and promoted by the Pulse FM in coordination with Carli C’s IGA locations.

Habitat Greensboro to open second ReStore in spring

Habitat Greensboro plans in mid-spring to open a second ReStore on the southeast corner of Lawndale Drive and Cornwallis Drive after the Walgreens Drugstore there closes December 31.

The new location will focus on furniture and do-it-yourself projects from a slightly-smaller space than its other location at 3826 W. Gate City Blvd. that featured new and used appliances, building materials and furniture.

Benefit gala for Carolina Theatre to feature Gladys Knight

Soul singer Gladys Knight will be the featured performer for the 7th Annual Command Performance Benefit Gala on April 19, 2018, that will benefit The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro.

Sponsored by TCDI and VF Corporation, the event will include a dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a concert at 8 p.m.

Co-Chairs for the event are Seth D. Moore of Fidelity Bank and lawyer Don Vaughan of Don R. Vaughan and Associates.

Brady Services first veterans sponsor for Heart Association

Brady Services is the first Guilford County veterans sponsor for the American Heart Association in the Triad and will sponsor a special VIP area for veterans and their families at the Association’s High Point Healthy For Good Expo on February 24 and at the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk on May 19.

Davidson Hospice honors Young

Philip Young, vice president of business development at Radians Inc. in Thomasville and a former chair of the board of directors of Hospice of Davidson County, was honored by the Hospice board for his service and support to the agency.

Young and his family recently made a donation to the serenity garden just outside Hinkle Hospice House.

EnergyUnited Foundation gives $10,000 for hurricane relief

The EnergyUnited Foundation in Statesville made a $10,000 gift to Samaritan’s Purse to help fund its relief efforts for people in the U.S. and Caribbean affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

NC Global Leadership awards $1,000 scholarship

NC Global Leadership in Greensboro, formerly Piedmont Triad Council for International Visitors, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Barry “Justin” Spencer, a senior from Huntersville at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro support his plan to study next semester at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

Professional-development available for artists

January 5, 2018, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for artists and collaborative groups in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties to submit applications to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grants that offer support professional development.

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.17.17

Donor-advised funds surge

Total assets available to donor-advised fund accounts for grantmaking grew 9.7 percent to $85.15 billion in 2016, while grants from donor-advised funds to qualified charities represent four percent of all individual giving and grew 10.4 percent to $15.75 billion for a payout rate of 20.03 percent, a new report says.

Contributions to donor-advised funds grew 7.6 percent to $23.27 billion in 2016, and the number of donor-advised fund accounts grew 6.9 percent to 284,965, says the 2017 Donor-Advised Fund Report from the National Philanthropic Trust.

The average size of donor-advised fund accounts grew 2.6 percent to a record-high $298,809.

Massachusetts was home to 82,643 individual donor-advised funds, the most in any state,  and their grant value totaled $3.1 billion, while contributions to them totaled $5.18 billion, both the highest of any state.

Donor-advised fund charitable assets under management totaled $18.89 billion, the most of any state, while nearly half of all donor-advised fund accounts were sponsored by charities in Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania.

Donor-advised funds are the fastest growing vehicle for charitable giving in the U.S., the National Philanthropic Trust says.

Giving circles raise nearly $1.3 billion

The number of collective-giving groups, known as giving circles, have tripled since 2007, engaged at least 150,000 individuals in all 50 states, and given up to $1.29 billion, a new study says.

Women represent 70 percent of all giving-circle members, while a specific shared identity, such as gender, race, age or religion, is the basis of 60 percent of all giving circles, says The Landscape of Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the U.S. — 2016, from the Collective Giving Research Group, with support from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

While men are members of 66 percent of giving circles, the study says, they represent the majority of members in only 7.5 percent of groups.

The minimum dollar contribution required to join a giving circle ranges from under $20 to $2 million, and the average donation was $1,312, compared to $2,809i 2007.

Twenty-five networks of giving circles have emerged, representing 45 percent of giving circles.

In addition to donations from their members, 52 percent of giving circles receive additional funds from community foundations, corporate partners and other outside donors.

Leadership, staff changes at Made in Durham

Meredythe Holmes, founding executive director of Made in Durham, has resigned, and Casey Steinbacher, CEO of Casey’s Company and former CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, has been named interim executive director.

Steinbacher, a founding member of the Made in Durham board, will serve as interim executive director for three months while the board looks for a successor to Holmes.

Lorenza Wilkins, program manager for Triangle Literacy Center and president, chairman and CEO of Compass Youth Center in Warrenton, has been named senior director of programs and operations, succeeding Valerie Anderson, who left in September to become senior director of programs for the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham.

Deanna Knighton, career specialist and adjunct accounting instructor at Wake Technical Community College, has been named career development specialist, succeeding Dolan.

initiative develop career plans and career-readiness skills.

Dominique Oliver, a social worker for the Durham County Department of Social Services, has been named re-engagement specialist, a new position that will support expansion of Durham Futures with a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Oak Foundation.

Jacob Dolan has been promoted to employer engagement strategist.

Forsyth United Way aims to raise $15.5 million

United Way Forsyth County has set a goal of $15.5 million for its annual campaign, $400,000 more than it raised a year ago.

Chairing the campaign, which on November 1 had raised 55 percent of its goal is John McConnell, CEO Emeritus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Funds raised a year ago helped fund over 60 programs through over 40 agencies that served more than 78,000 residents of Forsyth County.

Chronic homelessness near zero in Guilford County

The number of cases of chronic homelessness in Guilford County fell to only three last summer from 143 in 2013, making the county one of only seven communities in the U.S. to attain or nearly reach a “sustainable zero” in chronic homelessness, according to the Phillips Foundation.

From 2013 to 2016, through United Way of Greater Greensboro, the Foundation invested a total of $1.96 million in Partners Ending Homelessness.

Based on an estimated cost to Guilford County taxpayers of roughly $30,000 a year in emergency services and subsidized care for each case of chronic homelessness, the Foundation says, its investment in the work of Partners Ending Homelessness helped save Guilford County taxpayers an average of $1.26 million a year over the life of the grant, or a total of $3.78 million.

Ties between foundations, grantees focus of report

Foundations can best strengthen their relationships with nonprofits they fund if they focus on understanding the nonprofits and the context in which they work, and if they are transparent with them, a new report says.

And the foundation program officer to whom a nonprofit grantee is assigned plays a crucial role in shaping how the nonprofit experiences its relationship with the foundation, says the report, Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

The report, based on the perspectives of nearly 20,000 grantees of 86 foundations, also finds that nonprofit leaders value funders’ understanding of their organizations’ goals and strategies; the challenges they face; the communities and fields in which they work; the social, cultural, and economic context in which they work; and the needs of their ultimate beneficiaries.

Hotel Association collecting items for homeless

Through November 30, the Guilford County Hotel Association is collecting donated sheets, towels, blankets, pillows, and other linens for distribution through the Salvation Army, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Barnabas Network and other agencies to the homeless population.

Donated items can be dropped off in Greensboro at Greensboro Marriott Downtown at 304 North Greene St.; Courtyard by Marriott at 4400 West Wendover Ave; Hampton Inn and Suites Coliseum Area at 3033 West Gate City Blvd; and in High Point at Greensboro

Radisson at 135 South Main St.

Civic groups raise $13,500 for food for kids in need

The Nat Greene Kiwanis club in Greensboro and the eight Rotary Clubs of Greensboro raised over $13,500 at a golf event October 31 at Bryan Park Golf Club for the Out of Garden Project, with proceeds to be used to provide all children in need at Allen Middle School and Southern Middle School with food backpacks for the entire school year.

Coles to head foundation at United Way

Cathy Coles, former special education teacher at the Triad Academy at Summit School, has been named executive director of the United Way of Forsyth County Foundation.

Coles, who previously served as executive director of Project Potential, will oversee the major gifts and planned giving programs at United Way, and will be responsible for overseeing the development and growth of the foundation’s philanthropic goals.

Food Bank honors donors, vice president

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh honored its top donors in fiscal 2016-17, including Food Lion, Walmart Foundation, Full House Farms, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

And it presented its annual Hunt-Morgridge Service Award to Earline Middleton, its vice president for agency services and programs.

Gunter honored by Goodwill

Michael D. Gunter, who retired last year as a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem, received the 2017 Heritage Award from Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.

The organization has presented the award, its highest honor, only four times in its 91-year history.

Thompson launches program for teenage girls in custody

Thompson in Matthews has began a program to provide short-term housing, assessment and “wraparound” services for females ages 12 to 17 in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Division of Youth and Family Services.

Dental foundation accepting grant applications

December 20 is the deadline for community-based oral health programs and organizations in North Carolin that focus on children’s oral health, particularly among underserved populations, to submit applications to the Delta Dental Foundation in Raleigh for grants that will total up to $45,000.

Jeffrey joins Cone Health Foundation board

Paul A. Jeffrey, president of Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro and first chief inclusion office at Cone Health, has joined the board of directors of Cone Health Foundation.

John Rex Endowment board names new members, chair

The John Rex Endowment named three new board members, including consultant Warren Ludwig; John Rusher of Raleigh Pediatric Associates; and Kate Simpson, vice president of TrueBridge Capital Partners.

Linda Butler, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at UNC REX Healthcare, is board chair.

Goodwill, Habitat team up on recycling drive

Triad Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro are partnering on a recycling drive this weekend at Christ United Methodist Church at 410 N. Holden Road in Greensboro

The two agencies will collect donated clothing, linens, housewares, furniture and building supplies on November 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on November 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They then will sort the items for distribution or for sale in their respective retail locations.

Board changes at Junior Achievement

Randy Brodd, a partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman, has been elected board chair at Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, and Jon Dewar, president of LPL Financial, has been elected chair-elect.

Joining the board are Kevin McGarry, assistant vice president and relationship manager and PNC, and Felicia Woodard, senior vice president and market team lead for Triangle commercial banking at Bank of America.

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.10.17

Fundraising grows at nearly six in 10 charities

Fifty-seven percent of 1,104 charities in the U.S. and Canada saw growth in charitable revenues in the first half of 2017, and 75 percent were on track to meet their fundraising goals for the year, a new study says.

Larger charities were more more likely than the smallest organizations to be on track to meet their goals, while arts groups were more likely to be struggling to meet their goals, says the Summary 2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.

Charitable revenue from major gifts grew at half the charities surveyed, with event revenue growing 47 percent, and online giving growing 48 percent.

Baby Boomers, or people born from 1946 through 1964, are the single  generation most likely to be the focus of charities communications, while fewer than half the charities said they were raising money or recruiting volunteers from Millennials, or people born from 1980 through 1995.

Endowment values grow at smaller foundations

Overall endowment values grew $200 million in 2016 to $3.7 billion at 876 foundations  that were at least three years old and had assets under $50 million, a new report says.

Foundations allocated 48.2 percent of their assets to equities in 2016, up from 46.7 percent in 2015, says the 2017 Report on Private Foundation Investment Performance from Foundation Source.

Excluding charitable expenses, the report says, foundations of all sizes granted more than the five percent minimum distribution that was required.

High Point University gets $1 million for planetarium

High Point University has received a $1 million gift from Robert G. Culp III,  executive chairman of Culp Inc. in High Point and treasurer of the University’s board of trustees, and his wife, Susan Culp, and their family, for a future planetarium on the school’s campus.

Vision for High Point, professional growth focus of summit

High Point’s vision for the future, as well as professional growth and community involvement, will be the focus of the second annual Young Professionals Summit on November 14.

Hosted by Young Leaders United, a group at United Way of Greater High Point, the event will beheld  from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the High Point University Community Center.

Feature speakers include Greg Demko, High Point city manager; Patrick Chapin, president and CEO of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce; and Nikki Lee, sales and events manager of Radisson High Point.

Women’s Giving Network gives $95,800

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded three grants totaling $95,800, bringing its cumulative grantmaking to over $1.1 million.

Energy United giving $40,000 to teachers

EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation in Statesville is awarding a total of over $40,000 to nearly 40 teachers to fund classroom learning projects serving over 12,000 students at schools in Alexander, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Randolph, Rowan and Wilkes counties.

Women in Motion gets $1,000

Pinnacle Financial Partners has made an endowment gift of $1,000 to the Women in Motion Fund of the High Point Community Foundation, becoming its first corporate donor.

The gift will be matched by The L. Paul Brayton family, which made an initial gift of $500,000 to establish the Women in Motion Fund.

The initiative has raised half the funds it needs to meet a second matching gift of $250,000 the family has made for funds the initiative raises by December 31.

Zimmerman named to task force and initiative

Tracy Zimmerman, executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation , has been appointed to the new Birth-to-Eight Interagency Task Force at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Zimmerman also has been named to participate in My Future NC, an initiative that will bring together state leaders in education, business, philanthropy, faith, nonprofits and and state government to create an agenda and education plan to make the state more competitive.

Vellani by Triangle Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

Larry Vellani, CEO of Smart Start of Forsyth County, has been named Outstanding Italian American in North Carolina in 2017 by the Triangle Sons and Daughters of Italy in America.

Pro Fee donates socks for hurricane victims

Pro Feet in Burlington donated 30,000 pairs of socks to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

The American Red Cross and other nonprofits in Houston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio and smaller communities outside Houston distributed the socks.

Habitat gets 10 donated storage units

Local UNITS owners Sabrah and Bill Hardin donated 10 portable storage units to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro for its effort to build five homes in one week on Asher Downs Drive in northern Greensboro.

The effort involved 20 homebuilders, 50 contractors, and hundreds of volunteers.

Junior League to host holiday market

The Junior League of Winston-Salem will host its eighth annual holiday shopping market, Boutique, on Nov. 17 and 18 in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom in the lower level of the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem.

Welborn Academy getting donated instruments

Triangle-based National Pawn is donating over 100 musical instruments and $2,000 for instrument upkeep to Welborn Academy of Science & Technology in High Point.

Sozo Children to host annual dinner

Sozo Children, a nonprofit ministry serving children in Uganda, will host its annual fundraising dinner on November 14 at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Leadership Council recognizes award-winners

The Women’s Leadership Council at United Way of Forsyth County presented awards at its 10th Annual Celebration Dinner at the Millennium Center on November 1.

Awards and winners are:

* Outstanding Volunteer: Alexis Thompson.

* Outstanding Corporate: Wake Forest University,

* Outstanding Youth: Jalissa Johnson, eighth-grader at East Forsyth Middle School.

* Outstanding Educator: Dossie Poteat, principal at East Forsyth Middle School.

* Susan Cameron Award: Priscilla Green.

Board and staff changes at Triangle United Way

Jes Averhart, executive director of Leadership Triangle, and Michael Botzis, an assurance partner with RSM US, have joined the board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Also joining United Way are Caren Howley, former associate director for alumni engagement and employer strategy for Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has been named vice president of strategic partnerships; Emily Page, president of Creative Knowing Consultancy, who has been named senior director of talent development; and Olivia Morris, controller at International Farming Corp., who has been named chief financial officer.

Greene County funder gives $4,200

Greene County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded four grants totaling $4,210.

Nonprofit news roundup, 10.27.17

Religious ties spur charitable giving, report says

Americans who are affiliated with a religion are more likely to give to charity than those who are not affiliated, a new report says.

Sixty-two percent of religious households give to charity of any kind, compared to 46 percent of households with no religious affiliation, says the Giving USA Special Report on Giving to Religion from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The report is based on a study that tracks giving by over 9,000 individuals and families, and facts such as employment, health and marital status that influence their giving.

While the share of Americans who give to religious congregations is declining, the report says, those who give to religion are giving at a steady rate.

And contrary to popular belief, it says, younger generations give to religion, and the rate at which they give is similar to the rate at which earlier generations gave at the same point in their lives.

People who attend religious serves on a monthly basis are 11 times more likely to give to religious congregations, the report says, and they give $1,737 more to religion a year, on average, than people who attend less than once a month.

Donors ages 40 to 64 give $2,505 a year to religious causes, compared to $1,892 from donors under age 40, and $2,339 from donors age 65 and older, the report says.

Households with annual income over $100,000 give $1,600 more to religion a year, on average, than households with income under $50,000.

And households with a religious affiliation give as much or more to other types of charities as do households with no religious affiliation.

Religious congregations receive the biggest share of charitable giving in the U.S., or 32 percent of all charitable donations in 2016, according to Giving USA 2017, the Lilly School of Philanthropy says.

Giving to religion totaled $122.94 billion, compared to $59.77 billion given to education, which received the second-biggest share of overall giving.

Companies give more, and more strategically, report says

Median total giving among 258 of the world’s biggest companies grew 2.3  percent between 2014 and 2016, a new report says.

The top 25 percent of companies — measured by total giving — gave at least $53 million in 2016, or 1.7 percent of pre-tax profit, while median total giving among all 258 companies responding to the survey was $19 million, or 0.91 percent of pre-tax profit.

To increase the impact of their giving, companies also are working with fewer partners and decreasing the total number of grants they make, while increasing the size of their grants, says Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition, from CECP, in association with The Conference Board.

Six of 10 companies are allocating their giving resources to the program area they consider their “strategic signature” program, and measuring the impact of corporate giving has become a more widespread practice, the report says.

In 2016, it says, 87 percent of companies measure the impact of at least one grant, up from 85 percent in 2014.

Cash giving to culture and arts programs grew 48 percent between 2014 and 2016, the report says, while pharmaceutical companies saw the biggest increase in giving.

TROSA raises over $2.64 million

Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers in Durham, or TROSA, raised over $2.64 million in its first-ever capital campaign to help fund the Comprehensive Care Center it will dedicate November 1.

Lead donors to the campaign include Peter J. and Prudence F. Meehan of Chapel Hill, Oak Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Duke Health.

Foundation gives $971,000 in scholarships

Triangle Community Foundation awarded a total of $971,000 in scholarships and awards to 183 students during the 2017 academic year.

Thompson Child & Family Focus getting $600,000

Thompson Child & Family Focus in Charlotte is getting $600,000 from Friends of the Children to launch a Friends of the Children affiliate in Charlotte.

Elon receives gifts for 30 scholarships

Elon University has received gifts and commitments from a group of donors that, along with funds from the school, will support endowments of $500,000 each for a total of 30 scholarships each worth about $25,000 a year.

A spokesman for Elon says the donors asked that the size of their gifts not be disclosed.

Meredith College getting nearly $1 million

The School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Meredith College in Raleigh has been awarded a grant of $997,077 from the National Science Foundation to support women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Briggs, Barfield join Armstrong McGuire

Beth Briggs, former executive director of Dress for Success Triangle, and Staci Barfield, former president and CEO of Children’s Flight of Hope in Morrisville, have joined Raleigh consulting firm Armstrong McGuire & Associates.

Event raises $99,700 for breast-cancer screening, support

The 25th Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run on October 14 at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro attracted over 2,100 women and raised $99,703 for mammograms to screen for breast cancer, and support during treatment, for uninsured women.

College students collect water bottle for hurricane relief

Students at High Point University collected 8,000 water bottles in one week that were matched by the school, then spent a morning loading the 16,000 water bottles onto a trailer for American Red Cross headquarters and to the Caribbean for hurricane relief.

Volunteer Center honor volunteers

Mary Magrinat received the Lifetime of Service award from The Volunteer Center of Greensboro at its 2017 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon October 25 at The Conference Center at Revolution Mill.

Other awards and recipients were:

* Emerging (Youth) Volunteer — Valerie Myrick.

* Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program –A Simple Gesture, and Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center.

* Outstanding Individual Volunteer — Austin Healey.

* Corporate Volunteerism — Procter & Gamble.

Bayer Crop Science employees volunteer

Employees in Research Triangle Park of Bayer Crop Science volunteered on October 13 through Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and Wake County 4-H.

Peace Corps scholarships offered at Elon Law

Elon Law and the Peace Corps have teamed up to offer a scholarship program to returned Peace Corps volunteers who want to serve their communities as lawyers.

Each year, The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program will offer two returned Peace Corps volunteers a $31,500 scholarship at Elon Law.

Hoo serving as corporate chair for JDRF walk event

Dan Hoo, founder and president of HICAPS, is serving as corporate chair for the 2017 Greensboro One Walk that the Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF will host October 28 at First National Bank Field.

Central Park NC gets $10,000

Central Park NC received $10,000 from Duke Energy Foundation to expand arts and cultural programming to reach more students and lifelong learners.

MapAnything pledges 1% of equity

MapAnything in Charlotte has pledged one percent of equity in its company to Foundation for the Carolinas.

Lucy Daniels Center names board officers, members

Shane Bull of Carolinas IT has been named chair of the board of directors of the Lucy Daniels Center in Cary, and Toni Peck, a lawyer with Nelson Mullins Law Firm, has been named vice-chair.

Joining the board are Amanda Lynde, a lawyer with Brennan, Wasden & Painter; Ted Whiteside, director of partnerships for Dynamic Videocasting; Danielle Niedfeldt, president and CEO of Carolina Donor Services; and Tucker King, senior estimator at Baker Roofing Company.

Three join Emily K Center board

The board of directors of the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham has added three members, including community volunteer Jane Dimmig; Genevia Gee Fulbright, president and chief operating officer of Fulbright & Fulbright in Durham; and David P. King chairman and CEO of LabCorp in Burlington.

Two join N.C. Community Foundation board

John Bratton, chairman of Wake Stone Corporation, and executive coach Madhu Sharma have joined the board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Nonprofit news roundup, 10.20.17

Giving to charity makes givers happier, study says

People who give to charity are happier than those who don’t, and the more they give, the happier they are, a new study says.

Single men see a bigger increase in happiness when they become donors, while single and married women alike get a bigger boost when they give more of their income, says Women Give 2017, an annual study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

And in households where women drive or participate equally in charitable decisions, the entire family is happier, the study says.

It also found that:

* The more a household gives as a percentage of income, the higher the household’s “life satisfaction.”

* Giving to charities is positive related to a household’s life satisfaction for single women, single men and married couples alike.

* For households where either a wife makes charitable decisions, or spouses make charitable decisions jointly, life satisfaction increases with the percentage of household income given to charity.

* For households in which charitable decision are driven by women, and more than two percent of their incomes are given to charity, households making less than $100,000 a year experience more of an increase in life satisfaction than those making $100,000 or more.

Winston-Salem Foundation targets disparities

Addressing significant local educational and economic disparities, especially in concentrated geographic areas, will be the new focus of community grantmaking by The Winston-Salem Foundation starting in 2019, when it will mark its 100th anniversary.

In 2018, the Foundation’s staff plans to work with community partners working in the two new focus areas, which it says aim to “create more equitable educational outcomes for diverse groups of students” in the community, and “create more equitable and inclusive pathways for people and places to fully participate in economic opportunities.”

In late fall 2018, the Foundation plans to announce funding priorities and strategies for the two focus areas, and begin making grants in 2019 to support the new areas of emphasis.

The Foundation will continue to provide capacity-building and capital campaign grants to local nonprofits in a wide range of program areas.

The 2018 application deadlines for these grants will be on March 1 and September 3.

Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, the Foundation administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of $453 million at the end of 2016, when it granted $38.4 million to charitable causes, including $2.8 million in community grants.

Duke Energy Foundation gives $524,500

A dozen cultural and arts nonprofits in North Carolina are getting a total of $524,500 in grants from Duke Energy Foundation to support arts appreciation and educational programs.

Forsyth United Way giving $100,000 for hurricane relief

United Way of Forsyth County to Donate $100,000 to United Way of Greater Houston and American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

On August 31, United Way launched a community-wide crowdfunding campaign for hurricane relief. It promised to match all local donations up to a total of $100,000, donating half of all funds to the United Way of Greater Houston for longer-term rebuilding efforts and the remaining other half going to the American Red Cross for more immediate disaster relief.

The campaign raised $45,241.20 in just three weeks.

United Way Forsyth County will match those funds and also will donate the balance of its pledged funds, sending a total of $145,241.20 for hurricane relief.

High Point Regional foundation raises $120,000

High Point Regional Health Foundation netted $120,000 at its seventh annual Sun & Stars Signature event on September 29 at High Point Country Club.

All funds raised this year will go to the Campaign for High Point Regional, a fundraising effort to support a major renovation and modernization project for the Congdon Regional Heart Center and the Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional.

Forge launches $200,000 campaign

Forge Greensboro, the largest community maker-space in the Southeast, has launched a campaign to raise $200,000 to support membership growth, expand educational workshops and community programs and add new equipment for member use.

The fundraising effort already has received pledges totaling $20,000.

Wake Forest gets $900,000 for hormone research

Researchers at Wake Forest University have received a $900,000 awarded from the National Science Foundation to examine how the plant hormone ethylene affects growth and development of the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, a genetic model used to provide insight into other plants.

The collaborative grant brings together researchers in biology, computer science and mathematics who began working together through the Center for Molecular Signaling at Wake Forest.

Food drive to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry

Local grocery stores and three-dozen congregations are holding a food drive October 20 and 21 to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry.

The drive, which aims to collect nonperishable food items for the nonprofit’s food pantry will be held both days at Harris Teeter, Lowes Food, and Whole Foods stores, and at Walmart stores on W. Friendly Avenue, W. Gate City Boulevard, and Alamance Church Road, and on Saturday at Food Lion stores.

Last year, the food pantry distributed over 1.15 million pounds of food, most it donated by the community, to households in need in the region.

Health Underwriters honor Pennington

Carol Pennington, media chairperson for the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters since 2010, and media chairperson for the Triad Association of Health Underwriters since 2006, recently won both the state and the chapter media relations awards at the 87th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Police officer, public defender receive humanitarian award

Major Mike Campagna of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, and Mecklenburg County public defender Toussaint Romain have received the 2017 Nish Jamgotch Jr. Humanitarian Award from Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte.

Alamance United Way raises $24,500

United Way of Alamance County raised $24,500 at a music event to support grants for education, health and financial-stability programs, and for community initiatives.

Food Bank donates food to TABLE

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is donating $20,000 worth of food to support the Weekend Meal Backpack Program for TABLE that will help the Carrboro nonprofit deliver non-perishables and fresh produce every week to over 600 children this year.

Event raises $58,000 for Center for Child & Family Health

The Eighth Annual Urbaniak-Sanders Fashion Show & Luncheon, hosted by the Washington Duke Inn, netted over $58,000 for the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham.

Summit set for October 24 on minorities and women in business

The Greensboro Community Development Fund will host the inaugural Minority and Women in Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit, with Wells Fargo Bank as presenting sponsor, on October 24 at Gateway Research Park at 2901 #2500 E. Gate  City Blvd. in Greensboro.

Schools getting donated instruments

Triangle-based National Pawn is donating over 100 musical instruments and $2,000 for instrument upkeep to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

The instruments will go to the music programs at Easton Elementary School, Walkertown Middle School, Mineral Springs Middle School, and Philo-Hill Magnet Academy.

Nonprofit sabbaticals available

November 2 is the deadline for submitting applications to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for its 2018 sabbatical program.

Every other year, the Foundation awards five sabbaticals, which include compensation totaling $30,000, plus  and $10,000 to each recipient’s organization for planning and transition expenses.

The program aims to provide veteran nonprofit leaders with a break of three to six months to focus on personal needs and growth.

Bikefest raises $14,000 for veterans groups

The Ray Price Capital City Bikefest generated a total of $13,917 in donations from bikers  to the USO of North Carolina and United States Veterans Corps.

Of the total, $7,860 was raised at the 2017 Raleigh Tattoo Festival, which was presented by 401 Tattoos & Art, and Warlock’s Tattoos & Body Piercings.

Crumley Roberts honors human-relations director

Chuck Trull, director of human relations  at law firm Crumley Robertsin Greensboro, has received its 2017 “KSR Servants Heart Spirit Award” for giving back to the community in a significant way.

The firm also donated $5,000 to the Back2Back Ministries in Trull’s honor.

Family Service foundations honor former board members

The two foundations of Family Service of the Piedmont honored David S. Thompson of High Point and Robert C. Ketner of Greensboro with the Julia B. Nile For Love of Family Award at its annual meeting on October 9 at the Sedgefield Country Club.

Powers elected to head Health Underwriters board

Walter “Rick” Powers, vice president of the life, health, group and pension department of Murray White Associates in High Point, has been elected president of executive board of the Triad Association of Health Underwriters.

Volunteers pitch in for BackPack Beginnings

Team members from the High Point and Greensboro offices of Sharrard, McGee & Co. volunteered on September 22 at BackPack Beginnings in Greensboro, helping to assemble, box, label and pallet bags to fill the weekend food gap for children in need.

Dee Todd to speak at Empowered Girls event

DeLores “Dee” Todd, who in 2005 became the first female athletics director at North Carolina A&T State University will speak at the fourth annual High Tea fundraising event that Empowered Girls of North Carolina will host on November 11.

The event,  to be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 900 16th Street in Greensboro also will feature presentation of the organization’s inaugural Women of Distinction Award presentation.

Motorcycle Club gives $3,500

Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club in Greensboro donated $3,500 to help support service dog in the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program.

O.Henry award nominations due November 8

November 8 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2018 O.Henry Award, which is giving jointly by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and Arts Greensboro, and recognizes an individual for lifetime contribution to the arts and cultural development of the community.

Community Housing Solutions getting $10,000

First Bank in Southern Pines is donating $10,000 to Community Housing Solutions of Guilford County.

ABC of NC to host annual fundraising event

Matt Savage, a jazz pianist and autism self-advocate, will be featured as the Tenth Annual Gourmet Lunchbox Lunch that ABC of NC will host October 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Millennium Center at 101 West Fifth St. in Winston-Salem.