Nonprofit news roundup, 05.26.17

Level of human need holds steady, index says

The level of human need stayed relatively flat in 2016, according to an indicator developed by The Salvation Army and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The Human Needs Index, a joint project of the two groups, tracked the level of American need in 2016 at 1.239, compared with 1.245 in 2015.

In the past decade, the Index hit its highest level in 2012 at 1.331, and several states continue to struggle at levels of need above the national average.

Based on data from The Salvation Army, the Index tracks seven types of services that aim to address basic human needs, including meals provided; groceries; clothing; housing; furniture; medical assistance; and help with energy bills.

Zero on the Index’ scale indicates the lowest recorded level of need.

In 2016, states with the highest Index values were Nevada, 4.409; Wyoming; 4.026; Pennsylvania, 3.234; Alaska; 2.195; and Arkansas, 2.194.

From 2015 to 2016, Wyoming, Minnesota and South Dakota showed the most dramatic increases in need.

Over the past three years, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Kansas remained among the 10 states with the highest level of need.

From 2015 to 2016, the Index shows double-digit-percentage increases in requests for medical assistance — payments for prescription medicine — in 18 places, including Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Hawaii, Maine, Florida, Mississippi, Maryland, Alaska, Missouri, New Hampshire, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, South Dakota, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

Environmental leadership ‘overwhelmingly white,’ report says

Staff, leadership and boards among the top 40 environmental nonprofits are overwhelmingly white, says a new report from Green 2.0 an advocacy campaign to increase diversity among environmental groups.

People of color represent 27 percent of staff, 15 percent of leadership, and 22 percent of board positions at those organizations in 2017, says Transparency Card, the report.

Two leading environmental groups — Oceana and Pew Charitable Trusts — refused to participate in the survey and submit data, Green 2.0 says.

Greensboro United Way raises $10.1. million

United Way of Greater Greensboro raised $10.1 million in its 2016 campaign.

Chaired by Gregg Strader, executive vice president and chief banking officer at American National Bank and Trust Company, the campaign received a total of $9.62 million from over 17,000 individuals, plus $480,000 through grants.

Cumberland funder awards $179,000 in scholarships

Cumberland Community Foundation in Fayetteville awarded 93 scholarships totaling $179,400, and ranging from $500 to $10,000 per student.

Boys & Girls Clubs raise $25,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties netted $25,000 from The Bull City Golf Classic Fore Kids.

Job searching focus of nonprofit business network

Providing support for job-seekers is the focus of sessions hosted each week by the nonprofit Triad Job Search Network.

Sessions scheduled for June 6, 13, 20 and  27 at Covenant Methodist Church in High Point will focus, respectively, on answering difficult questions; setting a salary range; local networking associations; and dressing for networking and interviews.

Each session features a guest speaker, is free and held on the second floor of the education wing at the church.

For information on the Job Search Network, which meets weekly from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the church, at 1526 Skeet Club Road, contact Glenn Wise at 336.298.1152.

Carolina Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation opens tech lab

The Carolina Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation on May 16 dedicated The Sheets Smith Wealth Management Technology Laboratory, which was funded with a $16,000 grant from Sheets Smith Wealth Management and honors William “Bill” G. Smith, co-founder of the company and an aphasia advocate, stroke survivor and member of the Center’s board of directors.

Eastern Music Festival gets $12,500

Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro received a $12,500 grant funding from the Cemala Foundation in Greensboro to support its 2017 programming initiatives.

School gets bike gear, gift cards

Academy Sports + Outdoors donated 25 bikes and helmets to students at Guilford Elementary School in Greensboro; 25 gift cards of $20 each for teachers to buy physical-education equipment; and 10 additional bikes for the school to give out throughout the school year.

Pre-K students get free book

Sixty pre-K students at Hampton Elementary and Guilford Child Development, both in Greensboro, each received free copies of the book from UnitedHealthCare Children’s Foundation, which since 2013 has awarded over 280 grants totaling over $637,000 to families in North Carolina.

Money management focus of program for students

About 300 seventh-graders and eighth-graders at Philo-Hill Magnet Academy in Winston-Salem participated in a program on budgeting and personal finance management coordinated  by the Woman’s Leadership Council, an affinity group of United Way of Forsyth County.

Arts Greensboro to hold annual meeting

ArtsGreensboro will hold its annual meeting June 21 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 North Davie St. in Greensboro.

Blake to co-chair UNCF event

Tina Blake, a strategy and development consultant vitalink in Raleigh will serve as co-chair for the Raleigh-Durham UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball in 2018.

Community School of the Arts gets $20,000

Community School of the Arts in Charlotte received a $20,000 grant from The Mockingbird Foundation to buy instruments to establish a brass and at a west Charlotte community center that serves at-risk students.

Nonprofit news roundup, 05.19.17

Tax-change plans seen reducing giving by up to $13.1 billion

Proposals in Congress and from the Trump administration to lower the top marginal tax rate and raise the standard deduction could result in up to $13.1 billion less in charitable giving, a new report says.

That drop in giving — equal to 3.5 percent of total donations in 2015 — would be the combined impact of lowering the top tax rate to 35 percent from 39.6 percent, and roughly doubling the standard deduction — currently $6,300 for individuals and $12,600 for joint filers — according to the report, from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and commissioned by Independent Sector.

The report, Tax Policy and Charitable Giving Results, also projects that extending the charitable deduction to non-itemizing taxpayers — by itself and without other changes — could generate up to $12.2 billion in additional giving.

The proposals in Congress and from the Trump administration would reduce giving to religious congregations by up to 4.7 percent, and to other charities by up to 4.4 percent, the report says.

Each of those proposals on its own — to lower the top tax rate, and to raise the standard deduction — also would reduce charitable giving, the report says.

It says that adding a deduction for non-itemizers, while lowering the top tax rate to 35 percent and raising the standard deduction, likely would more than offset the amount of charitable giving that otherwise would be lost under those two proposed changes.

As a result, the report says, giving overall would grow $4.8 billion — beyond the revenue a non-itemizer deduction would generate to offset the projected decline in giving from the two tax-change proposals.

Davidson Hospice launches $2.3 million campaign

Hospice of Davidson County has launched the public phase of a campaign to raise $2.3 million.

The campaign already has raised $1.2 million, including a lead gift of $750,000 from Ian and Talmadge Silversides of Lexington.

Hospice will use funds from the campaign to improve patient care through changes to its Hinkle Hospice House and through technology upgrades; by expanding services to provide pediatric hospice care and adding a “serenity” garden for reflection; and by adding $1 million to its $1.25 million reserve fund while beginning to build its endowment through planned gifts.

Gifts to the campaign include a total of $40,000 from The Brown F. Finch Foundation, Doak Finch Foundation and Thomas Austin Finch Foundation; a total of $87,000 from Lauren’s Ladder, Tom and Sandra Smith, Larry Swing, Witherspooon Rose Culture, and Gordon and Nancy Wright; and a total of $354,000 from anonymous donors.

Hospice also presented its Founders Award to Bill and Sara DeLapp for over 20 years of support, and its Community Partner Award to Parrott Insurance and Benefits for making significant contributions.

In 2016, Hospice served over 4,700 individuals in the Triad. Those services included $246,000 in charity care for patients needing end-of-life care.

Hospice also completed retirement of a $2.1 million commercial mortgage for new facilities for its administrative and home-care staff on its new campus, which opened in 2009 with funding from a capital campaign that raised $3.2 million.

Komen gives $350,000 for breast health

Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast awarded nine grants totaling $350,000 to local nonprofits to support breast health services and education projects for underserved, underinsured and uninsured populations in 29 counties.

CASA raises $93,000 at luncheon

CASA in Raleigh raised over $93,000 at its 25th anniversary luncheon on May 4 at the Sheraton Raleigh.

CASA, which develops and manages affordable rental housing, has expanded to include workforce and veterans housing and now serves Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

Barnabas Network gets $14,000

The Barnabas Network in Greensboro has received a $14,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, to support a program that focuses on providing beds, mattresses, dressers and other furniture for individuals, families and children who are working toward self-sufficiency after experiencing a crisis such as homelessness, job loss, substance abuse, domestic violence, divorce, natural disaster or refugee resettlement.

Cricket event raises $8,000

The Capital Cricket Classic on May 6 raised over $8,000 and gave $4,000 each to SAFEChild and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, both in Raleigh.

Co-sponsored by Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman and the Triangle Cricket League, and held at Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building, the event featuring eight local cricket teams consisting of youth and adult players, as well as elected officials from Wake County and the state legislature.

Dining event benefits Crisis Control Ministry

The 27th annual “Hope du Jour” that Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem hosted on May 2 attracted a record-high 140 restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and other establishments in Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Lewisville and Clemmons that will donate 10 percent of their proceeds for entire day to the agency.

Crisis Control Ministry does not yet have tallies from the participating businesses of how much they will donate from the event, which in past years netted $50,000 to $60,000 for the nonprofit.

Rescue Ranch names new executive director

Rick Collord, former executive director at Cheyenne Animal Shelter in Wyoming, has been named executive director of Rescue Ranch in Statesville.

Hospital employees assemble first-aid kits

To mark the 100 anniversary of Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, hospital employees assembled 200 first-aid kits for United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Concord Hospitality staff assemble hygiene kits

Over 300 associates of Raleigh-based Concord Hospitality assembled 8,000 hygiene kits valued at a total of $40,000 that will be distributed throughout North America in June.

Health Underwriters Association honored

The North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters is getting a Silver Certification recognizing excellence in chapter development from the National Association of Health Underwriters.

The North Carolina Association has six local chapters — Charlotte, Coastal, Triad, Triangle, Western North Carolina, and Western Piedmont — serving health insurance professionals throughout the state.

The state association and its chapters are members of the National Association, which represents over 100,000 licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants, and benefit professionals who provide insurance for millions of Americans.

Drug affordability focus of JDRF talk

Efforts to to make Type 1 Diabetes drugs and treatments more affordable for families and individuals will be the focus of a talk on May 25 at the annual meeting of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF.

Keynote speaker at the meeting, to be held at 7 p.m at Proximity Hotel at 704 Green Valley Road in Greensboro, will be Jesse Bushman, senior director of health policy for JDRF in Washington, D.C.

Nonprofit news roundup, 05.12.17

Women’s giving changing, study says

Millennial women give to charity more from their heart and through their social networks, and are using news ways give such as crowdfunding and giving circles, while Boomer women are more strategic in their giving, and happier with it, a new study says.

Overall, women are more spontaneous and empathetic in their giving than men, and more likely to give to more types of causes, says Women and Giving, a study by Fidelity Charitable.

Women also prefer to use experts to inform their giving, and are more confident than men picking charities to support, while men are more confident in making financial decisions about their giving, such as which tax strategies to use, says the study.

It is based on a survey of 3,200 donors, including Millennial women born from 1980 to 2000, and Baby Boomer women born from 1946 to 1964.

Among the findings:

* Seventy-five percent of Millennial women follow their heart when giving, compared to 64 percent of women overall and 53 percent of men.

* Fifty-five percent of Millennial women support a wide variety of causes, compared to 33 percent of Boomer women.

* Fifty-one percent of Millennial women encourage others to donate to the same causes, compared to 30 percent of Boomer women

* Seventy-two percent of Boomer women are satisfied with their giving, compared to 55 percent of Millennial women.

* Sixty-three percent of Millennial women are torn between wanting to make a charitable donation and the need to hold onto money for personal needs, compared to 41 percent of Boomer women.

* Fifty-one percent of women often are moved to give in the moment, rather than being strategic about their giving, compared to 40 percent of men.

* Seventy-three percent of women are confident about which charities to support, while only 40 percent are confident about which tax strategies or methods to use for giving.

* Sixty-two percent of men are confident about which charities to support, while 52 percent are confident about which tax strategies or methods to use for giving.

Winston-Salem Foundation honors leaders

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded its 2017 Winston-Salem Foundation Award to Jeff Bacon, who was instrumental in creation of Triad Community Kitchen and the opening of Providence Restaurant.

The award included a $10,000 Foundation grant that Bacon designated go to TCK Providence and Hope Community Church.

At its Community Luncheon on May 3, which attracted 1,250 guests, the Foundation also presented its 2017 ECHO Awards to Jahmila Best, a junior at Parkland IB Magnet School; Mary Jac Brennan of Cooperative Extension; Kelly Carpenter, pastor of Green Street United Methodist Church; Joy Prom, a ministry of Love Out Loud; and Mary’s Mavens.

JDRF chapter raises $215,000

The Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF’s raised over $215,000 at its High Point One Walk on April 29 to support efforts to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes.

Dean Sink, president and CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies, served as corporate chair for the event, a 5K walk that attracted nearly 900 people.

Biogen Foundation gives $125,000

The Biogen Foundation awarded 39 grants totaling over $125,000 to education programs and projects in science, technology, engineering and math serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade across North Carolina

Bethesda Center raises $100,000

Bethesda Center for the Homeless in Winston-Salem marked its 30th anniversary by raising over $100,000 at its annual dancing fundraiser on April 27.

Smart Start honors Punger

Douglas Punger, a member of the boards of directors for Smart Start of Forsyth County and for the North Carolina Partnership for Children, and former chief counsel to the Forsyth County Board of Education, has been awarded the Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award at the 2017 National Smart Start Conference.

The award, named for Smart Start’s former president, recognizes outstanding service to young children and families in North Carolina.

A $1,000 cash award will be made to Smart Start of Forsyth County in his name.

Ipas, DKT International team up

Ipas in Chapel Hill and DKT International have formed a partnership in which the Ipas Manual Vacuum Aspiration technology will be licensed to DKT for global distribution, supporting their joint mission of providing family planning and abortion care for the estimated 56 million women throughout the world who choose to have an abortion each year.

Previously, WomanCare Global oversaw distribution of the Ipas technology.

Credit United gives $20,000

Carolinas Credit Union Foundation donated $20,000 to the Disaster Relief Fund at North Carolina Community Foundation.

N.C. A&T gets donated furniture

Rooms To Go donated over $12,000 worth of sofas, chairs and tables to the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro to establish a Student Collaborative Research Area to benefit students.

Stroke Association getting $10,000

The North Carolina Stroke Association in Winston-Salem was awarded $10,000 from The Allergan Foundation for its “Time is Brain, Time for Change” initiative that aims to ensure that every North Carolinian has access to timely, state-of-the-art stroke care, no matter where they happen to be across the state, when a stroke happens.

Food drive gets 7,000 pounds of food

Students, faculty and staff at High Point University donated nearly 7,000 pounds of nonperishable food to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to support efforts by United Way of Greater High Point and the U.S. Postal Service to stock local food pantry shelves through the summer.

Food Alliance gets $15,000

The Student Government Association at High Point University donated $15,000 to the Greater High Point Food Alliance to support a Youth Food Summit that will bring together children and teens affected by food insecurity to develop ways to address the issue.

Rocky Mount funder raises $32,000

The Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount raised over $32,000 for the Futrell-Mauldin Community Grantmaking Fund at the Tar River Food & Wine Festival it hosted April 27 at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville.

SFW employees biking to Raleigh to promote biking

Eleven employees of marketing agency SFW are scheduled on May 19 to bike 80 miles from the agency’s Greensboro office to its Raleigh office on Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University, and to be met about halfway through the 80-mile ride by seven more employees who would join them for the remainder of the ride.

Throughout the day, SFW will be raising money for Bicycling in Greensboro.

Pregnancy and postpartum mental health focus of event

Climb Out of the Darkness, an event to raise awareness of pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders, will hold a regional Climb in High Point on June 24 sponsored by Mended Hearts Counseling.

Funds raised at the event, to be held at Piedmont Environmental Center in High Point at 10 a.m., will support Postpartum Support International.

Nonprofit news roundup, 05.05.17

CEO change at Triangle United Way

Mack Koonce is retiring as president and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle, effective June 30, and will be succeeded by Eric Guckian, former senior adviser on education to former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

Guckian will join United Way on May 8 as chief philanthropy and business development officer, and then become president and CEO on July 1.

Koonce started working at United Way as president and CEO in September 2012.

Guckian joins United Way in the wake of a five-year shift in its focus and its spending in the community, with 80 percent of its funding now supporting collaborative partnerships rooted in a “two-generational” approach to try to break the cycle of poverty for vulnerable children and their families.

In a statement announcing the CEO change, United Way says it hired Koonce five years ago to begin to strengthen the organization and its impact in the face of its own “diminishing presence” among corporate partners, and low morale among its staff.

Guckian most recently served as vice president of alliances for Washington, D.C.-based Leadership for Educational Equity.

Before working for McCrory, he was founding executive director of New Leaders in Charlotte after serving as executive director of Teach for America-North Carolina.

As chief philanthropy and business development officer, Guckian will work for two months with United Way’s development staff and community partners, and will design a plan “for what the staff should look like,” says Kevin Trapani, immediate past chair of United Way’s board of directors and now chair of its governance and board development committee, and a member of the board’s executive committee.

Then, as CEO, Guckian might look for a new chief philanthropy and business development officer or possibly restructure the position, Trapani says.

Last fall, Koonce began talking with Trapani and Maureen O’Connor, who at the time was vice chair of the board and now is its chair, about the “natural end of his tenure,” which was “linked to us finding a natural and appropriate successor to him,” Trapani says.

Then, in February, saying it aimed to raise $20 million a year within five to eight years, up from its current level of $12 million, United Way began looking for its third fundraising chief in less than three years.

United Way said at the time it would place greater focus on soliciting “major” gifts of $25,000 or more, and on “principal” gifts of $100,000 or more.

Triggering that search for a chief philanthropy and business development officer was the departure of Allison Warren-Barbour, after just over a year-and-a-half as senior vice president of resource development and engagement, to become president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County in the state of Washington.

She had succeeded Virginia Parker, who left Triangle United Way after 15 months as senior vice president of resource development and strategic partnerships to become senior vice president and Triangle market manager at Bank of America.

“We were looking for a pretty senior philanthropy person,” Trapani says of the search that began in February for a new fundraising chief. “In the context of Mack’s plans, we wanted to hire someone who could relatively quickly be in a good position to succeed Mack.”

Donations up, donor retention dips, report says

Overall donations to U.S. nonprofits grew three percent in 2016 from 2015, while the retention rate of donors — the share of donors who gave in 2015 and again in 2016 — slipped half-a-percentage point to 45 percent, a new report says.

Gift revenue to nonprofits with under $100,000 in contributed income fell 10.4 percent in 2016 from 2015, while gift revenue to nonprofits with over $500,000 in contributions grew 8.6 percent, says the 2017 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project.

The Project, a collaborative effort of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Urban Institute, is based on data from over 10,800 U.S. nonprofits with 8.9 million donors and over $9.1 billion in contributions.

In 2016, the report says, the average gift totaled $419, up from $400 in 2015.

Smaller share of nonprofits see fundraising growth

Sixty-one percent of nearly 700 U.S. nonprofits surveyed posted higher charitable receipts in 2016, compared to 65 percent that reported higher receipts in 2015, marking the first time since 2013 that a lower share of survey participants reported fundraising growth, a new report says.

Still, says the Winter 2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, receipts grew in six types of giving for over half of survey recipients, including 55 percent that reported greater receipts from major gifts; 50 percent reporting more from direct mail; 57 percent more from online giving; 54 percent from special events; 53 percent from foundation grants; and 58 percent from received and new planned gifts.

The median total amount received by bequest ranged from $100,000 to $249,999, while the average median bequest ranged from $25,000 to $100,000.

About one in three organizations says the 2016 campaign and election cycle affected its fundraising, with nearly one in four reporting fewer charitable receipts, and about one in 10 reporting more.

Two in three organizations expect fundraising receipts will grow in 2017, and 46 percent worry that economic and political change might affect charitable giving.

Thirty-four percent worry that organizational activity such as leadership, marketing and staffing might affect giving, and 20 percent see challenges in  fundraising processes, such as building major-gifts capacity, acquiring new doors, or using online technologies effectively

Gap in funding to address needs of rural seniors

Older people in the rural U.S. face big challenges, yet philanthropic support for rural projects is disproportionately low, a new report says.

Rural America generally is poorer than urban America and is aging faster, yet many rural communities lack the financial resources to help, and private philanthropy “has generally not taken a concerted interest in rural America or its older residents,” says the report, “New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging,” from Grantmakers in Aging.

Challenges that older people in rural places face, making them increasingly vulnerable, range from mobility and economic security to housing and health care, the report says.

Rural seniors also may lack the technology skills or digital access, or both, that could keep them connected to people and services critical to their well-being.

While the challenges facing older people in rural and urban places throughout the U.S. are similar, the report says, “the physical and social isolation that can occur in a rural setting compounds problems and makes it even more difficult to age in place, safely and well,.”

Roughly 20 percent of Americans, or over 60 million people, lived in a rural place in 2010, down from 60 percent in 1900.

About 10 million people age 65 and older live in rural America, and one of four older Americans lives in a small town or other rural area, the report says.

“During times of migration and change, older people often are the ones who stay behind, which is one reason that rural America is aging more quickly than the rest of the country,” it says.

Yet research shows that grantmaking to rural projects has declined for years and is “disproportionately low,” it says, with only 6.3 percent of large foundation grants benefitting rural communities, and possibly even a smaller share of overall philanthropic investment.

Rural data focus of digital dashboard

Economic, workforce, education and demographic data for Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties in mostly rural southeastern North Carolina, and Horry County in South Carolina, soon will be available on a new digital dashboard.

Aiming to be a “one-stop, interactive, online portal,” the dashboard was developed with funding from the Brunswick County Chamber Business Development Committee, formerly the Committee of 100, a nonprofit administered by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce in Shallotte.

The dashboard features data for Brunswick County, and for the five-county region that includes Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina and Horry County in South Carolina.

Powering the dashboard will be Headlight Data, the data-visualization service of Avalanche Consulting.

Fishing event reels in $517,000

The ninth annual Reelin’ for Research offshore fishing tournament in Morehead City, an event launched in 2009, raised a record-high $517,000 on April 28 to benefit the Tony Montana Fellowship Fund at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Since the event was launched in 2009 by a group of friends in Greensboro celebrating the life of fisherman Tony Montana after he died from cancer in 2005, the event has raised $2.4 million, including $1.4 million raised in the last three years alone.

Of the total raised this year, $100,000 will be awarded to a physician specializing in childhood cancer research, and the remainder will go to an endowment, which now will have received a total of $1.3 million the event and is designed to eventually fund the fellowship in perpetuity.

Women’s Impact Fund giving $400,000

Women’s Impact Fund in Charlotte, at its annual meeting on May 9, will award grants totaling over $400,000 to five area nonprofits, bringing to over $5 million the total funding it has awarded since 2003.

The annual meeting will be held at Foundation For The Carolinas at 220 N. Tryon St. Wells Fargo will be presenting sponsor .

Allegacy to donate $250,000

Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem this year will donate over $250,000 in sponsorships to improve the community, and Allegacy employees will exceed the 7,000 hours they volunteered in 2016.

To mark its 50th anniversary, Allegacy is donating $50,000 to Project Impact, a community initiative to provide additional operating funds to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to address gaps in student achievement, and to improve third-grade reading and math proficiency scores, by supporting intensive early intervention among at-risk and lower-performing schools.

Heart Association raises $232,000

The American Heart Association raised $232,000 at its Winston-Salem Heart Ball on April 28 to benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education.

Mandy, BG, Grant and Keegan Minor were honored as 2017 Faces of Heart, and the Rev. Konnie Robinson was named the 2017 Womble Carlyle Healthy Heart Champion.

Chairing the event was William Whitehurst, Winston-Salem Managing Partner at Womble Carlyle.

Salvation Army raises $140,000

The Salvation Army of Greensboro raised over $140,000 and attracted 500 people at an event on April 20 at Proximity Hotel, exceeding its goals of raising $100,000 and attracting 400 people.

At the event, the organization presented Dennis and Nancy Quaintance of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels with its Signature Advocates award.

Rockingham Community College gets $20,000

Rockingham Community College in Wentworth received a gift of $20,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation for scholarships to be awarded over a two-year period to computer-integrated machining students.

United Way honors Liner, King

Sallye Liner, former president of Forsyth Medical Center, has received the Paul Fulton Tocqueville Leadership Society award from United Way of Forsyth County, and Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T, has been inducted into United Way’s Million Dollar Roundtable.

United Way presents its Leadership Society award each year to a Forsyth County volunteer. The Million Dollar Roundtable, United Way’s highest level of philanthropic giving, includes donors who have invested $1 million or more in the work of United Way over 10 years or less.

Youth grantmakers award $2,460

Youth Grantmakers in Action awarded eight grants totaling $2,460.

Formed in 2005 and a program of The Winston-Salem Foundation, the group of youth ages 15 to 18 from Forsyth County has granted over $21,000 to youth-led community projects since making its first round of grants in 2006.

Scuppernong Books honored for support of arts

Scuppernong Books in downtown’s Greensboro received the 2017 Arts in Business Award presented by ArtsGreensboro in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Merchants Association, and North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The award, presented on May 2 at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce small business awards luncheon at the Van Dyke Performance Space, each year recognizes a Greensboro small business for leadership and commitment to the arts and its impact on the arts over the past year, as measured by activities, projects, or events in support of any aspect of the arts.

Adults get free dental care

Cary Family Dental, through a team of dentists, staff and volunteers at its Sixth Annual Dentistry from the Heart event, provided roughly $47,000 in free dental care to 165 adults, with eight volunteer dentists performing 76 cleanings, 53 extractions and 36 fillings for adults with valid identification.

Hospice to honor veterans of Korean War

Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, and Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, which host monthly Veterans Coffee events in 10 central North Carolina cities, will recognize and honor veterans who served and fought in the Korean War at free special event on July 30 at the Embassy Suites in Concord.

Petty fundraiser set for May 10

Richard Petty’s second annual Blue Jeans and Boots fundraising dinner will be held ay 10 at Reverie Place, his home in Randleman, with proceeds to support the mission of the Petty Family Foundation.

Sponsoring the event is Hutchinson Family Office.

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.