Nonprofit news roundup, 03.17.17

Nonprofits overlook mid-level donors, study says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scholarship fund created for ex-convicts

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

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

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

Food Bank launching teaching kitchen

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

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

Thompson names new CEO

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

Stowe Botanical Garden gets new executive director

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

Tomorrow Fund launching final campaign

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

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

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

ALS research to benefit from new marathon

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

Boys & Girls Clubs get $2,000

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

Event raises $2,810 for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

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

Arts Council gives $6,000

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

College students volunteer for Habitat

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

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

Fraternity raises money for wounded veteran (photo)

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

Schools get $19,450

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

Event raises $15,000 for Mustard Seed

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

Adequacy of school financing still ‘a problem’

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

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

Per-pupil spending

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

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

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

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

Enrollment and personnel

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

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

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

Diverse districts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding sources

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

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

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

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

State funding

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

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

Federal funding

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

Local funding

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Charter schools and vouchers

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

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

Salaries and benefits

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

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

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

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

— Todd Cohen

Nonprofit news roundup, 02.03.17

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

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

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

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

Repeal of the law requires approval by Congress.

Arts Council sets $2.81 million campaign goal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Piedmont Opera gets $100,000

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

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

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

Healthy relationships focus of new initiative

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

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

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

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

Greensboro Area Ministry get food donations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salvation Army seeks clothing donations

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

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

Population growth outpaces Wake County creative sector 

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

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

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

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

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

Higher-education endowments post 1.9% loss

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

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

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

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

Fidelity Charitable gives $3.5 billion

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

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

High Point University names arena, conference center for Qubeins 

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

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

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

New board officers, members at Financial Pathways

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

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

Three join Habitat Greensboro board

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

United Way honors City/County fundraising

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

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

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

Junior Achievement honored

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

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.13.17

Giving expected to grow in 2017, ’18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Z. Smith Reynolds awards $8.8. million

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

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

Foundation for a Healthy High Point gives $5.44 million

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

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

Veterans and homeless to get free dental services

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

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

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

Opera Carolina names deputy director of philanthropy

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

Moody leaving Winston-Salem Symphony

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

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

High Point University getting $2.5 million

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

Habitat Greensboro getting $300,000

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

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

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

Women Givers to host event

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

Event to benefit Poe Center

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

Families Together raises $106,000

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

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.09.16

Foundation CEOs see lost opportunities for impact

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

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

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

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

V Foundation launches $200 million campaign

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

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

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

United Way auto lottery raises over $1 million

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

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

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

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

NCCJ 50th annual event raises $448,000

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

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

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

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

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

John Rex Endowment gives $179,000

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

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

Hobson joins The Relatives

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

Komen gets $28,525 from Subway

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

Teacher arts grants total $13,000

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

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

Changes on Early Childhood Foundation board

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

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

Arts Council awards $25,000 to artists

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

Girl Scouts team with Goodwill

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

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

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

Students getting coats, socks

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

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

230 foster kids getting gifts

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

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

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.02.16

Donors, nonprofits out of sync on boosting leaders

Nonprofits face a “chronic” deficit in developing leaders, and funders and the nonprofits they support differ on how to overcome it, new study says.

Nearly two-third of 50 foundation leaders participating in a survey ranked leadership development a top priority, yet only 42 percent of 438 nonprofit leaders participating in a separate survey reported getting any grant dollars for leadership development, The Bridgespan Group says in an article on the study published in Stanford Social Innovation Review.

And even among nonprofits that get support for leadership development, the investments do not always match the most critical support that organizations say they need, says the article, “Leadership Development: Aligning Funders’ Good Intentions with Nonprofits’ Real Needs.”

Investing in leadership to make a bigger impact requires first identifying the problem and the right investment to address it, Bridgespan says.

That requires “engaging the stakeholders who understand the challenge best,” including nonprofit staff, boards, recruiting professionals and other “field experts to get a deeper sense of what support specific leaders and organizations need to cultivate talent,” it says.

Those needs “differ by field: there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” Bridgespan says.

“The gap our survey discovered between funders’ good intentions and grantees’ needs prevents funders from realizing their goals for building stronger nonprofit and field leaders,” Bridgespan says.

“Closing that gap,” it says, “will require funders to think and act differently, whether loosening the  grip on overhead expenditures or taking more time to dig deeply into the leadership challenges of individual grantees, but it is an investment worth making.”

Millennials want to connect, get involved, give, research shows

The engagement of “millennials,” or those born from 1980 to 2000, is moving beyond brief interest to activism, reflecting the generation’s fundamental desire to do good, a new report says.

“Millennial engagement with causes will expand as this generation ages and as causes learn to connect with individuals more effectively,” says a study by Achieve that is based on five years of its research and supported by The Case Foundation.

The report, “Cause Influence & The Workplace,” also says millennials’ “preferences in cause engagement will alter current models of giving and views on how to effect change in the world.”

The report identifies six common findings from research on over 75,000 millennials:

* Millennials’ main charitable motivation is “intrinsic passion for a cause.”

* Millennials volunteer and give modestly to multiple causes in “early engagement.”

* Among millennials, women give more money than do men, and older individuals give more than younger ones, with larger donations tied to more volunteer hours.

* Peers are a critical influence on millennial giving.

* Millennials want to use and develop their skills through engagement in causes.

* Millennials learn about and donate to causes digitally, and use each digital “platform” distinctly.

Donations over $1 million surge to $56 billion

The value of individual donations worth over $1 million grew to $56 billion in 2015 in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East from $17 billion a year earlier, a new report says.

Even excluding a single gift that totaled $32 billion, the value of individual donations worth over $1 million in the three regions grew 41 percent from the previous year, says the fourth international edition of the Million Dollar Donors Report produced by Coutts & Co. in association with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Individuals accounted for 85 percent of the value of donations over $1 million in 2015, while corporations and foundations accounted for the remainder.

Foundations received the greatest share of the total value of donations — $36.3 billion from 96 donations — thanks in particular to a $32 billion pledge from a donor in the Middle East.

In the U.S., the number of donations of $1 million or more grew to 1,823 in 2015 from 1,064 in 2014, while the total value of those gifts grew to $19.3 billion from $14.1 billion.

In the U.S., individuals contributed 861 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $13.5 billion, accounting for 47 percent of all gifts that size and 70 percent of the total value of all gifts that size.

Foundations in the U.S. gave 725 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $4.7 billion, accounting for 40 percent of all gifts that size and 24 percent of the total value.

Corporations in the U.S. made 237 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $1.1 billion, accounting for 13 percent of gifts that size and six percent of the total value of gifts that size.

Of the total 2,197 donations over $1 million in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East, 1,047 donations totaling $10.2 billion were given directly to universities and higher-education institutions.

In the U.S., higher education was the focus of 53 percent of all gifts of $1 million and over, receiving $9.3 billion, or 48 percent of the overall value of gifts that size.

Also in the U.S., foundations received $3.6 billion in gifts of $1 million or more, or 19 percent of the total value of gifts that size.

Trees NC gets $80,000

Trees NC in Asheboro has raised $80,000 in grants to support its project to

renovate the historic 1839 Asheborough Female Academy for use as a living museum and education center.

Support includes $38,000 from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation; $25,000 from Timken Foundation; $13,000 from Marion Stedman Covington Foundation; and $4,000 from Bank of North Carolina.

Vetter honored for work on stroke prevention

Betsy Vetter, regional vice president of government relations for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association, received the 2016 SHAPE (Stroke Heroes Advocating Prevention and Education) award from the North Carolina Stroke Association.

Food Bank gets $50,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has received $50,000 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in the region.

Benevolence Farm raises $45,000

Benevolence Farm in Alamance County has raised $45,000 in its campaign to raise $80,000 and aims to raise the remainder by the end of the year and launch its residential program to support women getting out of the North Carolina prisons.

Perry-Manning heads national early-care group

Susan Perry-Manning, founding executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and most recently executive director of the Office of Early Learning in the Delaware Department of Education, has joined the Early Care and Education Consortium in Washington, D.C., as executive director.

Berk joins Family Abuse Center

Lauren Berk, former marketing and events coordinator for United Way of Alamance County, has been named program supervisor for the Lethality Assessment Program that Family Abuse Services of Alamance County is piloting with the Burlington Police Department.

Cone Health Cancer Center gets $11,000

Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro received $11,000 to support patient needs from the Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-A-Thon, which has raised over $60,000 for the Cancer Center since the event was launched in 2009 by Coley Hooker to honor his wife, Johnnie Mae Hooker, who had died of cancer.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving focus of video

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, a Cary nonprofit that provides volunteer non-medical assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities, and support for caregivers, is the focus of a promotional video produced by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh.

In its second annual pro-bono effort, Blueforest selected the Center from a pool of 35 applicants and produced a video to help it recruit new volunteers.

The Center’s volunteers provide services to 500 adults.

Crosby Scholars to mark 25 years

The Crosby Scholars Program which provides college-preparation seminars and workshops to over 20,000 public middle-school and high-school students each year, and financial-aid sessions for students and their families, marked its 25th anniversary on November 29.

Graduates of the Winston-Salem program are eligible to apply each year for scholarships through the program, which has awarded over $5.5 million in scholarships and helped student secure over $50 million in financial aid, excluding loans, since 1993.

Second-graders raise $306.62

The second-grade classes at Northwood Elementary School in High Point collected $306.62 for the Little Red Schoolhouse.

The High Point Historical Society aims by the end of the year to raise $15,000 needed to for conservation and preservation work on the Little Red Schoolhouse, which recently moved to the campus of High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library.

Funding available visiting artists

The Morris and Lillian Sosnik Memorial Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation is accepting applications for requests of up to $5,000 to bring visiting lecturers, musicians, and artists to the community.

Feb. 6, 2017, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting letters of application for grants of up to $5,000. The Fund accepts requests biennially in odd-numbered years.

Companies pitch in on home repairs

Over 24 local companies sponsored the inaugural Big Give Back event, working with Rebuilding Together of the Triangle on home repairs for a local family.

Leading the two-day event, which raised over $9,000 and included nearly 100 volunteers, was the Triangles Sales and Marketing Council, part of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County.

Salvation Army gets coin worth $500

The Salvation Army of High Point found a $5 gold coin minted in 1881 inside a Red Kettle used in its annual fund drive.

Sale of the coin, valued at $500, has generated enough funds to provide utility assistance for three families or feed an 50 families.

High Point University students donate food

The Food Recovery Network team at High Point University has donated 20,000 meals and nearly 25,000 pounds of food since it was launched in fall 2015, including 6,653 pounds donated this semester.

Students donate the food to Open Door Ministries in High Point several times a week.

Camp Corral gets $20,000

Camp Corral in Raleigh received a $20,000 donation from Superfeet to benefit children of wounded, ill, injured or fallen military members who attend its free summer camp sessions.

Superfeet also will send volunteers next summer to YMCA Camp Seymour in Washington, a camp partner of Camp Corral.

Nonprofit news roundup, 11.18.16

Growing ‘inequity’ seen in charitable giving

Charities in the U.S. increasingly are counting on bigger donations from smaller numbers of high-income, high-wealth donors, while getting smaller gifts from lower-income and middle-income donors who represent the vast majority of the population, a new report says.

The report, by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., calls for “urgent reform of the philanthropy sector to encourage broader giving, protect the health of the independent sector, discourage the warehousing of wealth in private foundations and donor-advised funds, and increase accountability to protect the public interest and the integrity of our tax system.”

From 2003 to 2013, itemized charitable contributions from people making $500,000 or more — roughly the top one percent of income earners in the U.S. — grew 57 percent, while itemized contributions from people making $10 million or more grew 104 percent, says the report, “Gilded Giving: Top-Heavy Philanthropy in a Age of Extreme Inequality.”

The number of grant-making foundations in the U.S. grew to 86,726 in 2014, up 28 percent from 2004, while those foundations’ assets grew 35 percent, the study says.

From 2003 to 2013, it says, itemized charitable deductions from donors making $100,000 or more grew 40 percent, while itemized charitable deductions from donors making less than $100,000 fell 34 percent.

According to one estimate, the report says, low-dollar and mid-range donors to national public charities — donors who traditionally represented the “vast majority of donor files and solicitation lists for most national nonprofits” — fell by as much as 25 percent from 2005 to 2015.

The rate of decline in low-dollar donors is closely correlated to indicators of overall economic security in the U.S., including wages, employment and homeownership, indicating that donor declines are likely closely related to changing economic conditions, the report says.

“If these trends continue,” it says, “we will witness the rise of ‘top-heavy’ philanthropy dominated by a small number of very wealthy donors.”

The report calls for changes in the rules governing philanthropy, including increasing the minimum annual five percent distribution payout for private foundations; excluding foundation overhead from the payout percentage; linking the excise tax on foundations to payout distribution amounts; and establishing a “two-tier tax benefit structure” for charitable gifts, with incentives that encourage direct donations to public charities focused on “urgent social and community needs.”

It also recommends “exploring a lifetime cap of tax-deductible charitable giving to ensure that those who possess some of the largest fortunes in the United States cannot use such deductions to entirely circumvent tax obligations.”

Participation gap seen in nonprofit services

Nonprofits are not getting enough people to participate in their programs, the participation gap is getting bigger and, to fill it, nonprofits need to a do a better job marketing their programs, a new study says.

Seventy percent of 85 nonprofit leaders surveyed by The Bridgespan Group reported shortfalls in program participation, and half said the shortfall had increased over the past five years.

“Our research points to the need for U.S. and international nonprofits to recognize that innovative social programs don’t sell themselves,” Taz Hussein, a Bridgespan partner who led the study, says in a statement. “Getting a new idea adopted, even when it has proven effective, is often very difficult.”

The study, the focus of “Selling Social Change,” an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, calls for nonprofits to “recognize the limits of designing primarily for effectiveness and design for ‘spreadability;'” to “go beyond identifying a broad group of potential beneficiaries and focus first on a subgroup most likely participate;” and to “develop and resource a sales and marketing capability from the outset, right alongside budgeting for program delivery.”

Donor advised funds post record-high grants, assets

Grants from donor advised funds and those funds’ assets available for grantmaking climbed to record highs in 2015, a new report says.

Grants grew 16.9 percent to $14.52 billion, continuing a double-digit “payout” rate of 20.7 percent for the 10th straight year, compared to the mandatory five percent minimum payout for private foundations, says the “2016 Donor-Advised Fund Report” from National Philanthropic Trust in Jenkintown, Pa.

Assets grew 11.9 percent to $78.64 billion, continuing double-digit growth every year since 2010, the report says.

It is based mainly on data from Form 990s filed with the Internal Revenue Service by 1,1016 charities that sponsor donor advised funds, including national charities, community foundations and other sponsoring charities.

Contributions to donor advised funds grew 11.4 percent to $22.26 billion, an all-time high, the report says.

The number of donor advised fund accounts in the U.S. grew 11.1 percent to 269,180, while the average donor advised fund account grew 8.8 percent to a record-high $235,727.

Younger women seen having more charitable influence

Women ages 25 to 47 — known as “Generation X” and “Millennials” — have more influence in charitable giving than their counterparts four decades ago before the “Baby Boom” generation, or those born from 1946 through 1964, a new report says.

Among GenX and Millennial married couples who give large amounts, women have more influence on decisions about giving than their pre-Boomer counterparts, says “Women Give 2016,” a report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

For GenX and Millennial married couples whose giving decisions were influenced by women, estimated giving is higher than that of their pre-Boomer counterparts, the report says.

And for GenX and Millennial married couples whose giving decisions are made by men only, it says, estimated giving is lower than that of their pre-Boomer counterparts.

While estimated giving by GenX and Millennial single women is comparable to that of pre-Boomer single women, estimated giving by GenX and Millennial single men and married couples is lower than their pre-Boomer counterparts.

Giving to orchestras exceeds earned income

Contributed income accounted for 43 percent of total income at U.S. orchestras in 2014, while earned income accounted for 40 percent and investment income accounted for 17 percent, a new report says.

Audiences at orchestras fell 10.5 percent between 2010 and 2014, says “Orchestra Facts: 2006-2014,” a report commissioned by the League of American Orchestras and prepared by the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University.

In 2013, for the first time, single-ticket revenue and group sales exceeded subscription revenue, the report says.

Still, it says, while single-ticket revenue and income from group sales grew six percent, that growth did not fully compensate for a drop of 13 percent in subscription sales.

Orchestra trustees and other individual donors contributed nearly half of contributed funds to orchestras in 2014, and roughly 75 percent of gifts made by individuals who were not trustees were under $250.

In 2014, foundations provided 13 percent of contributed income to orchestras that were members of the League, while corporations provided 10 percent and government sources provided seven percent.

In 2014, the U.S. was home to 1,224 orchestras that contributed $1.8 billion to the national economy, with two in three orchestras operating with annual expense budgets under $300,000.

Statewide Habitat effort focuses on hurricane relief

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina is recruiting the 78 Habitat ReStores in the state to  try to raise up to $100,000 to help pay for rebuilding 93 Habitat homes in Fayetteville damaged in October by flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStores are donating 20 percent of sale proceeds to the effort.

The 93 homes represent over half the 154 houses the Fayetteville Habitat affiliate has built over the past 30 years. Only 27 of the homes had flood insurance.

Community Matters gives $175,000

Community Matters gave a total of $175,000 to Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry, its charity partners for 2014-16, bringing its three-year contribution to the two charities to $550,000.

Combined with its donations to Safe Alliance in 2012-13, Community Matters now has contributed $925,000 to charity since its was formed five years ago.

Grant supports program for adolescent boys

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina received a grant of $56,980 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem that will support continued access by adolescent men in Forsyth County to the Wise Guys male responsibility program.

The national program is taught to boys ages 11 to 17 in schools and community-based sites.

Wise Guys works to promote healthy concepts of masculinity and responsible behavior while educating young men about wise choices on sexual relations.

Wise Guys has grown from serving 500 boys in Greensboro in 1996 to 5,400 boys in 14 counties last year.

High Point University gets $10 million

High Point University has received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor that will support a new undergraduate sciences school and building.

Construction on the facility will begin next summer.

Guilford College gets $30,000

The Hillsdale Fund in Greensboro has awarded Guilford College a $30,000 grant to support start-up funds for a major in sustainable food systems the School will launch in spring 2017.

New Hanover funder gives $30,000

New Hanover County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $30,000 from the Riegelwood Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to Wesley United Methodist Church to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew in the Riegelwood community.

Winston-Salem State gets $26,000

Winston-Salem State University received $26,000 from AT&T to support a fund that helps students who need financial assistance continue their education.

The gift will allow the school to award need-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 each to about 20 students.

In the last three years, first-year retention of students at Winston-Salem State has increased to 80 percent from 71 percent, marking the biggest increase in the 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

Food drive to benefit hurricane relief

UNC and UNC Rex, including co-workers at UNC Wayne Memorial and UNC Lenoir Memorial Hospitals in Goldsboro and Kinston, teamed with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to host a food drive to benefit people affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The drive filled over 17 bins of 27 cubic feet each with essential items and non-perishable food weighing over 10,245 pounds, or the equivalent of 8,627 meals.

The effort also raised $1,250 that was matched to total $2,500.

Event to benefit heart research

Hand for Hearts, a Greensboro charity that raises money to benefit research on congenital heart defects, will host its third annual “Casino Night” on February 25 at 7 p.m. at Greensboro Country Club.

The event, which last year raised $100,000, this year will benefit The Children’s Heart Foundation.

Shook joins Hospice of Davidson County

DeeDee Shook, former human resources and accounting manager at Talon of NC in Winston-Salem, has been named director of human resources for Hospice of Davidson County.

Singleton joins Forsyth United Way

Aaron Singleton, former director of news and media relations at Winston-Salem State University, has joined United Way of Forsyth County as director of communications.

Bank employees assemble bikes

Triad employees of eight Carolina Bank locations and eight First Bank locations were scheduled on November 16 to assemble 16 bikes to benefit the Angel Tree Program of The Salvation Army.

The bikes will be distributed among the First Bank and Carolina Bank branches across the Triad for inclusion in their respective Salvation Army donation boxes.

Farmers Market gets grant

Greensboro Farmers Market received a grant from Cone Health Foundation to participate in the Orange Card Program of Guilford Community Care Network, allowing 5,460 participants enrolled in the program to have access to fresh foods.

The network is a nonprofit program of community supporters that coordinates health care services for low-income or uninsured individuals in Guilford County.

Orange Card beneficiaries will get $15 in tokens each week to shop at the Market for fresh produce, breads, dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood.

Duke Energy employees package food

Employees and retirees of Duke Energy’s 11 operations centers in the Triad were scheduled on November 17 to sort and repackage thousands of pounds of donated food at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and prepare it for distribution to local food pantries.

Since late October, the operations centers have hosted food drives for local food banks.

Syngenta employees assemble snack packs

About 30 employees of the customer marketing department of Syngenta in Greensboro assembled 850 trail-mix snack packs that were delivered to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope.

Before the packaging effort, the employees routed The Salvation Army Royce and Jane Reynolds Center for Worship and Service and Boys & Girls Club.

United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center coordinated the project, which had a goal of assembling 750 packs.

Truliant giving $21,000

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem is awarding a total of $21,000 in to 23 nonprofits in Alamance, Randolph, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Gaston, Guilford and Forsyth County in North Carolina; in Greenville, S.C.; and in Wytheville and Radford in Virginia.

The Mini Grants program, which has awarded over $200,000 in eight years, considers proposals to support operating, programming or capacity-building needs for projects that focus on financial education, basic needs, arts and culture, or youth programming.

Ten nonprofits get $40,000 each

GSK in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation awarded $40,000 each to 10 local nonprofits.

Elon University gets two gifts

John R. Hill, a graduate of Elon University and a member of its board of trustees, and his wife, Lesley, of Severna Park, Md., have given the school an estate gift that will provide it with funding in the future, and have made a commitment to give $100,000 to support construction of Richard W. Sankey Hall, a new facility that will provide space for the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.