Nonprofit news roundup, 10.20.17

Giving to charity makes givers happier, study says

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

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

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

It also found that:

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

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

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

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

Winston-Salem Foundation targets disparities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duke Energy Foundation gives $524,500

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

Forsyth United Way giving $100,000 for hurricane relief

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

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

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

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

High Point Regional foundation raises $120,000

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

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

Forge launches $200,000 campaign

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

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

Wake Forest gets $900,000 for hormone research

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

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

Food drive to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry

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

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

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

Health Underwriters honor Pennington

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

Police officer, public defender receive humanitarian award

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

Alamance United Way raises $24,500

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

Food Bank donates food to TABLE

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

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

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

Summit set for October 24 on minorities and women in business

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

Schools getting donated instruments

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

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

Nonprofit sabbaticals available

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

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

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

Bikefest raises $14,000 for veterans groups

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

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

Crumley Roberts honors human-relations director

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

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

Family Service foundations honor former board members

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

Powers elected to head Health Underwriters board

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

Volunteers pitch in for BackPack Beginnings

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

Dee Todd to speak at Empowered Girls event

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

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

Motorcycle Club gives $3,500

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

O.Henry award nominations due November 8

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

Community Housing Solutions getting $10,000

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

ABC of NC to host annual fundraising event

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


Nonprofit news roundup, 10.13.17

Smaller share of Americans giving to charity, research says

The share of U.S. households that contributed to charity in 2014 fell nearly 11 percentage points from the share that gave in 2000, according to new data available on a new website that features data on charitable giving.

Reasons for the decline — to 55.51 percent of households from 66.22 percent — include the recession, a decrease in “religiosity,” and demographic shifts, says the Lilly Family School of Family at Indiana University, which released the data and launched its website at

Two program officers joining Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Tania Duran, North Carolina program manager in Raleigh for Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Sorien Schmidt, former state director in Raleigh for Enroll America, both will join the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem on October 31 as program officers.

Duran most recently has served director of youth programs for El Pueblo in Raleigh, and Schmidt has served as director of community engagement and education for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina in Raleigh.

Meredith College gets $1 million

Meredith College in Raleigh received a $1 million gift from 1972 graduate Elizabeth Triplett Beam of Raleigh to name a foundation plaza in front of Johnson Hall that was renovated last  year.

Kennedy chairing board of Partners Ending Homelessness

The Rev. Chesley Kennedy, director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Partners Ending Homelessness in Guilford County.

Kennedy succeeds the Rev. Mike Aiken, retired executive director of Greensboro Area Ministry, who has been named to the honorary position of chair emeritus.

Volunteers pitch in to rejuvenate gardens

Members of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps teamed up with volunteers from The Winston-Salem Foundation on October 1 to help rejuvenate the gardens around Family Services’ Head Start buildings at 2050 Big House Gaines Boulevard in Winston-Salem.

The project is one of 10 service projects that HandsOn Northwest North Carolina has organized to mark its 10th anniversary.

Wake Ed Partnership receives award

WakeEd Partnership has received the US2020 STEM Mentoring Award for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.

Gilbarco employees volunteer

Gilbarco Veeder-Root offered its employees a full work day on October 2 to volunteer, and its 1,500 employees in Greensboro were able to choose from among 15 projects to feed the hungry, boost educational opportunities, support veterans, assist hospices, and fight homelessness.

Scholarship at A&T named for Al Johnson

Friends and colleagues of the late Al Johnson, who was an editor for Knight-Ridder newspapers and founding publisher of The Business Journal in Greensboro, have partnered with N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro to establish an annual scholarship in his name.

Johnson attended A&T in the 1960s.

Stroke Association gives $71,000

The North Carolina Stroke Association in Winston-Salem awarded grants of $25,700 to Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton, and $45,560 to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie through an initiative that aims to ensure that every North Carolinian has access to stroke care, wherever they live.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $614,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $614,176 to groups serving people in Forsyth County in the area of animal welfare; community

and economic development; education; the environment; human services; and public interest.

Bookmarks honors educator, author, family

Ruth Wilcox, media coordinator at Paisley IB Magnet School, is the 2017 winner of the Authors in Schools Educator Award from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, while author Emily Herring Wilson is the winner of its Literary Achievement Award, and Megan and Philip Mulder, and son David Mulder, are winners of its Debora D. and Victor F. Harllee, Jr. Volunteer Award.

GSK executive to speak at Made in Durham summit

Jack Bailey, president of U.S. pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline and vice president of the board of directors of Made in Durham, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Power of Partnership Summit that the nonprofit will host November 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 21C Museum Hotel Durham.

Teacher of year to speak at North Carolina PTA event

Jason Griffin, principal of Hertford Grammar School in Perquimans County and 2017 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 NCPTA Annual Founders Day Celebration hosted by the North Carolina Parent Teacher Congress on November 4 at its headquarters at 3501 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2018 Power of the Purse® to feature Award-winning Journalist Maria Hinojosa

Journalist Hinojosa to speak at event for The Women’s Fund 

Journalist Maria Hinojosa will be the featured speaker at the 14th Annual Power of Purse event that the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina will host May 22, 2018, to benefit The Women’s Fund, an endowment at the Foundation.

Her talk, “My American Experience: Immigration, Disparity and Opportunity,” will focus on migration, immigration and changing demographics.

Meals on Wheels delivers ‘more than a meal’

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Every weekday at 8:30 a.m., a dozen volunteers gather around tables in the offices of  Meals on Wheels of Durham to assemble meals that another 30 volunteers will deliver the same morning to about 400 seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The volunteer drivers also spend a few minutes speaking with their clients, and making a quick visual assessment of the meal recipients’ mental and physical well-being. The volunteer drivers also deliver pet food for meal recipients who have pets and, on Fridays, deliver two bag lunches for the weekend for clients who request them.

Meals on Wheels is “more than a meal,” says Gale Singer Adland, who joined the nonprofit as executive director in 2009 after working for more than 30 years as a software programmer. “It’s a lot more than just bringing food to somebody.”

The group is one of nearly 5,000 community-based programs in the U.S. dedicated to feeding seniors, including programs serving nearly every one of North Carolina’s 100 counties, Adland says.

And as a member of Meals on Wheels America, she says, the free-standing Durham nonprofit benefits from research, education, advocacy and a national conferences, as well as group-buying discounts it otherwise might not have access to or be able to afford.

Founded in 1975 , Meals on Wheels of Durham operates with an annual budget of $900,000, three full-time and two part-time staff, a part-time bookkeeper, and nearly 200 volunteers.

Meals on Wheels, which does not have its own kitchen, pays less than $4 a meal to Spicy Green Gourmet, which cooks the meals and delivers them to the nonprofit each weekday morning for assembly and delivery by its volunteers.

Meals on Wheels also buys most of the ingredients for the weekend bag lunches that are delivered along with meals each Friday — although bread is free — from the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, paying 18 cents a pound for nearly everything.

The nonprofit also gets donations of pet food for meal recipients’ pets from Paws on Durham, and from Walmart.

And with a $5,000 gift from Westminster Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Durham to install doorbells, door handles and ramps for meal recipients who need them.

Last year, in its annual survey of meal recipients, Meals on Wheels found that well over half of them did not have a working doorbell.

The nonprofit also partners with other organizations that provide volunteers, including the schools of public policy, law and nursing at Duke, and the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University.

Meals on Wheels has two contracts with Durham County that account for about half its annual revenue, and generates another 10 percent of its funds through contributions from about 15 percent of its clients.

And to address other needs they may have, it refers its clients to other nonprofits, including A Helping Hand, which assists with shopping, companionship and minor house upkeep.

Meals on Wheels generates its remaining funds from foundations, corporations, churches and individuals. In addition to fundraising appeals it mails each fall and spring, it will host its inaugural gala, presented by Ellis Family Law, on February 24 at 21C Museum Hotel.

According to research by Meals on Wheels America, Adland says, seniors who receive home-delivered meals, compared to seniors in similar circumstances who don’t receive meals, feel safer in their homes; said they were less depressed and more physically active; visited a doctor, urgent-care facility or emergency room less often; and had fewer hospital stays.

Yet with its annual client base growing by over two-third to 530 individuals in just two years, and the number of seniors in Durham County projected over the next 10 to 15 years to grow more than 60 percent, Meals on Wheels is looking for ways to meet growing demand for home-delivered meals.

“We have lots of people who want food,” Adland says. “The only thing preventing us from feeding them is more funding and more volunteers.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 10.05.17

High Point United Way collects 100,000 pounds of food

United Way of Greater High Point collected over 100,000 pounds of nonperishable goods from 51 organizations over two days that were distributed to 14 local food pantries.

Companies making in-kind donations to the effort included Bank of America; Ilderton Motors; Old Dominion Freight Lines; Crescent Ford; High Point University; and the City of High Point.

Science centers getting $2.39 million

Fifty-four science centers across North Carolina have been awarded state grants totaling $2.39 million to improve education opportunities for the public in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, particularly in communities with few resources.

Greensboro United Way getting $210,000

United Way of Greater Greensboro is getting $70,000 a year over the next three years from the Women to Women Fund of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to help local women earn General Education Diplomas, or GEDs, and increase their financial stability.

Templeton retiring from Center for Volunteer Caregiving

Lynn Templeton will retire as executive director of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary, effective December 31.

The Center has received a $15,000 grant from Triangle Community Foundation to conduct a search for a new executive director.

Arts Council honors individuals, organizations

Three individuals and two organizations have received awards from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Winners, who received the awards at the Arts Council’s annual meeting September 25 at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, include:

* Matthew Troy, music director and conductor of the Piedmont Wind Symphony, who received the Philip Hanes Young Leader Award.

* Christina Soriano, associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University, who received the Arts Educator Excellence Award.

* Steve Berlin, a lawyer with the Kilpatrick Stockton Law Firm, who received The Arts Council Award.

* Riverrun International Film Festival, which received a Strategic Vision Partner Award through the Arts Council’s Organizational Support Grant program.

* Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, which received a Strategic Vision Partner Award through the Arts Council’s Annual Event and Series Grant program.

Harlem Children’s Zone founder to speak in Winston-Salem

Geoffrey Canada, founder and president of Harlem Children’s Zone, will be the featured speaker at a benefit luncheon hosted by Family Services on November 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

United Arts funds school field trips

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has made $43,275 available to 53 Wake County schools to take one grade level per school on a field trip to an arts and cultural destination in the area.

Winston-Salem nonprofits get $20,000

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is giving $15,000 to Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods in Winston-Salem for its”Grassroots Grants Program,” and $5,000 to The Winston-Salem Foundation for its Youth Grantmakers in Action program.

United Way kickoff raises $21,000

United Way of Forsyth County raised $21,000 at the kickoff of its annual fundraising campaign through a 5K event, music event, and guitar raffle.

Local funders make grants

Rockingham County Community Foundation awarded five local grants totaling $4,730, and Morrisville Community Fund awarded two grants totaling $1,500. Both are affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Barnabas Network raises $3,800

The Barnabas Network in Greensboro raised $3,792.15 at a fundraiser at Once Upon A Child, which sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear.

At the event, shoppers were invited to fill bags at $15 each full of children’s clothing, with all proceeds benefitting The Barnabas Network.

Wake Forest associate professor gets $680,000

Patricia Dos Santos, an associate professor of chemistry of Wake Forest University, received a grant of $680,000 from the National Science Foundation for research and mentoring students from other Triad-area colleges.

Event to benefit ALS Association

Grove Winery and Vineyards in Gibsonville will host the ALSapalooza music festival on October 7 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to benefit to the North Carolina chapter of The ALS Association to fund research and provide care for people living with ALS in the state.

Trustees joining Medical Society Foundation board

Five trustees are joining the board of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation. They include Jason Sandner, chief financial officer at Medical Mutual Insurance Company in Raleigh; Lyndon Jordan, president and managing partner at Wake Radiology; Connette McMahon, who practices obstetrics and gynecology at Jones Center for Women’s Health in Fayetteville, and Mind Body Spirit Women’s Health in Dunn; Andrew “Andy” Lamb, vice president of medical affairs for Alamance Regional Medical Center; and Walker Ray, a retired pediatrician.

Cumberland County Foundation gives $307,500

Cumberland Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $307,500.

V Foundation partners with NFL team

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is teaming up with the Kansas City Chiefs and The University of Kansas Health System to support cancer research.


Nonprofit news roundup, 09.29.17

Giving to A&T grows 56 percent to record-high $14.7 million

Gifts to North Carolina A&T State University grew 56 percent to a record-high $14.7 million in fiscal 2017, boosting its total endowment $55.2 million, an increase of more than $23 million over the past five years.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, corporate and foundation giving to A&T totaled $6.6 million, while alumni giving totaled $6.3 million, and giving directly to endowments grew 26 percent to $3.6 million.

Komen gives $1.3 million to Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill

Susan G. Komen awarded $236,000 to Duke University Medical Center, and $1.08 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for breast-cancer research.

The grants bring to $42.1 million the total Komen has invested in research in the state since 1982.

Since 1997, Komen NC Triangle to the Coast has provided nearly $13 million  for community programs serving women and men in the state, while contributing nearly $5 million to Komen for research.

Grants fund support for undocumented immigrants

Eight organizations throughout North Carolina are getting a total of $100,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem to provide clinics to help undocumented young people renew their work authorization.

The grants also will support efforts to provide community education and emergency planning services through March 2018 for individuals and families affected by President Trump’s plan to termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Termination of DACA “is antithetical to fundamental American values, and exacts an enormous human toll, not only on DACA immigrants and their families, but on countless lives and institutions that these individuals have touched,” the Foundation says in a statement.

The Foundation says it invited select groups across the state to submit proposals for funding, and in return it received 23 proposals requesting a total of nearly $650,000.

It says it shared its plans with other funders, and that Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas is providing $70,000 to the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Coalición Latinoamericana to provide renewal clinics in Mecklenburg County.

Foundation for the Carolinas also has reserved another $30,000 to fund emerging issues related to DACA beneficiaries.

Trump’s termination of DACA rescinds work authorization and protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people, and will have a “devastating impact” on nearly 27,500 DACA recipients in North Carolina, including an estimated 6,800 individuals whose legal status will expire on or before March 5, 2018, and who must renew their  two-year period of legal status by Oct. 17, 2017.

Ending DACA could cost the state over $10 billion over the next 10 years, according to the CATO Institute, the Reynolds Foundation says.

Charlotte funder gives $630,000

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation, an affiliate of Foundation for the Carolina’s, awarded a total of $630,000 to 27 organizations serving children, youth and young adults in Mecklenburg County.

Lucy Daniels Center gets gift of building, land 

The Lucy Daniels Foundation has donated to the Lucy Daniels Center the building and land on Weston Parkway in Cary that have been the Center’s home for 26 years.

The Foundation has relocated its office to 629 Oberlin Rd. in Raleigh.

Holy Angels CEO honored by Medical Society

Regina Moody, president and CEO of Holy Angels in Belmont, has received the John Huske Anderson award from the North Carolina Medical Society recognizing a layperson who has contributed to the medical profession and public health.

Cone Health Foundation to give back to mark anniversary

To mark its 20th anniversary, Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro will underwrite meals and offer free flu shots and health screenings for people in need, and cover the cost of public-transit bus rides.

The Foundation, which has awarded over $86 million since 1997, will underwrite all food costs for Greensboro Urban Ministry on October 2, with Foundation board and staff members volunteering to serve lunch that day at Potter’s House, pack grocery bags, sort food, and deliver food orders to guests of Greensboro Urban Ministry

On October 3, the Foundation will underwrite all food costs for the evening meal for the “Hot Dish and Hope” program at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro and, working with Health’s congregational nurses, will provide up to 100 flu shots and basic health screenings for people in need.

Davidson Hospice gets $125,000

Hospice of Davidson County is getting $125,000 from the Division of Aging and Adult  Services at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for its campaign to raise $2.3 million to address projected growth of over 23 percent over the next 10 years in the population of residents over age 65 in the county.

United Arts receives $18,500

United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County has received $18,500 from Duke Energy for arts education programming in Wake schools.

Food, supplies collected for hurricane relief

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and WRAL-TV teamed up on September 20 to raise 42,000 pounds of food, and cleaning and personal-hygiene supplies that will delivered and distributed to the Feeding Northeast Florida Food Bank in Jacksonville, Fla., for hurricane relief.

V Foundation to host cycling event

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary will host its inaugural Victory Ride to Cure Cancer on May 19, 2018, starting in Raleigh, to benefit Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as cancer research throughout the U.S.

Police foundation raising funds for bookmobile

The Winston-Salem Police Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $125,000 by May 2018 to buy a bookmobile that also will serve free ice cream.

Volunteers pitch in for Korners Folly restoration

Member of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps teamed up with local volunteers from Wells Fargo on September 19 to help restore Korner’s Folly, the historic home in Kernersville of artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner.

The effort was part of a partnership between HandsOn Northwest North Carolina and an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team to help celebrate its 10th anniversary with a series of community service projects hosted by local nonprofits.

SAFEchild names board officers, members

Anita Blomme Pinther, president of AP Connect, has been elected president of the board of directors of SAFEchild in Raleigh, and Kelly Huffstetler, co-owner of Realty World Signature Properties, has been named president-elect.

Joining the board are Virginia Anthony, community volunteer; Evan Pushchak, a physician with Wake Emergency Physicians; Melanie Shekita, Wake County assistant district attorney; Amie Sivon, a lawyer and partner with Ragsdale Liggett; and Caroline Sullivan, executive director of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education.

Thomasville foundation renames golf event

The Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation has renamed — for the late wife of Dr. David Robert Williams Sr. — an annual golf tournament it has hosted for over 20 years, and on October 6 will host the inaugural Jane Burt Williams Memorial Golf Classic at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville.

Fresh Market raising money to feed kids

To help fight food insecurity among children, The Fresh Market will invited customers at check-out in its stores from October 4 to October 31 to make a donation to support No Kid Hungry.

The Fresh Market has raised over $1 million for No Kid Hungry, feeding over 10 million hungry children.

Barbecue event to benefit TROSA

TROSA will benefit from a barbecue fundraising on October 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sat the its campus at 1820 James St. in Durham.

Dinner events to support arts education

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County will hold its 13th annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on November 2-4, featuring dinners at private homes and event spaces, to raise money to support its Artists in Schools program to enrich arts education in kindergarten through 12th grade in Wake County public schools.

Triangle Family Services to host event

Triangle Family Services in Raleigh will host its 15th annual Gingerbread Benefit on December 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club at 6612 Falls of Neuse Rd.

Local funders give $16,000

Cary Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation,  awarded six grants totaling $10,000.

Wilkes Community Foundation, also an affiliate, awarded 10 grants totaling $5,910.

JDRF postpones summit

JDRF has postponed its TypeOneNation Summit to March 10, 2018.

Working to help kids see that school makes sense

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Odds are good that four in 10 young people in Durham are not on track to finish high school, complete a post-secondary education, or get a job by age 25.

To help find out why, a community-wide effort to help get kids back on track tasked 25 local high school students to identify the biggest barriers to success for young people.

Those barriers, the students found after a year of querying parents, teachers and other students, are inadequate counseling and racial bias.

“People with better economic resources have more exposure and knowledge about career opportunities,” says Meredythe Holmes, executive director of Made in Durham, a nonprofit that tasked the students and is guiding a community-wide effort to create an “education-to-career” system for young people ages 14 to 24.

The goal is to make sure all Durham kids finish public school and post-secondary study, and get jobs.

Made in Durham, founded in 2015, recruits partner organizations, and helps organize and coordinate the way students get career-related support from those partners — businesses, schools, government and nonprofits.

It raises money for the overall effort, supports its work, and tracks its impact.

Durham’s future depends on making sure more students are ready to take on jobs in a growing and highly competitive local marketplace driven by health and life sciences, says Holmes.

And that will depend on the active and connected participation and support of all its partners, she says.

Students succeed when they see the connection between school and work, she says. Connecting more businesses with students — in and outside school — will help more students see the real-world value of school.

And recruiting more companies to create more internships, apprenticeships and job-shadowing programs will help set more students on the road to good, local jobs, says Holmes, who was founder and CEO of Monarch Services, a Durham-based regional staffing agency.

Made in Durham was the outgrowth of two think-tank studies and a community-wide task force that identified marketplace hurdles young people face in Durham, as well as possible solutions.

Operating with five employees and a board, advisory teams and “action” teams that together field about 100 corporate and community leaders, the nonprofit raised a total of nearly $2.7 million its first three years, and aims to raise nearly $1 million this year.

In an early effort, in 2015, Made in Durham worked with the city, public schools and other partners to more than double — to 200 — the number of jobs in a city summer internship program, and to expand the program beyond mainly jobs in city and county government to include private-sector jobs.

Made in Durham also formed Durham Futures, a collaborative that now includes Durham Public Schools, Durham Tech and two other nonprofits that together provide alternative education for about 250 school dropouts.

Made in Durham was instrumental in a decision by Durham Public Schools, starting with ninth-graders this school year, to require that all students graduate within four years with a career plan and high school diploma.

It also secured funding for two career counselors to work with students served by the four Durham Futures partners serving dropouts.

And it is working to recruit more partners to serve more students , including more companies to send more representatives to schools to talk about careers, and to increase the number of corporate internships, apprenticeships and job-shadowing opportunities.

All those efforts depend on the community collaboration that Made in Durham coordinates, Holmes says.

The year-long study by students on barriers to success, for example, as well as feedback from career and technical-education staff in the public schools, underscored the fact that students have been “falling through the cracks” in a system that could make more effective use of research that shows the value of career advising for all students, she says.

That value can added through requiring career counseling in the schools, and expanding the network of community partners, she says.

Virginia and Colorado have enacted laws requiring career advising, and Made in Durham would like to introduce similar legislation in North Carolina.

For students exposed to career options, and educated about them, schools are relevant, Holmes says.

Without those resources or other motivation, “schools become irrelevant, so many drop out,” she says. “Our goal is to make school relevant.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 09.22.17

Award to honor community leaders

Community leaders Thomas S. Haggai of High Point and Julie Peeples of Greensboro will receive the 2017 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award on November 9 from the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.

Chairing the event, to be held at Koury Convention Center, will be Bev and Odell Cleveland.

Haggai, who is founding pastor of Emerywood Baptist Church and served for 20 years as chairman and CEO of IGA Globals and was instrumental in forming the Business Roundtable to help guide the city’s future.

For 52 years, the Thomas Haggai and Associates Foundation provided scholarships to train nontraditional students as elementary school teachers, and in 2016, distributed the last of its funds to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to endow a new program for that purpose.

Peeples has served as senior pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ since the early 1990s, and has long been an ally to the LGBTQ community.

She was was instrumental in founding the Greensboro Faith Leaders Council, the Greensboro Congregational Assistance Network, and Mustard Seed Community Health.

Three PTAs in state named National PTA Schools of Excellence

J.Y. Joyner Magnet Elementary School PTA in Wake County, New Town Elementary School in Union County, and Sternberger Elementary School PTA in Guilford County have been named National PTA Schools of Excellence for the 2017-19 school years.

OnTrack gets $200,000

OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling is getting $200,000 from Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the biggest competitive grant the Asheville funder has awarded, to expand a program that provides financial literacy training and a three-to-one match to help low-income people establish and maintain emergency savings.

United Arts Council gives $111,000 to Wake schools

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has made $111,223 available to 122 Wake County schools to bring in teaching artists during the 2017 school year for a total of 327 performances, workshops and residencies to integrate arts with core subjects.

Royster chairs Triad American Heart Association

Kirsten Royster, president and chief operating officer for Novant Health Medical Park Hospital, has been elected chairman of the Triad board of directors of the American Heart Association.

Members of The Produce Box support Texas hurricane relief

Members of Raleigh-based The Produce Box donated over 500 “community boxes” and raised over $10,000 to Farmhouse Delivery in Houston and Austin, both in Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Barbecue to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont will be the main beneficiary of an annual barbecue fundraising event that Rotary Club of High Point will host on October 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in High Point.

Run/walk to benefit Mental Health Association

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro will benefit from the 3rd Annual Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk on November 4 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at SouthEnd in Greensboro.

In its first two years, the event raised over $92,000.