Nonprofit news roundup, 01.27.17

Smart leaving Kate  B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Allen Smart, vice president of programs at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and its former interim president, is leaving the philanthropy after 10 years at the end of February to pursue consulting opportunities in philanthropy.

The Trust this week also named Tracey Greene-Washington, program officer for community economic development at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, as director of special initiatives, a new position.

Green-Washington, who will join the Trust in March, will oversee two efforts that Smart was instrumental in developing — Healthy Places, a 10-year, $100 million effort to  improve the health of 10 to 12 rural communities, and Great Expectations, a $30 million effort to invest in the youngest children in Forsyth County and their families.

Smart served as interim president from September 2015 to June 2016, resuming his role as vice president of programs in July 2016 when Laura Gerald, a pediatrician and former market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh, became president.

Smart plans to work as a consultant with other foundations, especially those that focus on rural area in the U.S.

York joins Emily K Center

Sandy York, former director of development for Trinity College and The Graduate School at Duke University, has joined the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham as chief advancement officer.

Children’s Home Society getting $3.7 million

Children’s Home Society in Greensboro is getting a four-year, $3.7 million grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to expand foster care across the state, as well as early intervention and prevention services for foster children.

Ammons Foundation gives $212,000

The Jandy Ammons Foundation in Raleigh is giving a total of $212,011 to five nonprofits in the state to fund capital projects in the areas of art, wildlife conservation, education and mission.

The grants to ChurchNet Foundation in Wake Forest, Raleigh Little Theatre, Rex Healthcare Foundation in Raleigh, Wake Forest Historical Museum and the North Carolina State Engineering Foundation bring to $765,731 the total funding the Ammons Foundation has provided in its first four years.

Heart Association raises nearly $100,000

The American Heart Association netted nearly $100,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education at its 2017 Guilford Heart Ball on January 21.

At the event, which attracted nearly 200 community and business leaders, Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and the American Heart Association recognized Dr. Mike Cooper and Dr. Clarence Owen, co-directors of the Structural Heart Program at Cone Health’s Heart and Vascular Center, as winners of the 3rd Annual LeBauer Visionary Award.

Grant to fund work at Mount Gilead archeological site

The state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is getting a $150,000 grant from the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust in Concord to reconstruct a section of the palisade fence surrounding the Town Creek Indian Mound archeological site in Mount Gilead.

This 55-acre site was developed and inhabited by the Pee Dee, a South Appalachian Mississippian culture, from about 1150 to 1400. It is the only ceremonial mound and village center of that culture located in North Carolina and one of only a few mound sites in the Southeast open to the public.

Black Philanthropy Initiative gives $16,350

The Black Philanthropy Initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded five grants totaling $16,350 to Crosby Scholars, Habitat for Humanity, R.I.S.E. 4 Girls, Wake Forest University and Wiley Magnet School that serve African Americans in the areas of education and financial literacy.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment, launched in 2014 with $25,000, has grown to over $116,000.

First Tennessee Bank pledged a three-year $10,000 annual matching challenge grant to support the Endowment, and Initiative received matching grants of $10,000 in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The Initiative will celebrate the grant recipients at a breakfast on February 21 at Goodwill Industries at 2701 University Parkway starting at 8:30 a.m.

Old Salem restoring Boys’ School

Restoration at Old Salem Museums & Gardens has begun on its Boys’ School, which was built in 1794 and is the world’s oldest Moravian school building still standing and among the earliest existing structures in America built specifically for pre-collegiate education.

Old Salem plans to add educational programming and costumed interpretation to the site, and to use it to build its training programs for North Carolina teachers. Old Salem has selected Frank L. Blum Construction Company as contractor for the restoration work, which is supported by private donations and $1.5 million committed by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

Greensboro Urban Ministry gets $5,000

Greensboro Urban Ministry received $5,000 from the Greensboro Grasshoppers to to buy food.

In 2016, the agency distributed over one million pounds of food to the community through its food pantry and Potter’s House Community Kitchen, assisting nearly over 38,400 individuals and nearly 21,000 households with food assistance.

Stop Hunger Now changes name

Stop Hunger Now, a global relief agency in Raleigh, has changed its name to Rise Against Hunger.

The agency, which operates in 20 U.S. cities and through five international affiliates, coordinates the packaging and distribution of meals to 37 countries.

Bike Co-op gets donated bikes

Employees of architecture firm Perkins+Will on January 19 assembled and donated nine children’s bikes to the Durham Bike Co-op, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides bicycles and bicycle-repair education to the community at low cost or no cost.

Armato to be honored at gala

Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health, will be honored at the 17th annual JDRF Hope Gala on February 25 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

The event, chaired by community volunteer Wendy Calloway and by Brad Calloway, vice president for decision support demand at Reynolds American, has raised at least $1 million every year since 2011 to fight type 1 diabetes research.

College scholarships offered

Project One Scholarship Fund in Charlotte aims to fund six scholarships totaling $25,000 to children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from low-income, single-parent families who planning to enter college this fall. Applications will be accepted through March 17.

Golf event to benefit Care Ring

Care Ring in Charlotte will benefit from the 2nd Annual Golfing Fore a Healthy Charlotte on March 27 at Carolina Golf Club.

MG Walk set for April 8

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America will host North Carolina MG Walk on April 8 at Barber Park in Greensboro.

MG is a a chronic autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack and destroy neuromuscular connections, causing muscle weakness. While some treatments are available, there is currently no cure for MG.

Bookmarks names part-time employees

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, with funding from The Winston-Salem Foundation, has hired two part-time employees — Rachel Kuhn Stinehelfer as education and program specialist, and Beth Seufer Buss as website and social media specialist.

BJH Foundation taking grant applications

February 28 is the deadline for submitting online applications to the BJH Foundation in Greensboro to support health and wellness programs and socialization programs for the older Jewish adult population.

Schwab Charitable handles $1.5 billion in grants

Schwab Charitable donors made 273,000 grant totaling over $1.5 billion in 2016, up 41 from percent a year earlier, to 61,000 charities.

In era of Trump, nonprofits need clarity

Many nonprofits fear President Trump will engineer cuts in funding for them and causes they care about.

The good news is that the new political order can serve as an incentive for charities to do a better job telling their story.

Whatever happens to government funding, nonprofits still will face the challenge of communicating more clearly and effectively with prospective supporters and partners about the needs they address, the way they operate and the difference they make for the people and communities they serve.

The 1.5 million charities in the U.S. — most of them small, compared to big hospitals, universities and museums — traditionally have been expected to do a lot with a little, while struggling to meet rising demand for services and make ends meet.

Fundraising consumes a big share of their time and attention, and charities get little support to build their operations, develop strategies and partnerships, or equip their board and staff to improve their work.

Nonprofits that provide health and human services, or education, to name just a few critical needs, fear government will spend less to address those needs.

Cuts in taxpayer funding will increase demand for nonprofit services from clients no longer able to turn to government programs. And greater demand will make it even more critical for nonprofits to find private support.

Competition for charitable dollars already is fierce. The number of nonprofits keeps growing, and donors increasingly want and expect nonprofits to be more effective, efficient and productive in addressing social needs and running their organizations.

Donors and other investors, including individuals, foundations, companies and government, want nonprofits to use creative strategies that improve communities by engaging more partners, whether charitable, for-profit or taxpayer-supported.

Donors want to see nonprofit business plans that explain exactly how and why they will work. They want to see the “metrics” that nonprofits will use to show their progress and impact. They want nonprofits to be clear and candid about their projected costs, the real hurdles they face and the realistic social returns they expect to generate from the investment they get.

In tough or uncertain times, many nonprofits fall into the nearsighted trap of self-righteousness and self-congratulation. Instead of being clear and honest about the social and operating challenges they face, they hype their role and the impact of their work. They emphasize their own needs as organizations over those of the people and communities they serve. They pander to donors, using vague, feel-good jargon, rather than precise language, as if simply touting the worthiness of their cause were enough to justify support.

In today’s often harsh and demanding political, economic and social climate, nonprofits need to be more clear, blunt and passionate than ever about the needs they address, the work they do, the way they operate, the challenges they face, the supporters and other partners they count on, and their impact.

Nonprofits can inspire the donors and organizations they need to better serve their communities through the stories they tell, the language they use, the facts they share, and the awareness they raise of community needs.

The key is to make it easy for their prospective investors and partners to see the difference they can make by getting involved, and to understand why they should provide their support.

Want professional help? Philanthropy North Carolina is a consulting practice that provides writing and strategic communications support to nonprofits, foundations, higher education, businesses and others working for social good. To find out more about hiring Philanthropy North Carolina to work with your organization to improve your communications, contact Todd Cohen at 919.272.2051 or toddcohen49@gmail.com.

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.20.17

Triangle Race for Cure set for May 6

The 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure will be held May 6, a month earlier than in the past, at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park.

The event aims to raise $1 million to support local programs and national research on breast cancer.

For the 16th straight year, Duke Cancer Institute will serve as local presenting sponsor.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised at the even stay in the community to support breast health education, screening, treatment and programs for women and families in a 29-county service area.

The remaining 25 percent support Susan G. Komen’s national research program.

Duke Energy Foundation gives $18,000

Every sixth-grade and seventh-grade teacher in Columbus County Schools and Whiteville City Schools will receive with professional development and a kit containing nine weeks of lessons and materials heat transfer, electromagnetic waves, and electrical currents, thanks to a $18,076 grant from Duke Energy Foundation that expands on a project with the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning and the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Carlisle honored for cultural contribution

Linda Carlisle, formers secretary of the state Department of Cultural Resources, as received the 2017 O.Henry Award from ArtsGreensboro and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

The award honor the contribution to the cultural development of Greensboro over the course of a lifetime.

Retirement event for Gottlieb

An event celebrating Richard Gottlieb, who is retiring after heading Senior Services in Winston-Salem for 35 years, will be held January 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the nonprofit’s offices at 2895 Shorefair Drive.

STARworks to open gallery

STARworks, a project of Central Park NC,  will open its School House Gallery on February 4 in the restored Carolina Collegiate and Agriculture Institute building that was built in the late 1800s.

The Gallery will feature work from STARworks staff artists, interns and resident artists, as well as local ceramic artists and glass artists from across the Southeast.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star.

Local funders name advisory board chairs

Sheila Davies, director of public health for the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services and mayor of Kill Devil Hills, has been named president of the advisory board of Currituck-Dare Community Foundation.

Lucia Peel, owner and operator of Haughton Hall B&B, has been named president of the advisory board of Martin County Community Foundation.

Both foundations are affiliates of North Carolina Community Foundation.

Endowment to support scholarships

The John & Betty Crawford Endowment has been established at Perquimans County Schools Foundation, a fund within Northern Albemarle Community Foundation that supports Perquimans County Schools with a $1,000 scholarship that can be awarded to a graduating senior at Perquimans High School on an annual basis. The Northern Albermarle funder is an affiliate of North Carolina Community Foundation.

Food Bank gets $8,593

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina received $8,593 from Kroger on behalf of its Mid-Atlantic division.

Open house at Children’s Flight for Hope

Children’s Flight for Hope will hold an open house February 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1101 Aviation Parkway, Suite D, in Morrisville.

Scholarships available

Over $900,000 in scholarships for the 2017-18 school year are available from The Winston-Salem Foundation to local high school seniors and college students based on merit and financial need.

Most merit-based scholarship applications are due online by April 1 and most financial need-based applications are due online by August 15, although financial-need funding is first-come, first-served.

Some scholarships are general, while others are for those who attend specific high schools, churches or colleges.

The one-stop scholarship application allows applications for multiple scholarships at the same time.

The first student aid fund was established in 1923 at the Foundation, which partners with local individuals and families to establish endowed scholarship funds.

Education data published

BEST NC in Cary has published the 3rd edition of Fact & Figures: Education in North Carolina, which includes data and and graphics on education in North Carolina, including information on students, schools, programs and educators, as well as trends in school finance and student achievement.

Old Salem Historic District expanded

The Old Salem Historic District, which initially was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 as a 62-acre site and revised in 1978, has been expanded to 193 acres in a National Historic Landmark Designation signed in December by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Center works to boost volunteer caregiving

By Todd Cohen

CARY, N.C. – Every week, volunteers for the Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary drive seniors and adults with disabilities in Wake County to doctors, grocery stores and pharmacies, and to government agencies to enroll in programs like Social Security.

Volunteers, who use their own vehicles and are selected by the Center to participate after it screens and assesses them, can use an online calendar to choose assignments that fit their schedules.

The Center spent the last year developing the calendar using Volunteers for Salesforce, a software system for customer-relationship-management, or CRM, that it purchased with $30,000 from a grant it received from GlaxoSmithKline in 2013.

The online calendar is part of a larger effort by the Center to build long-term relationships with volunteers, companies and funders to serve seniors in Wake County, which is home to an estimated 70,000 individuals age 65 and older. By 2030, that population is expected to grow to over 200,000.

The Center was launched in 1992 by 12 churches in Cary and Raleigh with $25,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey as part of its national effort to help faith congregations create formal volunteer programs to serve seniors and adults with disabilities. Previously, congregations had provided those programs on an informal basis.

A key goal was for the new programs to use formal screening, background checks and training for volunteers.

Operating with an annual budget of $425,000, the Center employs six people full-time and one-part-time, counts on 350 active volunteers, and serves nearly 800 individuals a year.

In addition to transportation, the Center provides volunteer relief and seminars for caregivers, as well as information and referrals, mainly to home health agencies that can assign substitutes for caregivers who need time off.

And in October, with a $25,000 grant from a family fund at Triangle Community Foundation, the Center launched a pilot program that provides relief once a month for up to 12 caregivers who support individuals with dementia.

Those individuals spend three-and-a-half hours at Genesis United Methodist Church in Cary. Then, through a collaboration between the Center and the five Rotary clubs in Cary, the individuals spend another two hours for dinner and entertainment at the “Memory Cafe,” a program at the town’s Senior Center.

With rising demand for its services, the Center for Volunteer Caregiving is working to increase the number of its active volunteers to 500 from 350.

To help do that, it has posted on its website a four-minute video produced by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh in its second annual pro-bono effort.

Lynn Templeton, executive director at the Center, says effective support for caregivers depends on cultivating long-term relationships.

This year, for example, the Center is getting $15,000 from Raleigh insurer Genworth, which for the past 15 years has provided it with annual grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

George Reichert, chief information officer at Genworth and a member of the Center’s board of directors, led the effort to develop the online volunteer calendar.

The Center’s 14-member board also includes executives from Eisai, Quintiles, John Deere and WakeMed, as well as local attorneys.

“When we get to know companies,” Templeton says, “I try to start by involving them as volunteers, then try to get invited to apply through their grant process, then try to leverage excellent board members.”

Long-term relationships also are critical for effective volunteering, she says.

“We need volunteers who can invest in a relationship that is going to help alleviate loneliness and depression” on the part of seniors and adults with disabilities, she says. “There’s something to be gained on both sides.”

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, 01.06.17

Habitat Forsyth gets $97,000

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County received grants of $65,000 from Publix Super Markets to fund a Habitat home to be built this year, and $31,785 from The Winston-Salem Foundation to fund a new staff position for a marketing and volunteer engagement manager.

Joedance Film Festival gives $25,000

Joedance Film Festival in Charlotte and its affiliated year-round events that raise funds for rare pediatric cancer clinical trials and research at Levine Children Hospital at Carolinas HealthCare System, also in Charlotte, donated $25,000 in 2016.

The total brings to over the $125,000 the total Joedance has contributed to Levine Children Hospital since 2010.

Habitat Wake receives $20,000

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County received $20,000 from First Tennessee Bank, presenting sponsor for the organization’s annual Blueprint Breakfast fundraiser, to hold its 2017 event at PNC Arena.

Organizers hope the event, to be held March 21, will raise over $300,000, up from  $250,000 last year.

Junior Achievement awarded $16,800

Junior Achievement of the Triad received a grant of $16,800 from The Winston-Salem Foundation to fund a programs-manager position for Forsyth County for a project that provides students with economic education, with an emphasis on economic literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills.

Silver named to emerging-leaders arts group

Dara Silver, senior administrative assistant, special projects, and grant program manager at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has been elected  to the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Ashe-Card joins Winston-Salem Foundation Committee

Alison Ashe-Card, assistant director in the Office of Career and Professional Development at Wake Forest University School of Law, has joined The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, the primary governing body for The Winston-Salem Foundation.

City, United Way partner on mentorship program

The City of Greensboro is teaming up with the African-American Male Initiative at United Way of Greater Greensboro to provide mentors for African-American, Hispanic and other male students in grades two through five at Wiley Elementary School, grades six through eight at Jackson Middle School at ninth grade at Smith High School.

A total of about 140 boys are eligible to participate in the program at the three schools.

Kids in Salvation Army shelter gets toys, shoes

Furnitureland South owners Jeff and Jason Harris, and their families, donated $5,000 to buy toys and shoes for all of the children spending the Christmas holiday in The Salvation Army of High Point family shelter this year.

Boys & Girls Clubs gets ballet tickets

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina in Henderson received tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet from the Carolina Ballet for all five clubs in Vance County.

Realtor Foundation names officers, partners

Gina Miller of Re/Max United has been named president of The Realtor Foundation of Wake County and ,Tim McBrayer of Howard Perry & Walston has been named president-elect.

The Foundation in 2017 plans to provide volunteer manpower and financial assistance to housing improvement nonprofits that include Families Together, The Green Chair Project, Wake County’s Cool for Wake Program and Haven House Services/Wrenn House.

Applications for arts mini-grants due February 3

February 3 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for community groups and individuals to submit applications to The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for grants up to $500, sponsored by Wells Fargo, for projects to spread the arts throughout the community, promote creativity, provide greater access to the arts and bring people together.

Teachers grants available

February 9 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for teachers from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to submit applications to The Winston-Salem Foundation for grants of up to $2,500 for professional development.

The Foundation will hold information sessions on the grants process for educators on January 11  at 4 p.m. and January 19 at 5 p.m. in its offices at 751 Fourth St.

To attend either workshop, contact Madelyn McCaully at mmccaully@wsfoundation.org or (336) 725-2382.

Arts Council to kick off campaign

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will kick off  its 2017 annual fundraising campaign on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn at Reynolda Village.

The kickoff will feature poetry readings and performances by Jacinta V. White, Ezra Noble, and Aaron Bachelder, all recent recipients of Duke Energy regional artist project grants.

Arts Together raises $7,000

Arts Together in Raleigh reached its goal of raising $7,000 goal for a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.

Make-A-Wish launching young-professionals program

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has launched a Young Professionals program, which will hold its inaugural meeting January 19 at 6 p.m. at the chapter’s office at 2880 Slater Road, Suite 105, in Morrisville.

Winston-Salem Foundation accepting nominations for awards

March 3 is the deadline for submitting nominations to The Winston-Salem Foundation for The Winston-Salem Foundation Award and the Echo Awards.

The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, which recognizes personal dedication to improve the quality of life for all individuals in the community, includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charity the winner selects.

The ECHO Award — which recognize individuals, informal groups or organizations; unsung community members; and community members who build social connections — includes $1,000 for winers to donate to a charity of their choice.

Recipients of all awards will May 3 at the Foundation’s community luncheon.

 

Strowd Roses focuses giving on Chapel Hill, Carrboro

By Todd Cohen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Carrboro received $10,000 to support operations at its Food Pantry in Carrboro that each month provides 1,300 bags of groceries to people in need, and at its Community Kitchen in Chapel Hill that last year provided 60,000 meals to hungry individuals.

Reach Out And Read Carolinas got $1,500 to support a regional literacy summit its Triangle office hosted for coordinators at health clinics who prescribe books for young children visiting the clinics and for representatives of partner agencies that donate the books.

And the PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro received $10,000 to assess the organizational needs of nonprofits that will be housed in YouthWorx on Main, a nonprofit collaborative the Thrift Shop is launching with Youth Forward for nonprofits serving youth.

Making all those grants was Strowd Roses, believed to be the only charitable foundation that makes grants only to nonprofits serving Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

With just over $7 million in assets managed by Fidelity Investments, the foundation has awarded over $5.1 million in grants to 292 nonprofits since it was formed in 2001.

Last year, it awarded 62 grants totaling $286,000.

“We intentionally give to a lot of organizations and spread the money around,” says Eileen Ferrell, the foundation’s part-time executive director.

Strowd Roses was created through the will of Irene Strowd, the widow of Fletcher Eugene Strowd, who retired in 1979 as a partner in the former Johnson, Strowd, Ward furniture store on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

The foundation also received proceeds from the estate of Gladis Harrison Adams, who was Irene Strowd’s sister, and from the sale of over 250 acres in Chatham County, now home to the residential subdivision Strowd Mountain, where Gene Strowd grew up.

In addition to awarding grants, the foundation pays about $38,000 a year to Witherspoon Rose Culture in Durham for upkeep of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden, a free public space at 120 South Estes Drive for events on property owned by the Town of Chapel Hill that contains over 350 bushes of 130 different varieties of roses. The space can be reserved for free for events.

Gene Strowd, who was president of the Chapel Hill Rose Society, proposed the idea for a community rose garden in 1987 and designed its layout working with the Rose Society and the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department

Grants to local groups range up to $10,000 and average about $7,000, with grants to support general welfare, education and literacy, and youth accounting for the biggest share of funding in 2016.

Each year, Strowd Roses also gives $33,000 to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, which regrants the funds to support projects in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

“We look at them as being the experts on what the greatest needs are and what the greatest impact can be,” Ferrell says.

With 700 nonprofits in Orange County, including those in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Ferrell says, she is working to encourage more local giving overall, including giving by living individuals, who account for 71 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S.

“There’s a lot of need that still exists,” she says, “that we alone can’t address.”