The Push to Merge

The M word. Often suggested by funders recognizing the abundance of nonprofit organizations doing similar work in a community, and equally feared by nonprofit leaders doing that work. Over the last few years, mergers have become a hot topic in the philanthropic world, bringing both their negative connotation of failure, as well as … Continued

Access to Camp Combats Summer Learning Loss

Summer vacation is supposed to be a relaxing, idyllic time away from school for students.  But the reality for many low-income children is a summer with too little stimulation and lack of access to enriching summer activities. That reality leads to the phenomenon commonly known as summer learning loss: Many … Continued

Equity through Arts: Justice Theater Project

The following is an interview with Melissa Zeph (MZ), managing director and Deb Royals (D), artistic director, of The Justice Theater Project conducted by Meg Buckingham (M), senior marketing & communications officer for the Foundation.   M: can you tell me a little more about The Justice Theater Project, and … Continued

Arts nonprofits aim to increase access

Art of Cool Project, a Durham nonprofit formed in 2011 to provide jazz and build an audience for it, wants a physical home and a way to expand its audience, build its donor base and find corporate sponsors. American Dance Festival, which also is in Durham and is celebrating its … Continued

Environmental grants to make long-term impact

The goal:  that people in Durham can someday jump into sections of Ellerbe Creek without worrying about what’s inside, and that they can experience nature in a safe way in their backyard.   “The impact on the community is long-term,” said Chris Dreps, executive director of Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.  … Continued