By Todd Cohen
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro-based Children’s Home Society of North Carolina has kicked off a $7.5 million capital campaign, the biggest ever for the 100-year-old group.
Funds from the drive, which has raised $4 million in a quiet phase that began in January, will be used to increase the group’s $6 million endowment and support programs, families entering into adoption, post-adoption counseling and services, and foster-care services.
Since it was founded in 1902, the Children’s Home Society has placed more than 13,000 children in homes in North Carolina.
Ten thousand children in the state currently are in foster care, including 3,000 on track to be adopted if homes are available, says Wanda Poole, director of development for the group.
Honorary chairs for the campaign, which is being advised by Charlotte consulting firm First Counsel, are Ida and William Friday, president emeritus of the UNC system, both of Chapel Hill; philanthropists Kay Stern of Greensboro and Copey Hanes of Winston-Salem, widow of the late CEO of Hanes Industries.
Chairs are Bob Borden, vice president for insurance and investments at The Benefits Group and chairman of the society’s board, and Porter Thompson, retired Blue Bell vice president, both of Greensboro.