1.  How many children? (Old vs. New Capacity: Reduction Factor) According to “Oral History” accounts, there were more than 300 children in the early days. However, the highest recorded number was 245 cited in the Annual Report of the Colored Orphanage dated July 1, 1929 - June 30, 1930. Other Annual Reports from the 1930’s to 1970’s record between 140-160 children residing on campus. During a similar period between 1925-1971, there were an additional 200 or more students from the neighborhood attending the 1st-8th grades at Angier B. Duke School, which was also located on campus. Likewise, it simply appeared as though there were several hundred students in the “Orphanage” throughout our history. However, there was a dramatic reduction in the presence of students on campus as a result of “Public School Integration.” Simultaneously, governmental officials mandated downsizing of “orphanages” with dormitories to smaller family style living units called “cottages.” Therefore, we are proud of our compliance by providing (5) cottages for 56 co-ed children which meet the standards of the new millennium.

2.  What is your annual budget? The annual operating budget is in the 1-2 million dollars range. Governmental revenues (medicaid, foster care payments, food subsidy and soil conservation funds) total 69.9% of the annual budget. Contributions from the General Baptist State Convention and the Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention total 17.4%. Private, Civic, Fraternal, Duke Endowment, Parrish Endowment and the United Way contribute 8.9%. Click HereSpecial capital improvement grants and college scholarship contributions equal 3.8% of total revenues. Additionally, Program Services expenses total 81.7% and Higher Education expenses total 5.1%. Management and General Expenses total 12.8% and Fund Raising totals 0.4% of the overall expense budget. (Click the pie-chart to see breakdown of the annual budget.)

3.  Public vs. Private Institution? The Central Children’s Home is a private not-for-profit facility. Many people probably assumed that we are a public facility because at one time the Governor of North Carolina appointed (5) citizens to serve on the Board of Directors each political election year to oversee “State Funds.” Another reason may be our long standing relationship with the State Foster Care System.

4.  Who are your Board of Directors? The Board of Directors consist of (30) members. They represent all major support groups such as the General Baptist State Convention and Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention (43%), Prince Hall Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star and other masonic affiliates (17%), American Legion Pilgrimage Committee and other various groups (6%), Alumni and family members (17%) and other concerned citizens (17%). Honorable mention affiliates are the Household of Ruth and Odd Fellows and the North Carolina State Law Enforcement Association. The primary functions of the Board of Directors are as follows: (a) Secure and provide adequate funding, (b) Establish and set policies and c) Provide general oversight of the Administration.

5.   What are your Strategic Planning Objectives? Our primary “Strategic Planning Objective” is fund development via establishing a permanent endowment fund and launching a capital campaign drive. To provide matching funds and generate such an endowment, we are currently considering converting more than $2.5 million dollars of our land assets on the north side of I-85. A successful capital campaign drive will provide (2) new cottages (female emergency care and independent living), renovation of Shepard Cottage and Cheatham Dining Hall, Air Conditioning for Friends Memorial Gymtorium, a new multi-purpose complex, improvement of campus roadways, paving and landscaping. Likewise, the proceeds from the permanent endowment funds will generate income to maintain these initiatives.

 



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