Luncheon fundraiser

Balsley Losco agents raised $960 for the Alzheimer's Association with a luncheon at the company's Northfield office recently. Organizer Christine Castellani, of Linwood, had a lot of help from co-workers and from other businesses, she said.

Mike Ryan of Surety Title donated food and gift card door prizes; Ali Walter, from Sun Bank Mortgage, and Patrick Kelly and his co-workers from Franklin American Mortgage donated and cooked food and Esthetica Salon and Spa donated gift card door prizes.

Helping crime victim's family

The Soul Food Memorial Fundraiser raised $501 for the family of James D. "Tink" Jordan Jr. Oct. 5 at Millennium Cuts and Beauty Salon, in Atlantic City, organizer Sarah Hardy, of Atlantic City said.

Jordan, 25, was shot and killed in August as he walked with his aunt and a friend in the resort. His family is struggling to pay his funeral costs.

City to Shore Ride

Fox Chase Bank's 54-member cycling team, the Fox Chasers, raised more than $60,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society during the MS City to Shore Ride the weekend of Sept. 29, the bank said.

The team joined hundreds of other riders to complete a 75-mile course from Cherry Hill, Camden County, to Ocean City. The bank has branches in Atlantic and Cape May counties, as well as in Pennsylvania.

Golf classic donation

The Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation recently donated $30,000 to the RNS Cancer and Heart Fund from its 10th Annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic. It brings the total donated by the foundation to RNS to more than $400,000 in the 10-year history of the Pink Ribbon Golf Classic.

Harvest of Handiwork

The Third Annual Harvest of Handiwork last month at Cape Regional Medical Center highlighted the work of volunteer knitters and crocheters, who make items for patients. Since 2010, the volunteers have created more than 2,750 afghans, shawls, lap blankets, and baby items.

Call Julie Paolella, Director of Volunteer Services, at 609-463-2367.

RNS donation

The Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund recently donated $50,000 to Shore Cancer Center, completing its $500,000 pledge to the RNS Radiation Therapy Suite. The donation will be used to upgrade the center's Image Guided Radiation Therapy.

Since 1983, RNS has donated nearly $2 million to Shore Medical Center. Call 609-653-3585 or visit ShoreCancerCare.com.

Bayshore event

Last month more than 650 Cumberland County fifth Graders came to Bayshore Discovery Project in Bivalve, Commercial Township, to participate in Kids ABOUT the Bay, provided free of charge by Century Savings Bank.

The annual event creates a fun, hands-on, educational platform for local students to expand their knowledge of the rich history of the Delaware Bay. Other organizations participating ncluded the Wetlands Institute, New Jersey Beekeepers Association, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, The Nature Conservancy, and Rutgers 4-H.

Foundation grants

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey recently announced $437,500 in Foundation grants to support 24 organizations statewide, whose programs and activities are enhancing the quality of life in the Garden State.

The grants represent the third round of awards made by the Foundation this year, bringing its total giving in 2012 to $4,951,000 for 75 organizations.

Locally, groups receiving funds are Cape Assist in Wildwood, $25,000 to support the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) and HealthEASE programs, which provides basic health information and services to seniors;

Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, in Cherry Hill, $10,000 to support its Live Healthy-Lead Healthy program, providing girls in grades K-12 with skills to build self esteem, and make healthy food and fitness;

Jewish Family Service of Margate, $19,000 for the Integrated Health Partnership, which implements a care management program for frequent users of acute medical services to decrease incidents of hospitalization and complications from chronic diseases; and,

Levoy Theatre Preservation Society in Millville, $10,000 to fund collaboration with The Greater Cumberland County Big Brothers Big Sisters for discounted tickets to the 2012-2013 Youth Series.

Knife and Fork donation

Frank Dougherty and Maureen Shay, owners of Atlantic City's historic Knife & Fork Inn, donated $30,000 to the Joseph and Arleen Dougherty Scholarship for Atlantic Cape students, from proceeds raised at the inn's 100th anniversary celebration on Oct. 4.

Charities struggle

Charities continue to lose more donors than they gain and have a long way to go to recover from the impact of the 2007-9 recession, a new report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Urban Institute indicates.

The 2012 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report, part of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project found that, for every $100 a nonprofit gained in 2011 from new donors, it lost $100 through smaller gifts from current donors and the departure of those who gave in 2010.

The last time the net gain in giving was positive-gains exceeding losses was in 2007, when for every $100 charity gained, they lost just $86, for a net gain of $14.

The full study is at: afpnet.org/FEP.