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JC Lyle

Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
BIO

JC Lyle has served as WARM’s Executive Director since January 2009. Under her leadership, WARM's annual revenue and productivity have more than quadrupled. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Lyle worked at McKim & Creed on  

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Insightful Discussions
Nov 23, 2021

The Great Reflection

I prepared my latest job posting with a knot in my stomach. The media told many stories and provided endless statistics about the challenges of hiring and retaining talented people during the pandemic ...

Insightful Discussions
Nov 5, 2021

Too Good To Be True

  FREE HOME REPAIRS. We put that message on WARM vehicles, yard signs, billboards, resource fair materials, letters to partner agencies, and any other place that gives us the opportunity to r ...

Economic Development
Oct 21, 2021

The Most Efficient Affordable Housing Strategy

Before Hurricane Florence in 2018, it was rare to hear anyone outside of the human services or government sectors mention affordable housing. The term was misunderstood, and most people imagined dilap ...

Insightful Discussions
Sep 16, 2021

Did We Waste This Disaster?

On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Cape Fear Region, bringing 15-30” of rain, 11 tornadoes, and 90 mph sustained winds and causing over $16 billion in damage in North ...

Business Growth
Sep 7, 2021

25 Years Of Service Summed Up In 3 Big Lessons

In September 1996, Hurricane Fran battered the Cape Fear Region with sustained winds of up to 120 mph, torrential rain, and a 12-foot storm surge. In the days and weeks that followed, dozens of reli ...

Financial
Aug 19, 2021

Breaking our Event Dependency

  You’ve observed it for years, maybe decades. In our community, there are literally hundreds of fundraising events every year. You may have attended two or three in one week.   It ...

Other
Aug 1, 2021

How Do You Know If A Nonprofit Is Sustainable?

The National Council of Nonprofits describes a sustainable nonprofit as one that can raise enough money to cover its costs and invest in its own infrastructure. If you are a savvy donor, it may be im ...

Other
Jul 15, 2021

Can A Nonprofit Make A Profit?

“Can a nonprofit make a profit?” I’m frequently asked by people interested in our work. This natural question is at the very heart of many misunderstandings about our sector becau ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 29, 2021

What Is A Savvy Donor?

The nonprofit sector is booming! Over 1.6 million 501c3 organizations are filed with the IRS, nearly 10% of America’s workforce is employed by a nonprofit, and over $400 billion is donated to ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 27, 2019

The Key To Fundraising Success

Recently, I had the honor of delivering a message at National Philanthropy Day Breakfast, hosted by Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Cape Fear Area (AFP). AFP brings together st ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 11, 2019

Why I Like To Hear No

I recently asked a fantastic board member to take on a new role with WARM. He is committed, intelligent, reliable, and productive. He has secured new resources, actively participated in evaluation and ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 28, 2019

Why Won't They Just Help Themselves?

The team of youth and adult volunteers from Ohio pulled up to a mobile home in Leland, the site of their WARM rebuild. Over the past year, they served a spaghetti supper, held a car wash, and served a ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 30, 2019

Housing is the Best Medicine

We all depend on our homes to provide a safe, secure, and healthy place to eat, rest, play, and perhaps work. When we don’t have it, life starts to unravel. In some cases, a home’s deficie ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 23, 2019

The Top Three Causes of Fatalities in the Home

Do you know the number one cause of death in the home? Let’s work backwards and learn the answer at the end of this column.   The number three cause of death in the home: Fires   I ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 4, 2019

What to Expect When You are Expecting A Hurricane

As Hurricane Dorian moved slowly toward the Wilmington area, organizations involved in response efforts leapt into action. One might expect a downtrodden group of disaster management professionals, s ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 21, 2019

2019 VolunTourist Season is Wrapping Up!

VolunTourism is a form of tourism in which travelers volunteer, typically with a charity, at their vacation destination. The trips tend to be short term, group oriented, and require little expert ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 5, 2019

Measuring Nonprofit ROI

Donations to nonprofits, by their very nature, provide a return on a community’s investment. In many cases, the return can be estimated in dollars.   For example, with the help of volunte ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 15, 2019

Hurricane Florence: A Source of Grace and Hope

Diane and her daughter Phyllis live 12 minutes apart. Before Hurricane Florence, they each had their share of tragedy.     Diane lost her husband and her son several years ago and has been ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 1, 2019

Who is in Charge of Hurricane Recovery Anyway?

In the nearly 10 months since Hurricane Florence, thousands of individuals, businesses, churches, civic clubs, nonprofits, and government agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our region recov ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 20, 2019

“The H Word” Hot Topic: Affordable Housing

During the June Power Breakfast, The H Word, about hurricane recovery, one of the hottest topics to emerge was the lack of affordable housing in our state.   In fact, NC Emergency Manageme ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 7, 2019

What is the Difference Between WARM & Habitat for Humanity?

This Insights article is co-authored by Steve Spain, Executive Director of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.   Sometimes, when people hear about WARM’s mission, they immediately compar ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2019

Why is Medicaid Paying for Home Repairs?

It’s true! Medicaid will soon be paying for home repairs and other non-clinical services including nutrition counseling, support for victims of domestic violence, and transportation. This is ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 26, 2019

The Hurricane Changed Nothing

Diane has had trouble paying her bills since she lost her husband a few years ago. Her roof fell into disrepair and was no match for Hurricane Florence's 90 mile-per-hour winds. The hurricane da ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 18, 2019

The Hurricane Changed Everything

In the past six months, I have heard dozens of people tell me they were planning something – a special home project, a long-awaited trip, a certain work goal – but Hurricane Florence chang ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 4, 2019

Maximum Sustained Giving

Harnessing the power of good to recover from Hurricane Florence Mayor Saffo helps Sandy Spiers of SunTrust Bank present checks to local nonprofits involved in hurricane response and recovery during ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 30, 2018

Don’t Waste This Disaster

Ideally, Long Term Recovery Groups become permanent because communities are always in one stage of disaster management: Hazard Mitigation, Preparation, Response, or Recovery. (NHCR3 uses the term Re ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 20, 2018

When Good Goes Rogue

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s Lynne Wooten, Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark, and WARM’s JC Lyle greet volunteers unloading 18 palates of donations. Why do nonprofits ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 30, 2018

If at First You Don’t Succeed with FEMA, Try, Try Again!

As the only permanent agency in the tri-county area whose mission is to rebuild owner occupied homes, WARM has been very busy since Hurricane Florence. Check out this video to see what we&rsquo ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 26, 2018

Community Service PTO Benefits Your Company, as Well as Your Community

Duke Energy employees came to a WARM rebuild site instead of the office on a beautiful Friday last Spring. Together, they replaced flooring and completed other repairs for a widow in Hampstead. & ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 13, 2018

Four Keys to Success for Your Business's Next Charity Event

In 2016, nCino employees, led by Drew Heath, held a golf tournament with proceeds going to WARM. In addition to raising money, the employees enjoyed a beautiful Friday outdoors together instead of b ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 26, 2018

Why Can't You Just Write a Grant for That?

WARM volunteers replace the kitchen floor of a local widow. The project was funded by a grant from Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation, whose mission is to serve the needs of the elderly in New Hanove ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 12, 2018

Housing for VIPs

Mary is more accustomed to helping others than being helped. So she insisted on doing the painting when WARM volunteers repaired her siding. At a networking event in November, I met a lady who t ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 15, 2018

How to Work on Three Resolutions at Once

A CastleBranch employee learns new skills during the company's annual WARM Week. My New Year’s resolution is to learn a new skill outside the responsibilities of my job, something outdo ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 21, 2017

Becoming A Savvier Donor

WARM is now able to help 135-155 families every year thanks to smart fundraising over the past 8 years. As donors try to make the most impact with their year-end giving, I hear this a lot: What p ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 1, 2017

Two Critical Questions to Ask Before Joining a Board

If you are currently serving on a nonprofit board - or you’re joining one in 2018 - you most likely uncovered the basics in your due diligence.   You know you are legally liable for the o ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 2, 2017

Four Things I’ve Learned From Serving Veterans

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM), a grassroots nonprofit founded in 1996, completes urgent home repairs - including storm damage - and accessibility upgrades for low-income homeowners. Tho ...

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