3.28.16 NC Nonprofit News

Mar 28, 2016 | News, North Carolina, Philanthropy Journal

SAF celebrates National Farmworkers Awareness Week, LFANC to host annual Walk to End Lupus Now in Charlotte and Raleigh, Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival will take place April 9th, PJ and YNPN Triangle NC host a panel discussion for young nonprofit leaders, The John Rex Endowment gifts over $200,000 to several NC nonprofits, 24 Hours of Booty welcomes Val Camargo, and more.

News about grants, gifts

More than $1,809,000 was raised for United Way of Henderson County at its 2015 Campaign at the LIVE UNITED Celebration on Monday, March 21st.

The John Rex Endowment gifted grants totaling $201,210 to support nonprofit capacity building and organizational assessments for agencies that support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children. Recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Haven House Services, El Pueblo, InterAct, Kidznotes, Lucy Daniels Center, SAFEchild, and WakeEd Partnership.

GSK awarded $1 million in IMPACT Grants to a group of nonprofits that have improved health outcomes for hundreds of young people at risk in their community.

In their 30th anniversary celebration,  SHIFT NC received close to $55,000 from donors who wished to support SHIFT NC’s mission. 

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members, via the SECU Foundation, partnered with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to provide REACH of Macon County, Inc. with a $742,000 interest-free construction loan to aid in the construction of a new 20-bed facility.

Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation have awarded a $50,000 grant to the Southern Documentary Fund to support its work. The Southern Documentary Fund is a nonprofit organization that houses documentary film projects made in or about the American South and provides filmmakers and artists with professional and financial support.

The Franklin County Community Foundation awarded mini-grants from its education fund to Bunn Elementary, Cedar Creek Middle, Cross Creek Charter, Franklinton Elementary, and Laurel Mill Elementary.

Meals on Wheels of Wake County has been selected by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) as one of five nonprofit nutrition programs in the U.S. to receive a service grant to implement NFESH’s innovative food waste solution, the What A Waste™ project, supported by the Walmart Foundation.

News about people, groups

Operation North State (ONS) is currently planning a Major Recreational Outing: The 1st Ever “Veterans Appreciation Day” (Spring 2017) to be held at the NC Zoo. ONS is now leaning more toward a “Veterans and Active Military Appreciation Day” which will welcome a very special NC co-host.

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter held a statewide Walk Spirit Week from Saturday, March 12th to Saturday, March 19th in support of its three Walk to End Lupus Now events in the spring.

24 hours revised24 Hours of Booty has hired Val Camargo as a fundraising and recruitment coordinator for the organization’s event in Indianapolis. In addition, Brittany Wilson has been promoted to a full-time position as fundraising and recruitment coordinator for 24 Hours of Booty of Columbia, Md.

The Shore Grief Center held its Comfort Food Cook Off III on Friday, March 18th, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
The North Carolina Community Foundation has appointed three new directors to the statewide board, including Peter M. Bristow, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland and John Willingham.
The NC State Institute for Nonprofits Community of Nonprofit Scholars Event featured Dr. Mandi Stewart. Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration in the School of Public and International Affairs and spoke about turnover in the nonprofit sector – the retirement of boomers and its impact on the sector as a whole.  The event was held at the University Clubon March 17th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company held its annual meeting on Wednesday, March 23rd. Policyholders, Board members, officers, staff, and members of founding families gathered at the company’s Durham headquarters for the election of Board members and to conduct other business. President and CEO, Michael L. Lawrence, presided over the meeting for the first time since taking the company reigns.

On Saturday, March 12th, the International House held an Immigrant and First Generation College Information Session.  The event was supported by a great number of attendees and community volunteers.

Witness for Peace Southeast held its 30th annual Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace during Holy Week, March 20th through 25th, 2016. The pilgrimage began in Asheville on Palm Sunday and made its way across the state with stops in Morganton, Charlotte, Greensboro, Burlington, Graham, Durham, and Raleigh.

Foundation For The Carolinas held its 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 24th at the Charlotte Convention Center. The year’s sold-out event included more than 1,500 business, nonprofit and government leaders, as well as philanthropists and nonprofit board members. The keynote speaker was thought leader Steven Johnson, the best-selling author behind Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service held its “Public Hearing for IFC Text Amendment Application” on Tuesday, March 22nd at Carrboro Elementary School.
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Triangle NC #NonprofitSTRONG Summit is on April 22, 2016 at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center in Raleigh. The annual conference brings together nonprofit professionals from across the region for a full day of networking and professional development.
News about opportunities, initiatives

The Philanthropy Journal and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Triangle NC will host a panel discussion on Thursday, March 31st entitled: Navigating the Nonprofit Career Path.

Triangle Charity Polo Classic is hosting a day of fun, food and excitement at the third annual Triangle Charity Polo Classic on June 4th, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Guiding Lights Triangle Charity Polo Classic is the first of its kind in the Triangle area. 

3.28 Carolina Cup originalThe 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by SurfTech kicks off the race season with 4 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, an Money Island open race and the dreaded Graveyard Elite Race. There will be clinics by the top paddle instructors and certifiers in the world. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Ocean of Hope. You may register for the 2016 Carolina Cup here.

The Individual Donor Benchmark Survey is now open. Organizations with budgets below $2 million are invited to participate in Third Space Studio’s annual survey that aims to collect specialized data to enhance fundraising strategies for small and mighty nonprofits. 

The board of advisors of the Swain County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its community fund. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 19th.

On behalf of eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc., with the support of the Emily K. Center and the Veterans Employment Division of the NC Department of Commerce’s “Division of Workforce Solutions” (NC WORKS), Wells Fargo will host the 2nd installment of its “Service to Success” program on Friday, March 11th at 11:00 am to Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 12:00 pm (EST) in Durham, NC.

The Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County is pleased to announce six new members to its 2016 Board, serving two year terms, including Linda Brown, Leigh Johnson, Liz Kachris-Jones, Melissa Philippi, Nancy Scott-Finian, and Laurie Taylor.

Me Fine will host its first ever Spring Benefit, “Music for Me Fine”, on April 22nd at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. Old Habits and The Remedy will headline the show, which will also feature a set by To Better Waters. Me Fine hopes to reach its $25K goal through people buying tickets or sponsoring the event.

The board of advisors of the Ashe County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its community fund.  Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 19th.

The 17th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week, organized annually by Student Action with Farmworkers, is being celebrated around the country. It began March 24th and goes to March 31st.

The board of advisors of the Avery Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its community fund. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 19th.

Forrest Firm is holding a new contest that will result in five newly launched non-profit organizations. The Forrest Firm Non-Profit Challenge is a new pro bono initiative involving social entrepreneurs across the state submitting a 500 word or less application. Challenge submissions are being accepted until April 15th. Winners will be announced publicly and will receive free incorporation services from the firm for their non-profit corporation.

The board of advisors of the Yadkin County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its community fund. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 19th.

The WomenNC 2016 Symposium “Global-to-Local: Reflections on the 60th Session of Commission on Status of Women” will be held Thursday, April 7th in Durham.

The board of advisors of the Johnston County Community Foundation will accept grant requests for projects funded from its community fund. 

The Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council in collaboration with Jewish Family Services will be conducting its first annual interactive Hunger Seder on Sunday, April 17. This participatory event will include symbolic holiday readings and reflections from the Hagaddah, round table discussions, and a light meal of soup and salad.

Longleaf Fund has launched the Seeds of Hope grant program, awarding capital grants up to $250,000 to organizations serving children and youth in select cities in North and South Carolina. Foundation For The Carolinas will accept applications from eligible organizations.

More than 50 regional potters will participate in the Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival, hosted by Piedmont Arts, Saturday April 9th. A large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery from NC, SC, & VA will be available.

The Switchpoint conference, an IntraHealth International production, will be held on April 1st and 2nd at Saxapahaw, where humaniatarian innovation, global health, and technology will be explored.

At the N.C. Museum of History‘s “Vietnam Veterans Day Weekend”, the public can meet veterans and see uniforms, weapons and gear on April 1st-3rd..

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter will host its 15th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte and 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh. The Walk in Charlotte will be held on Saturday, April 16th and May 1st in Raleigh. 

For its second “Trust the Bus” series, Culture Mill will organize a series of 3 site-specific works in and around Saxapahaw, NC. Each performance will take place in a secret location, and participants will be invited to use Culture Mill’s 44-seat Blue Bird Bus for transport between the sites.

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