6.22.15 NC Nonprofit News

Jun 22, 2015 | News, North Carolina, Philanthropy Journal

The A.J. Fletcher Foundation awards Spring 2015 grants totaling over $2 million, NC Center for Nonprofits alerts House and Senate about repercussions of the Senate tax plan, Midas works to drive out hunger , GSK Impact holds roundtable about upcoming grant, the Richard K. Lublin Teaching award awarded to Dr. Michael Hardt, and more.

News about grants, gifts

The Crossnore School’s Second Century Campaign ended as an overwhelming success. First conceived in 2010 as a $13 million fundraising effort to grow the School’s endowment, the Campaign grew in 2013 into a $20 million campaign in support of endowment and capital needs.

Wells Fargo is investing in early literacy through a grant to the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF). With its $10,000 award, Wells Fargo will  support NCECF’s work to advance policies and practices that put children on a pathway to third grade reading proficiency.

North Carolina business leader Louis DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, are providing over $50,000 in scholarship funding to enable college students from North Carolina and other regions of the U.S. to attend summer academic internship programs organized by The Fund for American Studies and held in Washington, DC.

The THRIVE Fund, administered by Foundation For The Carolinas, will distribute more than $3.1 million in grants, some over multiple years, to eight local arts organizations. 2015 THRIVE grantees are; Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Ballet, The Mint Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Children’s Theater of Charlotte, Opera Carolina, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and McColl Center for Art and Innovation.

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members, via the SECU Foundation in partnership with Hospice of Surry County, Inc., has created a new initiative, SECU Hospice Home of Yadkin.  Representatives from SECU and the Foundation met with partnering officials at the 4-acre site of the future hospice facility in Yadkinville for the formal presentation of a $1 million challenge grant to assist with the construction of an inpatient and residential hospice care facility for terminally ill patients and their families.

AJ Fletcher Image 2

Photo Credit: AJ Fletcher Foundation

The AJ Fletcher Foundation has awarded 10 grants, to several nonprofits totaling $2,029,263 for spring 2015. Organizations include, A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the UNC School of the Arts, The Daniel Center for Math and Science, KIPP Eastern NC Public Schools, NC Humanities Council, Shaw University, Step Up Ministry, Student U, UNC Center for Public Television, Wake Health Services, and YMCA of the Triangle.

Wake Health Services has received a gift of $200,000 from the A. J. Fletcher Foundation for their new Health Center. The new center will open this fall.

In celebration of National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, local and national organizations and partners are joining in and providing the following support for SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh. Best Friends Animal Society provided a grant that will fund 80 free cat adoptions during SAFE Haven’s Luau on Adoption Island event taking place later this month from June 25 through June 28. Larry’s Coffee is awarding the first 30 adopters in June with a free 12 oz. bag of coffee to thank them for providing forever homes for shelter cats. Pet Supplies Plus, in the Holly Park Shopping Center in Raleigh, has designated SAFE Haven as their charity of the month. Customers who visit the store will be asked if they would like to donate to SAFE Haven.

News about people, groups

Dr. Michael Hardt, 29th recipient of the Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award

Dr. Michael Hardt, 29th recipient of the Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award

Dr. Michael Hardt is the 29th recipient of the Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award at Duke University. Philanthropist Richard Lublin who endowed the teaching scholarship more than 20 years ago urges other philanthropists to endow teaching awards at colleges and universities across the nation.

Brooke Flemming, Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Charlotte Area Director for Cabarrus County

Brooke Flemming, Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Charlotte Area Director for Cabarrus County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte welcomes Brooke Fleming to the company’s executive team as the Area Director for Cabarrus County.  Fleming will work to grow strategic partnerships in the Cabarrus community and aid in developing awareness campaigns and funding initiatives to help expand community programming.

Retired Football player, Willie Parker, will volunteer at the Durham Rescue Mission on Tuesday June 23. He will be serving meals to homeless men and sit in on a Victory Class  as well.

The Economic Development Task Force has released a report of 15 recommendations to positively impact the economic future of the Charlotte region, focusing on strengthening collaborations between the Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership. The Foundation of the Carolinas, through The Catalyst Fund, supported this research.

Centrifuge Media has agreed to once again serve as the title sponsor for the annual Me Fine Foundation Gala. The gala serves as the non-profit’s annual signature fundraiser, to provide financial assistance and emotional support programs to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving long-term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.
Kelly Denny, second grade teacher at Fox Road Elementary in Wake County, has created bilingual videos to help Spanish-speaking students and their parents better understand math. Denny traveled to Germany in 2014 as a participant of the Center for International Understanding’s Global Teachers program, and was inspired to create new teaching tools to reach multi-lingual students and parents.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) honored dads this Father’s Day weekend with whole blood and double red cell blood collection drives at its Hickory and Charlotte Centers.

24 Hours of Booty will be the beneficiary of Team Gita’s Ninth Annual “Bottoms Up for Booty” fundraiser on Tuesday, June 30.

A Heat Advisory was in effect for the Triangle last week. With a forecast of highs of 100 degrees, the Durham Rescue Mission launched Operation Cool Shelter.

A local Midas is taking its Drive Out Hunger #1Mile1Meal campaign on the road this summer and delivering meals to local food banks in 25 cities across North America, including Greensboro to help fill the pantry of Urban Ministry.

2015 Activism.Strength.Empower Leadership Institute for Girls will be hosted by Dr. Shawn Ricks. Online registration ends Monday, June 22.

The GSK IMPACT Grant for the Triangle Region is a charitable initiative funded by GSK and administered by Triangle Community Foundation. The GSK IMPACT grant will support a well-established network of nonprofit organizations working in collaboration to advance promising programs that support a targeted population of disadvantaged youth live healthier lives and contribute to a healthier community. They held a community roundtable on June 18.

On Saturday, June 20th the 3rd annual Climb Out of the Darkness walk was held at Research Triangle Park’s Bluebird Box Trail. Postpartum Education and Support was the North Carolina grant recipient of Postpartum Progress  in which they will receive a portion of Postpartum Progress’ fundraising efforts. This walk raised awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and psychosis.

Alexis holds a turtle during  herpetology camp.

Alexis holds a turtle during herpetology camp.

The Emily K Center is asking for support for their summer enrichment experiences for their high school students. Their goal is to raise $15,000 by June 30 to fully fund their students.

There are just two weeks left in the application period for Leadership North Carolina Class XXIII.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle, NC Chapter will host its monthly meeting on June 30th in Kernersville highlighting basic principles of Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT), funding for CRTs, gift planning with CRTs, and more. Registration closes on June 26th.

The Mint Museum Randolph will be hosting Party in the Park Thursday, June 25.

The N.C. Center for Nonprofits  has alerted the House and Senate members that certain nonprofit provisions under consideration in the Senate tax plan would cause significant hardship to nonprofits and communities across North Carolina. Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for The Center, David Heinen, along with several nonprofit community representatives gathered on June 17 for a news conference at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) is looking for volunteers for its End of Summer Celebration on August 8. The celebration will honor student participants, share new documentary work, a theater performance and share stories from SAF’s work this year.

Maggiano’s Little Italy hosted its third Father’s Day 5K at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham on Sunday, June 21, 2015.  This year’s event was sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro/Durham with all proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

Passage Home, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Wake County communities, seeks to raise $75,000 by Tuesday, June 30 in partnership with the Stewards Fund. If successful, Passage Home will receive a 100 percent matching grant from the Stewards Fund, resulting in a total of $150,000.

Medal awarded to the winner of Running of the Bulls

Medal awarded to the winner of Running of the Bulls

The Hispanic League held their Running of the Bulls 5K & Fun Run on Saturday June 20th in Winston-Salem. All proceeds provide college scholarships for Hispanic/Latino students.

On June 30th, Durham Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council invites the public to a presentation by Mikyoung Kim of the Durham SmART Initiative Vision Plan.

Alleghany High School seniors graduating in 2015 saved $155,250 by taking college courses during high school through the Rural Innovative Schools initiative. The school is one of 18 traditional high schools from 11 North Carolina districts participating in the initiative, which launched in 2011.

An informational seminar on Veteran Affairs Aid and Attendance Benefits will take place on June 30 at Spring Arbor of Raleigh. This event is free and open to the public.

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