* Habitat for Humanity Greensboro hosted 18 students from College of William and Mary and Gettysburg College March 11-17 for group’s spring break “Collegiate Challenge;” hosted 20 students from Boston College March 3-10.
* Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation seeking nominations for 2007 Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, which recognize North Carolinians providing valuable community-level public service; deadline for nominations June 1.
* Town of Hillsborough named to National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2007 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.
* Keep Charlotte Beautiful, affiliate of Keep American Beautiful, led neighborhood landscaping and cleanup March 10 at Biddleville-Smallwood safe house in Charlotte from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
* Rah Bickley of Chapel Hill authored oral history by late George Esser, “My Years at the North Carolina Fund;” available at Amazon.com.
* Cameron Art Gallery, Wilmington, has raised $4.5 million to date toward goal of $20 million for endowment; donations and pledges received by June 30 eligible for one-to-one match provided by Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation.
* Robert F. Orr, executive director and senior counsel, North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, to step down in April to run for Governor in 2008 election; Raleigh lawyer James Aldean “Dean” Webster III named executive director; I. Beverly Lake, Jr., former Chief Justice of North Carolina Supreme Court, named distinguished fellow and senior counsel.
* Neighborhood Theatre to sponsor AIDS WALK Charlotte Kick-Off, 7 p.m. March 24; event to include music by Babyshaker and Volatile Baby.
* Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Highpoint received 2006 Arthur L. Williams In-Service Training Award for Southeast Region of Boys and Girls Clubs for local training efforts.
* Bank of America to serve as title sponsor for 2007 Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Gala of the Urban League of Central Carolinas to be held April 21; sponsorship includes $15,000 donation.
* Fundraising consultant Gail Perry wrote “Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action,” book published by John Wiley & Sons as part of Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fund Development Series.
* Foundation for the Carolinas now accepting applications on behalf of Crosland Foundation for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 through June 29; Charlotte-Mecklenburg area nonprofits focused on affordable housing and related services are eligible to apply.
* 19th Annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness to be held Oct. 14; 10k walk begins and ends at Angus Barn in Raleigh; visit http://www.walkforhope.com/ for details.