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01.04.12: News about grants, gifts

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SECU Foundation, Raleigh, made commitment of $1 million to help construct seven-bed independent hospice facility in Bolivia, Brunswick County, to be named SECU Hospice House; SECU Foundation also made $250,000 grant to help fund production of fifth season of BizKid$ programming, public TV series for middle-school students about saving, budgeting and entrepreneurship.

Warmth for Wake, energy-assistance program sponsored by Wake County Human Services and members of North Carolina Bankers Association serving Wake County, assisted estimated 200 households in 2010-11 season, with contributions from individuals, groups and companies totaling $35,000, and over 40 homes receiving free firewood; since program’s inception in 1977, over $1 million has been raised.

Fayetteville Family Life Center, division of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, received $21,000 grant from Cumberland Community Foundation and $1,500 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Cookies for a Cause, Charlotte, provided 25,200 cookies to Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte in 2011.

Feb. 15 is deadline for submitting applications to Triangle Community Foundation for spring 2012 cycle of community grantmaking program.

Signal Hill, Cary, providing complimentary communications-consulting services to Carying Place and Best Friend Pet Adoption, both in Cary, and Plymouth Community Renewal Center, Louisville, Ky.

Ignite Greensboro teaming up with Morehouse College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C. A&T State University, Bennett College, Greensboro College and Guilford Technical Community College to provide residents in Eastside Park community with compact fluorescent light bulbs and information on energy efficiency.

Opera Carolina, Charlotte, received $68,000 from James S. and John L. Knight Foundation and total of $50,000 from Knight Foundation, Arts & Science Council, Foundation for the Carolinas, Hearst Corporation, and several private donors for special performances Jan. 24 and 28 of Madama Butterfly that will provide free tickets for nearly 4,000 people who have never been to the opera.

Customers of Barnes and Nobles Streets at Southpoint, Durham, purchased over 2,800 new books in annual book drive distributed to disadvantated children by Durham’s Partnership for Children.

Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Community Fund awarded grants totaling $30,000.

Gifts for Toys Drive, begun in 2008 by the late Terra Swinney, collected Christmas gifts for 75 members of Greensboro Boys and Girls Club.

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