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02.17.12: This week in N.C.: Nonprofits & giving

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News about grants, gifts

Center for Responsible Lending, Durham, which works to protect homeownership and family assets by working to eliminate abusive financial practices and products, received $2 million from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of 15 organizations in six countries to receive MacAthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

CFIDS Association of America, Charlotte, received $250,000 gift from author Laura Hillenbrand.

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, Raleigh, received $30,000 disaster-recovery grant from Sears Holdings.

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Raleigh, donated nearly $30,000 to charities in 2011.

North Carolina Bank and Trust, Cotswold branch, Charlotte, collecting non-perishable food items and financial donations for Loaves & Fishes through end of February; a customer has agreed to match financial donations up to $10,000.

News about people, groups

United Way of Central Carolinas, Charlotte, raised $20.9 million in 2011 annual campaign, exceeding $20.5 million goal and marking first time since 2007 campaign that local donations have grown. Funding for 89 partner agencies likely to remain level at $16.5 million, same as last year, because United Way board last year voted to tap reserves to reach that level.

Toni L. Freeman, former director of project research and evaluation, The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, and incoming president, Association of Junior Leagues International, named chief operating officer, The Mint Museum, Charlotte.

27th annual A Toast to the Triangle, benefiting Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, to be held March 18, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., McKimmon Center, Raleigh; goal is to raise $200,000, up from over $140,000 in 2011.

Erin Edwards, former vice president of development, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, named director of development, MeckEd, Charlotte.

North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, launched SmART Initiative to boost economic development through the arts by creating arts and cultural districts; providing financial assistance; setting up system of resource teams; creating web-based resource center; providing incentives to private developers to participate in arts-driven development; and partnering with other government agencies.

Barnabas Network, Greensboro, moved from East Market Street to 2024 Sixteenth St. in former Montgomery Ward Battery and Tire Center Building; agency provides home furnishings to families and individuals in need.

Easter Seals UCP will benefit from Ride Without Limits, cycling event to be held June 2-3, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Anne Burke, executive director, Urban Ministries of Wake County, received inaugural award from Congregations for Social Justice, coalition of over 30 Raleigh faith communities and 15 nonprofits.

Wildacres Leadership Initiative has moved from Durham to 4208 Six Forks Rd., Suite 1000, Raleigh.

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