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

News about grants, gifts

Grub to Grub, brainchild of second-grade teacher Julie Jones, Charlotte, received $15,000 Wells Fargo grand prize and $5,000 coaches’ award at inaugural SEED20 competition sponsored by Social Venture Partners Charlotte to find, promote and fund socially innovative ideas; Jones will use funds to pilot grub-composting program using bioconversion process that diverts food wastes from landfills while producing protein-rich chicken and fish feed for local farms. Friendship Gardens received $7,500 as grand prize runner-up and $2,500 in text-to-vote competition; founder Henry Owen will use winnings to help fund development of high-density urban farm and learning center to supplement existing network of 20 gardens throughout Mecklenburg County.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Asheville, launched one-time grant program in fall 2011 that awarded over $200,000 to 17 organizations serving the region’s most vulnerable populations.

Business students from Wake Forest University on March 3 worked on home site in Smith Farm neighborhood of Winston-Salem for Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County and completed “wall build” at Habitat’s ReStore warehouse.

Teach For America allocated $20,000 from BelleJAR Foundation for its work in Eastern North Carolina, bringing to $40,000 foundation’s total investment since 2011 in Teach For America – Easter North Carolina.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans sponsoring its fourth house for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter, Charlotte, raised $57,000 at its Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Gala, bringing to $330,000 total the event has raised in six years.

News about people, groups

Triangle Community Foundation, Durham, engaged Jorgenson Consulting, Greensboro, to provide executive-search services for new president and CEO.

United Way of the Greater Triangle, Morrisville, convened partner agencies and community-service providers to talk about services that may be available to help former clients of YWCA of the Greater Triangle, Raleigh, which closed Feb. 29 after 110 years.

2013 Special Olympics North America Summit to be held in Charlotte, July 22-26, 2013; Keith L. Fishburne, president and CEO, Special Olympics North Carolina, to chair organization committee for the summit.

Mary Jane Clark, volunteer at StepUp Ministry, Raleigh, named development coordinator.

Finance committee for group working to save Appalachian Theatre, Boone, recommended hiring Whitney Jones Inc., Winston-Salem, to lead fundraising survey; hiring must be approved by board of directors, Downtown Boone Development Association.

A Child’s Place, Charlotte, to benefit from inaugural golf tournament, April 24, at River Run Country Club, Davidson.

Brad Newkirk, manager partner, Triad practice, Dixon Hughes Goodman, named chairman, 2012 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk; goal for event, to be held Oct. 20, is to raise $600,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education programming, American Heart Association.

David Goff, Winston-Salem, one of 75 American Heart Association volunteers invited to White House briefing on cardiovascular health on Feb. 24.

Mooresville-Lake Norman and Troutman Rotary Clubs hosting charity golf tournament April 18, Fox Den Country Club, Mooresville, with proceeds to benefit local nonprofits.

Greensboro Leadership Seniors sponsoring emergency food drive for Greensboro Urban Ministry at Lowes Foods stores March 30-31, Food Lion stores March 31, and Harris Teeter stores April 6-7.

American Exhibitions Inc., producer of Mummies of the World, and Discovery Place, Charlotte, hosted complimentary outing for over 400 members of Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte at the exhibition at Discover Place.

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