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

News about grants, gifts

Number of elementary school kids at risk of hunger in High Point and Archdale-Trinity who will get backpacks filled with nutritious food for weekends during school year will grow to 350 from 250, thanks to $20,000, two-year grant from American Express Foundation and donors to United Way of Greater High Point.

Triad Association of Health Underwriters donated $5,368 to Crisis Control Ministry, Winston-Salem; school supplies valued at roughly $300, plus slightly used and new clothes to Clara J. Peck Elementary School, Greensboro; $117 to earlier.org, Greensboro, for breast-cancer awareness; and 190 pounds of non-perishable food plus monetary donations to Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Eleven Episcopal churches and Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community completed 9th home local Episcopal community has sponsored for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity; group provided volunteers and raised $55,000 for project, including $25,000 grant from Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, up from $5,000 it has contributed in recent years.

Online grant applications available April 2 at NZMG Foundation, Durham, for discretionary funds of $1,000 to offset cost of domestic adoption for couples and individuals in North Carolina who have battled infertility.

Lowes Foods customers helped raise $46,490 in February to benefit American Heart Association.

News about people, groups

Charlotte, Triad and Triangle chapters, Association of Fundraising Professionals, to co-host eighth annual North Carolina Philanthropy Conference, Aug. 23, Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, in coordination with Aug. 22 meeting of NC Planned Giving Council; keynote speaker will be Jon Duschinsky, international fundraiser and trainer.

Holly Cummings, nonprofit consultant and former director of corporate relations, American Heart Association, Columbia, S.C., named executive director, Jacob’s Ladder Job Center, Charlotte.

Betsey McFarland, former executive director, Pathfinder Outdoor Education, St. Petersburg, Fla., named executive director, Wade Edwards Foundation and Learning Lab, Raleigh.

Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina, Durham, or CRA-NC, rebranded itself as Reinvestment Partners.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, will rebuild retail store and donation center at 6607 South Blvd. destroyed in February by arson; store employed 20 people and generated $500,000 in wages and benefits a year.

Latino Community Credit Union received Desjardin Adult Financial Education Award from Credit Union National Association, and Credit Union Times Trailblazer Award for Service to the Underserved from Credit Union Times.

Michaela Hafley, visual arts teacher, Mendenhall Middle School, received 2012 Arts Education Teacher of the Year award and $1,000 from United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro; Juli Parker, band teacher, The Academy at Lincoln, and Marta Richardson, violin teacher, Peeler Open School for the Performing Arts, received honorable mentions.

Autism Society of North Carolina holding annual conference in Charlotte, March 30-31.

Hispanic League hosting wine-tasting event March 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, to promote gala April 28 at Embassy Suites Hotel to benefit League’s scholarship program.

Laura Ridgeway, outreach coordinator, Urban Ministries of Wake County, will be guest speaker at luncheon, The Women’s Club of Raleigh, April 11, noon, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh.

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