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

News about grants, gifts

Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte received 20 endowment gifts last year, for a total of over 200 since it was established in 1994, bringing its total assets to over $20 million for the first time.

North Carolina Center for Rural Health Innovation and Performance, program of North Carolina Hospital Association, Raleigh, received $219,966 grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Winston-Salem, to provide technical assistance to qualified rural hospitals in state’s poorest counties in completing applications for federal funds to partner with community-based organizations to provide care-transition services to patients transitioning from a hospital to another setting.

Renfro Corp., Mount Airy, pledged to donate 6,000 pairs of socks to HandsNFeet Foundation, Charlotte.

Keep NC Beautiful, Raleigh, with support from NC Coca-Cola Bottlers Council, awarded $500 community-improvement grants to 11 groups in recognition of volunteer-based projects in litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification.

School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, awarded $3 million over five years from Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation to design and implement scholars program in nursing innovation.

SAFEchild, Raleigh, awarded $49,182 from The National Children’s Alliance, under agreement with Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program, U.S. Department of Justice, to improve capacity to conduct child medical evaluations at its Advocacy Center.

Winston-Salem Foundation awarded Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center $30,000 grant to support creation of executive-manager position and to develop new relationships with local corporations.

Nearly 50 Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune, volunteered side-by-side with children from Little Willie Center and with Faith Friends, a children’s group at Unity Free Will Baptist Church, at Greenville warehouse, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, packaging food items from 12 pallets of product, and sorting six bins of sweet potatoes, to provide over 13,000 meals to children and their families in Greenville.

News about people, groups

Frank Spencer, retired CEO, Cogdell Spencer, health-care real-estate investment trust, named CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte; Bert Green, CEO since 1993, named director of special initiatives.

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Winston-Salem, commissioned executive-search firm Phillips Oppenheim to assist board in identifying next chief executive, to succeed Gayle Williams, who will retire in December.

Chris McLeod, executive director, The Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, and co-founder, Leadership Gift School, Charlotte, will leave Cultural Trust in June to focus on expanding Leadership Gift School, and to begin Giving Matters Inc., consulting practice that will focus on developing philanthropy.

The late Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans will be the posthumous recipient of the 2012 Leader in Literacy Award from the Durham Literacy Center at a breakfast May 3, 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club; state Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr. will be the keynote speaker.

In Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh, and AT&T coordinated 24 day-long job-shadowing visits over three school years, each visit combined with three in-class programs on work-readiness and careers, an effort that reached over 700 high-school students from 10 schools.

Salvation Army’s community center in Wake County has waiting list for its after-school program for first time ever, among 81 percent of Salvation Army social-service centers throughout U.S. that have seen rising demand for services.

Benefacting, Durham, launched website at benefacting.org to handle selling or buying goods and services to benefit charity.

Meghan Best, associate counsel, North Carolina Bankers Association, Raleigh, named chief financial officer.

Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation partnering with Alamance-Burlington School System and Pediatric Asthma Center to provide equipment for children with asthma; funds raised at foundation’s annual Blizzard Blast gala being used to buy nebulizer machines for school offices.

One-third of residents of Poplar Ridge, 67-home Habitat community in Greensboro, planted shaded trees to lower energy consumption in project coordinated for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro by greenschemes, a planning and design company.

“Productivity: Doing More With Less” will be theme of third annual NCTech4Good Conference for Nonprofits, May 4, William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill.

Calls from Triangle-area residents to 2-1-1-, 24-hour call center that connects people to assistance through health-and-human-service programs, fell to 14,310 in 2011 from 14,366 inĀ  2010 and 14,560 in 2009, says United Way of Greater Triangle, Morrisville.

May 1 is deadline for submitting nominations to Arts & Science Council, Charlotte, for two awards honoring lifetime achievement, one in field of arts, science or history, the other for teaching.

Hopeline, Raleigh, and Rival Skateboarding to host second annual Skate for Life event to promote suicide prevention, May 19, 11 a.m. to dusk, at Marsh Creek Skate Park, 3016 North New Hope Road, Raleigh.

Bryan Hamilton, publisher, Triangle Business Journal, Raleigh, appointed to board of directors, United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Marketing and communications team, United Way of the Greater Triangle, won silver and bronze Telly Awards during 33d annual Telly competition.

Women’s Leadership Council, United Way of Forsyth County, met goal of increasing membership to 1,000 from 870 during its fifth year; council has raised $2.8 million that is being invested in struggling middle schools in Forsyth County.

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