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07.05.12.: NC News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded a Food and
Farming grant of $25,855 to Carolina Ground, an initiative of the Carolina Farm
Stewardship Association. Carolina Ground is a small-scale grain milling
operation in Asheville connecting North Carolina grain producers with bakeries
and restaurants. Grant funds will be used for staff support while the
recently launched mill builds sales and expands its network.

Architecture and engineering firm Clark Nexsen has announced its
financial support for Wake Tech’s largest-ever fundraising initiative, a major
gifts campaign called "The Ripple Effect." The national firm, with offices in
NC, VA, GA, and DC, has generously committed $50,000 to The Ripple Effect over
the next five years to endow an engineering scholarship at the college. Clark
Nexsen presented Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott with a check for $50,000
at the June 27, 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees. 

United Way of Greater High Point awarded almost $50,000 worth of Venture
Grants to nine local agencies, eight of which are not currently partnered with
the United Way. The grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations including
Alcohol & Drug Services of Guilford, Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity
(COAT), Guilford County Department of Public Health, Helping Hands Ministry, Jamestown
Public Library, Macedonia Family Resource Center, Mary’s House, Providence
Church of God In Christ, and Ward Street Mission.

Project L.I.F.T, a public-private partnership to accelerate student
achievement in some of Charlotte’s lowest-performing schools, has reached its
$55 million fundraising goal. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation helped
pushed Project L.I.FT. past its goal with $4 million in support.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will
receive more than 30,000 pounds of protein from Tyson Foods, Inc. The donation
will allow the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to add protein
to thousands of summer meals so that area children and their families can
continue to access meals during the Food Bank’s 2012 Kids Summer Stock
Campaign.

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, the largest CPA firm headquartered
in the southern U.S., recently completed a firm-wide food drive as part of the
Dixon Hughes Goodman GIVES Initiative (Go. Invest. Volunteer. Engage. Serve.),
donating the proceeds to the communities in which it serves. The Triad
region, with offices in High Point and Winston-Salem, collected over 7,600
pounds of food and nearly $8,000.00 benefitting Greensboro Urban Ministry, Out
of the Garden Project, and Second Harvest Food Bank. In addition to food and monetary
donations, Dixon Hughes Goodman employees also volunteered their time at Second
Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, sorting food and preparing pallets for
distribution. 

The Snyder-Lance Foundation announced more than $1.5 million
in awards to thirteen Charlotte-area nonprofits.  The grant recipients include Charlotte Bridge
Home, Freedom School Partners, Project L.I.F.T., Second Harvest Food Bank,
United Way of Central Carolina, and the Urban League of Central Carolinas.  

News about people, groups

The Board of Directors of Triangle Community Foundation (TCF)
announced the appointment of Mark V. Bensen of Raleigh as President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Foundation, effective August 13, 2012. Bensen joins
TCF from MDC, a national nonprofit research organization where he held the
position of executive vice president.

Pam Kohl has been named executive director of the
Raleigh-based affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Kohl most recently served as an aide to U.S.
Rep. Brad Miller.  

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