07.11.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Sixty-eight Charlotte-area students will receive $1,000 Ray Kroc and RMHC scholarships from McDonald’s and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.

The Lucy Daniels Center is grateful to Cisco for their $10,000 grant to help fund the SecurePath program. The Cisco grant will help support free mental health services to underserved children birth through age 5/or kindergarten entry who are experiencing behavioral/emotional challenges.

MedThink Inc., a healthcare communications agency, has doubled its donation to the Susan G. Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure® by leveraging social media to share an original YouTube video. The additional donation amount was determined by the social media reaction to a MedThink-produced breast cancer awareness video. For every view and share the video received between June 1 and June 9, 2012, MedThink donated $0.74 to the Susan G. Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure®.

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded nine Community Grants totaling $134,200 to organizations in the following program areas: arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and recreation. Recipients included Family Services, Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club Garden Club, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, The Centers for Exceptional Children, Trinity Center, Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, Winston-Salem Indians, Winston-Salem Street School, and Yadkin Riverkeeper.

The Guilford Education Alliance will launch its STEM Teaching Fellows Program for math and science teachers from middle and high schools across the county. Funded by a $25,000 grant from the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation to Guilford Education Alliance, twelve teachers chosen from Guilford County Schools will immerse themselves in local industries this summer in an effort to learn strategies to make science and math more relevant and fun for their students.

News about people, groups

The Junior League of Raleigh, a leadership training organization of more than 1,800 women focused on improving the community, announced Pat Wilkins, who is the administrative director at MassMutual Financial Group and owner of Wilkins Etcetera Clothing, as the President of the League’s Board.

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina announces the hire of three new executive directors including Karen Bartoletti of Jerry Long Family YMCA, Chuck Kraft of the Robinhood Road Family YMCA, and Derek Edwards of the Stokes Family YMCA.

Dianne Boardley Suber, president of Saint Augustine’s College, and Farad Ali, senior vice president of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, have been named to United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Board of Directors.

Marbles Kids Museum named Kyle Prairie of the Carolina Hurricanes as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2012-2013. Other new officers and members can be found here.

Senior PharmAssist, a nonprofit medication assistance and Medicare insurance counseling program in Durham, welcomes three new members to its board of directors. These volunteers have been elected to serve three-year terms: Tiwanna N. Bazemore, David M. Cocchetto, and Carolyn P. Titus.

John Francis has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) as the Northwestern regional associate. Francis provides staff support to affiliate community foundation boards in the region, which is comprised of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Catawba, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. His responsibilities include supporting affiliate foundation boards’ community leadership initiatives, reaching out to donors and fund holders in these counties and helping affiliates develop new funds. His office is in Hickory.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc. and Crosby Scholars Community Partnership announced the formation of a strategic alliance, which became effective on July first that establishes Crosby Scholars as an independent affiliate of Goodwill.

Linda Brandon of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford is among five extension professionals recognized as Ask an Expert All Stars for quick responses to client questions asked through extension’s Ask an Expert widget over the past year. In fact, she ranks number one in N.C. having responded to more questions in less time than the others.


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Triangle Chapter, is pleased to announce it is now accepting nominations for awards to be presented at its annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on November 15, 2012.  Nominations will be accepted through midnight July 16, 2012. Additional information and a link to the nomination form is available on the AFP Triangle Chapter website:  www.afptriangle.org.

Leave a Response

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.