08.01.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

A new $5 million commitment to Duke Law School will establish three new full-tuition scholarships for outstanding law students and create a matching fund designed to encourage other donors to support the school’s financial aid programs. This is the third major gift to the law school from Stanley A. Star, a member of the law school’s class of 1961, and his wife, Elizabeth Star.

The John Rex Endowment announces the approval of three healthy weight grants totaling more than $525,000. The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, the North Carolina State University Natural Learning Initiative, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals will receive grants for projects that include overweight and obesity prevention strategies focused on policy and environment changes, long-lasting preventive benefits, and wide public impact. 

The Community Foundation of Henderson County has awarded $155,500 in scholarship assistance to 98 students for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Community Foundation awarded 48 new scholarships totaling $71,750.00 and renewed 50 scholarships representing $83,750.00 in assistance.

Triangle Community Foundation announces the creation of the iContact Foundation Scholarship Fund, which will offer competitive scholarships for children of people employed by iContact from its creation in 2003 through the sale of the company in February 2012. iContact co-founders Ryan Allis and Aaron Houghton made a personal $1.2 million gift to create the Scholarship Fund this month.

News about people, groups

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), part of the leading dropout prevention network in the nation that is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, announced that Jackie Decker, Director of Finance and Administration, was selected as the Triangle Business Journal’s CFO of the Year in the Not-for-Profit category.

Guilford Education Alliance is pleased to announce that Nathan Duggins, attorney and Director of the Tuggle Duggins firm, has been elected chairman of the Guilford Education Alliance Board of Directors for 2012-2013.

In a strong effort to advance their mission and vision of rescuing addicted men, empowering hurting families, and impacting diverse communities, Converting Hearts Ministries is pleased to announce the hire of Nate Williams as Chief Development Officer.

James E. Brown, Jr., former managing director of RBC Bank’s Public and Institutional Banking Group, has been named director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina.  Brown has 40 years of banking experience, including 35 years with RBC.

DHIC, Inc., a nonprofit organization that owns 1,600 apartments homes serving 3,000+ lower income individuals in the Triangle area, is pleased to announce that Evan Covington-Chavez, Director of Program Operations at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has been appointed to the Board of Directors.

The Institute for Nonprofits is pleased to announce that Emily Holder has taken the position of Creative and Marketing Manager of the Philanthropy Journal.  Emily is a graduate of NC State University and earned a minor in nonprofit studies.  She has been serving as our technical support and a staff writer for the Philanthropy Journal since June.   Emily interned at NC GreenPower and the General H. Shelton Leadership Center.

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