08.08.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Onslow Caring Communities Foundation will award more than $8,600 to local nonprofit organizations through its annual community grant program. This year’s nonprofit recipients include: Belgrade Community Action Association, City of Jacksonville, National Society to Prevent Blindness, Onslow County PEERS Program, Onslow Literacy Council, Inc., United Way of Onslow County, Inc., and White Oak.

Teach For America and the Park Foundation announced a $20,000 partnership in Eastern North Carolina. The charitable donation from the Park Foundation will support Teach For America’s work to recruit, prepare, and develop new teachers in high-need local schools. Funds will also support the ongoing leadership-development of Teach For America alumni, who work in teaching, school leadership, and other fields to address poverty and educational inequity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. received generous donations of school supplies and backpacks from the BB&T’s Lighthouse Project. This is the 4th year BB&T donated supplies to the children in our programs. All supplies are expected to help at least 100 children involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Greensboro Urban Ministry has received a $1,087,658 grant from the Foundation of the Carolinas to help people pay their Duke Energy Carolinas electric bills. The money is part of an agreement with the N.C. Utilities Commission in January that allowed a Duke Energy rate increase. Duke Energy Carolinas is distributing this one-time shareholder contribution to N.C. Public Assistance Member agencies in their coverage area.  Greensboro Urban Ministry will spend the money over a three year period.

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation are providing a 10-year $2.5 million low-interest loan to assist with the construction of a Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) facility in Pittsboro, North Carolina.  Under development by Piedmont Health Services, Inc. (PHS), a PACE certified non-profit organization; the facility will provide services exclusively for older adults who meet State eligibility criteria for nursing home level care.

News about people, groups

Triangle Community Foundation has announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors: Dianne Birch, Chatham County Community Volunteer; Easter Maynard, Executive Director, ChildTrust Foundation of Golden Corral, Inc.; Michael J. Schoenfeld, Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University; James H. Speed, Jr., President & CEO, NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Young Moms Connect.org won the 2012 Grand Prize for websites developed by nonprofit agencies at the 24th Annual Awards for Publications Excellence (APEX) competition.  YoungMomsConnect.org was designed by the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation for pregnant and parenting teens and young women in North Carolina.

Project POWER AmeriCorps team members were recently recognized at a graduation ceremony hosted by Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County. The 25 Project POWER/AmeriCorps members were recognized for their dedicated year of service.

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (UAC) has met its target of $1.1 million in Arts Fund contributions and grants for the Campaign which ended June 30. The preliminary results indicate the Arts Fund met and exceeded its target, raising $1,104,605 as of June 30. In addition to $1.1 million in cash contributions, support through “in-kind” goods and services are estimated at just over $101,500 for the year.

the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), along with 24 other North Carolina medical societies and organizations, launched the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative to provide the medical community with the knowledge and tools needed to understand, participate in, navigate, lead, and succeed in a patient-centered, value-driven health care system. The goal of this initiative is to encourage and empower clinicians to actively participate in and lead the redesign of our health care system.

Smart Start of Forsyth County, Inc. (SSFC) announces the appointment of its new chief executive officer, Lawrence D. “Larry” Vellani, MPA. Vellani succeeds Charles Kraft, as the agency’s fifth executive director. Kraft became executive director at the Robinhood Road Family YMCA in Winston-Salem in January 2012.

Todd Dalrymple has been named a Fellow at The Duke Endowment. Created in 2005, the Endowment’s fellowship program gives emerging leaders a unique opportunity in the philanthropic sector. The Fellowship is a full-time, two-year experience that encourages creative thinking and leadership development. Dalrymple will participate in hands-on grantmaking and site visits. By the end of his two years, in 2014, he’ll complete a Capstone project that fits within the scope of the Endowment’s work.

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