09.19.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The WINS (Women in Need of Support) Endowment Fund held at the Community Foundation of Henderson County is a issuing a Call for Proposal (CFP) to award grants for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.  The deadline to submit a proposal is October 1, 2012. Complete details on how to submit a proposal can be found on the website.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina recently raised over $20,000 and collected more than 3300 pounds of food during a 24-hour telethon hosted by FreezerBurns.

Methodist University has announced that the school received a commitment for a $1 million endowment. The legacy donation was given by the estate of Richard and Etta Aiken Butler.

Local Hyundai dealers and Hyundai Hope On Wheels awarded Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center of Durham, NC with a Hope Grant in the amount of $250,000 to support the work of Dr. Michael Armstrong for his research on advanced stage neuroblastoma in children. Additionally, Dr. Jessica Heath received a $75,000 Scholar Grant for her research on pediatric cancer. This donation marks more than $1.3 million in support from Hyundai to further the research of Duke Children’s physician scientists.

Foundation For The Carolinas and the Lancaster County Community Foundation are pleased to announce the selection of  The Henry Dewitt Plyler Scholarship Fund recipients for the 2012-2013 academic year. Recipients include: Charleen J. Allen, Cady L. Creighton, Sydney D. Phillips, Laney J. Lyles, Erin C. Roberts, Steven A. Scott, and Rebecca A. Simpson.

The BJ’s Charitable Foundation announced it will donate $20,000 to four local nonprofit organizations: Alamance County Meals On WheelsWomen’s Resource Center in Alamance County,  North Carolina Theatre, and Kramden Institute. The BJ’s Charitable Foundation grants funds quarterly to organizations where BJ’s clubs are located. The Foundation chose the organizations as they provide critical services and programs that focus on hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare and education, which is the company’s giving focus.

News about people, groups

A new study of student data confirms that students using Futures for Kids (F4K) make more progress than their peers, based on higher End-of-Course (EOC) and End-of-Grade (EOG) test scores. Results were especially strong in key STEM areas such as mathematics. Using SAS® Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS®) for K-12 to analyze a cross section of schools and students across North Carolina, researchers found participating students benefit in several interrelated academic areas. In North Carolina, SAS provides EVAAS value-added reporting and individual student-level projections to all public and charter schools.

The newest Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina Inc. retail store is now open near Stoney Creek Shopping Center at 954-J. Golf House Road Wes in Whitsett. The Stoney Creek store will be the tenth store in Guilford County offering clothing, electronics and housewares for sale. Donors can also drop off gently used items at the on-site donation center.

Apparo, Cape Fear Literacy Council, and YES! received the state’s highest honor for nonprofits from the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. The Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award recognizes organizations that use exemplary practices in their stewardship of the community’s trust and resources.

Cherokee Preservation Foundation has announced the development of a new interactive report titled From Transactional to Transformational that describes some of the unique challenges of place-based grantmaking on tribal lands and in rural areas and highlights strategies for success that may be helpful to other funders.  The interactive report, which may be viewed at www.cpfdn.org/transformational, draws on lessons the Foundation has learned during its first decade of work.  It includes videos and pictures highlighting grantees and their work.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) has taken a major step in its growth by hiring its first Deputy Director, Kristina Klugar. Ms. Klugar brings more than 20 years of relevant legal services, fundraising and organizational development experience to her new role.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals recently broke ground on the WakeMed Garner Healthplex, the location of the system’s seventh emergency department. With an anticipated completion date of August 2013, the new WakeMed Garner Healthplex will be located on a 20-acre site off Hwy. 70, 1 mile east of Rand Road.  The 50,000-square-foot facility will feature a 12-bed emergency department, lab and imaging services as well as physician offices. WakeMed is investing an estimated $17 million to build the Garner Healthplex and will hire 150 full-time equivalent employees to staff the facility.

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