09.26.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina announced a $75,000 Preserving Natural and Cultural Resources Focus Area Grant to HandMade in America that will expand technical assistance and community development efforts as part of their Economic Development program for rural communities. Using HandMade’s cultural asset-based economic development model, the expansion aims to transform communities in CFWNC’s 18-county service area.

The College of Arts and Letters at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) has received its largest study abroad grant which will open opportunities in China to area college students over the next four years. An award of nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the program’s first two years will fund the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad.

John and Kathleen Luke donated $1.1 million to High Point University to establish an endowed professorship in the School of Art and Design. The Luke Family Endowed Professorship in Interior Design will be awarded to a faculty member in the interior design program this fall. The endowment will provide salary support as well as funds for the faculty member’s research, travel, purchase or development of new technology that benefits students and coursework.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) announced the 10 winners of its regional “High School Grant” program. Each of the winning schools received a $1,000 grant for hosting top-performing blood drives with CBCC in the 2011-2012 school year. The winning high schools include: Anson High School, East Burke High School, East Rowan High School, Forestview High School, Garinger High School, Olympic High School, South Mecklenburg High School, North Stanly High School, Northwestern High School, and West Lincoln High School.

The Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County awarded its first grant to the Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association for the “Today’s Child Tomorrow’s Future.” The $20,000 grant will support educational support services such as tutoring, homework assistance and preparatory standardized testing for foster children in the guardianship of the Department of Social Services.

News about people, groups

Durham’s Partnership for Children (the Partnership), a Smart Start Initiative, donated more than 150 health and wellness supplies to child care centers throughout Durham. The donations were made possible through funds raised during the Partnership’s participation in the 17th Annual Great Human Race fundraising campaign.  The race is an annual 5K walk/run held by the Volunteer Center of Durham that allows nonprofits to fundraise for their cause.

The newest Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina Inc. (GICNC) retail store has opened at 6625 NC Highway 135 in Mayodan. In addition to the retail store, Goodwill will open the Mayodan Career Center. Adjacent to the store, the career center is the third career center for GICNC. The center will serve Mayodan and surrounding residents of Rockingham County.  In addition to the Mayodan Career Center, GICNC also operates the Eden and Reidsville Community Resource Centers for the Rockingham County community.

Karen Davis, the Vice President for Research and Computing at RTI International, is the new President of the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA). She was elected by the NCHICA Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting on September 11, 2012.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County elected four new members to its board of directors.  They are:  Les Boyd, 3rd generation Owner of Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick; David Marshall, Parish Administrator St. James Episcopal Church; Charley Rogers, Retired Technical Education Director with IBM and Kaye Youngblood, Teacher Hendersonville High School.  The Community Foundation also recognizes three directors whose service on the board ended June 30: Doug Arney, Gus Campano and Kristin Huntley.

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