10.10.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) College at Johnson C. Smith University, in partnership with the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC-Charlotte, has been awarded the National Science Foundation CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service grant. Johnson C. Smith University will receive $339,189 for the five-year grant, which will provide support for students to study in the field of cyber security.

IBM awarded CISNC grants of technology and services for its early learning initiatives, valued at almost $130,000 and complementing funds that the state school system is receiving from the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge competitive grant program. The IBM grant includes 50 additional Young ExplorerTM computer learning centers-housed in a Little TikesTM computer station and equipped with educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language-to five counties in the eastern part of the state: Bertie, Duplin, Hertford, Pamlico and Wilson. The IBM grant also provides Reading Companion, software which uses IBM voice recognition technology that “listens” to new readers and helps children and adults improve fundamental reading skills and pronunciation.

A developing network of STEM secondary schools with a focus on biotechnology and agriscience – including a regional STEM school in northeastern North Carolina – will be enhanced by a $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to the NC New Schools Project, a partner in the network and regional model school. The NC New Schools Project is working in partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the  State Board of Education  to develop networks of STEM schools across the state with a number of different career themes.

The Autism Society of North Carolina’s Summer Camp Program at Camp Royall has received a grant of $4,800 from Bi-Lo Charities.  The grant will fund scholarships to Camp Royall for low-income campers with autism in Western North Carolina.

The Leon Levine Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the ANSWER Scholarship Endowment to help send mothers in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties to college. This is the second time The Levine Foundation has given a grant to ANSWER.

The License to Give Trust Fund Commission completed its 11th grant cycle and awarded grants-in-aid to three North Carolina non-profits: Donate Life North Carolina of Winston-Salem, Carolinas Medical Center of Charlotte and Community Health Coalition Inc. of Durham.

News about people, groups

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, a nonprofit social services agency serving the people of Eastern North Carolina, welcomes Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Patrick Brown and Brother Virgil Siefker, GHM, as new board members

The Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) and Jacob’s Ladder Job Center, Inc. (JLJC) announced both organizations are combining resources to form a partnership that will enable them to better serve the community with job readiness programs and services.

The Autism Society of North Carolina raised over $40,000 at the 4th annual Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism. This is almost twice what was raised last year to fund programs that support Triad families affected by autism.

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors. The newly-inducted members are Caitlin Clinard, of Angel Oak Creative, Philip Isley, of Blanchard, Miller, Lewis & Isley, P.A., Reid Tracy, of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, and Lee Whitman, of Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP.

StepUp Ministry has launched its first branch outside the Raleigh area with the opening of StepUp Ministry of Greensboro. Founded in Wake County in 1988, StepUp empowers more than 700 at-risk individuals annually in the Raleigh area to achieve stability through job training and placement for adults, and teaching life skills and offering educational opportunities for participants and their children.

The National Christian Foundation (NCF) of Raleigh will celebrate the 30thanniversary of the founding of NCF with the theme of “Generosity Changes Everything” as the organization enters its fourth decade as a leader in tax-wise charitable giving strategies.

Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. (GICNC) recently presented awards to graduates, community and corporate partners, and GICNC employees.  GICNC also announced a partnership with UPS that includes a donation of $5,000 to create scholarships for program graduates to continue their higher education pursuits.  Two scholarships have been awarded to graduates to receive training through Guilford Technical Community College’s Quick Jobs program. Visit youtube.com/triadgoodwill to view the awards presentations.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) announced that Linda Harrill, founding director of the organization, will be stepping down at the end of the calendar year as the President and CEO of CISNC and transitioning to a consultant role as Senior Advisor of Education and Innovation to CISNC.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County welcomed twelve AmeriCorps members who have joined their staff and volunteers to help in Habitat’s work to build and repair decent, affordable housing in the Triangle. Nicole Zechella, Brooke Jones, and Steven Nedrud have committed to serving full-time with Habitat for Humanity of Durham over the next year.   In Orange County, Ann Merrell and Sadie Vo are leading the affiliate’s Youth and Faith Relations initiatives. In Wake County, Matt Bailer, Caresse Lee, Dre Antono, Sarah Edwards, and Adam Westmoreland will be serving in home construction; Nancy Hawk will be serving in Volunteer Services; and Joanna Coda will be serving in Faith Relations.

Trustees of the Duke Endowment have elected Minor Mickel Shaw to serve as chair of the board. Shaw will be the tenth person to hold the position since the Endowment’s founding in 1924. She succeeds the late L. Neil Williams Jr., who headed the Endowment board from January 2011 through August 2012.

News about opportunities, initiatives

In 2013, RAFI-USA will award $180,000 in grants to independent family farms in North Carolina for new farming enterprises that demonstrate innovative opportunities in production, processing and marketing. This coming year, the program will award up to $8,000 to individual farmers and up to $10,000 for collaborative farmer projects. To be eligible for a grant, a farmer must earn at least 50% of their personal income from their farm operation.  Individuals who have received a previous grant from RAFI-USA or the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission are not eligible. The deadline to submit applications is December 5, 2012. To learn more about the program’s guidelines or to download a grant application visit: www.NCFarmGrants.org

The Perlman Foundation announces the Bridging the Gap Awards (BGA), an unrestricted funding opportunity designed to identify and support smaller charitable organizations and their initiatives that exemplify the Perlman Foundation’s mission. To apply for the Bridging the Gap award, or to learn more, please visit the Perlman Foundation’s FaceBook page or contact Rhonda Kidd at rkidd@perlmanfoundation.org or (818) 808-0600 EXT. 2422.

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