10.17.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Ronnie Kirkpatrick, president of Triangle Grading And Paving, Inc., announced that the company has donated $10,000 to the Alamance County Economic Development Foundation (ACEDF), a nonprofit corporation that funds support for community and economic development activities.

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technology, announced a multi-year investment in Marbles Kids Museum to develop “Kid Grid,” a new interactive exhibit featuring playful activities in a pretend power grid. A check for $100,000 was presented as the first installment of a seven-year pledge.

The Art of Giving House Party, SECU Family House‘s 6th annual fall gala raised $160,000 which will support critically-ill patients of UNC Hospitals who stay at the house.

The Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation (NCF) presented a $250 grant to Jobs for Life (JfL) on behalf of a local Raleigh resident. This grant allows for an opportunity to change an individual’s life through job preparation and training. NCF Raleigh, an organization that works with clients on strategies for sound charitable giving, provided the chance for prize winners at a recent Hope Community Church event to give a $250 grant to an organization of their choice.

The Autism Society of North Carolina raised over $45,000 at the 7th annual WNC Run/Walk. Proceeds from the event fund autism services in Western North Carolina. Over 500 runners and walkers, 150 volunteers, and a variety of businesses participated in the event to impact the lives of those affected by autism. UNC-Asheville hosted the run for the second time.

Wells Fargo announced a $250,000 donation to the Wake Tech Foundation‘s major gifts campaign, called “The Ripple Effect.” The gift will fund the Wake Tech/Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship, established in 2010 to offer resources for small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs. The gift affirms Wells Fargo’s continuing support of the center and of Wake Tech’s efforts to foster local enterprise and economic growth.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) announced the results of the 2012 “Build A Backpack” school supply drive conducted this summer in partnership withWalmart.  In its second year, the value of donated items, purchased by Walmart shoppers, more than doubled from $162,850.71 to $356,931.08.

Walmart donated $100,000 to Farmer Foodshare, a North Carolina nonprofit organization that connects people who grow food with people who need food.

Davidson College announced the largest gift in its history: a $45 million grant from The Duke Endowment to transform the academic heart of its campus. Beginning in 2013 with a comprehensive construction/renovation plan for six academic buildings, and continuing with new opportunities for curricular expansion, Davidson is embarking – thanks to the investment of The Duke Endowment – on a 10-year plan to remake the model of liberal arts education.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the Housing Authority of the City of Durham will receive $300,000 to execute grassroots efforts to revitalize the public housing at McDougald Terrace and transform the Southeast Central neighborhood of Durham. The Housing Authority of the City of Durham is one of 17 entities from across the U.S. receiving a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant.

News about people, groups

Cranfill Sumner and Hartzog LLP (CSH), one of the largest law firms in North Carolina with more than 100 attorneys serving clients across the state, announced that it is serving as the 2012 presenting sponsor for Step Lively: A Walk for Hospice. CSH has served as the presenting sponsor annually, beginning with the inaugural walk in 2010.

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia has hired long-time volunteer and advocate, Phelps Sprinkle for the role of executive vice president of strategic engagement.  In this new position, Sprinkle will focus on how the nonprofit organization engages various stakeholders across North Carolina & Virginia, developing strategies to boost the number of individuals and corporations that invest in, advocate for and volunteer with Easter Seals UCP.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) announced the election of new officers to the CISNC Board of Directors as well as addition of three new Board Members. New Officers include: Tina Wilson, Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs of IBM, as Board Chair; Blaine Morehead, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo, as Vice Chair; and James Speed, CEO of N.C. Mutual Life Insurance, as Treasurer and Secretary. New Board Members include: Jill Cox, Vice President of Government Relations of the United Way of North Carolina; Cynthia Marshall, community volunteer and Founding Director of CIS of Charlotte Mecklenburg; and Bill Whitney, Vice President of North Carolina Operations for State Farm.

Triangle Community Foundation (TCF) announced the resignation of Mark V. Bensen, president and CEO who was appointed on August 13, 2012.

Benefacting, an online marketplace where people get together to sell or buy goods and services to benefit charity, and FemCity Raleigh, a business and networking community for women, are partnering for a community service project to give back to local North Carolina charities. The “FEM It Forward” campaign, which runs through Nov. 23, includes FemCity Raleigh members “selling” goods or services on Benefacting.org with all of the money going to local charities like Boys and Girls Clubs serving Wake County, Fight for 1in9 in Raleigh, and Stop Hunger Now.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Triangle Chapter, announced the winners of the 2012 National Philanthropy Day awards. These awards will be presented at the annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) luncheon on November 15, 2012 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC.  Click here to view the award recipients.

RTI International President and CEO, E. Wayne Holden, PhD., has been appointed to United Way of the Greater Triangle‘s Board of Directors.  Holden joined RTI in 2005 as executive vice president of Social and Statistical Sciences before becoming President this year.

The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) announced the launch of IGNITE, a unique, new program that supports adults with High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the Charlotte Metropolitan area. The membership-based community program is the first of its kind in the nation and is made possible with founding support from the Evernham Family Racing for a Reason, a 501(c)(3) organization started by NASCAR crew chief legend Ray Evernham. Opening this fall in Davidson, IGNITE’s mission is to enable adults with HFA or AS to enjoy a better quality of life as valued members of the community in which they live and work.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is now accepting applications for the “Innovations in Rural Health Award“. Up to three winners will receive a $25,000 New Rural Award for their creative and inspiring ideas. Entries can be submitted until October 31, 2012. Download the “Call for Submissions” to learn more. If you have questions about the Award, please contact Program Associate Delvon Worthy at ruralprize@kbr.org.

High school and college students who will be home for the holidays will have a chance to win a “Holiday Heroes Scholarship” from the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC).To qualify for a “Holiday Heroes Scholarship,” students must: choose a blood drive location in their community; select a date between Nov. 18-25 or between Dec. 22-Jan. 6, 2013; recruit friends, family and neighbors to donate blood; and collect a minimum of 25 units. CBCC will award a $1,000 scholarship to the student who collects the most units.

Since 1991, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Sabbatical Program has honored leaders of nonprofit organizations in North Carolina for their dedicated service and commitment to the sector. Three to six month sabbaticals offer individuals the opportunity to focus primarily on their personal needs and devote themselves to self-revitalization.  The awarded compensation ($25,000) provides the financial support necessary for sabbatical recipients to temporarily leave their place of employment. Sabbatical recipients use this time to engage in non-professional development activities of their own choosing to aid in personal renewal and growth. Click here to learn more.

Nominations are currently being accepted for Leadership Triangle‘s 10th Annual Goodmon Awards. Nominees are selected from five categories and are chosen for exhibiting outstanding regional leadership in action.  Nominations for the awards will be accepted until November 13, 2012.  Applications are available online at www.leadershiptriangle.com.

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