10.31.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (CMCF), a regional affiliate and grantmaking arm of Foundation For The Carolinas, recently announced more than $354,730 grant awards to 18 nonprofits through its Children & Youth competitive grants program. Grants were awarded to fund programs that boost student achievement and readiness, encourage positive behaviors during out-of-school time, and promote wellness and physical activity, among other focus areas. View the award recipients here.

Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger have given $5 million to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to create two new endowments for a visiting curatorship and the acquisition of modern art. The $4 million Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Acquisitions will support the museum’s purchases of works of modern and contemporary art. Another $1 million will support the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Visiting Curatorship Fund, allowing the museum to bring top scholars to organize special exhibitions and projects.

The Winston-Salem Foundation announced 22 Community Grants totaling $374,271 that will touch the lives of many living in Forsyth County. Grants were awarded to organizations in the following program areas: animal welfare, arts and culture, community and economic development, education, health, human services, public interest, and recreation. View the award recipients here.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), part of the leading dropout prevention network in the nation that is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, announced grants by the Verizon Foundation totaling $127,000 to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in North Carolina. View the award recipients here.

Marbles Kids Museum received a grant from the National Inclusion Project as part of a new partnership to offer a comprehensive inclusive experience to meet the needs of all visitors by introducing access kits for guests with disabilities and providing nationally-recognized inclusion training for Marbles staff.  The National Inclusion Project’s mission is to bridge the gap between young people with disabilities and the world around them.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is one of six universities sharing in a $4.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will support interdisciplinary research aimed at developing technological solutions to water quality problems that result from international maritime trade, energy production and the manufacture and global circulation of new materials. The grant, of which NCCU will receive $400,000 over five years, is from the NSF’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The program combines international collaborations in cutting-edge research in science and engineering while also promoting the development of young scientists and engineers.

Approximately 600 people took part in the 13th annual Easter Seals UCP Charlotte Walk With Me and raised more than $100,000.  Money raised supports Easter Seals UCP’s lifelong programs and services that provide support, care and hope to children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges in the Charlotte metro community.

Loaves & Fishes received more than 30,000 pounds of protein from Tyson Foods Inc. Loaves & Fishes will serve more than 120,000 people by the end of 2012.

News about people, groups

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC was honored by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization comprised of more than 200 regional food banks, as the 2012 Hunger Action Month National Champion for its efforts to sharpen attention and focus on the problem of hunger across its 18-county service area and encourage individuals and organizations to take action during September 2012 – Hunger Action Month.

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, has announced Communities in Schools of Durham County and Communities in Schools of Wake County as its 2014 nonprofit partners. Both are nonprofit organizations whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The two organizations will jointly partner with Band Together NC on its annual event that has produced as much as $566,000 in net proceeds for the community.

e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education announced the results and winners of its eighth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey and Fayetteville Technical Community College was ranked in the Top 10. Community Colleges across the nation respond to increased enrollments and limited budgets through innovative use of technology, according to the Digital Community Colleges Survey results. The winners and survey findings were announced on the Center’s website.

Twenty-five men with ties to Guilford County have broken the American Heart Association‘s record by committing to support women’s heart health in unprecedented numbers. These local leaders have set the national pace by rallying to join the Red Tie Society, with 25 men pledging their gifts and joining the group in 25 days since the program’s inception. Earlier this month, the American Heart Association, under the leadership of Guilford County Go Red For Women Chair Robin Hager, introduced the Red Tie Society. This philanthropic venture is a national initiative for the Go Red For Women campaign in which men make leading personal contributions in honor or memory of specific women in their lives.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter (LFAPC) presented chapter awards to four honorees at its 12th Annual NC Lupus Summit. The event brought in hundreds of lupus patients, caregivers, advocates and medical professionals to the day-long event in Raleigh. The chapter awards consist of three areas of honor including: Champion Award, the Mission Award, and the Volunteer of the Year Award. Click here to view the award recipients.

Elaine Lyerly received the Harriman Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, the highest national award from the American Red Cross. The award recognizes a volunteer who has provided extraordinary service that extends to people and places beyond the local community. Elaine Lyerly is president and CEO of the brand marketing and public relations firm Lyerly Agency, a firm based in Belmont, N.C.

News about opportunities, initiatives

WakeMed Cary Hospital, in partnership with the Kraft Family YMCA and Cary Family YMCA, invite women to “Treasure Your Chest” as part of a monthlong event series. The educational events are designed to help women learn more about breast, heart and bone health. Go to this link for event listings and more information.

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