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12.05.12.: NC News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

The Golden LEAF Foundation recently announced a $100,000 grant to support Teach For America’s efforts to expand educational opportunities in rural Eastern North Carolina. Teach For America recruits, trains and develops top recent college graduates and professionals to teach in high-need public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity.

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awarded $144,580 in grants to six local nonprofit organizations to address the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County. The 2012 grant recipients include: Augustine Project for Literacy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, Empowering Girls in Real Life Situations, Goler Institute for Development and Education, Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

The board of directors of the Cary Community Foundation announced seven grant awards from its community fund. This year’s nonprofit recipients are: Dorcas Ministries, Cary Band Boosters, Cary Creative Center, Lucy Daniels Center, The Carying Place, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving and Miracle League.

Advisors to the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County, awarded $5,000 to the Flat Rock Playhouse to support the organization’s operations. The fund benefits the Western North Carolina region in areas such as the arts, humanities, education, youth, environment, health and human services.

Window World Inc. of North Wilkesboro participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Give thanks. Walk.” on Nov. 17 and was the top fundraiser for the Charlotte walk, which included more than 20 teams and 500 participants. The company raised more than $23,000.

News about people, groups

Latino Community Credit Union (LCCU) recently launched its new website, which includes the Latino Credit Union Chronicles, a series of member testimonial videos, and an online Knowledge Center which features an interactive bilingual financial education module. LCCU is the first bilingual, multicultural financial institution in North Carolina that provides all of its services to its members in Spanish and English.  Founded in 2000 in Durham, the credit union has more than 52,000 members and 10 branches across the state.

The North Carolina Sustainability Center (NCSC) held a launch party on Nov. 29 to share news about its plans for the future.  NCSC announced the release of a statement from more than 100 businesses across the state in support of North Carolina’s sustainability efforts.

United Family Services recently announced it is changing its name to Safe Alliance. The name Safe Alliance was selected to better suit its mission of providing hope and healing to people in crisis.

The board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services Inc., serving Forsyth and Davie counties, announced the appointment of Shawan Gabriel as its new President/CEO, effective Dec. 17. Gabriel will succeed Amy R. Mack, who has led the agency for the past three years.

Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s board of directors announced that Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle has been selected to succeed Susan Jenkins as executive director of the Foundation, effective Jan. 2. Clapsaddle is a former member of Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s programming staff.

Danny Rosin, volunteer president and co-founder of Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, has been recognized by Leadership Triangle with the 2012 Goodmon Award for Community Service.

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, announced the winner of the inaugural Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship. The recipient, Dr. Meredith Miller, Resident Physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill, will travel to the Dominican Republic to work at Project HOPE’s maternal and child health clinic in March.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The 12th annual Social Equity Leadership Conference, to be held June 5-7, 2013, at N.C. State University, is accepting proposals from nonprofit sector professionals through Dec. 15. Proposals addressing issues of fairness, justice and equity in the areas of education, policing and corrections, at-risk communities, aging and the elderly, housing, transportation, environmental protection and sustainability, and inclusive excellence are welcome. Please submit using this online form. For information, contact Dr. RaJade Berry-James.

The North Carolina Council for Women (CFW) and Shelter Home of Caldwell Countyinvite nonprofit leaders to a free nonprofit board development training with CFW Executive Director Beth Briggs. The training will be held at the McCreeary Professional Building in Hudson on Dec. 8. Contact Julie Owens for information.

The Piedmont Laureate program has reopened its call for applications from authors of children’s literature for 2013. Authors must be residents of Alamance, Durham, Orange or Wake counties. The range of literature has been expanded to target children of all ages, up to 18. The deadline to apply is Jan. 11. For information, visit www.piedmontlaureate.com.

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and the Greensboro Partnership have opened nominations for the O. Henry Award. The award recognizes an outstanding individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the cultural development of Greensboro throughout their lifetime. For information, visit www.artsgreensboro.org.

Volunteer registration for the Triangle’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, sponsored by United Way of the Greater Triangle, has begun.  The eighth annual MLK Day of Service is Jan. 21 and individuals, groups and families may sign up at http://unitedwaytriangle.galaxydigital.com/.


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