12.12.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded a $65,000 Early Childhood Development Focus Area Grant to the North Carolina Partnership for Children. The grant will develop Champions for Children teams among business and community leaders to advocate for public and private funding for early child care and education in Western North Carolina.

The Winston-Salem Foundation announced community grants totaling $156,799 that will benefit nine organizations in Forsyth County. Grants were awarded to organizations in the following program areas: arts and culture, education, environment, and human services. A full list of recipients can be found online.

Four healthcare nonprofits, Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency,Restoration Place Ministries Inc., The Servant Center Inc. and Triad Health Project, are winners of the 2012 GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award. Each organization will receive $40,000 for providing access to healthcare for the underserved in their communities.

Lucy Daniels Center is expanding its early childhood outreach program, Lucy’s Book Club, through grants provided by Caterpillar, PNC and Target Corp. The grants will allow the organization to provide educational and developmental programming to 10 early childhood centers in the Triangle.

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, received a $25,000 grant from the John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh. The grant is directed to its family assistance fund, “Fund A Family,” and will benefit more than 100 families with an adult patient receiving treatment for a serious illness at UNC Hospitals.

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members provided a $2.4 million interest-free loan for Echo Ridge Teacher Housing Complex located in Raeford, N.C.  The new complex will provide a safe and affordable housing option for new and current teachers in Hoke County and serve as a recruitment incentive for the school system.  SECU Foundation provided the loan funding through a partnership with the Partners for Hoke County Public Schools Education Foundation.

Lenovo has pledged $168,000 to Wake Tech‘s fundraising initiative, “The Ripple Effect,” for the next two years.

News about people, groups

Whole Foods of Cary and Lowe’s Home Improvement of Apex sent crews of employees to the CORRAL Riding Academy, a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of at-risk teen girls and rescued horses, to provide renovation to the nonprofit’s facilities. All of the materials and supplies for these projects were donated by Whole Foods and Lowe’s, and all of the labor was provided by employees who volunteered their time.

Al Renna, president and chief executive officer of Family Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem for the past 17 years and a leader in human services organizations for more than four decades, will retire Jan. 1. The board of directors of Family Services has hired Robert J. Feikema, director of community initiatives for Family Resources in Pittsburgh, to replace Renna.

Susan Raymond, Ph.D., the executive vice president and chief economist for Changing Our World, a fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm in Greensboro, was named founding director of the Alliance for Global Good Innovation Fund.

Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines‘ board of directors has selected Lisa M. K. Jones as the new chief executive officer. Jones will be taking the reins from current chief executive officer Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, who is retiring from the organization at the end of January 2013.

Hugh Bingham has received the Lewis R. Holding Philanthropic Leadership Award for 2012 from the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). Bingham was honored at the NCCF’s board meeting last week in Raleigh for his instrumental leadership as a member of the board of advisors of the Moore County Community Foundation, an affiliate of NCCF.

Cary-based Kangaroo Express was recognized with the Grand Spirit Award by Convenience Store News Spirit Awards for Community Outreach. Kangaroo Express has supported the Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign, Victory Junction and other organizations.

Bahby Banks has joined The Duke Endowment‘s evaluation team. As an evaluation officer, Banks will help the Endowment use research and evidence to learn from its work and continuously improve the effectiveness of its grantmaking.

News about opportunities, initiatives

A Grant Writing, Research and Capacity Building workshop will be held Jan. 21-22 at the Dowd YMCA in Charlotte. More information and details on how to register can be found online.

The Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County announces its 2013 grant application cycle.  Nonprofits in Cumberland County may apply for grants up to $50,000. Grant information may be obtained online.

The Junior League of Raleigh announced it will host North Carolina’s 2013 Inaugural Ball and related events to honor Governor-elect Pat McCrory and the members of the Council of State January 10 and 11 in Raleigh. Information about the events honoring all the newly elected officials can be found at www.ncgovernorsball.org.

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