12.19.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Emily Krzyzewski Center announced receipt of a grant from the Morgan Creek Foundation. The grant will support the Pioneer Scholars program, which serves students throughout their elementary and middle school years, preparing them for success in a college preparatory course of study once they reach high school.

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) granted $7,000 from its Disaster Relief Fund to support efforts related to Hurricane Sandy in the Currituck-Dare area. The Currituck-Dare Community Foundation, an NCCF affiliate, received the grant and allocated $6,000 to the Beach Food Pantry. The remaining $1,000 will be held to address future unmet needs related to the storm.

Duke University trustee David Rubenstein will give $10 million to the Duke Athletics Department, matching the department’s largest gift. The gift will support the priorities of Duke Athletics outlined in Duke Forward, the $3.25 billion university-wide fundraising campaign launched in September.

The Biogen Idec Foundation in collaboration with Triangle Community Foundation announced it has awarded 28 grants totaling $48,914.55 to Triangle-area schools and nonprofits as part of its Micro-Grants in Science Education program. The program provides small, one-time grants ranging from $250 – $2,500 to schools and nonprofits to support science education initiatives. A list of recipients can be found online.

Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina Inc.  presented vehicles to two recipients through its Wheels to Work program. This program bridges barriers between home and work by providing donated vehicles to deserving individuals.

Wake Tech is one of five North Carolina community colleges that will share a $4.3 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve graduation rates as part of a national initiative called Completion by Design. The other community colleges participating are Guilford Tech, Central Piedmont, Martin and Davidson.

News about people, groups

The Duke Endowment passed the $3 billion mark in grants distributed since its founding in 1924. It took the endowment 68 years to distribute its first $1 billion, another 12 years to reach $2 billion, and only eight more to reach $3 billion.

Triangle Community Foundation has named Lori O’Keefe as its new president, effective Jan. 1. O’Keefe currently serves as vice president and chief operating officer for the foundation.

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) was honored with the 2012 Outstanding Business in Philanthropy award by the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award was given in recognition and tribute to SECU Foundation‘s $5 million gift to the SECU Cancer Center at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and the Greensboro Partnership will recognize an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the cultural development of Greensboro throughout their lifetime with the O. Henry Award. Details on the eligibility requirements and how to nominate can be found online.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County is seeking applicants for 63 scholarships available to award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students may review scholarship descriptions by visiting the foundation website at www.CFHCforever.org.

Applications for the Anderson Nontraditional Scholarship for Women’s Education and Retraining are now available from Foundation for the Carolinas, which administers the scholarship fund. Details on the eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found online.

Method Child Development Center announced the formation of the Jan Sharp Memorial Scholarship to help low-income families receive affordable and dependable childcare and early education.

Blo Hair Salon in Raleigh is hosting its sixth annual “SNIP, SNIP, GIVE 24-Hour Cut-A-Thon.” For a donation of $40, the Blo design team will provide haircuts to the public, from 8 a.m. Feb. 10  through 8 a.m. Feb. 11. All money raised from haircuts, retail and raffle sales will go to Alliance Medical Ministry, a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable medical care to low-resource working adults in the area.  

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