News about grants, gifts
The 2012 State Employees Combined Campaign has surpassed the 2011 campaign total of $4.18 million. Currently, the campaign is at $4.3 million and is projected to end with an increase of more than 4 percent.
The Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation announced that it raised $5,330 from its “Give $12 on 12-12-12” online fundraising campaign. The amount raised will benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Based in Cary, N.C., the foundation is dedicated to raising funds to promote the support of cancer patients, research and treatment. With an all-volunteer staff, the organization has raised over $165,000 for the Duke Cancer Institute and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
SECU Foundation, funded solely by State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members, is pleased to announce that a $2 million challenge grant has been provided for the construction of SECU Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) in Wilmington, N.C. The new hospitality house will provide affordable, home-like accommodations for out-of-town patients or families of patients in need of a place to stay while loved ones are being treated at NHRMC. SECU Foundation provided the challenge grant through a partnership with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, NHRMC Auxiliary, and NHRMC Foundation.
Charlotte Bridge Home has been awarded a $60,000 grant over two years from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to Charlotte Bridge Home reflects the ongoing commitment of Newman’s Own Foundation to organizations serving military service personnel, veterans, and their families.
The international Oak Foundation recently announced a $450,000 grant to support Teach For America’s efforts to expand educational opportunity in Eastern North Carolina. The gift will facilitate the design and implementation of a professional-development series to help corps members identify, understand, and address the unique learning requirements of their lowest-performing students. Corps members will attend a series of sessions throughout the school year, and student achievement data will be tracked to assess impact and scalability.
Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina has received a grant of $25,000 from Walmart Foundation. The grant funds will allow Junior Achievement to bring financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness programs to over 1,000 students in eastern North Carolina. Trained corporate and community volunteers will bring the lessons to life by sharing their personal and professional experiences in 45 classrooms. Each class will receive five to seven classroom lessons.
News about people, groups
Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) welcomes four new members to its volunteer Board of Directors: Sepideh Asefnia, Christopher Hitt, Grier Martin and Mark Soticheck. TLC is a membership-supported, nonprofit group that conserves important open space-stream corridors, forests, wildlife habitat, farmland and natural areas-to help keep the Triangle region a healthy and vibrant place to live and work.
The North Carolina Planned Giving Council announced its 2013 Board of Directors: Erich Hamm of High Point, president; Bart Landess of Charlotte, vice president; Mary K. McGinley of Greensboro, secretary; Sheryl Aikman of Asheville, treasurer; Stephen Watt of Raleigh, past president; Greg Abeyounis of Greensville; Elizabeth Ayers of Chapel Hill; Christine Post-Duncan of Morganton; Patton McDowell of Charlotte; Bill Porter of Greensboro; Crystal T. Thompkins of Greensboro; and Philip Warshauer of Charlotte.
Best Friend Pet Adoption of Cary, N.C., a local animal rescue organization committed to providing medical assistance, foster homes and adoption services to lost, abandoned, abused or neglected animals, can connect more animals with loving families in 2013 with its redesigned website and communications plan with the help of Signal Hill. Signal Hill also provided complimentary communications services to two other nonprofits, the Carying Place of Cary and Plymouth Community Renewal Center of Louisville, Ky.
Donors at the Community Foundation of Henderson County have established more than 490 charitable funds with the Community Foundation to carry out their long-term charitable wishes. Visit its website to learn how to support or create a fund to benefit those needing assistance in the community.
The Clarity Group and The Futures Company have joined forces, a move that strengthens and broadens the nonprofit consulting expertise and reach of both Chapel Hill, N.C.-based companies. The partnership formalizes a working relationship that began in September with the Jan. 1 launch of CLEARview, a suite of products designed specifically for the nonprofit sector that provides insight into consumer values, attitudes and trends.
The American Heart Association announced that nine Winston-Salem companies have been recognized as 2012 Fit-Friendly Worksite award winners. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Corning Cable Systems, Cook Endoscopy and HanesBrands have been recognized as American Heart Association Platinum-level Fit-Friendly Companies, showcasing excellence in employee focused initiatives on wellness. BB&T, Novant Health, Lowes Foods, Salemtowne Retirement Community and Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community have received American Heart Association 2012 Gold-level Fit-Friendly Company Awards. In addition, Cook Endoscopy also received a 2012 Worksite Innovation Award for their employee wellness initiatives.
The next American Heart Association Fit-Friendly application deadline is January 31, 2013. For more information on how to become an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company, visit www.startwalkingnow.org.
News about opportunities, initiatives
The Durham Arts Council will accept applications through Jan. 31 from artists wishing to present work to the public in its galleries during the 2013-14 exhibition season. Apply online at https://www.callforentry.org/index.php orcontact Lindsay Gordon, DAC Artist Services manager, at email@example.com or 919-560-2719.
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