01.09.13.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) awarded $7.4 million in grants on behalf of fundholders and affiliates in 2012. More than 2,100 grants, a new record, were administered by the foundation in 2012. NCCF administers grants for donor-advised funds, community grantmaking programs through its network of 60 affiliate foundations throughout the state and other categories of funds, including those held by nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, small businesses and private foundations. A full list of grant categories and amounts is detailed in NCCF’s online annual report.

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) staff and members continue to help others through recent contributions to the NC State Employees Combined Campaign(SECC).  During the 2012 campaign, SECU employees donated nearly $71,000 to select charities. Last year, SECC raised more than $4 million in gifts from State employees and offered more than 1,000 approved non-profit and charity organization options for donations.

The Easter Seals UCP Summer Moore Center for Children in Greenville has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the James J. and Mamie Richardson Perkins Foundation to fund a complete renovation and reconstruction of the center’s existing playground area. The funding will be used to restructure the outdoor play area into an enriching, safe and accessible environment that allows children of all abilities to have fun while developing their sensory, developmental and social skills.

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center received a $25,000 grant from the Chapman Family Foundation.  The grant is to be used for general operating support to serve more than 550 sexually abused children in Mecklenburg County during 2013.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was awarded $20,000 by the Janirve Legacy Fund to hire a home repair manager for the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), a home repair program for low-income homeowners in Buncombe County. In 2013, Asheville Area Habitat plans to repair more than 30 homes for area families, while continuing its mission of building new homes.

News about people, groups

The Raleigh chapter of the International Coach Federation announced its 2013 board of directors: president, Sackeena Gordon-Jones, PCC, Transformation Edge Company; vice president, Stefanie Zizzo, PCC, Career and Life Coach; secretary/treasurer, Jennifer Paylor, Make A Leader; membership chair, Betsy Smith, ACC, E.L. Smith Consulting; programs chair, Lucetta Zaytoun, Your Life In Bold, LLC.; Communications Chair, Grace Thompson, SPHR, CTC, Lendor Consulting; At Large Sponsorships/Community Support, Suzi Snyder, ACC, PhD., Choiceful Living; At Larg, Public Relations, Michele Lewis Reeves, PCC, OD Manager, SAS.

The board of directors of Communities In Schools of North Carolina announced its selection of Eric S. Hall as the new president and CEO of the statewide organization, succeeding Linda R. Harrill who has served as president and CEO for 23 years.

Mary Catherine Hinds has been selected as the regional director of the Church World Service Resource Development Program for the southeast USA. The program organizes the CROP Hunger Walks in an eight state area. Hinds has served as the organization’s associate director for the past nine years.

The Army’s Army has paired with Cumberland County Schools to say “thank you” this past holiday season.  More than 5,000 handmade cards from students at 15 different schools across Cumberland County were delivered by The Army’s Army to veterans and servicemen and servicewomen. To showcase the hard work and creativity of the students, agency created a website called “Heroes Thank You”  in which users can view each card and share them via social media.

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro announced Kaitlin Smith as the part-time administrative assistant. Smith will provide staff support and take the administrative lead for coordination of committee and constituent meetings.

The Cape Fear Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently announced State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) as the 2012 Philanthropic Organization of the Year.  The honor was given in recognition of SECU members’ many charitable contributions via the SECU Foundation, including a $1 million gift for SECU Hospice House of Brunswick in Bolivia, N.C., which opened in July 2012.  The award recognizes a philanthropic corporation or organization whose grant programs, gifts and charitable activities enrich a community.

Former Gov. Bev Perdue has bestowed Bernie Mann, publisher of Our State magazine, with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The highest honor the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is given in recognition of a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Mann currently serves as a board member for the North Carolina Arts Council and on the Greensboro CVB board of directors. He is a past president of the Greensboro Symphony and a past board member for the Eastern Music Festival and the Shakespeare Festival. He is also a past president of Rotary.

The Winston-Salem Foundation welcomed Sen. Linda Garrou and Corena Norris-McCluney to the Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, its primary governing body. The committee also appointed Drew Hancock as chairman for 2013.Other officers appointed to serve in committee leadership positions are: Janet Wheeler, vice chairman; Vernon Winters, treasurer; and Tommy Hickman, secretary.

Mort Congleton, Wake Tech’s senior vice president of development and executive director of the Wake Tech Foundation, will serve as president of the board of directors for the Council for Resource Development (CRD) in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 term. CRD supports 775 community colleges across the U.S. by developing leaders through education, advocacy, and mentoring.

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 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 2012 Gold-level Fit-Friendly Company awards. In addition, Cook Endoscopy also received a 2012 Worksite Innovation Award for its employee wellness initiatives. Fit-Friendly Worksites are recognized nationally by the American Heart Association as employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Winston-Salem Foundation seeks nominations for the 2013 Winston-Salem Foundation Award and 2013 ECHO Awards. The award is the foundation’s highest honor and includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charitable organization selected by the winner. The ECHO Award will honor people and informal groups who are building social capital. For nomination information, visit www.wsfoundation.org.

The Mixed Greens Community Garden located at the Guilford County Agriculture Center in Greensboro will have 10 open garden plots available for the 2013 garden season. The 4×50-foot raised beds are leased for $50. Educational classes are also provided to help experienced as well as new gardeners. If you are interested in leasing a gardening bed, contact Pam Marshall at (336) 375-5876 or karen_neill@ncsu.edu.

A 10 percent discount is available for NERDS, A New Musical Comedy!, with the discount benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. For ticket information,  click here. 

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