02.13.13.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Duke University School of Medicine celebrated the opening of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education. The new six-story, 104,000-square-foot health education building opened to students in January. Construction of the $53 million center took two years and was paid for almost entirely with philanthropic contributions, including $35 million from The Duke Endowment, part of a $50 million gift in 2008 that was the largest ever received by Duke Medicine.

SECU Foundation has provided the first of four planned $200,000 annual grants in support of the newly named State Employees’ Credit Union Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation through the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. The 2014 Prize for Innovation competition will engage college level students to collaborate and respond to challenges facing their communities and state.  The gift will allow IEI to expand on its Prize for Innovation competition, offering $50,000 in prizes to winning college teams.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has received a grant from Thrivent Builds of more than $75,000 to build a home in Swannanoa. This will be the sixth Habitat home sponsorship that the organization has awarded to the affiliate. The grant provides 60 percent of the cost of construction and was given by Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International.

The Hope Center at Pullen has been awarded a $25,000 challenge grant from the Stewards Fund to support the Foster Youth Academy. The Stewards Fund, administered out of Raleigh, provides funding to organizations in the human.

Family Service of the Piedmont has received a $5,000 grant from Bank of America. Funding will help provide shelter, case management, advocacy, and therapy to 300 women and their children in Guilford County who must escape immediate danger due to domestic violence.

U-TECK, a developer of specialized products for the telecommunications, utility, municipal and transportation industries, announced a $5,000 donation to the Fisher House at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg. U-TECK’s contribution will go directly to helping provide temporary housing for military families while active duty and retired service members are receiving medical care at the Womack Army Medical Center.

News about people, groups

Raleigh Public Record, a nonprofit, online newspaper, has created DocHive, a program that converts pdf files into structured information to more easily manage data. The program will be released Feb. 28 at the annual Computer Assisted Reporting conference organized by Investigative Reporters & Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

Jacob’s Ladder Job Center Inc.  and Urban League of Central Carolinas announced the launch of their strategic plan for the collaborative merger of the two programs. The strategic planning process will be led by the Lee Institute. The initiative is being funded by The Catalyst Fund of the Foundation for the Carolinas.

The Triangle division of March of Dimes announced Roman and Sophia Sebastianelli, both age 3, and the Sebastianelli family of Wake County as the foundation’s 2013 Triangle March for Babies Ambassadors. As ambassadors, the Sebastianelli family will speak at local and regional meetings, explaining how the March of Dimes has benefited them and encouraging others to join the cause. The March of Dimes walk is April 27 at the Imperial Center in Durham. More information is available at marchforbabies.org.

Methodist University received first place at the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities second annual Ethics Bowl.  The team from Methodist University consisted of Rica McDonald, a junior mass communications major; Brian Weir, a junior social work major; Jasmina Gobeljic, a senior international relations major; Kevin Zhang, a junior mathematics major; David Meigs, a freshman chemistry major, and Derek Smith, a sophomore writing major.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina has released its end-of-year numbers from the 2011-12 academic year in the form of two reports: Quick Facts 2011-2012 and 2011-2012 Impact Report.

Nurse-Family Partnership, a nationally-recognized, evidence-based home visitation program that serves 17 counties in North Carolina, has released a new statewide report.

The North Carolina Community Action Association, a non-partisan organization that advocates on behalf of North Carolina’s low-income and elderly citizens, has released a report that focuses on solutions to reduce the state’s poverty rate. The full report can be found online.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Triad chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is hosting “Program-Related Investment: The Next Big Thing in Philanthropy” at its Feb. 26 meeting. Steve Virgil of Wake Forest University will discuss the growing interest in program related investments and the use of hybrid organizations that cross both for and nonprofit structures. More information can be found online.

The Institute of Political Leadership and N.C. Center for Voter Education announced the creation of the Collegiate Political Leadership Program, designed to empower North Carolina’s future political and community leaders. The program will bring undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds from across the state to the campus of William Peace University in Raleigh for a rigorous program from May 19-24. The leadership program is open to any student currently enrolled in a North Carolina college, university or community college. Students can apply online at www.iopl.org by March 15 for consideration in the program.

Children First/CIS, through support from Blueprint NC, has launched a new video highlighting the work of the organization. The video can be viewed at www.childrenfirstbc.org or on YouTube.

The annual Anna’s Angels Gala will feature national celebrity Lauren Potter from the TV show Glee to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Triangle-based, nonprofit organization, Anna’s Angels. The gala, which supports Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital, will be held on March 9 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. For more information about Anna’s Angels or the event, visit www.annas-angels.org.

The 22nd annual Easter Seals Shop&Care program at Food Lion stores will benefit more than 100,000 individuals with disabilities. Shoppers can purchase specially-marked products from more than 100 manufacturers to support the nonprofit’s mission to help children, families and adults with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. Through March 12, shoppers may also make a $1 donation during checkout.

Beach music bands will converge at Wrightsville Beach, Feb. 14-17, for the second annual East Coast Shag Classic. The entire weekend of music and dance at Blockade Runner Beach Resort will provide funds for Women of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and their families battling cancer. For reservations and complete information visit www.EastCoastShagClassic.com.

The Murphey School Radio Show (MSRS), a comedy/music/literary/theater production in a live radio format featuring North Carolina’s most talented musicians, writers, and actors, will take place on Feb. 23. The show will be hosted at the old Murphey School in eastern Orange County and will benefit SEEDS of Durham and Book Harvest of Chapel Hill. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.murpheyschoolradio.net.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Services Inc.supporting Forsyth and Davie Counties will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and 9 a.m. to noon March 2 at AMF Lanes, located at 811 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem. More than 1,400 people will bowl during the two-day event representing more than 50 companies and organizations. Participation is open to anyone who would like to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, however, pre-registration is required. To form a team or for more information, contact the agency at 336-724-7993 or email bfks@bbbsnc.org.

The Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation will host its seventh annual Bats for Matt fundraiser on April 20 to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. The event includes activities for all ages and features a high school baseball game between the Green Hope Falcons and Broughton Capitals beginning at 1 p.m.  Tickets, which can be purchased the day of the game beginning at noon, are $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under. Based in Cary, the Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation is dedicated to promoting the support of cancer patients, research and treatment.

The second annual Swing Fore A Child’s Place golf tournament will take place on May 13, raising funds to help make it possible for Charlotte area homeless children to attend summer camp.  The event, held at River Run Country Club in Davidson, includes a buffet lunch, golf, prizes, raffles and dinner, with all funds raised going directly to A Child’s Place. For more information or to register, visit http://swingfore2013.eventbrite.com. 

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