03.20.13: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North
(BCBSNC) announced the results of its Big 3 3-Point Challenge, a
competition between the Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State basketball teams to
score the most three-point baskets for charity. Duke took the lead of the
competition, earning $20,000 for Duke Children’s Hospital, while UNC came in
second to donate $5,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. NC
State took third place with a $2,500 donation to the NC State Family

Partnership for Children

has awarded transition to kindergarten mini-grants to 11 child care sites and
elementary schools through its collaborative Transition to Kindergarten (TTK)
Initiative. The grant amounts total $6,030 to support early educators,
elementary schools and child care sites in designing and implementing
transition events for their specific student and parent populations. Funds for
these mini-grants were made available through a gift from Wells Fargo. The Morgan
Creek Foundation
supports the TTK Initiative.

has partnered with the National Financial Educators Council
to help students learn to manage funds and make sound fiscal decisions. With
support from the SunTrust
, Wake Tech has launched the Center
for Financial Education
, a comprehensive financial literacy
initiative that will offer money management programs for students, employees
and members of the community. The SunTrust Foundation has committed $35,000 to
the Center, which will include financial empowerment workshops and special
events for students throughout the year.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC has received a $10,000 grant
award from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at The Community Foundation.
The funds will be use to purchase staple food items for distribution to partner
agencies across an 18-county service area.

News about people, groups

Former Durham Mayor Nick Tennyson and Chapel
Hill business executive Matt Springer have joined the board of directors of Triangle Residential Options for
Substance Abusers Inc.
(TROSA) As board members, Tennyson and Springer will help set policy
and direction for TROSA, an innovative residential treatment program for people
working to overcome drug and alcohol abuse. Tennyson has a history of public
service in the Triangle, and recently was appointed chief deputy secretary for
support at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Springer is founder of
Madrock Advisors LLC and has been its managing director since June 2012.

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that
uses live music as a platform for social change, has announced that American country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett will headline this year’s charity
concert May 4 at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre, benefitting Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental
. Tickets
for the event are one sale now through etix.com.

Open Door Ministries of High Point will be partnering with the High Point
University Civitan Club for a “Camping Out for Homelessness” event
March 22. Additional event partners include West End Ministries, Partners
Ending Homelessness and the City of High Point. Approximately 100 individuals from church
youth groups, schools, clubs and businesses are expected to participate in this
event to impact homelessness.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Foundation’s Healthy Community Institute
will be held April 24-25
in New Bern. The program will teach nonprofit leaders the fundamentals of
strategic planning, board development, fundraising and more. The Institute is
free to attend and registration can be found online.

are now being accepted for the 2013 Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Awards. The
Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Awards pay tribute to nonprofits whose
organizational practices further the public’s understanding of and trust in our
state’s nonprofit sector. Award recipients are recognized at the N.C. Center’s
Conference, Sept. 19-20 in Concord, and throughout the state, and receive $500
to invest in board and staff development. Nominate an organization by April 30.
Learn more about eligibility and selection criteria online and complete the
nomination form.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community
is currently accepting applications from eligible nonprofit
organizations for its 2013 Children and Youth Grants program. Grants will be
awarded to projects and programs that support the children and youth of
Mecklenburg County. The 2013 grant cycle will be conducted through an online
application process, which requires an initial step of registering on the Foundation
for the Carolinas
website. Registration should be completed by April 19. For more
information about the guidelines, register and begin the application process,
grant seekers should visit www.fftc.org/CMCFChildrenandYouth.

The 2013 BJH Foundation for
Senior Services grant applications currently are available at www.bjhfoundation.org. Grants
are awarded to
nonprofit organizations serving Jewish seniors in North and South Carolina. For a complete
list of requirements and restrictions go online.

The Family Resource
Center of Raleigh Inc.
will host the 2013
Fatherhood Conference Saturday in Raleigh focused
on providing important resources for dads.
Fathers will participate in workshops that address the concerns that
fathers face today. Rod Woodson, NFL Hall of Fame 2009 Inductee, is the
featured luncheon keynote speaker. For more information, visit www.frcofraleigh.org or call Family
Resource Center of Raleigh Inc. at 919-834-9300.

Outdated or unused prescription drugs or
over-the-counter medications can drop them off at a local Operation Medicine Drop event
through March 24 and on April 27 for DEA National Take-Back Day. Operation
Medicine Drop is a collaborative effort between law enforcement, health and
safety, substance abuse prevention, environmental organizations and others.
This group is working together to protect children, communities and waters from
the dangers of leftover prescription drugs. For
specific locations and hours, visit yadkinriverkeeper.org/events.

The 2nd annual 5K Walk to
Prevent Child Abuse at the Neuse River Amphitheatre in Smithfield will take
place April 20. There will be refreshments, entertainment and awareness booths
about many issues facing local communities. Visit www.handsofprotection.org for more information
and to register.

Crews will host a Grant Writing, Research and Capacity Building program
for nonprofits on May 13-14 in Winston-Salem. The program will show
participants how to identify and build relationships with funders, match
financial needs with the right funders, and write successful proposals to
maximize your chances for success. The program provides participants with
tools to search for grants and shows how to navigate organizational websites to
locate funding opportunities, grant databases and other resources. Register by calling
or go online.


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