NC News Bits – 4.24.13

News about grants, gifts

Kohl’s Department Stores, through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, donated $98,421 at the Kohl’s Bull City Fit Grand Opening celebration event on April 20. The event was hosted by Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and included Duke University athletes.

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation reports that 707 grants totaling $3.2 million were given to local, national and international charities during the first quarter of 2013. At this pace, the foundation is projected to increase total giving from $44 million since 2005 to more than $50 million through the end of 2013. The average grant size in the first quarter of 2013 totaled $4,536.

A laboratory-classroom in N.C Central University‘s new Nursing Building was formally dedicated today as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Health Assessment Room. The naming recognizes BCBSNC’s gift of $100,000 last year, a grant intended to help fund new technology to train nursing students and to underwrite research that will prepare them to address the state’s health care needs.

Dr. Steven Scott and his wife, Rebecca Scott, have committed $20 million to expand Duke’s sports medicine programs, including clinical and research program development, faculty recruitment and retention, and support for sports medicine training, as well as provide support for the Duke University School of MedicineDuke Sports Medicine currently comprises the Duke Sports Medicine Clinic, Duke Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab and the Duke Sports Performance Program.

News about people, groups

The N.C. Justice Center will present its 2013 Defenders of Justice Awards from 6-9 p.m. May 9 at the Carolina Club at the UNC Chapel Hill’s George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Honorees, who work to protect and aid at-risk citizens, will include Wayne Goodwin, N.C. Commissioner of Insurance; Phil Lehman, N.C. Office of the Attorney General; the Mortgage Foreclosure Units of Legal Aid of North Carolina; Equality NC for Policy & Research Advocacy; and the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Grassroots Empowerment. For event information, contact Melissa Wiggins at 919-7861-2209 or

StepUp Ministry of Raleigh has announced two promotions as part of a major strategic realignment that will better equip the organization to manage growth and provide job and life skills training to people at risk.  Effective July 1, Steve Swayne, who has served as executive director since 2009, will become chief executive officer; Linda Nunnallee, associate executive director and development director since 2010, will become executive director.

Keith Poston has been named Senior Director, Community Investment for Time Warner Cable. In his new role, Poston will be responsible strategic philanthropy and community engagement for Time Warner Cable’s East Coast operations including North Carolina and South Carolina, central and upstate New York and Maine. This includes the company’s investments in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education programs as part of its Connect a Million Minds initiative.

Two Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club members from Winston-Salem spent a week in Raleigh as part of the Governor’s Page Program. Participants were Joshua Dunbar, a junior at Reynolds High School, and Lance Smith, a freshman at West Forsyth High School.

Book Harvest, a nonprofit that provides books to at-risk Durham youth, has moved into new offices in the Guglhupf Building at 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. An open house and reception is planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 20. For information, call 252-467-BOOK.

March of Dimes North Carolina is conducting its annual fundraiser walk, March for Babies, on April 27. The event will be held the Imperial Center, 4309 Emperor Blvd., Durham, with a goal of raising more than $1 million to support research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For information or to register, visit

United Way of Cumberland County will celebrate its Days of Caring on May 9-11 to honor community volunteers who provide helping hands to its non-profit agencies and individuals that need assistance. If you wish to participate in this or other agency activities, call 910-483-1179.

Work will begin on April 26 on a second group of 17 Asheville Habitat for Humanity houses to be built in a new subdivision in Buncombe County. The project is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and four local Lutheran churches. Nationwide, the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program has resulted in 2,700 homes since 2005.

News about opportunities, initiatives

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Triangle Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 GSK IMPACT Awards. This annual awards program will honor up to 10 local nonprofits in Research Triangle Park and the surrounding region with $40,000 each in recognition of their achievements and innovations in improving community health. To qualify for an award, applicants must be physically located in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Person, Orange, and/or Wake Counties and have annual total operating expenses between $160,000 and $5 million. To view the additional criteria and to apply, visit  The application deadline is 4 p.m. May 31. For questions, contact GlaxoSmithKline Community Partnerships at (919) 483-2669 or GSK

Through a collaborative effort with the N.C. Community College System, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation have announced a new scholarship initiative, the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship program.  Designed to help meet the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, SECU Foundation’s Board of Directors approved funding for 10 $750 Continuing Education Scholarships to be awarded to eligible students at each of the 58 N.C. Community College campuses, for an initial one-year commitment of $435,000.

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