05.08.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Duke University trustee David M. Rubenstein gave $10 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy to endow graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships, and to create a fund that will enhance the school’s engagement with the policy world.

Lincoln Financial Foundation announced a two-year grant to the United Arts Council of Greensboro totaling $140,000 through 2014.

Green Hill Center for NC Art has been awarded $20,000 from Lincoln Financial Group. This grant will support the center’s Read, Yellow and Blue early childhood program during the 2013-14 school year.

The United Arts Council’s (UAC) online fundraising tool, power2give.org/Greensboro, announced a major matching gift of $10,000 from Wells Fargo. UAC launched power2give.org/Greensboro last May to help the local nonprofit arts groups raise funding for specific projects and help donors connect with the organizations and the audiences they serve. Wells Fargo’s gift will match donations to more than 10 projects. For more information on the United Arts Council or power2give.org, visit www.power2give.org/Greensboro or contact the United Arts Council at 336-373-7523.

News about people, groups

Melanie Davis-Jones has joined United Way of the Greater Triangle as senior vice president of marketing and communications. Davis-Jones brings a significant background in branding, strategic communications, public relations and community engagement in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Kari Howe Stoltz, CTP, Triangle market president for Bank of America, has been named the 2013 community outreach and campaign cabinet chair by United Way of the Greater Triangle.

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem released an issue brief entitled Rape and Sexual Assault: Private Violence, Community Impacts, which was developed to bring attention to the sexual violence against girls and women that occurs in the community. The issue brief looks at the emotional and economic impact victims of sexual assault – and their families – suffer directly and personally, as well as the measurable financial costs to society and the impact these crimes have on the larger community. The brief is available online at www.womensfundws.org.

Hospice of Wake County has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient, an award recognizing hospice agencies providing the best patient care as rated by the patient’s caregiver. Established by Deyta, this annual honor recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

All Mattress Firm locations in the Raleigh area will be holding a toy drive for the Duke Children’s Hospital. When someone brings in a new toy they can receive a discount on purchases through May 11.

Wrightsville Beach will be the host of several Ocean Cure special needs surf camps this summer, beginning with the Life Rolls On camp for people with spinal cord injuries on May 18. For more information and to register for the camp, visit indojaxsurfschool.com/outreach.

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) asks citizens to support its “Put On Purple” campaign by wearing purple on May 17. An estimated 45,000 residents throughout the state are affected by lupus. To learn more about Lupus Awareness Month visit www.lupusnc.org.

The John Rex Endowment, a local foundation committed to supporting an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives, announced today the launch of its five-year plan, Our Plan for Impact, 2013-2018.  The plan details four funding areas: healthy weight; injury prevention; mental health, social and emotional well-being; and nonprofit capacity building – as well as five specific goals and related strategies.

DHIC Inc. has launched a new foreclosure prevention counseling service designed to help Triangle-area homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes find alternatives to foreclosure.  Veteran mortgage banker Lou Sivulka, has been hired to serve as Homeownership Counselor and Foreclosure Prevention Specialist for the new program. For more information, go online or call 919. 832.4345 ext. 3018.

The VS. Cancer Foundation, which raises funds to support kid’s cancer, is partnering with the West Raleigh Baseball Association to hold a head-shaving event on Saturday, May 11. In addition to benefiting the VS. Cancer Foundation, half of all proceeds raised will be donated locally to Duke Children’s Hospital. The event will take place at the West Raleigh Fields located at 830 Barringer Drive, Raleigh, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m

News about opportunities, initiatives

May 15 is the deadline to apply to a new award established by UNC Charlotte Professor Emeritus Nish Jamgotch to honor those in Charlotte and Mecklenburg Counties whose creative achievements elevate the quality of life, and show solid promise of enhancing the survival, dignity and well-being of humankind. The Nish Jamgotch Humanitarian Award will be presented annually to an individual or group that demonstrates exceptional service to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, Foundation for the Carolinas will facilitate the award process. The retired professor established a charitable fund at the Foundation to finance the award, which includes a cash prize, commemorative award and public recognition. Applications for the award and eligibility requirements are available at www.fftc.org.

The Durham Arts Council, the Durham Cultural Advisory Board, and the Durham Small Business Advisory Council are presenting the Creative Entrepreneur Expo from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 16 at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. The expo will incorporate learning, discussion and networking and feature keynote presentations, the Creative Vitality Index, business development workshops, and more. Go online for tickets and more information.

The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants is hosting the 2013 Not-For-Profit Accounting Conference May 21 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro. The conference focuses on nonprofit financial and operational issues. The agenda includes content from top-rated experts like Eve Borenstein and Marci Thomas, and the closing session offers the opportunity to “Ask the Experts” about any aspect of tax-exempt organizations’ reporting or nonprofit accounting. For more information and to register visit www.ncacpa.org/NFP.

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