05.15.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust announced grants of more than $2 million this month to improve the quality of care and overall health of financially disadvantaged seniors in North Carolina. Investments in the state’s older adults include a multi-generational fitness trail; increased access to primary care services; a statewide model to address depression among seniors; and the expansion of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which allows seniors to stay in their homes longer and access comprehensive care.

Kangaroo Express, an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., announced more than $1 million has been raised for Victory Junction, funds that will send more than 400 children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses to summer camp. During its fifth annual fundraiser, donations were collected throughout March at more than 700 Kangaroo Express convenience stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Kangaroo Express will present a check to Victory Junction for $1,015,922 during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18.

Band Together NC announced that the May 4 concert event featuring headliner Lyle Lovett raised $852,722 for the Band Together partnership with Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. The total raised this year eclipsed the $566,000 that was raised last year with 2012 nonprofit partner Urban Ministries of Wake County. Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auctions, a wine grab, live artist paintings and a raffle at the concert event.

The Women’s Impact Fund, a collective-giving organization composed of nearly 400 community minded women, announced the winners of the 2013 Grants at its 10th annual meeting. Awards are made based on the significance of the project in providing a creative, substantive approach to a critical community need, and/or addressing an emerging community issue in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. This year, a total of $380,000 was awarded to organizations including: ClayWorks Inc., Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education, Trust for Public Land, Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas Inc., and The Relatives.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded two $75,000 Early Childhood Development Focus Area grants to Region A Partnership for Children and Southwestern Child Development Commission.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC has been selected as one of 40 winning Feeding America food banks to receive a $45,000 grant from Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative. Throughout April, Walmart customers and Food Bank supporters voted for more than 300 Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies by visiting www.walmart.com/hunger. The food bank garnered enough votes to place it within the top ten among 125 participating food banks. The grant will provide additional food assistance to children and families in need this summer, targeting communities that have the highest rate of childhood hunger.

Benevolence Farm, whose mission is to provide an opportunity for women leaving prison to live and work on a farm where they grow food, nourish self, and foster community, received a $5,000 grant from The Hayden Harman Foundation of Burlington. The grant will be used for general operating support to help launch Benevolence Farm’s working farm to be in place by the summer of 2014.

William and Lisa Shreve have established a new scholarship endowment with the North Carolina Community Foundation devoted to the support of the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc. The fund has been established to provide scholarships for graduating seniors who are current or past residents of the boys and girls homes with plans to attend or who already attend an institution of higher learning. Preference will go to those who now or will attend a state-supported school.

News about people, groups

Triangle Community Foundation announced that Sandra Rodriguez, formerly donor engagement officer, has been promoted to director of donor engagement. Rodriguez has worked at the foundation for more than six years, managing a portfolio of donor-advised funds with a focus on corporate funds and competitive donor-advised grant programs. In her new role, Rodriguez will continue to expand the opportunities available to foundation donors.

The American Heart Association announced Steve Snelgrove, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center, as chairman for the 2013 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk.

The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem hired Matthew Linville as the director of development. Linville will be responsible for overseeing the development department for the Winston-Salem Area Command where he will plan, develop and implement a variety of financial strategies aimed at both strengthening existing donor relationships and identifying new ones to meet the growing needs of clients.

Soroptimist International of Raleigh hosted its annual Triangle Women of Distinction Awards celebration, which marked the 24th year for celebrating the contribution local women make serving the community. Ashley Hayes received the Ruby Award for her work as founder of Shepherd Youth Ranch. Recognition was also given to three recipients of the Women’s Opportunity Award which provides financial aid to a female head-of-household seeking to improve her life through education. First place was awarded to Patricia Drum. Drum received a grant of $2,000. Runners-up Tanisha Dildy and Sherry Wiggins each received grants of $500.

Twenty-four individuals were honored for their volunteer service to strengthen the foundations of community at the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina annual celebration. The YMCA honors adults who demonstrate exceptional volunteerism and consideration toward others with the YMCA Strong Award. Also honored was David Hinton, who was inducted into the Red Triangle Society, the highest honor a Y volunteer can receive, for his work serving the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina for nearly three decades in various roles, primarily ensuring the Y is fiscally responsible.

Leadership North Carolina (LNC) will graduate its 20th class Friday in Raleigh. Governor Pat McCrory, honorary chair of LNC, will congratulate the members of LNC Class XX during the ceremony. A roster of the members of LNC Class XX can be found online.

Our State magazine will celebrate its 80th anniversary June 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History, located at 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public. The event includes a museum visit, food, door prizes, live music, and more. Learn more at www.ourstate.com.

Volunteers from local businesses assembled 20,000 meals at an after-hours Stop Hunger Now event on May 6. About 150 volunteers from RPG SolutionsCitrixLonerider Brewery, BioResource International, and S&A Cherokee worked together to assemble 20,000 meals over a three-hour span. Stop Hunger Now is a nonprofit organization that has packaged more than 97 million meals delivered to 76 countries. For more information about Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging events, visit www.stophungernow.org.

Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative, launched the Durham Touchpoints Collaborative that will provide training in the evidence-based approach to 100 Durham-based providers for the next two years. Touchpoints is an evidence-based theory of child development that is used by providers across disciplines. Once implemented by providers, this method helps parents understand regressions that accompany their children’s developmental spurts, which occur often during the first years of life.

Cherokee Preservation Foundation released its annual community report, ga-du-gi 2013, which focuses on some of the investments the foundation has made in youth on the Qualla Boundary and the surrounding region. The report is available online.

Art-Force Program, a program of the Public Art Collaborative of Siler City, will unveil a display of 12 light sculptures, a result of the creative partnership between N.C. artist Hoss Haley and local manufacturer Floorazzo Til, that represent an innovative job-creation strategy. By matching local artists with small manufacturers across the state, Art-Force aims to reaffirm a community’s connection to place, through the cross-currents of artistic design and production. The project was part of a grant awarded by ArtPlace America, with the support of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, North Carolina Arts Incubator and Chatham County Economic Development Corporation.

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 9th annual Tour D’ Coop event, a one-day tour of chicken coops and urban farms, will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event collects non-perishable food items and raises money for Urban Ministries, a nonprofit that provides essential services to the homeless, hungry and uninsured individuals of Wake County. This self-guided tour provides the opportunity to see more than 20 coops, from tiny urban gardens to sprawling suburban lots. Admission is a minimum of five canned goods or a cash donation to Urban Ministries of Wake County. For advanced ticket purchases and more information about coops on the tour and participating food trucks and exhibits, visit http://tourdcoop.com.

The 2013 StrollerThon, presented by Women’s Health Alliance, is a family walkathon that will benefit Postpartum Education and Support, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers. The event includes kids games, face painting, a vocal jazz ensemble, and a raffle.  The event will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. For more information, and to register or to purchase raffle tickets, visit www.pesnc.org.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Leadership North Carolina (LNC) is now accepting applications for LNC Class XXI. Interested applicants can access the online application through this link or by visiting www.leadershipnc.org and selecting “Apply” under the “LNC Program” tab. The application period will close June 30. Each year the LNC program selects a class of 50-60 current and emerging leaders from across the state through a competitive application process. Participants learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina, with a focus on building networks and turning knowledge into action to benefit their communities and the state. More information about LNC can be found here and here. Please contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at Kelly@leadershipnc.org with any questions.

High Point University’s Norcross Graduate School M.A. in Nonprofit Management has extended its application deadline. To be considered for fall enrollment, all application materials must be submitted by June 15. For more information, please visit this link.

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