06.19.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

DHIC Inc. was awarded a $407,500 grant from NeighborWorks America to support its operations and to invest in affordable housing development in the Triangle area. In addition to the monetary award, NeighborWorks America has rated DHIC as “exemplary” for its business practices, financial accountability, productivity and quality of services.

For the 2013-14 academic year, Community Foundation of Henderson County awarded $208,650 in scholarship assistance to 128 students. Awards were made to 64 new applicants for scholarships totaling $101,150;  renewed 64 scholarships totaled $107,500 in assistance. A complete list of scholarship recipients can be found online.

The Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation gave more than $5,000 toward Oklahoma tornado relief through various organizations such as American Red Cross, Impact of Hope, and God’s Pit Crew. Grants given through these organizations will help provide effective and timely assistance, care and supplies to Oklahoma towns impacted by recent tornado disasters.

News about people, groups

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development, an entrepreneurial support organization serving the Research Triangle area and North Carolina, announced its board of directors for the 2013-14 year. Stephen Wiehe will serve as board chair and David Spitz will serve as chair-elect. Other officers include Helga Leftwich, secretary; David Hood, treasurer; and Eric Linsley, immediate past chair. A complete list of elected officers can be found online.

The Lupus Foundation of America, North CarolinaChapter has named Jason Herndon, Daniel Sanderson and Eunice Venson to its board of directors.

The Junior League of Greensboro elected 24 women to its board of directors. Board members will lead the organization on its community impact initiative, fundraising events and leadership development initiatives. A complete list of board members can be found online.

Latino Community Credit Union (LCCU) received two awards from the North Carolina Credit Union League (NCCUL) on June 11 at the League’s 78th annual meeting recognition banquet in Pinehurst. LCCU won first place in the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action in recognition of its DREAMer Loan and an honorable mention for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award for its adult financial education for refugees.

The Junior League of Charlotte is among 18 Junior Leagues from around the U.S. who have been honored with a grant from Kashi for its efforts to address the issue of healthy eating and nutrition among children. The awards were made at the 91st annual conference of The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. in Washington, D.C.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is commemorating World Sickle Cell Day today by helping raise awareness about the role donors play in the treatment of sickle cell. To learn more about CBCC’s Sickle Cell Program, to donate blood or sponsor a blood drive, visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

Key Physicians, an organization of more than 220 independent physicians located in Wake, Durham, Orange and Johnston counties, and WakeMed Health & Hospitals have signed a letter of intent to form WakeMed Key Community Care, a Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization (ACO). ACOs are an organized approach to managing a defined population’s health by focusing on reducing healthcare costs and improving quality in both the traditional Medicare program and in private insurance programs.

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) began the Public Service Internship program for 47 college students and their county mentors with a two-day orientation. The SECU Foundation and North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center officials welcomed the interns and presented expectations for the summer program. SECU members provided funding for the program in partnership with the Rural Center.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Lucy Daniels Center announced the featured artist, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, and guest chefs for its third annual benefit, Expressions. A Celebration of Food and Art., taking place Oct.11 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. Proceeds from the event will benefit the center’s child mental health and education programs. Sponsorships for this event are available now, and tickets will go on sale Aug. 19. More information is available at lucydanielscenter.org, under the “Expressions” tab.

Benevon founder and CEO, Terry Axelrod will present the Benevon Model, a systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with mission-focused individual donors, at Creating Sustainable Funding for Your Nonprofit. The free event will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 22 at Wake County Commons, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, and again from 1:30-3:20 p.m. July 23 at Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 North Tryon St., Charlotte. RSVP for either Raleigh or Charlotte as space is limited. For questions, contact Loren Alexanian at 206-428-2150 or loren@benevon.com.

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) will host its annual Walk to End Lupus Now at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Festival Park, 335 Ray Ave., Fayetteville. A kickoff party will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. July 13 at Bordeaux Public Library, 3711 Village Drive, Fayetteville. To RSVP to the kickoff party or to register for the walk, visit www.lupusnc.org or call 877-849-8271.

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