06.26.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Duke Endowment approved more than $57 million in new grants to organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Grants were awarded to organizations focusing on child care, health care, higher education and rural church development. For details, visit www.dukeendowment.org/grants/overview.

Duke University trustee Ralph Eads and his wife, Lisa, have committed to give $5.5 million to the university, most of which will support Duke’s Energy Initiative. The gift will provide funding for an energy-finance professorship of the practice, fellowships, conferences and other events, and will help to create an energy information and analysis research program.

BI-LO Supermarkets presented Mission Foundation of Asheville with a check for $119,000 to benefit the expansion of the Mountain Area Medical Airlift program.

Deacon Jones Auto Group in Smithfield raised $16,480 to help grant wishes in eastern North Carolina. During the Speakin’ Deacon 2000 sales event, held throughout April and May, 12 Deacon Jones auto dealerships partnered with Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina to make a donation for every vehicle sold.

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina received a grant of $10,000 from the Genworth Foundation. The funds will allow Junior Achievement to bring financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness programs to more than 450 students.

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and HanesBrands announced a partnership that will use a donation of 5.3 acres of land from Hanes to build a wellness park at the Fulton Family YMCA. The land will be converted into an athletic complex and also will expand the summer day camp.  The YMCA will begin construction on the athletic complex this summer.

News about people, groups

United Way of Greater Greensboro appointed Michelle Gethers-Clark as its president and CEO. Gethers-Clark has served as the interim president and CEO since February.

United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced the addition of board members Matt Czajkowski, Nancy Pekarek and Bryson Powell.  Each member will help shape and mobilize resources for UWGT’s work in the Triangle community around education, financial stability and health.

The Hill Center of Durham was selected as one of two winners of the Social Impact Exchange‘s 2013 Business Plan Competition. The center was selected from among three finalists who presented their business plans to a panel of judges and field leaders. The center will receive a cash award and consulting services.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation announced the participants of its 2013 Nonprofit Internship Program. The program awards up to 20 students with paid summer internships and matches them with organizations across the state. For a list of participants and their partner organizations, visit zsr.org/internship-program-participants.

Beginning on Nov. 1, The Winston-Salem Foundation will have a new timeline for receiving and responding to community grant requests. Preliminary applications will be accepted on the first business day of odd-numbered months. Following submission of a full grant application, foundation staff will visit with the organization in preparation for the grant decision.  For more information, including application schedule changes, visit www.wsfoundation/communitygrants.

Bethlehem Center of Charlotte announced that all nine of its Head Start childcare facilities in Mecklenburg County have earned a five-star rating by the North Carolina Rated License Project. To attain the five-star rating means that a childcare facility has voluntarily met higher standards than the state’s minimum licensing guidelines in two components – program standards and education standards.

Raleigh native and West Des Moines resident Sean P. Keenan will participate in the Des Moines Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa July 21-27 in support of the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness. Keenan, a major in the Unites States Marine Corps and Commanding Office of Des Moines MEPS, will dedicate his ride to his military brothers and sisters who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and to his. To support Keenan in his efforts, or for more information about the Foundation of Hope, go to “Sean P. Rides for Hope” on Facebook or visit www.walkforhope.com.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The board of advisors of the Cary Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests. Applications will be accepted from Triangle area nonprofits that serve Cary residents from June 28-Aug. 13. Grant funding is available for human service programs, arts and education, health care and other general charitable needs. Grants will also be available to help nonprofits with internal needs such as office equipment, staff training and other capacity-building projects. Applications are available online beginning June 28. For information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.

Green Hill Center for NC Art will host its annual meeting and “You’ve Got a Friend” auction from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, tomorrow, June 27, in The Gallery at Green Hill. There will be a cash bar with appetizers provided by The Fresh Market and live music performed by the Nutbush Ramblers. Admission for the auction is $10 at the door, or free for guests who attend the annual meeting. An online catalogue is available for the complete list of auction items.

Apricot Lane boutique in Raleigh will host a one day fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, benefitting Women for Success (a branch of Dress for Success). This event will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the boutique’s North Hills location. Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the organization from shoppers who mention Dress for Success or Women for Success.

The Salvation Army chapters across the Piedmont Triad are teaming up with Ford dealers in the Triad to collect 30 car donations in the month of July for its 30 Cars in 30 Days campaign. Proceeds from the donated vehicles will help fund programs and services provided through The Salvation Army. Car donations can be made at participating Triad-area Ford dealers.  All donations are tax deductible.

The Asheville Habitat ReStore announced its second annual ReStore ReUse contest. The contest will showcase innovative building projects constructed predominantly from reused building materials. The contest runs July 1-Aug. 31. For complete information and guidelines, visit ashevillehabitat.org.

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter will be the beneficiary of the 13th Annual Links for Lupus Golf Tournament to be held Aug. 26. Presented by LITTLE Diversified Architectural Consulting, the Links for Lupus Golf Tournament will take place at Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte. For event information and to download a registration form, visit http://lupuslinks.dojiggy.com/.

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will host its 2013 Walk for Wishes 5K in two locations this year. The first walk is scheduled in Wake County at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Sept. 8. The John Nesbitt Loop in Wrightsville Beach will be the site for the second walk on Sept. 22. The walks will raise funds to help grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Registration is free and is now open online.

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