07.02.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (CMCF) announced more than $331,836 in grant awards to 17 nonprofits through its children and youth competitive grants program. Grants were awarded to fund programs that boost student achievement and readiness, encourage positive behaviors during out-of-school time, and promote wellness and physical activity. For a complete list of recipients, visit http://www.fftc.org/. In addition to the children and youth grants, CMCF also awarded $55,000 to support the Charlotte Bridge Home and $20,000 to TreesCharlotte.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $325,000 to Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) to assist people in North Carolina who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. LANC will use its grant to provide housing discrimination complaint intake and referral services; and carry out rental, lending, insurance, sales, and single design and construction/accessibility tests.

The Triad offices of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP completed a firm-wide food drive as part of the Dixon Hughes Goodman GIVES Initiative. Offices in High Point and Winston-Salem collected more than 2,500 cans of food and raised more than $10,500 benefitting Greensboro Urban Ministry, High Point Open Door Ministry, and Second Harvest Food Bank.  In addition to food and monetary donations, employees also volunteered their time at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

Durham Rescue Mission received $5,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. The gift will be used to purchase needed food items to provide daily meals to almost 400 men, women and children.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina (JA) was awarded $5,000 from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to assist JA in developing a job shadow initiative that addresses the need for workforce ready youth.

News about people, groups

The National Council of Nonprofits announced the election of Trisha Lester, vice president of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, to its board of directors.

Additionally, the National Council of Nonprofits awarded David Heinen, director of public policy and advocacy for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, with the second annual Flo Green Network Champion Award. The award honors a leader who demonstrates a commitment to sharing knowledge and elevating the work of state associations of nonprofits.

Hospice of Wake County hired Jeanne Lawson as its major gifts coordinator. Lawson will secure higher-end gifts that will benefit the benevolent patient program, Horizons Grief Center, and capital campaigns.

Wake Education Partnership has named Gary Greene, CEO of Greene Resources Inc., as chairman of its board of directors.

The Child Care Services Association (CCSA) Board of Directors announced Anna Carter as its new president and CEO.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity will hold a key passing ceremony for its 2013 Women Build House at 5:30 p.m. July 9 in Carney Place. This is the eighth house built in Asheville by Women Build, a Habitat for Humanity program that includes women in the building process through fundraising and construction.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement, a program of the Duplin County Community Foundation, will begin its 2013 grant application cycle Friday, July 5. Grants are available to local organizations with programs focusing on youth in Duplin County. Grant applications are available at www.nccommunityfoundation.org.  The application deadline is Aug. 20.

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, is beginning its annual process to select a nonprofit partner for the 2015 main concert event. For nonprofits who are interested in applying, there will be a Q&A session at 5:30 p.m. July 15 at Lincoln Theater, 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh. To be eligible, prospective nonprofits must be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency and must serve the Triangle area.

Eschelon Hospitality and its six Raleigh restaurants will partner with Easter Seals UCP during the month of July to raise funds and promote awareness of the organization. Guests of the restaurants will receive printed information on Easter Seals UCP’s mission and have an opportunity to add $1 to directly benefit the nonprofit.

Apricot Lane boutique will host its grand opening July 13 at The Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham. As part of the grand opening, Apricot Lane will donate 15 percent of all sales to Transforming Hope, a Durham-based nonprofit that works to transform the lives of human trafficking victims. There will also be a personal goods and home products drive to collect toilet paper, shampoo, soaps, cleaning supplies, toothbrushes and similar products to stock the Transforming Hope safe house.

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