12.04.13 N.C. Nonprofit News

Bobby Parker (second from left), vice president of marketing for Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries presents Ken Baroff (second from right), vice president of development for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, with a $10,000 donation as part of Season of Wishes campaign.

News about grants, gifts

The John Rex Endowment gave a $2 million grant to Project Enlightenment of the Wake County Public School System to provide the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program through 18 community agencies. Also receiving grants were El Pueblo ($226,915), Autism Society of North Carolina ($47,724), North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation ($40,250), PLM Families Together ($35,637), the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association ($11,500) and StepUp Ministry ($11,500).

The N.C. State Employees Credit Union Foundation gave $1 million to the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina. The grant will support the SECU Family House of WNC in Franklin.

The Stewards Fund has issued a $175,000 matching gift challenge for Housing for New Hope, which fights homelessness in Durham. The challenge runs through Jan. 31. To donate, click here.

The Winston-Salem Foundation‘s Legacy Society has opened applications for 2014 community grants,teacher grants and scholarships. In October, the foundation awarded $674,754 in community grants. In 2013, the Women’s Fund gave $154,000 to seven local nonprofits, and the Student Aid program awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships. For details, click here. The foundation has released its 2012 Annual Report and 2013 Report to the Community.

North Wilkesboro-based Window World Corporate participated in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk in Charlotte, raising $23,505 for the children’s research hospital.

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina received $10,980 from Zebulon-based Nomacorc and $10,000 from Highway 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries.

Benevolence Farm received a $5,000 grant from the Stentzel Foundation and a donation of 11 acres in southern Graham to help provide housing, employment, support and job training for women released from prison.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas donated 4,325 schools supplies to schools in 19 counties through its Pints for Pencils campaign in November.

News about people, groups

Urban Ministries of Durham has partnered with ad agency McKinney to launch Names for Change, an immersive online experience that teaches about homelessness and sells naming rights to hundreds of items UMD uses.

Morehead-based Bellagurl is offering to provide marketing services, website design and development and social media and blog training to 12 nonprofits in 2014. To apply, click here.

Chris Pfitzer was selected as vice president of marketing and communications for the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Dee Davis was elected president, Mary Mountcastle vice president, Ivan Kohar Parra secretary and Laura Mountcastle treasurer of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation‘s board of directors. Chard Berry and Jerry Gonzalez were also elected to the board.

Courtney Crowder, Mac Montgomery, Marion Sullivan, Amy Tiemann and John Wallace were elected to the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters‘ board of directors.

Col. John McCain was hired as chief operations officer of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

The SECU Foundation presented the 2013 Governor’s Awards for Excellence to 18 state employees and a state agency for their service. For details, click here.

News about opportunities, initiatives

With the aid of 493 volunteers, the Durham Rescue Mission served Thanksgiving dinner to 478 homeless individuals and families and gave away more than 4,000 articles of clothing, 653 bags of groceries, 191 meals on wheels and children’s toys.

Be Santa to a Senior connects lonely or low-income seniors with volunteers, who visit and bring holiday gifts. Sign up through Dec. 12, or email Stephen Lair at Stephen.Lair@homeinstead.com for more information.

The North Carolina Bankers’ Association has kicked off its annual Warmth for Wake energy assistance program. For eligibility, donation and volunteer information, click here.

The 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a volunteer survey will collects bird population data for conservation efforts, runs Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. To volunteer in North Carolina, click here.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual fundraiser, the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, on Dec. 13 and 14 at the US Cellular Center. For tickets, click here.

Communities in Schools Durham and Band Together will hold an After-Work/Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 12 at Deep South the Bar in Raleigh. Basic needs items will be collected for personal hygiene kits to be distributed to students in Wake and Durham counties.

Converting Hearts Ministries Aiken Farm in Wake Forest, which helps those struggling with addiction, will hold Open House and Joy of Lights on Dec. 14.

The Shedding Light on Children Trafficking in North Carolina Conference, which is aimed at professionals and volunteers who work with children, will take place Jan. 23-24 in Raleigh. Registration is due by Dec. 19.

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina will hold its annual fundraisers, The Wish Ball, on Feb. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St. For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.

The 8th annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala on March at CenterState@NoDa in Charlotte will raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter. For ticket, sponsorship and donation information, click here.

Cambridge Village of Apex Independent Living is seeking volunteers to host arts and crafts classes, computer classes and history lessons. For information, contact Linda Barmann at LBarmann@cambridgevillageofapex.com or 919-363-2080.

Spring Arbor of Apex, 901 Spring Arbor Court, is collecting canned and dry food items for Western Wake Crisis Ministry. For information, call 919-303-9990 or email axmktg@hhhunt.com.

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