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5.18.15 NC Nonprofit News

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News about grants, gifts

Alexander Youth Network is proud to announce they raised $448,736 at their annual “Celebrating Our Kids” luncheon on May 6. Donations from this event will provide mental health care for children all over North Carolina. Click here for more.

The Biogen Foundation, a proponent of innovative science education programs and initiatives, is helping to advance teacher leadership in North Carolina with a grant of $49,000 to support the Kenan Fellows Program’s Professional Advancement Institutes. The Foundation’s award helps to ensure that Kenan Fellows deepen their core knowledge and grow as professionals who raise the bar of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Learn more here.

SECU Foundation Board Chair McKinley Wooten, Jr. and the Director of Operations of The SECU Commons Brian Hahne unveiled the new signage for The SECU Commons, on May 12th, to celebrate the efforts of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members to help address the issue of homelessness. SECU Foundation presented The SECU Commons with a $1 million challenge grant in November 2014 to help NCHF complete the development of campus facilities for the program aimed at assisting three populations at risk of chronic homelessness – homeless families, youth aging out of foster care and autism spectrum young adults. Read more.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust announced grants of more than $3.5 million to continue expanding behavioral health services in rural North Carolina. Trust funding announced this month includes nearly $2 million to provide behavioral health services at five existing Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) sites, bringing integrated care to approximately 27,000 people who visit the sites annually.

Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast is pleased to award eight community health organizations with Passing the Promise grants for the 19th Annual Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, locally presented by Duke Cancer Institute. The community organizations that were awarded a grant to bring breast cancer survivors and their caregivers (co-survivors) to the 2015 Race are: Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary, Connection Resources – East End Baptist Church0, Haliwa Saponi Indian Tribe, Lincoln Community Health Center, Rural Health Group Outreach Program, Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition, St. Mark A.M.E. Church, and Warren County Community Health Clinic, Inc.

News about people, groups

Angie Brewer has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation as a regional associate for the southeast region of the state, according to Sally Migliore, NCCF director of community leadership. Affiliate foundations in the region include Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson and Sampson counties. Read more.

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, has hired Fraley Marshall as program manager.

Karen McNeil Miller of Kate B Reynolds Trust

Karen McNeil Miller of Kate B Reynolds Trust

Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, has announced plans to join the Denver-based Colorado Health Foundation as president & CEO. Under her 11-year leadership, the Trust evolved into a strategic, impact-driven foundation with a national presence on issues ranging from rural health to access to care. McNeil-Miller will step down in August 2015 and start her new role at the Colorado Health Foundation on Sept. 1, 2015.

Greenhill announces their Director of Programs, Lynn Sanders-Bustle, has accepted a position as Chair of the Art Education program at the University of Georgia.  A once in a lifetime opportunity, she is looking forward to working with faculty to shape the program. Learn more here.

Fifty-five civic and community leaders from across the state have completed the Leadership North Carolina program and celebrated their graduation during a ceremony in Raleigh, NC on Friday, May 15th. For a list of the leaders, click here.

Group photo from the American Heart Association “HeartChase” organized by Timmy Weitzel

Timmy Weitzel, a Wake Forest University Junior and Economics major held an internship this spring, with the American Heart Association. For his internship, Weitzel planned, organized, and implemented an inaugural HeartChase event at WFU on April 23 which became the top fundraising collegiate HeartChase in the United States. Read more.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Durham’s Partnership for Children (the Partnership), a Smart Start Initiative, invites community members to attend an Early Childhood Bus Tour on Wednesday, May 20th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. This event illustrates the impact of high-quality care, programs, and services that promote healthy development and learning for Durham County’s youngest children and families. The free tour is one of several offered throughout the year and is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate discussion among community leaders. Click the link.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (FBCENC), a nonprofit organization providing food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina, has announced that it has partnered with Triangle companies for the fourth annual Sort-A-Rama event. On this day, more than 900 corporate volunteers will unite to sort and package more than 170,000 meals for local families living with food insecurity. The event will take place on Thursday, May 21 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Jim Graham Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road. Learn more here.

Photo Credit Catrice Wulf - Ward nurse Anna Iraggi (USA) examines Mona (MGB16194) as she recovers on D Ward.

Photo Credit Catrice Wulf – Ward nurse Anna Iraggi (USA) examines Mona (MGB16194) as she recovers on D Ward.

During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, Mercy Ships commands thousands of nurses who have volunteered on their hospital ships since 1978. Nurses have helped Mercy Ships provide more than 78,000 free surgeries, teach over 183,000 people basic healthcare, mentored African nurses and provided expert pre-operative and post-operative care to patients in the wards. Cary nurse, Anna Iraggi is one of the many volunteers aboard Mercy ship caring for patients with facial deformities. Read more.

The 6th Annual Take Fashion to Heart with Macy’s event and Go Red Fashion Show on May 9th partnered with the American Heart Association and Novant Health, the Greater Triad Go Red For Women Wellness Partner, featuring free health screenings (including blood pressure, BMI screenings, cholesterol and blood glucose), free mini-makeovers, fun Go Red stations, kids crafts courtesy of Mended Little Hearts, and great prize drawings including a free Macy’s outfit.  Learn more here.

On Thursday, May 28, four 24 Hours of Booty cycling event teams are joining forces to fight cancer. The second annual “Pink to Drink” fundraiser will take place simultaneously at Sugar Creek Brewing Co. (215 Southside Drive) and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (4150 Yancey Road) from 6:00-9:00PM. Hosted by four of 24 Hours of Booty’s top fundraising teams – Team Reeb, Team LIBSTRONG/Drew’s Crew, Team Amwins and Team Spokes N’ Mirrors – “Pink to Drink” will be one of the organization’s largest grassroots events of the year. Click here for more information.

The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) will host the next Artists’ Salon on Friday, May 15, from 6:30 p.m.9:00 p.m. in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Learn more here.

Genesis Home in Durham is in need of bedding for the families that they serve. For more information, click here.

Raleigh Typhoon – the Downtown Raleigh scavenger hunt adventure benefiting Activate Good – returns Saturday, June 27, rain or shine!

“Just Passing Through”, a collaborative door art show was developed and organized by ECU’s MAEd graduate candidate and art educator Magen Pike of Benson Middle School.  Collaborators and art educators Katie Gentry of West View Elementary, Kelly Crocker of Princeton Elementary, Megan Jones of South Johnston High School, Abby Boykin of Corinth Holders High School and Christina Schaffer of Smithfield Middle School and the talented students of each school represent each separate door. The show will be held on May 18th at the Frank Creech Art Gallery in Smithfield, NC. Read more.

Nominations are currently open for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award. Click here to learn more.

The Miriam Preston Block Gallery invites artists, artist teams, and curators to apply for the 2016-2017 Block Gallery Exhibition Series located in Raleigh, NC. To learn more about eligibility and the submission deadline, click here.

On Saturday, May 16 Art-On-The-Move buses debuted at Artsplosure. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Martin Street at Moore Square and the public was encouraged to take to social media to share their pictures with the buses around town with the hashtag #AOTM2015.

In a new collaboration between Raleigh Dance Theatre and the Philharmonic Association, talented young artists performed in a restaging of the ballet classic Firebird on Sunday, May 17 at Meredith College.

Shaw University is raising funds for a community art initiative that will place a mural on the underpass in front of Shaw University on Blount Street.  Learn more.

On Friday, May 15th, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Ben Owen III held a live pottery demonstration on a traditional kick wheel and discussed how form and utilitarian qualities of pottery influenced common styles for the works of the Owens and other families in the eastern United States. Learn more.
On Sunday, May 17th, the Ethiopian Community of Charlotte and Surrounding Area and International House held kicked off their Film Fest for the Summer with Adwa: An African Victory.
WomenNC will be holding their Cities for CEDAW campaign meeting on Thursday, May 21st at the J.B. Hunt Library on NC State campus. To learn more, visit womennc.org.
On Saturday, May 16th, the Hispanic League sponsored the first Latino-American Women’s Conference in Winston-Salem. The conference included information about business, finance, leadership, and health. Read more.
On Thursday, May 21, Jordan Oaks, an Independent Retirement Community in Cary, is hosting a Cookout to kick off Memorial Weekend. For more information, click here.
Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now is proud to present A Call to Men Conference in order to work toward ending violence against women through developing young men of character. To learn more about events taking place in a city near you, click here.

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