6.1.15 NC Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative, has been named the recipient of a $1.77 million Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant. The funding is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Administration for Children and Families in order to expand access to high-quality care for infants and toddlers. Click here for more.

Thanks to an anonymous donation through the Community Foundation of WNC, Asheville Area Habitat is pleased to announce it’s first-ever “Business Bungalow” House in West Asheville. All donations made to this house by local business will be matched up to $25,000 by this donor. Learn more here.

The Louisburg College is proud to announce the Roger G. and Gaile Davenport Taylor Honors Program. The Honors Program is celebrating its first graduating class with a $100,000 gift from Mr. and Mrs. Roger G. Taylor ’68. The gift will allow the program to further its mission of encouraging, communicating and rewarding academic excellence and leadership. Read more.

News about people, groups

Jane Kendall, Founder and President for the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, will be retiring in early November after 25 years. Trisha Lester has been named Acting President for the Center by the Board of Directors. Read more.

Student Action with Farmworkers welcomes 24 Into the Fields interns and 5 Sowing Seeds for Change fellows, who will begin their summer work on June 1. Students come from all over the country to improve farmworker conditions in the Southeast. Click here for more.

At NCMH – “Hey America!: Eastern North Carolina and the Birth of Funk”

Sam Lathan, who played drums for James Brown and the Famous Flames, was one of the musicians from eastern North Carolina who influenced the creation of funk music in the 1960s. Lathan will talk about his experiences in the early funk music scene and about traveling the world with Brown, the “Godfather of Funk Music,” during the program History à la Carte: Drumming Up the Funk! on Wednesday, June 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. For more, click here. An exhibit case, titled Hey America!: Eastern North Carolina and the Birth of Funk, will feature seven items associated with Brown and some Tar Heel musicians who worked with him. The exhibit case will be on view from Saturday, June 6, through Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in the museum lobby. Click here for details.

Six volunteers and patients from Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG) who are veterans and six activity-duty U.S. Marines were honored following the Greensboro Hopper vs. Lakewood baseball game. This kicked off the summer-long awareness campaign about HPCG’s We Honor Veterans program. Read more.

News about opportunities, initiatives

On Thursday, May 28th local business leaders, elected officials, and education professionals met for the annual Chamber Education Forum. This year’s forum was co-hosted by WakeEd Partnership. Click here to learn more.

We Care Promotions organized a benefit concert on Saturday, May 30th for long-time listener, Barry Batts, who is battling heart disease. The concert raised money to help Batts and his family during this difficult time. Click here for more.

The Fayetteville Police Department in partnership with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition has now equipped over 200 officers with Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdose from opioids such as heroin, methadone and prescription painkillers. Opioids are responsible for the majority of deaths from drug overdose in North Carolina each year.

2015 Charlotte Walk to End Lupus, photo by Justin White
2015 Charlotte Walk to End Lupus, photo by Justin White

The 14th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte brought together more than 2,500 people who took steps against lupus. This crowd broke the chapter’s record in attendance. To date, the event has raised more than $115,000 to support lupus programs and services. Read more.

Save the date for The Hispanic League’s “Running of the Bulls” 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on June 20th. All proceeds support the League’s efforts to provide scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students. To register, click here.

Join the Block Gallery on Thursday, June 4 for their opening reception of “State of the Print” curated by Judy Jones featuring work from contemporary North Carolina printmakers. Read more.

The Triad Health Project is asking for additional support for their annual event, Dinning for Friends. If you would like to donate, click here.

The Mint Museum has spots available for its summer camp for grades K-12. Visit mintmuseum.org for more information.

On Thursday, May 28th, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Winston-Salem celebrated their 22nd Annual Career Skills Program with a banquet, highlighting the achievements of the students who participated in the twelve-week program. Read more.

International House of Charlotte is seeking English Tutors for new immigrants. To apply and learn more, click here.

27th Annual Carolina Kids Classic Charity Golf Tournament will take place on June 2 in Chapel Hill. This year’s sole beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill (RMH) will use the funds raised towards its expansion of facilities and services. In October, RMH Chapel Hill will expand from 29 to 53 guest rooms.

Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh, NC announces its 2015 Second Stage Series of plays, Wait Til You See This, an ongoing collaboration with young and emerging artists and companies. Burning Coal Theatre, which is housed in the historic Murphey School auditorium at 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC, will present three single-actor productions in its 18th season of its Second Stage Series from June 11-June 28, 2015.

WomenNC will be holding an information session on Thursday, June 11 at 6:45 for those interested in volunteering with the nonprofit. Additionally, the Cities for CEDAW campaign meeting will be on June 23. For more, click here.

Hope Reins breaks ground on a new location at a former cattle ranch.
Hope Reins breaks ground on a new location at a former cattle ranch.

Hope Reins, a nonprofit that serves children who have had traumatic life experiences through interaction with rescued horses, has broken ground on a former cattle ranch.

The Durham Art Guild and Student U present “Rites of Passage,” the third annual exhibition of the Creative Mentorship Program in ROOM 100 Gallery at Golden Belt June 2-29, 2015. A special public reception will be held June 12, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. As part of Third Friday Durham, a reception will also be held on June 19, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Read more.

Cary High School student Emily Davis, has started a club Humans for Justice in partnership with The Salvation Army’s Project FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking) to send five human traffic victims to school. They’ve raised $200 out of the $1200 needed. To help support visit The Salvation Army’s website.

On May 31st, Make-a-Wish Eastern North Carolina granted its 3000th wish to Tyler who celebrated his 7th birthday on a two-day adventure at Universal Studios by boarding an Amtrak train on Thursday night and returning Sunday morning. Tyler’s Train Experience Wish was held at Amtrak station in Raleigh, NC and open to the public. Click the link for more.

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