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11.09.15 NC Nonprofit News

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 News about grants, gifts

11.9.15 SECU FoundationA Durham housing project to benefit area veterans has received the support of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation. SECU Foundation provided an interest-free construction loan of over $411,000 to Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes to help build Denson Apartments, an 11-unit permanent supportive housing development for veterans who are homeless and have disabilities.

The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to Catawba Valley Community College to improve its advanced manufacturing education programs and help cultivate a skilled workforce in the county. The Golden LEAF Foundation works with local governments and nonprofits to improve economies in the state.

News about people, groups

Student Action with Farmworkers Advocacy & Organizing Director Nadeen Bir Zaslow was recently11.9.15 Student Action with Farmworkers named as one of two 2015 Southern Foodways Alliance Smith Symposium Fellows. The program invites individuals whose work promises a positive impact on the southern region and its foodways to be guests at the annual fall symposium.

Two Genesis Home residents were selected to participate in an event for the Raise Up for $15 in Charlotte. The event was hosted by the Southern Worker’s Organizing Committee, a nonprofit that works with employees to advocate for fair pay and increasing minimum wage.

On October 31, the Mint Museum opened their new “Viva Moschino!” exhibit to showcase artist and fashion designer Franco Moschino.11.9.15 International House

More than 350 people joined International House to celebrate Chinese culture at the organization’s 27th annual benefit gala on Saturday, October 17th.

Radio station 88.5 WFDD of Wake Forest is partnering with former 88.5 WFDD news director and NPR newscaster Paul Brown to re-launch Across the Blue Ridge. Across the Blue Ridge presents stories from American history through the lens of Appalachian music and cultural history.

On Thursday November 5th, WomenNC hosted their November Reception which included a meet-and-greet with the 2016 WomenNC Fellowship recipients an information about WomenNC’s work in advancing the gender equality agenda in North Carolina.

11.9.15 Pro Bono AwardsThe area’s largest recipients of pro bono legal services, Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte, hosted the fourth annual Pro Bono Awards at the Foundation For The Carolinas. The annual event honored local attorneys and advocates who havegiven their time and expertise to local underserved children, families, and individuals in legal crisis.

On Wednesday November 4th, the Durham Rescue Mission asked the community to help provide 200 turkeys for homeless men, women, and children who will be attending the Durham Rescue Mission’s Annual Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners.

The North Carolina Housing Coalition honored  Patricia “Pat” Garrett, 11.9.15 NCHCformerly with The Affordable Housing Group and current N.C. Housing Finance Agency Board Member, with the Bill Rowe Service to Affordable Housing Awards. Spencer Duin was presented with the Sister Barbara Sullivan Award for his volunteer work with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

On November 7th,  Couture for a Cause was held as an annual fashion show fundraiser benefiting Activate Good. Local fashion designers paired with Activate Good’s nonprofit partners to create and show ready-to-wear and couture looks inspired by the missions of those organizations.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter has begun its “30 Days of Thanks” campaign in preparation for #GivingTuesday on December 1st. This effort will help raise awareness of lupus and how the organization supports the 45,000 people living with lupus throughout North Carolina.

Culture Mill will present two performances made in Berlin as a part of Durham Independent Dance Artists’ second season. The double bill, titled “Berlin/Durham”, will present works by Anja Müller and Tommy Noonan.

Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative will host “A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration” on Tuesday, December 8th in Charlotte. Part of JAI’s acclaimed Jazz Room series, this special holiday show will help support scholarships for the JAI Jazz Academy.

The Durham Arts Council will host the 2015 Durham Pottery Tour on November 14th and 15th at the Durham Arts Council Clay Studio.

More than 50 regional potters will participate in the Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival on Saturday November 14th. A large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery from NC, SC, & VA will be available for sale. Potters of the Piedmont is partnering with Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Feast of Caring and Mosaic-A Lifespan Studio. This year there will be pottery raffle with all proceeds going to Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Zerorez of North Carolina is partnering with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina on a food drive. The ZeroHunger food drive collect non-perishable foods from Zeroez customers and donate them to the Food Bank.

Urban Ministries of Wake County will host its eleventh Annual Stone Soup Supper on Thursday, November 12th. Proceeds support Urban Ministries’ programs to alleviate and eliminate poverty in Wake County.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals NC Triad Chapter will host a webinar titled “Ten Ideas to Elevate Your Small Shop Fundraising Program,” presented by Ligia Pena, CFRE. The webinar will cover how to engage board members and identify fundraising strategies that yield greater results.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts will begin TCVA 140: The Creative Incubator on November 19th, an initiative that aims to bring together a diverse cross-section of some of the region’s most innovative thinkers and practitioners to discuss their ideas and projects in 140 seconds or less.

Raleigh Nonprofit Communicators will host a talk on November 17th by Dawn Crawford of BC/DC Ideas and Heather Yandow from Third Space Studio. They will be discussing their recent “Individual Donor Benchmark Report,” providing tips on how nonprofits can use this data to their benefit.

The Artists’ Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be held on Friday, November 20th. The topic will be “Navigating Social Media” and will be presented by Laken Geiger of MISNER Public Relations in Raleigh.


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