7.25.16 NC Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

The Duke Endowment awarded a $325,000 grant to the NC Early Childhood Foundation to advance policies and practices that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth.

7.25.16 Red Cross_RevisedIn the wake of flash flooding across Durham and Wake Counties over the weekend, forcing many families to evacuate their homes, the Red Cross opened a shelter at Hillside High School to assist families with lodging and food. 

Community Foundation of Henderson County awarded The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited William L. Arbuckle Memorial Scholarship for $1,000.00 to Brett B. Kelly, a student at Clemson University currently studying in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology curriculum. 

The Biology Department at Chowan University received funding from North Carolina Sea Grant. This Community Collaborative Research Grant allows Chowan students to participate in coastal programs that strive to bring together academic and coastal communities to solve environmental problems.

Urban Ministries of Wake County, participating Chick-fil-A restaurants, and Systel Business Equipment partnered for Christmas in July on Friday, July 22. Customers who brought five non-perishable food items or a $5 donation and received a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich or 8 count nuggets. Last year’s food drive brought in more than 5,400 pounds of food and raised over $2,100.

News about people, groups

7.25.2016 United Way of Lee County_revisedKendra K. Martin was named Executive Director for United Way of Lee County after serving in that role since April 1 on an interim basis. Martin joined the United Way staff more than two years ago as a part-time coordinator for VolunteerLee.com, the United Way website connecting volunteers with local nonprofits needing their help. 

Mona Baset and Marc Gustafson have been appointed to the 24 Hours of Booty board of directors. Baset and Gustafson have a combined 21 years of experience with 24 Hours of Booty. 

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences held a “Pioneer Night” on July 21, the event included Haliwa-Saponi artist and elder Senora Lynch who demonstrated pottery making and discussed her tribe with visitors. 

United Arts named five new members to its Board of Directors for the 2017 fiscal year. The new board members are Toiya Dunbar, Angie Emerline, Joyce Kohn, Jason Newton, and Raushawna Price. 

7.25.16 National Safe Space_revisedNational Safe Place selected Angela Craig from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries to receive the “Together We Can” award. This award honors individuals who go the extra mile to share resources, knowledge, and experiences with others in the field to ensure delivery of quality and consistent services to youth and families in need.

The National Association of Secretaries of State elected North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall as a national officer of the association. Marshall will serve on the Executive Board as Secretary until July 2017.

NC WARN filed a petition with the NC Utilities Commission that seeks to end the longstanding pattern of Duke Energy and the regulators deciding billion-dollar cases behind closed doors.  They are calling for an open discussion on a rules change that would create a fair and transparent process for settling those cases.

News about opportunities, initiatives

On August 19th United Way of Henderson County is rallying hundreds of volunteers for the first annual Day of Action sponsored by Pardee and UNC Health Care to mobilize the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in the community.

The Piedmont Farm Refuge launched a new video to go along with their clinic fundraising campaign. The clinic will provide medical assistance to animals residing in the refuge. 

Registration is open for the Guiding Light‘s 2016 Caregiver Summit, the event will take place on August 9 in Chapel Hill. 

The National Folk Festival is looking for 1000 volunteers from the Greensboro area to assist with the event. 

The Mint Museum now offers ArtBreaks, a free thirty minute guided tour held each Thursday at Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture.

Student Action with Farmworkers is holding an End of Summer Celebration on August 6th at the the Power Plant at American Tobacco Campus in Durham. 

The AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County has several upcoming events including: Orange County Ride for AIDS, Dining Out For Life, and Friday Night Trios Bowling League. 

Registration has opened for the 2016 North Carolina and South Carolina Planned Giving Councils. The event will take place from September 13-14 in Hendersonville, NC. 

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