5.13.19 NC News

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Grace Poli, 2018 Sauer Award Recipient

News about grants, gifts

SECU Foundation Board Chair Bob Brinson (center) presents ceremonial check to Mary Ann Danowitz, Dean of the NC State College of Education (left) and Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Dean of the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill (right).

SECU Foundation is teaming up with North Carolina State University College of Education and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education to fund the expansion of Pathway to Practice NC. A $200,000 investment from the Foundation will assist with the development of content specific competencies and modules for individuals with a residency license to earn their dual teaching certifications in elementary and special education. The grant will also provide funding for ten $5,000 scholarships to help increase program enrollment.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity raised over $90,000 at its 2019 Hopebuilders breakfast. Hosted at Sweet Magnolia Estates, the goal of the event was to raise a full home sponsorship of $75,000 in an hour. To help reach the goal, Lowe’s provided a lead gift of $40,000 and Novant Health Huntersville contributed a $5,000 gift.

The Winston-Salem Foundation is seeking grant applications for creative solutions for transportation challenges in Forsyth County. This grant cycle is a part of its grantmaking focus area, Building an Inclusive Economy. Applications are open through May 23, 2019. To submit a grant application and for more information, visit wsfoundation.org/transportation.

Duke University received a $5 million grant from The Duke Endowment to support the Garden Gateway Project, a fundraising campaign to create enhanced facilities and spaces at Duke Gardens.

The Orange County Arts Commission selected four arts educators to be recipients of its newly established Arts Educator Professional Development Grant Program. Ryan E. Ellefsen from East Chapel Hill High School, Kristen Morgan from Chapel Hill High School, Elaine Algarra from East Chapel Hill High School, and Sarah Cornette from Mary Scroggs Elementary have all received mini-grants to aid in their professional development as arts educators.

Raleigh attorney Gene Boyce has committed to give Campbell Law School $2.1 million in a planned gift in honor of Dean Emerita and Professor Melissa Essary. Boyce gave the law school its largest gift to date to establish the G. Eugene Boyce Center of Advocacy in September 2015.

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership received a six-figure charitable grant from GSK to support five Triangle area educators, who will receive leadership training to drive innovations in STEM education and help students embrace work-based applications in math and science. The teachers, known as GSK Kenan STEM Fellows, are part of the 2019-20 cohort of Kenan Fellows.

News about people, groups

Our Towns Habitat “Build Your Career” scholarship winner, Shaniya Turner.

Shaniya Turner was named the winner of the inaugural Our Towns Habitat for Humanity “Build Your Career” scholarship. Turner, a Mooresville resident, will receive $2,000 to use toward her senior year at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown has been named The Charlotte Post Foundation 2019 Luminary. Garmon-Brown will be honored with The Charlotte Post Foundation’s highest award at its banquet October 5th at the Hilton Center City in Charlotte.

IntraHealth International’s president and CEO Pape Gaye will transition to the role of president emeritus in 2020.

Emerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. has been selected by the City of Durham’s Participatory Budgeting Committee to participate in the voting-cycle of its 2019 community impact program.

Converting Hearts Ministries graduated seven men from their program on Saturday, May 4th.

Dress for Success Triangle NC names Heather Dennis as its new Executive Director. Dennis was the former Executive Director of Meals on Wheels, Rhode Island prior to joining Dress for Success Triangle.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Community Foundation of Henderson County is currently accepting nominations for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award. Presented at the Community Foundation’s Annual Luncheon, the Sauer Award celebrates individuals who provide outstanding leadership through their personal philanthropic efforts in Henderson County.

Save the Date: The 2019 NC BikeWalk Summit will be held November 8-9 in Winston-Salem. If you are a bicycle / pedestrian advocate in the Winston-Salem area who would like to help plan the Summit and showcase your town, email BikeWalk NC Executive Director, Terry Lansdell, at director@bikewalknc.org.

Richard N. Davis

The Winston Salem Chamber Board of Directors has enacted the Richard N. Davis Minority Business Scholarship program to recognize and provide support to minority and women-owned local businesses. The scholarship program will provide Chamber memberships to minority and women-owned businesses and will develop a peer network of local companies to strengthen and build relationships among minority and women business leaders.

The Barnabas Network will hold their Spring Warehouse Sale on May 18th, 9 am-3 pm, and May 19th, noon-3 pm at the Executive Square Shopping Center in Greensboro.

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge will host their monthly vegan potluck on Saturday, May 25 in Pittsboro. Refuge residents will be available for visits between 4:30–6 PM. This event is free, but you must RSVP to attend.

WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of the national online nonprofit Western Governors University, is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to provide special Bridge to Success Scholarships from a dedicated fund of $500,000 just for Mako employees.

Nonprofit.ist is now live. The online network allows for nonprofits to find experts locally, regionally, and nationally, as well as allow for consultants create custom listings.

The WNC Health Equity Coalition will hold the Cutting Edge Philanthropy Forum on May 24th, hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Reuter Center Manheimer Room at UNC Asheville. The 2019 sale of Mission Hospital network to HCA Healthcare created a $1.5 billion windfall that will be administered by Dogwood Health Trust.

The Burning Coal Theatre Company and Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum present Churchill’s Shorts, two short plays by Caryl Churchill, directed by Stephen Eckerd, June 20 – 30, 2019 at CAM/Raleigh. 

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will host their Denim Ball Thursday, August 22nd at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For tickets, click here.

The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center will host Social Media for Nonprofits presented by Ignite Social Media on Wednesday, May 22, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Durham South Regional Library in Durham.

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association will host their Parks, Recreation, and Outside Play Wellness Summit on Tuesday, May 21st in Cary.


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