Nonprofit news roundup, 12.07.12

Reynolds Trust invests in Forsyth children

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem is kicking off an initiative, known as Great Expectations, to ensure that the youngest children in Forsyth County are prepared for success in school and life by the time they finish kindergarten.

The Trust’s Poor and Needy Division plans over the next 10 years to invest roughly $30 million in low-income children from birth to age five.

As part of that effort, the main focus of nearly $3 million in grants it recently approved to improve the quality-of-life of Forsyth County residents, is for programs that support early childhood years.

Those grants include $202,000 to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to provide professional support to Pre-K and kindergarten teachers at elementary schools with children from low-income families; $41,927 to Northwest Child Development Center to fund nine day-care slots at its MudPies Bolton location; and $49,500 for Reach Out and Read, a program that works with healthcare providers to offer developmentally-appropriate books to low-income families to read aloud to their children ages six months to five years.

Crosby Scholars campaign raises $5.2 million

Crosby Scholars, founded in 1992 with funding from The Crosby National Celebrity Golf Tournament with a mission to better prepare Forsyth County students for college, met its goal of raising $5.2 million in a capital campaign to fund expanded student services and scholarship funds to support 10,000 students expected to be enrolled as Crosby Scholars by 2015. Over 100 community leaders served as volunteers in the campaign, and over 250 organizations and families made contributions.

BCC Rally raises $215,000 to fight breast cancer

BCC Rally, the south Charlotte breast cancer fundraiser, raised $215,000 during this year’s events, including $57,000 from its Pink Bow Campaign and the remainder from four other fundraising events, including family day, women’s golf and luncheon, men’s golf, women’s tennis, and a black-tie gala, with all funds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Greensboro United Way focuses on maternal and child mental health

United Way of Greater Greensboro is launching a new collaborative project, known as “Early Is Best,” that will focus on promoting positive parenting and evidence-based interventions to support maternal and child mental health.

Programming and services for the project will include staffing a nurse specializing in infant and maternal mental health with the Universal Newborn Home Visitation Program.

The project also will support a positive parenting collaborative to enhance early parenting intervention and education programs and to build the capacity of community partners to deliver effective programs.

Through funding and support from the Cemala Foundation and Bryan Foundation, United Way has engaged three partners for the project, including the Guilford County Department of Public Health, Children’s Home Society/Family Life Council, and Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships at UNC-Greensboro, which will serve as the research and implementation partner and provide technical assistance, evaluation and oversight.

Renna leaving Family Services

Al Renna will retire Jan. 1 as president and CEO of Family Services, which has hired Robert J. Feikema, director of community initiatives for Family Resources in Pittsburgh to succeed Renna.

Family Services, a United Way agency, provides child development services, including Head Start, domestic violence services, adoption and counseling.

Feikema has been responsible for strategic planning, administration, civic engagement and government relations for two child abuse prevention agencies in Pittsburgh since 2004.

He also served as executive director of Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force for five years, and as director of programs at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania for eight years.

High Point University receives LEGO funds

Shirley Disseler, an assistant professor of elementary education at High Point University, has been awarded a $20,000 LEGO Showcase Grant for materials for the STEM Smart Program to be brought to Oak View, Oak Hill and Kirkman Park elementary schools, and for the School of Education to host a community-wide showcase of LEGO robotics in the spring to show how LEGO can be used in critical thinking processes.

Meals on Wheels gets $30,000

Meals on Wheels of Wake County received a $30,000 grant from the North Carolina Advisory Council of the WalMart Foundation and will use the funds to purchase 7,500 meals to feed its clients for six weeks.

Crossnore School

Allowance Manager has collected over $50,000 in necessities and holiday gifts that television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will give to The Crossnore School in Crossnore, N.C., during a special holiday episode that will air Dec. 10.

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina will hold its third annual Awareness Breakfast on December 13 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh.  Thomas W. Ross, president of the University of North Carolina system, will deliver the keynote address.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival

Wells Fargo is sponsoring a free SchoolFest performance of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s A Christmas Carol on Dec. 12 for 33 students from Northwood Elementary School in High Point.

Honda Aircraft

Honda Aircraft Company, based in Greensboro, N.C., shipped 500 care packages to North Carolina-based troops on active duty in Afghanistan and Kuwait as part of “Operation Deep Appreciation,” a company-wide effort now in its fourth year.

Ravenscroft School

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education has named Fran Pugh, a member of the board of trustees at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh for 44 years, as the recipient of the Seymour Preston Award,  presented annually to a school trustee who has exhibited exceptional commitment and leadership in developing voluntary support for his or her institution.

A Child’s Place

Staple’s Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples Inc., awarded a grant of $15,000 to A Child’s Place in Charlotte.

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