Nonprofit news roundup, 12.21.12

Clarity Group and The Futures Company team up

Clarity Group and The Futures Company, both in Chapel Hill, are joining forces, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Craig Wood, who left The Futures Company six years ago to launch Clarity Group, a consulting firm for nonprofits and faith-based groups, will become head of The Future Company’s Insights Integration division. That division develops database solutions to link proprietary research data with transactional data.

The Futures Company, which tracks influences on consumer values, attitudes and trends, will use the Clarity Group’s knowledge of the charitable world to help its corporate clients on their corporate social responsibility practices, Wood says in a statement.

Biogen Idec Foundation partners with Triangle Community Foundation

The Biogen Idec Foundation in collaboration with Triangle Community Foundation awarded 28 grants totaling $48,914.55 to Triangle area schools and nonprofits as part of its Micro-Grants in Science Education program. The program provides small, one-time grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to schools and nonprofits to support science education initiatives.

Junior Achievement gets $25,000 from Walmart Foundation

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina received a $25,000 grant from Walmart Foundation.  Junior Achievement will use the funds to bring financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness programs to over 1,000 students in eastern North Carolina.

Festival Stage gets anonymous challenge pledge

An anonymous donor has pledged to match two-to-one any new gifts to Festival Stage of Winston-Salem between now and Jan. 31, 2013. As part of the challenge, the donor will match any new dollars up to $18,000, including gifts from first-time donors and from previous donors who have not yet made a gift this fiscal year. The match also will apply to increases in giving from current donors. Gifts must be designated for the annual fund, which is used for a variety of operating expenses. If the challenge is met, Festival Stage will raise a total of $27,000.

Salvation Army gets toys, gifts

Time Warner Cable and News 14 Carolina delivered over 6,200 toys and gifts to the Salvation Army for families in need across the Carolinas. Over 300 Time Warner Cable employees are volunteering 1,100 hours of their time across the Carolinas, delivering gifts and working at Salvation Army Toy Shops and distribution centers.

High Point University

High Point University teamed up with United Way partner agencies and neighborhood organizations to bring 400 individuals to campus for a free meal and to attend a men’s basketball game. The individuals were invited to the dinner through local nonprofits and community groups such as the Housing Authority of High Point, YWCA, YMCA and several local schools.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival delivered 30 toys and 250 cans of food to Salvation Army of High Point, and another 250 cans of food to Leslie’s House, a High Point shelter that is part of West End Ministries and serves homeless women. The toys and food were donated by over 200 adults and children who were admitted free to the Dec. 13 preview performance of A Christmas Carol in return for bringing a new toy or three cans of food.

Method Child Development Center

Method Child Development Center in Raleigh formed the Jan Sharp Memorial Scholarship to help low-income families receive affordable and dependable childcare and early education. Sharp, who died in 2009, was vice president for human resources at Capital Broadcasting Company member of the board at Method Child Development Center.

Keep NC Beautiful

Keep NC Beautiful has awarded cash prizes to three winners in its Unusual Litter Contest, sponsored by PepsiCo, including Girl Scout Troop 40109 in Winston-Salem, which won first place and $250 for “bottom half of a mannequin;” Pack 318 at North Raleigh United Methodist Church, which won second place and $100 for “perfect- condition canoe paddle;” and Girl Scout Troop 799 in Huntersville, which tied for third place and won $50 for “toilet seat.”

New School of Philanthropy names Rooney associate dean

Patrick M. Rooney,has been named associate dean of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. Rooney has served since 2008 as executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the precursor to the School of Philanthropy. As associate dean for academic affairs and research, he will direct all of the new School’s academic, degree and research programs and activities. His appointment is effective January 1, 2013.

LGBT Community Center of Charlotte

The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Community Center of Charlotte has signed a lease to move the 11-year organization from the N.C. Music Factory to 617 East 28th Street in the NoDa neighborhood.

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