Nonprofit news roundup, 01.31.13

Community Development Initiative awarding $5.85 million

The N.C. Community Development Initiative will invest $5.85 million in 28 nonprofits over the next three years to spur economic growth and job creation in some of the state’s most distressed areas.

The Initiative is making the grants through two new programs, Community Enterprise Fund and Capacity Building Grants, with financial support from the state, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, BB&T Corp. and other public and private organizations.

The Community Enterprise Fund program will award three-year grants ranging from $210,000 to $300,000 to help 19 nonprofits put into place strategic economic development plans in their communities, while the Capacity Building Grants program will award one-year, $40,000 o help nine organizations strengthen their operations for greater impact.

Public policy events set for nonprofits

Public policy and nonprofits will be the focus of two events in Raleigh hosted by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits on February 25 and 26.

Legislative leaders and advocates will speak at the Public Policy Forum for North Carolina’s Nonprofit Sector on February 25 in the McKimmon Center, and will be briefed by the Center for Nonprofits the following morning in the Legislative Building, with the opportunity to spend the day talking with lawmakers.

Carolina Theatre names director of development

Laura “Treat” Harvey, former director of development for the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham, has been named director of development for The Carolina Theatre of Durham.

Parker leaving Wake Tech Foundation

Virginia Parker, associate executive director of the Wake Tech Foundation, will become executive director of The Dan Foundation, a startup, and a vice president on the senior leadership team of the Divers Alert Network in Raleigh, effective March 1. The Network, a membership association with over 230,000 members internationally and annual revenue of roughly $18 million, focuses on scuba diver safety.

National MS Society hosts climb up Winston Tower

The Greensboro-based Central North Carolina chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is sponsoring a race up the stairs of the Winston Tower in Winston-Salem on February 2.

Participants are challenged to climb 30 floors, or 618 steps, starting in 10 second intervals, and race to the top of the tower, timed by chips.

MS affects over 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide.

The Central North Carolina chapter of the National MS Society provides educational and support programs and services such as financial assistance and equipment loan programs to over 2,500 people living with MS in a 15-county region.

VantageSouth Bank sponsors Go Red for Women campaign

VantageSouth Bank is a $25,000 sponsor of the 2013 Go Red for Women campaign of the American Heart Association. On Feb. 1, the bank will host a heart health fair with representatives from The Prevention Group/Lifesigns providing blood pressure checks, body mass index assessments and counseling on heart healthy lifestyles at no cost. Heart health literature will be available in all Triangle VantageSouth branches

Global Schools Network

The Global Schools Network Foundation is changing its name and brand to Boundless Impact.  While still supporting the Global Schools Network, the group also is expanding its mission to include other cross-boundary initiatives in education, economic development, international relations and interfaith community building.

Rex Healthcare Foundation

The Rex Healthcare Foundation in Raleigh has created a Foundation Leadership Council to identify, engage and solicit donor prospects for financial support of programs and initiatives at Rex Healthcare and improve care for all patients. Inaugural members include Richard L. Daugherty, chairman, and Maureen G. Alexander, Louis C. Arp III, Mary Susan Fulghum, Richard S. Myers, Robert Thomas, Florence B. Winston, Sherry C. Worth and G. Smedes York.

United Arts awards over $18,000 to artists

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County awarded over $18,000 to 16 individual artists through its regional program designed to help advance the recipients’ artistic careers by awarding grants for such needs as professional development workshops and conferences, equipment, and marketing materials.

Methodist Home for Children

Methodist Home for Children raised $220,000 through its Jan. 26 gala, A Winter’s Tale, drawing more than 400 guests in its 16th year, and honoring, as its 2013 Guardian Angels, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, based in Chapel Hill; Mark and Mitzi Janas of Raleigh; Rich Products Corp., based in Buffalo, N.Y.; and Richlands United Methodist Church of Onslow County.

Archer Daniels Midland to sponsor film festival

Archer Daniels Midland, a food manufacturer with a plant in Charlotte, is presenting sponsor for the 2013 Joedance Film Festival, to be held August 2-3, 2013, in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward.

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