Nonprofit news roundup, 02.08.13

Arts & Science Council sets $8.2 million goal

The Arts & Science Council in Charlotte has set a goal of raising $8.2 million for its 2013 campaign, down 5 percent from last year’s goal.

The Council, which raised $8.4 million in last year’s campaign, or $300,000 short of its goal, will invest $12.5 million in the cultural sector in the fiscal year ending June 30 through the use of public and private dollars.

For every dollar raised, 85 cents directly supports the cultural sector in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, including the operations of 24 organizations.

Co-chairing the campaign, which was launched January 31 and ends April 5, are Linda Lockman-Brooks, chair of the Council’s board and president of Lockman-Brooks Marketing Services, and Kevin Patterson, a member of the council’s board and retired IBM executive.  Honorary co-chairs are civic leaders Jim and Mary Lou Babb.

Easter Seals UCP launching annual Shop&Care campaign

Easter Seals UCP will kick off its 22nd annual Shop&Care program at Food Lion stores on Feb. 13, asking shoppers to donate $1 at checkout through March 12 to benefit over 100,000 individuals with disabilities.

Shop&Care, which also offers specially marked products from over 100 manufacturers, has raised over $33 million since 1991, including a record-high $4.5 million last year.

A donation at checkout gives the donor $9.50 in coupons from Proctor & Gamble and Kraft Foods. General Foods will donate up to $50,000 for purchases of specially marked boxes of its cereals, and Food Lion will donate up to $250,000 for purchases of it’s My Essentials water.

Communities in Schools serves record-high number of students

Communities in Schools of North Carolina served 180,730 students in the 2011-12 school year, a record high and up 16 percent from a year earlier, with 94 percent of students served promoted to the next grade and 95 percent of high school seniors graduating.

That included providing customized, one-on-one support to nearly 21,000 students identified as most at-risk for school failure, with 99 percent of those students staying in school.

In comparison, the annual dropout rate in North Carolina in the 2011-12 school year was 3.01 percent, down from 3.43 percent a year earlier and a record low.

The statewide graduation rate was 80.2 percent, the highest ever.

Throughout the U.S., 78.2 percent of students graduated on time at the end of the 2009-10 school year, the highest rate since 1974 and up from 73.4 percent four years earlier.

Lowes Foods raised 1.2 million pounds of food

Lowes Foods raised 1,156,686 pounds of food in November and December to be donated to food banks in the Carolinas and Virginia. The Friends Feeding Friends food drive, which has raised over 6.5 million pounds of food over the past 18 years, was held at all Lowes Foods and Just$ave locations with the help of communities, customers, Scouting programs and vendors.

Tower climb raises $15,000 for MS Society

The Central NC Chapter of the National MS Society raised over $12,000 for MS-related research and chapter initiatives on February 2 when 230 climbers participated in a chip-timed race up the 30 floor stairwell of the 618-step Winston-Salem Tower.  The event was sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports in Winston-Salem.

Youth volunteers honored

Emma Astrike-Davis of Durham, a junior at Cary Academy, and Madison Bechtel, an eighth-grader at Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School, were named North Carolina’s top two youth volunteers of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals

Astrike-Davis founded a program five years ago that has recruited hundreds of students in several schools to create over 1,000 pieces of art for terminally ill patients in hospice centers, nursing homes and VA hospitals

Bechtel has played a leading role in organizing a huge annual dance marathon benefiting two children’s hospitals and many other charitable events as vice president of her school’s largest club.

Each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events.

During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2013.

Oscar benefit for Community Theatre of Greensboro

The Community Theatre of Greensboro will benefit from Oscar Experience – Piedmont Triad, to be held at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro starting at 6 p.m. on February 24.

Concert to benefit Moravian mission in Sierra Leone

Ardmore Moravian Church in Winston-Salem will present its third annual “Share the Love” concert Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church to help the Moravian mission and school in Sierra Leone purchase solar energy equipment.

Tammy Lynn Center to benefit from Last Band Standing

Band Together hopes to raise over $850,000 for the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities when North Carolina-based bands compete March 2 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh in the third annual Last Band Standing. Since its inception in 2001, Band Together has donated over $2.1 million to local nonprofits, including over $566,000 it raised in 2012 for Urban Ministries of Wake County.

Our Children’s Place to screen documentary

Our Children’s Place, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that works with children of incarcerated parents, will host the first North Carolina screening of “Mothers of Bedford” on February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Meredith College in Raleigh. The 90-minute documentary follows five mothers incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York. A question-and-answer session with Jenifer McShane, the filmmaker, will follow the screening.

Triangle Wine Experience to benefit Frankie Lemmon School

Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center, a tuition-free preschool in Raleigh that serves children with special needs in Wake County, will receive all proceeds from the Triangle Wine Experience, a three-day culinary and wine event that is being held February 7-9 in Raleigh and celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards grants

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 17 community grants totaling $682,070 to organizations serving people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, and public interest.

NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad names dinner co-chairs

Community leaders Al and Ginni Lineberry have been named by NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad as co-chairs of its 2013 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner, which will be held November 7 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center and honor a community member for his or her role in fighting bias, bigotry and racism locally. March 18 is the deadline for nominating a community leader for the award.

The Philanthropic Initiative taps managing partner

Jamie Jaffee, president of Jamie Jaffee Enterprises and before that the first president of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, has been named managing partner of The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, succeeding Ellen Remmer, who has been named a senior partner.

Russell Sage Foundation names new CEO

Sheldon H. Danziger, Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, has been named president of the Russell Sage Foundation, effective September 1, 2013. He will succeed Eric Wanner, who has led the Foundation since 1986.

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