Nonprofit news roundup, 02.15.13

Wake Tech raises $10.8 million in ‘quiet’ phase

Wake Tech has kicked off the public phase of a campaign to raise $12.5 million, and already has raised $10.8 million in the campaign’s quiet phase.

Funds from the campaign, known as “The Ripple Effect,” will  support scholarships, new technology, and faculty and staff innovation.

Wake Tech, which opened on Oct. 7, 1963, as the W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center, now is the largest of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina, last year serving over 66,000 students or the equivalent of 1 in 8 Wake County adults.

Greensboro funder names chief operating officer

Mona Gillis Edwards, a vice president and chief of staff at the Center for Creative Leadership, has been named chief operating officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, effective March 11.

Edwards, who joined the Foundation’s board in 2008 and has served on its executive committee, chaired its marketing committee and played a key role in creating its current five-year strategic plan, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Foundation and will assist its president, Walker Sanders, in translating organizational goals into its overall operational plan.

SECU Foundation funds innovation prize

SECU Foundation awarded the first of four planned $200,000 annual grants to support the newly named State Employees’ Credit Union Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation through the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University.

The 2014 Prize for Innovation competition will engage college level students to collaborate and respond to challenges facing their communities and the state, specifically in the areas of education, health, natural and built environments, and the economy.

SECU Foundation’s gift will allow the Institute to expand on its Prize for Innovation competition, offering $50,000 in prizes to winning college teams in each issue area.

Black Philanthropy Initiative awards $20,000

The Black Philanthropy Initiative at the Winston-Salem Foundation awarded $20,000 in grants in late 2012 from the Black Philanthropy Fund for programming that supports African-Americans in the area of financial literacy. Grants included $5,000 each to Experiment in Self-Reliance, Family Services, United Metropolitan Ministries, and Work Family Resource Center.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina expands local food program

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has awarded a $35,000 grant through its Food and Farming Focus Area to support expansion of the Appalachian Grown program at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, or ASAP, that labels and promotes locally-grown farm products in the marketplace.

ASAP launched the Local Food Campaign in 2000 to build markets for locally-grown food and, with increasing demand, launched the Appalachian Grown program in 2006. Sales of Appalachian Grown certified products in 2012 exceeded $100 million.

Window World launches campaign for St. Jude

Window World in North Wilkesboro, though Window World Cares, its charitable foundation, has launched a national campaign to raise $1 million in 2013 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Immigration conference set for Raleigh

Immigration will be the focus of a conference on February 28 to be presented from noon to 5 p.m. by the Center for International Understanding at the Hunt Library on the Centennial Campus at N.C. State University in Raleigh.

WDAV launching annual drive

WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio will kick off its spring 2013 membership campaign on February 27, with a goal of raising $210,000 by March 7. WDAV generates 80 percent of its $1.6 million annual operating budget from annual membership gifts from individuals and underwriting by area businesses.

Musical event to benefit Charlotte Symphony

The Charlotte Symphony will benefit from Classical Idol, a musical event that will be produced by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, loosely patterned after American Idol, focusing on music in the daily life of the community, and held April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theater, with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m.

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