Nonprofit news roundup, 02.28.14

Life and Science Museum launches $3.9 million campaign

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham has launched a $3.9 million campaign to build two new outdoor learning environments on its 84-acre campus.

The project will include “Hideaway Woods,” a two-acre, nature-based “playscape,” and “Earth Moves,” an interactive approach to Earth sciences.

Co-chaired by civic leaders Larry Crane, Liz Goodmon and Kenneth W. Lewis, the campaign has generated a lead gift of $500,000 from Durham County Board of Commissioners, and a pledge of 10 percent of the total goal from members of the Museum’s board of directors, including several gifts of $100,000 or more.

Black Philanthropy Initiative creates endowment fund

The Black Philanthropy Initiative has established a $25,000 endowment fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation to encourage long-term funding for programs supporting the African-American community.

Income from The Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment will supplement funds that are raised annually to provide grantmaking in the community, and the Initiative aims to raise additional endowment funding in the future.

The Initiative also awarded four grants totaling $9,700 to four previous grantees, each providing recurring support for programs that are improving the lives of African Americans in the areas of education and financial literacy.

Grantees include Experiment in Self-Reliance, Forsyth Technical Community College, Kimberly Park Elementary School, and Winston-Salem State University.

Urban Ministries of Durham to hold ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser

Urban Ministries of Durham will hold its eighth annual Empty Bowls event on March 6 to raise funds to help serve over 225,000 meals a year to those in need. The annual competition for the “Best Soup in Durham,” presented by Olive & Olive, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm at the Durham Convention Center.

Liberty Hardware gives $25,000

Liberty Hardware Manufacturing Corporation in Winston-Salem made a $25,000 grant to Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit that assists severely injured military service members and their immediate families by coordinating the process of building new homes or adapting existing homes to accommodate physical limitations. The grant includes an additional $25,000 worth of product donations. Liberty Hardware is a subsidiary of Masco Corporation.

CPA firm DMJ raises $13,000 for Special Olympics

Greensboro CPA firm Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co., one of dozens of community groups that participated in the 14th annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics North Carolina on February 22, raised over $13,000.

DMJ was awarded “Most Money Earned,” as top fundraiser, and also was recognized for its decades-long participation that has accounted for over $100,000 in polar plunge contributions to Special Olympics.

Ellis joins North Carolina Community Foundation

Megan Lynch Ellis, major gifts and special events coordinator for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation as a regional development officer.

Based in Boone and working from the Foundation’s Hickory office, she is responsible for development in the 18 counties in the Foundation’s western and northwestern regions.

Musante joins Johnson C. Smith University

Kelly Musante, former development director at NC MedAssist, has been named director of foundation relations at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

NewBridge Bank raises $1,060

The opportunity for employees of NewBridge Bank in Greensboro to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation has raised $1,060 for Community Care Center, which was established by a group of retired physicians to provide free medical and dental services to low-income uninsured people.

NewBridge Bank also has been recognized as a 2013-14 American Heart Association “Fit-Friendly Company” for supporting employees’ health.

Triad real estate group honored

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, honored NAIOP Piedmont Triad with its Community Service Award, recognizing excellence in philanthropic and community engagement activities benefitting local nonprofits or charities.

In partnership with other local real estate groups, NAIOP Piedmont Triad held a Casino Night-themed fundraiser, raising over $6,000 that benefited the Wounded Warrior Project.

Hispanic League to hold fundraising event

Hispanic League will host its 4th annual event on March 7 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Village Event Center in Clemmons to raise money for the “Zumbathon Scholarship.”

Since 2000, the Hispanic League has supported college education, awarding 214 scholarships worth over $400,000 in the form of $2,000 annual scholarships to outstanding Hispanic and Latino students who are current or former Forsyth County ESL students and may fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.

March Forth With Hope Foundation to hold online campaign

The March Forth With Hope Foundation in Charlotte will hold an online campaign on March 4 to try to raise $23,000 to benefit local families dealing with a health crisis.

Formed in 2005, the Foundation has given a total of $400,000 in financial assistance to families battling cancer or other life-threatening diseases.

Hall & Oates to headline Band Together NC event

Pop duo Daryl Hall & John Oates will headline the main event on May 3 for Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change. The event, to be held at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, will benefit Communities of Schools of Wake County, and Communities in Schools of Durham.

Since it began in 2001, Band Together has raised nearly $3 million for local nonprofits through individual and corporate donations.

Forsyth Smart Start gets $18,000

Smart Start of Forsyth County received $18,000 from the North Carolina Partnership for Children to expand early literacy work through the Reach Out and Read program.

Overall, the Partnership awarded a total of $76,500 to local Smart Starts across the state.

Make-A-Wish to hold Wish Ball in May

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will hold its 2014 Wish Ball on May 17 at the Raleigh Convention Center starting at 6 p.m.

The organization, which serves all medically eligible children in 49 counties, has granted over 2,700 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions since it was founded in 1986.

Duke gets $2 million from anonymous donor

An alumnus of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has made a gift of $2 million gift to provide scholarships for the Duke Kunshan University Undergraduate Global Learning Semester and help establish Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) in China.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a Chinese citizen and permanent U.S. resident who supports primary and secondary education.

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