Students target support for schools

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — In the fall of 2014, as an 11th-grader at Hillside High School in Durham, Jalen McGee submitted a proposal to the Durham Public Schools for funding and resources to support independent research he wanted to conduct on prosthetic limbs.

When the schools administration replied it lacked funds to sponsor his project, McGee quickly “went to work to plan how I could make sure that every student who comes after me who desires to conduct independent research in high school could have the opportunity to do so.”

McGee and a handful of other students formed The iMpact Education Foundation, a nonprofit that is trying to raise $5,000 to secure tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and get started.

Now overseen by a board of seven Hillside graduates who all are rising college freshmen, the Foundation aims to raise $200,000 by September 30, 2017, and will focus on providing funds for scholarships, teachers and student projects, and college-readiness workshops.

The Foundation’s board members will spend the next year raising money and recruiting college and high school students to support the fundraising effort. Between them, they will enroll this fall at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The Foundation aims to enlist honor societies at 30 to 40 high schools, for example, to partner on events such as spelling bees and science fairs to raise a total of $70,000.

It hopes to raise another $90,000 through crowdfunding campaigns, by creating iMpact Education Foundation clubs on college campuses that would solicit corporate donations, and by seeking challenge grants from companies that would match other funds the Foundation raises.

And it will try to raise another $40,000 in government and foundation grants.

Efforts to enrich the experience of high school students, including the purchase of resources and materials for student projects, and offering college-readiness workshops, will account for the biggest program at the new Foundation, says McGee, who was inducted into the academic Hall of Fame at Hillside High School and has been awarded Coca Cola, Goodnight and Blacks at Microsoft scholarships totaling $118,000.

“We’ve all gone through North Carolina public schools all our lives,” he says of the Foundation’s seven board members. “We asked what could have made our experience better. We decided to put more project-based learning into schools.”

A big focus, particularly in the face of government cuts in spending for public schools, will be supporting student projects and research, says McGee, who is working this summer handling quality assurance for the website and mobile app for Spiffy, a mobile car-wash company in Durham. He plans to major in electrical and computer engineering, and hopes after college to work for the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency.

“What we remember from each school year were the projects we did,” he says. “They help you retain more information.”

The Foundation also hopes each year to award 10 scholarships of $4,000 each to seniors graduating from North Carolina high schools, and to give $200 each to 100 teachers nominated by their students.

Teachers, McGee says, “are the backbone of our education system.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.22.16

Sisters of Mercy Foundation awards $1 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling just over $1 million to 25 non­profits.

Social services are the focus of 10 of those grants, totaling $379,830, while nine grants totaling 356,975 focus on education, and six totaling $263,690 focus on health care.

Nonprofits receiving the grants are based in Buncombe, Gaston, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Mecklenburg, and Transylvania counties in North Carolina, and York County in South Carolina.

Habitat Forsyth getting $750,000 from BB&T

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is getting $750,000 from BB&T to build 30 houses over the next three years in the Boston-Thurmond neighborhood of Winston-Salem.

The gift is the largest Habitat Forsyth has received in its 31-year history.

The neighborhood, near downtown and just off of University Park, has been the focus since 2008 of Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization program.

Museum of Art gets $500,000

The North Carolina Museum of Art has received a $500,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and will use the funds to renovate its East Building gallery and education spaces.

The phased project, which begins this month, will include  improvements and additions to the Museum’s education studios, the creation of a new media and photography gallery space, and the reinstallation and expansion of the Museum’s African collection.

Early Childhood Foundation gets $325,000

The North Carolina Early Childhood Education Foundation in Raleigh has been awarded a $325,000 grant by The Duke Endowment in Charlotte and will use the funds to establish a Birth‐to‐Eight Policy Center to serve as a source of information for policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, early childhood professionals, community leaders and others in the state on policies to support development of children from birth to age eight.

Truliant creates $200,000 fund to support financial literacy

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem is launching a $200,000 fund to make grants through 2020 to advance financial literacy to teachers in schools districts in communities in which it has financial centers for its members.

Greensboro United Way sets $1 million goal for ‘Pacesetter’ campaign

Sixteen companies aim to help raise $1 million by August 31 as part of the early “Pacesetter” campaign for United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Chairing the Pacesetter effort is Chuck Burns, corporate development officer and vice president of First Citizens Bank.

United Way will kick off its annual fall campaign on August 31 at 7 p.m. at Belk in Friendly Center.

Chairing the annual campaign will be Gregg Strader, executive vice president and chief banking officer of American National Bank & Trust.

Burns will serve as vice chair.

Human rights funders give $2.3 billion

Just over 800 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights in 2013, up 23 percent from 2012, a new report says.

The 2016 edition of “Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking” from the International Human Rights Funders Group and Foundation Center, analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations throughout the world in 2013.

Fidelity Charitable gives $1.6 billion

Fidelity Charitable says it made a record-high $1.6 billion in grants recommended by donors in the first six months of 2016.

Since it was founded 25 years ago, Fidelity Charitable has made $23.4 billion in grants recommended by donors.

Baseball event raises $1,300

A ticket raffle hosted by the Holly Springs Civitan Club on July 12 at the inaugural Miracle

All-Star Game that featured players from the Advanced Players Academy of the Miracle League paired with players from the Holly Springs Salamanders raised a total of over $1,300 for the Miracle League and Civitan Club.

Greensboro Housing Coalition recognized for weatherization

Greensboro Housing Coalition received an “Outstanding Partnership” certificate from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Weatherization Assistance Program, which works to help lo- income, elderly, or disabled residents in seven Triad counties save energy and reduce their utility bills by improving energy efficiency.

Volunteer Center gets $15,000

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro received a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation it used to provide scholarships for 25 female Guilford County School students.

The Center also received $10,000 from Lincoln Financial for its program, Reducing Hunger through Service.

Project One Scholarship Fund awards scholarships

Project One Scholarship Fund is giving four students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools up to $25,000 in scholarships each to attend college.

Since it began in 2009, the Fund has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships.

High Point clinic receives award

Community Clinic of High Point receive “Top Performing Clinic” award from the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

Corporate Volunteer Council to host open house

The Corporate Volunteer Council of the Volunteer Center of Greensboro will host an open house on August 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Center at 1500 Yanceyville St.

Triangle Autism Walk set for October 8

The Triangle Walk for Autism will be held October 8 at 9 a.m. in Raleigh.

The event, to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina, will begin at Halifax Mall north of the Legislative Building and the N.C. Museum of Life Sciences.

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.15.16

Funders seen linking investment practices to mission

One in three of 186 private and public foundations in the U.S. that represent a total of $39.7 billion in endowment assets are using or actively considering investment practices that keep the management of those assets in sync with their mission, a new study says.

Yet 38 percent of funders responding to the survey did not know or were not sure whether responsible investment was consistent with their fiduciary duty, The Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Responsible Investment also says.

“Impact investments” — those involving bigger investments designed to make a big impact — are the most popular strategy among surveyed foundations, and community economic development was cited most frequently as the impact area in which foundations are most likely to increase their mission-driven investments.

Among community foundations, donor interests remain the most  important “drivers,” the study says.

Duke Energy Foundation awards $2.7 million in North Carolina

Duke Energy Foundation made grants totaling over $2.7 million to support 52 education programs across North Carolina that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, and on and childhood reading proficiency.

Western North Carolina funder giving $900,000

Six nonprofits serving Western North Carolina each will receive $150,000 over three years from the Melvin R. Lane Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville.

The grant program support operations, collaboration and sustainability for human-services organizations that served disadvantaged citizens in the region.

Bank of America gives $565,000 in Charlotte region

Bank of America awarded a total of $565,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits working on education and innovative programs in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Schroeder new executive director at Twin City Stage

Connie Schroeder, director of development for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, has been named executive director of Twin City Stage in Winston-Salem.

Redmond heads child care program at Duke Endowment

Phillip H. Redmond Jr., associate director of the child care program for The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, has been named the program’s director.

He succeeds Rhett Mabry, who became president of the Endowment on July 1. Mabry succeeded Gene Cochrane, who retired.

Mustard Seed names Kirkman executive director

Lee Kirkman, former director of operations and finance for the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro, has been named executive director of Mustard Seed, a nonprofit medical clinic that opened in March and provides primary medical care to the underserved in the Cottage Grove neighborhood of East Greensboro.

Golf event raises $60,000 for veterans

HAECO Americas helped raise over $60,000 at its second annual Purple Heart Homes Charity Golf Fundraiser on June 20 in Greensboro for the Piedmont Chapter of Purple Heart Homes to help veterans with a disability find homes.

Johnston County funder giving $40,000

Johnston County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation has awarded $40,000 in local grants.

HandyCapable Network moves

HandyCapable Network has moved to 415 N. Edgeworth St., Suite 175 in downtown Greensboro.

2017 Human Race in Greensboro set for April 1

The 2017 Human Race, a 5K event organized by the Volunteer Center of Greensboro to benefit local charities, will be held April 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Homes4NC awards $6,736

Homes4NC awarded a total of $6,736 in matching grants Greensboro Regional Realtor Association, Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors, and Carteret County Association of Realtors for contributions made to local nonprofits supporting affordable housing efforts.

Loaves and Fishes works to help kids find stability, ‘spark’

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two years ago, the family of a child in the after-school program at Raleigh nonprofit Loaves and Fishes had 18 different addresses in 12 months.

“The kids we work with, typically, the lives they’re in get disrupted from having to move,” says Joe Burmeister, executive director at Loaves and Fishes. “They come from poverty, and there are lots of things in their lives that are not stable.”

So Loaves and Fishes, through academic and other support it provides to children and their families, works to form “stable, long-term relationships,” he says.

Loaves and Fishes dates to 1982, when Betty Anne Ford and Nancy Newell were giving tennis lessons at Peace College in Raleigh, now Peace University, and started talking to kids who lived in public housing at nearby Halifax Court and congregated at the tennis courts to watch the lessons.

The conversations inspired Ford and Newell to start a summer enrichment program for 12 first-and-second-graders. When the kids showed progress in reading and social skills, the two women secured a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem to expand Loaves and Fishes to a year-round program, initially for children in kindergarten through second grade.

Yet when those 12 kids moved beyond second grade and graduated from the program, their school performance fell. So Loaves and Fishes expanded over time to continue to serve them through high school.

In the just-ended school year, Loaves and Fishes served 51 children from 28 low-income families, 90 percent of them black, the rest Hispanic.

Since the nonprofit began operating, 200 students, or 93 percent of the kids it has  served, have graduated from high school. One of them, Dana Wright, started in the program as a second-grader and now is the nonprofit’s director of family support.

Located in leased space at Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church on New Bern Avenue, Loaves and Fishes operates with an annual budget of $250,000, a staff of two people working full-time and five working part-time, 50 active volunteers, and up to 10 interns from six Triangle colleges and universities who mainly assist teachers.

Most of the students Loaves and Fishes serves attend one of five Wake County public schools in southeast Raleigh.

Four days a week, the nonprofit’s two minivans pick up the students at the schools at dismissal and drive them to Loaves and Fishes, where they get a snack, followed by academic support and other activities, including exercise and field trips.

And once a month, the children and their families participate in Family Night, which typically feature a workshop or speaker for the adults on topics such as financial literacy, budgeting, nutrition and exercise, and gang prevention.

Loaves and Fishes works closely with the students’ teachers and, with parents’ permission, tracks their academic and social progress in school.

And to address other needs, it refers families to agencies such as The Green Chair Project for household furniture, local churches for assistance paying electric bills, and Wheels 4 Hope to buy refurbished used vehicles.

Loaves and Fishes gets all its funds through contributions, mainly from individuals and 30 faith congregations, as well as some businesses and foundations, and two events.

Now it is seeking foundation support to create its first fundraising position, and plans a campaign to raise money to hire a specialist in social and emotional learning to work with its teachers.

“Our kids come from poverty, they’re almost always not doing well in school, so it would be really easy for them to think that’s how life is going to be, that they’re not going to do well, they’re stupid, and that’s just the way life is,” says Burmeister, a former partner with KPMG and former senior executive at several tech firms. “We try to help our kids discover their spark.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.08.16

High Point United Way distributes $4.2 million

United Way of Greater High Point is distributing $4.2 million to nonprofits for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Using funds from annual campaign last fall, when it raised a record-high $5 million, exceeding its goal of nearly $4.93 million, United Way will award $3 million to 68 health and human service programs at 28 local partner agencies.

United Way also awarded seven venture grants totaling $23,600 for innovative programs to agencies not traditionally funded through United Way. Only one of those grants was awarded to an agency traditionally funded by United Way.

The campaign included $240,690 raised from local companies such as Bank of America and Aetna that run national campaigns. Those dollars were pledged and will be paid directly to charities through a third-party vendor the companies hired to handle payments for their United Way campaigns.

United Way donors designated another $327,615 to organizations outside High Point, mainly to local United Ways in Greensboro and in Davidson, Randolph and Forsyth counties.

United Way also generated $32,500 from the Wyndham golf tournament to benefit its BackPack feeding program, which provides weekend meals to nearly 1,000 children, and $20,000 from Wells Fargo through a special grant to support the Center for Working Families at Guilford Technical Community College.

Including funds from the Wyndham, United Way will spend $136,201 on its BackPack feeding program.

In addition to funding for agencies, United Way has allocated $15,435 to continue to provide the region with 2-1-1 information and referrals about health and human services.

It also has set aside $252,182 to cover “uncollectible” pledges as a result of job loss or change.

Salvation Army opens emergency utility assistance center

The Salvation Army of High Point has partnered with The Salvation Army of Greensboro to open a new emergency utility assistance center in High Point.

Pending government funding approval, clients will be able to get available emergency utility assistance, food, rent and clothing services at the Center, which is located at 301 West Green Drive.

An office, which opened last year on Eastchester Drive and later moved to Phillips Avenue, now is closed.

SECU Family House serves 20,000th guest

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem, served its 20,000th guest on July 1.

The 45-bedroom facility, which opened in 2011, has provided lodging for patients and caregivers traveling to Winston-Salem for medical care from 89 North Carolina counties and 37 states.

Second Harvest Food Bank benefits from event

Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem will be providing 77,000 meals to people in need as a result of Matt’s 10K Run to Fight Hunger on July 2.

Hosting the sixth annual event were Got You Floored in partnership with Fleet Feet Sports and Piedmont Triad Apartment Association.

Fellowship Hall to hold golf event

Fellowship Hall, a 100‐bed center in Greensboro for alcohol and drug treatment, will hold its 15th Annual E. Raymond Alexander Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on August 5 at Bryan Park’s Players Course.

Cone Health Cancer Center getting blankets

Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society delivered 60 blankets to Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital for cancer patients and their families.

Legal advocates and pro bono volunteers honored

Advocates and pro bono volunteers for Legal Aid of North Carolina were honored by the North Carolina Bar Association at its pro bono awards ceremony on June 24 in Charlotte.

Kelly Clarke, supervising attorney of the Fair Housing Project at Legal Aid received the 2016 Deborah Greenblatt Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award.

Lee Crouch, a partner in the law firm of Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed in Wilmington received the William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award.

Also receiving awards for their work with Legal Aid were Rachel M. Blunk; Everett Gaskins Hancock; McGuire Woods; and Legal Aid Ambassadors at the School of Law at North Carolina Central University.

Hand joins Winston-Salem Foundation Committee

Raymond I. Hand, senior vice president and sales and service director for BB&T Private Advisors, has joined The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, the main governing body for The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Goodwill CEO receives award

Art Gibel, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has received the 2016 Kenneth K. King Outstanding Management Award for Executive Excellence from Goodwill Industries International.

Nonprofit news roundup, 07.01.16

Agencies and funders team up for poverty program

Five local agencies and three local funders in Winston-Salem are working together on a new $1.46 million initiative that aims to serve families in poverty and help prepare their children for school.

Starting this fall, six family advocates will work to connect 100 families enrolled in Head Start, as well as 50 families with young children in the Boston-Thurmond neighborhood, to services provided by the partner agencies, including Family Services, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, Imprints Cares, and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.

Funding the initiative, known as STRONG@HOME, are United Way of Forsyth County, The Winston-Salem Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

United Way awarded $266,351 and the Foundation granted $100,800 to help fund the initiative in its first year, while the Trust awarded $800,000 for the next three years and the Family Services Head Start program will contribute $96,250 each year.

Hunger in High Point focus of mobile app

The Greater High Point Food Alliance has launched a mobile app and desktop platform to address food insecurity.

The Alliance received grant funding from High Point Community Foundation to create the app, which Small Footprint in Winston-Salem developed.

Users can use the app to find when and where hot community meals are served; food pantries and eligibility requirements; community garden locations; resources for seniors and children; and volunteer opportunities.

The app is It is updated regularly to reflect seasonal programs such as farmer’s markets and summer feeding sites for Guilford County Schools.

Pace of the Triad serves 250 seniors

In its first five years, PACE of the Triad has provided medical care and support services to nearly 250 older adults in Guilford and Rockingham counties.

PACE, or Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, is a Medicare program and Medicaid state option that provides community-based care and services for older adults with serious medical challenges.

Services range from adult day health program, rehab therapies, and in-home personal care to medical transportation, prescriptions and other managed  health care.

Charlotte fundraisers, donors honored

Adelaide Davis has been named Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Executives, and Catherine and Wilt0n Connor have been named Outstanding Philanthropists.

They will be among the winners of the 2016 National Philanthropy Day awards the chapter will present at its awards luncheon on November 15 at the Sheraton Charlotte.

Other winners include:

* Jonathon Belton — Outstanding Champion of Diversity.

* Tonya and Daunte Bruce — Outstanding Emerging Philanthropists.

* Kate Gatterdam — Outstanding Student Philanthropist.

* McGuireWoods — Outstanding Philanthropic Organization.

* Barringer Construction — Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business.

* Gene Johnson — Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.

* John Crosland Jr. — Outstanding Legacy.

THRIVE Fund gives $3.5 million

The THRIVE Fund, administered by Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte, will distribute over $3.5 million in grants, some over multiple years, to 10 local arts organizations.

Crumpler switches jobs at North Carolina Community Foundation

Katie Crumpler, Northern Piedmont regional director for the North Carolina Community Foundation, has been named Western regional director.

Yearns joins Greensboro College

Ellie Puckett Yearns, senior director of philanthropy at Guilford College, has joined Greensboro College as assistant vice president for development.

Porter elected board chair at ArtsGreensboro

Bill Porter, retired vice president for fund development at Cone Health, has been elected chair of the board of directors of ArtsGreensboro.

Madison Carroll, project engineer for The Carroll Companies’ Bellemeade Village project, has been elected to the board.

Two join Methodist Home board

Marcus Green of Raeigh, compliance director at Glaxo Smith Kline, and Clarence High Jr. of Ahoskie, retired chief court counselor for Bertie, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton counties for the N.C. Department of Public Safety, have been elected to the board of directors of the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh.

High school volunteers build ramps

Eighty high-school volunteers from multiple states who convened in Greensboro from June 13 to 17 for the annual Catholic Heart Work Camp joined construction leaders at Community Housing Solutions to build new ramps at nine locations in Guilford County.

Sponsors included Mt. Zion Baptist Church; NewBridge Bank; St. Pius X Catholic Church; St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church; Westover Church; and the Urgent Repair Program of the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

Volunteers join United Way Day of Action

Volunteers pitched in on June 21 at United Way of Greater Greensboro, collecting over 115 books for children, assembling 2,000 snack packs to help feed families, and collecting over 530 hygiene products for families.

United Way staff also picked up debris and painted bridge railings at Shannon Hills Park.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club opens computer center

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point has opened a new computer learning center at 121 SW Cloverleaf Place.

The center includes a printer and 33 new computers, including 16 laptops and tablets, provided through a $23,050 grant from High Point Community Foundation.

It also features  fresh coat of paint from Huffman Paint, new carpet installed and purchased as a gift from The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, and new furniture donated by Davis Furniture Industries.

Camp High Hopes getting donations of fresh produce

The Produce Box will donate $80,000 worth of fresh, local produce to 1,240 campers and 765 families who participate in the six Camp High Hopes in Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham and Wake Forest of YMCA of the Triangle.

Miracle League to team with Salamanders in all-star game

The Advance Players Academy of the Miracle League of the Triangle and the Holly Springs Salamanders will play alongside one other in an all-star game on July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Salamanders home in the North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs.

ALS Association chapter changes name

The statewide Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association has changed its name to the North Carolina Chapter.

Families Together raises over $200,000

Families Together in Raleigh raised over $200,000 in a campaign, exceeding its goal of $156,000.

Urban Ministries gets $3,000

Urban Ministries of Wake County has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation and wijll use the fund to provide food and nutrition education to struggling Wake families.

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.24.16

Donors’ focus varies based on where they live

Where donors live makes a difference in the causes they support with their giving, Fidelity Charitable says based on an analysis of donors in its top 30 metro areas.

Among the findings:

* Salt Lake City ranks first in donor support of religious charities, with donors in Atlanta, Cincinnati Dallas, Minneapolis and Raleigh-Durham also making support for religion a priority.

* Washington, D.C., ranks first in donor support for international-affairs nonprofits.

* San Francisco ranks first in support for the environment, for animal welfare cause, and for arts and culture organizations.

* Boston ranks first in support of the health sector.

* Naples, Fla., ranks first in support for human services, followed by Detroit.

* Miami ranks first in support for social-benefit charities.

YMCA raises $7.2 million for Garner facility

Community volunteers raised $7.2 million to build the Poole Family YMCA off Aversboro Road as the permanent home of the YMCA of Garner.

The YMCA launched the public phase of the campaign to raise $7 million for the facility in April 2015.

The YMCA is expected to begin site work on the Poole Family YMCA later this summer, with a ceremonial groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for the fall.

Health foundation in High Point gives $4.5 million

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point awarded a total of nearly $4.5 million in grants to local nonprofits.

The grants include over $4.48 million in the Foundation’s spring grants cycle and $16,400 through its small grants program.

The Foundation was created in 2013 through the merger of High Point Regional Health and UNC Health Care.

It works to improve health and wellness in the region that includes High Point, Jamestown, Archdale and Trinity.

North Carolina Habitat awarded $450,000

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the Oak Foundation to cover most of the administrative costs for a project that aims to build a Habitat home in each of the state’s 100 counties by February 2018.

The project was launched early in 2015 in partnership with Habitat’s 70 affiliates in North Carolina and with the State Employees Credit Union Foundation, which pledged up to $10 million in grants and financing and help affiliates recover, at closing, the full mortgage value of up to $150,000 for each home.

Affiliates typically wait 25 years to 30 years to recover the value of the no-interest mortgages they make.

Habitat affiliates, which serve 75 counties in the state, have produced 7,600 homes since 1983, rehabbed another 500, provided repairs on another 1,825, and served over 9,900 families.

New Ronald McDonald House serves 99 children and families

Ronald McDonald House at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh served 99 children and their families in its first year, which it celebrated April 15.

A separate Ronald McDonald Family Room, which already was in service offering respite to caregivers of all pediatric patients at WakeMed Children’s Hospital, served 5,140 visitors in 2015.

Hospital Association pilot program honored

A pilot program coordinated by the North Carolina Hospital Association has received the Public Policy Innovation Award in the Pioneer Institute’s 25th Annual Better Government Competition.

Funded through a three-year grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, the North Carolina Mobile Medication Management Program aims to reduce the number of psychiatric hospitalizations and repeated emergency department visits by individuals with severe behavioral health disorders.

The pilot program uses trained peer support specialists, supervised by registered nurses, who meet one-on-one with individuals in their homes to build the skills they need to keep medical appointments and follow medical instructions at home.

The program also addresses barriers patients face, including cost of medication, safe housing and other health and social issues.

After its first year in operation in Nash and Vance counties, the pilot program has resulted in a 94 percent reduction in emergency department visits by participants and reduced the number of psychiatric hospitalizations by 83 percent.

UNC Nash Health Care and Daymark Recovery Services operate the programs in Nash and Vance counties, respectively.

Triad Stage increases ticket sales, fundraising

Triad Stage in Greensboro sold 40,000 tickets in its just-ending 15th season, up six percent from last year, while the sale of season passes for next season totaled 2,298 through June 21, compared to 2,104 it needed to sell by that date to meet its goal of 3,000 season passes for next season.

The professional nonprofit regional theater company also employed over 250 professional artists, including 176 local actors, designers and technicians, in nine productions, and provided discounted tickets to 4,146 Triad-area students.

In a special campaign it launched in February to raise $500,000, Triad Stage has raised $456,740.

To support that campaign, over 150 businesses, foundations and individuals made new or larger gifts this year. They include VF Corporation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, TOLEO Foundation, Cemala Foundation, and Well*Spring.

The donor base for Triad Stage, which is preparing for its 16th season of operation at The Pyrle Theater in Greensboro and its fourth season at Hanesbrand Theatre in Winston-Salem, has grown to 694, up 21 percent from last year.

Earlier this year, the theater company and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro announced plans to expand a long-term partnership.

The expansion calls for providing new courses, strengthening recruitment efforts by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at UNCG, preparing students for professional jobs, and providing a pool of talent for artistic productions at Triad Stage.

As part of that partnership, Preston Lane, founding artistic director at Triad Stage, and Richard Whittington, its founding managing director, will serve as artists in residents at the School of Music, Theater and Dance.

Triad Stage this season also was the first arts organizations ever to receive general operating funds — in the same or different years — both from ArtsGreensboro and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Those grants totaled $100,000 from the Arts Council and $90,000 from ArtsGreensboro.

N.C. Central gets $1.1 million

The School of Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham has been awarded $1.1 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to create training programs to develop a more diverse field of education researchers.

Northern Hospital gets $148,500

Northern Hospital of Surry County received a $148,500 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem to provide a program focusing on diabetes education and self-management.

Cone Health names unit for philanthropist

Cone Health has named the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation unit at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro after philanthropist Leonard Kaplan, who helped create Greensboro’s first cardiac rehabilitation program inside a local YMCA.

That effort led to the creation of what now has been named The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health.

United Way members volunteer in community garden

Members of Young Leaders United, a program of United Way of Greater High Point, volunteered on June 9 to weed, water, plant and mulch garden spaces at Bountiful Harvest Community Garden, a program of West End ministries that aims to help tackle food insecurity in the community.

Financial Pathways receives award

Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth, received the 2016 Excellence in Business Award in the nonprofit category from the Triad Chapter of the Risk Management Association.

Chowan foundation gives $14,130

Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded a total of $14,130 to nine organizations.

Iredell United Way gets $5,000

United Way of Iredell County received a $5,000 corporate gift from CoBank in the name of EnergyUnited.

Artist or artist teams sought for public art

synerG and Action Greensboro are looking for emerging artist or artist teams to design, fabricate and install a signature public art piece in Greensboro by October 12, 2016.

Care Ring annual luncheon set for September 22

Care Ring in Charlotte will hold its annual luncheon on September 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 The Westin.

Public School Forum names new members

The Public School Forum of North Carolina named new board and at-large members.
New board members include Ann Bennett-Phillips, vice president at Capital Development; Richard Schwartz, a partner at Schwartz & Shaw; Doug Sprecher, senior vice president, for retail sales and branch channel strategy at First Citizens Bank.

New at-large members include Sandra Wilcox Conway, a consultant; Van Dempsey III, dean of the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Nation Hahn, chief growth officer at EdNC; Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education at East Carolina University; Deena Hayes-Greene, managing director at the Racial Equity Initiative; Graig Meyer, a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives; and Katie Rosanbalm, a research scientist at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.

Greensboro United Way adds board members

The board of directors of United Way of Greater Greensboro has elected five new members, including Chuck Burns, corporate development officer at First Citizens Bank; Jacquelean Gilliam, philanthropic management consultant for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Antonia Monk Reaves, vice president and senior program officer at Cone Health Foundation; Robert Scheppegrell, senior vice president for customer solutions at Lincoln Financial Group; and Gina Sorrells, market executive of the Carolina commonwealth market for Merrill Lynch.