Nonprofit news roundup, 08.03.12

Greensboro arts drive hits goal

United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro raised $1.1 million in contributions and grants to its annual arts fund campaign that ended June 30, meeting its goal, and received donated goods and services during the year worth another $101,500.

Chaired by Frank LoNano, owner of LoNano Financial, the campaign received contributions from over 1,400 individuals, companies and foundations, using those funds to support grants to nearly 60 arts groups, projects, artists and schools.

The Council also awarded grants totaling $120,000 to 13 organizations, kicking off its 2012-13 arts funding year.

Forsyth Smart Start names CEO

Smart Start of Forsyth County named Lawrence D. “Larry” Vellani, former director of corporate and foundation relations at Elon University in Elon, as its fifth executive director.

Vallani succeeds Charles Kraft, who became executive director at the Robinhood Road Family YMCA in Winston-Salem in January.

Wake Tech Foundation

ABB has become a partner of the Wake Tech Foundation, committing $150,000 over three years to Wake Tech’s major-gifts campaign, “The Ripple Effect.” The commitment includes $75,000 for endowed student scholarships; $30,000 for faculty innovation; and $45,000 of in-kind ABB equipment for electrical/electronic engineering labs.

NC Free Clinics

The Triad Association of Health Underwriters donated $5,000 to NC Free Clinics with funds raised at annual golf tournament May 17 at the Cardinal Country Club in Greensboro.

Rex Healthcare Foundation

Amy Daniels, manager of foundation operations at the the Rex Healthcare Foundation in Raleigh, has been named executive director. Founded in 1958, the Foundation supports essential programs and services at Rex and raised over $2.3 million during fiscal 2012.

Food Bank of Northwestern North Carolina

The 2012 Matt’s 10K Run to Fight Hunger raised over $5,000 for the Winston-Salem-based Food Bank of Northwestern North Carolina. Coordinated by Got You Floored, which is owned by Matt Ketterman and served as its primary sponsor, the event on July 7 drew roughly 200 runners. The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association, which helped organize the event, made the cash contribution to the Food Bank, enough to buy 60,000 cans of food, exceeding its goal of raising enough to buy 50,000 cans.

National MS Society

For the second year, Golden Corral stores in the Carolinas will raise money through Aug. 31 for the MS Scholarship Fund at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Golden Corral last year raised $51,000 that funded 18 scholarships of high school students either living with multiple sclerosis or who have a parent or guardian with MS.

Onslow Caring Communities Foundation

The Onslow Caring Communities Foundation is awarding over $8,600 to local nonprofits through its annual community grant program. Since 1999, the Foundation has distributed over $176,000 in grants to local nonprofits through its annual competitive grant process.  The Foundation has also worked with families and nonprofit organizations in Onslow County to establish 20 endowment funds and building a local philanthropic asset base of more than $3.8 million.

Triangle  Community Foundation

Triangle Community Foundation added four new members to its board of directors, including Dianne Birch, a Chatham County community volunteer; Easter Maynard, executive director, ChildTrust Foundation of Golden Corral; Michael J. Schoenfeld, vice president, public affairs and government relations, Duke University; and James H. Speed, Jr., president and CEO, NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.

United Way of Greater Greensboro

The MeaningFULL Meals program at United Way of Greater Greensboro is offering food pantry programs to families from Wiley Elementary School and Gillespie Elementary School.  Staffed by United Way volunteers, the program serves 64 families and so far has distributed 250 bags of food. United Way is seeking additional donations and food and financial resources fro corporate and individual donors.

HandyCapable Network

HandyCapable Network, a Greensboro nonprofit that trains adults with developmental disabilities to refurbish computers, named new members to its board of directors, including Donna Smith, Synergy Broker; Tammy McNeil-Rankin, Bennett College for Women; and Corey Hacker, Total Computer Solutions.

Promising Pages

Business Leader of Charlotte gave $10,000 to Promising Pages, which collects and redistributed thousands of books to kids in the community who have none, including 3,440 books it distributed in July.

Patriot Rovers

ma Cares, a corporate philanthropic initiative of Market America and, is giving $27,300 to Patriot Rovers, a High Point nonprofit that pairs trained dogs with wounded veterans.

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