Nonprofit news roundup, 08.24.12

Farmer Foodshare gets $450,000

Farmer Foodshare, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that works to connect North Carolina farmers with people and organizations that need fresh, healthy, local food, has received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

Farmer Foodshare will use the investment to sustain and expand its operations throughout the state.

Since it was formed in mid-2009, the agency has generated over $90,000 for local farmers and provided over 110,000 pounds of food to agencies in six counties in the state.

The grant follows a $1 million grant from the Foundation to the state Department of Agriculture for its Farm to School Program that connects schools and local farms, aiming to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, provide agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

Tomorrow Fund gets $90,000

The Tomorrow Fund Scholarship for Hispanic Students has received a three-year, $90,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The funds will be used to support education for low-income, Latino college students in North Carolina pursuing degrees in health services, including healthcare administration and healthcare management; public health; or other related professions.

The Tomorrow Fund, which is held at the Triangle Community Foundation, has raised over $250,000 toward scholarships. It was established in 2009 by a local immigrant couple and is advised by a community board of local leaders. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to low-income Latino students in North Carolina and positively affect college degree completion.

Futures for Kids names Lloyd executive director

Craig Lloyd, former state executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, has been named executive director Futures for Kids, which works in over 885 middle schools and high schools in North Carolina to connect students to career coaches and businesses across the state.

Curamericas Global names Florey executive director

Francesca Florey, director of global health and director of program management for research and innovation solutions at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named executive director of Curamericas Global, a Raleigh-based global health nonprofit, effective Sept. 10. The organization serves 257,000 people in Haiti, Guatemala, and Liberia.

Cisco Systems gives $25,000 to NC STEM

Cisco Systems made a $25,000 grant to the NC STEM Learning Network to help develop an online tool for use by parents, teachers and students interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Latin American Coalition wins award

The Latin American Coalition in Charlotte received the 2012 Family Strengthening Award from the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.

Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro

The Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro attracted over 600 people and raised nearly $60,000 to help support its programs and services at its 11th annual Men Can Cook fundraiser on Aug. 11.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $5,000 grant from the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation to enhance financial literacy and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, or STEM and serve up to 500 K-12 students in Guilford County during the 2012-13 school year.

Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem will hold its 11th Annual Storybook Soiree, presented by Flow Automotive, on September 7 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the atrium at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Proceeds from the event, the Museum’s largest fundraiser, will support its operating budget.

Touring Theatre of North Carolina

The Touring Theatre of North Carolina will benefit from Stompin’ at the Savoy!, to be held Sept. 29 at the Creative Center at 900 Sixteenth Street in Greensboro at 7 p.m.

NZMG Foundation to host benefit

The NZMG Foundation on November 8 will host its 2nd Annual VIP Reception & Benefit at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham. The Foundation works to help people experience infertility make parenthood a reality through education about domestic adoption and through grant funding.

Babcock produces multimedia content on Katrina recovery

To mark the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem has produced a video and other multimedia content to highlight recovery efforts still underway on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

All video content, audio, photos and written pieces are available online for download and use.

YWCA Central Carolinas

YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte will open its eleventh Youth Learning Center at Billingsville Elementary School on August 27. With funding from Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a partnership with the school administration, the site will be the YWCA’s second Center to be located at an elementary school and will serve 45 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, a Raleigh nonprofit that focuses on home rehabilitation for low-income homeowners, named new members to its board of directors, including Donna Cheek, Windstream/Hosted Solutions; Drew Robinson, Homeownership Initiatives, DHIC; Henry Ward, York Properties; Jim Caravello, Robuck Homes; and Ron Cohn, Rodgers Builders.

North Carolina Outward Bound

North Carolina Outward Bound attracted 550 runners for the July leg of its Riverbound Trail Race series that aims to raise $45,000 to $50,000, and aims to attract 400 runners for its final leg on September 22 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte that will feature a 5K and half-marathon.

Fill Their Backpacks

Wrights Care Services and the North Carolina Dream Center teamed up for a Fill Their Backpacks campaign that collected school supplies that will benefit over 100 students in the Guilford Public Schools.

Lowes Foods

Lowes Foods in June and July collected over 143,000 pounds of food in North Carolina for food banks through its Bag Childhood Hunger campaign. Pepsi Bottling Venture, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola,  Gallo Wine made contributions, while W Allegacy Federal Credit Union and its customers collected food and donations.

Over 775,000 have served in AmeriCorps

Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps, and more than 80,000 will serve this year. The program aims to provide skills and experiences that support members in jump-starting a professional career after their term of service. Two-thirds of alumni continue in a public service career.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy launched

A nonprofit Center for Disaster Philanthropy been launched to work with donors throughout the life cycle of domestic and international disasters. Robert G. Ottenhoff, former CEO and president of GuideStar, has been named president and CEO fo the new agency. The agency was co-founded by Irene W. and C.B. Pennington, who serve as president and CEO, respectively; Lori J. Bertman, who serves board chair; Eric Kessler, managing director of Arabella Advisors; and John Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

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