Nonprofit news roundup, 09.14.12

Chief fundraiser at UNC-Chapel Hill resigns

Matt Kupec, vice chancellor for university advancement at UNC-Chapel Hill, quit on Sunday after an internal probe found he and Tami Hansbrough, a university fundraiser and the mother of former UNC basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, may have taken personal trips at the university’s expense, media reports said. They said Kupec played a key role in hiring Hansbrough, who also has quit. She was hired with the knowledge of UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp, the reports say.

Kupec’s departure leaves UNC without a chief fundraiser as the university gears up for a comprehensive fundraising campaign that expected to begin its quiet phase next summer and have a goal of roughly $3 billion.

Nonprofits honored for stewardship

The Cape Fear Literacy Council in Wilmington, Youth Empowered Solutions in Raleigh, and Apparo, a nonprofit in Charlotte that provides technology support for other nonprofits, received the Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, recognizing organizations that use exemplary practices in their stewardship of the community’s trust and resources.

Easter Seals UCP at  85% of goal

Easter Seals UCP, in partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital, has secured over 85 percent of the funding needed to build a multi-sensory environment in Charlotte for children with multi-sensory disorders.  Easter Seals UCP, a nonprofit that provides support, care and hope to children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges, aims to raise the rest of the funds needed through donations from the community.  This will be the first multi-sensory environment in Charlotte open to the public and will be located at the Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center at 716 Marsh Road.

National MS Society raises $110,000

The Central North Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society raised over $110,000, including a gift to the Research NOW campaign made during its annual Greensboro Dinner of Champion in honor of the honoree, Wes Miller, men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Held September 6 at Greensboro Country Club, the event attracted over 300 people.

United Way of Alamance County building Habitat home

United Way of Alamance County in Burlington will hold its 6th Habitat Blitz from September 17 through September 28. Underwritten by Wells Fargo, which is contributing $30,000, the effort will build a house on property donated by Residential Treatment Services of Alamance for one of its employees who is a former client.

North Carolina Medical Society

The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation received a $100,000 grant from The Physicians Foundation to fund an effort launched in August. by the North Carolina Medical Society and 26 other medical societies and organizations in the state that aims to help the medical community improve health and the healthcare experience for patients through better care coordination, enhanced patient engagement, quality measurement and cost containment.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina named three new members to its board of directors, including  Will Austin, director of governmental affairs at LORD Corporation; Randy Brodd, regional managing partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman; and Steve Crouse, chief financial officer and executive vice president at Paragon Commercial Bank.

SECU Family House

SECU Family House at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill provided its 100,000th guest stay since opening in March 2008.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro’s 2013 Raising Roofs builders blitz, a partnership with Greensboro Builders Association, will benefit from Chic Chateau, a design showhouse featuring two custom-built homes designed by 27 local designers to be held the last two weekends of September. All furniture, furnishings and accessories in the house will be for sale.

Clarity Group and The Futures Company

Clarity Group and The Futures Company, both in Chapel Hill, have teamed up to offer a suite of products that makes market research from Yankelovich on the attitudes and motivations of consumers available to nonprofits.

Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness

Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness in Virginia has named Lisa Watts to its new position of development director. A former magazine writer and editor, Watts has been based in the Triad and has consulted since 2008 on nonprofit development and communications.

Teach for America

Teach for America reported over 10,000 first- and second-year corps members will be teaching this fall in high-need classrooms, a record-high and 10 percent increase over last year’s total corps size. The 5,800 first-year corps members represent more than 1,500 colleges and universities across the U.S., topped by the University of California-Berkeley, with 88 graduates beginning their two-year commitment this fall. UNC-Chapel Hill ranked fourth among large schools, with 75 graduates beginning their commitment this fall.

Stabilizing fragile families

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and four private foundations named local partners for a new $35 million initiative to stabilize fragile families and keep children out of foster care. Broward County in Florida; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Memphis, Tenn; San Francisco, and the state of Connecticut will test a new model for preventing foster care placements by placing highly fragile families in supportive housing that coordinates needed social and health services within the home setting. Private funders for the initiative, which is based on a pilot effort in New York City known as Keeping Families Together, include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, and Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

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