Nonprofit news roundup, 09.21.12

Doug Zinn joining Kenan Trust

Douglas Zinn, executive director of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in Durham for over 30 years, has been named to the new job of assistant executive director at the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust in Chapel Hill.

In addition to its long-time support of higher education and the arts, the Trust is “looking seriously into investing in K-12 education and areas to related to basic human needs,” says Richard Krasno, executive director of the Trust.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have a guy of this caliber,” he says of Zinn. “We’re expanding our work and he’s the perfect guy to help do that.”

Zinn begins his new job on Sept. 24.

UNC-Chapel Hill names interim vice chancellor for advancement

Julia Sprunt Grumbles, former corporate vice president at Turner Broadcasting, has been named interim vice chancellor for advancement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grumbles, a 1975 UNC-CH graduate who served on the steering committee of a UNC campaign that raised $2.384 billion, succeeds Matt Kupec, who resigned last week after disclosures that he had urged the hiring of another UNC fundraising official with whom he was in a relationship, and had taken private trips with her at university expense.

Holden Thorp, who this week resigned as chancellor, effective at the end of the school year, after disclosures he knew about the relationship and the hiring, and had accompanied the couple on some of the trips, named Grumbles to the interim post.

Grumbles, who helped co-found the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, moved to  Chapel Hill in 2006 after heading corporate marketing, public relations, internal and external relations, human resources, media planning and buying, corporate philanthropy, and retail and image management at Turner Broadcasting, where she was the senior ranking woman.

Mindy Oakley to head Armfield Foundation

Mindy Oakley, chief operating officer and vice president of philanthropic services for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, has been named executive director of the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation in Greensboro. Oakley, who begins her new job Oct. 8, will succeed Steve Joyce, who is retiring after having headed the Armfield Foundation since it opened in 2000.

Peter Morris to head Urban Ministries of Wake County

Peter Morris, medical director, compliance office and director of behavioral health for Wake County Human Services, has been named executive director of Urban Ministries of Wake County, effective December 4.  He will succeed Anne Burke, who joined the agency in 1981 and became executive director in 1986. She announced her retirement in August 2011. Armstrong McGuire, a philanthropic advisory firm in Raleigh, assisted in the national selection process for the new executive director.

Chuck Kraft to head Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem

Charles W. “Chuck” Kraft, former executive director of the Robinhood Road Family YMCA in Winston-Salam, has been named executive director of Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.

Grant funding grows at Wake Tech

Grant funding awards to Wake Tech Community College in 2011-12 totaled over $3.6 million, up 43 percent from  the previous fiscal year.

High Point University gets $1 million

John and Kathleen Luke donated $1.1 million to High Point University to establish an endowed professorship in the School of Art and Design. John Luke is chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco based in Richmond, Va.

Communities in Schools of Wake County

Communities In Schools of Wake County, a dropout prevention agency that works in partnership with the Wake County Public School System, received a $45,000 grant from PNC to establish pre-kindergarten initiatives at its PNC Learning Center at Heritage Park and the SAS Learning Center at Kentwood.

United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County will host “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Nov. 1-3, featuring dinners in homes across Wake County with one or two artists, whose identify will remain a mystery until the night of the dinner.  Reservations can be made at beginning Oct. 3.

Ronald McDonald House Winston-Salem

The kitchen and dining areas at Ronald McDonald House Winston-Salem, where home-cooked meals are prepared, now includes an art and chalk board area to display works created by families. This gift was coordinated by Lend Lease, which is  constructing the new cancer center at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Peacehaven Community Farm

Peacehaven Community Farm in Whitsett is launching its annual campaign to raise $200,000. Located on 89 acres of farmland, the nonprofit serves adults with disabilities, providing a community garden and farm where they volunteer, and in 2013 will offer a residential housing program for adults with disabilities who will live and work at the farm. Plans for the first residence will begin this fall in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greensboro.


thesalesfactory provided over $100,000 in creative services for 16 Triad nonprofits as part of the 2012 CreateAthon, a 24-hour blitz during which marketing, advertising and public relations firms provided nonprofit marketing services on a pro bono basis.  The event marked the 11th year thesalesfactory participated. It was the only agency in North Carolina and one of only 21 in the U.S. to participate.

Passage Home

Passage Home in Raleigh has been awarded $631,365.00 from the Veterans Administration to provide a daily average of 15 beds for homeless veterans. Services will be provided at scattered-site apartments in Raleigh and Wake County.

Raleigh City Farm

Raleigh City Farm received $5,000 as one of three winners of Green America’s first quarterly People & Planet award, recognizing green, small businesses.

Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro

Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro will kick off its 25th anniversary with an informational brunch at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church on October 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Child health awards

North Carolina health departments in Guilford, Robeson and Transylvania counties received North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Child Health Recognition Awards, and Sam Bowman-Fuhrmann, a child advocate from Mount Airy, and Jacqueline (Jackie) Quirk, project coordinator for the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center in Raleigh, received Lifetime Recognition Awards, for their commitment to child health programs and advocacy.

SECU Family House

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem in its first year served over 900 families from over 70 North Carolina counties and 26 states who traveled to Winston-Salem for medical care.

New School of Philanthropy okayed for Indiana University

Indiana University has received approval from state regulators to create what is believed to be the first school in the world  dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy. The school, to be located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, will be home to existing programs that offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in philanthropy studies and were created by the university’s Center of Philanthropy, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Gene Tempel, president of the Indiana University Foundation and a former executive director of the Center on Philanthropy, has been named senior fellow in philanthropy, effective Oct. 1. He will lead the planning and organization of the new school.

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