Nonprofit news roundup, 09.28.12

High Point to get $50 million community fund

High Point will get a $50 million community fund under a letter of intent signed by High Point Regional Healthy System and UNC Health Care to form a strategic partnership, effective early in 2013.

Under the terms of the letter of intent, UNC Health Care will become the sole member of High Point Regional Health System, and provide $150 million in capital improvements to the system and $50 million for establishment of a newly formed community health fund.

High Point Regional Health System will remain a private, nonprofit organization.

Greensboro agency affiliates with StepUp Ministry in Raleigh

Reach Out First, a nonprofit launched in 2010 by First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, has affiliated with StepUp Ministry in Raleigh and renamed itself StepUp Ministry of Greensboro.

In September 2011, as Reach Out First, the agency launched job-readiness training and life-skills education to at-risk, unemployed residents of Greensboro and Guilford County, an effort modeled on a program at StepUp Ministry in Raleigh.

Raleigh has worked with Reach Out  First to provide expertise, curriculum materials and systems support to put that program into effect.

Since the program was launched, 216 adults have completed training, including 100 who have found jobs.

By the end of the y ear, 150 people are expected to be employed following completion of the 35-hour jobs readiness workshop, which teaches basic job skills.

Sheron Sumner, a retired nutrition professor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a long-time church member, is executive director of StepUp Greensboro.

Four years ago, she proposed that the church launch a program to feed hungry people.

That effort grew into Reach Out First, which acted as an umbrella for a range of outreach ministries at the church and sought grants to support its work.

Sprinkle joins Easter Seals UCP

Phelps Sprinkle, a partner at Topics Education in Charlotte for 17 years, has joined Easter Seals UCP, a Topics Education client, as executive vice president for strategic engagement.

Communities in Schools of North Carolina honored, gets gift

Communities In Schools of North Carolina received 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. And IBM has given 50 computer centers to early childhood development programs and kindergarten classrooms in five counties in eastern North Carolina through an initiative of Communities in Schools of North Carolina.

Levine Foundation offers challenge grant to MedAssist

Leon Levine Foundation in Charlotte has offered NC MedAssist a $50,000 challenge grant as part of an effort to raise funds and awareness for NC MedAssist.  The Levine Foundation will match gifts from new donors or increased gifts from existing donors received by December 15, 2012.

YMCA of the Triangle opens site at St. Augustine’s University

YMCA of the Triangle is opening a new Y Learning site on the campus of Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh; BB&T and Highwoods Properties each donated $12,500 to fund one year of the YMCA’s standardized tutorial program.

United Way of the Greater Triangle

THe Women’s Leadership Council at United Way of the Greater Triangle attracted nearly 400 people and raised over $62,000, a record, at its annual dessert auction on Sept. 21 to send teen girls to the annual Girl Scout Leadership Camp in August 2013.

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro awarded 14 scholarships.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh named two new board members — Patrick Brown of Bath and Brother Virgil Siefker of Windsor.

High Point Regional Health System Foundation

High Point Regional Health System Foundation hold its second annual “Sun & Stars” event on October 2 to benefit the cardiology and cancer outreach programs at High Point Regional Health System.  Last year’s event raised over $100,000.

Joedance Film Festival

The third annual Joedance Film Festival on Aug. 3 and 4 raised $2,300 for the Rare and Complex Cancers Fund at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, up $900 from last year.


WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio in Davidson aims to raise $210,000, during its fall membership campaign from Oct. 3 through Oct. 11.

Care Ring

Sarah Wagner has been named development associate at Care Ring in Charlotte.

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation

The Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation added two members to its board of directors — Risha D. Bailey and James M. Barbee.

VIF International Education

Twenty-one North Carolina schools in 11 districts that have integrated language immersion programs developed by VIF International Education, a certified B corporation in Chapel Hill that is a coordinating partner for the Global Schools Network, are being recognized by the Howard N. Lee Institute for significant accomplishments in student achievement with the 2012 Champions of Equity and Opportunity in Education Award.

Band Together

Band Together in Raleigh added four members to its board of directors — Caitlin Clinard of Angel Oak Creative; Philip Isley of Blanchard, Miller, Lewis & Isley; Reid Tracy of Wells Fargo Insurance Services; and Lee Whitman of Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Honeywell volunteers are renovating a 14,000-square-foot warehouse that will become the new Urban Agricultural Training Center for the InterFaith Food Shuttle, serving as the agency’s main training, warehouse ad distribution center, along what will be the region’s biggest inner-city nonprofit gardening space. Rebuilding Together of the Triangle is coordinating the project, which is supported by over 120 volunteer hours and a $5,000 investment in materials and supplies from Honeywell.

United Way USA

Stacey D. Stewart, executive vice president for community impact leadership and learning at United Way Worldwide, has been named president of United Way USA, a new position, effective October 15.

Case Foundation

Sonal Shah, a former Google executive and first director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation that was created by the White House in 2009, has been named a senior fellow at the Case Foundation.


Leslie McGuire, former deputy executive director of the national mental health screening program for adolescents at the TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University, has joined AmeriCares as director of U.S. Programs in charge of the organization’s aid deliveries to U.S. free clinics and community health centers.

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