Nonprofit news roundup, 10.12.12

Habitat Greensboro launching campaign

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro is kicking off its 25th anniversary with the public launch of a campaign to raise $4.5 million by 2014, and with a breakfast on Oct. 23.

Speakers at the breakfast, to be held at at the North Carolina A&T Alumni-Foundation Event Center, include Frank Blake, CEO of The Home Depot, and Elizabeth Blake, senior vice president for advocacy, government affairs and general counsel at Habitat for Humanity International.

The event will also recognize sponsors of the 25th Anniversary House Habitat will begin building next spring, including Carolina Bank, Columbia Forrest Products, Cone Health, First Tennessee Bank, The Fresh Market, VF Corporation and Wells Fargo. Construction on the house begins next spring.

Habitat Greensboro has built over 400 homes in Greensboro, plus another 400 in Jordan and Honduras through annual mission trips and funds the organization tithes to Habitat for Humanity International for global building.

Dollars raised in the campaign will be used to build, renovate and repair homes, buy land for future builds, help stabilize Greensboro neighborhoods and help keep families on track with financial counseling and personal zero-percent loan servicing,

Levine Cancer Institute gets $20 million

The Leon Levine Foundation in Charlotte has given $20 million to the Levine Cancer Institute, a network of cancer centers across the Carolinas that this month opened its state-of-the-art headquarters in Charlotte. The gift is the Foundation’s biggest ever and has been used to outfit the Institute’s research and administrative hub

Triangle AFP award winners named

Sandy Scarlett, director of development at the department of ophthalmology at the UNC School of Medicine, has been named outstanding fundraising professional by the Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Scarlett and other winners of the 2012 National Philanthropy Day awards will be recognized  at the chapter’s annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 15 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

Other awards, and the winners, include:

* Excellence in Philanthropy — E. Carroll Joyner, president, Joyner Ventures.

* Innovation in Philanthropy – Jenny Nicholson, associate creative director – McKinney.

* Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation – Cisco Systems.

* Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Ric Richards, president, board of trustees, Ronald McDonald House of Durham.

* Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (ages 5 to 17) – Emma Astrike-Davis, founder & president, Art For Hospice.

* Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (ages 18 to 23) – Saul Flores, N.C. State University, Walk of Immigrants.

* Outstanding Philanthropic Organization – Rex Healthcare Guild.

Autism Society of North Carolina holding run/walk

The Autism Society of North Carolina will hold its 14th annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism on October 13 in Moore Square in downtown Raleigh from 9 a.m. to noon. The goal is to raise $300,000 and attract 225 teams, up from $240,000 and 200 teams last year. The Autism Society also received a $4,800 grant from Bi-Lo Charities to fund scholarships to Camp Royall for low-income campers with autism in Western North Carolina. And it received over $7,500 from a fundraiser hosted by Forged Fitness, a physical fitness and martial arts facility in Raleigh.

Workshop planned on how to talk to donors

Kathryn W. Miree is the president and primary consultant at Kathryn W. Miree and Associates, will lead a workshop on Oct. 17 in Charlotte on how to talk to donors about talking to donors about their charitable goals in a way that is comfortable and moves donors towards their ultimate gift. The session, to be held at the Harris  Conference Center, is sponsored by the North Carolina Planned Giving Council, Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Leave a Legacy Charlotte Region.

Marbles Museum

ABB has given $100,000 to Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, the first installment in a seven-year pledge to help Marbles develop “Kid Grid”, an interactive exhibit featuring playful activities in a pretend power grid that is scheduled to open in 2014.

Grantwriting workshop

The Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement will offer a half-day grantwriting workshop, “The ABCs of Grantwriting,” for local nonprofits on October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  in Kenansville. The session, led by Ruth Peebles, founder and president of The INS Group, will look at foundation research and cultivation; development and writing of a winning proposal; typical questions funders ask when considering a proposal; criteria used; and grant compliance.

Volunteer Center of Greensboro

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro will hold its annual volunteer recognition celebration Oct. 30 featuring a reception, silent auction and dinner at Revolution Mill Studios. Awards and winners include: Lifetime of Service, Aileen Troxler; Outstanding Volunteers, Velma Speight-Buford and Gray McCaskill; Corporate Award, Food Express; Outstanding Volunteer Program, HandyTechs, HandyCapable Network; and Emerging Volunteer, Santiago Elliot. THe 2012 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards and winners include Medallion Lifetime Achievement, Charlie Routh; Individual Volunteer, Gina Jacobs  and Parker White; and Senior Volunteer, Ruth Purser.

Lincoln Foundation

Lincoln Financial Foundation, formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group, awarded $284,980 in human services grants to 14 local nonprofit organizations in Guilford County that providing housing for the homeless, food for the hungry, and services for adults and children at risk, part of $1.8 million in charitable funds it allocated for the area in 2012.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina

Sponsors for the 2012 Business Hall of Fame that will be presented on Oct. 18 by Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina include BB&T Bank, title sponsor; VF Corporation, signature sponsor; Pace Communications, reception sponsor; and The Bryan Foundation, Carroll Management Company, High Point Bank and Lincoln Financial, business sponsors.

IntraHealth International

Louise Winstanly, adjunct professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, associate faculty member at UNC’s Center for Genomics and Society, and assistant professor at the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership at Union Graduate College, has been elected chair of the board of directors of IntraHealth International in Chapel Hill.

Communities in Schools of North Carolina

Communities In Schools of North Carolina, part of a national dropout prevention network, raised nearly $357,000 through its 2012 “Build A Backpack” school supply drive this summer in partnership with Walmart, up from nearly $163,000 last year. Communities In Schools also elected new board officers, including Tina Wilson, IBM, board chair; Blaine Morehead, Wells Fargo, vice chair; and James Speed, N.C. Mutual Life Insurance, treasurer and secretary. New board members include Jill Cox, United Way of North Carolina; Cynthia Marshall, funding director, Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg; and Bill Whitney, State Farm.

Band Together

Billy Pomarico, a senior account manager at SharedVue, a division of UBM Channel, and Missie Thompson, a channel development advisor for PNC Wealth Management, have been named event co-chairs for Band Together’s 2012-2013 partnership with the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities.

John Avery Boys and Girls Club

The John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham received $25,000 fromMerck & Co. for its programs that focus on academic enrichment and school engagement, and on job skills and job readiness.

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has named new board members, including Carla Berryann, retired from IBM; Carolyn Baxter, a student at N.C. State University;  David Booth, senior vice president at Wells Fargo;  Ray Carey, chief executive officer at NeoNova;  and Linda Quarles, career development coordinator, Wake County Public Schools.

Autism Society partnership

The Autism Society of North Carolina has launched a program in Davidson to support adults with high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome in the Charlotte metro area. The membership-based community program, which the Society says is the first of its kind in the U.S., received founding support from Evernham Family Racing for a Reason, a nonprofit started by Ray Evernham, the NASCAR crew chief.

Alliance for Global Good

The Alliance for Global Good in Greensboro made grants from its Innovation Fund to four nonprofits, including $40,000 for Children of God Relief Fund in Kenya, plus another $20,000 the Alliance helped secure; $40,000 for East Meets West in Vietnam; $60,000 for High Atlas Foundation in Morocco; and $20,000 for Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Market America

Market America, an international product brokerage and internet marketing company based in Greensboro, has formed ma Cares, a nonprofit that formalizes the charitable giving the company’s employees have participated in for nearly 15 years and that will benefit children, families, animals and veterans of the Piedmont Triad.

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