Nonprofit news roundup, 11.16.12

Habitat teams with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte is partnering with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to engage all 26  high schools in building a new Habitat home for low-income families in each zone in the school system.

The program, known as Senior BuildUp, will enlist high school seniors to raise funds and build the homes, including nearly 9,000 seniors this school year alone, plus mentors to consult and work with the students in their fundraising efforts.

The goal for the class of 2013 is to build three new homes during the program’s pilot year, with each senior class the following two years building five homes.

And in an existing program, students in Olympic High’s Math, Engineering, Technology and Science school will continue to build Habitat houses, adding to the Senior BuildUp total.

Olympic students have built four Habitat homes since 2006 and a fifth is under construction on the school’s campus.

Funding for one new Habitat home is $75,000.

Year-one building will start in March, 2013 and wrap up in mid-May before graduation.

Charlotte United Way drive behind last year’s pace

United Way of Central Carolinas has raised $12.6 million in its fundraising campaign, or 60 percent of its $21.2 million goal, but still is $1 million short of the pace of last year’s campaign. The goal is 1.5 percent more than the $20.9 million donated last year, a target United Way says is above the 1 percent increase forecast by United Ways throughout the U.S.

Cape Fear AFP chapter honors fundraisers, donors

The Cape Fear Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored donors and fundraisers with its annual Philanthropy Day celebration. Winners include:

* Philanthropist of the Year — Reid and Linda Murchison, who made financial contributions to local charities such as Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Good Friends of Wilmington, Good Shepherd Center, United Way, YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear, Full Belly Project, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, and Cameron Art Museum.

* Philanthropic Organization of the Year — State Employees Credit Union for its support of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice center in Brunswick County.

* Professional Fundraising Executive of the Year — Melissa Reabold, vice president of resource development at United Way of the Cape Fear Area.

* Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year — Ronald Watson for his work to build the Pender Memorial Park.

* Student Fundraiser of the Year — Michael Castoro for his work raising funds for the Topsail High Performing Arts.

* Fundraising Board of the Year — Carousel Center Board for its work organizing and holding the Making Legends Local Gala.

Wake County Women’s Giving Network awards $150,000

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County awarded a total of $150,000 to six area nonprofits that support women or children, or both, including $25,000 each to Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, Community Music School, Healing Place of Wake County, Literacy Council of Wake County, StepUp Ministry, and Triangle Family Services. The grants bring to $682,000 the total the Women’s Giving Network has awarded in the six years since it was formed.

Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, which focuses on improving the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County, will celebrate its seventh anniversary at its annual luncheon on November 28 at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The keynote speaker will be Michele Ozumba, president and CEO of The Women’s Funding Network. At the event, The Women’s Fund this year also will announce over $140,000 in grants and will release a report that provides provides an overview of the impact of the organization’s early grantmaking.

Women’s Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Forsyth County has grown to over 1,000 members since it was formed in 2007, and has raised over $2.8 million to meet pressing needs in Forsyth County.

Truliant partners with Red Cross

Truliant Federal Credit Union is teaming with the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Canisters have been placed at 11 Truliant member financial centers in Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance and Randolph counties to collect donations to help storm victims in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. Canisters will be available at Truliant member financial centers until November 20.

American Heart Association

The 2012 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk, sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health and TE Connectivity on October 20, attracted over 4,500 Forsyth County residents and raised $550,000 for attended the American Heart Association for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education programs.

Frankie Lemmon School

Dan Bruer, former deputy director of strategic partnerships for the League of Conservation Voters in Washington, D.C., and a former capital campaign manager for Triangle Land Conservancy, has been named the first president of The Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center in Raleigh. His job will be to work with the School’s board, foundation and staff to boost its philanthropic support. Janet Sellers remains as executive director of the School.

John Rex Endowment

Sherry Worth has been elected chair of the board of directors of the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh, and Jill Wright of Wake Health Services New Bern Ridge Pediatrics has been vice chair.  State Treasurer Janet Cowell and Jill Wells Heath, president and CEO of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, have joined the board.

Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has received a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support and maintain the Chamber’s Senior Academy mentoring program.

Symphony Guild of Charlotte

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte will host its second annual Festival of Trees fundraiser Nov. 16 through Dec. 2 to benefit the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras and music education.

Brady associates volunteer

Brady, a provider of  HVAC systems and building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities, has challenged its 328 associates to volunteer 50 hours each with charities of their choice, an hour each for each year the Greensboro-based family company has been in business. Associates who cannot make the volunteering commitment, a committee of associates has also arranged a Red Cross Blood Drive and an annual food drive. From January through September, 70 associates have logged over 4,100 hours in volunteer time.

Komen for the Cure

Quality Oil Company in Winston-Salem has partnered with the NC Triad Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure by repainting one of its propane delivery trucks.  The customized truck was painted at no charge by Maaco Auto Body Shop, and decaling was done by Speedpro Imaging.

Urban Ministries of Durham

Urban Ministries of Durham held its biannual Hope-Believe Recovery Program graduation ceremony Nov. 14, recognizing 10 men and women for successful completion of recovery programs that included six months of drug-free living.


The Pitchin’ for Wishes Cornhole Tourney, co-sponsored by Andrew Roby and Harris Teeter, raised $120,000 for Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina will be working in 350 classrooms, with its curriculum reaching roughly 10,000 elementary, middle and high school students in Alamance, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph and Rockingham schools by the end of the 2012-13 school year, through a partnership with local school districts and the community.

High Point University

Over 400 students, faculty and staff at High Point University raised roughly $35,000 through the annual March of Dimes “March for Babies Walk.”

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh will distribute food for over 500 family-sized Thanksgiving meals to selected recipient agencies, who then will distribute it to families in need.  In 2011, Ford’s Produce and U.S. Foods provided 2,350 pounds of cabbage and green beans, and the  Food Shuttle’s field gleaning provided 8,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and collards, to pair with 500 turkeys, pies, and bread provided by the Food Shuttle’s other food donors.

Reynolds American Foundation

The Reynolds American Foundation in Winston-Salem will donate $140,000 to the American Red Cross to help provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy.


Kathleen McDonald, vice president and creative director at Contrast Creative in Cary, has been named to the board of directors of TROSA in Durham. Contrast Creative recently produced a fundraising video for TROSA, donating over half the production cost.

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