Nonprofit news roundup, 11.30.12

Kate B. Reynolds Trust invests in rural health

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has awarded over $9.5 million to improve the overall health of North Carolinians, with a focus on rural, low-income communities.

That funding includes $1.3 million grant over two years to the North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs to launch a statewide effort, known as the Chronic Pain Initiative, to address prescription drug overdose.

The Initiative will focus on coordinating efforts in local communities, improving care and prescribing practices for chronic pain patients, and creating supportive systems and policies in clinical sett

The Trust is also investing nearly $700,000 in KaBOOM!-built playgrounds in Halifax, Beaufort and McDowell counties as part of its Healthy Places North Carolina initiative announced earlier this year to invest $100 million in 10 to 15 rural, low-income North Carolina counties over the next 10 years.

And it awarded $261,928 grant to the N.C. Institute of Medicine to develop a North Carolina rural health action plan to help to lay the groundwork for health and health care issues that need to be tackled by the Trust’s Health Care Division over the next 10 years as it focuses a large portion of funding on rural health investments.

Alumni give over $5.8 million to Wake Forest School of Medicine

Fifty-eight current and former leaders of the Medical Alumni Association and their families made a gift of over $5.8 million to Wake Forest School of Medicine with as part of the MAA Challenge, a fundraising effort that has raised nearly $16.4 million since fall 2011. Combined with a gift of over $10.5 million made a year ago by 17 alumni, the latest gift raised the MAA Challenge total to nearly $16.4 million from 75 alumni.

Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awards grants

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awarded $144,580 in grants to six local nonprofits to address the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County.

Nonprofits receiving funds include Augustine Project for Literacy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, Empowering Girls in Real Life Situations, Goler Institute for Development and Education, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

In the last five years, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem has awarded over $900,000 dollars to local organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County.

Grants are funded from the pooled contributions of the Fund’s members, who determine each year which organizations receive grant funding.

The Fund’s has over 800 members, including female corporate and nonprofit leaders, educators, community leaders, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and students.

Wake Tech gets $20,000 from Bank of America Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has contributed $20,000 to Wake Tech’s major gifts campaign. The funds will expand the bank’s support for students transitioning out of GED and adult high school programs to include graduates of English as a second language programs and high-level graduates of adult basic education programs. Bank of America and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have contributed nearly $90,000 to the Wake Tech Foundation since 1992, including a $30,000 gift to the GED and adult high school programs last year.

John Avery Boys and Girls Club

The John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham has been awarded a $25,000 from PNC for Project Learn, a tutoring and mentoring program aimed at increasing Club members’ academic performance. The agency also named Jesse Boulerice, a Merrill Lynch financial advisor and retired player for the Carolina Hurricanes, to its board of directors.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awards $50,000

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has made a $50,000 grant to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center to fund interpretive enhancements to the red wolf exhibit and build a covered pavilion.

United Arts Council launching online marketplace

The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County on Dec. 12 will launch, a new fundraising platform to support arts projects in Wake County. The site will be an online marketplace designed to connect donors with projects they care about. Arts organizations will list needs ranging from $100 to $2,500 for a specific project, such as metronomes for musicians from low income families or costumes for an upcoming production. Visitors to the site will be able to pick a need that and make a donation.

Arts Together

Arts Together in Raleigh has named five recipients of its second annual Arts Together Awards, including Jason Smith, chef proprietor, 18 Seaboard and Cantina 18; Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; First Citizens Bank; Nikki Dublin-Turner; and Arts Together preschool teachers, past and present. The winners will be honored during an awards dinner on Feb. 28.

Hospice of Wake County

John Thoma, CEO of Hospice of Wake County, has been elected to a 3-year term on the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as a geographic area director for the Southeast Region.

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro

Erin Kennedy, former special events administrator for The American Heart Association, has been named director of programs for The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, and Chris Sifford, former care manager for Partnership for a Drug Free North Carolina, has been named director of volunteers.

NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad

NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad in Greensboro generated a record-high $380,000 in sponsorships and donations and 81,200 guests at its 46th annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner on November at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. The event, the largest single source of funding for NCCJ’s annual programs and operations, generated about 60 percent of budgeted income for fiscal 2013. Honored at the dinner with the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award were Zaki Uddin Khalifa, owner of Zaki Oriental Rugs, and Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of N.C. A&T State University.

Plow & Hearth

Based on the sale of solar-powered Christmas balls that grew out of homemade ornaments developed in a neighborhood in Greensboro, N.C., Plow & Hearth in Madison, Va., expects to donate over 2,800 seedlings to the National Forest Foundation to be planted in areas where fire, disease or encroaching civilization have threatened natural habitats.


HanesBrands in Winston-Salem, N.C., donated a trailer load of underwear and socks for distribution to East Coast victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Lowes Foods

Sanderson Farms will donate 7,560 whole chicken fryers to The Second Harvest Food Bank in partnership with Lowes Foods’ Friends Feeding Friends Annual Holiday Food Drive. The donation will be delivered to Food Bank partner agencies in the Carolinas and Virginia. Lowes Foods, which since 1995 has collected over 17 million pounds of food and aims to raise one million pounds of food in 2012, already has raised over 445,000 pounds  with vendor and customer support.

Komen for the Cure

East Coast Wings & Grill in Winston-Salem has given $15,000 to NC Triad affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure from funds raised in October through the sale of pink tortilla chips and salsa in support of breast cancer awareness, as well as pink collapsible koozies.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival received a $6,000 grant from the Hayden-Harman Foundation in High Point to fund three performances of the Shakespeare To Go tour in High Point and Alamance County next spring.

The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group launched a video library, free and available to anyone, that features recorded conversations with over 50 leaders in philanthropy.

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