Nonprofit news roundup, 03.15.13

Nonprofits sought for entrepreneurship competition

The General Administration of the University of North Carolina System is looking for five to seven nonprofits that would like to work with graduate students to address challenges their organizations face either in extending their charitable work into a new service or activity area, or in launching a new activity to generate net revenue to help further their mission.

Nonprofits that are selected will work with graduate students from UNC campuses in a competition that will culminate in the UNC Social Entrepreneurship Conference early in 2014.

Interested nonprofits should outline and submit their proposals to UNC General Administration by April 8 at 5 p.m.

For a copy of the request for proposals and a letter outlining the competition, contact Leslie Boney, vice president for international, community and economic engagement at UNC General Administration, at lboney@northcarolina.edu.

Greensboro United Way hosting African American Leadership Series

Education will be the focus of the 2nd annual African American Leadership Speaker Series to be hosted by United Way of Greater Greensboro on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elm Street Center in downtown Greensboro.

Keynote speaker will be Soledad O’Brien, special investigations correspondent and host of CNN’s morning show, Starting Point.

At the event, Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art at the  Smithsonian Institute, will receive the African American Leadership Founding Award, while Edward B. Fort, chancellor emeritus at N.C. A&T State University, will receive the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Medical Society Foundation receives grant for physician leadership

The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation received $75,000 from The Physicians Foundation to develop the infrastructure of the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, which will serve as the umbrella organization for the Medical Society Foundation’s existing NCMS Leadership College and two new educational tracks for physicians in North Carolina, and also will pilot the curriculum of one new track and develop a technology platform to follow leaders and evaluate their impact over time.

Crisis Assistance Ministry gets challenge pledge from five families

Crisis Assistance Ministry, a homeless prevention agency in Charlotte, received a challenge from five families that agreed to give $250,000 to the agency if it can raise that amount by April 8. The families include Margaret and Randy Bigger; Paul Franz; Carol and Joe Gigler; Laura and Mike Grace; and Dick and Connie Keffer. In its most recent fiscal year, the agency served 19,714 households with emergency rent and utility assistance, provided free clothing and household goods to 36,196 individuals, and distributed essential bedding and furniture to 2,766 families.

Urban Ministries of Durham raises $52,000

The Empty Bowls event hosted by Urban Ministries of Durham attracted over 1,200 people and raised $52,000, funds that will allow the agency to serve an additional 26,000 meals in its Community Café. Over 700 locally hand-crafted bowls were distributed at the event, which last year attracted 900 people and raised $30,000.

North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation gets capacity-building grant

The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation has received a $10,164 capacity building grant from the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh it will use to undertake a comprehensive organizational assessment and set organizational priorities in the next six months.

Established in 1990, the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation works to reduce infant death and illness and to improve the health of women and young children in the state. The agency’s major initiatives include building the capacity of state and community-based providers and agencies to better address the health and health-related needs of the women they serve, and educating women about behaviors that can lead to better health and healthier babies.

HandyCapable Network distributes computers to school

HandyCapable Network in Greensboro will distribute 120 refurbished computers to students at Peck Elementary School, an effort supported by funds from Cemala Foundation, Ecolab/Kay Chemicals Foundation, and Gannett Foundation.

Cooper to speak at Justice for All Luncheon

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will be the key speaker at the annual Justice for All Luncheon of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina on March 19 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Westin Charlotte.

Easter Seals UCP opens center

Easter Seals UCP has opened its Yager Group Multi-Sensory Environment at the Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center on 716 Marsh Road in Charlotte, a facility that is the first community accessible multi-sensory room on the East Coast and is designed to help children with sensory processing disorders.

TROSA names two board members

Nick Tennyson, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Durham and Orange Counties, and former Durham mayor, and Matt Springer, founder and managing director of Madrock Advisors of Chapel Hill, have joined the board of directors of the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, or TROSA, in Durham.

Greensboro United Way supporters honored

Five supporters of United Way of Greater Greensboro were among 43 organizations that received The Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence from United Way of North Carolina, including Lorillard Inc., for outstanding business campaign for 1,501 to 2,500 employees; Carolina Bank, outstanding financial or banking institution campaign for 101 to 200 employees; Greensboro Housing Authority, outstanding nonprofit agency campaign for 101 to 200 employees; Guilford County Schools for outstanding school campaign for 5,001 or more employees, an award shared with United Way of Greater High Point; and E. P. Pearce Elementary for outstanding school campaign for 50 to 100 employees.

United Way honors High Point University

High Point University was honored with five awards from the United Way of Greater High Point, including the Spirit of North Carolina Award; Gold Status for Employee Campaign Award; Eagle Award for leadership in giving; Chairman’s Award for best practices; and Outstanding Achievement Award.

The school, which was named the city of High Point’s fourth largest contributor for the 2012 campaign, was one of only two universities in the state to receive the Spirit of North Carolina Award in the category for Educational Leadership.

The University’s United Way Campaign raised over $185,000, an increase of 387 percent since 2005 and up from $166,000 in 2011.

Roughly 80 percent of employees contributed, and the campaign was completed in fewer than 45 days.

In addition to the employee campaign, students, faculty and staff contribute over 50,000 volunteer hours in the community and raise funds for community initiatives throughout the year.

According to the United Way’s calculations, the University’s 50,000 volunteer hours are valued at nearly $1.1 million in the community.

Children’s Home Society names new board members

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina in Greensboro named new members to its board of trustees, including, all from Greensboro, Kelly Jones, a former operating nurse; Susan Larson McDonald, vice president of human resources for VF Corporation; Ken Stevens, retired chairman and owner of Heat Transfer Sales of the Carolinas; and Liz Summers, owner of Advancing Leadership Consulting; as well as Wanda Starke of Forsyth County, co-anchor of the WXII evening news; and Alexander “Sandy” Thompson of Charlotte, senior vice president at Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

Council on Foundations, Commonfund Institute team up

The Council on Foundations and Commonfund Institute are combining resources to create a new study of private U.S. foundations that will cover a broad range of topics, including investment returns, portfolio management, asset allocation, spending rate and policy, debt, fees and expenses, liquidity, investment office staffing, consultant use and investment committees. Findings will be gathered using an online survey instrument and will cover the year ended Dec. 31, 2012.

Schwab Charitable partners with NGOSource

Schwab Charitable, a national donor-advised fund, is partnering with NGOsource, a new legal service that assesses whether a foreign grantee can be considered the equivalent of a U.S.-public charity and qualify for tax-deductible donations.

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