Nonprofit news roundup, 04.05.13

Wells Fargo invests $15.6 million in North Carolina

Wells Fargo & Co. invested  a total of $15.6 million throughout North Carolina in 2012, including over $3.7 million in the Triad and Western North Carolina, where its giving grew $100,000 from 2011.

Wells Fargo employees logged over 30,800 volunteer hours and contributed a record-high $1.1. million to Community Support and United Way campaigns in the Triad and Western North Carolina.

Since it acquired Wachovia on Dec. 31, 2008, Wells Fargo has invested over $73.6 million throughout the state, including over $14.3 million in the Triad and Western North Carolina.

Nationally, Wells Fargo invested $315.8 million in 19,500 nonprofits in 2012, up 48 percent from 2011, and its employees contributed over $60.5 million and 1.5 million volunteer hours to 25,000 nonprofits and schools.

Leadership Gift School holding information sessions

The Leadership Gift School in Charlotte will host information sessions on May 15 and 21 for its third class, which will be open to teams of executive directors and development directors from nonprofits in a 16-county region.

When the third class graduates in May 2014, the Leadership Gift School will have had 34 nonprofits participate and 76 leaders complete the program.

For information, contact Chris McLeod at

Giving grows, Blackbaud Index says

Overall giving grew 2.9 percent and online giving grew 10.8 percent for the three months ending February 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, indicating a continued recovery of charitable giving, The Blackbaud Index reported.

New online resource on charitable giving

The Charitable Giving Coalition launched a new website,, designed to provide user-friendly, accessible information on the role of charitable giving in America’s communities.

Scholarships available for Guilford Go Red For Women event

The Guilford Go Red For Women campaign of the American Heart Association is hosting its second annual scholarship program, with 200 scholarships available for women who would like to attend but cannot afford to pay for a $100 ticket for the Guilford Go Red Educational Expo and Luncheon, sponsored by NewBridge Bank and Kernersville Medical Center, on May 6 at the Koury Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Over 600 women are expected to attend, including 200 on scholarship. Scholarships are funded by donations from local Circle of Red and Red Tie Society members and corporate supporters. Scholarship nominations are due by April 9. For information, contact Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh at or at 336.209.2269.

MS Society raises funds at lunch; to hold walk

The Central North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society attracted over 400 guests and raised over $120,000 at its 13th Annual High Point MS Luncheon, held March 26 at the High Point Country Club. The chapter will hold its annual Walk MS: Rockingham County event, sponsored by Modern Automotive, on  April 13 at the Penn House in Reidsville. Proceeds will benefit the local programs and services of the chapter and MS related research.

YWCA Central Carolinas plans events

YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte will hold its fourth annual Stand Against Racism, sponsored by PNC Bank, on April 22-26, and will host the “We Are”* exhibit April 22 to May 3, telling the story of the YWCA and its role in the Charlotte community from its founding in 1902.

Autism Society to hold 15th Annual Triangle Run/Walk

The Autism Society of North Carolina will hold its 15th Annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism on Oct. 12, starting at 9 a.m. at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.

Passage Home spearheading clinic renovation

Passage Home in Raleigh has begun renovation work on a new location at 1501 Poole Road for the Debnam Clinic. Since 1961, the clinic has provided primary medical care for thousands of people in Southeast Raleigh. Founded by George C. Debnam at its current location at 524 South Blount St., the clinic has seen demand from patients exceed its capacity. Passage Home, a local nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty in Wake County, with a focus on Southeast Raleigh, bought the building, will lead renovations and then will lease it back to the Debnam family.

Virginia Parker joins Divers Alert Network

Virginia Parker, former associate executive director of the Wake Tech Foundation, has been named vice president of development at the Divers Alert Network, which focuses on scuba diving safety and education through The DAN Foundation in Raleigh.

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