Nonprofit news roundup, 04.19.13

Swayne, Nunnallee promoted in StepUp Ministry expansion

Steve Swayne, executive director at StepUP Ministry in Raleigh since 2009, has been named CEO, and Linda Nunnallee, associate executive director and director of development since 2010, has been named executive director of StepUp Ministry-Raleigh.

Both promotions, which take effect July 1, are part of a restructuring at StepUp, which last year opened StepUp Ministry-Greensboro as part of a pilot expansion.

Founded in 1988, StepUp works to help adults and children build stable lives through jobs and life skills training.

The nonprofit operates with an annual budget of $1.86 million, an increase of 44 percent since 2010, and last year placed 378 people in jobs, up 153 percent since 2010.

And this  fall, it will launch a new life skills program in downtown Raleigh.

Under the restructuring, Swain will be responsible for strategic planning, program development and replication, including StepUp’s relationship with StepUp Ministry-Greensboro and other potential future sites.

Nunnallee will be in charge of all operations for StepUp Ministries-Raleigh, including its second life skills program that will begin this fall downtown.

Swayne and Nunnallee will share some responsibilities for key relationships with major donors,  Andy Betts, board chair of StepUp Ministry, says in a statement.

Children & Family Services Center marks 10 years

Ten non-profit agencies that share space and resources in the Children & Family Services Center have served nearly 2 million children and families in Mecklenburg County in the Center’s first 10 years.

The agencies, which provide a broad range of services to children and families but no duplication, moved in April 2003 into what at the time was its new, 100,000-square-foot building at 601 East Fifth St.

The building was funded through a capital campaign that raised $10 million in cash and in-kind services and products to support construction, technology and collaboration.

The Center says it has helped save partner agencies over $11.3 million in rent, furniture, and technology costs, compared to market rates over the 10 years.

Shared Services provides financial and human resources services for partner agencies that the Center says has resulted in increased service, reduced risk, enhanced accountability, and best practices for participating agencies.

The multiple needs of some families and children require the services of more than one agency, and can be met within one building, the Center says.

Partner agencies include A Child’s Place; Care Ring; Children’s Home Society; Communities in Schools; Community Link; Council for Children’s Rights; MedAssist; Smart Start of Mecklenburg County; The Relatives (Alexander Youth Network), and Safe Alliance, formerly United Family Services.

Community Care of North Carolina getting $2.6 million

Community Care of North Carolina received $2.6 million over two years from the Kate B. Charitable Trust and the N.C. Office of Rural Health and Community Care for Project Lazarus, a statewide program aimed at addressing chronic pain issues and combating prescription drug abuse.

Modeled on a pilot program in Wilkes County, the statewide Project Lazarus program will be designed to assist North Carolina providers in getting the appropriate pain control medication to patients who need it while minimizing the risk of addiction, and dealing effectively with dependence issues that develop.

Hispanic League awarding scholarships

The Hispanic League in Winston-Salem will award $2,000 scholarships to 34 local Hispanic and Latino students at the 14th Annual Spanish Nite Scholarship Awards Gala on April 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Since 2000, when the scholarship program was launched, $335,000 has been awarded through 180 scholarships to local Hispanic and Latino students.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra gets $50,000

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra received a gift of $50,000 from the estate of Nancy H. McAllister, the largest gift to its endowment in its 42 year history.  The gift endows the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Chair in perpetuity.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards teacher grants

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded a total of $24,332 in 2013 in Forsyth County Teacher Grants for professional development to 25 teachers in kindergarden through 12th grade in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools.

The selection committee, consisting of a panel of professional educators, made the awards in support of innovative and results-oriented educational experiences for teachers to improve their teaching ability and enhance the subject or content being taught in the classroom.

Providing funds for the grants were component funds at the Foundation, including The Sam and Anne Booke Family Trust, The Maytrice Walton Fund, The Blanche Raper Zimmerman Fund and The Gaddy Educator Fund.

Betsy Bennett joins Capital Development Services

Betsy Bennett, former director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, has been named strategic counsel at Capital Development Services, a fundraising consulting and executive search firm.

Griffin joins LGBT Community Center

Glenn Griffin, former artistic director of Queen City Theatre Company in Charlotte, has been named operations director of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Community Center of Charlotte. Griffin succeeds O’Neale Atkinson, who has joined Time Out Youth as director of youth services.

Autism Society raises $31,000

The Autism Society of North Carolina raised over $31,000 at its 2nd annual Catwalk to Camp spring fashion show, held March 14 at 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh, to support the Society’s scholarship fund for Camp Royall, a residential camp program near Pittsboro for individuals of all ages with autism. Camp Royall last year served over 1,100 campers from throughout the state during its summer camp and year-round programs. The 41-year-old camp program is the largest and oldest of its kind in the U.S.

Friends of N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences to hold fundraiser

Friends of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will hold its signature event, The Brimley Bash, on April 26  from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., in the Museum’s new Nature Research Center.

Columnist to speak at Epilepsy Institute

Sharon Randall, a nationally syndicated columnist, will speak at two events April 26 for the 25th anniversary of Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina. She will speak at a noon luncheon and for a 7 p.m. lecture at Forsyth Country Club. Information and reservations can be obtained by calling 336.722.1921 by the end of the day today.

Event to benefit John Avery Boys & Girls Club

The John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham will host its annual Golf Fore Kids Tournament On on June 24 at Hasentree Golf Club in Wake Forest, with all proceeds benefiting the agency’s programs for underprivileged, at-risk youth, including homework assistance, athletics, health and wellness, character development, the arts, and career learning.

Youth Grantmakers in Action give $2,337

Youth Grantmakers in Action, a program of the Winston-Salem Foundation, awarded seven 2013 grants totaling $2,337 to projects to help youth of Forsyth County come together to make a difference in the community.

The program, a group of youth ages 15 to 18 from all over Forsyth County, focuses on leadership and granting money to youth-led community projects. The program, formed in 2005 with financial support of Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, made three grants totaling $2,000 its first year; four grants totaling $2,500 in 2007; five grants totaling $2,500 in 2008;  six grants totaling $1,690 in 2009; four grants totaling $1,535 in 2010; five grants totaling $2,006.25 in 2011; and in four grants totaling $2,005 in 2012.

Housing fund established

Affordable Housing Management in Greensboro has established a Resident Education and Enrichment Fund to assist residents living in its apartment communities.

The focus of the fund is to grant awards up to $500 per household to assist with completing or enhancing education, career training, and advancement as it relates to employment opportunities.

The grants will be designed to serve as a gateway for economic, social, and educational success for AHM residents.

The AHM board of directors earmarked money to establish the fund, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro awarded a community grant to add to the fund.

Reading Connections to benefit from Scrabble Challenge

Reading Connections, a nonprofit that focuses on adult literacy, will benefit from 13th annual VF Corporation Scrabble Challenge, to be held April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at West Market Street United Methodist Church at Friendly Avenue and Commerce Place in Greensboro.

Truliant Federal Credit Union to award scholarships

Truliant Federal Credit Union will award 15 college scholarships, totaling $21,500 to its member-owners through the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation scholarship program. Truliant’s member-owners will receive scholarships from four Scholar Vision Funds: the Fred J. Sarda Fund, Telephone Pioneers Fund, General Merit Fund and the Clyde O. Padgett Fund.

Central North Carolina MS Society chapter raises funds

The Central North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society attracted 200 guests at the Greensboro Women Against MS Luncheon on April 10 and raised over $22,000 for research for local programs and services.

The Chapter also raised over $20,000 and attracted over 300 walkers and volunteers at its annual Walk MS: Rockingham County, sponsored by Modern Automotive on April 13 at The Penn House in Reidsville.

AIDS Walk in Charlotte on May 4

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, or RAIN, will receive all funds raised at the 17th Annual AIDS Walk Charlotte scheduled for May 4 in the city’s Fourth Ward.

Raleigh affiliate of National Christian Foundation makes grants

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation made 707 grants totaling $3.2 million to local, national and international charities during the first quarter of 2013. The average grant totaled $4,536, and the largest grants aside from those to local churches were given to student education and international outreach efforts.

Boys & Girls Clubs complete 20th Annual Career Skills Program

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Winston-Salem celebrated its 20th Annual Career Skills Program, a 14-week course that teaches students life skills needed to succeed beyond high school. The program is offered to 20 middle and high school students at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Winston-Salem.  Weekly topics included how to plan for college, write a resume, and find a job.

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