Nonprofit news roundup, 04.26.13

Kenan Trust gives $5 million for renovating music building at UNC-Chapel Hill

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust is giving $5 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to launch a renovation of the music department’s Hill Hall.

Work will center on improvements to Hill Hall’s rotunda and 550-seat auditorium in the century-old building that originally served as the University’s first library.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $15 million, none of it in state-appropriated funding.

In addition to the Kenan Trust’s gift, the office of the provost at UNC-CH will provide $5 million, and its College of Arts and Sciences will raise the remaining $5 million in a special campaign.

After a planning phase, work is expected to begin in 2015 and take two years to complete.

In 2007, the Kenan Trust gave $8 million to the music department, including $4 million to establish 16 full music scholarships for undergraduates, and $4 million to complete funding for a new music building in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Kenan Music Building was dedicated in 2009.

Twenty-four Kenan Music Scholarships have been awarded since the first class entered in fall 2007.

SECU Foundation funds community college scholarships

The SECU Foundation has made an initial one-year commitment of $435,000 to fund 10 continuing education scholarships of $750 each to be awarded to eligible students at each of the 58 campuses in the North Carolina Community Foundation System.

The initiative is designed to help provide students with short-term job training for new careers or retraining to advance current job skills through the Community College System’s Back-to-Work Program and continuing education courses.

Home builders partner with Wake Habitat

Five local home builders and developers partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County to build four homes in six days during Habitat Wake’s 2013 Home Builders Blitz, which began April 20.

AR Nix Construction, Regency Centers, Savvy Homes, Triangle Builders Guild, and Williams Realty and Building Company gathered cash donations and worked with subcontractors and suppliers to obtain materials and professional labor for the build.

Baker Roofing, Ply Gem and Stock Building Supply sponsored the event by providing much of the needed materials.

Wake Hospice changing name

Hospice of Wake County plans to change its name to Transitions LifeCare at the start of 2014, a branding change that also will affect organizations under its corporate umbrella, including Horizons Palliative Care, Horizons Home Care, HorizonsGriefCenter, and Hospice of Harnett County.

Poston named to community investment post at Time Warner Cable

Keith Poston, former director of communications for the Eastern North Carolina division of Time Warner Cable, has been named senior director for community investment at the company. He will be responsible strategic philanthropy and community engagement for the company’s East Coast operations, including the Carolinas, central and upstate New York, and Maine.

Rex Healthcare Foundation gets $100,000 from Komen for the Cure

Rex Healthcare Foundation in Raleigh received two grants totaling $110,000 from the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund breast cancer screenings and treatments for underserved women.

Since 2007, the Rex Healthcare Foundation has received over $500,000 from the local Komen affiliate and has used the money to help provide free mammograms, other types of diagnostic imaging, and surgical services for thousands of women and breast cancer patients across the region on the Rex Mobile Mammography Unit and in the Rex Breast Care Center.

YMCA of the Triangle gets $25,000

YMCA of the Triangle has been awarded a $25,000 gift from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help fund a Y Learning Program at Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary.

Tomorrow Fund accepting applications

The Tomorrow Fund is accepting applications through Triangle Community Foundation through May 15.

The Tomorrow Fund also is trying to match $30,000 pledged by three board members of its board, each of whom has agreed to give $10,000 to match, dollar for dollar, all donations through May 12 up to $30,000.

All funds donated will go directly for scholarships this summer.

Over the last three years, The Tomorrow Fund has awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 for students who are Hispanic or Latino immigrants, are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S., and are from low-income backgrounds.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle gets planning grant from John Rex Endowment

The John Rex Endowment is giving an $81,789 planning grant to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to work with the Southeast Raleigh community to develop a plan for an urban agriculture project to address low access to healthy foods.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will work with members of “food insecure” neighborhoods to develop a plan to bring healthy and affordable foods to Southeast Raleigh. The plan will include steps to to equip youth and their families to grow and sell their own fresh food.

Boys & Girls Clubs to honor two former members

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro will honor two former Club members at its annual Pratt Family Fundraising Gala, to be held May 2 at the Koury Convention Center at 6 p.m. and sponsored by the Pratt Family Foundation.

At the Gala, the Clubs’ biggest annual fundraiser, Lee Staton and Trina Pratt, will be inducted into the Inaugural Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame.

Staton, vice president of operations at Greensboro Housing Authority, won The Salvation Army Youth of the Year award, State Youth of the Year honor and was runner-up for the National Youth of the Year award in 1982 as a Club member in Greensboro.

Pratt, executive director and chief professional officer for The Boys & Girls Club of Danville, Virginia, was a member of Greensboro’s Hickory Trails Club, and later became a staff member there.

Christian Foundation hosting luncheon for women fundholders

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation will host a luncheon for women fundholders on May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mez Restaurant at 5410 Page Road in Durham featuring Jen Hatmaker, author of nine books, including 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.

Cary grantwriter earns grants credential

Sarah S. Perkins of Cary, grant writer for Hospice of Wake County in Raleigh, has earned the Grant Professional Certified credential, or GPC,  from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.

Book on promoting nonprofits published

Promoting Nonprofit Organizations: A Reputation Management Approach, by Ruth Kinzey, Salisbury-based president of The Kinzey Company and author of Using Public Relations to Promote Your Nonprofit Organization, has been published by the Taylor & Francis Group of Routledge.

Walk raises funds for MS Society chapter

The Central North Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society raised over $99,000 at its annual Walk MS: Piedmont Triad sponsored by Modern Automotive on April 20th at Fourth of July Park in Kernersville.

The Chapter, which has raised $165,000 from three walks toward the overall campaign goal of $238,000, will host its Bike MS: Gears and Cheers event on May 4 at the Grove Winery in Gibsonville.

Creative Aging Symposium set for May 17

Creative Aging Network-NC, or ICAN-NC, will provide educational opportunities for healthcare providers, artists, older adults and caregivers at its 4th Annual Creative Aging Symposium on May 17  from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center at 200 N. Davie St.

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