Nonprofit news roundup, 05.03.13

Habitat Metrolina Partners receive tech award

Habitat for Humanity Metrolina Partners in Charlotte received the 2013 Technology Innovation Award from Apparo, formerly NPower Charlotte Region, and sponsored by Accenture.

The award, which provides project management and consulting support, will help the 11 Metrolina Habitat ReStores develop and leverage educational videos to engage the community, connect people to their mission, and showcase the evolving Habitat.

Apparo worked with Habitat for Humanity Metrolina Partners and the three other finalists in the technology competition, including Catholic Social Services, Clean Air Carolina and Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, to develop programs on engaging their constituents to further their missions.

Reynolds Trust honors mobile medication program

A mobile medication program designed to reduce hospitalization costs for seriously mentally ill individuals in rural Pennsylvania won the first-ever national Innovations in Rural Health Award from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

The Reynolds Trust created the award recognize innovative rural health work from throughout the U.S. and plans to explore possibilities for implementing the winning project in the state in the coming year.

Launched by the Human Services Center, a community-based mental health and substance abuse provider in northwestern Pennsylvania, the six-step, skill-building program begins with an in-person visit to the patient for every dose of medication ordered, followed by a daily visit, and finally scaling down to a weekly phone call before patients are discharged from the program.

Mental health workers travel by van to their clients’ homes and have a broadband-enabled laptop that allows them to enter data on each client remotely.

In its first year, the program helped reduce hospitalization costs in the area by over $1.3 million.

Duke gets gifts of $20 million and $10 million

Steven Scott and his wife, Rebecca Scott, have committed $20 million to expand sports medicine programs at Duke University, including clinical and research program development, faculty recruitment and retention, and support for sports medicine training, as well as provide support for the Duke University School of Medicine. Steve Scott is the retired chairman of the medical investment company, Scott Holdings

David M. Rubenstein is giving $10 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy to endow graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships, and to create a fund that will enhance the school’s engagement with the policy world. A Baltimore native and Duke University trustee, Rubenstein is co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager.

Passage Home gets $600,000 grant

Passage Home in Raleigh has been awarded a four-year, $600,000 Bayer USA Foundation grant to develop a new community garden in the Brown Birch neighborhood of South Raleigh and for increased support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, or STEM, for students involved in its after-school and summer school programs at the neighborhood’s Safety Club.

Board chair, marketing chief named at Triangle United Way

Kari Howe Stoltz, Triangle market president for Bank of America has been named 2013 community outreach and campaign cabinet chair by United Way of the Greater Triangle. In addition to her responsibilities as market president, Stoltz serves as a senior client manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Commercial Banking General Industries Group.

Melanie Davis-Jones, former director of marketing for the North Carolina Museum of Art, has joined United Way as senior vice president of marketing and communications.

Snelgrove to chair Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk

Steve Snelgrove, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center, will serve as chairman for the 2013 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk. The goal for the event, to be held October 19 at Tanglewood Park in Winston-Salem, is to raise $610,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education programming.

Provancher leaving Arts & Science Council

Scott Provancher is stepping down June 30 after four years as president of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte to start a fundraising strategy consulting business. He will be based in Cincinnati and Charlotte.

The Arts & Science Council board of directors and its chair, Linda Lockman-Brooks, will identify and appoint an interim president to begin July 1.  Lockman-Brooks will chair a national search for Provancher’s successor.

Jones leaving Apparo

Lindsay Jones, communications manager at Apparo, a Charlotte nonprofit that brokers technology solutions for local nonprofits, is leaving the organization at the end of May to start a business consultancy, providing local nonprofits with public relations and marketing support. She will continue to work with Apparo marketing efforts in a consultant role.

Apparo plans to hire a part-time marketing coordinator who will report to the executive director, Kim Lanphear.

McMillan leaves Cureamericas Global

Stephanie McMillan has stepped down as development associate at Curamericas Global in Raleigh to move to Chicago.

Women’s health focus of two grants

The Women’s Council of Forsyth Medical Center Foundation has awarded a total of $21,280 in grants to two programs that focus on raising the standard for women’s health care by helping underserved women and recognizing specialized medical needs of women.

The grants, including $13,780 to Behavioral Health Peer Support for Women and $7,500 to Hospital to Home program for senior women, bring to nearly $300,000 the total the Women’s Council has provided to women’s health programs since 2009.

United Arts Council gets grant, matching challenge

Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded a two-year, $140,000  grant to the United Arts Council in Greensboro, bringing to over $1.6 million the total Lincoln has committed to the United Arts Council since 1988.

And Wells Fargo has agreed to match up to $10,000 in donations, dollar for dollar, for local nonprofits through, the online tool that United Arts Council  launched in May 2012 to help local nonprofits arts groups raise money for specific projects. Since it was launched, the tool has raised over $43,000 for the arts.

John Rex Endowment sets five-year goals

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh has adopted a five-year plan plan that focuses on four funding areas — healthy weight; injury prevention; mental health, social and emotional well-being; and nonprofit capacity building.  The plan also sets five specific goals and related strategies.

The Endowment will release the first request for proposals under the five-year plan on May 8.  The request for proposals will focus on the plan’s goal of preventing injury.

Hospice of Wake County receives award

Hospice of Wake County has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient, an award recognizing hospice agencies providing the best patient care as rated by the patient’s caregiver. Established by Deyta, the annual award recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

Blackbaud reports earnings

Blackbaud, which provides software and related services for nonprofits, reported net income of $2.7 million, or 6 cents a share, in the first quarter of 2012 on total revenue of $115.6 million, compared to $2.8 million, or 6 cents a share, on total revenue of $94.7 million, in the same period a year  ago.

Triangle Caregivers Conference on June 18

Hospice of Wake County, Alzheimers North Carolina and Guiding Lights jointly will present The Triangle Caregivers Conference on June 18 at The McKimmon Center in Raleigh and on June 25 at the Durham Convention Center. Following an identical format, the two conferences are designed to provide “respite, resolution and resources” for individuals who are caring for other adults.

Artsplosure to hold benefit auction

Artsplosure will hold a benefit auction of work by local artists on May 16 at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation marks second anniversary

In its first two years of operation, the Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in Durham has helped four couples successfully complete adoptions after struggling with infertility; has awarded three grants of $1,000 each to help with three family’s adoption-related expenses; and administered its education program to 19 couples to help them navigate the domestic adoption process. And it has formed clinical partnerships with Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists, Carolina Conceptions, and Duke Fertility Center to serve as a source of infant domestic adoption education and patient support.

BB&T Beach Music in the Park scheduled

The BB&T Beach Music in the Park concert series benefitting Children’s Home Society of North Carolina is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in downtown Greensboro.

Since 2004, the series has raised a total of over $560,000 for children and families.

The concerts began May 9 and will be held every Thursday through June 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Kathleen Price Bryan Park (Festival Park) on Davie Street between the library and Cultural Arts Center.

Thompson Child & Family Focus to hold annual benefit luncheon

Over 600 community leaders, supporters and staff of Thompson Child & Family Focus are expected to gather for agency’s annual benefit luncheon at noon on May 8 at The Westin Charlotte at 601 S. College St.

Hospice of Davidson County raises $15,500

Hospice of Davidson County raised over $15,500 at a golf tournament April 25 at Sapona Ridge Country Club, the most it ever has raised at a golf event. The funds will be used to support specialized end-of-life care for Davidson County residents.

Director of Carolinas Chapter of Operation Smile honored

Beth Marshall, founder and director of the Carolinas Chapter of Operation Smile, and senior executive advisor of global development, was honored at the 12th annual Women of Achievement Awards from the General Federation of Women’s Club of North Carolina.

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