Nonprofit news roundup, 05.10.13

Band Together NC raises $853,000 for Tammy Lynn Center

Band Together NC raised an estimated $852,722 for the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities in Raleigh at its May 4 concert event featuring Lyle Lovett.

Band Together, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, has raised nearly $3 million for local nonprofits since it was founded in 2001.

Last year, Band Together raised $566,000 for Urban Ministries of Wake County through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auctions, a wine grab, live artist paintings and a raffle at the concert event.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation awards sabbaticals

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salam has awarded sabbaticals to leaders of five nonprofits in the state.

The awards provide each recipient with $25,000 to take an extended break from work to focus on personal needs, self-growth and self-revitalization.

Receiving 2013 sabbatical awards are Jennifer Herman of Boone, executive director of OASIS Inc.; Mavis Hill of Creswell, executive director of Tyrrell County Community Development Corp.; Chris Kromm of Durham, executive director of Institute for Southern Studies; Frankie Roberts of Wilmington, executive director of Leading Into New Communities; and Dawn Rochelle of Jacksonville, executive director of Onslow County Partnership for Children.

Lowe’s, Habitat, Building Together team up

Lowe’s has brought together longtime partners Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together for the first time to revitalize a local community.

Over 120 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers this week joined Habitat for Humanity Charlotte and Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte to complete building one new home and make improvements to 36 additional homes in the South Smallwood neighborhood of West Charlotte. Improvement projects include kitchen, bath and porch renovations, safety improvements, landscaping, painting and other critical repairs.

As part of the company’s women’s leadership series, female leaders from Lowe’s corporate office and local stores volunteered their time and skills to support the neighborhood rehab efforts.

Lowe’s has partnered with Rebuilding Together since 2007 to renovate and rehabilitate nearly 1,000 homes and affected over 3,000 people.

The partnership also works to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the nation.

Triangle JDRF event raises over $800,000

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the JDRF Hope Gala raised over $800,000 for the Triangle/Eastern North Carolina chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to benefit type 1 diabetes research, bringing to over $5 million the total raised since the inaugural event.

Co-chaired by Kelly Greenlee and Susan Lundberg, the event honored the work of two diabetes researchers, Christopher Newgard of Duke and Roland Tisch of UNC, and the funds raised will be used to support the research projects of their focus — autoimmunity and regeneration.

Winston-Salem community leaders honored

Karl F. Yena, retired director of worldwide organization development and training at R.J. Reynolds, has received the 2013 Winston-Salem Foundation Award, and four recipients have received the 2013 ECHO Awards, all announced by The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Yena, who retired in 1997 and works annually with over 90 local and regional nonprofits, has designated that the $10,000 Foundation grant he received go to Leadership Winston-Salem, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, and the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem.

Recipients of the ECHO Awards, each receiving $1,000 to grant to a nonprofit of their choice, include:

* Aaron Bachelder, who established The Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble 15 years ago by engaging interested students at Winston-Salem’s Enrichment Center, an arts-based day program for adults with disabilities.

* Marcus Hill and Salem Neff of Chaos Cooking, an experiment in cooking and community-building that began in 2010 and aims to create new social networks as people collaborate and share food.

* The Hispanic League, which was established in 1992 to improve the quality of life for the Hispanic and Latino population.

* Reap More Than You Sow Community Gardening Initiative, which was founded in 2010 and has expanded to 22 community gardens in the greater Winston-Salem area. In 2012, its 154 participating households produced 8,500 pounds of fresh produce to keep and donated nearly 4,000 pounds to local food banks.

The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, established in 1996, is given to individuals who demonstrate the Foundation’s values of generosity, excellence, inclusion, and integrity, along with visionary leadership in a community activity or on behalf of a community organization, particularly in the recent past.

The ECHO Awards, jointly presented by the Foundation and ECHO Network, recognize recipients who are creatively building social capital, connecting people and building trust to make the community stronger.

Triangle YMCA gets grant from YMCA of the USA

YMCA of the Triangle has been selected by YMCA of the USA to participate in an initiative to improve health and eliminate disparities related to chronic diseases in the African American and Hispanic communities.

YMCA of the Triangle will focus on tobacco prevention and lack of physical activity for residents in Southeast Raleigh.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s awarded YMCA of the USA a cooperative agreement of up to $4 million a year for up to five years to improve health and well-being in the U.S., addressing gaps between racial and ethnic groups.

YMCA of the USA is regranting the funds to 16 new communities each year with populations under 500,000 and an established relationship with a geographic area that is at least 50 percent African American or Hispanic or a combination of both ethnic groups.

McNeil to head Community School of the Arts

Devlin McNeil, former chief operating officer at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, has been named president and executive director at the Community School of the Arts in Charlotte, effective June 17.

Coca-Cola Bottling sponsors Shakespeare To Go

Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will be a sponsor of the new fall tour of the High Point-based North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare To Go program, which will reach nearly 20,000 North Carolina students.

Shakespeare To Go sends professional actors into schools and communities throughout North Carolina to teach the written, spoken and performed words of Shakespeare. Begun in 1978 as GlobeWorks, the Shakespeare To Go program has performed in all 100 North Carolina counties, reaching about 500,000 students total.

Benevolence Farm receives $5,000

Benevolence Farm in Carrboro received a $5,000 grant from The Hayden-Harman Foundation in Burlington. The grant will provide general operating support to help Benevolence Farm by summer 2014 become a working farm and a place to stay for up to 12 women leaving prison.

Food Bank in Winston-Salem gets $45,000 grant

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has been selected as one of 40 winning Feeding America food banks to receive a $45,000 grant from Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative. With the grant, the organization will provide additional food assistance to children and families in need this summer, targeting communities that have the highest rate of childhood hunger.

Benefit concert for homeless veterans

Black Women Empowered Safe Haven, a Greensboro nonprofit that provides housing and services for homeless female veterans and their children, will host a benefit concert May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Greensboro. Part of the proceeds from the event will go to The Servant Center, a Greensboro nonprofit that provides housing and services for homeless and disabled male veterans.

Day program opening in High Point for homeless families

Starting May 13, Family Promise of Greater Guilford County will operate a day program in High Point, NC for homeless families with children. Families will have access to shower and laundry facilities, computer and training room, family day room and telephone. Case management will be provided by a full time social worker.

Rex Endowment issues requests for proposals

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh has issued two requests for proposals, one for funds to be used to increase the number of people and organizations engaged in activities that are effective in preventing injury and ensuring the overall safety of Wake County children and the other for funds to be used to build the strength and sustainability of organizations that support Wake County children in living healthy lives.

Duke University gets $500,000

Duke University received a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to use new technologies to analyze some of the world’s oldest documents and artifacts through a new “Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3),” a unit of Duke Libraries that will advance scholarship in both classical studies and the digital humanities.

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