Nonprofit news roundup, 05.24.13

United Way of Greater Greensboro fundraising campaign falls short 

United Way of Greater Greensboro raised $10.2 million in its annual campaign that began last fall and ended April 30, short of its $11 million goal and the $10.7 million it raised a year ago.

“Our volunteers, donors and staff have worked tirelessly to achieve this great success for our community,” Michelle Gethers-Clark, interim CEO of United Way says in a statement. “Now, we’re focused on raising the bar for our 2013-13 campaign, which is already underway.”

The campaign coincided with a leadership and staff shakeup at United Way.

In October, after the campaign had begun, Gethers-Clark, a former executive at American Express, was hired by the United Way board as a consultant on the organization’s new “community impact” strategy.

In that same period, United Way lost its vice president of donor relations and hired a new chief financial officer.

“A lot of things have to be done differently” as a result of the new community impact model, Sue Cole, chair of United Way’s board and managing partner at Sage Leadership & Strategy, said at the time.

She said then that Gethers-Clark would be coaching and mentoring the entire United Way staff about processes and strategies related to the new model, while Keith Barsuhn, United Way’s president and CEO, would be focused on the campaign.

In January, Barsuhn resigned and Gethers-Clark was named interim CEO and president.

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals names executive director

Janice McAdams, former director of advancement at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, has been named executive director of SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, a hospital hospitality house in Chapel Hill providing housing, healing and hope to seriously ill adult patients, their family members, and caregivers.

Junior Achievement USA chief to visit Greensboro

Jack Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, will attend the June 10 open house and reception of Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina to celebrate the preservation and recently completed renovation of its headquarters.

The event also will recognize donors to Junior Achievement’s $150,000 capital campaign.

In 1997, in memory of Blanche Sternberger Benjamin, the Benjamin family donated the historic Starmount Farmhouse, which dates back to the 1880s, to serve as Junior Achievement’s headquarters.

Founded in 1965, Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina serves roughly 10,000 students each year in Guilford, Alamance, Randolph, Rockingham, and Montgomery counties, working in the classroom through partnerships with teachers and volunteers to deliver age-appropriate programs for students in from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Junior Achievement USA reaches 4.2 million students a year in 122 markets across the U.S. plus another 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries.

Walk raises $350,000 for heart and stroke research, prevention

The 2013 Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk on May 18 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro attracted over 5,000 people and raised over $350,000 to support the work of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for research and prevention education for heart disease and stroke. The event was chaired by David Weavil, CEO of Solstas Lab Partners. Including other already scheduled fundraising events through June 30, the chapter expects to raise a total of $375,000.

Dorsett new board chair at North Carolina Community Foundation

Stuart B. Dorsett, an estate attorney and leader of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group for Ward and Smith, has been appointed chairman of the statewide board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Dorsett, who is the fifth board chairman in the Foundation’s 25-year history, has been a member of its statewide board since 2004 and is a past president of the boards of advisors of the Craven County Community Foundation and the Wake County Community Foundation, both affiliates of the Foundation.

Army’s Army raises $4,000

Army’s Army, a nonprofit in Fayetteville that raises money to support military families, veterans and children of fallen soldiers, attracted over 200 people and raised nearly $4,000 on May 18 at Ride to Honor, a cycling event it held in partnership with Cross Creek Cycling Club in Fayetteville.

Hime leaving Mission Increase Foundation

Justin Hime is stepping down as manager of chapter development in Raleigh for the Mission Increase Foundation to join local home builder American Homesmith, where he will handle new market research, product development and positioning, and the company’s philanthropic support of care for military families.

Benefit set for Staff of Hope

Staff of Hope, a nonprofit that works to provide clean water, education and health care to people in East Africa, will benefit from the “Southern Classics & NC BBQ” event, a car, truck and motorcycle show, to be hosted by Falcon Engineering and feature live music and a barbecue competition, on June 1 from noon to 4 p.m. at its offices at 1210 Trinity Road in Raleigh. Founded by a group of seminary students in 2001, Staff of Hope provides clean water to more than 20,000 people every year.

Golf event to benefit Greensboro Children’s Museum

The Greensboro Children’s Museum will benefit from the 6th annual golf tournament hosted by the Triad chapter of the Young Professionals of the Risk Management Association on June 3 at Starmount Forest Country Club.

Winston-Salem Foundation Committee endorses coliseum deal

The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee endorsed an agreement between the City of Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University over the potential sale of the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Pending final review, the Committee voted to release its reversionary interest in the Coliseum. The Foundation says the Committee’s previous concerns over protecting the intent of the Foundation’s 1969 deed restrictions, which ensured overall benefits to the public for sports, recreation, entertainment, or cultural purposes, are now satisfied.

Four members join board of North Carolina New Schools

Four Triangle business leaders have been named to newly created seats the 15-member board of directors of North Carolina New Schools, a public-private partnership in Raleigh that works to promote education innovation. New board members include Ed Auslander, president and CEO, LORD Corporation; David Pulman, former president, Global Manufacturing & Supply, GlaxoSmithKline; Richard Stevens, counsel, Smith Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan; and Matt West, founder and CEO, Intangibles.

Jenrette honored for contribution to southern decorative arts

Richard H. Jenrette, a founder and former chairman of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and former chairman of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, received the first-ever Frank L. Horton Lifetime Achievement Award for Southern Decorative Arts from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, or MESDA, at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. The award recognizes outstanding lifetime contribution to southern decorative arts.

Winston-Salem State junior receives scholarship

Whittney Work, a junior at Winston-Salem State University pursing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, is among 16 recipients of $2,500 Go Red Multicultural Scholarships from the American Heart Association and Macy’s to increase culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.

The scholarship program, now in its second year, champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in medical, nursing and allied health studies to meet the need that racial minorities have of healthcare providers who understand important aspects of various cultures.

Work is working part-time, taking 13 credit hours, starting clinical nursing rotations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and maintaining an overall grade point average of 3.8. She hopes to continue her education and one day pursue a career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

High Point Historical Society announces officers, awards, events

Donna Kaiser was elected president and Bill Phillips was named president-elect of the board of trustees of the High Point Historical Society.

The Society also presented its Walsh Award to Jackie Carpenter, who works in the Museum Store and serves as a docent, and to Stanley Williams, who works in the artifact collections department; its Mary Lib Joyce Award to Jo Williamson, past president of the historical society who has been instrumental in the Society’s annual Evaluation Extravaganza; and its Trustees Award to Penn Wood, president of the Society who served as Museum Guild president in 2010-11.

The Society board also announced its four fundraising events for the year – History Rocks! on October 5, Ghost Stories in the Park on October 19, 2014, Valentine Tea on February 8, 2014, and Evaluation Extravaganza on April 12, 2014.

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