Nonprofit news roundup, 06.07.13

Winston-Salem nonprofits raising money to support abused children

In the wake of state funding cuts, three Winston-Salem nonprofits have joined forces to launch a fundraising campaign to assist victims of child abuse.

Family Services, The Children’s Law Center, and Exchange/SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) together lost a total of nearly $250,000 in state funds.

The Child Advocacy Center at Family Services, for example, is one of 17 child advocacy centers in the state that did not receive funding, including centers in Guilford, Alamance and Rockingham counties.

While 11 centers did receive funding, none offer services in the Triad.

Because it did not receive its anticipated state funding, the Children’s Law Center says, it will need to reduct its staff, effective July 1, and limit the number of referrals of children.

In 2012, the Center assisted 243 children involved in domestic violence cases and other adult conflict, up 30 percent from 2011.

And in fiscal 2012, using funds it now has lost, The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of North Carolina, known as Exchange/SCAN, offered parenting classes, home visitation, sexual abuse treatment for families and children, and family support services to 159 families with 205 children.

Hamilton named vice president for development at Charlotte Symphony

Michelle Hamilton, chief advancement officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry, has been named vice president for development at the Charlotte Symphony, effective July 1.

Hamilton, who worked at Crisis Assistance for over four years, has over 20 years’ professional fundraising experience, including development roles with the Houston Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Arts Council of Fort Worth.

Since 2011, she has served on the board of directors of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, the volunteer fundraising group for the Symphony.

Duke gets two $5 million gifts

Duke University is getting $5 million gifts from The Duke Endowment and from Duke trustee emeritus Morris Williams and his wife Ruth.

The Duke Endowment has committed $5 million to the Duke University School of Law to support the operations of its Center for Judicial Studies.

The Center was established in late 2011 to enhance judicial education and the quality of the judiciary, and to improve the legal system and our understanding of judicial institutions.

Since its inception, the Center has begun a master’s degree program in judicial studies and supported scholarly research and conferences on judicial institutions and judicial decision-making.

The Williams will give $5 million to the Duke Athletics Department to support track and field programs.

After teaching for a year in the Durham Public School system, Morris Williams started with the investment division of the trust department at Mellon Bank before joining the investment management firm Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd LLP, where he became a partner in 1975. He founded the investment firm Williams & Company in 1997 and continues to serve as its president.

Volunteer effort helps generate $1.9 million in tax refunds

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites in Winston-Salem helped return over $1.9 million in refunds to residents this past tax season. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina hosted four sites where community volunteers filed 1,291 tax returns.

In partnership with Experiment in Self-Reliance, the four sites saved tax filers over $258,000 in tax preparation fees with its free tax preparation service offered to families with income less than $50,000 and individuals with income less than $25,000.

Charlotte cultural leaders graduate from training program

Thirty-one individuals from the business and civic community in Charlotte graduated from the Cultural Leadership Training Program of the Arts & Science Council, and each will serve on the board of directors of a local cultural organization.

The nine-month program aims to help leaders learn about cultural sector and the responsibilities and accountabilities of board service in areas such as governance, resource development and marketing.

Guilford Battleground Company selected for national park project

Guilford Battleground Company in Greensboro is among eight local philanthropic park partners or “Friends Groups” selected by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks,  to participate in the 2013 Park Partners Project.

The Project provides selected Friends Groups with strategic consulting and training on best practices for planning, fundraising and marketing to build more effective organizations and stronger partnerships.

Collectively, philanthropic partners and Friends Groups raise over $100 million a year for America’s national parks.

Red Cross volunteers taking to roof to raise money

Members of the board of directors of the Carolina Piedmont region of the American Red Cross will spend June 12 on the roof of the agency’s Emergency Disaster Operations Center on Park Road to raise money to support the services the Red Cross provides to local families affected by house fires.

Volunteers involved in the fundraising effort include attorneys Tate Ogburn of Poyner Spruill, and  George Sistrunk of Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin; consultant Scott Davis of Grant Thornton; Ben Dobson of Corporate Benefit Advisors; and Angela A. Broome, CEO of the Carolina Piedmont Region, and Tamrah Jordan, regional director of community engagement.

“It costs the Red Cross approximately $1,000 to assist a family that is affected by a house fire, “ Ogburn says. “We are going up on the roof and we are not coming down until we raise $25,000, enough to support 25 families.”

ABB offers co-op position to Wake Tech student

ABB is offering, for the first time, a co-op position to a Wake Tech student. David Wingler, a 26-year-old student who is pursuing the Associate in Applied Science degree in electronics engineering technology and plans to graduate next year, will work at an ABB facility in New Berlin, Wisc., this summer. In 2012, ABB committed $150,000 over three years in financial support for scholarships and faculty innovation, as well as in-kind donations of equipment, to Wake Tech’s major gifts campaign.

WRAL-TV raises $94,000 Oklahoma disaster relief

WRAL-TV in Raleigh raised $94,000 for relief efforts in the wake of the Oklahoma tornadoes through its commercial-free, primetime broadcast of the production by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts of the musical Oklahoma! The broadcast was edited to insert live cut-ins from the television studio, where 40 volunteers from the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army of Wake County staffed phone banks for three-and-a-half hours. All donations benefit the two national organizations in their support of families in Moore, Oklahoma.

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