Nonprofit news roundup, 06.21.13

Heinen honored for advocacy work for nonprofits

David Heinen, director of public policy and advocacy for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, has received the second annual Flo Green Network Champion Award by the National Council of Nonprofits.

“David is the definition of a champion, a valiant fighter for nonprofits and the communities they serve,” Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, says in a statement.

“He has set a high bar for advocacy efforts at the state level and always works to help his peers clear it,” Delaney says. “The example David sets in sharing resources and insights constantly inspires others across the network to do the same, strengthening nonprofits nationwide and back in North Carolina.”

The award honors a leader who demonstrates a commitment to sharing knowledge and elevating the work of state associations of nonprofits.

Before joining the Center for Nonprofits in 2007, Heinen spent seven years as an attorney with Dorn & Klamp, a Washington, D.C., law firm serving nonprofits, where he advised small to mid-sized nonprofits on a wide range of legal issues.

Greensboro United Way names Gethers-Clark president and CEO

Michelle Gethers-Clark, a former executive at American Express who was hired by the board of United Way of Greater Greensboro as a consultant last October, and named interim president and CEO in January, now has been named president and CEO.

A native of New York who has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Long Island University and is a certified public accountant, Gethers-Clark succeeds Keith Barsuhn, who resigned in January.

She worked for American Express for over 20 years in a number of global leadership roles, and moved with the company to Greensboro in 2000, and most recently served as its senior vice president and general manager of card operations.

In 2010, she formed The Center for Service and Leadership, serving as president.

United Way of Central Carolinas awards $16.5 million

Thirty-seven programs at 26 of its partner agencies will get $16.5 million from United Way of Central Carolinas in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

With funding from its annual campaign last year that raised $21.2 million, marking the second straight year the campaign exceeded its goal, United Way worked with 164 trained volunteers to review funding requests from 84 agencies serving nearly 325,000 women, mean and children in five counties.

United Way received $1.2 million in funding requests it could not meet, and reduced funding for 18 agencies, while other agencies lost funding in one program but gained funding in a program with stronger results in serving at-risk clients.

United Way gave priority for funding to agencies with “proven outcomes” in its funding focus areas, including children and youth; health and mental health; and housing and stability.

It provided level or increased funding for 16 agencies collaborating on its “Collective Impact” initiative, which has a 10-year goal of improving graduation rates for children and youth in poverty.

Lavery to head Prevent Child Abuse

Bud Lavery, executive director of Communities in Schools of Durham, has been named president and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, effective July 29.

Lavery will succeed Rosie Allen Ryan, who has served as president and CEO since 2008.

Armstrong McGuire, a philanthropic advisory group in Raleigh, worked with the board at Prevent Child Abuse to identify an initial list of prospects.

Bush named interim CEO at Arts & Science Council

Robert Bush, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the Arts &  Science Council in Charlotte, has been named interim president, effective July 1.

Susan Gary, vice president and chief financial officer at the Council, will work directly with Bush and take on additional responsibilities as interim chief operating officer.

Scott Provancher, the Council’s president since 2009, is leaving the organization on June 30.

Bush, a native of Hickory, N.C., joined the Council in 2000.

Gary, a native of Charlotte, joined the Council in November 2012 after 10 years with Queens University of Charlotte as vice president of finance.

Lenovo donates books for kids

In support of the “Give Five — Read Five” campaign by the state Department of Public Instruction, the USO of North Carolina partnered with Lenovo to collect and provide books to 1,900 local students to encourage them to read over their summer break. Through Lenovo’s donation, every student received a book at Gordon Elementary School and Shugart Elementary School, both in Cameron, N.C., serving the Fort Bragg community, and at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School in Havelock, N.C., serving the Cherry Point community.

Charlotte group raises $3.3 million for American Diabetes Association

The Charlotte Father’s Day Council, which has raised more than $3.3 million for diabetes research and education, named four local business leaders as Charlotte’s 2013 Fathers of the Year. Honored at the 13th Annual Father of the Year Awards fundraiser on June 14, benefiting the American Diabetes Association, were Mark F. Copeland, office managing partner, Ernst & Young; Rob Engel, managing director, and co-head of investment banking and capital markets, Wells Fargo Securities; Jim Kelligrew, executive vice president, and head of high grade fixed income, US Bancorp; and Mark A. Pringle, vice president, Charlotte Energy Hub, Siemens Energy.

Atwell elected vice-chair of Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

Constance Woodruff Atwell of Pinehurst, retired director of the Division of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, has been elected vice chair of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Goetz Foundation expands grants program

The Durham-based Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation, which works to help people experiencing infertility become parents through education about the infant domestic adoption process and the provision of grant funding, has expanded its grants program to include new beneficiary education and family networking support.

High Point United Way awards venture grants

United Way of Greater High Point awarded 10 venture grants totaling $45,285 to fund innovative programs and capital needs at United Way agencies and other area nonprofits. Recipients include Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity; Guilford Department of Public Health; Jamestown Public Library; Mary’s House & Homes; Mental Health Associates of the Triad; Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency; Reach Out & Read; West End Ministries; YMCA of High Point Association; and YWCA of High Point.

Greensboro United Way, Volunteer Center feed kids in summer

United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro are partnering to help feed hungry children during the summer.

Among the roughly 72,500 students in the Guilford County Schools in kindergarten through 12th grade, over 56 percent are considered economically disadvantaged and qualify for lunch that is free or at a reduced price.

In the summer months, when school is not in session, those children often lack access to a nutritious meal and go hungry.

The summer food program for kids, a project of United Way in partnership with the Volunteer Center, is accepting donations of foods Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 18 through August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Volunteer Center at 1500 Yanceyville St., or at Wiley Elementary School at 600 West Terrell St.

Reading Connections offering training for volunteer tutors

Reading Connections, an adult literacy agency in Greensboro, is offering training for volunteer tutors and instructors.

Training sessions will be held July 9, 17 and 18 at the Self Help Building at 122 North Elm Street in the 8th floor conference room.

Roughly 1 in 5 adults in Guilford County, or about 75,000 individuals, lack the basic skills to fill out a job application or read a children’s book, and another 1 in 4 cannot read at a high school level.

Last year, Reading Connections served over 800 students. Currently in Guilford County, over 40 people waiting for a tutor.

Wake arts council working with firm on online strategy

United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County is partnering with Brasco Design + Marketing on a project to give the public easier online access to events and opportunities The firm will provide the Council with website management and consult with it on messaging and general online strategy; preparation for a new online presence designed to communicate with constituents and donors; and management of overall customer relationships.

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