Nonprofit news roundup, 06.28.13

Piedmont Land Conservancy gets $2.3 million in bequests

Piedmont Land Conservancy in Greensboro has received two bequests totaling $2.3 million, the biggest in its 23-year history, and will use the funds to preserve farmland and for general conservation projects.

With the bequests, from Karen Austin and Patricia Nussbaum, the Conservancy will create three funds.

The Frances Lindsay Austin Fund, created in memory of her mother with part of the proceeds from Austin’s request, will support ongoing stewardship activities at Lindale Farm, which is located on Deep River in High Point and was the last operable dairy operation in High Point.

Austin protected the family farm through the donation for a conservation easement to the Conservancy in 1995, marking the first major farmland conservation project the organized had completed.

The Karen Austin Farmland Preservation Farm will support farmland preservation projects throughout the nine-county region the Conservancy serves.

The Patricia Nussbaum Conservation and Support fund will defray costs of conservation transactions and support ongoing.

InterAct names two associate executive directors

Kathryn Johnson, associate executive director of programs at InterAct in Raleigh, has been named associate executive director of resource development. Lisa Allred Draper, chief program officer at Triangle Family Services, has joined InterAct as associate executive director of programs.

Charlotte Bridge Home names executive director

Cindi Basenspiler, a U.S. Army veteran and former vice president for human resources operations at Time Warner Cable, has been named executive director at Charlotte Bridge Home.  Established in 2011, the nonprofit works to help veterans and their families successfully transition home after military service.

Winston-Salem Foundation changes grants timetable

The Winston-Salem Foundation has changed its timetable for receiving and responding to requests for community grants.

Starting November 1, the Foundation will accept preliminary applications on the first business day of odd-numbered months, and then within 15 days will let organizations know whether their preliminary applications qualify them to submit a full grant application. Foundation staff then will visit organizations that qualify.

The Foundation says the entire process will take three months.

The final community grant application under the old schedule will be due Aug. 1. No preliminary applications will be accepted this September or October.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation funds 19 summer internships

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem is funding summer internships for 19 college students through its Nonprofit Internship Program it launched in 2011 and matching them with nonprofits it has funded throughout the state.

Duke getting $5.5 million

Duke University has received a $5.5 million commitment, most of it to support its Energy Initiative, from trustee Ralph Eads and his wife, Lisa. The gift will provide funding for an energy-finance professorship of the practice, fellowships, conferences and other events, and will help to create an energy information and analysis research program.

Eads is vice chairman of Jefferies & Co., an investment bank, and chairs the firm’s global energy section.

Robinsons to receive humanities award

Russell M. Robinson II, founding partner of Charlotte law firm Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, and Sally Dalton Robinson, who was instrumental in the creation and funding of the Levine Center of the New South in Charlotte, have been named recipients of the 2013 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the  North Carolina Humanities Council. The award ceremony is scheduled for October 10 at 7 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Auditorium in Charlotte. A reception will follow at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Asheville-Buncombe Tech gets $30,000

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College for the Minority Student Leadership Academy, which works to improve student retention and graduation rates through supportive services and leadership development opportunities.

Junior Achievement launching job-shadow effort for students

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, with a $5,000 grant  from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and with the assistance of local businesses Timco and Ralph Lauren, will launch a five-week pilot job-shadow initiative this fall in which students will spend one full day each week on site at the participating companies.

Guilford County students will be exposed to various divisions within participating companies to better understand potential careers and how to adjust their studies to pursue those careers.

Arts & Science Council partners with Project L.I.F.T.

Project L.I.F.T. and its Out-of-School Time project are partnering with the Arts & Science Council to provide arts programming and science, technology, engineering and math programming, or STEM, during continuous learning calendar breaks at four schools in West Charlotte.

The programming, along with transportation and meals will be free for students in Project L.I.F.T. , an effort that aims to provide $55 million in private funding to support additional services and educational enhancements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg students in the West Charlotte corridor, which includes West Charlotte High School and the middle and elementary schools that feed into it.

Cary Community Foundation accepting grant requests

The Cary Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, is accepting grant requests through August 13 from Triangle nonprofits for community projects that serve Cary residents.

Requests, which will be accepted online only, must be for for human service programs, arts and education, health care and other general charitable needs. The Foundation this year also has funding for capacity-building projects to help nonprofits with internal needs such as office equipment, staff training and other capacity-building projects.

The total amount of grant funding to distribute for 2013 is $7,000.

Boundless Impact to host summit on global opportunities

Boundless Impact will host a Global Opportunities Summit on August 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro. The goal of the event is to convene globally engaged leaders from business, economic development, education, government and nonprofits to develop a common global vision for the Triad.

Durham mentoring program getting $2,000

The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham will donate $2,033 to YO:Durham, a mentoring program for opportunity youths.

Triangle United Way adds three board members

United Way of the Greater Triangle has added three board members, including Matt Czajkowski, a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council; Nancy Pekarek, vice president of communications for the US Pharmaceuticals business at GlaxoSmithKline; and Bryson Powell, partner and director of residential development for East West Partners Management Company, a real estate firm based in Chapel Hill.

Volunteers build playground in Greensboro

Over 200 volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association, the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Glenwood and Piedmont Heights communities teamed up on join forces on June 21 to build a new playground in the Maywood Street neighborhood. The design of the new playground is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in April.

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One response

  1. I am so proud of P. Nussbaum’s generosity and legacy. During her lifetime, she also spearheaded the leadership gift from her family to build the Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro’s home at 2500 Summit Avenue. Pam Barrett

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