Nonprofit news roundup, 07.19.13

Special Olympics North America Conference set for Charlotte

Special Olympics North Carolina will host the largest gathering of Special Olympics leaders from the North America region at the Special Olympics North America Conference from July 22 through July 25 in Charlotte.

Over 800 people representing Special Olympics Programs from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean are expected to attend the conference, which will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center and venues throughout the Charlotte area.

Junior Achievement names volunteer of the year

Johanna Goodyear, assistant vice president and managing officer for Carter Bank and Trust in Asheboro, has been named Volunteer of the Year by Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina.

Goodyear brought the “JA Experience” to 270 students at Donna Lee Loflin, Lindley Park, and Randleman elementary schools in Randolph County during the 2012-13 school year, and in the past three years has served over 500 students.

She will be recognized at the 2013 Business Hall of Fame event on October 3 at the Greensboro Country Club.

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awards $1.9 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling over $1.9 million to 40 nonprofits in 18 counties.  That included 17 grants totaling $754,000 for social services, 14 grants totaling over $640,000 for education, and 9 grants totaling $548,000 for health care.

Benevolence Farm gets $25,000

Benevolence Farm in Carrboro received a $25,000 grant from The Snider Family Charitable Fund, which also provided $20,000 in seed funding in 2009, plus $120,000 in 2011 to hire an executive director and a professional consultant to help the board of directors create a strategic plan.

Benevolence Farm, which provides an opportunity for women leaving prison to live and work, is in the final stages of securing a donation of land in southern Graham County near Saxapahaw for housing and operation of the farm.

Benevolence Farm will provide housing, a job, social support, and hands-on training for up to 12 women as they transition from prison.

North Carolina Humanities Council awards $45,000

North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded six grants totaling $44,952 and ranging from $3,500 to $10,000 for projects in the humanities. All funded programs are free and open to the public.

UnitedHealthcare donates $35,000 for Greensboro police

UnitedHealthcare has donated $35,000 to the Greensboro Police Foundation to fund the purchase of 22 pieces of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment for a new fitness center for the Greensboro Police Department. The gift is the largest ever to the Foundation.

Charlotte tutoring program names executive director

Emily Elliott, a former investment banking analyst with Wells Fargo, middle school math teacher and financial strategy associate with Rocketship Education, a national nonprofit school system that operates public elementary charter schools in low-income areas, has been named the first executive director of HEART, or Helping Ensure Academic Results through Tutoring. Developed by Charlotte nonprofit Social Venture Partners, HEART recruits and empowers volunteers to work as tutors for math in Charlotte’s Title I elementary schools.

Salvation Army honors Boys & Girls Clubs in Winston-Salem

The Salvation Army Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Clubs of Winston-Salem has received the Building Bridges award from The Salvation Army for outstanding improvement in scholastic excellence by its club members for the 2012-13 school year.  The award is given each year to only one Boys & Girls Club in the Carolinas whose program The Salvation Army considers to be exceptionally worthy.

Among the 201 club members enrolled this past school year at The Salvation Army Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club, 48 percent improved their grade point average, and 26 percent improved their attendance.

Johnston County Community Foundation awards grants

Johnston County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded community grants to 13 groups and gave its annual Frances Finch Hobart Award for Voluntary Community Service to Tom Ricks, who selected Serve in Need in Johnston County to received a $750 grant from the Frances Finch Hobart endowment fund.

Autism Society gets grant from Speedway Children’s Charities

The Autism Society of North Carolina received a $3,800 grant from Speedway Children’s Charities to provide recreational equipment for Camp Royall in Chatham County. This summer, roughly 350 campers will attend Camp Royall, which provides individuals with autism a week of traditional camping activities and is the only camp specifically for residents of North Carolina with autism.

Franklin County Community Foundation awards grants

Franklin County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded 2013 community grants to Make a Wish Foundation, Prevent Blindness, Girl Scouts NC – Coastal Pines, and Autism Society of North Carolina for the Camp Royall Scholarship program.

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