Nonprofit news roundup, 07.26.13

Kupec working at digital fundraising firm

Matt Kupec, who resigned last year as vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, now is working as president and chief operating officer at text2give, a mobile-technology fundraising firm in Chapel Hill.

During the 21 years Kupec served as its chief fundraiser, UNC-CH raised $5 billion, including $2.38 billion in its most recent campaign.

Last September, Kupec and then-Chancellor Holden Thorp both quit in the wake of disclosures that Kupec and another fundraiser at UNC with whom he was having a romantic relationship had taken at least 25 personal trips at the University’s expense.

Child Care Services program gets $1 million grant

The T.E.A.C.H. National Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Center, a program of Child Care Services Association in Chapel Hill, received a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant of just over $1 million.

The grant will allow the Center to expand its capacity to reach early educators across the U.S. with educational scholarships to increase their knowledge and skills and give them access to a college degree.

It also will allow the Center to focus efforts on increasing these opportunities specifically for teachers working with vulnerable children in early care and education settings.

Bar Association Foundation awards $128,000

North Carolina Bar Association Foundation awarded 16 endowment grants totaling $127,874 for the second half of 2013,  including nine statewide and seven local and regional grants.

The grants support four legal service projects; three law school projects; two law student outreach programs; two youth outreach projects; one judicial project; and one project each in Wake County, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Charlotte.

The semi-annual grants assist dozens of statewide bar and legally related service and educational projects of many bar-affiliated nonprofits.

Since 1957, the Foundation has awarded 555 endowment grants totaling over $4.3 million.

BJH Foundation for Senior Services awards $203,000

The BJH Foundation for Senior Services, based in Greensboro, has awarded 21 grants totaling over $203,230 to help fund programs  for Jewish older adults in the Carolinas.

Funding for those projects supports programs such as elder day care, congregational nurse and social worker programs, home and community services, guardianship and care management.

The Foundation, which has a $7 million endowment, over the past seven years has awarded over $1.4 million to qualifying nonprofits that support Jewish older adults.

According to the National Jewish Population Survey, the Foundation says, the Jewish community is rapidly aging across the U.S., with the number of Jewish older adults more than doubling to over 1 million from 1957 to 2012.

John Rex Endowment awards two grants to assess capacity

Passage Home and Wake Education Partnership, both in Raleigh, each will receive an $11,000 grant from the John Rex Endowment to support organizational assessments of their organizational capacity.

The Raleigh-based John Rex Endowment has invested nearly $1.25 million since October 2009 to support capacity building for 29 local nonprofits.

Applications being accepted for grants from statewide Women’s Fund

North Carolina Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its statewide Women’s Fund.

Funds are available for nonprofits that sponsor programming that supports women or families, or both, within the Foundation’s 67-county service area, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues.

Applications will be accepted online only at and are due on or before August 16.

Raleigh Rotary Club names board members

The Raleigh Rotary Club, North Carolina’s oldest civic organization, has named new board members for 2013-14, including Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, who is serving as president, and Cindy Poole, Reagan Weaver, Brad Krehely, Mark Livingston, Mary Moss, John Connell, Kirk Warner, Steele Hall, Aaron Guyton, Eric Larson and Mike Tadych.

Salvation Army of Greensboro gets $3,500

The Salvation Army of Greensboro received $3,500 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation and will use the gift to pay for food that is prepared for the people who live at The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope shelter.

Student conference to focus on poverty

Nourish International, a nonprofit based in Carrboro, will host its sixth annual Summer Institute August 1-5 on the campus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The five-day institute will bring student chapter representatives from 45 college campuses for workshops, mentoring and hands-on training to engage in a platform for action around making a lasting impact on extreme poverty.

Goodwill Industries awards scholarships

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has awarded scholarships for academic achievement to the children of nine Goodwill employees through the Dr. Bob H. Greene College Scholarship Program.

Urban Ministries drive at half-way mark

The “52 Week Food Drive,” a campaign by Urban Ministries of Wake County to feed more of the 90,000 Wake County residents living in poverty, has filled half of the available weeks of 2013. The Food Pantry at Urban Ministries is the second largest in Wake County, serving up to 40 families per day.  Last year, Urban Ministries distributed a week’s worth of groceries – 240 tons of donated food – to over 8,000 families forced to choose between food and other obligations.

North Carolina Eye Bank gives $50,000

The North Carolina Eye Bank has awarded $50,000 to the Wake Forest Eye Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to support the Eye Center’s cornea fellowship and cornea research.
The Eye Center, a multispecialty ophthalmology clinic with over 120,000 patient visits a year, is nationally recognized for its cornea transplant program. The Eye Bank supplies tissue for transplantation and provides over 3,000 corneas for transplant each year.

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