Nonprofit news roundup, 08.02.13

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival shuts down

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in High Point has suspended operations.

NCShakes has faced “extreme financial challenges in a difficult fundraising climate,” the organization says in a statement.

“The board of trustees, leadership and staff of NCShakes have worked diligently to overcome these challenges,” it says. “The board of NCShakes has unfortunately determined that NCShakes’ financial circumstances require a suspension of operations and a substantial reduction of expenses at this time.”

The statement says the board “remains optimistic that NCShakes will be able to continue to provide its Shakespeare To Go educational programming in 2014.”

The board also” will evaluate other programming in the future.”

Green leaves Triangle United Way, joins Stop Hunger Now

Jim Green has stepped down as senior vice president for resource development at United Way of the Greater Triangle and joined Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based international relief organization, as chief development officer.

Green worked for Triangle United Way for nearly 10 years.

Triangle United Way names new vice president

Allison Warren-Barbour, senior development manager for United Way of Greater Atlanta, has been named vice president of workplace relations and engagement at United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Warren-Barbour, who oversaw 11 development officers responsible for raising over $36 million of revenue at Atlanta United Way, will handle outreach and engagement efforts to companies throughout the Triangle, managing workplace volunteers, company campaigns and United Way’s customer database.

Before working at  Atlanta United Way, she served as a development officer for Operation Hope in Atlanta.

Humanities Council names executive director

Paula Watkins, former assistant director and director of the South Carolina Book Festival at The Humanities Council SC, has joined the North Carolina Humanities Council in Greensboro as executive director.

Mackay stepping down as CEO at Discovery Place

John Mackay will retire as president and CEO at Discovery Place in Charlotte at the end of 2013 after heading the science and technology center for 13 years.

During his tenure, Mackay launched a network of children’s museums, known as Discovery Place KIDS, with two initial locations in Huntersville and Rockingham; oversaw an overhaul of Discovery Place; expanded Charlotte Nature Museum’s outdoor and indoor experiences; and, most recently, announced plans for a center dedicated to the professional development of educators in science, technology, engineering and math.

Bar Association honors Presnell

Lacy Presnell, general counsel for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a former long-time partner in the Raleigh firm of Burns, Day & Presnell, has received the Citizen Lawyer Award from the North Carolina Bar Association.

Presnell is a long-time supporter of YMCA of the Triangle and chair-elect of the board of directors of Triangle Community Foundation.

The award recognizes lawyers who serve the community in non-legal ways, such as volunteering, working with charities, or serving in appointed or elected positions in the community or in service to the military.

Kucerak resigns as development director at TROSA

Michelle Kucerak, who has served since 2005 as director of development at Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abuse in Durham, or TROSA, has resigned effective August 16. Brad Johnson, associate director of development, will serve as the interim contact for fundraising while the organization conducts a search for a new development director.

Angels of the Abbey raises $85,000 for Huntington’s disease patients

Angels of the Abbey, a Charlotte nonprofit that raises money for Huntington’s disease patients and families, will hold its 4th Angels of the Abbey Golf Tournament at Twisted Dune Golf Club in Egg Harbor, N.J, on September 20.

Angels of the Abbey has raised over $85,000 since it was founded in 2009.

In addition to support of patients and families, the nonprofit has made gifts totaling over $43,000 to The North Carolina Center for the Care of Huntington’s Disease, now known as HD-REACH.

Huntington’s disease, or HD, is an inherited, progressive and fatal neurological disorder that affects people’s physical, cognitive and emotional abilities. There is no known cure for HD, and there are no clinically proven treatments.

Forsyth Smart Start gets grant

Smart Start of Forsyth County received a grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation to provide over 500 children in the county’s Pre-K program with photo-refractive vision screening.

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina receives $65,000

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem received a $35,000 grant from Philip Morris International and a $30,000 grant from the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation to fund the 2013 YMCA Summer Learning Academy at Kernersville Elementary School.

The six week program began June 24 and serves 70 elementary school students who are academically at risk. It is one of five YMCA Summer Learning Academy sites serving 280 total children.

HeartsApart offering free photos for military families

HeartsApart in Wilmington, a nonprofit that works to keep families connected while military men and women serve abroad, is providing a free photo session for up to 100 soldiers and their families at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro on August 17 and 18.

Harris named vice president at Heidelberg University

Connie L. Harris, a former vice president for institutional advancement at Meredith College in Raleigh, has been named vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. She most recently served as vice president for development and alumni relations and director of the campaign at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

Blackbaud posts growth in net income, revenue

Blackbaud reported net income of $6.6 million, or 15 cents a share, on total revenue of $125.5 million for the three months ended June 30, up from a loss of $2.3 million, or 5 cents a share, on revenue of $110.2 million in the same period a year earlier.

Blackbaud’s board of director approved a third quarter 2013 dividend of 12 cents a share payable on Sept. 13, 2013, to stockholders of record on Aug. 28, 2013.

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