Nonprofit news roundup, 08.16.13

Winston-Salem Arts Council names new CEO

Jim Sparrow, executive director of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne in Indiana, has been named president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Sparrow, who begins work October 1, will succeed Milton Rhodes, who is retiring.

Sparrow, principal clarinet for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1996, and clarinetist for the Michigan Opera Theatre from 1997 to 1998, joined the development staff of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne in 1998 and two years later became director of development.

In 2006, he was named executive director.

Through its united arts campaign, Arts United provides general operating support for 55 arts groups in northeast Indiana.

The Arts Council in Winston-Salem, the first locally established arts council in the U.S., raises funds and advocates for the arts, makes grants for arts in education, sponsors events with other arts organizations, and works to strengthen cultural resources, develop social capital, and aid economic development.

In its 2012 grant cycle, The Arts Council made a total of $1.8 million in grants, including $1.6 million in organizational support grants to 21 funded partners.

Blue Cross Blue Shield investing SAFEChild Advocacy Center

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is investing $175,000 over three years in the SAFEchild Advocacy Center in Raleigh to help provide comprehensive medical evaluations to children who have been physically or sexually abused.

The contribution from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be used to fund salaries for medical staff members at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, including a family nurse practitioner and the medical director.

From July 2011 to June 2012, Wake County officials documented over 2,000 incidents of child abuse or neglect, Blue Cross Blue Shield says.

SAFEchild works to end child abuse in Wake County.

Habitat to build 10,000th home in North Carolina

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina, which now includes 81 independent affiliates and 63 ReStores at which the public can find donated new and gently used items from individuals and businesses, will build its 10,000th home in the state.

The home will be built this fall in Asheville, where the state’s first Habitat affiliate was founded in 1983.

Habitat affiliates in the state build and refurbish on 400 homes a year, on average.

In North Carolina, in which over 18 percent of residents live below the poverty level, Habitat ranks third among its counterparts in all states in annual home production.

Fellowship Hall names new CEO

Brad Marino, former vice president of surgical services and physicians network for Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle, has been named president and CEO at Fellowship Hall, a nonprofit alcohol and drug treatment center in Greensboro.

Marino previously served in Pittsburgh as vice president of operations for West Penn Allegheny Health System, vice president of business development and professional services for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and executive administrator at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Lowes Foods donates seeds to Reap More Than You Sow

Lowes Foods donated over 40,000 packets of vegetable and flower seeds to the Reap More Than You Sow Community Garden Project.

Reap More Than You  Sow, in turn, has distributed seeds to over three dozen community garden projects in the Piedmont at elementary schools, churches, senior citizens’ organizations, YMCAs and neighborhood gardens, and to benefit veterans’ support groups.

Many of those gardens also grow surplus products to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem.

Reap More Than You Sow also sent 48 pounds, or 700 packets of seeds, to Mushayamanda Village in Zimbabwe.

High Point event to benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp

Victory Junction Gang Camp, a year-round camping facility in Randleman that serves children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, will benefit from the inaugural Blue Rock Pizza & Tap 5K.

To be held August 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the race will start in High Point’s shopping & entertainment district at 1529 N. Main St.

Sponsors include Smart Choice, BB&T, Crescent Ford, Off ‘n Running, 336 CrossFit & Athletic Training, Friends of Blue Rock, Braxton Culler, Smart Choice, and Al Fresco and Onyx Age fabrics.

BCC Rally to benefit Komen for the Cure

BCC Rally, an all-volunteer nonprofit that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer, will holds its 10th annual weeklong series of fundraisers from September 24 to 29 at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, donating all proceeds to Rally for the Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Since its founding in 2004, BCC Rally has raised $934,000, and has been the most successful fundraising organization in the national Rally for the Cure program since 2008. It also is Komen Charlotte’s single largest donor.

Of the funds BCC Rally raises for Komen, 75 percent directly benefits Charlotte and 13 surrounding counties. The remaining 25 percent supports research through the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and its grants currently support important research at UNC-Charlotte, Wake Forest University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University.

Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation receives gift

Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation in Burlington received a gift to help employees of the Village of Brookwood.

James H. Smith Jr. and William H. Smith started the Peggy H. Smith Village of Brookwood Employee Assistance Fund in memory of their mother, with a donation made in her name.

While most of the funds at the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation traditionally serve patients at Alamance Regional Medical Center, the new fund will aid employees of the Village of Brookwood who may be affected by an unforeseen catastrophe in their lives.

Durham County recognized for seniors’ insurance program

The North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, or SHIIP, has recognized Durham as its County of the Year for 2013. Senior PharmAssist, a nonprofit medication assistance and Medicare insurance counseling program, is the SHIIP coordinating site for Durham County. The agency was honored for providing high-quality prescription and health insurance counseling to over 1,300 beneficiaries from April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013.

Triangle Run/Walk for Autism set for October

The Autism Society of North Carolina will benefit from the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism on Oct. 12 at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Society, which serves the more than 60,000 families affected by autism in the state.

Voices Together gets $15,000 from Rite Aid Foundation

Voices Together, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that uses specialized music therapy to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received a $15,000 grant from The Rite Aid Foundation.

The grant will be used to expand Voices Together’s programming to three more classrooms, helping 35 to 40 more students in the Orange County public school system for one year.

The program has been used in six school districts in the Triangle and Triad in North Carolina.

The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded $10,000 to Voices Together in 2008 and again in 2010.

Me Fine Foundation on helmet in NASCAR race

Me Fine Foundation in Raleigh received a $10,000 grant from Blue Bunny and will be featured on Jimmie Johnson’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope at Michigan International Speedway on August 18. Me Fine was chosen in a drawing as one of the 12 charities on the helmet.

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has donated over $430,000 to 61 different charities through the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope Program.

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