Nonprofit news roundup, 08.23.13

Belk Foundation gives $2.4 million, tightens education focus

The Belk Foundation in Charlotte awarded over $2.4 million in grants in the past year to improve education, and has sharpened its education funding to focus on strengthening teachers and school leaders, and ensuring that students perform at or above grade level by third grade.

The Foundation, with over $50 million in assets on May 31, 2013, gave over half its grants in the last year to benefit Charlotte-area students.

Under its revised strategy, the Foundation will invest in results-driven schools and nonprofits, mainly in Atlanta, Birmingham and Charlotte, and also will consider state initiatives in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.

Funding will support effort to recruit, develop and retain teachers and leaders in the public schools, and to enable students in kindergarten through third grade perform at or above grade level in core subjects, with emphasis on closing the achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers.

Groups that meet criteria outline on the Foundation’s website at belkfoundation.org may submit a funding inquiry, and the Foundation will invite selected groups to proceed through the grant process.

Triad United Ways mull regional event to celebrate biggest donors

The United Way affiliates in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem are talking to one another about co-hosting a regional event to recognize donors who give $10,000 or more to their annual fundraising campaigns.

The event would be in addition to separate events that United Way of Greater Greensboro, United Way of Greater High Point and United Way of Forsyth County would continue to hold for donors at that level, known as Tocqueville donors.

Staff and volunteer leaders from all three United Ways have met three times in the last three months to talk about the plans, and plan a fourth meeting soon.

Tocqueville donors typically are critical to annual fundraising campaigns at United Way.

At United Way of Greater High Point, which raised over $4.7 million last year, for example, 60 donors gave at that level, accounting for nearly 15 percent of the total raised.

United Way of North Carolina for years has considered the possibility of a statewide event to recognize Tocqueville donors but not yet moved forward with it, so the United Ways in the Triad decided to try to develop a regional event that also could serve as model for a broader statewide effort, Smith says.

“We’re all interested in it,” he says. “We feel a significant number of our Tocqueville donors will be interested in attending.”

As the Triad has grown, he says, companies increasingly are attracting employees and executives from throughout the region, and many of them live in one community and work in another.

Wherever they live or work, donors throughout the region would want to celebrate the work of United Way with their peers, Smith says.

Making the event happen will require finding a sponsor, a venue and a well-known speaker, he says.

“I’m not sure it will happen in the 2013 campaign season,” Smith says, “but it could happen in a year or two.”

Levisy to head John Avery Boys & Girls Club

Jerome I. Levisy, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina in Henderson, has been named chief professional officer at John Avery Boys & Girls Club in Durham, effective September 1, 2013.

Reep new executive director at A Carying Place

Allen Reep, former vice president for development at the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, and former director of development at the Healing Place of Wake County, has been named executive director of The Carying Place in Cary.

The Carying Place, a 20-year-old agency, provides housing and support to homeless families and families in transition.

Kenan Institute for the Arts names executive director

Corey Madden, founding artistic director of L’Atelier Arts in Los Angeles, has been named executive director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. An alumna of the School of Drama at the School of the Arts, Madden also was the director of artist programs for the Pasadena Arts Council.

Slade named director of Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem

Sabrina H. Slade, director of development and communications for Horizons Residential Care Center in Rural Hall, has been named director of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem. She will serve as the primary liaison between The Winston-Salem Foundation and The Fund, which includes over 800 women.

UNC-Chapel Hill extends athletics sponsorship deal with Wells Fargo

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has extended its sponsorship agreement with Wells Fargo, which will continue as a sponsor and the exclusive financial services partner of Carolina Athletics.

Through the sponsorship, Wells Fargo will provide two post-graduate scholarships a year to support UNC athletes who are pursuing an advanced degree, starting this year and continuing for the next five years.

Wells Fargo also will collaborate with the athletic department to deliver financial education to student athletes through the Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina gives $35,000

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina approved two grants totaling $35,000 to support master planning for the WNC Farmers Market and a regional effort to match landless farmers with farmland in Western North Carolina at Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

The Southwestern Commission received $25,000 to complete a master plan for the WNC Farmers Market.  The funding will partially match a $50,000 grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission currently under review.

The Conservancy received $10,000 for operating expenses for a recently funded Farmland Access Service coordinator who will link landless farmers to farmland in Western North Carolina.

AgriVenture, a joint undertaking by the AdvantageWest Economic Development Group and Land-of-Sky Regional Council, has committed to paying three years for the salary of the part-time staff member. The Foundation’s funds will purchase basic office equipment and cover expenses including regional travel to visit similar programs in other states.

Realtor Foundation of the Triangle teams with The Healing Place

The Healing Place of Wake County, a recovery facility in Raleigh for homeless people with alcohol and other drug addictions, has broken ground on a community garden, thanks to support from the new Realtor Foundation of the Triangle.

The Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Cary-based Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, paid Carolina Tilley Asher Landscape Design and Mary Hendrika Landscape Design to design the garden, and also covered associated costs.

And volunteers from the Association will work with residents at The Healing Place to build the garden, located in organization’s courtyard.

The garden will grow produce and spices The Healing Place will use in its kitchen that serves 500 meals a day, as well as flowers, says Barrett Joyner, development director at The Healing Place.

The project is the first major initiative of the Foundation.

Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention changes name

The Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, founded in 1981, has changed its name to Partners for Healthy Youth. The agency aims to improve teen health outcomes by focusing on access to healthcare, comprehensive health education, family engagement, and positive youth development.

Duke Medicine gets $1.3 million from Raleigh couple

Charles and Daneen Stiefel of Raleigh have given $1.3 million to support research at Duke Medicine that focuses on a group of diseases that compromise the immune system and increase the risk of infectious diseases and lymphoma.

Charles Stiefel was chairman and CEO of Stiefel Laboratories, a family-owned specialty dermatology company founded in 1847 that was the world’s largest privately held pharmaceutical company specializing in dermatological products before it was sold to GlaxoSmithKline in 2009 for $3.6 billion.

Daneen Stiefel worked as a psychiatric social worker, child protective caseworker, elementary school teacher, travel agent, meeting planner and, most recently, as vice president of travel, meetings and conventions at Stiefel Laboratories.

Animal rescue groups get $3,200

Shops of Baileywick, a retail boutique in Raleigh, donated over $3,200 to animal rescue groups SAFE Haven for Cats and Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue.

Hope Lodge gets $100,000 through Wyndham Championship

Wishes by Wyndham, the official charity of the Wyndham Championship, held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro on August 15-18, gave $10,000 to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, in Greenville.

Victory Junction supported by Alignment Simple Solutions

Alabama-based Alignment Simple Solutions has selected Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman for children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses, as the partner of choice for future philanthropic efforts. The company will kick off its commitment by donating 5 percent of all sales generated in September.

Former staffer joins Central N.C. Chapter of MS Society

Paige Dalton, a former member of the staff of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the 1990s, has rejoined the Greensboro-based chapter as programs and services coordinator. Dalton, who most recently was customer service representative at TDArx worked at the Chapter from 1992 to 1997 as programs and services director. Her new job will be to establish connections and community resources for persons living with MS.

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