Nonprofit news roundup, 09.13.13

Opera Carolina receives support for 65th season

Opera Carolina in Charlotte has received an extension of a multi-year audience-building grant of $300,000 from the Hearst Foundation, providing for free and subsidized tickets to key audiences.

For its 65th season, Opera Carolina has received contributions totaling $325,000 from Wells Fargo Private Bank, Hearst Corporation, Levine Cancer Institute, Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, Duke Energy and USAirways. The funds support presentation of a trilogy of operas by Verdi, Puccini and Wagner.

And over 60 regional companies contributed $160,000 to support the main stage and education programs for the 2013-14 season.

Raleigh chapter of National Christian Foundation posts growth

Contributions this year to the Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation have totaled over $6.74 million, up $1.5 million from 2012.

The chapter says stock donations have doubled compared to last year, totaling $2.35 million, while cash donations have grown by $300,000.

Onslow Caring Communities Foundation awards $8,600

Onslow Caring Communities Foundation awarded over $8,600 to local nonprofits through its annual community grant program. The Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has distributed over $176,000 in grants to local nonprofits since 1999 through its annual competitive grant process.  The Foundation has also worked with families and nonprofits in Onslow County to establish 20 endowment funds and building a local philanthropic asset base of over $4.4 million.

Conrad retiring from Forsyth United Way

John  Conrad will retire at the end of the year as director of communications at United Way of Forsyth County, a job he had held since 1990.

He previously worked for 10 years at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, most recently as promotions manager.

With Conrad’s departure, United Way is creating the position of vice president for marketing and communications.

Junior Achievement receives $2,000 from Wells Fargo

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support economic education in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The funds support a program designed to bridge the gap between what students learn in school and how they can be applied it in the world of work.

La-Z-Boy donates furniture to Ronald McDonald House

La-Z-Boy Galleries, owned by Shawn O’Neal, has donated five pieces of furniture to Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, which serves nearly 1,000 families a year dealing with the medical crisis of a child.

La-Z-Boy, based in Monroe, Mich., received the 2013 RMHC Outstanding Stewardship Award at the Ronald McDonald House Charities International Conference in August.

Leadership North Carolina accepts new class

Leadership North Carolina accepted 53 civic and community leaders from across the state for its 2013-14 class, its 21st.

The six sessions of two-and-a-half days each will focus on discussions with top officials and professionals about economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services, and will include field trips, and experiential learning activities.

Shepherd’s Center to hold golf tournament

The Shepherd’s Center in Greensboro, a nonprofit interfaith volunteer organization working to involve and sustain older people age 50 and older or retired who desire to live independently in the community, will hold its 23rd annual golf tournament September 30 at the Proehlific Club at Forest Oaks.

Atkinson to speak at Junior Achievement breakfast

June S. Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, will deliver the keynote address at the 4th annual awareness breakfast hosted by Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, to be held October 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.

Literacy fair set for Greensboro

United Way of Greater Greensboro is partnering with Greensboro Public Library for a literacy awareness and volunteer recruitment fair on September 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greensboro Public Library, Central Branch, 219 North Church St.

New Winston Museum launches redesigned website

New Winston Museum, a community history museum for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, launched a redesigned website at

Volunteer caregiving center in Cary receives award

The volunteer transportation program of the Center for Volunteer Caregiving in  Cary has been selected as a winner of the 2013 Beverly Foundation STAR Award. The awards aim to recognize outstanding senior transportation programs throughout the U.S. The Center was selected from among 123 volunteer transportation programs serving senior passengers in 36 states that applied for STAR Awards.

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