Nonprofit news roundup, 09.27.13

YMCA of the Triangle kicks off annual campaign

YMCA of the Triangle has set a goal of $5.25 million for its annual “We Build People” campaign to raise funds for children, teens, families and adults who need the Y the most.

Chaired by Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University, and president and CEO of the Duke University Medical Center, and his wife, Ruth, the campaign will raise money that provides scholarships and financial assistance for all Y programs, including Y Learning, the YMCA’s standardized tutorial program; summer day camps; after-school programs; youth sports; and adult fitness programs.

Key to the campaign, which kicked off on September 17, will be include over 1,400 volunteers.

Triangle United Way launches initiatives targeting poverty

United Way of the Greater Triangle is developing two collaborative initiatives to fight poverty, and has launched a campaign to create a $1.5 million through major gifts to speed its investment collaborative initiatives over the next three years.

To meet its overall goal of creating household stability through programs that support workforce development, affordable housing and budget management, United Way initially is kicking off an initiative to help youth aging out of the foster system become independent by age 24, and to streamline access to services and develop data partners needed to reduce homelessness.

Over 207,000 people live in poverty in the Triangle, and 2,000 people in the region are homeless every night, United Way says.

The campaign to create a Financial Stability Fund to support its new strategies has secured commitments from Bank of America, PNC Bank, Trent Ragland Jr., The Redwoods Group, and Wells Fargo.

High Point University gets $5 million gift

An alumnus of High Point University has established a new scholarship fund valued over time at $5 million.

The funds will support students studying business and communication and be open to all eligible entering freshmen.

The anonymous donor, an entrepreneur and community leader, is a life member of the University’s board of trustees and lives in the Piedmont Triad.

SAFEchild gets $150,000 from WakeMed Foundation

WakeMed Foundation in Raleigh will provide the SAFEchild Advocacy Center with a matching grant of $50,000 a year for three years to help expand the comprehensive medical evaluations for children who have been physically or sexually abused.

Film festival raised $20,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital

Joedance Film Festival, a two-day August event that raises money for rare pediatric cancers research for Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, raised $20,000 at the event August 2-3, up from $2,800 a year ago. Both nights were sell-outs.

Healthy Start Foundation receives $10,000

The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation received a $10,000 grant from the Rite Aid Foundation to fund provide Graco portable cribs and crib sheets to 300 low-income families, along with one-on-one education on infant safe sleep practices.

The project is a collaboration between the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation and Wake County’s programs on pregnancy care management and care coordination for children.

Carolina Thread Trail names director

Karl J. Froelich, a veteran of the chemical and energy storage industries who most recently worked as a consultant specializing in new business development and product commercialization for small businesses in the technology and energy sectors, has been named director for the Carolina Thread Trail, known as The Thread.

Froelich, who begins work on October 28, will report to Tom Okel, executive director for Catawba Lands Conservancy in Charlotte. He will succeed Ann Hayes Browning, who resigned in July 2013 to pursue other personal interests and was The Thread’s project director for seven years.

Froelich worked for 20 years through 1998 for Hoechst Celanese Corporation, most recently as director of new business ventures, global corporate research. He also served as project manager for The Trust for Public Land.

The Thread is a 15-county, two-state initiative to help create and develop a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors that would link over 2.3 million citizens.

Crumpler joins North Carolina Community Foundation

Katie B. Crumpler, former program officer for the N.C. Center for Afterschool Programs, has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation as a regional associate for the Northern Piedmont. This region, including Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Person, Vance and Wake counties, is one of eight the Foundation serves throughout the state.

Benevolence Farm hosting dinner, dance

Benevolence Farm will host the inaugural Second Chance Dine and Dance on October 10 at the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Rd. in Saxapahaw.

Launched in 2007, Benevolence Farm will provide transitional housing, employment, and support for up to 12 formerly incarcerated women on a working farm in Alamance County.

25th Walk of Hope set for October 13

The Foundation of Hope in Raleigh will hold its 25th Walk of Hope on October 13.

Founded by Thad and Alice Eure, founders of the Angus Barn, Foundation of Hope has helped raise over $3.7 million for research and treatment of mental illness. Local research grants have leveraged over $100 million in federal grants, most of it through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Last year, Walk for Hope attracted 3,500 participants and generated over $600,000 .

Planned Parenthood in Greensboro to honor founders

Planned Parenthood Health Systems will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Health Center in Greensboro by honoring Linda Carlisle, Ron Johnson and Kay Stern, all founding members of its Greensboro board, and Gail Hoffman-Hornsby, its founding executive director at its annual event, Health Heroes.

The recognition dinner is scheduled for October 17 at the Sheraton Hotel/Four Seasons and will include a keynote speech by Melissa Harris-Perry, host of the “Melissa Harris-Perry Show” on MSNBC.

Discovery Place named three board members

Discovery Place in Charlotte named three new members to its board of trustees, including Nelson Cosgrove, director of engineering at Joe Gibbs Racing; Joan Higginbotham, director of community relations at Lowe’s Companies; and Chris Harris, vice president and general manager at Electrolux Dish Care & Fabric Care – North America.

ArtsGreensboro accepting applications for artist grants

ArtsGreensboro will applications until November 15 at 5 p.m. for the 2013-14 Regional Artists Grant program. ArtsGreensboro coordinates the program on behalf of a consortium of five counties, including Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and matched locally by participating Arts Councils.

Heart Association honors volunteer

The American Heart Association in the Triad has recognized Greensboro resident Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh as the 2012-13 Triad Volunteer of the Year.

Schaffner-Mosh has been involved with the American Heart Association in the Triad for three years, serving as the chair for the first year of the Go Red For Women campaign in Guilford County in 2012, and currently serving as community chair for Guilford Go Red For Women.

Golf event to benefit Cancer Services

Allegacy Federal Credit Union will host its 14th annual “Don’t Wait” Benefit Golf Tournament on October 10 at Bermuda Run Country Club in Davie County. Proceeds will benefit Cancer Services.

The tournament has raised over $631,000 that directly support breast and ovarian cancer survivors, and women in the community who want to learn prevention and early detection techniques.

Cancer Services serves residents in Forsyth, Davie, Stokes, and Yadkin counties, with all services — including financial assistance, medical supplies, special programs and advocacy — offered at no charge.

Pro bono legal work recognized

Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont — the Charlotte area’s largest recipients of pro bono services —  recognized pro bono lawyers and advocates at the second annual Pro Bono Awards on September 17 at the Foundation for the Carolinas.

In the past year, roughly 570 attorneys and advocates gave contributed over 8,200 pro bono hours to the three agencies, serving roughly 800 local children, families and individuals in need and donating an equivalent of nearly $2 million in legal services.

Awards and winners included:

* Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award – Pender R. McElroy of James, McElroy & Diehl.

* Outstanding Firm Service Award – McGuireWoods; Moore & Van Allen; Hunton & Williams.

* Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award – Henry “Chip” Howes of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; Thomas E. McNeill; and Michael L. Martinez of Grier, Furr & Crisp.

* Outstanding Volunteer Service Award – Deborah E. Hampton, executive assistant to the legal department at Bank of America.

Wells Fargo gives $50,000 to Campbell University

Wells Fargo Private Bank has donated $50,000 to Campbell University to expand a fund it established last year that provides scholarships for students in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business’ Trust & Wealth Management Program. The bank established the Wells Fargo Trust Scholarship in September 2012 with a $25,000 gift to aid trust majors at Campbell, with first preference for female or minority students, or both.

MoonRunners Saloon gives items to Give2The Troops

MoonRunners Saloon in Raleigh collected over 1,500 items to be donated to Give2The Troops.

TIMCO to support group serving disabled veterans

TIMCO Aviation Services in Greensboro is launching an effort to support Purple Heart Homes, which works to provide new housing and support for disabled veterans. TIMCO says the new relationship will be ongoing and will include financial and company-wide volunteer support for projects at Purple Heart Homes.

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