Nonprofit news roundup, 10.04.13

N.C. State gets $50 million gift

North Carolina State University in Raleigh has received a $50 million gift from the Park Foundation.

The gift, the single biggest contribution in the school’s 126-year history, will be used to help permanently fund N.C. State’s Park Scholarships program that was established in 1996.

The program selects roughly 45 scholars each year from throughout North Carolina and the U.S. who receive a four-year scholarship, computer stipend, enrichment grants, faculty mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities.

They also participate in extracurricular activities and get opportunities to provide service on campus, in the community, and throughout the state and abroad.

With additional donor support, N.C. State says, the gift will enable an endowment to provide income in perpetuity.

The gift honors the late Roy H. Park, an N.C. State alumnus who headed Park Communications and created the Park Foundation, a philanthropy in Ithaca, N.Y., that is dedicated to supporting causes related to education, media and the environment.

Wake Tech gets $4.4 million in grants

Wake Tech Community College was awarded over $4.4 million in grant funds in 2012-13, up 22 percent from the previous year and a record high for the school.

Grants included $2.95 million from the U.S. Department of Labor for creation of a two-year degree program in business analytics, the first in the U.S; $821,292 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help increase completion and graduation rates among low-income students; $50,000 from the Gates Foundation for creation of a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, in developmental mathematics, a national first for a community college; and $58,081 from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to enhance student learning in microbiology courses with improved curriculum and laboratory modules.

Community Link launching program for homeless veterans

Community Link in Charlotte has received a $1.14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and plans to launch an initiative to get homeless veterans into housing quickly and to prevent veterans from becoming homeless.

The agency aims to assist 200 households over the next year, providing services that include financial subsidies for rent, child care, transportation, moving expenses and other costs needed for stable housing. It also will partner with other agencies that provide support service for veterans and their families.

Simpson leaves UNC School of Government, to be consultant

Ann Simpson has stepped down as associate dean for development at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will be working with nonprofits providing development consulting and writing.

Simpson, who joined the School of Government in 1997, previously was major gifts manager for the UNC Center for Public Television. Before that, she spent 16 years working with environmental protection organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, the North Carolina Environmental Defense Fund, and the Wetlands America program of Ducks Unlimited.

Dubose joins Armstrong McGuire & Associates

Derwin Dubose, former assistant policy director for the state, who provided strategic counsel to the lieutenant governor and state treasurer, has joined Armstrong McGuire & Associates, a consulting firm in Raleigh that works with nonprofits.

Dubose managed digital strategy and voter mobilization for Democrat Walter Dalton during the 2012 gubernatorial campaign, and previously served as annual fund director for Ronald McDonald House of Durham and handled communications for Habitat for Humanity of Durham.

Giving grows overall and online

Overall giving grew 3.3 percent and online giving grew 12 percent in the three months ended in August, compared with the same period a year earlier, The Blackbaud Index says. The Index is based on giving statistics from the databases of thousands of groups based in the U.S. that use a variety of fundraising systems to determine how much revenue they raised in the previous month.

YWCA Central Carolinas to honor champions of social justice

YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte will honor three women who have demonstrated leadership by promoting social justice.

The women the YWCA will recognize at its 2013 Women of Achievement event on October 24 include:

* Sarah Bryant, the Pioneer winner, who founded Planned Parenthood in Charlotte and served on the YWCA board of directors in the 1960s when YWCA integrated the racially segregated branches into one YWCA.

* Mary Nell McPherson, the Community Champion winner, who is executive director of Freedom School Partners and has worked with Habitat for Humanity and Crisis Assistance Ministry, and founded Seigle Avenue Partners.

* Carrie Cook, the Emerging Leader winner, Charlotte region liaison for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and founder of EmpowHERment, a group that is working to build network of girls and women to be leaders in their community through mentorship, talent development and advocacy.

Junior Achievement honors Honda Aircraft chief

Michimasa Fujino, founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, was inducted inductee the Business Hall of Fame at Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina.  The company has invested over $140 million in its world headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport and employs over 800 people at its HondaJet program.

WDAV begins fall fund drive

WDAV Classical Public Radio in Davidson and Charlotte kicked off its annual fall membership campaign this week, aiming to raise $225,000.

Eighty percent of WDAV’s $1.7 million annual operating budget comes from annual membership gifts from individuals and underwriting by area businesses.

The campaign runs ends October 10.

Social Venture Partners kicks off innovation competition

Social Venture Partners in Charlotte has launched SEED20, its third annual competition to promote and support 20 innovative ideas for building social value in the region.

Individuals and nonprofits in Mecklenburg and adjacent counties may submit applications, available at, until November 1, and may attend an informational webinar October 15th at 8 p.m.

In early December, SVP will announce 20 participants, who starting in January will receive seven weeks of training, coaching, feedback, and mentoring on how to tell their story.

The competition culminates in SEED20 OnStage! on March 11, when up to 10 participants will compete for cash awards by making three-minute “pitches” to a panel of judges and an audience of business and nonprofit leaders, foundation executives, and other community members.

Apparo launches tech competition

Apparo in Charlotte launched the 2014 Technology Innovation Award program sponsored by Accenture, a competition that carries an award of a $10,000 grant and is designed to “help nonprofits gauge what motivates constituents, and drive them to action through engagement with measurable results.” The deadline for submitting interest forms is October 4.

Band Together in NC names seven board members

Band Together NC in Raleigh named seven new members to its board of directors, including Sarah Crawford, director of development and public relations, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities; Brendan Morrissey, CEO, Netsertive; Stephen Porterfield, president, Capital Associates; Bob Ramseur, partner, Ragsdale Liggett; Bert Smith, chief financial officer, North America, The Body Shop; Brent Sprinkle, CEO, True North Business Navigation; and Karen Zelden, director, major gifts and planned giving director, WakeMed Foundation.

Goetz Foundation to hold fundraising benefit

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation will host its 3rd Annual VIP Reception & Benefit on November 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh. Last year, the Foundation awarded grants to five North Carolina couples to help them complete their domestic adoptions and provided education about how to successfully navigate the domestic adoption process to another 12 couples. It also established clinical partnerships with Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists and Carolina Conceptions, both in Raleigh, training their medical staff about how to answer their patients’ questions about domestic adoption.

MS Society chapter raises $800,000

The Central NC Chapter of the National MS Society attracted over 2,000 cyclists and volunteers and raised over $800,000 at its 28th Annual Bike MS: VF Corporation & Wrangler Tour to Tanglewood on September 28 and 29 in Clemmons.

NCCU chancellor joins Triangle United Way board

Debra Saunders-White, chancellor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, has been named to the board of directors of Morrisville-based United Way of the Greater Triangle.

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