Nonprofit news roundup, 10.18.13

Greensboro United Way, BB&T team up to boost women’s giving

Aiming to increase the number of women giving $1,000 or more to United Way of Greater Greensboro, BB&T has agreed to match gifts by women over several years until they give $1,000 in the third year.

For women who give $500 this year and agree to give $750 next year and $1,000 in two years, BB&T will making matching gifts of $500 and $250, respectively, this year and next year, up to a total of $100,000 in matching funds over the two-year period.

United Way will recognize women who participate in the step-up program as donors who give $1,000, making them members of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, which provides women with opportunities to become philanthropic leaders by learning about and getting involved in the community.

Funders invest in spurring health-insurance enrollment

Three North Carolina foundations and a national foundation are investing over $600,000 to help low-income, Spanish-speaking and rural North Carolinians learn more about new options available to them for affordable health insurance through the state’s new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Many uninsured and underinsured North Carolinians remain unaware of new health care choices available through the Marketplace, which allows consumers in the state to compare private insurance plans, says the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, which made a $275,000 grant to Enroll America, a national nonprofit working in the state to enroll uninsured residents in health coverage.

The Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro is supporting the effort with $20,000, and the Reidsville Area Foundation is investing $10,000.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey is matching all those funds, dollar for dollar, for a total investment of $610,000.

Triad philanthropists, fundraisers to be honored

The Triad-NC chapter of  the Association of Fundraising Professionals will honor excellence in philanthropy and fundraising on November 25 at its 21st Triad Philanthropy Awards 2013.

Keynote speaker for the event, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Grandover Resort Greensboro, will be Nido Qubein, president of High Point University.

Awards and winners include:

* Outstanding Philanthropist — Brad Thompson of Greensboro, nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

* Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser — Leslie Hayes of Winston-Salem, nominated by Wells Fargo Bank; and Jim Upchurch and Candace Cummings of Greensboro, nominated by YMCA of Greensboro.

* Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Nick Milligan of Winston-Salem, nominated by Cancer Services.

* Outstanding Fundraising Professional — Richard “Skip” Moore, president of the Weaver Foundation and former vice chancellor for university advancement, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, nominated by UNC-G.

* Outstanding Business in Philanthropy — BB&T in Winston-Salem, nominated by Capital Development Services and Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.

* Outstanding Philanthropic Organization — Graphic Visual Solutions in Greensboro, nominated by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

* Outstanding Fundraising Professional — Michelle Cook, vice chancellor for University Advancement, Winston-Salem State University, nominated by WSSU.

* Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy — Lynda and Richard Petty, Randleman, nominated by Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Duke gets $5 million

An undergraduate program at Duke University that focuses on building strong communications skills in traditional and new media will be established by a $5 million gift from the Bacca Foundation.

The gift includes $3.5 million to launch and fund the Language Arts and Media Program, and $1.5 million, matched by funds from Strategic Faculty Initiative at The Duke Endowment, to establish two Bacca Foundation assistant/associate professorships in language arts and media for faculty who will build cross-disciplinary programs and guide undergraduate research and civic engagement projects.

Women’s Fund awards five grants

The statewide Women’s Fund at The North Carolina Community Foundation awarded grants of $2,000 each to Albemarle Hopeline in Pasquotank County; Ashe County Partnership for Children; Catawba County Parenting Network; Church on the Rise Peacemakers Family Center in Rocky Mount; and Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center in Wake County.

The Women’s Fund focuses on programming that supports women or children, or both, with emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues.

Community Matters picks charity partners

Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte, an alliance of insurance and risk management professionals working together to advance the cause of selected charitable organizations in the Charlotte region, has selected Crisis Assistance Ministry and Charlotte Family Housing as its charity partners for 2014-15.

Formed in 2011 and consisting of over 60 firms in the insurance industry, Community Matters donated 10,200 volunteer hours and $200,000 in 2012 to Safe Alliance, its first selected charity.

Originally focusing on one charity at a time, Community Matters expanded its approach to include two charities for 2014-15 to have a broader impact on fighting homelessness in Charlotte.

Medical Society launches campaign

The North Carolina Medical Society has completed a $5 million renovation of its headquarters in Raleigh and has launched a $3 million capital campaign to pay for the renovations. Medical Mutual Insurance Company made a leadership gift to help launch the campaign, which already has raised over $1 million.

Robert W. Seligson, executive vice president and CEO of the Medical  Society, is chairing the campaign.

Gala to benefit Earlier.org

Earlier.org a Greensboro-based nonprofit that focuses on funding research to find an earlier biological test for breast cancer will benefit from the Gathering of Friends Gala Dinner October 26 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center. Supporting sponsors include ma Cares and Market America, Crown Automotive, Aetna, LabCorp and Ralph Lauren.

Raleigh chapter of National Christian Foundation gives $1.25 million

The Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation disbursed $1.25 million in grants to national and international charities in September and expected total giving since its inception in 2005 to exceed $50 million by the end of October.

Junior League of Greensboro gets $32,000 in sponsorships

The Junior League of Greensboro generated over $32,000 in event sponsorships for its Fourth Annual Touch a Truck event. The largest sponsors included Novant Health, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, and The Fresh Market.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League and its partnership with Cone Elementary, a Title I school in northeast Greensboro.

Easters Seals UCP honors six leaders

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia presented six Community Impact Awards to leaders for making significant contributions to improving the lives of people living with disabilities. Recipients include:

* Joan Beasley, a licensed mental health counselor and director of the Center for START Services.

* Mary Ann Hooks, of Rocky Mount, who receives support through the Easter Seals UCP residential service program.

* Logan’s Road House restaurant in Garner, a partner of Easter Seals UCP for the past four years that works to create job opportunities for individuals with disabilities

* Page Auto Group in Richmond, Va., a significant corporate partner to Easter Seals UCP for several years.

* Dr. Challie Minton, a family physician in Mt. Airy and partner with the Easter Seals UCP StayWell Integrated Healthcare program.

* Richard Worrell of Charlotte, a long-time volunteer, donor and parent of a child who benefits from Easter Seals UCP services.

Triangle YMCA names board chair, new board members

Mary Nash Rusher, a partner at Hunton & Williams, has been named chair of the board of directors of YMCA of the Triangle Board, becoming the first woman to chair the YMCA’s board.

New board members include:

* Leah Devlin professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

* Ben Goldstein, chief operating officer for CAPTRUST Financial Advisors.

* Jack Radford, executive director of the WakeMed Foundation.

* Arthur Rogers, principal of Eno Ventures in Durham.

* Tony Withers, CEO of Withers & Ravenel.

Wake United Arts to recognize business supporters

United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County is seeking nominations for the 2014 Business Support of the Arts Awards, which are presented annually to businesses, organizations, and individuals that promote the arts and humanities in Wake County in a significant way.

The 2014 Business Support of the Arts Awards, co-sponsored by The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, will be presented in January 2014 at the annual “State of Arts and Culture in Wake County” event.

Deadline for submitting nominations is November 22, 2013.

Guilford Nonprofit Consortium to celebrate members

The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium will celebrate its members at an event on November 14 at the Greensboro Country Club.

At the event, which will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by NewBridge Bank, the Consortium will present its Consortium Nonprofit of the Year award to a nonprofit that is a member of the Consortium, and its Consortium Service Award for an individual Consortium participant.

Food drive to benefit Winston-Salem food bank

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem will benefit from a food drive sponsored by Texas Pete and Walmart, with bins set up inside participating Triad-area Walmart stores to collect non-perishable food items.

Granville County funder awards $18,000

Granville County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded a total of $18,000 from its community grantmaking fund. Nonprofit recipients include Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines; Granville County Schools; Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Outreach Ministry; Converting Hearts; Prevent Blindness NC; Granville County Historical Society Museum; Area Congregations In Ministry; and The Humane Society of Granville County.

Rebuilding Together launches home safety effort

Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte is launching a project to provide make homes safer and greener through improvements in the areas of prevention, fire and personal safety, energy efficiency and water management.

On October 19, over 40 volunteers will work on 18 homes in University Park, an historic African American neighborhood in northwest Charlotte.

Granville County funder to host wine tasting

The board of directors of the Granville County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, will host a wine tasting on November 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stovall’s Gifts at 100 Main St. in Oxford.

Proceeds support the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment fund, which supports local nonprofits by awarding annual grants.

Cat rescue group lands reviewers’ praise

Alley Cats and Angles, an all-volunteer nonprofit in Raleigh that rescues and fosters home-based care for stray, abandoned and feral cats in the Triangle, has been named Top Nonprofit of 2013 by Great Nonprofits, a  provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofits throughout the U.S. The agency received the recognition based on reviews submitted by people who have worked with or volunteered for the organization, or serve on its board.

Center for International Understanding names board members

The Center for International Understanding in Raleigh named six new members to its board of directors, including:

* Beth Briggs, president of Creative Philanthropy.

* Chia Chi, market development executive at IBM Corporation.

* Hari Nath, a member of the board of governors of the University of North Carolina system.

* Jennifer Parser, an immigration lawyer at Poyner Spruill.

* Marcus Schaefer, president and CEO of Truliant Federal Credit Union.

* Cosette Serabijt-Singh, a retired biomedical research scientist and pharmaceutical executive.

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