Nonprofit news roundup, 10.25.13

Cone Health Foundation awards $4.4 million

Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro awarded nearly $4.45 million in grants to 43 Greensboro-area nonprofits.

The grants support agencies working in the Foundation’s four focus areas of grantmaking, including access to health care; adolescent pregnancy prevention; HIV/AIDS; and mental health and substance abuse.

Some of the grants fall outside those focus areas and support community collaborations. The Foundation’s single largest grant, $458,662, will go to Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, which provides access to care for chronically ill indigent patients seeking primary care and pharmaceutical services.

The Foundation received 53 applications requesting $6.25 million.

Lowes Food drive to benefit food banks

Lowes Foods will hold its annual food drive November 1 through December 31, collecting food donations at all of its stores in the Carolinas and Virginia for delivery to local food banks.

Lowes Foods, which has collected over 18 million pounds of food since 1995 and has a goal of raising one million pounds in 2013, has raised over 345,000 pounds so far with vendor and customer support.

Peace University buys shopping center

William Peace University in Raleigh completed its purchase of the Seaboard Station retail center and nearby land for $21 million, spending nearly a third of its $33 million endowment, with the remainder from a $10 million bank loan, Insider Higher Ed reports.

Debra Townsley, president of Peace, says in a statement that the school has contracted with Trademark Properties to manage Seaboard, and has secured a $10 million loan from Capital Bank on the shopping center.

She says Peace is investing $6.6 million in the center and another $4.15 million in additional Seaboard property to support the retail center and the “continuing growth” of the school.

Inside Higher Ed reports the loan is structured so only the new property and no existing university assets will be “on the line” in the event of a default.

Billie Redmond, CEO of Trademark Properties, which brokered the deal, says most of the center is leased and generates steady income, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Anna Spangler Nelson named board chair at Fidelity Charitable

Anna Spangler Nelson of Charlotte, chairman of Spangler Companies, a private investment firm, has been elected chair of the board of trustees of Fidelity Charitable, a national donor advised fund.

Fidelity Charitable, which plans to move its headquarters to North Carolina from Boston next year, says it made over 308,000 grants to nonprofits totaling nearly $1.3 billion in the first nine months of 2013, up 20 percent and 33 percent, respectively, from the same period last year.

Incoming contributions also totaled nearly $1.3 billion, up 5 percent from the same period in 2012.

Fidelity says outgoing grants and incoming contributions it posted for the period both represented its best results ever.

Triangle Land Conservancy creates fund at Triangle Community Foundation

Triangle Land Conservancy in Durham has opened a $1.1 million agency fund at Triangle Community Foundation, the largest agency fund ever at the Durham-based Foundation.

The Land Conservancy now has five funds at the Foundation that support the stewardship of over 16,000 acres of protected landscapes and working lands throughout the Triangle.

Both organizations are celebrating their 30th anniversaries.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards $675,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 27 Community Grants totaling nearly $675,000 to organizations serving people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and public interest.

Pope Foundation gives $185,000 in wake of federal shutdown

The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh has awarded $185,000 in grants to North Carolina nonprofits to help ease the impact of the recent shutdown of the federal government.

Headed by Art Pope, a Raleigh businessman who serves as state budget director for Gov. Pat McCrory and as president and chairman of his family philanthropy, the foundation made grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to 13 nonprofits that provide food, shelter, clothing and medical care.

Verizon gives $100,000 for domestic violence prevention

Verizon made over $100,000 in grants to domestic violence prevention efforts throughout North Carolina. Recipients include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council in Shelby; Domestic Violence Shelter and Services in Wilmington; InterAct in Raleigh; Safe Alliance in Charlotte; and The Wellness Center at UNC-Greensboro.

Bar Association focusing on education

The North Carolina Bar Association is working with local bar associations to support efforts to improve literacy and graduation rates of students.

Lawyers 4 Literacy, which the state bar association launched last year in New Hanover County, also is operating in Durham County in partnership with the School of Law at N.C. Central University and with local legal professionals who are working with W. G. Pearson Elementary and soon will be working with Eastway Elementary School.

In Charlotte, with assistance from the Charlotte School of Law and local legal professionals, the bar association is working with Winterfield Elementary School and Hidden Valley Elementary School and soon will be adding a third school.

Programs are also being developed in in Pitt and Cumberland counties.

Greensboro Habitat, Builders Association to build houses

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro and 20 members of the Greensboro Builders Association are teaming up to build seven new houses, from foundation to dedication, in five days starting November 4.

HandyCapable’s HandyTechs receives statewide volunteer award

HandyTechs at HandyCapable, a Greensboro nonprofit that refurbishes computers to provide computer training for people with developmental disabilities, received the Governor’s Award for the Volunteer Program of the Year at an awards dinner October 24 in Greensboro.

Last year, the agency’s HandyTechs, each of whom has developmental disabilities, won the local award for volunteer program.

Robeson County Community Foundation hosting phantom ball

The board of directors of the Robeson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, is hosting its fourth annual Phantom Ball fundraiser. The board sent over 350 invitations to past supporters and other area residents asking them not to attend the non-event but to make a donation to the Robeson County Unrestricted Endowment Fund.

Lincoln Financial partners with Junior Achievement

Nineteen employees at Lincoln Financial Group, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, volunteered on October 22 at Brooks Global Studies Extended-Year Magnet School in Greensboro, working with students to complete the Junior Achievement program appropriate for their grade level.

Band Together names advisory board member

Will Eglin, chief financial officer at consulting firm IEM, joined the advisory board of Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change.

Rebuilding Together gets $10,000 from Lowe’s

Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte received a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s to complete repairs and weatherization and energy-efficiency upgrades for local homeowners. The agency will work with over 40 volunteers to target simple fall prevention, fire and personal safety, energy efficiency improvements, and water management tasks.

Haven House Services to hold benefit

Haven House Services in Raleigh will host its fourth annual Monday Night Knockout benefit on November 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cameron Bar & Grill in Cameron Village. The agency, celebrating its 40th year, offers a continuum of programs to serve struggling young people and their families develop positive and successful relationships at home, at school and in the community.

Housing for New Hope schedules fundraiser

Housing for New Hope, a Durham nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness, will hold a fundraiser November 23 at 7 p.m. at The Cookery at 1101 West Chapel Hill St.

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