Nonprofit news roundup, 11.08.13

North Carolina gets 2% of top foundations’ grants

The top 1,000 foundations tracked by the Foundation Center made over 145,000 grants totaling nearly $21.2 billion throughout the U.S. in 2011, including 3,153 grants totaling $521 million in North Carolina, or 2 percent of those foundations’ U.S. grants and grant dollars, according to Foundation Stats, a new online tool from the Foundation Center.

Alliance for Global Good makes grants

The Alliance for Global Good’s Innovation Fund has selected four grantees through a national competition among medium-sized, U.S.-based nonprofits that work

on solving global problems in the areas of poverty, health, education, environment, and world relations.

Founded by Greensboro philanthropist Leonard Kaplan, the Alliance for Global Good

Alliance works promotes philanthropic efficiency and effectiveness through innovation, collaboration, leverage, sustainability, and scalability.

The winners include a solar powered energy center designed to meet growing consumer energy needs and reduce the use of kerosene and charcoal in rural African homes; pre-paid health services for the poorest women in Bolivia; e-training to develop

competence of microfinance field agents throughout Latin America to expand availability of funds; and a new surgical facility to help stabilize the finances of a critical hospital in Cameroon.

Speas promoted to chief advancement officer at Family Services

Michelle Speas, director of development at Family Services in Winston-Salem, has been promoted to chief advancement officer.

WakeMed given greeting cards for patients, families

WakeMed received 20,000 greeting cards from a chain of 15 Lynn’s and Daphne’s lHallmark stores throughout central and eastern North Carolina. The cards are being given to WakeMed patients and their families to use during their hospital stay.

Duke Raleigh Hospital recognized for healthy workplace

NC Prevention Partners in Chapel Hill has presented its inaugural Excellence Award, the highest honor in its WorkHealthy America program, to senior administrators at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

The award recognizes the hospital’s straight-A scores in nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation employee policies, as well as its executive leadership in establishing a culture of wellness that includes financial support for employee health and using data to enhance and focus specific wellness initiatives.

NC Prevention partners staffer honored

Melva Fager Okun, senior manager of innovations at NC Prevention Partners in Chapel Hill, received  the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Public Health Association that is given annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to public health in North Carolina.

Rebuilding Together teams with SunTrust

Rebuilding Together in Charlotte is teaming up with SunTrust to provide free repairs to the home of a local female veteran.

Forged Fitness raised $12,000 for Autism Society

Forged Fitness, a physical fitness and martial arts facility in Raleigh, raised over $12,000 for the Autism Society of North Carolina at a fundraising event September 28. The event included a partnership with Omega Sports, which donated some of the proceeds from two nights of sales.

Medical Society Foundation picks Leadership College participants

The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation has selected 17 physicians and physician assistants from across the state to participate in its 12th annual Leadership College, a year-long leadership-training program.

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