Nonprofit news roundup, 11.15.13

Moore retiring from Weaver Foundation; Gray named interim president

Richard “Skip” Moore is retiring as president of the Weaver Foundation in Greensboro, and Kevin Gray, the Foundation’s vice president and program officer, has been named interim president, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Moore, who joined the Foundation in 1999 as its first president and staff member after a 15-year career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, including 10 years as vice chancellor for university advancement, will remain with the Foundation as an adviser until June 30, 2014.

Gray, who joined the Foundation on a part-time basis in 2005 and became a full-time employee in 2007, was named to his current job in 2013.

Millis giving $300,000 to High Point University

Jim Millis Jr., a 1976 graduate of High Point University, has established a new scholarship to honor the service of former faculty member Shirley Rawley, who now lives in Winston-Salem.

The $300,000 fund will support the academic endeavors of qualified English majors at the university who demonstrate academic achievement and community service.

Millis and his family have committed over $10 million toward academics and student life at the University. He serves on its board of trustees.

SAFEchild raises $217,000 at kickoff for $495,000 campaign

SAFEchild, a child abuse prevention agency in Wake County that provides direct services to families, kicked off a $495,000 campaign on October 8, raising over $217,000 through sponsorships, matching gifts, and commitments at the kickoff luncheon.

Chairing the campaign, which runs through December 31, are Drs. Margaret Douglas and Rans Douglas.

SAFEchild operates with an annual budget totaling nearly $1 million and says it increasingly counts on private donations in the face of limited state funds.

The agency serves an estimated 800 families and 7,000 additional children, typically at no cost to the child or family.

Sumerford retiring from Greensboro Public Library

Steve Sumerford, who in the 1990s created the Nonprofit Resource Center at the Greensboro Public Library in an effort to better serve the community by expanding its programs to serve nonprofits, is retiring on December 1 as the library’s assistant director.

Blackbaud names new CEO

Michael P. Gianoni,  former executive vice president and group president for Financial Institutions Group at Fiserv, a global provider of financial services technology solutions, has been named president and CEO of Blackbaud, a provider of software and services for nonprofits.

Gianoni will join Blackbaud’s board of directors when he joins the Charleston, S.C.-based company on January 13, 2014.

Anthony Boor, who has served as interim president and CEO since August 31, 2013, will maintain that role until January 13, 2014, and then will continue to serve as chief financial officer and senior vice president for finance and administration.

Wells Fargo investing $25,000 to spur new United Way workplace drives

Wells Fargo has agreed to contribute a total of up to $25,000 to United Way of Greater Greensboro to match the first $1,000 raised by up to 25 companies that agree to hold United Way workplace campaigns for the first time.

Blanket and pillow drive to benefit homeless

The Guilford County Hotel Motel Association is sponsoring a blanket and pillow drive to benefit the Salvation Army, Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Barnabas Network in serving homeless people.

Donations of new or gently used blankets, pillows, pillowcases, towels, washcloths, opened and unopened toiletry items can be dropped off Greensboro Marriott Downtown, Courtyard by Marriott, and Hampton Inn & Suites, all in Greensboro, and at Ashford Suites in High Point.

Triad Health Project to hold annual Winter Walk for AIDS

Triad Health Project will hold its 22nd Annual Winter Walk for AIDS fundraising event on December 8 the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a new location. The Greensboro agency, which serves over 500 people in the community who are living with HIV/AIDS, says demand for its services is growing.

Triangle Community Foundation recognized for accountability

Triangle Community Foundation in Durham has been recognized by the Council on Foundations for organizational and financial practices that comply with national standards for U.S. community foundations.

Intended as a blueprint to help community foundations grow as organizations, and to serve as objective benchmarks to help anyone assess their performance, the 43 National Standards focus on community foundations’ mission; structure and governance; resource development; stewardship and accountability; grantmaking and community leadership; and communications.

Raleigh Little Theatre event raises $58,000

Raleigh Little Theatre raised over $58,000 in 2013 at Divas!, its annual fundraising competition that culminated in a one-night-only cabaret performance “throwdown” on November 9.

The total raised marked a record high and was up 41 percent from the previous record high of $41,000 the event raised in 2012.

Raleigh Little Theatre has begun plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gaddy Goodwin Teaching Theatre in early 2014, and in 2016 will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Theatre’s founding.

Salvation Army teams with Walmart

The Salvation Army of Wake County, which has registered 8,730 children in its Christmas Cheer Program that provides new clothing, toys and stockings for children in need, will be featured in a national commercial for Walmart, which for the second year is partnering with The Salvation Army to collect toys for the program. In 2012, The Salvation Army of Wake County distributed over 47,000 brand new toys.

USO North Carolina names development and communications director

Kathy Bull, president of Bull Consulting Services and former acting executive director and consultant at Patriot Rovers, has been named director of development and communications at USO North Carolina.

Horizons names director of development and communications

Robin Ervin, former grants manager at Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine in Greensboro, has been named director of development and communications at Horizons Residential Care Center in Rural Hall. Ervin previously worked as branch director at YWCA Gateway Sports and Wellness Center in Winston-Salem, and as associate director of public affairs at Winston-Salem State University.

John Rex Endowment board elects officer, adds members

Tom McGuire, partner at Armstrong and McGuire Philanthropic Advisory Group, has been elected treasurer of the board of directors of the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh. New board members include Cathy Moore, deputy superintendent for school performance for the Wake County Public School System; Deborah Nelson, an early-childhood consultant; and James R. Talton III, senior vice president and financial advisor of CapTrust Financial Advisors.

Wharton Gladden fund to support diabetes lecture series

Real estate investment banking firm Wharton Gladden & Company is partnering with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to present an annual lecture series on diabetes research and prevention. A $10,000 grant to fund the Irene Wharton Diabetes Lecture Series has been made by a charitable fund, established by Wharton Gladden, that is administered by the National Christian Foundation in Raleigh.

Butterball donating 2,000 turkeys

Butterball, with headquarters in Garner, is donating nearly 2,000 turkeys to North Carolina families through Urban Ministries of Durham; Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh; Fort Bragg in Fayetteville; Community of Hope Ministries in Garner; Charlotte Food Bank; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro; and Archway Foundation in Clayton.

Triangle YMCA honors teens

YMCA of the Triangle has honored over 100 area teens who participate in the Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers Program, a leadership development program for area teens that is named for the late Clarence E. Lighter, a former Raleigh mayor. A November 12 banquet at the Raleigh Marriott City Center Hotel served as a benefit to continue the program.

Sales Factory donates marketing services to 17 local nonprofits

The Sales Factory in Greensboro provided $144,000 worth of pro-bono consulting and creative materials to 17 local nonprofits in a 24-hour blitz known as CreateAthon.

Wake Hospice recognized for veterans program

Hospice of Wake County earned the “We Honor Veterans” Partner Level Three designation from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization by integrating veteran-specific content into volunteer and staff orientation programs for volunteers and administrative and clinical staff.

Arc of Greensboro to hold 60th anniversary gala

Arc of Greensboro will celebrate its 60 years of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a Holiday Gala Dinner Dance on December 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio at 1500 Mill St.

Compass Center to hold fundraising event

Compass Center for Women and Families will hold its annual “Tea with Lee” on December 6, at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill.  The event, “An Evening of Story and Song,” will feature local authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, along with Nashville musicians Marshall Chapman and Matraca Berg for An Evening of Story and Song.

All event proceeds will benefit Compass Center, which works to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and prevent and end domestic violence.

Barnabas Network holding open house, linen drive

The Barnabas Network in Greensboro will hold a holiday open house on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at 2024 Sixteenth Street in Greensboro to kick off a linen drive. Guests are asked to drop off donations of linens of all sizes, especially twin sheet sets for school-age children. The agency serves families and individuals who are moving from homelessness, recovering from a major setback, fleeing domestic violence, or living with incomes that cannot cover basic needs.

Goetz Foundation creates fund at Triangle Community Foundation

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in Durham created the Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation Grant Endowment Fund at Triangle Community Foundation. Established in 2011, the Goetz Foundation has awarded five grants to couples from throughout North Carolina to help them complete domestic adoptions. It plans to award six grants in 2014.

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