Nonprofit news roundup, 11.22.13

Markanda to head new High Point health foundation

M. Tina Markanda, program officer for health care at The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, has been named founding executive director of new $50 million High Point Community Health Fund that was created through the merger of High Point Regional with UNC Health Care System.

A Charlotte native who has worked at The Duke Endowment for nine-and-a-half years, Markanda begins her new job January 6.

The new foundation last spring received a first installment of $30 million from UNC Health Care, and will get additional $10 million contributions from the Chapel Hill-based system in 2014 and 2015.

The new foundation’s board hired Anderson & Associates in Charlotte to conduct a search for the new executive director.

Davis named director of QENO

Natasha Davis, program coordinator for Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations in Wilmington, has been named director.

A partnership of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, funders, civic leaders and other community organizations, QENO works to build the capacity of nonprofits in southeastern North Carolina.

Project Enlightenment gets $2 million from John Rex Endowment

Project Enlightenment, an early childhood and intervention program of the Wake County Public School System, received a $2 million grant from the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh to help parents with young children in Raleigh improve parenting skills.

Project Enlightenment and 18 community agencies that provide social, mental health, health care and education services for families will be trained by by Triple P America to deliver Triple P parenting training to parents throughout Raleigh.

Wake Women’s Giving Network awards $100,000

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County awarded $100,000 to three area nonprofits that support women or children, or both.

Receiving $30,000 grants each were The Hope Center at Pullen for supporting a full-time case manager who provides intensive support services to at-risk young people ages of 13 and 24, and Dress for Success – Triangle for supporting a new career center manager, as well as childcare and transportation stipends.

Read and Feed received $40,000 for a new recreational vehicle for its Feed the Reader Road Show that will serve 96 more children in eastern Wake County.

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, now has awarded $781,000 to area nonprofits in its seven years.

Urban Ministries, McKinney launch naming-rights site

Urban Ministries of Durham and advertising agency McKinney have launched namesforchange.org, a website that teaches about homelessness and offers naming rights to 169 items — from deoderant to cans of vegetables — that Urban Ministries uses to serve people facing poverty and homelessness.

The nonprofit and ad agency previously teamed up to launch playspent.org, an online game that teaches about surviving poverty and homelessness.

Pointer Sisters to headline benefit for Carolina Theatre

The Pointer Sisters, a three-time Grammy winner, will perform on April 24 at Command Performance 2014, an annual gala to benefit Carolina Theatre in Greensboro.

Co-chairing the event are Deidre James and Julia Robinson, members of the Carolina Theatre board. Betty Cone, honorary board chair, heads the sponsor committee.

Proceeds from the event will be used as operating funds for the 86-year-old theater.

Greensboro Salvation Army honored

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro received the award for Program Excellence in Sports, Fitness and Recreation from The Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s North Carolina Area Council for its summer dance program, “So You Think You Can Dance,” in partnership with Woodruff Family Law and Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

The award is given each year to only one Boys & Girls Club in North Carolina chosen by a panel of judges from throughout the state.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro was selected from more than 120 clubs that together serve over 100,000 youth.

Junior Achievement gets $10,000 grant

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $10,000 grant from the Deluxe Corporation Foundation to support programming that teaches financial literary, entrepreneurship, and work readiness to students in grades K-12.

Founded in 1965, the organization in the past year served over 10,500 students in Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance, Rockingham, Randolph and Montgomery counties.

Eno River church gives $4,000

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham awarded $1,871 to SWOOP, or Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects, which enlists women for one-day community service projects, and $2,147 to InSideOut, a youth-led group that serves LGBT youths.

Carrie Gray moves to San Antonio Area Foundation

Carrie Gray, former director of donor engagement at the North Carolina Community Foundation, now is vice president of development and donor services at the San Antonio Area Foundation. She most recently was director of advancement for YWCA Seattle.

Arts Together names board members

Arts Together in Raleigh named three new board members — Tamara Brooks senior database analyst at Fidelity Investments in Durham; Anne Ehlers, director of communications and development for the North Carolina Housing Coalition in Raleigh; and Andrea Osborne, corporate communications specialist and writer for Capital Broadcasting Company in Raleigh.

WMAG-FM to hold radiothon to benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital

Radio station 99.5 WMAG-FM in Winston-Salem will broadcast a two-day radiothon on December 5 and 6 to benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The funds raised will be used to advance patient care at Brenner.

In its previous eight radiothons on behalf of Brenner, the station has raised a total of $827,365, including over $150,000 last year, a record high.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle distributes turkey dinners

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh held its 7th annual “Turkey Takeout” event November 21, distributing turkeys, fresh produce, bread, and pies to pre-selected partner agencies and pantries for 250 families in need this Thanksgiving.

Food was donated by U.S. Foods, Ford’s Produce, FarmPak and other food donors, and was gleaned from farmers’ fields by the agency’s volunteers.

Benevolence Farm gets $5,000 grant

Benevolence Farm in Graham has received a $5,000 grant from The Catherine F. and James H. Stentzel Foundation. The nonprofit farm will provide housing, employment, social support, and hands-on training for up to 12 women after they leave from prison.

Junior Achievement elects officers, adds board members

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina elected new officers, including Camden Webb, a partner at Williams Mullen, as board chair; Clayton Dorn, Western Carolina district manager for UPS as board chair-elect; and Steve Crouse, executive vice president and chief financial officer  for Paragon Commercial Bank, as treasurer. New board members include Franky Batten, general manager Northeast Zone, for Duke Energy Progress; Christopher Bell, audit manager for audit and enterprise risk service for Deloitte Touche; Maureen Breneman, senior vice president and area president in Triangle East Central for Wells Fargo; John DePolt, customer service sector manager, CHEP; and Jonathan Krieps, senior vice president for North State Bank.

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