Nonprofit news roundup, 11.27.13

Band Together to support StepUp’s expansion to Durham

Band Together NC, which has raised nearly $3 million for nonprofits through live music since it was launched in 2001, has selected StepUp Ministries in Raleigh as its nonprofit partner for 2015.

StepUp, which already has expanded to Greensboro, will use the proceeds to help it expand to Durham.

New Belk foundation to focus on post-secondary education

A new Charlotte-based foundation that will have over $200 million and will focus on post-secondary education is gearing up to begin operating in 2014.

The new John M. Belk Educational Endowment has named Kristy Teskey, former senior vice president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, as its executive director.

Teskey previously was vice president of community investment at Triangle United Way.

Eleven Charlotte nonprofits team up for ‘Giving Tuesday’

Eleven Charlotte nonprofits are joining forces on December 3 as part of “Giving Tuesday” to celebrate giving and encourage giving during the holiday season.

Participants in #GivingTuesCLT include A Child’s Place, Charlotte Family Housing, Care Ring, Communities In Schools, Community Link, Council for Children’s Rights, Crisis Assistance Ministry, NC MedAssist, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, Safe Alliance, and YWCA Central Carolinas.

John Rex Endowment gives $370,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh made six grants totaling over $370,000 in Wake County to support a Latino youth empowerment project at El Pueblo; nonprofit capacity building projects at the Autism Society of North Carolina, the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation, and PLM Families Together; and nonprofit organizational assessments at the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association and StepUp Ministry.

Urban Ministries benefit raises $34,500

Urban Ministries of Wake County attracted 525 people and raised an estimated $34,500 at its 9th Annual Stone Soup benefit on November 20  at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. Urban Ministries addresses hunger and homelessness, and provides healthcare to those living in poverty in Wake County.

BJH Foundation gives $25,000 for Hanukah celebrations

BJH Foundation for Senior Services in Greensboro has provided $25,000 in funding for Hanukah programs to Jewish Family Service, Temple Emanuel and Beth David Synagogue.

The Foundation also awarded $22,347 to Jewish Family Services for its Congregational Nurse program.

Those grants to Greensboro organizations were part of $203,230 in overall funding the Foundation awarded in the Carolinas.

Different Roads Home raises $7,500

Different Roads Home, a Huntersville nonprofit that provides a range of support services for HIV/AIDS patients, raised $7,500 at its 4th Annual Evening of Hope and Inspiration on November 23.

Wine event raises $11,000 for Make-A-Wish

Nomacorc, a Morrisville producer of alternative wine closures — substitutes for sealing wine bottles in place of traditional corks — raised $10,980 to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina at its “Wine for Wishes” event on October 3.

Vanguard Charitable names chief philanthropic officer

Ann Gill, a Philadelphia banking executive, has been named chief philanthropic officer at Vanguard Charitable, a national donor-advised fund.

Gill, who will head Vanguard Charitable’s Philanthropic Services Group, was regional director and senior vice president at Wells Fargo and managing director of Wachovia Securities/First Union Bank.

Since it was founded by Vanguard in 1997 as an independent 501(c)3 organization, Vanguard Charitable has granted more than $4 billion to charity.

Training for adult-literacy volunteers

Reading Connections, a nonprofit that provides free literacy services to adults in Guilford County, will hold an orientation session on December 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and free training for volunteer tutors on December 9 and 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, in the boardroom of the Wells Fargo building at Main Street and Kivett Drive in High Point.

Babcock Foundation names board president, new board members

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem elected Dee Davis, executive director of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, Ky., as its president of its board of directors.

Joining the board in January will be Chad Berry, academic vice president and dean of the faculty at Berea College in Kentucky, and Jerry Gonzalez, founding executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund in Atlanta.

SECU Family House board elects officers

Susan Elster, a community volunteer, has been elected chair of the board of directors of SECU Family House in Winston-Salem.

Also elected as officers were Melinda McConnell, a community volunteer, as vice Chair; Jeff Jones of State Employees’ Credit Union as secretary; Mickey Boles of Smith Phillips Building Supply as treasurer; and Sharon “Shari” Covitz, a community volunteer, as member-at-large.

Michelle Clifton, a partner at Grace, Tisdale & Clifton, was elected to the board.

North Carolina Community Foundation named IT manager

D’Wayne Wilkins has been named manager of information technology at the North Carolina Community Foundation. Wilkins has a bachelor’s degree in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Highway 55 Burgers & Shakes gives $10,000 to Make-A-Wish

Andy’s Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of Morrisville-based Highway 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, has made a $10,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. The gift will help Make-A-Wish grant 30 wishes through December to children in eastern North Carolina with life-threatening medical conditions.

Texas Pete and Walmart collect food for Second Harvest Food Bank

Texas Pete and Walmart teamed up to collect several hundred pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem.

The effort included 30-second television commercial, developed by Texas Pete, that highlighted the work of Second Harvest to feed the hungry and provide food industry skills for the underemployed.

The ad, which ran throughout October and into November, requested that food donations be made at local Walmart stores.

Second Harvest food drive bins were distributed to 32 Walmart stores in the Triad.

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