Nonprofit news roundup, 12.06.13

Job-seeker program merging with StepUp Ministry

Career Transition Support Group, or CTSG, a job-seeker program established in November 2008 by White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, will become part of the StepUp Ministry, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides jobs training and life-skills training, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

CTSG, which has over 1,000 registered participants, serves people of all faiths from across the Triangle and provides tools, resources and encouragement for people who are unemployed, underemployed or changing careers.

Over 500 participants have become employed in the past three years.

In addition to its regular weekly meetings featuring talks by volunteer leaders or outside experts, CTSG also offers resume workshops, interview workshops, an online communications network, announcements of job listings, and a job skills inventory of participants provided to companies and staffing firms, plus individual interview preparation.

StepUp, which also operates a program in Greensboro and is planning to expand to Durham, placed 378 individuals in the Raleigh area with 236 employers in 2012.

Nine Triangle nonprofits receive $40,000 each from GSK

Nine nonprofits in the Triangle have received the GSK Impact Award and $40,000 each from health care company Glaxo Smith Kline.

Recipients of the awards, presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, include Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, KidZNotes, and Student U, all in Durham; Farmer Foodshare in Chapel Hill; The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary; and Communities In Schools of Wake County, Haven House, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and PLM Families Together, all in Raleigh.

Since launching the awards 17 years ago to nonprofit programs that improve access to health in and around its corporate campuses in Durham and Philadelphia, GSK has given $6.9 million to 173 nonprofits.

That includes $1.5 million that GSK has awarded over the past five years to 37 local nonprofits in the Triangle.

Girl Scouts donate goods to Goodwill Industries

Nearly 300 troops consisting of 2,220 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina donated 6,437 bags of goods to Goodwill Industries, up 26 percent from last year.

Local Girl Scouts who are members of Colfax-based Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont collected gently used clothing, toys, books and household goods to benefit Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in Greensboro, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem, and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte.

The goal was to help unemployed and underemployed individuals find jobs and get back on their feet. The service project was designed to help Girl Scouts learn life lessons and address community needs.

The annual partnership event took place in October at local Goodwill retail stores and all Goodwill donation centers.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation awards $6.7 million

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem awarded 85 grants totaling $6.7 million to organizations in 30 North Carolina counties in its fall grants cycle.

The Foundation, which also award grants in the spring, has 380 active grants.

And as part of its celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Foundation recently concluded a series of community dialogue sessions in Wilmington, Charlotte, Greenville, Boone and Fayetteville.

Conley joining Children’s Law Center as development director

Susan Conley, director of development at Eagle’s Nest Foundation, has been named director of development for the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina, both in Winston-Salem. She begins her new job in January.

Wake Forest business school gets $600,000

The Thomas W. Smith Foundation has awarded a $600,000 grant over three years to the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at  the School of Business at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem to support learning experiences in investigating the moral foundations of capitalism.

Duplin Foundation gives $29,000 for youth

Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement awarded over $29,000 in grants to 11 local youth initiatives throughout Duplin County during its 2013 grant cycle.

Administered by the Duplin County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, the grants ranged from $1,500 to $5,000.

In the past three years, the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement has distributed over $45,000 in grants to support youth-oriented initiatives in the county through a competitive grant application process.

The 2014 Sheriff’s Ball, which raises money for the program, will be held March 1.

Honda Aircraft shipping care packages to Marines in Afghanistan

Honda Aircraft Company, with world headquarters in Greensboro, is shipping 500 care packages to North Carolina-based Marines on active duty in Afghanistan.

During Honda Aircraft’s Operation Deep Appreciation, now in its fifth year, Honda Aircraft team members fill care packages with items such as sundries, snacks, holiday lights, as well as personalized, handwritten notes from the individuals who packed the boxes.

Community Matters gives $175,000 to Safe Alliance

Community Matters,  an alliance of insurance and risk management professionals who support selected charities in the Charlotte region, gave $175,000 to Safe Alliance, a crisis intervention and counseling agency. Over the past two years, Community Alliance now has contributed $375,000 and 20,000 hours of service to Safe Alliance.

Triangle United Way names marketing and communications VP

Chris Pfitzer, a former communication project manager at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, has been named  vice president of marketing and communications at United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Pfitzer, who will report to Melanie Davis-Jones, senior vice president for marketing and communications, previously held held marketing and communication positions at North Carolina State University.

Lebo’s donates shoes to charities

Lebo’s, a Charlotte company with stores throughout the Carolinas, is donating Naot Footwear to Greater Providence Baptist Church, Jewish Family Services of Charlotte, and A Child’s Place.

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