Nonprofit news roundup, 12.13.13

Lorillard to match 10% of total raised by Greensboro United Way

Lorillard, a tobacco company that for the past two years has accounted for 10 percent of the dollars raised in the annual fundraising campaign at United Way of Greater Greensboro, has agreed to contribute 10 percent of the total United Way raises in this year’s campaign.

United Way last year raised a total of $10.2 million, including the match from Lorillard. It did not set a goal for this year’s campaign.

Lorillard already has raised over $1 million in its United Way workplace campaign this year. Since 2001, it has contributed over $10 million to United Way.

Greensboro United Way invests $8.3 million

United Way of Greater Greensboro invested over $8.3 million in the community in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

And through its own programs and initiatives and those of its partners, it served over 101,000 families and individuals, United Way says in its annual report.

United Way raised over $10.2 million in its 2012-13 annual campaign.

With those dollars, it invested nearly $6.2 million in community programs and gave another $1 million to causes, other than those of its community partners, that were designated by donors.

It also gave over $870,000 to initiatives it operates, such as the 2-1-1 information and referral line, or to special community initiative run by Partners Ending Homelessness and the Volunteer Center of Greensboro.

And it gave over $276,000 to agencies through two grants programs supported by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

United Way spent 16.1 percent of every dollar it raised on overhead, including administration and fund development, according to the Form 990 report for the fiscal year that it filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

Administrative expenses totaled nearly $1.1 million, up slightly from the previous year, while the cost of fund development totaled $790,000, up from nearly $717,000, its annual report says.

Pope Foundation gives $800,000

The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh has awarded a total of $802,500 in grants to 35 community charities, schools, churches, and the arts.

Those grants, ranging from $2,500 for Neuse Christian Academy to $225,000 for The Asheville School, bring to over $1 million the Foundation’s total giving to humanitarian and arts organizations in 2013.

The new grants are in addition to $200,000 in direct support the Foundation has made since July to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, medical missions, and other organizations.

Of those grants since July, $185,000 were intended to ease the effects of the shutdown of the federal government in the first half of October.

Biogen Idec Foundation awards $49,000 in grants

The Biogen Idec Foundation awarded 36 grants totaling $49,536 to Triangle-area schools and nonprofits as part of the Micro-Grants in Science Education program.

The program, administered by Triangle Community Foundation, provides small, one-time grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to schools and nonprofits to support science education initiatives.

Triangle Community Foundation received 47 applications from schools and nonprofits for the funding cycle.

Red Kettle campaign running short

The Red Kettle Campaign at Salvation Army of Winston-Salem’s is falling short of its goal of $400,000 for the holiday season, with donations down $58,000 compared to the same time last year.

This year, because of a late Thanksgiving date, the kettle season is shorter by five days, equating to roughly $20 million less in donations to The Salvation Army throughout the U.S., the organization says.

State Farm gives safe-driving grants to high schools

Five North Carolina high schools received grants of $25,000 each from State Farm for collecting commitments from students to be safe drivers.

The grant recipients are among 100 high schools from the U.S. and Canada that received grants.

As part of the competition, over 6 million safe-driving commitments were made at over 3,500 schools, and State Farm agents held over 1,250 teen driving safety events in October.

North Carolina schools that received grants are Avery County High School in Newland; David W. Butler High School in Matthews; Page High School in Greensboro; Wakefield High School in Raleigh; and William A. Hough High School in Cornelius.

Discovery Place names CEO

Catherine Wilson Horne, CEO of EdVenture, a children’s museum in Columbia, S.C., has been named president & CEO of Discovery Place in Charlotte.

Horne, who begins her new job in late January 2014, will succeed John L. Mackay Jr., who will retire at the end of December after heading the science center for 13 years.

Whisnant named executive director at Ciener Botanical Garden

John Whisnant, former development officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, has been named executive director of the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville.

Wake Hospice names hospice director

Hospice of Wake County has promoted Deborah Norcross, hospice clinical manager, to director of hospice. Norcross, who will be responsible for managing the organization’s hospice and grief programs, and assuring compliance with regulatory requirements and accepted standards of practice, succeeds Mari Pitcher, who is moving out of state.

Triangle United Way names director for managing community projects

Krista Ragan, former research director for the N.C. Child Fatality Prevention Team at the state Department of Health and Human Services, has been named director of community impact project management at United Way of the Greater Triangle.

She will handle project management and evaluation for community impact initiatives, as well as oversight of data collection, analysis and presentation for United Way’s community engagement work.

Sherwood to chair Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk

Bob Sherwood, senior vice president and general manager of the Ecolab’s Global Quick Service Restaurants division, formerly known as Kay Chemical Company, has been named chairman for the 2014 Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk, which benefits the American Heart Association and will be held May 17, 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Winston-Salem Food Bank launches collaborative school pantry

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has launched a collaborative, hunger-relief initiative in Forsyth County.

The first site for the new School Pantry Program pairs Moore Magnet Elementary School with collaborating partners Highland Presbyterian Church and Temple Emanuel and initially will serve 25 Moore Magnet families.

Located at Highland Presbyterian Church, a few blocks from the school, the pantry will be twice a month during times that coincide with dropping off and picking up students.

Funding for the pilot effort has been provided by program partners and a $12,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Safe Haven for Cats gets anonymous matching pledge

Safe Haven for Cats, an animal rescue shelter in Raleigh, has received a pledge from an anonymous donors to match up to $125,000 it raises through the end of the year.

Junior Achievement receives national award

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina has received Bronze Summit Award from Junior Achievement USA. The award recognizes outstanding success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness, and program growth at local Junior Achievement offices.

Over the past four years, programs at Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, which serves an 18 county-area, have grown 35 percent.

Film festival teams with spa to serve parents of kids at hospital

Joedance Film Festival, a year-round series of events that raises money for rare pediatric cancers research for Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, is partnering with Modern Salon & Spa to bring salon services for the mothers and fathers of hematology/oncology patients at the hospital.

Modern Salon & Spa offers free hair, manicure, chair massages and makeup services in the hospital on a designated day every other month for parent while visiting their children.

Onslow County foundation to hold golf tournament

Onslow Caring Communities Foundation will holds its 12th annual New Year’s Day golf tournament at the Jacksonville Country Club.

The annual tournament is the main fundraising event for the Onslow foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation that has made over $173,000 in grants to local nonprofits.

Formed in 1999 by local citizens, Onslow Caring Communities Foundation is home to over $4.5 million in philanthropic assets and 21 charitable endowed funds.

SECU Family House gets $25,000

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill received a $25,000 grant from the John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh. The grant will benefit 110 families with an adult patient receiving treatment for a serious illness at UNC Hospitals.

Foundation sponsors shopping trip for kids

Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation sponsored a Christmas shopping trip for 68 children and teens in care with Methodist Home for Children. Donors shopped with the children for $8,200 worth of gifts, and Target at North Hills shopping center in Raleigh picked up the sales tax.

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