Nonprofit news roundup, 12.20.13

Cochran leaves Easter Seals UCP for Virginia state job

Connie Cochran, long-time CEO of Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, has been named assistant commissioner for developmental disability services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Fred Waddle, chief compliance and policy officer at Easter Seals UCP, has been named interim CEO while the agency’s board of directors conducts a search for a successor to Cochran.

Cochran served as CEO of United Cerebral Palsy starting in 1995 and then as CEO of Easter Seals UCP after the merger of Easter Seals and UCP.

Based in Raleigh, Easter Seals UCP operates with an annual budget of $86 million, employs 3,000 people and delivers over 3.3 million hours of support to over 20,000 individuals and their families managing disabilities and mental health challenges throughout North Carolina and most of Virginia.

Poston to head Public School Forum

Keith Poston, senior director of community investment for Time Warner Cable, has been named president and executive director for the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Poston will succeed Jo Ann Norris in January at the Public School Forum, a nonprofit that focuses on educational innovation and research.

At Time Warner Cable, he led strategic philanthropy and community engagement for the company’s East Coast operations, including the Carolinas, New York and Maine.

Wake Tech raises $17.5 million

The Wake Tech Foundation raised more than $17.5 million over the past two years in its first-ever major gifts campaign, exceeding its $12.5 million goal.

The campaign, which will fund student scholarships, faculty and staff initiatives, and major technology upgrades at Wake Technical Community College, included an anonymous seven-figure gift, the largest single cash gift in the school’s history.

Launched in early 2012 with an initial goal of $10 million, the campaign generated cash and in-kind contributions from corporations and individuals.

Wake Tech employee contributed $365,000, with a 87 percent of employees participating in the campaign.

Co-chairing the campaign committee were Dr. Bill Atkinson, former president and CEO of Wake Med, and Frank Holding Jr., chairman and CEO of First Citizens Bank.

Charitable solicitors pocket nearly half the dollars they raise

Charities using a professional fundraiser received nearly $32.6 million in donations from North Carolinians in 2013, with 50.53 percent going to the charity and the remainder going to the solicitation firms, a report from the state Secretary of State’s office says.

For national solicitation campaigns that included North Carolina citizens, $494.5 million was donated, with only 46.01 percent of each dollars going to the charity, the report says.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation awards $1.9 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded nearly $1.87 million in grants to 43 nonprofits in 12 counties in the Carolinas.

Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded 1,454 grants totaling over $65 million to organizations serving unserved or underserved populations.

The Foundation is a supporting organization and sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, providing support for its charitable, religious and educational mission.

The South Central Community, which is based in Belmont, N.C., and has over 600 Sisters serving 24 states and the U.S. territories of Guam and Jamaica, is one of six communities of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, part of an international order of Roman Catholic women that works to address poverty, sickness and lack of education.

High Point University gives over $200,000 to United Way

High Point University this year donated more than $200,000 through its annual employee campaign to the United Way of Greater High Point.

In addition to monetary donations, students, faculty and staff at High Point University donated 104,625 hours of volunteer service in 2013.

Donations from the school’s, faculty, staff and students have grown 426 percent from 2005.

Charlotte high school gets $80,000

Bosch Community Fund made an $80,000 grant to Olympic High School in Charlotte. The grant to the Olympic Foundation will support the school’s advanced manufacturing hub machine shop project. Bosch Rexroth Americas is a global supplier of technology and services.

Communities in Schools gets $55,000

Power Plant Management Services raised over $55,000 for Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, up from $18,000 last year, at its 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on October 3 at Sun City Carolina Lakes Golf Course in Fort Mill, S.C.

Junior Achievement gets $5,000

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $5,000 grant from the Volvo Group of Companies to support a program to help at-risk students learn about personal finance, professional ethics, economics, entrepreneurship, and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math for career development.

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics & Technology Education Center received $5,000 from the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina to help create new tools to enhance and support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in North Carolina schools.

Wilcox joining N.C. Network of Grantmakers

Sarah Mann Willcox, director of sustainability at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, has been named program director at the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers.

20 groups selected for SEED20 innovation competition

Twenty groups have been selected to compete in SEED20, the third annual competition hosted by Social Venture Partners in Charlotte to promote and support innovative ideas for building social value in the region.

Starting in January, each participant will be teamed with volunteer business and civic leaders who will work with them to  develop their ideas and presentations.

The competition culminates in SEED20 OnStage! on March 11, when up to 10 participants will compete for cash awards by making three-minute “pitches” to a panel of judges and an audience of business and nonprofit leaders, foundation executives, and other community members.

Make-A-Wish gets gift, adds board members

Trusted Choice and the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina made a $7,500 donation to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina to help grant wishes during the chapter’s annual Season of Wishes campaign.

The chapter plans to grant over 30 wishes representing 19 counties before the end of the calendar year.

The donation was part of a $500,000 commitment by Trusted Choice to help local chapters throughout the U.S. grant more wishes.

The chapter also named three members to its board of directors — Diane Adams, chief people officer at Qlik Technologies; Lisa Cade, vice president of network management at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Blake Coules, chief credit officer at VantageSouth Bank.

Salvation Army Red Kettle gets diamond jewelry for 3rd year

The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem received white gold and diamond ring in a Red Kettle, along with a note, marking the third year someone has donated a piece of diamond jewelry in one of The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem’s Red Kettle’s with the same note. The latest donation was made at the K&W Cafeteria on East Hanes Mill Road on December 13.

The note reads: “This is real. In loving memory of Benny and Phyllis.”

Triad nonprofit conference set for February 13

The second annual Triad Nonprofit Conference will be held February 13 and feature a keynote speech by Joe Tumolo of Planned Giving Marketing.

The half-day event, to be sponsored by High Point Bank and held at the HPB Insurance Center at 1300 E. Hartley Drive, will include breakout sessions and panel discussions.

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