Nonprofit news roundup, 01.03.14

Smart named vice president of programs at Reynolds Trust

Allen Smart, director of the health care division at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, has been named the Trust’s vice president of programs.

In his new role, Smart will be responsible for overall organizational leadership for program development and implementation for the statewide private foundation, which has $600 million in assets.

He also will oversee cultivation and dissemination of $25 million to $30 million in grantmaking designed to spur the transformation of health and human service programs for the financially disadvantaged.

LaRowe steps down at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

Bruce LaRowe has stepped down as executive director of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Linda Reynolds, managing director of development, marketing and sales, has been named interim director while the board conducts a search for a new executive director.

LaRowe informed the board in October that he planned to leave at the end of December.

‘Copey’ Hanes dies at age 96

Helen Copenhaver “Copey” Hanes, a Winston-Salem philanthropist who was a founder and long-time supporter of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, died December 28 at age 96.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival gets $20,000

The Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation awarded The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival a $20,000 grant to support its Shakespeare To Go school tour.

The funds will be used to conduct 10 days of touring within Guilford County, with visits to up to 20 elementary, middle and high schools.

Arboretum at High Point University gets $15,000

The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at High Point University received $15,000 from the Stanley Smith Foundation to build a new, 2,000 square foot nursery on campus.

Business supporters of arts honored

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce have named recipients of the annual Business Support of the Arts Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the arts in by businesses, organizations and individuals.

Awards for large business, small business, individual and arts education, as well as The Paladin Award, a special award, will be presented at the 4th Annual State of the Arts and Culture in Wake County on January 14, 2014, at 8 a.m. at the North Carolina Art Museum. Winners include:

* Large business — Allscripts, nominated by the North Carolina Theatre Company and Marbles Kids Museum.

* Small business: –Senter, Stephenson, Johnson, nominated by Ann-Marie Amico.

* Individual — Robert C. Morrow, nominated by Margaret Partridge of the Philharmonic Association and Anthony P. Dowling of Eno River Media Productions.

* Arts education — Bill Brown, director of events and community programs at Meredith College, and Chris Droessler, education consultant with the state Department of Public Instruction, both nominated by Elizabeth Grimes Droessler.

Jewish volunteers fill in for hospital staff at Christmas

For the  36th year, Jewish volunteers staffed the information desks, gift shops and cafeterias, and delivered meals to patients, so Christian healthcare workers and volunteers at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital could spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with their families.

Goetz Foundation honors three families

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation will name three of the six grants it plans to make in 2014 for North Carolina families that have supported it over the last year, including Angela and Larry Tollen, and Melinda and Shaun Dyk, all of Durham, and Swati and David Modi of Morrisville.

Since it was formed in 2011, the Foundation has awarded seven grants to couples from throughout North Carolina to help them complete domestic adoptions.

Student government supports United Way

The Student Government Association at High Point University donated $5,000 to United Way of Greater High Point.

Jobs for Life supported by National Christian Foundation

Jobs for Life, an organization that works in 275 cities and nine countries to equip local churches and ministries to prepare individuals with job skills, has received $140,000 since 2005 from the Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation.

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