Nonprofit news roundup, 01.31.14

Beam leaving Capstone for Wake Forest Charlotte

Joanne O’Brien Beam is stepping down as managing partner at Charlotte fundraising firm Capstone Advancement Partners for a job at Wake Forest Charlotte working with donors and developing and managing non-degree programs.

Brigitte Peck, a founder at Capstone, will lead the firm’s team, effective April 1.

Beam, a graduate of Wake Forest University, will continue with Capstone through March 31, and then for a transitional period work both with the firm and the University’s Charlotte campus.

She will begin working full-time for Wake Forest on July 1.

Non-degree programs she will be focusing on include a nonprofit certificate program, a “love of learning” program, and a leadership program for minority high school students.

Beam, a former consultant at First Counsel and O’Brien Consulting Group, also worked as a vice president at North Carolina Trust/U.S. Trust, and as assistant vice president for university advancement at Wake Forest.

Heyd recognized for American Heart Association fundraising

Ruth Heyd, senior director of development for the American Heart Association in Guilford County, has been awarded the Rome Betts Award of Excellence from the American Heart Association.

Heyd, one of only 24 people to receive this award each year, was recognized for securing NewBridge Bank and Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center year-round sponsors for Go Red For Women, an effort to fight heart disease in women, and for raising over $244,000 through year-round Go Red initiatives in Guilford County.

Bank of America giving $5 million

Bank of America is donating $5 million to Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte to support an initiative to restore the Carolina Theatre.

The Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $25 million to renovate the 36,000-square-foot historic theater to serve as a civic gathering space for lectures, symposia, town hall meetings and other forms of community engagement.

Located adjacent to the Foundation’s headquarters, the long-vacant theatre was sold to the Foundation by the city of Charlotte in 2013.

Schwab Charitable receives $1.64 billion, gives $742 million

Schwab Charitable, a national donor-advised fund, received $1.64 billion in donations in 2013, up 35 percent from the previous year, and made $742 million in donations to over 41,000 charities.

Donations to charities grew 36 percent, the biggest percentage increase in over five years.

The increase in grants to charity peaked during the fourth-quarter giving season, with the value of grants growing 53 percent, and the number of grants growing 37 percent, over the same period last year.

Schwab Charitable has received over $9.3 billion in contributions and facilitated over $4 billion in grants to charities on behalf of its donors since it was formed in 1999.

Handy Capable gets gift to distribute 100 computers

The Lincoln Financial Foundation and Mary Lynn Richardson Foundation have provided funds that will allow HandyCapable Network in Greensboro to distribute 100 refurbished computers to students and their families at GCS Newcomers School.

Direct-marketing firm to donate services

Excalibur, a direct-marketing firm, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering grants totaling $40,000 worth of direct marketing services to nonprofits in North Carolina or having an impact on the state. Grant requests must be submitted by June 30.

Junior Achievement gets $5,000

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $5,000 grant from the P & G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to support the Full STEM Ahead! From Grade School to Graduation program, which focuses on teaching skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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