Nonprofit news roundup, 03.14.14

Online platform raises over $5 million for arts, the Charlotte-based online fundraising platform for the arts in 23 communities across the U.S., has generated over $5 million in project funding since its launch in August 2011.

The site, created by the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, is designed to connect donors directly to arts and cultural projects.

Through the site, cultural organizations in participating communities can post specific projects that need funding, share their stories, and generate support from donors.

Over 2,080 projects have been funded from throughout the U.S. by individual donations and matching gifts from corporations and foundations.

Over 40 percent of donors to projects posted on are new donors to the posting organization.

Reynolds American gives $100,000 to Red Cross in Triad

Reynolds American Foundation donated $100,000 to Heart of Carolina Region of the American Red Cross.

The Heart of Carolina Region says it has been a tough year for the Red Cross in the  Triad.

In Forsyth County alone, the Red Cross has assisted 315 people affected by disaster, aiming to address immediate needs ranging from food and shelter for the night to mental health counseling after losing a home and all belongings.

The region also has seen eight fatalities this fiscal year, the Red Cross says, including four in Davidson County and two in Forsyth County.

And three children ages three, eight and 13 recently died in fires in their homes.

During unseasonably cold weather this year, the Red Cross says, it opened shelters on several occasions to take in stranded travelers and those without power.

Blust named managing director of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Emily Blust, development director of the North Carolina chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, has been named managing director.

Stubbing named executive VP at Foundation for the Carolinas

Holly Welch Stubbing, senior vice president at Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte since November 2010 and in-house counsel, has been named executive vice president.

Perry-Manning elected officer of national early-childhood group

Susan Perry-Manning, founding executive director of the new North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and former vice president and senior director for policies and programs at the North Carolina Partnership for Children, or Smart Start, has been elected secretary of the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Raleigh Kiwanis Foundation gives $57,000

The Raleigh Kiwanis Foundation, Inc., a foundation formed by the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh, made $57,000 in grants to 22 organizations, up $8,000 from the previous year. The Kiwanis Club of Raleigh is the second largest Kiwanis Club in North Carolina.

High Point Fire Department getting $18,758

The High Point Fire Department is getting a grant of $18,758 for a bike response team.

The grant, from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, was directed to the High Point Fire Department by Calsurance Associates, based on the growth of its business with Fireman’s Fund. Calsurance is a California-based independent agency.

In selecting a grantee, Calsurance turned to Smart Choice, which works to connect independent insurance agents with insurers, and markets Fireman’s Fund coverage to agencies it works with. Smart Choice recommended to Calsurance that the High Point Fire Department receive the grant.

Legal Aid chief selected for fellowship on health

George R. Hausen Jr., executive director of Legal Aid of North Carolina, is among 23 legal aid leaders from across the U.S. for the inaugural class of the Where Health Meets Justice Fellowship program, an effort to increase health care expertise in the legal aid community and promote collaboration among health and legal professionals serving low-income people.

Threshold, Ronald McDonald to get office tech makeovers

Milner, a technology company and provider of office solutions, will donate office technology makeovers to Threshold in Durham and to Ronald McDonald House of Durham.

Northwestern Mutual gives $100,000

Northwestern Mutual, with offices in Raleigh and Durham, gave grants of $50,000 each to nurse researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University who are investigating the quality of care and life for children with cancer, childhood cancer survivors, and their families.

Urban Ministries of Durham event raises $66,700

Urban Ministries of Durham’s Empty Bowls event raised $66,708, up more than 29 percent from last year.

Lincoln Financial partners with Junior Achievement

Lincoln Financial Group is partnering with Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina and Page High School in Greensboro in a Job Shadow program to introduce three students to the world of work.

The students will spend one day a week for five weeks with an individual mentor to learn about information technology, customer care, annuity actuarial, underwriting and new business, and finance, respectively.

National Christian Foundation sees surge in stock contributions

Stock contributions to the Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation totaled nearly $7.4 million in 2013, up 95 percent from 2012 and exceeding cash contributions by $1 million.

Vincent joins Camp Oak Hill board

David Vincent, a solutions architect for Global Knowledge in Cary, has joined the board of directors of Camp Oak Hill, which is located in Oxford, with offices in Raleigh.

Allegacy recognized as ‘Fit-Friendly Worksite’

Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem has been recognized as a platinum-level ‘Fit-Friendly Worksite’ by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

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