Nonprofit news roundup, 03.21.14

Welch rejoining Easter Seals UCP as CEO

Luanne K. Welch, president and CEO of Easter Seals South Florida, has been named president and CEO of Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, starting in mid-June.

Welch succeeds long-time CEO Connie Cochran, who stepped down to become assistant commissioner for developmental disability services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Before joining Easter Seals South Florida seven years ago, Welch was chief operating officer and senior vice president of programs at Raleigh-based Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia.

During her tenure at Easter Seals South Florida, that organization increased revenue; opened Easter Seals Academy: Autism School, an educational program serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade; created six Head Start and Early Head Start centers and formed teams to improve outcomes for individuals and families living with disabilities.

Welch also has worked as a regional manager for the Chicago-based national Easter Seals organization.

Formed in 1945, 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.

Bush new CEO of Arts & Science Council

Robert E. Bush Jr., interim president of The Arts & Science Council in Charlotte since July 2013, has been named president.

Bush joined the Arts & Science Council in 2000 and previously served as senior vice president and chief innovation officer.

Before that, he was president and CEO of United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and at Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne in Indiana.

He also was director of development with the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, and executive director of Catawba County Council for the Arts, now United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Founded in 1958, the Arts & Science Council works as an advocate, grantmaker, fundraiser and planner for the cultural sector in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

12-year-old raises over $30,000 for camp for sick kids

Sydney White, a 12-year-old from Julian who has raised over $30,000 since 2008 for Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman for children with serious illnesses, is the recipient of the 2013 Kimberly S. Roberts Servant’s Heart Award from law firm Crumley Roberts.

The firm will make a $5,000 donation to Victory Junction in honor of her work.

To raise money for the camp, Sydney has organized a broad range of events, including softball and golf tournaments, bake sales, special parties and a walk-a-thon at her school.

Arts Council plays matchmaker for kids’ agencies, arts groups

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County held a “speed dating” event to provide an art connection for nearly a dozen social-service organizations serving youth in Wake County.

At the session, held March 20, each arts group attending United Arts Council’s monthly lunch ‘n’ learn gathering were introduced to each social-service group.

During brief exchanges before moving onto the next pairing, each social-service group talked about its work with youth, and each arts group could ask questions or talk about possible partnerships.

Cone Health, employees give $261 million

Cone Health in Greensboro and its employees gave over $261 million in fiscal 2013 to the communities it serves.

Of that total, $245 million was uncompensated care, which grew by nearly $60 million and includes charity care, bad debt and the shortfall between what governments pay for health care through Medicare and Medicaid, and what it actually costs Cone Health to deliver that care.

Cone Health has provided roughly $1.3 billion in uncompensated care in the last 10 years.

Cone Health also provided nearly $9.5 million in medical education. That includes training 47 medical residents and 1,800 graduate students.

Cone Health’s other contributions include the cost of community health fairs, screenings, donated equipment and volunteer hours of Cone Health employees.

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation gives $1.84 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1.84 million to 40 nonprofits.

Of the 40 grants, 18 totaling $813,000 were in the area of social services, 12 totaling $582,795 went to education, and 10 totaling $444,780 were health-care related.

Since 1996, the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded 1,494 grants on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community. Those grants have totaled over $67 million and supported organizations serving unserved or underserved populations.

Harris Teeter card program yields $460,000 for schools

Harris Teeter in Matthews is donating $460,438 to schools in March through its fundraising program for schools in its communities.

The donations bring to $720,000 the total Harris Teeter has given schools this school year, with a third payout to be made in June.

When customers buy Harris Teeter brand products using their VIC card, Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of the dollars from those purchase to schools to which customers have linked their cards.

Since 1998, Harris Teeter’s education program has donated over $20 million to area schools.

North Carolina schools getting the biggest donations in March, and the totals they received, are:

* Grimsley Senior High, choral program, Greensboro — $5,326.
* Page High School, Greensboro —  $4,088.
* Providence High School, Rugby Club, Charlotte — $3,368.
* Providence High School, PTSO, Charlotte — $3,028.
* Lynn Road Elementary School, Raleigh — $2,913.
* Sgt. Eugene Ashley High, NJROTC ,Wilmington — $2,169.
* Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte — $2,058.

Bromhal leaves SAFEchild for Wake Habitat

Nancy Bromhal, director of development at SAFEchild in Raleigh, has been named director of the annual fund and communications at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

SAFEchild, a child abuse prevention agency, is looking for a new director of development.

Tompkins joins Center for Nonprofits

Tim Tompkins, director of business development at Hughes, Pittman & Gupton, has joined the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits as chief sustainability officer.

Jamis buys M Creative from Mikush

Mary Jamis, an eleven-year veteran of M Creative, a communications firm in Winston-Salem serving mainly nonprofits, has purchased the firm from Don Mikush, its founder and principal.

Jamis became president and owner in January.

Charlotte United Way expands ‘collective impact’ work

United Way of Central Carolinas in Charlotte is getting a $150,000 grant over two years from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation.

The funds will be used to continue United Way’s “Collective Impact” work involving children and youth in Mecklenburg County, and to expand that work to Union County.

The effort will focus on collecting and analyzing data for funded agencies serving children and youth in the two counties.

Brain Tumor Society race Saturday in Charlotte

National Brain Tumor Society will hold its inaugural Charlotte Brain Tumor Race on March 22 at Freedom Park.

Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Piedmont Natural Gas, the National Brain Tumor Society hopes to raise $225,000 during the Charlotte event.

New Hanover County scholarships created

Two new scholarships that will support students studying education and nursing at an institution of higher learning in New Hanover County have been created at the New Hanover County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Trustees for the estate of Joseph Bergin and Elsa Flower Davies, who retired to Wilmington in 1980, established the two scholarship endowments with the North Carolina Community Foundation late last year.

Cone Health president speaking to Triad health underwriters

Terry Akin, president and chief operating officer at Cone Health in Greensboro will be the presenter at the April 1 meeting of the Triad Association of Health Underwriters. The meeting, which begins at 11:45 a.m., will be held at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro.

Onslow funder accepting grant requests

The Onslow Caring Communities Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, is accepting online grant applications until April 29 from nonprofits that benefit the people of Onslow County.

Since 2001, the Foundation has made over $172,000 in grants to local nonprofits.

Reading Connections to train volunteers

Reading Connections, an adult literacy agency in Greensboro, has scheduled free training for volunteers to work as one-to-one tutors and small group instructors. Sessions will be offered in the second-floor board room of the Wells Fargo Building, including an orientation session April 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and training sessions April 7 and 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Greensboro College event to benefit cancer research

Greensboro College will hold its third annual Relay for Life event to raise money for the American Cancer Society for cancer research from 6 p.m. to midnight on April 11, on Front Campus, or at the Odell Building in case of rain.

Winkler joins Triangle United Way board

Gregory Winkler Raleigh, market president and regional manager at Wells Fargo Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle.

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