Nonprofit news roundup, 03.28.14

Maness named CEO at Children’s Home Society

Brian Maness, vice president of strategy and development at Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, has been named president and CEO.

A 12-year veteran of the agency, he succeeds Ken Tutterow, who died in January.

At Children’s Home Society, Maness has worked in the areas of new program development, marketing, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic advancement.

Before joining the agency, he held positions in advertising, marketing, communications, and project management.

Maness will be based in the Greensboro headquarters of Children’s Home Society, which supports over 17,000 children and families a year with staff in offices in 10 North Carolina cities.

Nonprofit leaders win sabbaticals

Five nonprofit leaders have received sabbatical awards from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem.

The awards provide each recipient with $25,000 to take an extended break from work to focus on personal needs, growth and self-revitalization.

Winners this year are:

* Ann Gerhardt, executive director, Compass Center for Women and Families, Chapel Hill.

* Leo Carol Giduz, executive director, Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir.

* Joyce Johnson, director, Jubilee Institute at Beloved Community Center, Greensboro.

* Judith Long, executive director, The Free Clinics, Hendersonville.

* Joseph Martinez, executive director, FIRST at Blue Ridge, Ridgecrest.

Duke getting $10 million

Members of the Crown family have committed $10 million to create opportunities for social and intellectual interaction in the newly renovated student union on the West Campus at Duke University in Durham.

Crown Family Philanthropies, based in Chicago, has supported initiatives that support education, the arts and medicine, and that work to address poverty.

Duke has now raised $2 billion of its $3.25 billion goal in its seven-year comprehensive campaign, including $787 million raised for Duke Medicine.

Charlotte group offers space for nonprofits

The board of directors of the Children & Family Services Center in Charlotte has launched HopeWorks, an effort to help new and small nonprofits meet emerging community needs.

Renaissance West Community Initiative is the first tenant of HopeWorks, which is located in the Center on East 5th Street in Uptown, and offers office space and shared services for small and new nonprofits that share a similar mission.

The Children & Family Services Center, a five-story office building, provides shared space, plus technology, finance, and human-resources services to nonprofit tenant agencies that  serve more than 198,600 children and families a year in Mecklenburg County and across the state.

John Rex Endowment gives $675,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh has made seven grants totaling $675,000 to support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children in greater Wake County.

Grant recipients include InterAct, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Haven House Services, Lucy Daniels Center, Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, and Triangle Family Services. 

Charlotte brain tumor event raises $170,000

National Brain Tumor Society, raised nearly $170,000 at its inaugural Charlotte Brain Tumor Race on March 22 at Freedom Park in Charlotte.

Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Piedmont Natural Gas, the event hosted 1,200 brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends.

Funds will be used for brain tumor research and public policy initiatives, and to raise awareness of the disease.

Make-A-Wish honors Zaxby’s

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has named Zaxby’s “Philanthropic Partner of the Year” for its support of the local wish-granting organization during the past year.

Zaxby’s licencees that raised a total of $103,978 during its fall Cause Card Campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, will be honored at the organization’s 2014 Wish Ball on May 17.

SAVE launches $25,000 campaign

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, a nationwide nonprofit that works to reduce the potential for violence in schools and communities, has kicked off a campaign to raise $25,000.

Founded in Charlotte April 1989, SAVE now has chapters in over 125 schools across the U.S.

ArtsGreensboro Wine Gala set for April 3

ArtsGreensboro will hold its Wine Gala on April 3 to raise funds to support arts programming in the schools.

The wine & culinary benefit will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fresh Market store at 1560 Highwoods Boulevard just off New Garden Road.

The event also will celebrate the work and contributions of Guilford County’s arts teachers and include presentation of  the 2014 Arts Teacher of the Year award.

Horse and Buddy to hold gala May 2

Horse and Buddy, a nonprofit in New Hill that provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs, will hold its 9th annual Sequins and Spurs Gala on May 2 at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

Raleigh Little Theatre names artistic director

Patrick Torres, program director at Creative Action in Austin, Tex., has been named artistic director at Raleigh Little Theatre.

Torres, who will be the 14th artistic director in the theatre’s nearly 80-year history, and the first person of color in the role, succeeds Haskell Fitz-Simons, who died in May 2013 after 30 years of service.

McMerty joins Band Together NC board

Brian McMerty, managing partner of Carlyle Conlan, an executive and professional search and recruitment firm in Research Triangle Park, has joined the board of directors of Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change.

New Hanover funders accepting grant applications

The Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, and the New Hanover County Community Foundation, are accepting grant applications.

The Women’s Impact Network, a women’s giving circle formed in partnership with the North Carolina Community Foundation, is accepting applications for grants with a focus on health and wellness needs of New Hanover County residents.

Nonprofits may submit a letter of inquiry explaining what a program might be able to do with a one-time grant of up to $32,000. Proposals must be submitted electronically by April 4.

The New Hanover County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, is accepting applications from New Hanover County nonprofits, particularly to build their capacity and support collaboration.

Applications are due April 29.

Triad golf event to benefit two charities

Guilford Dental Partners Clinic and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Triad will benefit from the annual GMDM Charity Classic golf tournament, to be held June 5 at the Greensboro Country Club, Carlson Farm Course, and hosted by the Guilford Medical and Dental Managers organization.

With proceeds from the past two tournaments, GMDM contributed a total of $14,000 to local charities.

Groups sponsor Cat Ball

Myriad Media has been named presenting sponsor for the 10th Annual Tuxedo Cat Ball benefiting SAFE Haven for Cats, a cat shelter in Raleigh.

Other sponsors for the event, to be held April 25 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at North Ridge County Club, include Dixie Gun & Knife Show, and Nell Coletta, silver sponsors; and McDuffie Design, benefactor sponsor.

Komen for the Cure moves to new office

Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast has moved its offices to 600 Airport Blvd., Suite 100, at Airport Business Center in Morrisville from downtown Raleigh.

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