Nonprofit news roundup, 04.11.14

Greensboro United Way raises $11 million

United Way of Greater Greensboro raised $11 million in its 2013-14 fundraising campaign that ended March 31, up $800,000 from the previous year and marking the first increase in five years.

For each of the past four years, United Way fell short of its goal. It raised $10.2 million last year, below its $11 million goal and down from the $10.7 million it had raised a year earlier.

Chaired by Pete Callahan, regional vice president of commercial banking at Wells Fargo, the 2013-14 campaign generated participation by 500 organizations, donations from over 15,000 individuals, and gifts of $1,000 or more from over 1,400 donors.

The City of Greensboro, Guilford County, E.P. Pearce Elementary School, Guilford County Schools and Lorillard received Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence sponsored by United Way of North Carolina.

Winston-Salem Arts Council gets challenge grants

The 2014 annual fundraising campaign by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has received challenge grants from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and from the Reynolds American Foundation.

Novant has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 in contributions raised by any new workplace campaign or an increase in total giving by employees in an established workplace campaign.

Reynolds American Foundation has issued its challenge to encourage new corporate giving and will match new corporate gifts dollar for dollar up to a total of $50,000 for all gifts.
Chaired by Jeff Lindsay, Novant’s president and CEO, the campaign has raised roughly $1 million of its $2.65 million goal announced in January. Last year’s campaign raised $2.51 million.

In 2013, the Arts Council made grants totaling $1.9 million, including $1.68 in organizational support grants to 19 partner agencies, with the remainder supporting  innovative projects; arts in education; regional artist projects; and assistance to help arts groups buy advertising.

MusicianCorps expands into North Carolina

MusicianCorps, a program of the San Francisco-based Center for Music National Service, has expanded into North Carolina.

Funded through an AmeriCorps grant from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, nine full-time MusicianCorps artists based in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem have been deployed at over 15 sites across the state, including public elementary and middle schools, nonprofits and the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

MusicianCorps works to support trained musicians and artists as teachers, mentors and community care workers in public schools, hospitals and other settings of high need, providing learning opportunities through music to low-income children and youth, people with disabilities, and others.

The Kenan Institute for the Arts at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem is a lead program collaborator in western North Carolina.

Girl Scouts selling Camp Douglas Long

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont will auction Camp Douglas Long, a 112-acre former Boy Scout camp 10 minutes south of Greensboro the Girl Scouts acquired in 1949 and used as a troop camp and day camp for many years.

Smitherman Realty will conduct the auction May 31 at noon.

Hood moves to Read and Feed from Miracle League

Traci Hood, executive director of The Miracle League of the Triangle, has been named executive director at Read and Feed, both in Cary.

Read and Feed promotes literacy for at-risk elementary students in Wake County Public Schools through a mobile classroom that provides books, food and tutors.

Triangle Community Foundation selects summer-camp partners

Triangle Community Foundation has selected 17 partners for its Send A Kid To Camp program this summer. Partner agencies will receive funding to provide camp tuition assistance to children ages 5 to 17 who otherwise could not attend camp.

Since the program’s inception in 1984, over $3 million has been donated and more than 8,000 children in Orange, Durham, Wake and Chatham counties have benefited from Send A Kid To Camp.

As a part of its new Support for People initiatives, Triangle Community Foundation is partnering with camp organizations that reduce summer learning loss, target vulnerable populations, and provide opportunities for parent/guardian and family involvement. 

Durham Nativity School to honor founding trustee

Dan Hill, founder of Durham insurance firm Hill Chesson Woody and a founding trustee of Durham Nativity School, will receive the school’s inaugural Founder’s Award at its inaugural spring benefit April 25 at Hope Valley Country Club.

SAFEchild to hold 20th anniversary gala

SAFEchild, a Raleigh nonprofit that works with families to prevent child abuse and neglect, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a benefit gala April 25 at Raleigh Country Club.

Each year, SAFEchild serves about 900 families and 6,800 children.

Volvo Trucks donates clothing, hats

Volvo Trucks brand merchandise shop donated over $44,500 in new clothing and hats on April 3 to Partners Ending Homelessness, a network of roughly 80 community partners working to end homelessness in Guilford County.

The Volvo merchandise will be distributed to hundreds of individuals in need.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $274,500

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded nine community grants totaling $274,500 to organizations that serve Forsyth County and focus on animal welfare, arts and culture, education, human services, and public interest.

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry donates $2,500

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry recently donated over $2,500 to Special Education Services at Wake County Public Schools to support local students competing in Special Olympics.

Bailey’s raised the funds as part of its sponsorship with North Carolina State University Athletics. Part of the proceeds from the N.C. State private shopping event held at Bailey’s Cameron Village location is designated to a nonprofit each year.

Habitat ReStore in Lincoln County boosts revenue

Revenue from the ReStore for Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County grew 27 percent in fiscal 2012-13.

Habitat will hold an open house on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the remodeled store at 809 E. Sycamore St. in Lincolnton.

Junior Achievement gets volunteers, grant

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $1,000 grant from Gannett Foundation/WFMY News 2 for programming to help Triad-area students relate their classroom learning to real career and life situations through hands-on, experiential-learning activities delivered by community volunteers.

Junior Achievement also teamed with 40 volunteers from Lincoln Financial Group’s Greensboro office, who delivered the nonprofit’s program to roughly 400 seventh-graders at Jamestown Middle School.

Saf-Gard teams with Sanctuary House

In a two-and-a-half-year partnership, Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Company in Greensboro has employed five participants in the job-training program at Sanctuary House, a nonprofit that provides mental health rehabilitation and recovery services.

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