Nonprofit news roundup, 04.25.14

Greensboro Salvation Army launches $7.64 million campaign

The Salvation Army of Greensboro kicked off a campaign to raise $7.64 million to build a new community center and Boys & Girls Club that will serve families in Warnersville and nearby communities in Greensboro.

The multi-purpose facility, to be built at the site of the former J.C. Price School property, off Freeman Mill Road, will double the capacity for the Boys & Girls Club, include a child care center to serve infants and children through age six, and offer activities for adults and seniors.

Co-chaired by Reggie and Hope Chapman, the campaign is expected to be completed this fall, with construction to begin in 2015 on the new facility, which will be named for Royce and Jane Reynolds, long-time Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club supporters who are serving as honorary chairs of the campaign.

The campaign includes leadership gifts from Royce and Jane Reynolds, Phillips Foundation, Bryan Foundation, Cemala Foundation, Armfield Foundation and VF Corporation.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has served youth from the Warnersville and nearby communities since 1957. The Salvation Army’s current Corps Community Center and Boys & Girls Club are located in facilities that were sold to last year to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Public School Forum names policy and programs chief

Joe Ableidinger, a senior consultant Public Impact, has joined the Public School Forum of North Carolina as senior director of policy and programs.

Ableidinger, a graduate of Duke University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Harvard Law School, spent nearly five years at Public Impact, a Chapel Hill-based national education policy and management organization.

He previously taught high school English with the Fulbright Program in Korea and started a family resource center at an underperforming elementary school as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Communities In Schools of Durham.

At the Public School Forum, where he will lead all policy, research and program activities, Ableidinger now is leading the planning phase of an effort to launch new breakthrough school models in North Carolina focused on innovative teaching roles and strategic uses of time and technology.

The effort is supported by a planning grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges.

The Public School Forum works to shape world-class public schools that inspire and support all children and drive the state’s economy through research, policy work, advocacy and continuing education for educators and policymakers.

StepUp career-transitions program moves

The regular weekly meetings of Career Transitions – StepUp, a program of StepUp Ministry in Raleigh formerly known as WMPC Career Transitions Support Group, will move to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church starting May 8.

Marking a new partnership among StepUp Ministry, White Memorial Presbyterian Church and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the location for the weekly meetings will complement ongoing workshops and personal counseling sessions, which will remain at White Memorial.

Program pairing undergrads with rural clinics wins award

A partnership that pairs undergraduate students at Appalachian State University with Access Care of the Blue Ridge to help rural clinics improve primary care services has won the national Innovations in Rural Health Award from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Launched in 2013, the award recognizes innovative rural health work from throughout the U.S.

The Trust plans to explore possibilities to put the winning project into effect in the state in the coming year.

Greensboro Hospice raises $2.18 million

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has generated cash and pledges totaling $2.18 million from 35 individuals, families, foundations and businesses for its new caregiving education and administrative center that will be named after hospice pioneer John Alexander Lusk III.

Quintiles aims to raise 1 million airline miles for Make-A-Wish

Quintiles, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services, has partnered with Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina to raise 1 million airline miles for the nonprofit.

Lawyers donate food

The Winston-Salem office of Spilman Thomas & Battle donated over 5,500 pounds of food, or the equivalent of roughly 4,624 meals, to the 2014 North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy food drive that collected over 347,000 pounds of food, nearly double the amount of last year’s collection, for food-insecure residents in the state.

Organized and led by the Young Lawyer’s Division of North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Food Banks and Attorney General Roy Cooper, the effort included lawyers, law departments, judges and law schools across the state.

Fresh Market event to benefit JDRF

The Fresh Market in Greensboro will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its annual “Hope Floats” Sidewalk Sale on May 16 to 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to benefit JDRF, a global nonprofit that funds type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

Fresh Market has raised nearly $4 million for JDRF through its annual Paper Sneaker and Sidewalk Sale, Wine Gala program, corporate donations, and other fundraising events.

Arts Council names VP of facilities and operations

Christine Jones, director of operations and finance at Arts United in Fort Wayne, Ind., since 1992, has been named vice president of facilities and operations at the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Jones  will oversee the operations of The Arts Council Theater, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, and Hanesbrands Theater.

Youth Grantmakers in Action give $2,010

Youth Grantmakers in Action, a program of The Winston-Salem Foundation that includes youth ages 15 to 18, awarded five grants totaling $2,010 to projects to help the youth of Forsyth County come together to make a difference in our community.

Since it was formed in 2005 with financial support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the group has granted over $16,000 to youth-led community projects.

Wake Forest, Arts Council launch lifelong learning program

Wake Forest University and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County are launching a new Lifelong Learning program that offers an opportunity for adults to return to the classroom and explore topics of personal and global relevance.

The effort is modeled on programs at school such as Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and UNC-Asheville.

Benefit concert May 2

On May 2, RallyPoint Sport Grill at 837 Bass Pro Lane in Cary will host a free benefit concert to benefit Hope for Haiti Foundation and Dew4Him Ministries.

Band Together NC names 4 to advisory board

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, added four advisory board members, including John Addeo, vice president of global business development at Dimension Data; Gregg Davis, chief operating officer at FLAG Therapeutics; Tracy Davis, community development for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; and Peter Schmitt, vice president of finance at Nomacorc.

Event to benefit group fighting homelessness

Partners Ending Homelessness will host the 6th annual Home Run for Homelessness on May 2 at NewBridge Bank Park, with a share of group ticket orders benefiting the group.

The event will include a community resource fair featuring local homeless-service agencies, including Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Greensboro Housing Coalition.

Sponsors of the event are Lorillard Tobacco Company, Lincoln Financial Group, Westover Church, Certus Partners, Blue Ridge Companies, and Senn Dunn Insurance.

Eckerd to honor people who help kids in need

Eckerd, a national nonprofit based in Clearwater, Fla., will  host its “Unmasking Second Chances Ball 2014” on May 16 to honor individuals who have contributed to helping children in need. The black-tie event will be held at George K’s in Greensboro.

All proceeds will benefit at-risk youth that Eckerd serves in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, and Rockingham counties.

Guilford teachers honored

Setoria Moore at Wiley Elementary School was named Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Guilford Education Association, with the award sponsored by High Point Bank, the Weaver Foundation and Lenovo, while Paula Williams at Pilot Elementary School was recognized as a mentor, with the award sponsored by The Rosalyn Tanner Orr Endowment for Excellence in Public Education Fund at the Greensboro Community Foundation, and by Lenovo.

National Christian Foundation affiliate gives $3.75 million

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation awarded $3.75 million in grants to local, national and international charities during the first quarter of 2014, up 20 percent from the first quarter of 2013. Grants given to charities in North Carolina grew by $770,000.

Eastern Music Festival to hold fundraising event

The Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro will host its inaugural 1 mile Fun Run and 5K on July 13 on the campus of Guilford College.

Lutz joins Triangle United Way board

Alice Lutz, CEO of Triangle Family Services in Raleigh, has been named to the board of directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle in Morrisville.

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