Nonprofit news roundup, 05.09.14

Kennedy named executive director at Interactive Resource Center

Michelle Kennedy, interim executive director at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy in Los Angeles, has been named executive director of the Interactive Resource Center, a Greensboro nonprofit that serves as a partnership hub to people who are homeless or facing homelessness.

Kennedy succeeds Liz Seymour, the founding executive director, who retires at the end of June.

Kennedy formerly served as grants manager for the Greensboro Housing Coalition, and program analyst for the North Carolina State Energy Office.

Womble joins Central Children’s Home

John Paul Womble, former executive director of the Alliance of AIDS Services — Carolina, has been named director of development and public affairs for Central Children’s Home of North Carolina in Oxford.

Leadership North Carolina honors Jim and Ann Goodnight

Jim Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of SAS Institute in Cary, and Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute, have received the LNC Governor’s Award from Leadership North Carolina.

The award, which recognizes business, civic and cultural leadership, is the Leadership North Carolina’s top honor.

Pat’s Place executive director honored

Anne Pfeiffer, executive director of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Charlotte, has received the 2014 Liberty Bell Award from the Mecklenburg County Bar.

The annual award recognizes a citizen who has fostered public understanding of law and performed community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under law.

Pat’s Place this year will serve over 600 child victims of sexual abuse.

Stiefel Freethought Foundation donates $50,000

The Stiefel Freethought Foundation, founded in 2009 by Todd Stiefel of Raleigh, has pledged $50,000 to a collaboration that includes the American Humanist Association, Institute for Humanist Studies and The Humanist Institute.

Stiefel has given over $3.5 million to nonprofits in the freethought and humanist movements, including $2.5 million to create the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.

He worked for 12 years for Stiefel Laboratories, holding positions in marketing, sales operations and strategy, and co-led a project that resulted in a $500 million equity sale to The Blackstone Group, and ultimately led to the sale of the entire company to GlaxoSmithKline for $3 billion.

Benefit concert raises $40,000

The Fourth Annual Rock Your World free benefit concert on May 2 in Cary raised over $40,000 for Hope for Haiti  Foundation and Dew4HimMinistries.

Our Children’s Place distributing toolkits to public libraries

Our Children’s Place, a private nonprofit in Chapel Hill that focuses on children of incarcerated parents, has teamed up with the State Library of North Carolina to distribute Sesame Workshop’s “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” toolkits to public library branches across the state.

Volleyball event to benefit Pat’s Place

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, a Charlotte nonprofit that provides services to sexually abused children in Mecklenburg County, will receive all proceeds from the Six on Six Volleyball Classic on May 8 at  Renaissance Parks.

Hosted by Beacon Partners and Childress Klein, the event pits teams from the Charlotte commercial real estate industry against one another and is expected to raise over $100,000.

Since 2008, the Charlotte commercial real estate community has raised $350,000 for local nonprofits.

Hospitality House in Charlotte to host event

Hospitality House of Charlotte will host its Third Annual Joe Mann Memorial Classic Golf Tournament on May 12 at Carolina’s Golf Club to raise funds to provide affordable lodging for families of patients of all ages undergoing medical treatment in the Charlotte area.

Title sponsors include Morehead Properties and the Charlotte Checkers, and corporate partners include Katten Muchin Rosenman, American Airlines/US Airways, Novant Health, Messer Construction and LabCorp.

Concert to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital

The Joedance Film Festival will host its second annual “Joedance Jam” on June 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Prohibition Bar in Charlotte to raise funds for Levine Children’s Hospital.

Junior Achievement gets $25,000 from Walmart Foundation

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for its K-12 “Filling the Gap=Skills for Success” initiative that aims to bridge the gap between what students are learning in school and how it can be applied in the world of work.

Triangle nonprofits invited to apply for $40,000 awards

GSK and Triangle Community Foundation are seeking applications for the GSK IMPACT Awards, an annual program that awards $40,000 each to up to 10 local nonprofits in recognition of exceptional achievements in contributing to a healthier Triangle region.

The deadline for submitting applications is June 6.

Statewide foundation reactivates disaster relief fund

The North Carolina Community Foundation has reactivated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to the April 25 tornadoes in eastern North Carolina. The fund will support nonprofit programs established to help tornado victims in Beaufort, Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

Charitable giving slips

Overall charitable giving to nonprofits fell 0.7 percent and online giving grew 12.8 percent for the three months ending March 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, according to The  Blackbaud Index.

In Canada, overall charitable giving fell 5.5 percent and online giving grew 12 percent for the same period, compared to last year, according to The Blackbaud Index Canada.

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