Nonprofit news roundup, 06.13.14

High Point United Way giving $4.1 million

United Way of Greater High Point is giving over $4.1 million to nonprofits in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Proceeds from United Way’s 2013 fundraising campaign, which raised $4.86 million, a record-high that exceeded its $4.75 goal, will fund 73 health and human service programs at 28 local partner agencies during the fiscal year.

United Way also will award eight venture grants totaling over $43,000 for innovative programs to six agencies not traditionally funded through United Way, and two partner agencies will receive grants for computer upgrades to better serve clients.

Of the total awarded:

* Just over $3 million will go to United Way’s 28 partner agencies.

* $221,892 raised in the campaign from local companies that run national campaigns was pledged and will be paid directly to charities through a private third-party vendor hired by these companies to handle payments for their United Way campaigns.

* $551,776 was designated by United Way donors for organizations outside High Point, mainly to other United Ways in Greensboro and in Davidson, Randolph, and Forsyth counties.

* $15,450 will be allocated to continue to provide 2-1-1 information and referral service in the greater High Point region.

* $247,715 was set aside to cover “uncollectible” pledges due to job loss or change, a standard practice among United Ways.

* Roughly $47,000 will be spent on United Way’s BackPack Feeding Program, which provides nutritious foods to over 350 kids at risk of hunger over the weekends during the school year. Donors designated those dollars for the program, which in 2013 distributed food through partnerships with Carl Chavis YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Kirkman Park Elementary School, Oakview Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School, Westend Ministry and Community Outreach of Archdale/Trinity, or COAT.

United Way of Greater High Point says it is the only major United Way in North Carolina, and one of only a few United Ways in the U.S., with a campaign that is raising record-high amounts.

Apparo raises $800,000 at Digital Ball

Apparo raised $800,000 at its 8th annual Digital Ball for its work in supporting nonprofits through business and technology solutions. The event, held on April 26 and sponsored by Microsoft, attracted nearly 600 guests, including 30 chief information officers from Charlotte’s corporate information-technology community.

Hospitality House of Charlotte serves 50,000th guest

After nearly 30 years, Hospitality House of Charlotte has served its 50,000th guest. Hospital House works to provide affordable lodging for families and patients who are in medical crisis, including families with a loved one being treated for cancer, waiting for an organ transplant, or facing other serious illnesses.

WakeMed Cary Hospital gets $276,000 grant

WakeMed Cary Hospital has been awarded a $275,819 grant from The Duke Endowment to launch a hospital elder care program, an evidence-based program to provide specialized geriatric care to elderly patients.

The program goals are to ensure that older patients remain as independent as possible during their hospitalization and after their discharge from the hospital.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards $628,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 19 community grants totaling $628,070 to organizations serving Forsyth County residents in the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, and public interest.

Community School of the Arts gets $50,000

Community School of the Arts in Charlotte has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Reemprise Fund at Foundation for the Carolinas to support a large-scale project to identify its alumni.

Founded in 1969, the School has tens of thousands of alumni but lost its alumni records over the years.

Habitat Durham holds blitz; to benefit from speaker series

Habitat for Humanity of Durham kicked of its Home Builders Blitz on June 7 to build three homes in a week.

Habitat also will receive all proceeds from the Summer Symposia at Croasdale Village hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University.

The Habitat Home Builders Blitz 2014 is a national partnership in which professional builders build, renovate and repair over 250 homes across the U.S.
Supporting the Durham blitz are the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, along with sponsors donating their time and know-how.

Methodist Home for Children raised $20,000 in Greenville

Methodist Home for Children raised over $20,000 on May 29 — or enough to complete care for 20 children a year — at its first fundraiser in Greenville to support the agency’s work with vulnerable children and families.

The Methodist Home has served Pitt and surrounding counties for over 100 years, and last year served over 100 children and families in Pitt County.

Teach for America gets $50,000 from Duke Energy Foundation

Teach For America has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to help support science, technology, engineering and math education, or STEM, in local schools.

Bauer promoted at Easter Seals UCP

Nicole Bauer, a mental health program manager for Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia, has been promoted to community director  for the North Carolina coastal plain area.

She will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s programs and services that support individuals and families managing disabilities and mental health challenges in a 17-county region, including Goldsboro, Clinton, Wilson and Rocky Mount.

Lowder named apartment association executive of year

Jon Lowder, executive director of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association in Greensboro, was named the 2014 Association Executive of the Year by the National Apartment Association.

Members of the Piedmont Triad group own and manage over 320 apartment communities with over 52,000 housing units throughout the region, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point.

National Christian Foundation chapter gives $1.1 million

The Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation  disbursed nearly $1.1 million in grants to local and national charities in May 2014.

College students to build barn for Benevolence Farm

Benevolence Farm, which is preparing to offer services through a farm-based residential program in southern Graham to women getting out of prison, has been selected as the beneficiary of a pole barn designed and built to its needs by a group of 18 undergraduate and graduate students participating in a summer design/build studio with the Department of Architecture at college of Design at North Carolina State University.

The completed project is estimated to cost $85,000 to $100,000.  Benevolence Cost is working to raise funds and in-kind support for the building materials.

Junior Achievement gets $20,000

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $20,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation to support financial literacy and programs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, in Guilford County for the 2014-15 academic year.

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