Nonprofit news roundup, 07.03.14

Leadership changes at Alamance United Way

Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall has resigned as president of United Way of Alamance County, and Heidi Norwick, vice president and director of community impact at United Way, has been named president.

The changes follow in the wake of a United Way survey this spring that found good public opinion of United Way but mixed understanding of its work, as well as the perception that the organization is political.

Wall, who became United Way president in the fall of 2011 after stepping down as assistant superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System, resigned effective June 30 to become director of admissions for The Burlington School.

He submitted a letter of resignation to the United Way board of director three weeks ago.

Norwick joined United Way two years ago after serving for 16 years as executive director of he Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County.

Duke campaign ahead of schedule

Duke University has raised roughly 66 percent of the $3.25 billion goal for its comprehensive fundraising campaign, the Duke Chronicle says.

All the schools have raised over half their goals, and a Duke official says fundraising for the campaign is ahead of schedule, the student newspaper reports.

UNC-Chapel Hill gets $180 million

Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five-year, $180 million award for its Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID

The award, the second-largest ever received by UNC-Chapel Hill, supports Phase IV of an effort begun in 1997. With possible associate awards from USAID missions and bureaus in other countries, the total award could grow to over $300 million.

MEASURE Evaluation is USAID’s flagship project for monitoring and evaluating spending on international global health.

The project is implemented by a team of organizations led by UNC-Chapel Hill, working with Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow Inc., Management Sciences for Health and Tulane University.

Developmental Disabilities Council names chief

Chris Egan, formerly a clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has joined the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities as executive director.

Egan, who also served as clinical coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Training Institute at the Jordan Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, succeeds Helen C. “Holly” Riddle, who held the position for 23 years.

She left to become a policy advisor in the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services of the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Suber joins Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem

Pamela Anglin Suber, former vice president for development at Big Brothers Big Sisters, has joined The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem as director of development and marketing.

Greensboro United Way add five staff members

United Way of Greater Greensboro has hired five new staff members.

Mike Singer, former president and CEO of Lupus Foundation of America- Mid South Chapter, has been named vice president of resource development, heading United Way’s annual campaign process.

Elizabeth Green, a former development officer at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and former executive director for the Central North Carolina Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, has been named director of major gifts, leading donor engagement and appreciation for United Way’s Tocqueville Society.

Gavin Sands, formerly with Macy’s Merchandising Group in New York City and former assistant director of admissions and assistant director of annual giving at Elon University, has been named campaign director, overseeing the annual campaign master plan and logistics for over 500 United Way corporate partners.

Tamarind Stewart, formerly with Lakeview Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs, has been named senior campaign manager, managing a portfolio of United Way corporate and individual donors, as well as grant management.

Samantha Lyons-Kittrell, formerly managing accounts receivable for Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, has been named accounts receivable specialist

Winston-Salem Foundation makes staff changes

The Winston-Salem Foundation has promoted two staff members and hired three others.

Joining the foundation are Ann Davis-Rowe, formerly of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and Twin City Hive, who has been named an administrative assistant for philanthropic services; Susan C. Elster, a community volunteer who has been named philanthropic adviser, and Layla Garms, formerly a reporter at The Chronicle in Winston-Salem, who has been named a a program officer on the grants team.

Jonathan Halsey, formerly donor services officer, at the Foundation, has been promoted to director of community engagement, and Meridith Whitaker, formerly philanthropic services associate, has been promoted to donor services officer.

Wilkins heads SAFEchild board

Pat Wilkins, executive assistant at Capitol Financial Solutions and owner of Wilkins Etcetera, has been named president of the board of directors of SAFEchild in Raleigh.

Charlotte Rail Trail gets $412,000

Charlotte Rail Trail, a project of  Charlotte City Partners, has received a $412,000 grant from ArtPlace America. Partly funded by the Knight Foundation, the grant will support the development and executive of public art along the proposed trail.

UNC School of Education gets $3 million

The School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a bequest of over $3 million — its largest gift ever – to establish the Donald G. Tarbet Endowment Fund for Faculty Support

The gift honors the late Donald G. Tarbet, who was a faculty members, and comes from the estate of his wife, Justeen Tarbet, a longtime Chapel Hill resident who died in January 2013 at the age of 94.

Corporate Volunteer Center holding open house

The Corporate Volunteer Council will hold an open house on August 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Volunteer Center at 1500 Yanceyville St. in Greensboro.

SAFE Haven for Cats to hold fundraiser

SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh will hold its “Cat”sino Royale event on July 18 in the Mill Room at the Factory in Wake Forest from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction, casino games, raffles and bingo.

Me Fine Foundation to hold gala on October 17

The Me Fine Foundation will hold its 8th annual Me Fine Gala on October 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Giving inches up overall, surges online

Overall charitable giving to nonprofits grew 0.9 percent and online giving increased 8.1 percent for the three months ended in May 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, The Blackbaud Index says.

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