Nonprofit news roundup, 08.15.14

Aylor gets new role at Triangle Community Foundation

Jessica Aylor, director of development and community partnerships at Triangle Community Foundation in Durham, has been named director of community investment, a new position.

Heading the Foundation’s new community engagement department that includes community programs, and marketing and communication, she now oversees programs, research and partnerships that address immediate needs and complex issues facing the region.

She also is responsible for strategy, evaluation and communications for the Foundation.

Rachel Aiken, former communications assistant at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, has joined the foundation as nonprofit services associate, a new position in the new community engagement department.

She will serve as the initial contact for nonprofits seeking information and services from the Foundation, and as staff liaison for agency and designated funds, and will provide support for the Foundation’s community programs.

The Foundation has hired Raleigh consulting firm Armstrong McGuire to assist in the search for a new director of fund development.

Bartley, Heyd promoted at American Heart Association

Abby Bartley, vice president of development for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association, serving Western Virginia, the Triad and Eastern North Carolina, has been promoted to senior vice president of development for the Triad, Eastern North Carolina, Richmond, Hampton Roads and Western Virginia.

She also will be responsible for national corporate relations and workplace giving strategies for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, which serves the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Ruth Heyd, senior director of development for the Triad, has been promoted to the new position of executive director for the Triad, expanding her role to a full-time management position working with key leaders, partners and volunteers throughout the Triad and surrounding counties.

Her new role will include supervision of seven Triad-based American Heart Association staff and an annual fundraising goal of nearly $2.3 million through six different fundraising events.

Fain named interim exec at Center for International Understanding

Jim Fain, principal at Reid Street Consulting and former North Carolina secretary of Commerce and Triangle regional president for First Union National Bank, has been named interim executive director for the UNC Center for International Understanding.

Fain, who was scheduled to become the Center’s board chair on July 1, agreed to serve as interim executive director after Adam Hartzell resigned in June, effective August 8, after more than two-and-a-half years as executive director.

Moise Khayrallah, CEO of Aerial BioPharma, agreed to serve as chair, and Fain asked not to be considered as a candidate for the permanent job.

Hood joins Urban Ministries of Wake County

Traci Hood, former executive director of Miracle League of the Triangle who in April was named executive director of Read and Feed, both in Cary, has been named major gifts coordinator at Urban Ministries of Wake County in Raleigh.

Smith gets new job at Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Lora Smith, communications officer at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, has been named the Foundation’s Appalachian network officer.

Duke raises $441.8 million

Duke University $441.8 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, up 7.5 percent from fiscal 2013 and a record-high total for the second straight year.

The number of donors to Duke grew to 110,962 from 109,013.

All gifts count toward Duke Forward, a seven-year fundraising campaign that supports Duke’s 10 schools and units, university programs and Duke Medicine.

The campaign, which has raised $2.17 billion of its $3.25 billion goal, runs through June 30, 2017.

Giving grows overall, online

Overall charitable giving to nonprofits grew 1.6 percent in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier, while online giving grew 8 percent, The Blackbaud Index says.

In the three months ended in June 2014, overall charitable giving grew 1.5 percent, compared to the same period a year earlier, while online giving grew 8.7 percent.

The Adam Foundation invests $50,000 in LGBT community

The Adam Foundation in Winston-Salem awarded $50,000 in grants and sponsorships for 17 organizations that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, or LGBT, on issues ranging from healthcare and research to arts and culture.

Since 1990, the Foundation has provided over $500,000 in community support.

Grants and sponsorships from the Foundation are made possible by charitable gifts and benefit events. It will hold its signature annual fundraising event, The Adam Festival, November 8 at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Innovation Quarter.

Grant applications for The Adam Foundation’s next funding cycle will be accepted for consideration in spring 2015. Sponsorship applications are considered throughout the year.

Family Promise to benefit from wine gala

Programs at Family Promise of Greater Guilford County serving homeless families will benefit from a wine gala that Fresh Market will host on September 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at its store at 1560 Highwoods Blvd. in Greensboro.

Autism Society to hold run/walk events

The Autism Society of North Carolina has scheduled its Western North Carolina Run/Walk for Autism on September 13 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; its Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism on September 27 at UNC-Greensboro; and its Triangle Run/Walk for Autism on October 11 in downtown Raleigh.

Lunch series focuses on philanthropy and business

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem on August 22 will launch a lunch series focusing on philanthropy and business. Sponsored by the firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt, the inaugural event will feature Robbie Bach, former president of the entertainment and devices division of Microsoft.

The luncheon, be held at the downtown Embassy Suites/Garden Terrace, starts at 11:30 a.m. and is free and limited to 100 people. RSVP by calling 336.723.6366.

BackPack Beginnings collecting shoes

BackPack Beginnings is conducting a shoe collection drive through October 1 to raise funds to support students in Guilford County. Funds2Orgs will pay BackPack Beginnings for the used shoes, and BackPack Beginnings will use the money to buy “standard mode of dress” clothing for children in Guilford County.

Public School Forum gets $619,000

The Public School Forum of North Carolina received $555,000 in new grant funding, plus $64,000 of in-kind support, for its education research and policy work aimed at shaping world-class public schools in North Carolina.

New grants include $450,000 from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund , $80,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, $64,000 in in-kind support from IBM, and $25,000 from GSK Corporation.

The Public School Forum also has formed a new initiative to support local business-education partnerships across the state.

The new effort, NC Education Partners, will provide a platform for information and best-practice sharing, while creating opportunities for collaboration and joint capacity-building initiatives to strengthen community organizations. 

Wake SmartStart gets $675,000

Wake County SmartStart has been awarded $675,639 by the John Rex Endowment for a Farm to Child Care project to help over 160 child care facilities make changes so it becomes the norm to prepare and serve fresh, local produce for snacks and meals throughout growing seasons.

Wake SmartStart will focus on child care facilities in Wake County that serve low-income families and children who need improved access to healthy, nutritious food.

Raleigh chapter of National Christian Foundation disburses $1.2 million

The Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation  disbursed nearly $1.2 million in grants to local and national charities in July 2014, bringing its year-to-date giving to $7.7 million.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $195,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 13 community grants totaling $194,901 to organizations that will serve people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, health, human services, and recreation.

Event to benefit Make-A-Wish

The Triangle’s inaugural Pitchin’ for Wishes cornhole tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will be held September 13 at Midtown Park in North Hills and is being planned by Andrew Roby Inc. and The Select Group.

Health Underwriters Association honored

The North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters has qualified to receive the Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award from the National Association of Health Underwriters. The recognition means the state chapter and all its locals are Silver or Gold Certified.

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