Nonprofit news roundup, 08.22.14

McIntyre retiring from United Way in Charlotte

Jane L. McIntyre, who joined United Way of Central Carolinas as executive director five years ago in the wake of a controversy over compensation for its former CEO, Gloria Pace King, and led its turnaround, will retire at the end of United Way’s 2014 fundraising campaign that kicks off September 2 and concludes next spring.

McIntyre, 68, worked with United Way’s board of directors in 2012 to create a succession plan that now is being put into effect.

Ed O’Keefe, board vice chair will direct a committee to search for a new executive director.  Sockwell Partners, which recruited McIntyre to United Way five years ago this month, will lead the search process.

The year before McIntyre joined United Way, its funding of partner agencies plunged to $14 million.

As a result of the first fundraising campaign under her leadership, funding was restored to $16.5 million in 2010, and remained at that level until this summer, when United Way announced a $500,000 increase to $17 million for 82 health and human service agencies across five counties.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival shutting down

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival is closing after 37 years as a  result of continuing financial struggles, the Associated Press reported.

The High Point Enterprise and News & Record in Greensboro reported the festival’s board of trustees had decided in late May to end operations for the coming fiscal year, AP said.

Nixon new executive director at Reidsville Area Foundation

Jennifer Coleman Nixon,  executive director of the Rockingham County Healthcare Alliance, has been named executive director of the Reidsville Area Foundation.

She succeeds Craig Cardwell, who is retiring.

Nixon, a Rockingham native, returned to North Carolina in 2010 after receiving a PhD in social science from the University of Warwick, and completing a postdoctoral  fellowship at Oxford University, both in England.

The Reidsville Area Foundation is a private foundation formed in 2001 with proceeds from the merger of Annie Penn Hospital with the Cone Health System.

The Foundation, which is not affiliated with Cone Health and is governed by an independent board of directors, has approved roughly $18 million in grants for the benefit of the citizens of Rockingham County in the areas of education, health care, human services and community economic development.

Initiative aims to boost Triangle arts groups

Organizational development for arts groups in the Triangle will be the focus of a new partnership between Triangle Community Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Based on applications that arts groups in Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties may submit by September 15, 10 groups will be selected to participate in the initiative’s first year.

Those groups will participate in regional roundtable gatherings and receive individualized technical assistance over the course of the year.

The initiative aims to equip small and mid-sized arts groups for appropriate growth and sustainability, develop a shared regional identity, and encourage broader thinking about opportunities, resources, challenges and solutions.

Nonprofits arts and culture represent a $1.24 billion industry in North Carolina, and generate $390 million in direct economic activity in the Triangle, according to Triangle Community Foundation.

$41 million for ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

The runaway social-media phenomenon known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has raised nearly $42 million in just over three weeks for the A.L.S. Association, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that funds research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrigs’s disease, The New York Times reported.

Over 739,000 new donors have contributed to the fundraising effort, which typically includes short videos on social media showing people being dunked with ice water.

Donations from July 29 until August 21 more than doubled the $19.4 million the Association received in the year ended January 31, 2013.

Roughly 30,000 Americans have A.L.S., which attacks nerve cells and leads to total paralysis, the Times says.

YWCA of High Point raises $1.5 million

YWCA of High Point has raised $1.5 million in the first phase of a campaign to renovate its building, and is launching a second phase that aims to raise another $1.5 million.

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind gets $950,000

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind has received a donation of $950,000 from Miracles in Sight Eye Bank, formerly North Carolina Eye Bank, for a new Eye Care Education Center and expanded facilities for its Community Low Vision Center and Optical Services.

Founded in 1936, Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. It is one of the largest employers of people who are blind or visually impaired in the U.S. and operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem and Asheville, as well as over 40 office supply stores and optical centers throughout the U.S.

It also provides outreach through A Brighter Path Foundation, which operates Community Low Vision Centers across North Carolina and Tracy’s Little Red School House based in Winston-Salem.

Geiger joins SECU Family House as development director

Tracy Geiger, a former corporate account manager with Graylyn Conference Center and Estate, has been named development director for SECU Family House, both in Winston-Salem.

Hull named to Bar Foundations national board

Thomas Hull, director of  development at the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, has been named to the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Foundations.

Barker leaves United Way for High Point Bank

Sarah R. Barker, former director of major gifts, leadership giving and donor relations at United Way of Greater High Point has joined High Point Bank as community relations officer.

Teach for America in Eastern North Carolina enlists 160 teachers

In its 25th year in Eastern North Carolina, Teach for America has signed up 160 new members who will teach in 16 school districts and four charter schools.

Along with 155 second-year teachers continuing their work in local schools, the 160 new corps members will join nearly 700 alumni of the program.

N.C. Science Fair Foundation gets $150,000

The Biogen Idec Foundation has awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant to the N.C. Science Fair Foundation, a statewide nonprofit sponsor of the N.C. Science and Engineering Fair. The grant will allow the Foundation to increase outreach to teachers in grades 3 through 12 across North Carolina and help teachers foster student-led research and inquiry in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

As part of that outreach, the Biogen Idec Foundation award is funding a series of five, daylong professional development sessions for teachers across North Carolina. 

Wake United Arts creates online artists directory

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has created an online directory designed to make it easy for Wake schools to find and hire professional teacher artists from throughout the U.S. for performances, workshops and residencies for their students.

To help schools book artists for a cultural arts program, United Arts offers over $100,000 in grants each year, the equivalent of booking 160,000 hours of arts programming in nearly 35 schools.

Event to raise awareness about lupus

Beautiful Butterflies Inc. will host its 4th Annual Lupus 5K Walk/Run on September 6 at Greenway Trail in High Point. The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to raise awareness about lupus.

Event to benefit Backpack Beginnings

The Fifth Annual Kirkwood 5K Run/ Walk/ Push benefiting BackPack Beginning will be held in Greensboro’s Kirkwood neighborhood on August 23, 2014 at 9 a.m.

All proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by Charles Aris Inc. and will start and end at the Kirkwood Park at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Brookside Drive, will benefit BackPack Beginnings, a local volunteer-run organization that works to provide children in need with nutritious food, comfort items and other basic necessities through the use of backpacks.

Barnabas Network working to help rehouse displaced households

The Barnabas Network, Greensboro’s only furniture bank, has partnered with local agencies to rehouse the 178 households displaced by the closing of Heritage House apartments.

Symphony group launching home kitchen tour

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will launch Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour, a new signature fundraiser that will visit 12 indoor and outdoor kitchens at eight residences in the South Charlotte neighborhoods of SouthPark, Myers Park, and Eastover.

5K event to benefit Center for Smart Financial Choices

Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem will host its first Retro Run 5K at Tanglewood Park on November 1 to benefit The Center for Smart Financial Choices, a nonprofit that assists consumers with skills needed to more effectively manage their money, credit, debt and financial planning.

Health Underwriters Association elects president

Blake Spell, a senior account executive with United Healthcare in Greensboro, has been elected president of the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters. Liz Gallops, a benefits specialist with JBA Benefits in Raleigh, has been elected president-elect.

Museum of Life and Science gets $55,000

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham has received $55,000 from the SunTrust Foundation to help build a two-acre, nature-based playscape with experiences designed to encourage movement, exploration and skill development.

Wake Salvation Army serves 167 human-trafficking survivors

Project FIGHT, an initiative the Salvation Army of Wake County launched in August 2011, has served 167 survivors of human trafficking. The goal of the effort was to serve 12 victims over two years.

Grifols sponsors Wake Habitat home

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has received $65,000 from Grifols, a global healthcare company, to sponsor a Habitat home in Raleigh’s Maybrook community.

Health Underwriters Association wins 7 awards

The North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters received seven awards from the National Association of Health Underwriters at its 84th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Outward Bound school to hold community breakfast

Ann Clark, chief academic officer for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will be the keynote speaker at a community breakfast on October 30 benefiting the North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Proceeds from the event, to be held Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte, will benefit a scholarship program that supports participation by local high school students in Outward Bound wilderness experiences every summer in Pisgah National Forest. 

Brunswick foundation awards $2,310

Brunswick County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has awarded five grants totaling $2,310 to local causes.

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