Nonprofit news roundup, 08.29.14

Bell House closing after 35 years

Bell House, a nonprofit assisted-living facility in Greensboro serving individuals with ortho-neurological physical disabilities, no longer is accepting new residents and will move all existing residents from the facility by October 31.

Bell House, which cited federal and state Medicaid policy changes in announcing it will shut down, was founded 35 years ago and now serves 20 residents, most of whom have cerebral palsy and require significant assistance with activities of daily living.

“These latest rounds of cuts along with increasing resident needs, have led us to the sad realization that our care model is no longer financially sustainable,” Jeni Kirk, executive director at Bell House, says in a statement.

Despite engaging in advocacy efforts and evaluating options since policy changes first were announced in 2012, says John Murray, board chair, Bell House has “exhausted all avenues” and has not been able to find a way to keep operating.

“The capital and operational needs are simply too great and the funding insufficient,” he says.

Duke Endowment moves to new building

The Duke Endowment, a private foundation in Charlotte with $3.5 billion in assets, has moved into a new three-story headquarters building.

The Endowment, which borrowed $40 million to pay for the project, built the 46,000-square-foot building on a 1.8-acre site at 800 East Morehead St. after leasing space in the Bank of America Corporate Center uptown since 1993.

The Endowment this year expects to distribute over $126 million to organizations in the Carolinas to support child care, health care, higher education and rural churches.

North Carolina Medical Society gets $125,000

All five medical schools in North Carolina — Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine; University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Duke University School of Medicine; Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and Wake Forest School of Medicine — each has contributed $25,000 to the Center for Leadership in Medicine building fund campaign of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Wake Salvation Army raises $26,000

The Salvation Army of Wake County has raised over $26,000 to support programs for at-risk youth at its Community Center from sponsors and teams for its second annual Most Amazing Race in downtown Raleigh.

The event is presented by Vision Stairways & Millwork. Sponsors include Capitol Broadcasting Co., Salisbury Moore Construction, Captrust, and Baker Roofing Co.

Boys & Girls Clubs get donated school supplies

The Raleigh Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of Wake Forest and John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham will receive over 50,000 school supply items donated by employees of personal-computer supplier Lenovo. The total is over four times the amount employees donated in previous drives.

Grant funding available from Black Philanthropy Initiative

Nonprofits serving the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County may apply for up to $5,000 each in grant funding from the Black Philanthropy Initiative at The Winston-Salem Foundation for work in the areas of education, parenting and financial literacy. The deadline for applications September 26 at 5 p.m.

Williams stepping down as chief of WilMed Healthcare Foundation

Robin Williams is stepping down as executive director of of WilMed Healthcare Foundation after nearly 12 years in the job, The Wilson Times reported.

Williams, who raised over $16 million to support the Foundation’s mission, applied for but did not get the job of leading the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson, the successor organization to the WilMed Healthcare Foundation following the acquisition of WilMed by Duke LifePoint. The top position still has not been filled.

Williams says she decided not to remain in the job she was offered running the programs she has led, the Times says.

Reynolds American CEO honorary co-chair of Old Salem campaign

Susan M. Cameron, president and CEO of Reynolds American and president of subsidiary RAI Services Company, has joined Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ capital campaign as an honorary co-chair.

Project planning focus of Volunteer Council panel

Planning more successful projects will be the topic of a panel discussion on September 4 sponsored by the Corporate Volunteer Council in Greensboro. Panelists for the session, to be held from noon to 1 at Action Greensboro at 203 S. Church St., include Kat Kornecki, volunteer manager for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro; Don Milholin, executive director of Out of the Garden Project; and Kelli Crawford, volunteer coordinator for the Greensboro Science Center.

SECCA, School of Arts team up

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, both in Winston-Salem, are launching a new program series that will support dialogue and understanding around contemporary art for the public, while creating educational opportunities for students.

Under the program, known as “The Artist’s Studio,” contemporary artists brought in by the two organizations will work with students and faculty from the School of the Arts to create original new works while documenting the creative process.

The program will kick off in September, when conceptual artist Neil Goldberg will work with dance and film students and faculty at the School of the Arts, culminating with a ticketed public event at SECCA on September 21.

The second collaboration is slated for winter.

Women’s Impact Fund offering grants

The Women’s Impact Fund Charlotte is accepting letters of inquiry for grants to support arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services.

The Fund, which since 2003 has donated over $3.7 million for causes in Mecklenburg County and awarded “high-impact” grants to 49 organizations, plans to award five grants ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 to local nonprofits, with one grant in each of the five areas.

The deadline for submitting a letter of inquiry is October 10.

John Avery Boys and Girls Club turning 75

The John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with a weeklong series of events that kick off September 28 with a Harlem Wizards basketball game at Southern High School, and conclude with the annual JABGC Gala at the Durham Convention Center.

Events also include the annual Golf Fore Kids golf tournament at The Preserve at Jordan Lake, a whiskey tasting at Alizarin Gallery, a club alumni mixer at American Underground at Main, and a jazz concert at Beyu Caffe.

Four N.C. schools part of Special Olympics study

Four North Carolina high schools have been selected along with high schools from Colorado and Michigan to participate in a two-year study about the impact of Project Unify, an education and sports-based program started by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities, and to empower them to become youth leaders in their schools and community.

Participating in the study will be South Stokes High School in Walnut Cove, N.C., and Currituck County High School in Barco, N.C., which will launch Project UNIFY beginning this fall, while Zebulon B. Vance High School in Charlotte, and Newton Conover High School in Newton, N.C., will launch it in fall 2015.

Special Olympics launched Project UNIFY in the U.S. six years ago with the support of a grant by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Peters to head Triad Health Underwriters Association

Elizabeth Peters, a benefit consultant executive for the Southeast division of HUB International, a global insurance brokerage, has been named president of the Triad Association of Health Underwriters.

Habitat Greensboro awards scholarships

For the third straight year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro has awarded scholarships to Habitat homeowners and family members in Greensboro.

In 2014, a total of $3,000 was awarded to five recipients from the Small Wonders Scholarship Fund, which was started through an endowment provided by Joyce Powers of Greensboro.

Green Chair Project to hold fundraiser

The Green Chair Project, a Raleigh nonprofit that reuses donated furnishings to support participants in local programs moving them to stability from homelessness, crisis or disaster, will hold a fundraiser sale of upscale furniture and household items from September 11 to September 14 at its headquarters at 1853 Capital Blvd.

Art event to benefit Hirsch Wellness Network

The 6th annual “Art Lives Here” silent art auction on September 11 featuring work by local artists will benefit the Hirsch Wellness Network, which provides arts and wellness programs supporting the emotional needs of cancer survivors and caregivers in Greater Greensboro.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Elm Street Center.

All proceeds go directly to Hirsch Wellness programs taught by local artists.

Young Peacemaker Awards moving to Greensboro YMCA

Win-Win Resolutions is transferring its Young Peacemaker Awards, created in 2002, to the Greensboro YMCA.

The change will be made during the 12th Annual Young Peacemaker Awards Banquet will be held September 6 at the Grandover Resort.

The event will feature the presentation of conflict-resolution awards to six Guilford County middle school students, along with recognition of all 88 nominees.

The Greensboro YWCA also will continue to provide Win-Win Resolution’s anti-bullying programs for pre-kindergarten through high school students and families in Guilford and surrounding counties.

Charlotte Race for the Cure set for Oct. 5

The 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure will be held October 5.

Presenting sponsors for the event, which last year raised $1.7 million that helped Komen Charlotte fund 17 community health programs, are Novant Health and Mecklenburg Radiology Associates.

Reading to benefit Alzheimer’s work

Alzheimers North Carolina and USAgainst Alzheimer’s are teaming up for a public reading on September 5 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and raise funds for programs and services in local communities.

Speakers, who will read the first act of Surviving Grace, include Gov. Pat McCrory; Diane Rehm of National Public Radio; TV star Loni Anderson; stage performer Lise Bruneau; WRAL-TV anchor Debra Morgan; philanthropist Darlene Shiley; and David Henderson of Theatre in the Park.

Duke gets $1.5 million for STEM learning

Duke University has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve learning for science, technology, engineering and math students, or STEM, particularly underrepresented minorities, in introductory science courses.

Duke will use the funds to launch the COMPASS Project, or Collaborating on Mentoring, Persistence, Assessment and Student Success. It will focus on helping Duke STEM students by putting proven teaching practices into effect in the classroom.

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