Nonprofit news roundup, 09.05.14

With merger, Industries for the Blind largest in U.S.

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind has acquired Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, forming what the two groups say will be the largest agency for blind in the U.S.

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, founded in 1936, provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. It operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem and Asheville, plus over 40 office-supply stories and optical centers across 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 in Winston-Salem.

Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, founded in 1940, manufactures products ranging from textiles to office paper products for clients such as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and private industry, and houses a customer-service center for government, nonprofit and private agencies that are its clients.

Blackbaud to buy MicroEdge for $160 million

Blackbaud, a provider of software and services for nonprofits, says it has signed a $160 million deal to buy MicroEdge, a provider of software for philanthropic grantmaking, corporate social responsibility and foundation management.

The deal, in which Blackbaud will acquire all outstanding equity interests of MicroEdge, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Blackbaud, based in Charleston, S.C., works with over 30,000 customers in over 60 countries. Using its technology, those customers raised over $100 billion a year.

MicroEdge, based in New York, is a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco and $13 billion in cumulative capital commitments, and Bregal Sagemount, a private equity fund with $500 million in committed capital.

National Philanthropic Trust gives $2 billion

The National Philanthropic Trust, the largest independent donor advised fund organization in the U.S., says it now has made over 100,000 grants totaling over $2 billion to over 10,000 charities in 300 countries since its founding in 1996.

The Trust manages over $2.1 billion in charitable assets in 3,500 donor accounts.

Greggs joins Public School Forum

Tracy Greggs, project coordinator for early childhood literacy at the Wake Education Partnership, has been named program coordinator at the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Heart Association names fundraising leaders

Cara Townsend, co-founder of the CareAdvocacy Institute, has been named director of the Go Red For Women and the Heart Ball  for Greater Guilford County by the American Heart Association.

And James Hoekstra, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Chadwick Miller, executive vice chair of its Department of Emergency Medicine, are co-chairing the 2014 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk for the Heart Association.

The Guilford Heart Ball is scheduled for January 24 at The Elm Street Center in Greensboro, and the Greater Guilford Go Red For Women Educational Expo and Luncheon is scheduled for May 4 at Koury Convention Center.

The Heart and Stroke Walk, which is scheduled for October 18 at Tanglewood Park, aims to raise $550,000. Funds raised at all three events will support heart disease and stroke research and prevention education.

Heart disease and stroke, respectively, are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the U.S.

Charitable giving grows overall, online

Overall charitable giving to nonprofits grew 3.1 percent and online giving grew 8 percent for the three months ended July 2014, compared with the same period in 2013, the Blackbaud Index says.

Children’s Museum hosts fundraising event

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem will host its annual Storybook Soiree fundraising event tonight.

Founded in 2004, the museum has hosted a total of over 700,000 visitors.

Easter Seals UCP to benefit from Charlotte event

Easter Seals UCP will benefit from Walk With Me, a 5K family fun walk that will be held October 11 at Freedom Park in Charlotte. Easter Seals UCP provides programs and services for individuals and families living with disabilities and mental health challenges. Family activities begin at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at  10 a.m.

Junior Achievement teams with UPS on student ‘shadow’ program

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received $5,000 from the UPS Foundation to begin a job shadow program for Grimsley Senior High School students in Greensboro.

During the 2014-15 school year, 10 eleventh-grade students at Grimsley will have the opportunity to shadow employees at the UPS Ground hub in Greensboro one day a week for five weeks.

Goetz Foundation to hold gala

The Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation will host the 4th Annual Family Building Blocks Gala on November 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh.

All funds raised at the gala, which is sponsored by Carolina Conceptions, will support domestic adoption education and grant support services to North Carolinians who previously battled infertility.

Honorary chair for the gala is Chris Archer, pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and 2013 Most Valuable Player finalist for the American League.

The event also will feature the presentation of the inaugural Family Building Blocks Award, which recognizes couples and organizations that support the Foundation.

Commercial realtors support Boys and Girls Club

More than 35 commercial realtors volunteered at a back-to-school event on August 5 for the Raleigh Boys and Girls Club sponsored by the Triangle Commercial Association of  Realtors and Tri-Properties.

Volunteers at the event included 18 associates from Cushman & Wakefield/Thalhimer’s Raleigh office.

Hospitality House to hold annual fall luncheon

Stacy Simms, healthy living reporter for Time Warner Cable News, will be the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Fall Luncheon on September 24 for Hospitality in Charlotte. The event will be held at Myers Park County Club from noon to 1 p.m.

United Arts Council gets $5,000

Dude Solutions, a cloud-based software-as-a-service provider of facility management solutions to several industries is donating $5,000 to the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

AFP Triangle seeks philanthropy awards nominations

The Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is seeking nominations for five awards to celebrate regional philanthropists.

September 20 is the deadline for submitting nominations, which are open to the public, with winners to be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 12 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

Awards include Excellence in Philanthropy, Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

Ennis-Flint employees raise $10,500

Employees of Ennis-Flint in Thomasville raised $10,500 for the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to school-age children, spouses and legal guardians of roadway workers who have been permanently injured or killed in work zone accidents.

Dollar General awards $8,500 for youth literacy

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded a total of $8,500 to Empowered Girls of North Carolina, James B. Dudley High School, and Sedgefield Elementary School, all in Greensboro, to support youth literacy programs.

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