Nonprofit news roundup, 09.19.14

High Point University gets $35.1 million in gifts and pledges

High Point University received $24.3 million in cash gifts in fiscal 2013-14, up from $9.1 million a year earlier, while pledges fell to $10.8 million from $28.2 million, and enrollment grew to 4,300 from 4,000.

Since 2005, the school has raised over $225 million in contributions and invested over $1 billion in growing the institution, while undergraduate enrollment has climbed from 1,450.

Belk Endowment gives $2.3 million

The John M. Belk Endowment has awarded $2.3 million to Central Piedmont Community College, both in Charlotte, to expand its new Developmental Education Program that works to moves students from remedial to college courses more quickly and helps retain students who otherwise might drop out.

Starting in 2014, the Endowment plans to award over $13 million in grants a year to programs and institutions aligned with its mission creating “pathways to prosperity” for underrepresented students by increasing their access to and completion of higher educational opportunities in North Carolina.

Durham schools’ nutrition program wins United Way innovation grant

Child Nutrition Services of the Durham Public Schools has won the $50,000 award from United Way of the Greater Triangle through its Social Innovation Challenge — 100,000 Kids Hungry No More.

A self-funded operation that does not receive funding from the Durham  schools, city or county of Durham, or the state, Child Nutrition Services will use the funds to outfit five schools with equipment that will allow for breakfast in the classroom, “second-chance” breakfast, “grab-and-go” meals, and food kiosks.

Key goals of the program are to enable more students to receive a morning meal, eliminate the stigma associated with “free-and-reduced-cost meals,” and directly affect educational success.

National studies show that students who eat breakfast miss 1.5 fewer days of school a year, score 17.5 percent higher on math tests, and are 20 percent more likely to graduate from high school, United Way says.

The Social Innovation Challenge was a five-month competition to develop new ideas to address childhood hunger in the Triangle.

From forty applications, 12 were selected as semi-finalists, and four became finalists.  The finalists participated in six weeks of education and mentoring to improve their ideas.

The other finalists included Grocers on Wheels, Pennies 4 Progress and Yes2Fresh.

The finalists presented their final pitches to a panel of judges during United Way’s third annual CEO Sleep Out on Sept. 11, 2014.

Durham Public Schools also won a special $5,000 CEO Selects Award given by the executives and community leaders who participated in the Sleep Out.

‘Foundation Fair’ set for eastern North Carolina

Nonprofits in eastern North Carolina are invited to meet representatives of foundations from throughout the state at the 2014 Foundation Fair on October 14 in New Bern.

The event, hosted each year by the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, is designed to give nonprofits an opportunity to interact with and learn about foundations in the state and find foundations that have missions similar to their own.

The Foundation Fair, to be held at the Riverfront Convention Center, will include a session from 10 a.m. to noon, and another from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Each nonprofit may attend only one session. To participate, nonprofits must register through the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers for either the morning or the afternoon session.

Minor promoted to VP for advancement for UNC system

Tim Minor, associate vice president for university advancement at General Administration for the 18-campus University of North Carolina system, has been named vice president for university advancement.

Before joining UNC General Administration a year ago, Minor served as associate vice chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, where his roles were senior academic and administrative officer and chief operating officer of development, specializing in major gifts, annual fund, corporate and foundation giving, and gift planning management.

Gray named president of Weaver Foundation

Kevin Gray, interim president of the Weaver Foundation in Greensboro, has been named president, effective immediately.

He has served in the interim role since the retirement of Richard “Skip” Moore on Jan. 1, 2014.  Moore had served as president since July 1999.

Gray joined the Foundation in 2004 as a volunteer. In 2005, he worked part-time while also serving as coordinator for the newly formed Greensboro Nonprofit Consortium, and became a full-time employee in 2007. In 2013, he was appointed vice president and program officer.

National Humanities Center names new president

Robert D. Newman, dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah, has been named president and director of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, effective July 1, 2015.

He will succeed Geoffrey G. Harpham, who has led the Center since 2003 and recently announced his retirement.

At the University of Utah, where he has served as Humanities dean since 2001, Newman also has served as associate vice president for interdisciplinary studies, special advisor to the senior vice president for academic affairs, and professor of English.

Family Dollar gives $458,000 to Feeding America

Family Dollar Stores in Charlotte has given $458,000 to hunger-relief charity Feeding America. The total, including donations from Family Dollar and customers at over 8,200 of its stores, will provide over 4.5 million meals for children and families in need.

Three nonprofits receive Stewardship Awards

Financial Pathways of the Piedmont in Winston-Salem, El Futuro in Durham, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte received 2014 Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Awards from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

Community School of the Arts gets $200,000

Community School of the Arts in Charlotte has received anonymous gifts totaling $200,000 in honor of Carol Cuthbertson Hamrick,  its newest lifetime board member.

The funds will be used to create a $200,000 quasi-endowment, its largest endowment ever, to provide for the long-term support of the School. And if the school ever decides to establish a permanent building or home, it can use the corpus of the quasi-endowment to support that effort.

The School also honored Hamrick and three other lifetime board members – founder Henry Bridges, George Campbell and Harriette Line Thompson — at an event at the home of Scott and Jenny Stevens.

Old Salem gets $150,000

Old Salem Museums & Gardens has received $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Old Salem will use the funds to help transform its 1794 Boys’ School into an exhibit building and educational experience.

Thompson Child & Focus gets $10,000

The Rite Aid Foundation has given $10,000 grant to Thompson Child & Family Focus, a nonprofit in Matthews that supports at-risk children and families through therapy, education and care.

Charlotte-area lawyers, advocates donate time

Roughly 550 lawyers and advocates gave over 6,400 pro-bono hours over the past year to the Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, serving nearly 1,300 local children, families and individuals in need in the region.

On September 16, the three agencies hosted the third annual Pro Bono Awards at Foundation for the Carolinas. The event included a special presentation to honor Sarah Parker, former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, for her commitment to access to justice in the state.

Awards and winners included:

* Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, a lifetime achievement honor — Larry J. Dagenhart of McGuireWoods.

* Outstanding Firm Service Award — Katten Muchin Rosenman; Conrad Trosch & Kemmy; and Norelli Law.

* Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award — Sheri A. Harrison; Stephen D. Allred of McGuireWoods; and Landon S. Eustache of Hunton & Williams.

* Outstanding Volunteer Service Award — Harriet “Sis” Kaplan for over five years of service in the Custody Advocacy Program at the Council for Children’s Rights.

Greensboro United Way honors four philanthropists

United Way of Greater Greensboro honored four philanthropists at its 4th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, which was held on September 3 at Grandover Resort and Conference Center and attracted over 700 individuals.

Recipients of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award were Royce and Jane Reynolds, while recipients of the 2014 Legacy Award were Phyllis Shavitz and Joy Shavitz.

Bike event to benefit MS Society

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society will hold its 29th annual Bike MS: VF Corporation & Wrangler Tour to Tanglewood on September 27 and 28.

Presented by B&G Foods and beginning at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, the event will include over 1,500 cyclists and 500 volunteers and is expected to raise $1 million.

Nine nonprofits get pro-bono work from Excalibur

Nine nonprofits have received over $40,000 worth of pro-bono direct-marketing services from Excalibur Direct Marketing in Winston-Salem.

Volunteers to paint, fix up homes

Community Housing Solutions in Greensboro will hold its 4th Annual Paint The Town in the Southmont and Spring Valley neighborhoods on Saturday.

Over 140 volunteers from area businesses and faith organizations will provide low-painting, minor home repairs and landscaping for low-income homeowners.

Hospice of Davidson County to train new volunteers

Hospice of Davidson County will offer training sessions for new volunteers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 7, 8 and 9 at the Administrative Building on its campus at 200 Hospice Way in Lexington.

Women in prison and their children focus of partnership

Our  Children’s Place, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that supports children of incarcerated parents, and Mothers and Their Children, a family resources center at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, are teaming up to expand a program a community outreach and education program at the nonprofit.

Women in the correctional institution use donated yarn to handcraft hats, baby outfits, blankets and other items. Those items, along with items handcrafted by community members, are displayed at awareness events throughout the year.

Donations received in exchange for a handcrafted item will be used to support the awareness and outreach activities of Our Children’s Place, and to help with the transportation needs of the children involved in Mothers and Their Children.

One of the MATCH programs brings children of incarcerated women to the prison to visit with their mothers. Inside the prison, MATCH runs a visitation center for mothers and their children to share.

Realtors give supplies to Greensboro school

Members of the Community Service Committee of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association donated 1,600 composition books and 800 folders for children at Hunter Elementary School in Greensboro.

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