Nonprofit news roundup, 09.26.14

Cook to head Girls Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Lane D. Cook, vice president of advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, has been named CEO of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont in Colfax.

Cook, who begins her new job on November 10, succeeds Marcia Cole, who announced her retirement to the council’s board of directors in January.

Cook previously was vice president for legacy giving and advisor relations from 2010 to 2011 at Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, and before that, vice president for development from 2007 to 2010.

She also served as deputy director for institutional advancement at Culture & Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, S.C.

Homeless Shelter settles federal lawsuit against state

Mary’s House, a Greensboro shelter for homeless women, settled a federal lawsuit this summer against the state of North Carolina for over $72,000, North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly reports.

The lawsuit stems from a decision by the state Department of Health and Human Services to end funding for the shelter because it serves only women recovering from substance abuse, and because a state rule bars such shelters from receiving funds, Lawyer’s Weekly says.

Mary’s House and several residents filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming the rule violated federal legislation and the U.S. Constitution.

In addition to paying Mary’s House back funding, the state agreed in the settlement to seek a repeal of the rule.

Millsaps new executive director at policy research center

Linda Struyk Millsaps, former assistant secretary and chief operating officer for the state Department of Revenue, has been named executive director of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

Millsaps also has served as economist and fiscal analyst in the Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly, and as executive director of the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce.

She succeeds Ran Coble, who retired after 33 years at the Center.

Weathers interim managing director at PlayMakers

Michelle Weathers, consulting producer at La Vie Productions in New York and managing director for Hot Summer Nights at Theatre Raleigh, has been named interim managing director at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill.

Bankers Association names communications director

Kathleen Donnelly, former account executive at MMI Public Relations in Cary, has been named director of communications and magazine editor at the North Carolina Bankers Association.

Employees of CPA firm volunteer for nonprofits

One-hundred-fifteen employees of Triad-based CPA firm Bernard Robinson & Company closed their offices in Greensboro, Raleigh and Winston-Salem on September 19 to provide a day of support for nine nonprofits in Triad and two in the Triangle.

Daily Show co-creator to speak at Planned Parenthood event

Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and co-founder of Air America Radio, will be the keynote speaker on October 28 at the 7th annual Health Heroes Recognition Dinner hosted by The Greensboro Friends of Planned Parenthood.

This year’s event, to be held at the Greensboro Four Seasons at 6 p.m., will honor Dr. Margaret Bertrand, whose work has integrated technology into breast-cancer detection, and Dr. Bobby Doolittle of the Cone Health Adolescent Medicine Clinic.

Green Building Council launched provision branch on coast

The North Carolina chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has added a provisional branch in Wilmington to serve coastal North Carolina.

With existing branches in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte, the Council works to change the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated so they will be more environmentally and socially responsible.

The Council’s new Cape Fear provisional branch is the result of talks for over a year between the Council’s state chapter and the Cape Fear Green Building AllianceNC.

Wake Habitat gets $70,000 from Lowe’s

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County received a $70,000 grant from Lowe’s to build a home in Raleigh’s Long Acres.

Lowe’s contributed nearly $1 million in funding to 11 Habitat affiliates across the U.S. to support community improvement projects ranging from critical repairs to new home construction.

Hospitality House of Charlotte gets matching challenge

For the second straight year, Michael A. Kahn Family Foundation and Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation pledged to match up to $15,000 in donations to support Hospitality House of Charlotte.

Salvation Army gets $15,000

The Capital City Civitan Club is giving $15,000 to The Salvation Army of Wake County, which will name a playroom for the Club at its Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope at 1863 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh.

HanesBrands employees volunteer

Over 400 employee volunteers from HanesBrands in Winston-Salem plan today to visit eight community agencies, contributing thousands of volunteer hours on tasks such as landscaping, painting, administrative duties, packing food boxes and cooking meals.

Bank of America Foundation investing in Habitat

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is investing $6 million to build houses for affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in in 32 U.S. cities, and in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Jakarta. Over 1,000 Bank of America employees will volunteer to help build the houses.

Apparo to benefit from golf event

Apparo, a Charlotte nonprofit that provides technology solutions for nonprofits, will benefit from a golf tournament to be held October 20 at Providence Country Club in Charlotte.

VF Corporation, Wrangler team raise $1 million for MS Society

VF Corporation and Wrangler “Denim Riders,” a Bike MS team participating in the 2014 Tour to Tanglewood, a 2-day cycling event that raises money for multiple sclerosis research, programs, services, and advocacy, has raised $1 million since 2001 in donations to the National MS Society.

Funds raised are used by the Society’s Greater Carolinas chapter to support people affected by MS and fund research.

The team will be recognized at the National MS Society’s 2014 National Leadership Conference on November 6-8 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Executive Concierge Group to sponsor USO event

Executive Concierge Group in Raleigh is a sponsor of the 10th Annual Salute to Freedom Gala that will be hosted on October 4 by the United Service Organizations of North Carolina.

Center for International Understanding names three to board

The Center for International Understanding named three new members to its board of directors — immigration lawyer Alan Gordon of Charlotte; Cris Mulder, vice president of communications and marketing for KnowledgeWorks, an education social enterprise; and José Pérez, director for global markets for iConsulting, an management consulting company.

High Point University gets $1 million gift

High Point University has received a gift of $1 million from Michael and Laura Baur, parents of a current student, for its Center for Student Success, now under construction and designed to be a hub of experiential learning and career preparation for students.

The center has been funded entirely by parents who have donated a total of $16 million.

HandyCapable gets matching grant to help refurbish computers

HandyCapable in Greensboro has received a matching grant from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro that covers half the cost of refurbished computers. Eligible nonprofits may by the refurbished computers to replace existing ones.

Make-A-Wish gets $15,000

Trusted Choice and Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina are making a $15,000 contribution to the two Make-A-Wish chapters in the state to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Greensboro realtors help with home repairs

Members of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association are volunteering to provide home repairs to a Greensboro homeowner couple for their 6th Annual Realtors ‘R’ Rebuilding project.

Advanced Home Care gives $75,000

Advanced Home Care donated $25,000 each to the “You’re Special” fund at CarePartners, Cone Health Center for Children, and Hospice General Fund at WellStar Foundation.

Advanced Home Care raised the money at its 21st Annual Charity Golf Classic.

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