Nonprofit news roundup, 10.17.14

Legal Aid gets $975,000 federal grant

The Fair Housing Project, a special unit of Raleigh-based Legal Aid of North Carolina and the state’s only private fair housing enforcement organization, received a “Private Enforcement Initiative” grant worth $325,000 a year for the next three years from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Fair Housing Project is the only group in North Carolina to receive a Private Enforcement Initiative grant, which funds nonprofits that conduct testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.

StepUp Ministry raises $175,000

StepUp Ministry in Raleigh raised $175,000 at an event at Marbles Kids Museum to celebrate 25 years of serving unemployed, low-income individuals in the Triangle.

Since 2007, StepUp has placed over 2,500 individuals in stable employment, and been supported by nearly 1,200 volunteers, over 1,000 employers and over 2,200 donors.

SAFEchild Advocacy Center serves 1,000 children

Since it was launched by SAFEchild and collaborating partners in November 2010, the SAFEchild Advocacy Center has provided child abuse evaluations for 1,000 children.

A matching gift of $50,000 a year for three straight years from the WakeMed Foundation also allowed SAFEchild to engage in a Child Abuse Fellowship with Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill that provides a Duke physician to practice at the advocacy center.

Winston-Salam Arts Council gives $1.9 million

The Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County has made a total of 73 grants totaling $1,875,000 for 2015.

Grants include $1.6 million in organizational support grants; $100,000 in Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grants; $30,000 in Duke Energy Regional Artist Grants; and $30,000 in Innovative Project Grants.

Charlotte Bridge Home honored by George W. Bush Institute

Charlotte Bridge Home is one of four veterans service agencies recognized by the George W. Bush Institute as the best organizations in the U.S. serving veterans as they move from the military into civilian life.

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina kicking off women’s fundraising effort

Diane Adams chief people officer at QlikTech, and Billie Redmond, founder of TradeMark Properties, have been named co-chairs the 2015 “WISH – Women Inspiring Strength & Hope” campaign for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina

The campaign, which brings together professional and philanthropic women who activate their personal networks to support Make-A-Wish, raised over $100,000 during its inaugural year in 2014.

The three-month campaign challenges each WISH Champion to raise at least $7,500 to grant a wish and culminates with a celebration luncheon on January 30, 2015, at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary.

The WISH Champion who raises the most during the Campaign will be recognized as the 2015 WISH Woman of the Year.

The campaign will kick off with a private social cocktail event hosted by Joanne Pike on November 6.

SAVE gets Allstate Foundation grant

National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere has received a grant from The Allstate Foundation to sponsor a teen safe driving and youth safety campaign led by 20 of its chapters across North Carolina.

SAVE, a national nonprofit that was launched at West Charlotte High School in Charlotte in 1989 and works to prevent violence and advocates for student safety, joined forces with The Allstate Foundation in 2005.

As part of the grant, each chapter will receive free SAVE affiliation and mini-grants for teen safe driving activities, educational materials, ongoing support and technical assistance for SAVE’s youth safety efforts, and opportunities to partner with local Allstate agents to further the cause.

Allen moves to N.C. Foundation for Advanced Health Programs

Calvin Allen, program officer at the Golden LEAF Foundation, has joined the North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs as director of its Regional Support Center.

Allen Tate Realtors raises $17,000 for public education

Allen Tate Realtors in the Triad raised $17,000 to benefit public education. Local education organizations that will benefit from the funding include Alamance-Burlington Schools, Asheboro City Schools Educational Foundation, Children’s Museum of Alamance County, Davidson County Education Foundation, The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools, Guilford Education Alliance, Randolph County Schools Endowment, Rockingham County Schools, and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools.

American Heart Association teams with Novant Health

The American Heart Association is partnering with Novant Health as the first-ever Greater Triad Go Red For Women Wellness Partner.

Greensboro nonprofit furniture bank to hold estate sale

The Barnabas Network, a nonprofit furniture bank in Greensboro, will open its doors to the public on October 18 at 8 a.m. for the third edition of “Greensboro’s Biggest Estate Sale.”

Symphony honors programs director at Community School of the Arts

The North Carolina Symphony honored Aram Kim Bryan, director of programs at Community School of the Arts in Charlotte, with the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement.

Nonprofits participating in Leadership Gift School seen raising more money

Nonprofits that have participated in the Leadership Gift School are raising more money from individuals, says a study by the Urban Institute at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Increases in giving by individuals range from 5.4 percent to 996.1 percent at 27 of 35 organizations that completed a survey, representing a response rate of 83 percent.

The number of donors who made gifts of $5,000 to $10,000 grew at 16 of 30 organizations, as  did the number of donors who made gifts over $10,000.

Most organizations that responded said their boards are engaging their members in fundraising.

Most organizations also said they are making major and leadership gift development a top priority by measuring the level of engagement of their staff and board.

Garner Rotary Club to hold 10th anniversary fundraiser

Garner Rotary Club will hold its 10th Anniversary fundraiser, Oysters & More, on October 23 at the Fidelity Business Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Club uses the fundraiser’s proceeds to fund scholarships for seniors at local high schools.

Volunteers pitch in at elementary school

HandsOn Northwest North Carolina teamed with Winston-Salem-based IMG College and the WME  Foundation to mobilize their local employees on October 16 to perform service projects at Mineral Springs Elementary School,  a Title I school in Winston-Salem where over 90 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch.

Corporate Volunteer Council to meet November 6

Skill-based volunteering will the focus of the next meeting of the Corporate Volunteer Council in Greensboro. The meeting will be held November 6 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Greensboro Science Center at 4301 Lawdale Drive.

LeClair named chief operating officer at The Ivey

Janet LeClair, former vice president of client experience at Infinisource, a human-resources technology company, has been named chief operating officer at The Ivey, a nonprofit memory wellness day center in Charlotte for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.

Triangle United Way honors three teen girls 

The Women’s Leadership Council at United Way of the Greater Triangle honored three teenage girls for their leadership and community service during the Council’s 11th annual Awards Luncheon and Dessert Auction.

The event raised over $14,000.

Columbus County Community Foundation gives $5,000

The Columbus County Community Foundation has awarded over $5,000 in grants to local nonprofits.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $324,160

The Winston-Salem Foundation made 17 community grants in September totaling $324,160.

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