Nonprofit news roundup, 11.07.14

Prevention Partners launches statewide health initiative

Prevention Partners has launched a statewide initiative to change workplaces and schools across the state  through healthier policies, benefits and environments.

The new Healthy Together NC initiative, which includes the state Department of Commerce, Center for Healthy NC, and N.C. Hospital Association as partners, has the goal of transforming at least 10 major employers in all 100 North Carolina counties by 2025.

Forsyth Medical Center Auxiliary turns 50

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Auxiliary is donating $50,000 to “Healing in the Arts” for a project in the courtyard of Forsyth Medical Center between the north and west tower.

The Auxiliary, which also funds $20,000 in scholarships each year for health care students at Forsyth Technical Community College, has contributed over three million volunteer hours and over $4 million in gifts since it was formed in 1964.

The Auxiliary is financially responsible for the three gift shops at Forsyth Medical Center, newborn photography and employee fundraisers.

Most funds it raises are returned to Forsyth Medical Center through special projects.

Members of the Auxiliary have volunteered their time at Forsyth Medical Center by visiting patients to offer emotional support and ask about non-medical needs; serving at reception desks and information centers; giving patients and visitors directions and helping them find their way; transporting patients throughout the hospital; and assisting in the hospital gift shop and making welcome deliveries to patient rooms.

MCNC taps Davis as president and CEO

Jean Davis, former chief operating officer and executive director of business, industry and trade at the the N.C. Department of Commerce, has been named president and CEO of MCNC, the nonprofit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network.

McPherson named development director at ECU med school

Jeff McPherson, community chapter president for the Northwest North Carolina and Surry County chapters of the American Red Cross, has been named  director of development for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville.

Lawson leaves N.C. Symphony for Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mary McFadden Lawson, vice president for philanthropy at the North Carolina Symphony, has been named vice president for philanthropy at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Mills joins Carolinas Healthcare System as development officer

Merrill McCarty Mills, development officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, has joined Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte as development officer.

Schaaf new president of N.C. Medical Society

Robert E. Schaaf, a radiologist and former president of Wake Radiology, has been begun a term as the 161st president of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Community in Schools of Durham names development director

Nick DiColandrea, director of MissionCorps North Carolina, has been named director of development at Communities In Schools of Durham.

Heart Association event raises $450,000

The American Heart Association raised over $450,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education programs, and attracted nearly 4,000 supporters, at the 2014 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk, sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health on October 18.

TROSA opening second thrift store

Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, or TROSA, is opening a 100,000-square-foot thrift store in Oxford Commons Shopping Center at 500 N. Roxboro St. in Durham.

TROSA also operates a thrift store and custom picture-framing shop at 1703 E. Geer St in Durham.

Enloe High School aims to raise $75,000 for charity

Enloe High School in Raleigh, which raised over $63,000 last year for SAFEChild, a nonprofit that works to prevent child abuse, has set a goal of raising $75,000 for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle at its Charity Ball on December 6.

Enloe’s Student Council, which organizes the event, has launched a blog about the Charity Ball and is using social media to publicize it and running a Homeroom Wars campaign that aims to raise $15,000, up $10,000 last year. It also has created a “Mobile Tastiness Machine” modeled on the Food Shuttle’s that it is using at events such as football games and concerts to raise funds.

Students also are hosting private dinner parties at their homes to raise money, and Enloe will hold a school-wide fast on November 21 to promote the event, while class councils have volunteered to glean fields and distribute groceries to seniors.

Gala to benefit Bee Mighty

Frenzel Properties, a residential real estate firm in Charlotte, is a sponsor of the Bee Something for Bee Mighty gala on November 15 at Charlotte Country Club.

The event benefits Bee Mighty, a nonprofit that provides financial support for medical therapy for children born prematurely following their stay in a neonatal intensive care unit.

SleepOutChallenge scheduled

The Bethesda Center for the Homeless will hold a #SleepOutChallenge event in downtown Winston-Salem on November 21 to raise awareness around hunger and homelessness in the local area, and to raise funds to support the organizations work in the community.

Lowes Foods holding food drive

Lowes Foods is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its annual “Friends Feeding Friends” food drive through December 31 at its stores in the Carolinas and Virginia.

The drive has provided a total of over 15 meals and is on track to have collected a total of 20 million pound in 2015.

General Mills is donating $20,000 to the drive.

Fundraising event for WakeMed Children’s Hospital

The WakeMed Foundation will hold the 9th Annual Memories for Marcus Fundraiser on December 3 to benefit the WakeMed Children’s Hospital.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Daily Planet Cafe inside the Nature Research Center of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Truliant turns to social media to decide charities to support

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem is inviting visitors to its Facebook to vote for 20 charities that will receive $1,000 in grant funding to support operating, programmatic or capacity-building needs.

Truliant has selected 45 grant proposals from a total of 103 nonprofits, and put them in a voting app on Facebook. Voting ends November 21.

In six years, Truliant has donated roughly $160,000 to 150 nonprofits.

Biogen Idec to sponsor North Carolina Science Festival

The Biogen Idec Foundation will be presenting sponsor for the next three years of the North Carolina Science Festival

In 2014, 333,789 North Carolinians in 95 counties participated in the Festival, which included 401 public events and 329 school-based events and is produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

With the grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation, the Festival aims to increase participation to 400,000 North Carolinians in 2015 and to reach one million residents by 2020; expand its geographic reach to all 100 counties in the state; and offer a Festival event within a 30-minute drive of every North Carolinian.

Schwab Charitable grants total over $4.6 billion

Schwab Charitable, a national donor advised fund, says it has received over $10 billion and made over $4.6 billion in grants on behalf of its donors since it was formed 15 years ago.

In the fiscal year that began July 1, 2014, grants already have grown 55 percent, compared to the same period last year, it says, and it expects grants for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2015, will exceed $1 billion.

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