Nonprofit news roundup, 12.12.14

North Carolina Community Foundation gives record-high $15 million

The North Carolina Community Foundation awarded a record-high $15 million in grants on behalf of fundholders and affiliates in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

Those grants bring to $89 million the Foundation’s cumulative grantmaking since it was formed 26 years ago.

In fiscal 2014, the foundation administered over 2,200 grants, its most ever, on behalf of donor advised funds and community grantmaking programs through its network of 60 affiliate foundations throughout the state, and through endowments, including scholarships and those held by nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, small businesses and private foundations.

Grants for human services in the fiscal year totaled $7 million, followed by $3.9 million for education-related initiatives.

The Foundation also awarded nearly $600,000 in direct scholarships for post-secondary education for 300 students.

Salem launching $60 million campaign

Salem Academy and College are set to launch a campaign early next year to raise $60 million for capital improvements to its campus in Winston-Salem, and to provide support for students and faculty, Triad Business Journal reported.

The school has raised over $26 million over the past two years during the campaign’s quiet phase, the Journal reported.

Museum of Art gets $13 million, unveils plan for campus

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has unveiled a phased, long-term plan for its 164-acre campus and has received $13 million from an anonymous donor to complete the plan’s first phase, scheduled to begin in spring 2015.

The plan calls for a new campus entrance and streetscape, increased parking capacity, woodland and meadow restoration, additional Park trails and infrastructure, improved sustainability measures, and additional outdoor works of art.

Civitas, a landscape architecture and urban design firm in Denver, developed the plan, and the Museum commissioned artist Jim Hodges of New York City to create a signature work of art from the existing smokestack on the campus.

Pope Foundation gives $1.7 million

The John William Pope Foundation awarded nearly $1.7 million to schools, churches, arts organizations, and community groups, mainly to organizations serving the Triangle area and Vance County, bringing its total giving for 2014 to over $7.69 million.

The biggest grants includes multi-year commitments of $300,000 to White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and $400,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, and a grant for $100,000 to Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh.

Cone Health Center for Children raises over $1.1 million

Over $1.1 million was raised for the Cone Health Center for Children at December 4 celebration honoring Cone Health CEO Emeritus Tim Rice at his retirement.

The funds will be used to establish an endowment named for Tim and Carolynn Rice at the Center, and to fund several special projects.

SAFEchild raises $405,000

SAFEchild in Raleigh has raised over $405,000 from individual donors, corporate sponsors and matching gifts in its annual fundraising campaign and will use the funds to provide child abuse prevention programs and support the needs of child abuse victims.

The campaign included matching gift challenges of $50,000 each from the WakeMed Foundation and an anonymous family, which together agreed to match all new gifts made up to a total of $100,000.

Public relations consultant Anita Blomme Pinther is campaign chair, and Rick Guirlinger, president of Bourke Services, is honorary co-chair.

ArtsGreensboro names program director for National Arts Festival

Amy Grossmann, a program director for the Maryland State Arts Council, has been named local director for the National Folk Festival by ArtsGreensboro, effective Jan. 2, 2015.

Grossmann will work directly for ArtsGreensboro and in close cooperation with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the organizations co-presenting the festival for its three-year residency in Greensboro starting September 11-13, 2015.

She will oversee all administrative and logistical elements of the festival, and will also play a leadership role in managing local operations ranging from vendor relationships to volunteer needs.

Gallagher joins Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

Arthur Gallagher, former campus president of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, has been named vice president for foundation and community engagement at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte.

Metts new regional advancement officer at National Rife Association

Susan Metts, director of strategic giving at Meredith College in Raleigh, has been named regional advancement officer at the National Rifle Association.

Flinn joins The Volunteer Center

Megan Flinn, who has handled digital and marketing communications social media and event development at Durham Community Land Trustees, has been named director of marketing and community relations at The Volunteer Center.

North Carolinians sign up for health care through federal exchange

In 2014, 390,000 North Carolinians obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and an overwhelming majority of them qualified for financial assistance to help cover the cost of care, a new report says.

Last year, 357,584 North Carolinians signed up for health care through the federal exchange, and the state’s new Medicaid program signed up 46,044 North Carolinians, says “Know the Facts: The Affordable Care Act Is Working in North Carolina,” a report from the Center for American Progress.

More than nine in 10 North Carolinians qualified for tax credits that lowered the cost by 79 percent, on average, the report says.

If North Carolina were to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid in 2014, it says, the state would see its economy grow by $1.7 billion over two years.

Foundations give $111 million for disasters

In 2012, 234 U.S. foundations made 884 grants totaling $111 million for disasters, with 58 percent of the funds going to natural disasters, and 46 percent directed to response and relief efforts, a new report says.

Sixty-two percent of the grant dollars addressed human services needs related to disasters, and 62 percent targeted disasters in North America, says “Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions” from the Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

Countries in Asia received 16 percent of the funds, and countries in Africa received 13 percent, the report says.

Habitat renovating more homes

In the face of rising land prices, the number of homes Habitat for Humanity for International has renovated in the U.S. doubled to 1,435 in the fiscal year ended June 30 from 2008, while new construction fell 31 percent to 3,323 over the same period, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Ipas supports local causes

The staff of Chapel Hill-based Ipas, in partnership with Durham Social Services, have collected 30 gifts and over $400 in donations for a local family. 

The local staff of Ipas, which employs more than 150 people in Chapel Hill and works to improve health care for women in developing countries, for several years has led food and gift drives to support area social service organizations.

During its annual summer food drive this year, Ipas donated over 400 pounds of food and $1,200 to TABLE, an organization providing emergency food assistance to school-aged children in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

In 2012, Ipas donated 1,449 pounds of food and $560 to the CORA Food Pantry in Pittsboro.

Artist team selected for Charlotte Rail Trail

Charlotte City Partners has hired the artist team Wowhaus as the public art consultant to develop a public art plan and execute recommended art along the Charlotte Rail Trail.

The project will be funded with a $412,000 grant that ArtPlace America awarded in June, plus $20,000 from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation.

Winston-Salem Foundation accepting applications for teacher grants

Feb. 13, 2015, is the deadline for teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, and media coordinators in the Winston- Salem/Forsyth County schools to submit applications to The Winston-Salem Foundation for teacher grants of up to $2,500.

Grants can be used for needs such as local, state, and national conferences, workshops, or seminars; foreign travel; innovative classroom experiences; educational travel to be incorporated into the classroom or school curriculum, or both; and other professional growth and enrichment opportunities.

In 2014, the Foundation made 18 teacher grants totaling nearly $27,000.

Junior Achievement gets $7,500

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received a $7,500 grant from Wells Fargo to support economic literacy and work readiness training in kindergarten-through-12th-grade schools in Forsyth County.

Greensboro Boys & Girls Clubs get $15,000

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro received $15,000 from Disaster One, a Greensboro-based restoration company serving commercial and residential clients. The donation represents the net proceeds from a casino event that attracted over 240 people.

Center for Human-Earth Restoration receives awards

The Center for Human-Earth Restoration in Raleigh received the Community Conservation Award 2014 from the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. It also received $200 from the North Carolina Bluebird Society to buy bird houses and replacement materials for damaged bird houses at Kingswood Elementary School.

Watauga Children’s Council, Jaycees of Winston-Salem to get support

Tar Heel Basement Systems has selected Children’s Council of Watauga County and Jaycees of Winston Salem to receive volunteer time and money in December.

High Point Bank sponsoring film program

High Point Bank is sponsoring the RiverRun North Carolina Shorts film program during the 2015 RiverRun International Film Festival April 16-26, 2015.

Wheels4Hope seeking car donations

Wheels4Hope has placed over 70 cars with individuals and families in the Triad over the past two years and is looking for 25 car donations during the holiday season.

Corporate Volunteer Council to meet Jan. 8

BackPack Beginnings will be the guest nonprofit for the next meeting of the Corporate Volunteer Council. The session will be held Jan. 8, 2015, in The HR Group Training Room at 216 S. Swing Rd., Suite 3, in Greensboro from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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