Nonprofit news roundup, 01.09.15

Charlotte United Way hires United Way Worldwide exec as new chief

Sean Garrett, New York-based vice president of development for United Way Worldwide, has been named executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, effective March 1.

Garrett, former director of major, planned and leadership giving at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, succeeds Jane McIntyre, who is retiring.

McIntyre joined Charlotte’s United Way as executive director in 2009  in the wake of a controversy over compensation for its former CEO, Gloria Pace King, and led its turnaround.

Parker named CEO at Safe Alliance

Karen Parker, chief advancement officer at Safe Alliance in Charlotte, has been named president and CEO.

Crumpler tapped as development VP at Easter Seals UCP

Jennifer Crumpler, senior director of development at Raleigh-based Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina and Virginia, has been named vice president for development.

Peterson joins BEGINNINGS as executive director

Kathy Peterson, executive director of the Triangle/Eastern North Carolina chapter of JDRF, has been named executive director of BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, in Raleigh.

Ryan new chief financial officer at N.C. Community Foundation

David Ryan, founder and former owner and chief financial officer of Lonesource, an office supply and software company in Cary that was sold to Staples in August 2013, has been named chief financial officer at the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Ryan succeeds John Berngartt, who retired at the end of 2014.

Transitions LifeCare executives picked for national posts

John Thoma, CEO of Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, has been elected treasurer of the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and in that role will chair the board’s finance committee and serve on the executive committee.

Cooper Linton, vice president of marketing and business development at Transitions LifeCare, has been appointed to serve on the national organization’s public policy committee, while Apollo Townsend, director of hospice home at Transitions LifeCare, has been appointed to serve on the national organization’s quality and standards committee.

Junior Achievement gets $35,000

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received at total of $35,000 from six Piedmont Triad companies in the fourth quarter of 2014, including $15,000 from VF Corporation; $5,000 from Ecolab; $5,000 from Volvo Group of Companies in Greensboro; $3,000 from Caterpillar; $2,000 from Colonial Pipeline Company; and $5,000 from Dow Corning Corporation.

Wake arts award winners named

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County will release the results of its Creative Vitality Index Report on January 14 and present the 2015 Business Support of the Arts Awards it co-sponsors with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Winners of the awards include PNC Bank, large business winner; Century 21 Triangle Group, small business winner; Virginia Zehr, arts education winner; and H. Clymer Cease Jr., individual winner.

The event, to begin at 4 p.m., will be held at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Winston-Salem Arts Council launching campaign

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will kick off its annual fundraising campaign on January 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Hanesbrand Theatre at the Milton Rhodes Center.

Co-chairing the campaign are Anc Newman, senior vice president at AON Corporation, and Stuart Parks, managing principal at The Arden Group.

The Arts Council, which will celebrate its 65th birthday at the event, also is launching a new grant initiative.

Its new Community Enrichment Mini-Grant program will provide community groups with grants of up to $500 for small projects to promote creativity and use art as a means of bringing people together.

Foundation holding workshops on awards nominations

The Winston-Salem Foundation will hold optional workshops on February 10  from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on February 11 from 11 a.m. to noon to answer questions about nominations the Winston-Salem Foundation Award and the ECHO Award.

The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, which includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charity selected by the winner, recognizes personal dedication in support of the Foundation’s basic mission of improving the quality of life for all individuals in the community.

The ECHO award, which is from the ECHO Network and Winston-Salem Foundation and includes $1,000 for the winners to donate to charities of their choice, recognizes people and informal groups who are building “social capital,” or the connections among people, based on trust, that improve cooperation for mutual benefit.

The deadline for submitting nominations for either award is March 6. The recipients will be announced at the Foundation’s Community Luncheon on May 6.

To attend either workshop, to be held at the Burress Family Center for Philanthropy at The Winston-Salem Foundation’s offices at 751 West Fourth St., contact Kathy Pearre at or 336.499.4402.

Award to recognize champion of cardiovascular health

Cone Health Medical Group Heart Care and the American Heart Association have created the LeBauer Visionary Award to recognize individuals making a significant contribution to improving the cardiovascular health of the community and region.

Finalists for the inaugural award, to be announced at the American Heart Association’s 2015 Greater Guilford Heart Ball on January 24, are Michael D. Cooper and Daniel R. Bensimhon, cardiologists at LeBauer HeartCare in Greensboro and Burlington, and Thomas D. Stuckey, cardiologist at LeBauer HeartCare in Greensboro.

The award is named in honor of Sidney LeBauer, the first AHA Heart Gala Community Chair, and Joseph LeBauer, a founding cardiologist of what is now Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare.

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