Nonprofit news roundup, 01.23.15

Winston-Salem Arts Council launches campaign

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign, setting a goal of $2.675 million, up from the $2.65 million it raised last year.

The totals include private contributions, corporate support, grants from foundations, and grants from the city of Winston-Salem.

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 celebrated its 65th birthday at Hanesbrands Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 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.

Volunteers boost day of service in Triangle

An estimated 2,200 volunteers supported 38 community-service events in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties on January 19 during 10th annual Triangle-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service sponsored by United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Davis new executive director at WakeMed Foundation

Brad Davis, senior vice president of development at YMCA of the Triangle, has joined the WakeMed Foundation as executive director.

Byrd joins Church World Service

Christine Byrd, director of development and communication at Greensboro Urban Ministry, has been named director of foundation relations for Church World Service.

Feit leaving NCCJ

Susan Feit is stepping down after eight  years as executive director of NCCJ, the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, no later than June 30, 2015.

She says she will spend more time with her family and consider new professional opportunities to advance social justice issues.

Music director gets three more years at Winston-Salem Symphony

Winston-Salem Symphony has negotiated a new contract with Robert Moody, who now is in his 10th season as its music director and now will remain for three more years.

Moody also has served as artistic director of Arizona Musicfest since 2007, and as music director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine since 2008.

Pfitzer joins Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence

Chris Pfitzer, vice president of marketing and communications at United Way of the Greater Triangle, has joined the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence.

Kenchen tapped for leadership program

Tara Kenchen, president and CEO of the North Carolina Community Development Initiative and its investment arm, Initiative Capital, has been selected by the Opportunity Finance Network and the Citi Foundation as one of 48 community development financial institution professionals from throughout the U.S. who will participate in the second annual Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance.

High Point United Way offering tax assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will is offering free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers to individuals in the High Point area with 2014 household incomes of $53,000 or less.

The program encourages eligible taxpayers to take advantage of  tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, and works to help eligible taxpayers claim those credits.

The local VITA program is a partnership managed by the City of High Point and supported by West End Ministries, Guilford Technical Community College, Macedonia Family Resource Center, High Point University, and United Way of Greater High Point.

John Rex Endowment gives $2 million

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh has awarded five grants totaling over $2 million to support work to increase the engagement of organizations and people in effective prevention of childhood injury in Wake County.

Grant recipients and the totals they received include Haven House Services, $51,651; UNC Healthy Solutions, $668,268; UNC Highway Safety Research Center, $764,215; UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, $115,810; and YMCA of the Triangle, $498,596.

SECU House names officers, members

The SECU Family House in Winston-Salem elected Melinda McConnell as chair of its board of directors and Sharon “Shari” Covitz, as vice-chair, and elected Bruce Brown, Lory Kelley and Benjamin Anyanwu to three-year terms.

Harvard Business Club of Charlotte to give $55,000

The Harvard Business of Club of Charlotte will give $55,000 to charities, its biggest donation in a single year and bringing to $427,000 the total it has donated over the past 12 years.

The Club makes the donations using surplus tuition from its Management Development Program, a “mini-MBA” course taught by taught by volunteers who are Harvard Business School alumni.

John Crosland School ranked among top in U.S.

The John Crosland School in Charlotte was ranked 12th in a listing by the Master’s in Special Education Guide of top 50 learning-disabilities schools in the U.S.

The school, which serves students with learning differences in kindergarten through 12th grade, was the highest-ranking learning-disabilities school in Charlotte and the third-highest day school overall. 

Health underwriters meeting to focus on long-term care

Long-term care will be the focus of the February 3 meeting of the Triad Association of Health Care Underwriters. Dan Conrad, brokerage manager with Capitol Financial Solutions, will speak at the session, which will be held at Starmount Forest Country Club and begin at 11:45 a.m.

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