Nonprofit news roundup, 03.06.15

Meredith College raises over $41 million

Meredith College in Raleigh has raised over $41 million in two years in the early phase of a campaign, exceeding the funds it raised in its last seven-year campaign.

The total includes over $18 million raised in fiscal 2013-14, eclipsing the single-year record of $7.2 million.

The total also includes a $3 million gift by alumna Katherine Furches Rumley that will establish the Ellen Amanda Rumley Memorial Scholarship, in memory of her daughter, a member of Meredith’s class of 1977.

The campaign has been supported by the Meredith College Campaign Planning Committee. Honorary co-chairs of the committee are alumna and broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, and Raleigh business leader O. Temple Sloan, Jr.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center gets $1 million challenge

The Hartman Foundation in Austin, Tex., has made a $1 million challenge grant to researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The grant, which will provide $1 for every $1 dollar the medical center raises, supports a two-year study that will investigate a primary cause of Alzheimer’s, and also will help pilot strategies for preventing and treating the disease.

The study is led by Suzanne Craft, director of the Alzheimer’s disease program at Wake Forest Baptist, which is affiliated with the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation.

It examines abnormal shifts in brain metabolism that occur at the very earliest stages of Alzheimer’s and whether these shifts can be corrected with medication or lifestyle interventions.

The challenge grant already has generated a gift to Wake Forest Baptist’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative Fund that is being used to help recruit faculty to assist with the study.

High Point YWCA renovating facility

YWCA High Point has begun construction of a new entrance and elevator tower, as well as improvements for people with disabilities, at its facility at 112 Gatewood Ave.

The YWCA, which raised $1.5 million for the project in a campaign chaired by Shelley Delmestri, also has begun an effort to raise another $1.5 million to renovate its existing building to better accommodate the needs of its members, provide adequate space for its programs and allow for future growth.

Bill Moser of Moser Mayer Phoenix is the architect for the construction project, and Dunbar and Smith will be the general contractor.

CASA gets $100,000 for apartments for veterans with disabilities

CASA, a Raleigh-based provider of affordable housing, has received $100,000 from the Home Depot Foundation to support construction of 12 new units in The Denson Apartments in Durham for veterans with disabilities.

CASA, which is seeking another $40,000 for the new units, completed 11 units the complex in 2014.

Since 1992, CASA has focused on building and managing affordable housing for extremely low-income families and individuals, in particular veterans and people with disabilities. CASA manages over 340 affordable apartments and homes in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.

Habitat Wake to mark 30th year, build 500th home, honor shooting victims

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015 and build its 500th home.

Habitat Wake also is partnering with the Islamic Association of Raleigh and, to build a house in the Crosstowne neighborhood in southeast Raleigh honoring the lives of three of its Islamic supporters who were shot and killed in Chapel Hill on February 10.

And with a $65,000 grant from MetLife, Wake Habitat will build a house in Apex for Hassan Muhumed and his family.

On  March 13, Wake Habitat and sponsor partners Christ Church and Highland United Methodist Church will begin building its 500th home in the Crosstowne neighborhood.

Habitat Wake will hold its annual Blueprint Breakfast on March 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Hilton-North Raleigh Midtown.

Honorary chair for the event is Tommy Fonville, co-founder of Fonville Morisey Realty and president of Community Properties.

Lead sponsors are BB&T, Builders Mutual, and Tom and Pat Gipson. Presenting sponsors are Fonville Morisey, Barefoot, SteelFab, and Bubba Rawl. Supporting sponsors are Bagwell & Bagwell Insurance, Cherry Bekaert, Deloitte, Legacy Custom Homes, Smith Anderson, and Tryon Title.

Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed in Chapel Hill on February 10, all had been supporters of Habitat Wake’s Interfaith Build since its inception in 2011.

As part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Tithe program, Habitat Wake also will pledge to support the construction of a house in partnership with Habitat Jordan, in the Abu-Salha’s native country of Jordan.

Triangle Community Foundation builds fundraising staff

Ken Baroff, former vice president for development at Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, has been named director of fund development at Triangle Community Foundation.

Baroff, who was executive director of the development team at Duke Children’s Hospital before working at Make-A-Wish, will head the Foundation’s fundraising team.

Caleb Baker, development officer at the Foundation, has been named senior development officer. He will continue to lead research and outreach for the development team, help donors create new funds at the Foundation, and work with community partners to develop collaborative funding opportunities. He also will work with nonprofits to create reserve funds at the Foundation.

Poe Center raises $20,000

The Poe Rodeo event hosted by the Poe Young Professionals on February 7 raised over $20,000 to support health education programming for children and families at the The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh.

Winston-Salem Hospice holding coffee events for veterans

Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is hosting coffee events throughout the Triad every month that provide an opportunity for veterans to meet and share stories, and feature informal presentations by community groups.

The events, all from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with pastries provided by Sheetz, are held in Mocksville on the first Thursday of the month at Sagebrush Steakhouse at 1562 Yadkinville Rd.; in Greensboro on the second Thursday at Outback Steakhouse in the Four Seasons Towne Centre; in Winston-Salem on the third Thursday at Outback Steakhouse at 505 Highland Oaks Dr.; and in King on the fourth Thursday at Towne & Country Grille at 627 S. Main St.

DMJ raises $13,000 for Special Olympics

DMJ & Co., a Greensboro accounting and consulting firm, raised $13,000 in the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department’s 15th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics North Carolina at Wet N’ Wild Emerald Pointe.

DMJ, which has participated in the event every year, now has raised $113,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics North Carolina since 2000.  

Medical Society leader named to leadership program

Devdutta G. Sangvai, immediate past president of the North Carolina Medical Society and associate chief medical officer at Duke University Health Systems, has been selected for the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars.

He is among 60 individuals throughout the U.S. who will participate in the six-month program.

They will travel to the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.

The program will include roughly 100 hours of sessions and case studies. It will include former presidents, administration officials and academic, and will focus on leadership, developing a network of peers, and exchanging ideas.

Furman recognized for urban development in Charlotte

David Furman, founder of Centro CityWorks, will receive the 2015 Vision Award from Charlotte Center City Partners. The award recognizes a community leader who has made the Center City “more vibrant and extraordinary.”

Furman, an architect and Charlotte native, founded three different architectural practices, as well as Centro CityWorks, a development company that focuses on affordable urban housing projects.

Between 2000 and 2008, the firm created 20 projects valued at over $250 million.

Greensboro Rotary Clubs pack meals for Meals of Hope

Students who need food during the weekend are getting 41,500 meals, thanks to a “Meals of Hope” meal-packing event hosted by Summit Rotary and Rotary District 7690 in Greensboro.

Packing the fortified macaroni-and-cheese meals at the February 28 were 85 volunteers representing six Greensboro Rotary Clubs and including students from Guilford Technical Community College, families and friends.

Participating Greensboro area Rotary clubs included host club Summit Rotary as well as Greensboro’s Airport Rotary, Southern Guilford New Generations Rotary, Crescent Rotary, Gate City Rotary and Guilford Rotary.

The meals were packed in partnership with the Out of the Garden Project, which serves “food-insecure” students on the weekend.

Event to benefit Regional AIDS Interfaith Network

The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network in Charlotte will receive all proceeds from Sweet Tooth, a dessert festival that will be held March 22 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel.

Green Chair Project adds board members

The Green Chair Project in Raleigh has added new members to its board of directors, including Kim Glenn of Moss+Ross; J. Ryan Lynch of Wells Fargo Bank;  Olalah Njenga of YellowWood Group; and Mary Reca Todd formerly with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. 

Two join Capital Development Services

Capital Development Services in Winston-Salem has named two new senior counsel — C. Eileen Watts Welch, who retired after 17 years at Duke University in the positions of associate dean for advancement at School of Nursing and executive director for advancement at the Center for Child & Family Health; and Harry P. Creemers, who retired after nearly 14 years the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, most recently as senior director of development.

ArtsGreensboro accepting nominations for Arts in Business Award

April 3 is the deadline for submitting nominations to ArtsGreensboro for the 2015 Arts In Business Award.

The award, which will be presented May 12 at the Small Business Awards Evening Event hosted by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, recognizes a Greensboro small business for its leadership and commitment to the arts and its impact on the arts over the past year.

The award is presented by ArtsGreensboro, in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber, Guilford Merchants Association, and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Rockingham funder gives $164,000

Rockingham County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has awarded $163,547 in funds from Duke Energy for the Dan River Basin area in Rockingham County.

Belk Endowment gives $9.6 million

The John M. Belk Endowment in Charlotte has awarded $9.6 million to community colleges and their partners across North Carolina to help more students complete degrees.

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