Nonprofit news roundup, 03.20.15

Crisis Assistance Ministry gets $200,000 challenge

Four couples — Carol and Peter Budko, Tom and Heather Finke, Ken and Malinda Gill, and Brent and Claire Trexler — each has pledged to donate $50,000 to match dollar-for-dollar donations to Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte until April 16.

Crisis Assistance Ministry is Mecklenburg County’s lead agency dedicated to preventing homelessness.

Sisters of Mercy of N.C. Foundation gives $1.9 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1.9 million to 37 nonprofits.

The Foundation made 15 grants totaling $816,000 in the area of social services, 15 totaling $718,000 that were education-related, and seven totaling $368,000 in the area of health care.

Organizations that received grants are located Buncombe, Catawba, Davidson, Forsyth, Gaston, Hendersonville, McDowell, Mecklenburg, and Union counties in North Carolina, and York County in South Carolina.

Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded 1,612 grants totaling over $72 million to organizations serving unserved or underserved populations.

SWOOP volunteers pitch in for Benevolence Farm

Fifteen volunteers from Raleigh nonprofit Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects, or SWOOP, built a greenhouse on March 14 for Benevolence Farm in Alamance County.

Benevolence Farm, which provides housing and jobs for women after their release from prison, is raising money for the greenhouse through an online campaign and a grant from Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Paralympian Bonnie St. John to speak at Women’s Leadership Summit

Author and leadership consultant Bonnie St. John, who had her right leg amputated at age five and in 1984 became the first African American to win medals in the Winter Paralympics as a ski racer, will be the keynote speaker on April 22 at the 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit that will be hosted by the Junior League of Greensboro at the Grandover Resort.

For the second year, Jeri D’Lugin, senior financial services representative at The Principal Financial Group, is awarding scholarships to over 60 League members to attend the summit.

McCracken named president of Junior Achievement in Greensboro

Jacqueline McCracken, interim president and programs manager for Greensboro-based Central North Carolina chapter of Junior Achievement, has been named president.

She succeeds Cyndy Hayworth, who led the organization for 13 years and now is interim president of Downtown Greensboro Inc.

In 2014, McCracken was named by Triad Business Journal to its list of “40 Leaders Under 40.”

Community Investment Network names executive director

Erin H. Moore, former founder and CEO of Black Studies Online, and former assistant professor of history at Central State University in Ohio, has been named executive director of the Raleigh-based Community Investment Network.

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs opens tech center

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point has opened a new technology center at its Carson Stout Club at 1900 Fern Ave.

The Boys & Girls  Clubs received a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charity of North Carolina and a $5,000 matching grant from Global Ronald McDonald House Charity to buy new computers to run educational programs at the new tech center for its members.

SECU Family House gets $2,500

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem received a donation of $2,500 to its Family Assistance Fund from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

HandyCapable Network giving computers to school

HandyCapable Network in Greensboro will give 110 computers to students and their families at McNair Elementary School this spring, thanks to a grant from the Cemala Foundation.

John Rex Endowment gives $127,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh made five grants totaling over $127,000, including capacity-building grants to The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, Communities in Schools of Wake County, and Loaves and Fishes Ministry, and grants for organizational assessment to El Pueblo and InterAct.

Barnabas Network to benefit from ‘Chair Affair’

The Barnabas Network in Greensboro will hold the “Chair Affair,” an art auction, on April 16 at the Barnabas warehouse at 2024 16th St. starting at 6:30 p.m.

The nonprofit provides gently used home furnishings for families and individuals who are moving from homelessness, recovering from a major setback, fleeing domestic violence, or living with incomes that cannot cover basic needs.

Microsoft to sponsor digital series for Apparo

Microsoft Corp. will be the presenting sponsor of the annual Digital Series of Events and Ball for the second straight year for Apparo, a nonprofit that offers technology solutions to Charlotte-area nonprofits.

The ball will be held April 18. Last year’s event raised $800,000.

Cat shelter to host gala

SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh will hold its 11th annual Tuxedo Cat Ball on April 24 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.

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