Nonprofit news roundup, 03.27.15

Foundation for the Carolinas gets $45 million gift

Foundation for the Carolinas has received a $45 million gift from Howard R. Levine, chairman and CEO of Family Dollar.

Last October, Levine gave 600,000 shares of Family Dollar stock to the Howard R. Levine Foundation, a donor advised fund at the $1.7 billion-asset Foundation for the Carolinas.

In January, the stock was sold for $45 million.

The gift and sale increased to $65 million Levine’s total philanthropic funds at Foundation for the Carolinas.

Levine and his wife, psychologist Julie Lerner Levine, also are giving $1 million to the Carolina Theatre at Belk Place.

The gift supports Foundation For The Carolinas’ restoration of the 36,000-square-foot historic theatre.

The Foundation, which has set a goal of raising $35 million for the project, now has raised $25.8 million.

Museum of Natural Sciences gets $585,000

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences received a three-year, $584,700 grant from Biogen Foundation it will use to continue to develop and put into place public programs focusing on biotechnology and human health for students throughout the state.

The grant is the largest to a North Carolina museum by the Biogen Foundation, which since 2007 has given over $1.6 million to museums for science and education programming and outreach.

The new grant eclipses the $450,000 gift the Foundation made last October to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to support the North Carolina Science Festival for the next three years.

Compass Center honors DWM Advisors

Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill presented its Joseph P. Davis Award for Corporate Sponsorship to DWM Advisors.

The award, which recognizes long-term supporters, is named for Joe Davis, who is chairman and managing director of DWM Advisors, which provided $100,000 to the nonprofit as a sponsor for more than 10 years.

Ronald McDonald House raises $95,000

Ronald McDonald House of  Chapel Hill raised $95,000 at its Third Annual Storybook Gala, an event on March 21 at the Carolina Club that attracted over 300 guests.

The total raised included $20,900 from a live donor appeal, with those dollars to be used for a capital campaign to support expansion of Ronald McDonald House to 53 guestrooms from 29, along with other facilities.

Hospitality House of Charlotte raises $76,000

Hospitality House of Charlotte, a local nonprofit that provides lodging to families and patients undergoing medical treatment in the Charlotte area, raised over $76,000 as a result of a challenge grant from The Leon Levine Foundation.

The Foundation agreed to give $20,000 to Hospitality House if it raised $30,000 in 30 days. The nonprofit raised $56,000.

British charities fear government cuts

Public funding cuts are the biggest challenges facing British charities, while protecting the independence of the charitable sector is the top priority for the next government, a new report says.

Seven in 10 of over 400 charities responding to the survey say demand for services grew in the previous 12 months, and they expected demand to grow for the next 12 months, says Managing in the New Normal, a report from Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, and PwC.

Nearly three in 10 charities say they lack the resources to meet rising demand for services, up from 16 percent that said that in 2014.

Fifty-seven percent of charities say staff levels grew in the past year, more than said that a year earlier, and fewer charities than in the previous year say they took steps to reduce staff.

Charities indicated most categories of income had improved, and are optimistic they will continue to improve in 2014.

Over half of charities plan say they plan seek different sources of income.

ArtsGreensboro to hold family event

ArtsGreensboro will kick off the first-ever “I HEART ARTS Month” with a free Family Jubilee and Summer Camp Fair on March 29 at Revolution Mill Event Center at 900 Revolution Mill Drive from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Family Service of the Piedmont getting $20,000

Family Service of the Piedmont will get $20,000 raised by students, faculty and staff at High Point University, and members of the community, at the second Super Hero Dash co-hosted by the school’s Kappa Delta sorority and the Guild of Family Service of High Point.

High Point Salvation Army to hold sale

The Salvation Army of High Point will hold a sale of donated furniture and home décor items on March 28 to raise funds for social ministry programs.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army building on 301 West Green Drive.

Evia-Lanevi honored by Hispanics in Philanthropy

Diane Evia-Lanevi, founder and chair of the advisory board of The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students, was recognized by Hispanics in Philanthropy for her work with fund.

She was among 31 Latino leaders from across the U.S. honored at an event in San Francisco.

The leaders are featured in a video and their stories are included in a book published by Hispanics in Philanthropy.

Community assets focus of Winston-Salem Foundation event

Asset-based community-building will be the focus of the 2015 Community Luncheon on May 6 hosted by The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Keynote speaker at the event, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Benton Convention Center, will be John McKnight, co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and professor emeritus of education and social policy at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Clouden to head 7th Street Public Market

Chris Clouden, former director of events for the Charlotte Sports  Foundation, has been named executive director of the 7th Street Public Market in uptown Charlotte.

N.C. Stroke Association accepting applications for grants

The N.C. Stroke Association is accepting applications from hospitals for a total of $20,000 in grants to support the Association’s programs for stroke prevention, education and post-stroke activities, and for building their own stroke programs.

May 31 is the deadline for submitting applications.

Care Ring to hold gala

Care Ring in Charlotte will host its circus-themed gala, Under the Big Top, presented by Wells Fargo, on April 25 at The Hilton Charlotte Center City.

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