Nonprofit news roundup, 05.08.15

Wilson Heart Walk raises $135,000

The American Heart Association attracted over 400 people on April 15 and raised over $135,000 to reduce heart disease and stroke, up $10,000 from 2014, at its annual Wilson Heart Walk at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.

Bill Caldwell, CEO of Wilson Medical Center, will chair the event  in 2016.

Merritt new exec at Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk

Shay Merritt, community development coordinator at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, has been named executive director at Charlotte CROP Hunter Walk (NC).

Forsyth Futures names executive director

Dan Barbara, former executive director of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Department of Health and Social Services, has been named executive director of Forsyth Futures.

Law joins Blumenthal Performing Arts

Chase Law, vice president for development at Discovery Place in Charlotte, has been named director of development operations at Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte.

Thompson moves from N.C. State to UNC-Wilmington

Kevin Thompson, donor and prospect assistant at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, has been named director of development for major gifts at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Brewer joins North Carolina Community Foundation

Angie Brewer, president-elect of the Junior League of Wilmington and former community affairs specialist for PPD, has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation as a regional associate for the state’s southeast region.

Band Together NC hires program manager

Fraley Marshall, an event consultant for the Raleigh Hall of Fame and previously interim director for the Greater Raleigh Sports Council, has been named program manager for Band Together NC.

Warren-Barbour named interim senior VP at Triangle United Way

Allison Warren-Barbour, vice president of resource development at United Way of the Greater Triangle, has been named interim senior vice president of resource development.

Tomorrow Fund gets $30,000 challenges

Diane Lanevi, founding board member of the Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students, has pledged $20,000, and another board member has pledged $10,000, to provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to a combined total of $30,000 for any donations received before May 31.

Last year, the Fund awarded $133,000 in scholarships to 16 students across North Carolina.  

Golf event to benefit Surry Community College Foundation

The 19th Annual Surry Community College Foundation Golf Tournament will be held May 21 at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy.

The Foundation, which has raised $794,000 from the event over its 18-year history, has renamed it in memory of Pat G. Woltz and Bobby R. Harold, who were veteran members of the Foundation’s board of directors and golf tournament committee.

Harold served as the tournament co-chairman since the tournament’s inception.

Third-grade reading proficiency goal of campaign

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has been named the lead organization for the state by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the U.S.

As the state lead, NCECF will support North Carolina’s existing local campaigns to improve third-grade reading outcomes and work with new communities to join the effort.

It also will convene state leaders to develop a coordinated strategy based on research, data and best practices to define, fund and put into place policies to ensure that children in the state are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Second annual WakeMed Farmers Market opens

The second annual WakeMed Farmers Market at Raleigh Campus, co-managed by WakeMed and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, opened on May 5 and will be held again May 19 and then from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday from June through August.

The Food Shuttle was awarded a two-year, $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help bring fresh fruits and vegetables into ‘food desert’ areas such as southeast Raleigh. 

The grant also encourages markets to support vendors who are minorities, new to farming or economically disadvantaged and who grow their produce within a 100-mile region surrounding the market.

The market will bring fresh foods to the more than 5,000 employees, 300 volunteers, and thousands of patients and visitors who come to WakeMed’s Raleigh Campus on a daily basis. 

WDAV sets $100,000 goal

Classical Public Radio 89.9 WDAV in Davidson and Charlotte aims to raise $100,000 by June 30, including an on-air drive that will run through June 5.

Two North Carolina youths honored for volunteerism

Davis Dawson of Concord, N.C., and Samuel Park of Charlotte were among youth volunteers from throughout the U.S. who received The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, including $1,000 each, at an event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Dawson, 17, a junior at Jay M. Robinson High School, raised over $43,000 and led the efforts of over 200 volunteers to build a new house for a single mother and her four children through Habitat for Humanity.

Park, 12, a seventh-grader at Harris Road Middle School, operates a video transfer service to raise funds for orphans in Kenya and Uganda, and delivers e-book “libraries” – Kindles loaded with up to 1,200 titles – to orphanages, schools and youth centers in those countries and South Africa, as well as public schools and youth centers in the U.S.,

Baseball game to benefit homelessness group

Partners Ending Homelessness will benefit from a share of ticket sales at the 7th Annual Home Run for Homelessness, to be held May 17 at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro for the game between the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Delmarva Shorebirds.

The event also aims to raise awareness about homelessness in Guilford County and to highlight local resources to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Transitions LifeCare adds board members, elects officers

Transitions LifeCare has elected four new members to its board of directors, including  Timothy Perkins, a principal at Deloitte; Steven Lyons, president of Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home; Robin Simonton, executive director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery; and Poonam Aneja, a community volunteer.

Beth Black, assistant professor of nursing at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected board president, and Charles Hodges, principal at Insight Advocacy, has been elected vice president.

New North Carolina foundation to award monthly grants

The Foundation for Do! says it will award $1,000 grants each month starting in June.

The foundation was created by Kel Landis, co-founder of Plexus Capital, an investment firm in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation accepting grant requests

Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation is accepting online applications until June 30 for its 2015 Environmental Stewardship and Energy Sustainability Competitive Grant Program.

Partnership to provide art education to kids

Carolinas HealthCare Foundation and Arts For Life are partnering to provide art education to children at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

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