Nonprofit news roundup, 05.15.15

DeRonja to head SAFEchild

Cristin DeRonja, director of the SAFEchild Advocacy Center in Raleigh, has been named executive director SAFEchild, starting in July.

DeRonja, who has worked for SAFEchild for 11 years, will succeed Marjorie Menestres, who is retiring as the organization’s founding executive director.

Menestres was hired in 1993 just after the agency was formed by the Junior League of Raleigh as the first and only agency in Wake County focused on providing direct child abuse prevention services to area families.

SAFEchild, which became an independent agency three years later, now employs 14 people and operates with an annual budget of $1.2 million.

In 2009, SAFEchild opened its Advocacy Center, which provides medical evaluations and advocacy support for children reported for sexual and physical abuse.

Raleigh consulting firm Armstrong McGuire conducted the search for Menestres successor and worked with the SAFEchild board of directors in 2013-14 to create a succession plan it used when she announced her retirement in January. 

George named community impact manager for Google

Jess George, executive director of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, has been named community impact manager for Google in Charlotte.

Martyn heads private donor group for Fidelity Charitable

Elaine Martyn, former vice president of development for the Global Fund for Women in San Francisco, has joined Fidelity Charitable in its Cary office as vice president of its private donor group, working with major donors.

Victory Junction getting $500,000

Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, is getting nearly $500,000 from Kangaroo Express to send 200 children ages six to 16 to summer camp.

During its seventh annual fundraising campaign, with Coca-Cola as its partner, Kangaroo Express collected donations throughout March at over 500 convenience stores in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Since 2009, donations have totaled nearly $4 million and supported sending 1,500 children to summer camp.

Heart Association raises $270,000

The 4th Annual Guilford Go Red For Women Educational Expo & Luncheon hosted by the American Heart Association at Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on May 4 attracted over 520 women and helped raise nearly $270,000 for women’s heart disease research and prevention education through the Guilford Go Red For Women year-round campaign.

The campaign aims to raise $300,000 by June 30.

Winston-Salem State getting $100,000

Winston-Salem State University is getting $100,000 over four years from Amica Mutual Insurance Company for an endowed scholarship fund to support undergraduate honor students.

The fund was established with an initial gift of $100,000 from Chancellor Donald Reaves, who retired in December, and his wife, Deborah Reaves.

Winston-Salem Foundation honors community leadership

The Winston-Salem Foundation presented its 2015 Winston-Salem Foundation Award and 2015 ECHO Awards at its annual Community Luncheon on May 6 that attracted 1,100 community members.

Receiving The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, established in 1996 and recognizing visionary leadership in the community, was Woody Clinard, who over the years has supported El Buen Pastor Latino Community Service, The Hispanic League, and Old Town Elementary School.

He has designated the $10,000 Foundation grant that accompanies the award be divided among 10 organizations.

Receiving the ECHO Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that build social capital and were presented jointly by the Foundation and ECHO Network, include:

* Books for Dudes, Forsyth County Public Library’s book club for men.

* Jake Denton, who has supported Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County as a volunteer, neighborhood organizer and AmeriCorps National Service member.

* Terry Hicks, choral music teacher at R.J. Reynolds High School.

* WinstonNet, which focuses on making technology available in the community.

Each of the four recipients will receive $1,000 to grant to a nonprofit of their choice.

Junior Achievement gets $20,000 from Wells Fargo

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina was awarded a grant of $20,000 from Wells Fargo.

It will use the funds to provide financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness programs to over 700 students in eastern North Carolina. 

ArtsGreensboro gets $25,000 to support grants program

ArtsGreensboro has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a program supported by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation that will provide grants for special needs and innovation at nonprofit arts groups with annual operating budgets over $50,000.

Bailey’s gives $11,000 to Food Bank

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry donated $11,000 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh through a campaign that donates funds to purchase 360 meals to feed a family in need for every ring purchased from a special collection of engagement and wedding jewelry.

Housing Foundation renames campus

The North Carolina Housing Foundation in Winston-Salem has renamed part of its 16-acre campus The SECU Commons.

The new name recognizes a $1 million challenge grant the Housing Foundation received last fall from the SECU Foundation to complete development of campus facilities for a program to assist three groups at risk of chronic homelessness, including homeless families, youth aging out of foster care, and young adults on the autism spectrum.

The campus, which uses four of the 16 acres, includes 15 condominiums; a 20-bed multipurpose building with a commercial kitchen; two stand-alone houses; a 4,800-square-foot conference center with training rooms; a medical office, and a 10-office administrative facility.

The SECU Commons will complete development of the campus and expects to begin receiving referrals from agency partners and housing participants in the program before the end of the year.

John Rex Endowment to fund Wake coalitions

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh has created a new program to fund coalitions in Wake County working to keep children from being obese and overweight, or to support children’s mental health and social and emotional well-being.

Fidelity Charitable gives $1 billion

Fidelity Charitable says that, as of May 7, it made over 223,000 donor-recommended grants in 2015 totaling $1 billion, a level of giving it reached nearly six weeks sooner than the previous record pace it set last year.

Those grants supported over 55,000 charities.

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