Nonprofit news roundup, 06.19.15

Nonprofits fear impact of Senate tax plan

Charities, churches, hospitals, and colleges and universities say the North Carolina Senate plan to slash sales-tax refunds to nonprofits and cap deductions for donations would reduce services and charitable giving.

The Senate budget would reduce to $1 million by 2020 — from $45 million currently — the refunds on state and local sales taxes that charities can claim each year, and would let nonprofits apply for refunds only once a year, compared to twice a year currently.

The plan also would cap charitable deductions at $20,000.

Leaders of the North Carolina House told reporters they did not expect to support the Senate proposals.

Merritt heads Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk

Shay Merritt, former community development coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, has been named executive director of Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.

Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk has given $22,000 each to Crisis Assistance Ministry.  Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina from funds it raised last October at its 2014 Walk.

Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk is the largest CROP walk in the country in both the number of walkers and funds raised.

Canada named executive director at NCCJ

Ivan Canada, interim executive director and former senior director of NCCJ, the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, has been named executive director. He previously was co-director of NCCJ’s ANYTOWN youth-leadership program.

THRIVE Fund giving $3.1 million

The THRIVE Fund, administered by Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte,  will give over $3.1 million in grants, some over multiple years, to eight local arts organizations.

The grants are the first to be made by the Fund, established in 2013 under the leadership of Hugh McColl, former chairman and CEO of Bank of America, to provide financial stability for Charlotte’s cultural sector.

Yadkin County hospice gets $1 million

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in Yadkinville has received $1 million from the State Employees Credit Union, bringing it past the half-way mark in a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to build the first hospice home in Yadkin County.

Girl Scouts launching mobile program

Raleigh-based Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is launching a “Mobile Program Vehicle” to deliver Girls Scouts programs to rural communities.

Providing funding for the van, which has room for 12 Girls Scouts and is equipped with counters, seats, electrical outlets for computers and equipment, and a mounted monitor, were the Frank K. Webb Charitable Trust, BB&T, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, and Duke Energy.

Salemtowne Retirement Community hires CEO

Mark A. Steele, president and general manager of China operations for Cornerstone Affiliates International, a subsidiary of American Baptist Homes of the West in Pleasanton, CA, has been named president and CEO of Salemtowne Retirement Community in Winston-Salem.

Steele, who starts his new job August 10,  succeeds Joe Lydon, who announced in 2014 he planned to retire this year.

Passage Home gets challenge from Stewards Fund

Passage Home in Raleigh aims to raise $75,000 by June 30 in partnership to secure a $75,000 challenge grant from the Stewards Fund.

Passage Home serves over 1,000 families and low-income individuals.

United Way, Housing Authority team up to feed kids

Eighty children living in Daniel Brooks Homes, J.C. Morgan Courts, and Juanita Hills will get free lunches Mondays through Thursdays this summer, thanks to a partnership of  United Way of Greater High Point and the Housing Authority of the City of High Point.

For over five years, United Way has provided food for students on the weekends through its BackPack program.

Now, its BackPack program is joining the Housing Authority’s partnership with the Guilford County Schools Summer Food Program to provide lunches during the summer.

The United Way BackPack program is supported by grants, United Way campaign designations, and private donations.

Other community partners include Out of the Garden Project, Carolina Container, Steelecase, and The Crossing Church.

Salvation Army, Food Bank serving lunch for children

The Salvation Army of High Point is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to provide a free lunch throughout the summer for children and teens in low-income areas. Every day, staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army will serve meals in the Family Life center at 301 West Green Drive.

High Point United Way awards venture grants

United Way of Greater High Point awarded a total of $32,500 in “venture” grants to eight agencies to address emerging or unmet needs.

Six times in the past nine years, United Way now has awarded a total of  over $300,000 to nearly 60 agencies for new initiatives and one-time capital items.

Recipients of this years venture grants, which range from $2,000 to $5,750, are Communities in Schools of High Point; Community Outreach of Archdale/Trinity; Go Out for a Run; Greater High Point Food Alliance; Habitat for Humanity of High Point, Archdale and Trinity; Helping Hands Ministry; Mary’s House; and Out of the Garden Project.

Complaint says Walmart Foundation pushes retailer’s expansion

A complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service by over a dozen community groups claims the Walmart Foundation violated its tax-exempt status by using charitable funds to put the retailer’s entrance into Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C., The Washington Post reported.

The groups allege the company completely controls the foundation, which it alleges “appears to target its donations and influence its grantees primarily to assist Walmart to achieve those expansion goals, ultimately providing Walmart more than an incidental benefit,” and that the Walmart Foundation’s activities are impermissible under the Internal Revenue Code.

Davidson County Hospice to benefit from motorcycle event

Hospice of Davidson County will benefit from he 8th Annual Hospice of Davidson County “Ride for Angels” motorcycle benefit on July 18.

The event, which will begin at Denton FarmPark at 1072 Cranford Rd. in Denton, has raised over $100,000 since began in 2007, including nearly $22,000 last year.

Wells Fargo invests in early literacy

Wells Fargo is giving $10,000 to the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation to support its work to advance policies and practices that prepare children for third-grade reading proficiency.

Compass Center honored by Chamber of Commerce

Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill has been named 2015 Nonprofit of the Year” by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

Wise Guys director honored

Rick Brown, director of the Wise Guys program at Children’s Home Society in Greensboro, has received the 2015 Impact Award by SHIFT NC, which honors an individual, organization, or collaboration that has made a significant difference in adolescent pregnancy prevention and sexual health.

Heart Association getting $6,000

The Eastern North Carolina office of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association has received a donation of $5,000 from South River Electric Membership Corp., and a pledge of $1,000 from The Florence Rogers Charitable Trust, both in Fayetteville.

Father’s Day event to benefit Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will receive all proceeds from the third Father’s Day 5K to be hosted by Maggiano’s Little Italy on June 21. Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro/Durham, the event will be held at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham and begin at 8:30 a.m.

SOLitude pitches in on lake cleanup

North Carolina employees of Virginia-based SOLitude Lake Management participated in the annual spring Clean-Up-A-Thon at Jordan Lake, working to remove 300 bags of trash and debris and 140 tires, equaling 9,080 pounds, from the shoreline and woods surrounding the lake, and helping the Haw River Assembly collect its 10,000th bag of trash since the cleanup events began in 2009. 

Prevention Partners honors Hutchinson

Sig Hutchinson a member of the board of directors of Prevention Partners in Chapel Hill, has received the organization’s POWER Award, recognizing outstanding leadership for prevention from a board member or community collaborator.

ArtsGreensboro honores Hyers

ArtsGreensboro presented the Betty Cone Medal of Arts to the family of Stephen D. Hyers, former Managing Director of Greensboro City Arts Drama Center.

Hyers died in October 2014 after an 18-year battle with a brain tumor.

SAFEchild names 13 new board members

The board of directors SAFEchild in Raleigh has elected 13 new board members. The include Megan Daniels of Nationwide; Kelly Miller of Kelly Miller Designs; Frank Yang of WakeMed; Matt Ferraguto of Eckel & Vaughan; Stacy Dunn of Zift Solutions; Lauren Smith of 18 Seaboard; Jason Rapuano of Paragon Bank; Elaine Loyack of Delta Dental of North Carolina; Shonnese Stanback of Stanback Law Firm; Chris Roberson of BB&T; Brent Townsend of Wake Radiology; Lissa Johnsen of Net@Work; and Rachel Smith of Rex Hospital.

Symphony Guild to host Home Kitchen Tour

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte will host its second annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour on October 17. The event will benefit the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras, and youth music education.

Oktoberfest to benefit Alzheimers North Carolina

Alzheimers North Carolina will receive proceeds from Oktoberfest, which began as a joint effort between the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs and will be held October 3 and 4 at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

BB&T volunteers pitch in for mother with MS

Twenty-eight volunteers and shoppers from the BB&T Greensboro Client Center worked on May 21 and 28 to renovate the yard and home of Krisi Buron, a single mother of two children who has multiple sclerosis.

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