Nonprofit news roundup, 06.26.15

Winston-Salem Foundation giving $2 million for teachers

Enriching classroom experience and boosting student achievement is the focus of a $2 million investment The Winston-Salem Foundation will make over five years to support professional development for educators in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Known as the “Peer Project,” the effort will begin in the 2015-16 school year with educator grants available to staff attending the school system’s Collaborative Learning Conference in August.

Programming for all training opportunities supported by the initiative will be planned and administered by the school system.

The Foundation worked closely with the school system to develop the initiative.

Over the past 10 years, the Foundation has made 32 Community Grants to the school system totaling $462,671. In 2015 alone, it awarded 52 grants totaling $78,446 for individual educators’ professional development. In the 2014-15 school year, it also awarded nearly $1 million in college scholarships to local students.

Winner retiring from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Leslie Winner, who has served as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem since 2008, will retire in March 2016.

The Foundation has organized a committee to oversee the search for a new executive director.

Dance Project names co-directors

Lauren Trollinger Joyner, school director at Dance Project in Greensboro, and Anne Morris, program director, have been named co-directors, effective July 1.

Joyner and Morris succeed Jan Van Dyke, founder, executive director and artistic director,  who earlier this year announced she would step down in the face of declining health following a two-and-a-half-year fight with cancer. 

 Joyner and Morris, who focuses mainly on coordinating the annual North Carolina Dance Festival, will continue their current roles while expanding the scope of their leadership to guide the organization as a whole.

Van Dyke founded Dance Project in Washington, D.C., in 1974, and has led it i n North Carolina since 1989.

Cheek moves to YWCA Greensboro

Michele Cheek, case manager at Family Promise of Guilford County, has been named program director for the Emergency Family Shelter at YWCA Greensboro.

Mike Cooke, executive director at Family Promise, and Hugh Mann, chair of the homeless agency’s board, will perform the duties of case manager until a successor is named.

Campbell joins Salvation Army

Bob Campbell, former principal at Campbell Media Consulting, has joined The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem as director of marketing and public relations.

High Point United Way expands summer feeding program

United Way of Greater High Point will work with two new groups to provide summer meals for kids through its BackPack program.

United Way will provide meals for 35 children participating in a free, six-week summer camp at the Washington Street Enrichment Program, and will provide meals for 30 kids at its Carson Stout location. 

Including its partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of High Point, United Way this summer will provide over 4,800 meals through its BackPack program to kids who otherwise might go hungry over the weekends.

Methodist Home raises $40,000

Friends of Methodist Home for Children raised $40,000 at an event May 29 in Greenville.

High Point Boys & Girls Clubs gets $5,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point received a $5,000 grant from Bank of America Foundation to fund Teens With a Plan, a program to recruit and retain Club members ages 12 to 19 and engage them in activities that will lead to graduation from high school, with a plan that includes going to college, the armed forces, or a vocational career.

Nussbaum Center for host ‘Future CEO’ program

The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro this summer will host the inaugural Future CEO program for local High School Students.

The Future CEO program, to begin June 30, is a partnership among the Nussbaum Center , City of Greensboro Human Relations Commission, Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, and Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.

Fourteen students will focus on leadership skills, budgeting, and marketing and business strategies, and will meet Triad entrepreneurs.

Wells Fargo sponsors Ramp-A-Thon

Wells Fargo is sponsoring Ramp-A-Thon, an annual project of Community Housing Solutions in Greensboro in partnership with volunteers from Catholic HEART WorkCamp to build accessible ramps for low-income and disabled homeowners in Guilford County.

Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk  scheduled for October 18

The 37th annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk will be held October 18 in Independence Park, with 4,000 walkers expected to take part.

Since 1978, the event has raised nearly $8 million, including $2 million to support Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  

Economic Developers Association elects officers, board members

Ernest C. Pearson, a lawyer at Nexsen Pruet and a former assistance secretary in the N.C. Department of Commerce, has been elected president of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association, and Andrew Tate, president and CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, has been elected vice president.

The board has elected three new members, including Maureen Little, association vice president for  customized training in the North Carolina Community College System; John Nelms, development manager for Duke Energy; and Paul Peralta, senior vice president for ECS Carolinas.

North Carolina Community Foundation names two board members

North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors to the statewide board, according to Linda Staunch, chair.

Alexander Graham Floyd of Granville County, founder and president of Floyd Oil, and Steven Wangerin, CEO of W.T. Humphrey in Jacksonville, have joined the board of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Heart Association names ‘fit-friendly’ worksites

American Heart Association named 16 Winston-Salem companies and eight Guilford County companies as 2014-15 Fit-Friendly Worksite award winners.

In Winston-Salem, platinum winners were Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Cook Medical, Corning Optical Communications, Forsyth County, Inmar, and Hanesbrands. and gold winners were Avid Solutions, BB&T, Lowes Foods, MedCost, Novant Health, Salem Retirement Community, The Budd Group, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind.

In Guilford County, gold winners were Cornerstone Health Care, High Point University, NewBridge Bank, Schneider Electric Industrial Repair Services, Shadybrook Elementary School, UnitedHealthcare, VF Corporation and VF Jeanswear Limited Partnership.

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