Nonprofit news roundup 07.02.15

StepUp partnership with Band Together raises $2 million

A year-long partnership between StepUp Ministry and Band Together has raised over $2 million that StepUp will use to establish StepUp in Durham, to create StepUp North Carolina as an umbrella organization to oversee the creation of new StepUps throughout the state, and to offer support to the original StepUp in Raleigh.

Band Together, a Raleigh nonprofit that uses live music to promote social change, raised $500,000 for StepUp through the partnership over the past year and at a concert on June 27, while StepUp raised $1.5 million.

Band Together has helped raise nearly $5.5 million for Triangle philanthropies since it was formed in 2001 and says it has become the largest charitable music event in the Southeast.

StepUp, an interfaith nonprofit founded in 1988, works to help low-income and homeless people become self-sufficient though life-skills preparation with volunteer partners and job training and placement.

Each year, it works with nearly 600 individuals in Wake County. As a result of its work, it says, over 800 Wake County adults, many of them in crisis or in need, have been placed in jobs over the last five years.

StepUp, which Band Together also selected as its partner in 2010, is the first nonprofit Band Together has partnered with twice.

Glazier to head Justice Center

Rick Glazier, a lawyer and Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from Fayetteville, has been named executive director of the North Carolina Justice Center in Raleigh.

Glazier plans to resign from the House and begin his new job at the end of the current legislative session.

He will succeed Bill Wilson, deputy director of the Justice Center, who has served as interim executive director since Melinda Lawrence retired as executive director at the end of 2014 after nearly eight years in the job.

Glazier, an employment and labor-law attorney, is a visiting professor in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University and teaches pre-trial law at Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh.

Sorhagen interim CEO at Prevent Child Abuse

Anne Sorhagen, former vice chair of the board of directors for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina in Raleigh, has been named interim CEO at the organization.

Sorhagen, who is board treasurer and fundraising co-chair for the Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association in Wilmington, succeeds Bud Lavery, who left Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina in April as president and CEO.

Lavery, former executive director of Communities in Schools of Durham, joined Prevent Child Abuse in July 2013, succeeding Rosie Allen Ryan, who had served as president and CEO since 2008.

PLM Families Together names development director

Jennifer Paul, development director at Thrive DC in Washington, D.C., has been named to the new position of development director at PLM Families Together in Raleigh.

Thrive DC serves meals and provides emergency and support services to 2,000 homeless and low-income individuals a year. PLM Families Together works to help families move from homelessness to independence.

Childers joins Cumberland Community Foundation

Darryl Childers, former director of operations for two charter schools in the Dominican Republic, has joined Cumberland Community Foundation as community relations manager.

Childers, who has master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and was the 2013-14 Shannon St. John Fellow at Triangle Community Foundation in Durham, will be responsible for the Foundation’s community grants programs, community relations, and donor engagement.

North Carolinians’ health coverage upheld by Supreme Court

The nearly half-million North Carolinians receiving health insurance subsidies under the federal Affordable Care Act will continue to receive them as a result of ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, says Legal Aid of North Carolina.

The ruling on June 25 rejected a challenge to the health care law. The challenge sought to end subsidies for residents of North Carolina and other states that had not set up their own state-based online exchanges for insurance plans and instead relied on the federal exchange at, Legal Aid says.

Legal Aid and other groups that are part of the North Carolina Navigator Consortium have received federal funding since 2013 to train and field health-care “navigators” who work one-on-one with consumers to help them understand the financial assistance that is available, and enroll in affordable health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Baseball tournament raises $20,000 fund childhood cancer work

North Wake County Baseball Association raised over $20,000 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation at the Association’s 2nd Annual North Wake Vs. Cancer Benefit Tournament.

Funds raised at the tournament, which attracted 30 North Carolina-based youth teams with over 300 players who competed at the Factory Baseball Complex in Wake Forest,  help local and national pediatric cancer patients.

The Vs. Cancer Foundation half the proceeds go national childhood cancer research and half to the Lineberger Cancer Center and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Charlotte fundraisers announce philanthropy award winners

The Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has announced the winners of its annual philanthropy awards. The winners, to be recognized at the chapter’s  annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon on November 18 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, include:

* Outstanding Philanthropist: Howard Levine.

* Outstanding Professional Fundraiser: Jenni Gaisbauer.

* Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Bank of America.

* Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Two Men and a Truck.

* Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Edward O’Keefe.

* Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist: Dale Gillmore.

* Outstanding Student Philanthropist: James McLelland.

* Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Charlie Elberson.

* Outstanding Legacy: Mary Liz Francis.

 N.C. Community Foundation hires communications specialist

Louis Duke, a recent graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, has joined the North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh as communications specialist.

Red Hat CEO to keynote Poe Center annual meeting

Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh.

The meeting will held September 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Poe Center at 224 Sunnybrook Rd.

Hospitality House to host open house

Hospitality House of Charlotte, which recently turned 30, will host a Birthday Celebration Open House on July 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its facility at 1400 Scott Ave.

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