Nonprofit news roundup, 07.10.15

N.C. Central raises $7.4 million

North Carolina Central University in Durham received over $7.4 million in gifts in the fiscal year ended June 30, up from $5.42 million a year earlier.

Alumni giving totaled $2.1 million, with alumni participation totaling 15 percent, up 3 percentage points from the previous fiscal year.

Individuals contributed over 71 percent of the gifts in the fiscal year just ended.

High Point Regional employee drive raises $150,000

Over 660 staff members at High Point Regional Health contributed over $150,000 during a four-week GiveStrong! Employee Giving Campaign that has generated over $585,000 in the past five years.

Employee donations will support five areas at the hospital, including Area of Greatest Need, Diabetes Patient Scholarship Fund, Inpatient Pediatrics Fund, Patient Special Needs and Project Care.

Employees were given the option of designating where they would like their contribution to go.

Family Promise suspends operations

Family Promise of Guilford County has suspended its operations as a family emergency shelter.

Citing its “financial situation,” the agency said in an email message to friends that it had placed its four families in an extended-stay hotel where they will stay until mid-July, when YWCA Greensboro will open its family shelter and provide emergency shelter for the families.

Family Promise recently announced that Michele Cheek, its case manager, had been named program director YWCA’s family shelter.

Forsyth United Way gets $200,000

United Way of Forsyth County has received a $200,000 grant to help low- and moderate-income residents get financial coaching and improve their financial skills.

The grant is part of the Financial Capability Network, a partnership between United Way and Wells Fargo.

Established in 2012 with a five-year, $5 million Wells Fargo grant, the network aims to strengthen the financial stability of individuals and families in Forsyth County and seven other communities throughout the U.S.

RiverRun Film Festival gets $148,400

The RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem is has received a total of $148,400 in operating and project grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Millennium Fund, James G. Hanes Foundation, City of Winston-Salem, The Winston-Salem Foundation, and Forsyth County Tourism Development Authority.

‘Teacher of Year’ joins Public School Forum

James E. Ford, 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and a world history and sociology teacher at Garinger High School in Charlotte, has been named program director at the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Ford, who will be based in Charlotte, will lead a new statewide program to support and engage beginning teachers, and will play a key role in the Forum’s education policy work, including new efforts to advance educational opportunities for all children in the state.

Methodist Home names eight to board

The Methodist Home for Children elected eight new members to its board of directors, including Albert Blackmon of Clayton, an account executive at SAS; Airen Blaine of Cary, a community volunteer; Chris Brady of Raleigh, pastor of Wilson Temple United Methodist Church; Rick Roeder of Raleigh, manager of the Portfolio Strategist Group at First Citizens Bank; Jane Spicer of Wilmington, a physical therapist and community volunteer; Linda Taylor of Emerald Isle, superintendent of the Sound District for the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church; Jessica Vickers of Raleigh, an associate at Manning Fulton; and Richard Woods of Chapel Hill, chief operating officer and co-founder of Hamilton Point Investment Advisors.

Cat shelter gets $2,000

SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh received a $2,000 grant from Lil Bub’s Big Fund for the ASPCA to support homeless pets that need special care or extra help getting adopted. The funding will offset costs associated with care and placement of cats that arrive at the shelter with physical deformities, birth defects, or wounds suffered from a disaster, accident or abuse.

McNeill new board chair at Ravenscroft School

Caryn Coppedge McNeill, a partner at law firm Smith Anderson, has been elected chair of the board of trustees of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.

Rehm joins StepUp Ministry board

Robert Rehm, a partner at law firm Smith Anderson, has been selected to serve on the board of directors of StepUp Ministry in Raleigh.

New marketing and PR director at Salvation Army

Veteran broadcaster Bob Campbell has joined the Winston-Salem Area Command of The Salvation Army as director of marketing and public relations.

Campbell, former on-air radio host at WTHZ/Majic 941 and 600WSJS in the Triad, also worked on air and in radio management in Boston; Detroit; Charleston, W.Va.; Oklahoma City; and Richmond and Norfolk, Va.

Running event raises $5,600 for food bank

Matt’s 10K Run to Fight Hunger, an event on July 4 hosted by Matt and Amy Ketterman, owners of Got You Floored in Greensboro, raised $5,600 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Charlotte event to honor Purple Heart recipients

The Greater Charlotte Purple Heart Dinner Committee will honor Charlotte-area Purple Heart recipients and their families at a dinner August 15 at 5 p.m. at the Le Méridien hotel in Charlotte.

The event will be the first of its kind in Charlotte.

The Purple Heart decoration is awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. military.

Local firms team with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tar Heel Basement Systems partnered with Merlot and VanGogh, and Which Wich, on an event on July 9 for kids participating in an eight-week summer reading program provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters Services in Winston-Salem.

Alzheimer’s Association to benefit from ice-cream event

The Alzheimer’s Association will receive all proceeds from an ice-cream event on July 31 to be hosted by Woodland Place Assisted Living from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1915 Boulevard St. in Greensboro.

Davidson Hospice to hold volunteer training

Hospice of Davidson County has scheduled a training session for new volunteers on July 28 through July 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Administrative Building on its campus at 200 Hospice Way in Lexington.

Woodruff to speak at women’s luncheon

Lee Woodruff, a best-selling author, network news contributor and philanthropist, will be the headline speaker at the sixth annual Women to Women’s Celebration Luncheon on October 19 at Joseph S. Koury Convention Center.

Woodruff is married to Bob Woodruff, former co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight, who sustained a  traumatic brain injury while reporting from Iraq,

Actress Marlo Thomas, who had been scheduled to be the speaker, has cancelled her appearance, opting instead to appear in a play that will be in production at the time of the event. 

The Women to Women fund is an endowed grantmaking fund at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Arts Council names communications coordinator

Sydney Leonard, who worked in communications and outreach for the City of Raleigh, has been named communications coordinator for United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Junior Achievement names four to board

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina elected four new members to its board of Directors, including Harninder Bassi, director of operations at Cisco; Steven Ismaili, assistant vice president at MetLife; Carmen Maye Lucas, vice president at Wells Fargo; and Colleen Savarese, manager of human resources at LORD Corp.

Self-Help awards $9,000 in scholarships

Self-Help Credit Union awarded a total of $9,000 in education scholarships for students active in their community, with 18 credit union branches each selecting a $500 winner.

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