Nonprofit news roundup, 07.17.15

ArtsGreensboro exceeds $1.2 million goal

ArtsGreensboro raised over $1.2 million in its 2015 ArtsFund drive, exceeding its goal by $16,000 and the total it raised last year by $13,000.

Co-chaired by ArtsGreensboro Board members Denny Kelly and Josephus Thompson III, the drive attracted nearly 1,300 individual, corporate and foundation donors, up seven percent from last year.

With funds it raises in the drive, ArtsGreensboro provides grants and other support annually to over 60 arts organizations, arts projects, teachers, and artists.

This year’s total includes $70,000 from Lincoln Financial Foundation, which will give another $70,000 to each of the next two annual ArtsFund drives.

Lincoln Financial Foundation also will give $10,000 a year for three years to the National Folk Festival, which will be in Greensboro for a three-year residency, starting this September 11-13.

Co-producing the Festival will be ArtsGreensboro and the National Council for the Traditional Arts.

This year, the Lincoln Financial also will provide the Festival with the use of its Market Street parking lot for a stage.

The Festival also announced that Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. and Foothills Brewing Company will serve as its craft beer sponsors this year, and that Triad McDonald’s Restaurants will sponsor the Family Stage.

Charlotte event to link nonprofits, young professionals

RAIN Young Affiliates and The Fillmore Charlotte will host the third annual Young Professionals Multi-Group Mixer on July 22 to connect professionals ages 21 to 40 with 21 local nonprofits.

Groups participating in the event, to be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at The Fillmore Charlotte at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., include Opera Carolina, Isabella Santos Foundation, RAIN, Project One Scholarship Fund, Ronald McDonald House, Safe Alliance and #WTFwevote, among others.

Study ties poverty to low academic performance

Poverty and low academic performance in North Carolina are closely connected, with counties that are home to few jobs and little economic development typically experiencing poor outcomes in health and wellness, and low educational attainment, a new white paper says.

Released by MetaMetrics and based on an analysis of the Roadmap of Need, a report from the Center for After School Programs at the Public School Forum of North Carolina, the white paper says poor counties offer little economic opportunity and generally score poorly on the variables in the Roadmap of Need.

The Roadmap tracks a broad range of socioeconomic, educational, and health and wellness metrics that affect young people.

The white paper also says that over the past two years, when North Carolina substantially raised academic standards, declines in the share of third graders who performed well on end-of-grade assessments reflect elevated academic standards and not a drop in students’ actual reading abilities.

Duke gets $20 million from Gates Foundation

Duke Global Health Institute has been awarded a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help educate a new generation of leaders and experts, and build research capacity to address global health challenges, including Ebola and MERS.

The grant includes $10 million in endowment support for the Institute, and $10 million to support a challenge that will match one dollar for every dollar given — making the total impact of the grant $30 million.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation gives $1.85 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling over $1.85 million to 37 nonprofits.

The grants included 18 totaling $821,504 for education; 11 totaling $616,960 for social services; and eight totaling $415,595 for health care.

Grants were awarded to organizations in Buncombe, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Guilford, Jackson, Lincolnton, Macon, Madison, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Rowan, and Rutherford in North Carolina, and York in South Carolina.

John Rex Endowment awards $803,000

John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded a four-year grant of $769,271 to support new programs to increase the capacity of WakeMed Physician Practices – Pediatrics to promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive health of children, and $34,055 to Triangle Family Services to build its organizational capacity.

Teach for America gets $50,000

Duke Energy Foundation is giving $50,000 to Teach for America to help it expand access to science, technology, engineering and math teaching in local schools in North Carolina, particularly in rural communities.

Comedy event to benefit Different Roads Home

Different Roads Home in Charlotte will benefit from “A Sordid Affair,” a comedy event September 26 the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte.

Sponsored by Rosedale Infectious Diseases, the event will feature writer and producer Del Shores, actress Caroline Rhea and actor Leslie Jordan.

Dental-education grants available

The Delta Dental Foundation through its Smiles for Kids grants program will award a total of up to $35,000 in grants of up to $5,000 each to nonprofits to support dental education initiatives and programs designed to promote children’s oral health, especially to those in underserved areas.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is September 30.

Event to support mammograms at Women’s Hospital

The 23rd Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run will be held October 3 at the Women’s Hospital in Greensboro, with proceeds used to be used to provide screening mammograms through the Mammography Scholarship Fund to women who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

The event, one of the largest races of its type in the Southeast, last year attracted over 2,500 women raised $110,316.

Bailey joins United Arts Council board

Kay Bailey, manager and regional human resource consultant for First Citizens Bank, has joined the board of directors of United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Foundation hosts summer camp

The David Amerson Defending Hands Foundation held its second annual football camp on July 11 at Dudley High School in Greensboro for over 100 young men.

On behalf of the foundation, David Amerson’s family awarded 15 scholarships to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point for members to attend the camp at no charge.

Fidelity Charitable makes nearly $1.5 billion in grants

Fidelity Charitable made over 310,000 donor-recommended grants totaling nearly $1.5 billion in the first six months of 2015, up 33 percent from the same period last year. Those grants supported 69,000 charities.

Schwab Charitable awards $1 billion in grants

Schwab Charitable awarded $1.06 billion in grants for its donors in fiscal 2015, up 30 percent from the previous fiscal year. Those grants supported over 42,000 charities.

Appreciated investments or assets represented 69 percent of contributions to donor-advised-fund accounts at Schwab Charitable.

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