Nonprofit news roundup, 07.31.15

Early childhood focus of $30 million effort in Forsyth County

Preparing young children in Forsyth County to be ready to succeed in school and life by the time they complete kindergarten is the focus of a 10-year, $30 million initiative of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

The goal of the effort is for at least 90 percent of all financially disadvantaged children from birth through kindergarten living in the county to reach developmental “milestones” appropriate for their age.

The Trust will invest in strategies to increase community engagement, improve systems that serve families, share knowledge and lessons learned, and build the “capacity” of providers.

It will focus on direct services to children and adult caregivers to improve child and family health, self-regulation, parent-child interaction, and adult care-giving; support children’s oral language and vocabulary development; and build systems and strengthen families.

The Trust also will provide over $1.4 million in grants to the Forsyth Public Library to support seven library branches and two bookmobile units geared to pre-school-aged children; the Winston-Salem Public Schools to install or significantly improve playgrounds at 23 schools, many of them in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods; and First Book to work with 1,000 educators in the county, particularly in financially-disadvantaged areas and provide access to books that are age-appropriate.

The Trust has hired Durham consulting firm MDC to work with its partners in the initiative.

Transitions LifeCare kicks off campaign, names fundraiser

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh has kicked off the public phase of a campaign raise $6 million to expand its hospice facility.

The nonprofit also has named Kristie Koontz Brackett, former director of leadership giving at Meredith College, as its vice president of development.

The campaign has raised over $4 million since its private phase began in September 2013.

Funds raised in the campaign will support expanding by 10 patient rooms its existing 20-room building, as well as adding family space and additional capacity to manager “higher acuity” patients, including those with memory issues.

In addition to the capital campaign, Bracket will be responsible for a $1.8 million annual campaign to cover benevolent patient care and extended grief services.

Co-chairing the capital campaign committee Dr. William Dunlap, a retired physician and one of three founders of Hospice of Wake County, as Transitions LifeCare formerly was known; Brenda Gibson, a community volunteer; and Thad Woodard, retired president and CEO of the North Carolina Bankers Association.

Steve Young, former medical director at the UNC Geriatric Specialty Clinic, has been named associate medical director.

CompassCenter hires executive director

Cordelia Heaney, executive director of the Office on Women’s Policy for the State of Louisiana, has been named executive director of Compass Center, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit serves women and families in Orange County and nearby areas.

Hurd new chief advancement officer at Greensboro College

Anne Jones Hurd, director of advancement at Greensboro Day School, has been named vice president and chief advancement officer at Greensboro College.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards $982,000 in scholarships

The Winston-Salem Foundation provided 566 student awards totaling $982,000 from 138 Foundation scholarship funds for the 2014-15 academic year.

N.C. Central gets $306,000 in in-kind support from Microsoft

North Carolina Central University in Durham has been awarded $306,481 in products and services from Microsoft Corp. to provide better technology access and upgrades to Microsoft software and products.

Community Matters raises $32,000

Community Matters in Charlotte, an insurance-industry group that supports selected nonprofit partners, raised over $32,000 at its Second Annual Golf Tournament, up $5,000 from its inaugural event last year.

Proceeds will go to Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry for their work to end homelessness.

Victory Junction gets $50,000

Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, received $25,000 from SHOP.COM to send 10 children to camp.

Sam Hornish Jr., Richard Petty Motorsports #9 driver, matched the donation.

Center for Inquiry-based learning gets $20,000

Biogen in Research Triangle Park has donated $20,000 to the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning in Durham, a science-education nonprofit that will use the funds to provide a full-day of professional development and nine-week kits for 50 teachers in the Durham Public Schools to use with their students for science, technology, engineering and math education.

Hatchett to speak at Boys & Girls Club event

Glenda Hatchett, a former Juvenile Court Judge and the star of Judge Hatchett, the reality-TV court show, will serve as keynote speaker for the annual gala of the John Avery Boys & Girls Club.

The event will be held September 26 at 7 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center.

Boys & Girls Clubs collecting school supplies

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in High Point is partnering with WGHP/FOX 8 on the 2015 “Stuff the Bus” campaign to collect school supplies for children in the Piedmont Triad.

New school supplies may be dropped off through August 25 at any Krispy Kreme or Mattress Firm location in the region; at Staples in Greensboro, Kernersville and Clemmons; at 5 Below in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Burlington; or at Unique Kutz in Summerfield.

Children’s Home Society gets $25,000

Children’s Home Society received $25,000 from Atlantic Tire & Service in the Triangle.

3 Irish Jewels Farm to hold inaugural gala

3 Irish Jewels Farm, an agricultural community that serves adults on the autism spectrum, will host its inaugural “Breakfast Under the Stars” event on October 17 at Toast Café at Waverly Place in Cary from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Aronson heads BJH Foundation board

Andrew Aronson of Greensboro has been named president of the board of directors of BJH Foundation in Greensboro, succeeding Cheryl David, while Craig Madans of Charlotte and Donna Newton, Jerry Pinsker and Susan Robinson of Greensboro have joined the board.

In the past eight years, the foundation awarded over $1.6 million in grants to schools, synagogues and organizations serving older Jewish adults.

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