Nonprofit news roundup, 08.21.15

YWCA Greensboro gets $300,000 challenge

YWCA Greensboro has received a challenge gift from three anonymous donors to match all pledges up to $300,000 committed in the next six months.

Fulfilling the challenge will increase to $3.8 million the total raised in a campaign that aims to raise $5 million to support the new permanent home at 1807 East Wendover Avenue that it occupied last December, as well as programs.

Arts focus of community innovation in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem has been selected as one of two U.S. cities to pilot a Community Innovation Lab, an effort to solve tough social challenges by integrating artists and artistic practices into community change.

Over the next six months, the effort will bring together city agencies, community organizers, business leaders, artists, cultural organizations and nonprofit service providers to begin to address inequities in employment, income, and wealth in the city.

The Winston-Salem effort is convened by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Nelson leaving Urban Ministries of Durham

Patrice Nelson, executive director of Urban Ministries of Durham since 2009, will leave the organization to explore other interests.

Urban Ministries has begun a search for a new executive director, and Nelson has agreed to remain into 2016 to help orient her successor..

Urban Ministries shelters about 900 homeless people each year, ending homelessness for 237 of them over the past 12 months.

It also operates its Community Café, which serves about a quarter-million meals a year to those staying in the shelter and to others in the community who are hungry.

And its Food Pantry and Clothing Closet distribute donated groceries and used clothing to 480 poor families in Durham each month.

Camp Corral names CEO, chief operating officer

Mary Beth Hernandez, former associate dean for advancement and clinical instructor at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named CEO of Camp Corral, a free summer camp for military children.

Leigh Longino, former senior director of risk management for YMCA of the Triangle and a former member of Camp Corral’s board of directors, has been named chief operating officer.

As CEO, Hernandez will lead all fundraising and development efforts, and will work with host camps and partner organizations as Camp Corral looks to expand to more states.

NC New Schools expanding to four states

NC New Schools has launched Breakthrough Learning, a national brand it will launch through partnerships with communities in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and South Carolina to transform classrooms into “student-centered, personalized learning environments that align with the skills required for success in the global economy.”

Childhood hunger focus of fundraising at Wyndham

Birdies Fore Backpacks, an effort launched in 2014 to fight childhood food insecurity in the Piedmont Triad, is again the official charity for this week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.

Birdies Fore Backpacks supports local charities, including Backpack Beginnings, Forsyth Backpacks, Out of the Garden and United Way of Greater High Point, which fill backpacks with nutritionally sound meals for low income children and families to take home every weekend.

Last year, Birdies Fore Backpacks raised nearly $200,000.

Meredith College gets $100,000

Meredith College in Raleigh has received a $100,000 gift to fund a visiting professor of criminology. The donor of the gift has asked to remain anonymous.

High Point Salvation Army to hold furniture sale

Salvation Army of High Point will hold its annual Women’s Auxiliary Furniture Sale on August 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 301 West Green Drive in High Point.

Concert to benefit scholarship fund

More than 50 current and retired faculty members of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will perform on stage and work behind the scenes at a concert on September 5 to benefit the Faculty Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The event will be held at 1:30 p.m in Gerald Freedman Theatre on the UNCSA campus at 1533 South Main St. in Winston-Salem.

Admission is free, and donations are encouraged.

Organizers hope to raise $50,000 for the Faculty Endowed Scholarship. An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $25,000 raised during the concert.

So far, scholarships have been awarded to one or two students a year.

Event to benefit anti-poverty program

Passage Home and J.D. Lewis Multi-Purpose Center in Raleigh will hold a fundraising event on September 3 for their campaign to break the cycle of poverty in Southeast Raleigh.

The VIP Affair will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Wine & Design at 806 N. West Street.

Daniel Center to benefit from event

The Daniel Center for Math and Science will benefit from Karaoke for Kids 2015 on September 23 at Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Lafayette Village in Raleigh.

Presented by Falls Lake Insurance, the event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.   

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $491,500

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $491,503 to groups Forsyth County in the areas of the arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, public interest, and recreation.

Forsyth Tech linemen students get scholarships

The Fallen Linemen Foundation, an organization that works to support linemen and their families and awards two $1,000 scholarships a year to qualifying students enrolled in a North Carolina electrical linemen program, has awarded scholarships since the spring of 2014 to five students enrolled in the Electrical Lineman Program at the Northwest Forsyth Center in King of Forsyth Technical Community College.

Health Underwriters Association wins 7 awards

The North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters and its chapters received seven awards at the 85th Annual Convention of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

The state association received the Landmark Award for service to members and the industry and public, and the Media Relations Award for using media to reach members and the industry and public.

The association’s Charlotte, Western Piedmont, and Western North Carolina chapters received the Pacesetter Award, and the Triad chapter received the Media Relations Award for the eighth straight year.

Arts Council launching two campaigns

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will launch two Power2Give campaigns September 1 that will give local donors an opportunity to target their dollars for specific Arts Council initiatives.

The “Art in Unexpected Places” initiative aims to increase the amount of public art, performances and cultural experiences in the city, while providing support for local artists.

The “Early Childhood and After School Enrichment” initiative aims to expand the Council’s arts-in-education efforts outside the school room and school day, and provide additional venues where children can enhance their learning through the arts in safe and stimulating environments.

Heart Association campaign gets sponsors

Butterball and MetLife have joined long-time partner Duke Medicine to sponsor the “My Heart. My Life.” campaign of the Triangle American Heart Association that promotes comprehensive health and wellness.

Junior Achievement gets $10,000

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the SunTrust Foundation.

Junior Achievement will use the funds to bring financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce-readiness programs to over 400 students in eastern North Carolina.

Trained corporate and community volunteers share their personal and professional experiences in an estimated 20 classrooms.

And SunTrust employees will volunteer in classrooms teaching Junior Achievement programs.

Through the grant each class will receive five to seven in classroom lessons.

Event to benefit heart program

The 29th Annual Warren Rives 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run will be held September 19 at the Mills Regional Health Education Center of High Point Regional Health at 600 N. Elm St. in High Point.

All proceeds benefit the Heart Strides Scholarship Fund. Heart Strides is a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program at High Point Regional Health.

High Point Bank is presenting sponsor of the event for the ninth straight year.

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