Nonprofit news roundup, 09.11.15

StepUp launches statewide organization

StepUp Ministry, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that provides jobs and life-skills training to people at economic risk, has created a statewide umbrella organization to support local StepUps and expand the StepUp network.

The new umbrella group, StepUp North Carolina, will provide accounting, human-resources and marketing services to local StepUps in Raleigh and Greensboro, and to a new StepUp set to open in Durham in October.

It also will work with local StepUps to develop and share best practices in marketing, human resources, finance, programs, board and staff development, and other business functions.

And it will work with local leaders, organizations and funders in other communities to create and support new StepUps.

Steve Swayne, former executive director of StepUp Ministry Raleigh, serves as CEO of StepUp North Carolina.

Other staff for the statewide organization include:

* Keith Daniel, executive director of operations and strategic partnerships, who was executive director at DurhamCares.

* Beth Lowery, chief financial officer, who was controller at StepUp Raleigh.

* Amy Kennemur, human resource director, who was human resource manager and volunteer coordinator at StepUp Raleigh.

* Sarah Werner, marketing director, who was marketing and development coordinator at StepUp Raleigh.

Leadership change at Active Living By Design

Sarah Strunk, executive director of Chapel Hill-based Active Living By Design, will become its strategic advisor, effective October 12, and Risa Wilkerson, associate executive director, will become executive director.

Corbett new board chair at North Carolina New Schools

Jeff Corbett, senior vice president and chief procurement officer for Carolinas delivery operations at Duke Energy, has been elected chair of the board of directors at North Carolina New Schools.

Corbett succeeds Bob Greczyn, CEO emeritus of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Ed Auslander, president and CEO of LORD Corporation, has been named chair-elect.  

Event raises $10,000 for scholarship

An event sponsored by Ann Zuraw, principal of Zuraw Financial Advisers, and hosted by the firm, raised $10,000  for the Bertha Sternberger Scholarship at Bennett College in Greensboro.

Zuraw, founder of the event, is a great-granddaughter of Bertha Strauss Sternberger, who was married to Emanuel Sternberger, a business partner of Cone Mills co-founders Moses and Ceasar Cone in Revolution Mills, a flannel production plant.

Arts mini-grants available

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is accepting applications from community groups and individuals for mini-grants of up to $500 to promote creativity and connect people through the arts.

Deadlines for submitting applications are Jan. 4, 2016, for projects taking place Feb. 1 through May 30; and April 25, 2016, for projects taking place June 1 through September 30.

Art exhibition to benefit Hirsch Wellness Network

Hirsch Wellness Network, a Greensboro nonprofit that provides creative arts, supportive services and wellness programs for cancer patients, survivors and their families, will benefit from the seventh annual Art Lives Here exhibition on October 9 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Revolution Mills gallery in Greensboro.

Last year’s event grossed nearly $30,000 for the Hirsch Wellness Network, which employs a part-time staff and maintains an office and classroom at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.

Each year, nearly 1,000 individuals participate in Hirsch Wellness Network activities, including art classes, mindfulness and yoga workshops, presentations and performances

All classes are free to individuals in treatment, survivors and caregivers.

Meredith College names campaign communications manager

Emily Parker, former director of communications and marketing at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, has been joined Meredith College in Raleigh as campaign communications manager.

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