Nonprofit news roundup, 09.18.15

High Point United Way sets $4.9 million goal

United Way of Greater High Point has set a goal of $4.925 million for it annual fundraising drive, up $15,000 from last year, when it exceeded its goal by $2,100.

Chaired by Randy Parker, president of Guilford Technical Community College, the campaign kicked off September 15 with United Way’s sixth annual day-long “CAN-Paign” food drive.

For the food drive, volunteers from Bank of America and United Way staff visited over 50 companies to try to fill three tractor-trailers from Old Dominion Freight Line. 

At the end of the day, 13 local food pantries unloaded the food into their own trucks.  Participating pantries included C.O.A.T.; Helping Hands Ministries’ Hope Church; Macedonia Family Resource Center; Open Door Ministries; Piedmont Health Services; The Salvation Army of High Point; Triad Food Pantry; Burns Hill Community Pantry; Student Food Pantry at Guilford Technical Community College; Triad Health Project; Community Resources Food Pantry at Ward Street  Mission; and West End Ministries.

Pope Foundation to award two $100,000 grants

The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh, launching its first competitive grants program, will award two $100,000 grants to North Carolina nonprofits to support innovative approaches to pressing needs.

October 30 is the deadline for submitting applications for the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services.

At the same time, the foundation is accepting applications for its traditional fall grants cycle to support arts and human services in the Triangle.

New leadership at Cannon Foundation

Venetia Skahen, program officer at The Cannon Foundation in Concord and former executive director of the Community Free Clinic in Concord, has been named the Foundation’s executive director.

She succeeds R. Frank Davis who died August 24 after a short illness.

Davis had announced he would retire at the end of the year, and a search for a successor was underway.

Davis joined the Foundation in 1998 and was named executive director in 2000.

A former high school English teacher, he had worked for three decades as an admissions and chief development officer at Berry College, his alma mater, and at Brevard College, University of Alabama at Huntsville, Mercer University, and Wingate University.

Skahen joined Foundation in 2012.

Meredith names leadership-giving director

Linda Carter, former associate vice chancellor for alumni engagement at the University of Missouri at Saint Louis, has joined Meredith College in Raleigh as director of leadership giving.

Carter previously was executive director of the Alumni Association and director of alumni relations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and before that  director of development for the School of Nursing at UNCG.

Event raises $25,000 to fight poverty

Passage Home and the J.D. Lewis Multi-Purpose Center in Raleigh raised $25,000 at an event on September 3 for a campaign to help break the cycle of poverty in Southeast Raleigh.

Funds raised at the event, hosted by Raleigh Wine & Design, bring to $110,000 the total raised in the campaign, which began in early 2015 and has a goal of $250,000.

Initiative Capital gets $1 million

Initiative Capital, the lending and investment arm of the North Carolina Community Development Initiative in Raleigh, received a $1 million grant from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund of the U.S. Treasury Department.

Initiative Capital, which provides gap funding, permanent financing and flexible credit for community assets such as affordable housing, community facilities and commercial spaces, will use the grant to expand its affordable housing and asset-preservation lending across the state.

Wake Salvation Army aims to raise $300,000

The Salvation Army of Wake County wants to raise $300,000 in a campaign that ends October 30 and marks its first effort to field volunteers to recruit support through personal meetings with individuals.

Chairing the campaign is Richard Campbell, president of Carolina Broadcasting and Publishing.

The Salvation Army traditionally has raised money through its annual year-end bell-ringer campaign, and through direct-mail appeals.

Ennis-Flint employees raise $11,000

Nearly 60 employees of Ennis-Flint in Thomasville pledged $11,000 to the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation in Fredericksburg, Va., up from $10,500 last  year.

The Foundation will use the funds to help advance programs that address work-zone death and injury; provide scholarships for family members of fallen roadway workers; and maintain the National Work Zone Memorial, which Memorial, which lists nearly 1,400 roadway workers killed in work zones.

Art Institute names career-services director; CEO joins Arts Council board

Heidi Nolta, a member of the career-services leadership team at Art Institute campuses in Chicago and Schaumburg, Ill., has joined The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University, as director of career services.

Chris Mesecar, president and CEO of The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, has joined the board of trustees of the Durham Arts Council.

Heart Association names development director

MeShall Hills, public communications specialist at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, will join the American Heart Association as director of development for the Rocky Mount-Greenville region, effective September 21.

Junior Achievement elects officers

Clayton Dorn of UPS has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, and Randy Brodd of Dixon Hughes Goodman has been named chair-elect.

Make-A-Wish gets $56,000

Sensus, a Raleigh-based provider of public-service infrastructure solutions, raised  $56,000 for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina at its third annual Charity Golf Classic at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University.

The event has raised over $124,000 since 2013.

Volunteers pitch into paint, repair houses

A veteran, an elderly widow, a disabled man, and a retired Cone Mills employee were among the recipients of the fifth annual Paint the Town event led by Community Housing Solutions in Greensboro.

On September 16, over 30 volunteers from Lincoln Financial Group provided exterior painting and landscaping repairs on two homes in the Woodmere Park neighborhood of northeast Greensboro.

And on September 19, over 110 volunteers — from Bank of America, United Guaranty, Lincoln Financial Group, First Baptist Church, United Healthcare, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Wells Fargo — worked at eight more Woodmere Park homes.

A sponsor for each house provides funding and volunteers to complete projects for homeowners who may be physically or financially unable to make repairs themselves.

Sherwin-Williams Paint donated All paint and necessary supplies for this year’s event.

White House honors Tomorrow Fund

The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students, a North Carolina scholarship fund, has been recognized as a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

The Tomorrow Fund will be included in a national online catalog featuring 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics.

Since it began awarding scholarships in 2010, the Tomorrow Fund has awarded ver $670,000, including $128,000 this past June to 18 students across North Carolina. Students must have graduated from a North Carolina high school and attend a North Carolina post-secondary institution.

Musical event to benefit FaithAction

FaithAction, a Greensboro group that provides services to immigrants, will benefit from “A Place for Us,” a musical show that will be held September 24 at the Community Theater of Greensboro at 520 S. Elm Street.

FaithAction this year aims to serve 4,000 new immigrants, addressing needs ranging food, housing and health-care to legal assistance, English and computer classes, employment readiness, and a FaithAction ID card.

It also plans to provide over 50 trainings and presentations about immigration and diversity to schools, social service agencies and faith communications, as well as bi-monthly “Stranger to Neighbor” events.

High Point Regional employees donate food

Employees at High Point Regional collected over 7,000 items of food during a three-week United Way food drive.

High Point Regional held the drive in the wake of a talk to more than 100 members of its management team by Carl Vierling, executive director of the Greater High Point Food Alliance.

Vierling told the group the levels of hunger and lack of food in High Point and Greensboro are among highest in the U.S.

Veterans Leadership Council gets $10,000

Waste Industries in Raleigh donated $10,000 to the Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina – Cares for its project to build a Veterans Life Center.

Leadership North Carolina names 55 leaders to new class

Leadership North Carolina has accepted 55 civic and community leaders from across the state have been accepted to its 2015-16 class.

Anti-abortion activist to speak in Greensboro

Anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the annual benefit dinner for Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center on October 2 at the Grandover Resort.

Johnson, founder of And Then There Were None and author of Unplanned, quit her job as director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Tex., to join a pro-life group after watching an abortion.

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