Nonprofit news roundup, 09.25.15

Campbell Law School receives $8 million gift

Campbell Law School has received a gift of more than $8 million in cash and property from Raleigh lawyer G. Eugene “Gene” Boyce to establish The G. Eugene Boyce Center of Advocacy at the school’s campus in downtown Raleigh.

The contribution is the biggest ever to the law school and one of the biggest ever to the university.

Wake Forest Baptist gets $5.13 million from four donors

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem has received gifts totaling $5.13 million over the past year from four donors for chairs, professorships and endowed faculty scholars.

The McMichael Family Foundation in Madison, N.C., gave $1.5 million to establish a professorship in oncology

An anonymous donor gave $1.5 million to establish an endowed faculty scholar position in aging and Alzheimer’s disease

James W. Johnston and the Johnston Family Foundation gave $1.13 million to establish a professorship in diabetes and obesity. Johnston, a resident of Mooresville, is president and chief executive officer of Stonemarker Enterprises and formerly was chairman and chief executive officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

And The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation in Winston-Salem gave $1 million to establish a professorship in cancer research.

Los Angeles investing $100 million to support homeless

With an estimated 26,000 homeless people, the City of Los Angeles has declared a public emergency, and city officials have proposed spending $100 million on housing and other services to serve the homeless, The New York Times reported.

Budget officials estimate the city already spends over $100 million, mainly through law enforcement, to address needs related to homelessness, the Times said.

The city is the first in the U.S. to declare a public emergency in the face of the rise in homelessness.

Triangle Heart Walk set for September 27

The American Heart Association aims to raise $2 million and attract over 20,000 participants at the Triangle Heart Walk on September 27.

The annual event, be to held at PNC Arena on Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh, begins with activities starting at 12:30 p.m. and a walk at 2 p.m.

Chairing the event is Geoff Lang, vice president and general manager of MetLife’s Global Technology Campus in Cary.

Y Learning program to benefit from SAS Championship

The Y Learning program of YMCA of the Triangle will benefit from the 15th annual SAS Championship, which will be held October 5-11 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

In the past 14 years, the event has raised over $3.8 million for local charities.

The beneficiary for the past five years has been Y Learning, a standardized tutorial program for students from kindergarten through eighth grade who struggle to reach school-system benchmarks.

Over 1,600 students in Wake, Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange and Pamlico Counties participate in Y Learning.

Among participating students, 95 percent improve at least one grade level in reading or math.

Barbecue-blugrass event to benefit TROSA

A health center for residents of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers will benefit from a barbecue-and-bluegrass event on October 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the TROSA campus at 1820  James St. in Durham.

The event will feature barbecue from Durham chef Scott Howell  – owner of Nana’s, Nanataco and Bar Virgile – and from The Original Q Shack, Rise Biscuits & Donuts, and Foster’s Market.  Food service supplier Sysco also is a chief sponsor.

CROP Hunger Walk set for October 18

The 34th annual Winston-Salem/Forsyth County CROP Hunger Walk to fight hunger will be held October 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Corpening Plaza in downtown Winston-Salem. 

This year’s goal is to enlist 100 teams and 1,500 walkers and raise over $90,000, up from 70 teams, over 1,000 people and over $80,000 last year.

The CROP Hunger Walk has raised a total of over $1.6 million.

Methodist Home for Children raises $131,000

The Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh raised a record-high $131,000 on September 3 at its 9th annual Epicurean Evening in Wilmington.

The event featured 25 top regional epicureans who served more than 500 guests and competed for culinary awards.

Guilford Adult Health gets $30,000

Guilford Adult Health in Greensboro has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Guilford County Dental Society to buy new software for its dental clinic, Guilford Dental Access Program, which provides dental and oral care to underserved patients.

ArtsGreensboro gets $40,000

Wells Fargo Foundation has made a $40,000 grant to the 2016 ArtsFund campaign at ArtsGreensboro to establish the Wells Fargo Arts in Education Fund.

The new Fund will support arts programs provided by local arts organizations to students in Guilford County Schools.

The Carousel Center gets $30,500

The Carousel Center has received a $30,500 grant at from The Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County.

The Center will use the funds to serve more children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse.

The Women’s Impact Center has contributed over $100,000 in local grants in its four-year history. Previous grants supported the Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association, Dreams of Wilmington, and Wilmington Health Access for Teens.

Guilford groups get $21,000

Southeast Volunteer Fire Department in Greensboro received extrication equipment worth $20,969, while VIP for VIP, or Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person in Guilford County, received three projectors worth $4,197, all from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The department will use the donated equipment to improve its rescue capabilities for victims in motor vehicle accidents.

VIP will use the donated equipment to educate teens on the consequences of poor driving in schools throughout the community.

The Foundation has given over $14 million in 43 states and Puerto Rico, including over $662,000 in North Carolina.

Sedransk named director at NISS

Nell Sedransk, acting director at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences in Research Triangle Park, has been named director.

Sedransk, who will be based in NISS’ office in Washington, D.C., has served as acting director since 2014 and before that was associate director, starting in 2005.

She previously was chief of the statistical engineering division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

National Folk Festival attracts over 102,000 people

The National Folk Festival and related events from September 10 through 13 in downtown Greensboro attracted over 102,000 people, according to estimates.

The Festival, which marked its 75th anniversary and was presented by Belk and co-produced by ArtsGreensboro and the National Council for the Traditional Arts, was held f in North Carolina for the first time.

It will be presented again in Greensboro in 2016 and 2017.

Goetz Foundation to hold gala

Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation will host its 5th Annual Family Building Blocks Gala on November 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh.

All funds raised at the gala will support domestic adoption education and grant support services to North Carolinians who previously battled infertility.

The event will feature presentation of the Family Building Blocks Awards, which recognizes couples and organizations that support the Foundation.

This year’s recipients are Archway Foundation, Carolina Conceptions, Freudenberg IT, and Lori and Robert Moscato.

Sponsors of the event include Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists, Carolina Conceptions, and Duke Fertility Center,

Davidson Hospice seeking volunteers

Hospice of Davidson County is seeking volunteers to assist its staff in providing end-of-life care for its home-care and Hinkle Hospice House patients.

The agency will hold training and orientation sessions for new volunteers each evening from October 19 through October 22 in the Administrative Building on its campus at 200 Hospice Way in Lexington. 

Lowes Foods employees team with local nonprofits

Tim Lowe, president of Winston-Salem-based Lowes Foods, and about 150 regional managers, store managers and other home-office employees, partnered with three local nonprofits on September 24 as part of the company’s annual meeting.

Roughy 100 employees assembled 2,500 back-pack items into plastic zipped bags for the School Back Pack Program in Welcome.

Employees worked to refresh the courtyard area for Senior Services in Winston-Salem.

And employees dug up sweet potatoes, prepare the area for new planting, and handled general garden clean up for the Food Bank Garden in Winston-Salem.

Surry Community College gets $15,000

The Gene Haas Foundation gave $15,000 to Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C., to support scholarships for computerized-numeric-control machinist training.

American Heart Association gets $15,000

The American Heart Association has received a $15,000 donation for the 2016 New Bern Heart Ball from Carolina East Health System.

Triad Goodwill to hold customer appreciation day

Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, a nonprofit provider of employment services, will host a family-friendly customer appreciation day at its store and the Charles & Betty Younce North Elm Career Center at 3519 North Elm St. in Greensboro on October 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Longleaf Collective seeks grant applications

The Longleaf Collective, a young professionals’ giving circle at Triangle Community Foundation, is seeking grant applications for the first time.

It’s inaugural funding effort will focus on the connection between mental health and poverty in the Triangle, particularly for younger adults. At least one proposal will receive $5,000 to $10,000 in seed funding to further study or launch a project.

Applications are due October 16. 

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