Nonprofit news roundup, 10.16.15

Hirsch named CEO at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

Sharon Hirsch, executive director of Donate Life North Carolina, will join Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina on October 26 as president and CEO.

She succeeds Anne Sorhagen, board treasurer and former vice chair of the board of directors for Prevent Child Abuse, who has been serving as interim CEO.

Hirsch previously held two leadership roles at the Durham County Department of Social Services, where she created the department’s Leadership Academy to develop future agency leaders, and managed an agency budget of over $300 million.

She also has served as the first executive director of the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services, and as staff director at The Council for State Governments in Lexington, Ky.

Golden Corral boosts expansion of Beginning Teacher Network

A three-year, $150,000 investment from Golden Corral will help he Public School Forum of North Carolina expand its Beginning Teacher Network to Mecklenburg and Union Counties in spring 2016.

With support from Golden Corral, the Forum launched the Network as a pilot program in Wake County earlier this year with 24 early-career teachers, and this fall increased it to more than 80.

The Public School Forum began recruiting teachers in Mecklenburg and Union Counties this month, and is in talks to expand the program to two additional counties by the spring.

The Network focuses on education policy, cross-career collaboration, and professional development.

Greensboro-based Junior Achievement wins top rankings

Greensboro-based Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina ranked first in student growth among Junior Achievement chapters throughout the U.S. for the 2014-15 academic year, according to data released by Junior Achievement USA.

The local chapter also ranked second in volunteer hours served, and fourth in class growth.

Driving the chapter’s top ranking was  expansion throughout Forsyth, Alamance, Rockingham, Randolph, Guilford and Montgomery counties.

Triangle Battle of Bands nets $1 million for nonprofits

Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands, the annual fundraising event of ad agency McKinney for corporate musicians to raise money for a local charity, has netted $1 million in donated funds in its first nine years.

Since 2006, the effort has support nine nonprofits, including SeeSaw Studio; Communities In Schools of Durham; Center for Child & Family Health; Kidznotes; NC Arts in Action; East Durham Children’s Initiative; The Hill Center; Urban Ministries of Durham; and, this year, Book Harvest.

The 10th anniversary Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2016.

Donated hemophilia therapy shipped to developing world

The first shipments of hemophilia therapy have begun to arrive at treatment centers in the developing world through a partnership among Biogen, Swedish Orphan Biovitrum, or Sobi, and the World Federation of Hemophilia.

The donation will provide up to 500 million units of hemophilia therapy over five years to the Hemophilia Federation.

The initiative is the first phase of a 10-year commitment by Biogen, which has a facility in Research Triangle, and by the Swedish firm to produce 1 billion international units of hemophilia therapy for humanitarian use.

Pro bono awards to recognize lawyers, advocates

Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte will host their fourth annual Pro Bono Awards on October 20 to honor local attorneys and advocates who have donated their time and expertise to underserved children, families and individuals in legal crisis.

Winners to be honored at the event, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Sonia and Isaac Luski Gallery at Foundation For The Carolinas at 220 North Tryon Street, include:

* Katherine S. Holliday of James, McElroy & Diehl — Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, a lifetime achievement honor.

* Rolly L. Chambers of Smith, Currie & Hancock; John A. Fagg Jr. of Moore & Van Allen PLLC); and Jodie Hermann Lawson of McGuireWoods — Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

* Mary Schilli — Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

* Horack Talley and Moore & Van Allen — Outstanding Firm Service Award.

* Pro-bono participants of the Safe Child Immigrant Project at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont — Outstanding Collaboration Service Award.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards $452,000 and scholarships

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 22 community grants totaling $451,810 to organizations serving Forsyth County in the areas of animal welfare, arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, public interest, and recreation.

The Foundation also named three recipients each of the 2016 Dean Prim Scholarship, which offers a summer travel program to China and a college scholarship of $1,500 a year for four years, and the American Institute for Foreign Studies Scholarship, a travel scholarship for China study.

ArtsGreensboro launches grants program

Greensboro-based nonprofit arts organizations are invited to submit letters of interest to ArtsGreensboro funding through its pilot Arts Innovation grants program.

Supported by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the program will provide a total of $50,000 to fund grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

Groups receiving grants must provide a dollar-for-dollar match for the grants, which are designed to help arts nonprofits engage new audiences.

Impact Alamance gives $82,530

Impact Alamance awarded the Town of Green Level $82,530 to improve access to physical activity for nearby residents.

The funding will be used to build a new basketball court and a family outdoor fitness equipment area.

Two join board of Early Childhood Foundation

Geraldine Dawson, director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, and Heather Graham, principal at Education First, have been appointed to the board of directors of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation.

United Arts Council to hold dinner event

On November 5-7, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County will host its annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” event.

The event will include 11 individual dinners November 5 and 6 in private homes or other venues, each with a featured artist.

The event also will include The Art of Celebration on November 7 featuring 25 mystery artists at a 200-person dinner at CAM Raleigh.

 HorseFriends to mark 10 years

HorseFriends, a therapeutic horseback riding program in Reidsville serving individuals with special needs, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Fall Fun Show and Costume Contest on October 24.

The event, which starts at 9 a.m., will be held at Flintrock Farm, Route 158, 221 Flintrock Trail, in Reidsville.

Better Business Bureau honored

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont has received the 2015 National Outstanding Operations Award from The Council of Better Business Bureaus.

The Charlotte-based group won top honors in the large-sized category of Better Business Bureaus with over 4,000 accredited business members.

The organization previously won the National Outstanding Operations Award in 2012 and 2014.

Salvation Army gets coats from motorcycle club

The Salvation Army of Wake County has received a donation of coats collected by the Ruff Ryders Raleigh motorcycle club.

The Salvation Army collects and distributes over 7,000 coats each season.

Arts Council awards mini-grants

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County seven community enrichment mini-grants totaling $3,500 to community groups and individuals.

The grants are designed to spread the arts throughout the community, promote creativity, provide greater access to the arts and bring people together. 

Nominations open for business support of arts awards

United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County is accepting nominations through November 16 for the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Awards.

The awards, co-sponsored by The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce are presented each year to businesses, organizations, and individuals that promote the arts and humanities in Wake County in a significant way.

The 2016 awards will be presented in January at the 5th annual State of Arts and Culture in Wake County event.

Applications available for regional artist grants

ArtsGreensboro is accepting applications through November 16 for the 2016 Regional Artist Grant program, which ArtsGreensboro administers on behalf of a consortium that includes Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties.

In 2015, 12 artists received a total of $18,000 in grants from this program, which aims to foster relationships between regional arts councils and networking among artists across counties.

Funding for this program is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and matched by participating Arts Councils in the five counties.

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