Nonprofit news roundup, 02.12.16

Winston-Salem State gets $205,000 for scholarships

Winston-Salem State University received a $205,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation to fund scholarships for full-time female students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The grant is expected to support about 150 scholarships with an average value of $1,400.

Nearly 90 percent of students at the university receive need-based financial aid, 33 percent are the first in their families to attend college, and 60 percent have no family assistance in paying college expenses.

In 2015, the university distributed over $900,000 in scholarships, up 49 percent from the previous year.

Event raises $120,000 for Family Service

The Big Hair Ball, a  masquerade ball on January 31 presented by The Guild and Junior Guild of Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, attracted more than 550 people and raised over $120,000 for Family Service of the Piedmont.

Association Management Group in Greensboro and Winston-Salem was a sponsor of the event.

Joedance gives $20,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital

Joedance Film Festival in Charlotte donated $20,000 in 2015 to Levine Children Hospital Carolinas HealthCare System for rare pediatric cancer clinical trials and research.

Since it began six years ago, Joedance now has raised nearly $100,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $564,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 21 community grants in January totaling $564,235.

Band Together partnering with YMCA

Band Together NC in Raleigh has selected the Southeast Raleigh project of YMCA of the Triangle as its 2017 nonprofit partner.

The YMCA has purchased land in Southeast Raleigh to serve as a community hub that will include a YMCA facility, affordable housing, a school, health-care options and access to healthy food.

In 2015, the partnership between Band Together and StepUp Ministry generated $2 million in net proceeds.

Morehead to head land trust

Travis Morehead, former operations director for the Carolina Thread Trail project in the Carolinas, will join The Land Trust for Central North Carolina in Salisbury as executive director on February 15.

Morehead, who grew up in Stanly County, previously served in the U.S. Army in Iraq, as senior and principal planner for the Town of Cary, and as community coordinator for the Catawba Lands Conservancy.

The Land Trust serves Anson, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan and Stanly counties.

Davidson Hospice names business developer, engagement director

Kara Thompson, assessment team leader at Hospice of  Davidson County, has been been named director of business development, and Jan Knox, director of family engagement and philanthropy at High Point University, has joined Hospice as director of engagement.

Poindexter, Triad nonprofit leader, dies at 75

Bonnie Poindexter, who led the Triad Chapter of the March of Dimes and the Piedmont Opera, died February 4 at age 75, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Poindexter serve as interim executive director of several arts organizations, including the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Sawtooth School of Visual Art and, twice, Piedmont Opera, the newspaper said.

Two join Nussbaum Center board

Deven Griffin, an industrial asset recovery specialist for D.H. Griffin Companies, and Leigh Ann Klee, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Pace Communications, have joined the board of directors of the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro.

Greensboro Hospice recognized for focus on veterans

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has been recognized as a Level Four Partner in We Honor Veterans, a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hospice received the recognition for increasing its capacity to sever veterans and their families; developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, veterans organizations and other health care organizations; promoted hospice and palliative care for veterans; and shown the impact of its programs that focus on veterans.

Greensboro United Way partners honored

Five of 14 statewide recipients of the Spirit of North Carolina awards from United Way of North Carolina are partners of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

They include Guilford County Schools in the category of school campaigns with more than 5,000 employees; Morrisette Paper Co., manufacturing campaign with 51 to 100 Employees; Kayser-Roth Corp., manufacturing with 101 to 200 employees; E.P. Pearce Elementary School, school campaign with 51 to 100 employees; and city of Greensboro and Guilford County, city or county with more than 5,000 employees.

Free promotional video for nonprofits

Raleigh video production company Blueforest Studios has invited Triangle nonprofits that focus on the community, environment, or economics to apply for production of a free promotional video valued at $5,000 to $10,000 that can be posted online, and to participate in seminars, newsletters and other offerings for nonprofits.

National Philanthropic Trust gives $643.7 million

National Philanthropic Trust made more than 25,000 donor-recommended grants totaling over $643.7 million to nearly 13,600 charities in 2015, a 23.7 percent increase in funding dollars from 2014.

The average grant size was $26,750.

Since it was founded in 1996, the Trust has raised over $5.9 billion and made over 136,000 grants totaling over $3.2 billion.

Black Philanthropy Initiatives gives $17,400

The Black Philanthropy Initiative awarded a total of $17,433 in grants from the Black Philanthropy Fund to Authoring Action, Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, Hanes Magnet School, and Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment, which was stablished in 2014 with $25,000 and supplements funds the Initiative raises each year, now totals $90,885.

The Endowment received matching grants of $10,000 each in 2014 and 2015 from First Tennessee Bank under a three-year challenge grant of $10,000 a year to match contributions of donors to the Endowment.

Sole Dimensions donates shoes

Sole Dimensions in Wake Forest donated 195 brand new pairs of shoes to Note in the Pocket, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides clothing to homeless and impoverished school-aged children.

After-school club at Dudley High gets $10,000

The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools has given $10,000 to the Advanced Technology Team, an after-school club at Dudley High School in Greensboro.

The funds were from a $20,000 contribution last year from Dun & Bradstreet, which has contributed a total of $50,000 to the Enrichment Fund since 2013.

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