Nonprofit news roundup, 02.19.16

Methodist Home gala raises $310,000

The Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh raised a record-high $310,000 at its 19th annual winter gala January 30.

At the event, which attracted over 550 guests, the Methodist Home inducted Easter Maynard and John Parker of Raleigh, Sandy and Tim Safley of Cary, and Mutual of America into its Guardian Angel Society for their commitment to children and families.

HBCUGrow names advisory board

HBCUGrow, a consortium that works to help historically black colleges and universities   grow enrollment and alumni giving, address marketing challenges, has formed an advisory board of representatives from nine schools and the group’s founding members of the group.

The next HBCUgrow conference will be held April 8 at Bennett College in Greensboro.

The advisory board, which will work to improve the group’s semi-annual conferences, includes State Alexander of Livingstone College; Cymone Baker of vitalink  and a student and intern; Joscelyne Brazile of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Anthony Brooks of Shaw University; Andrea Ferguson of AndiSites; Audrey Franklin of Bennett College; Jeanne Frazer of vitalink; Jermiel Hargrove of Vance Granville Community College; David W. Hoard of DHT & Associates; Kim Cliett Long of Wiley College; Bob Moura of Universal Printing; Kyle Brazile of the School of Law at North Carolina Central University; Michael J. Sorrell of Paul Quinn College; and Jason Warner of Johnson C. Smith University.

Forsyth groups land most United Way awards in state

For the third straight year, Forsyth County had the most recipients in the state of Spirit of North Carolina Awards from United Way of North Carolina.

Forsyth County winners, and the categories in which they won, include:

*BB&T — financial and banking institutions 1,501 to 2,500 employees.

* Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton — business campaign, 51 to 100 employees.

* Winston‐Salem Transit Authority — cities and counties, 101 to 200 employees.

* First Tennessee Bank — financial and banking institutions, 50 employees or less.

* Wake Forest University — higher education, 1,501 to 2,500 employees.

* Reynolds American — manufacturing, 1,501 to 2,500 employees.

* HanesBrands — retail, 2,501 to 5,000 employees.

BB&T also received the 2015 Excellence in Community Spirit Award.

High Point groups honored by United Way

Six High Point organizations received Spirit of North Carolina Awards from United Way of North Carolina.

Winner include High Point Regional Health System, High Point University, Housing Authority of the City of High Point, Old Dominion Freight Line, Smith Leonard, and Guilford County Schools.

Event to benefit Community Workforce Solutions

Community Workforce Solutions, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides job training, placement, and community integration opportunities for adults with disabilities or other barriers to employment, will hold a Casino Night fundraiser on February 27.

Proceeds from the event, to be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, will support the organization’s effort to raise $50,000 to buy equipment for a planned commercial‐grade kitchen for a food-service training program it aims to launch.

Williams top fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

Gregory S. Williams, a lawyer at Carruthers & Roth, was recently recognized as the top fundraiser for the 2015 “Light The Night Triad Executive Challenge” for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising nearly $16,000 to benefit blood cancer research.

Williams ranked third in the state among the 29 North Carolina executives who participated in the challenge and together raised over $180,000.

Anthony new board chair for United Way of North Carolina

John Anthony, retail banking executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region for First Tennessee Bank, has been elected as chairman of the board of directors of United Way of North Carolina.

Four directors join Forsyth United Way board

United Way of Forsyth County has elected four new members of its board of directors.

They include Chris Fox, vice president, corporate social responsibility, and  Hanesbrands Melissa Martin, marketing assistant, at Hanesbrands; Stephen J. Motew, senior vice president at Novant Medical Center; and Elwood L. Robinson, chancellor of Winston‐Salem State University.

Stroke Association luncheon raises $22,000

The Winston Salem-based North Carolina Stroke Association raised $22,000 at its annual luncheon on Feb. 10 that attracted nearly 200 guests.

The event, held at Old Town Club, honored Liz and John Brady.

Liz Brady suffered a major stroke in 2012. Her husband John was recognized for his devotion as her caregiver.

Early Childhood Foundation gets $110,000

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has received $85,000 from ChildTrust and $25,000 from The Belk Foundation for early literacy.

Mustard Seed gets $35,000

Mustard Seed Community Health, a Greensboro nonprofit that offers medical care to residents of the Cottage Grove neighborhood, has received a $35,000 grant from CVS Health Foundation in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics to track a group of 100 patients in east Greensboro and address lifestyle and environmental issues that contribute to significant diseases.

Arts Council awards mini-grants

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has awarded 10 mini-grants of $500 each to community groups and individuals to spread the arts into the community, promote creativity, provide greater access to the arts and bring people together.

Wells Fargo, which already funds The Arts Council’s $100,000 Arts-in-Education award program, is increasing its giving this year to sponsor the “community enrichment” mini-grants program.

The deadline for submitting applications for the next round of mini-grants is April 25 for projects taking place June 1 to September 30.

Health Underwriters to hold annual event

The North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters will hold its 27th Symposium and Exhibition April 3-5 at Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem.

Leach elected board chair for Passage Home, joins Kidzu board

Alfred Leach, president and chief strategy officer at MMI, has been elected chairman of the board of directors for Passage Home in Raleigh, and elected to the board of directors for Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill.

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