UNC-CH newspaper turns to fundraising

By Todd Cohen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Daily Tar Heel, the 123-year-old student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is adding charitable fundraising to the nonprofit business model it launched in 1989.

Founded in 1893 as a publication of the school’s Athletic Association, the DTH for most of its history was supported by fees from students, who picked the editor in a campus-wide election.

But in 1993, a student referendum the newspaper sponsored ended the student fee and put the selection of the editor in the hands of an independent board created by the board of directors of a nonprofit created at the time to publish the newspaper.

Advertising sales had been generating enough revenue to cover operating costs, and the newspaper “wanted to give student fees back” for other campus organizations to use, while also removing “even the possible appearance of influence” from the university, says Kelly Wolff, general manager and director of the nonprofit, DTH Media Corp.

For the past five years, however, the nonprofit has posted an annual operating deficit ranging from $50,000 to over $100,000 on a budget of roughly $1 million, making up the difference from a reserve fund. And it now faces the need to replace outmoded newsroom technology, and provide scholarships and travel expenses for student staff, she says.

It has formed an alumni association to spearhead an annual fund campaign and host receptions throughout the U.S. And it is preparing for a capital campaign to raise about $300,000 or more.

“We are starting for the first time to ask our alumni to support the parts of our educational mission that are no longer being fully supported by our ad revenue,” Wolff says.

Operating in an office in downtown Chapel Hill — it moved off campus in 2010 — and with a professional staff of four people working full-time and two working part-time, the newspaper employs 80 students in news, advertising, customer service and production jobs. Another 150 students work as volunteers in training.

The student staff produces 14,000 copies of the newspaper five days a week when school is in session. The paper is distributed at 225 sites on and off campus, including Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, southeast Durham and northern Chatham County.

The newspaper also publishes an online version that attracts 10,500 unique visitors, on average, each school day.

The student editor hires the newsroom staff, each of whom is paid $200 to $700 a month. DTH Media Corp. employs a newsroom adviser who provides a training for the staff and volunteers.

A student advertising manager and staff of 25 handle all ad sales under the direction of a non-student advertising director.

Last fall, DTH Media Corp. began piloting a new business, DTH Media Services, with public-relations students from UNC working with clients to produce brand content.

The new alumni association has developed a list of 2,000 alumni, will distribute an alumni newsletter three times a year, and in February hosted an inaugural homecoming event.

It included two days of workshops and a dinner that attracted 60 alumni and presented its first Distinguished Alumni Award to Edwin M. Yoder Jr., who served in 1955-56 as DTH co-editor and in 1979 won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at The Washington Star.

The alumni association, Wolff says, will focus on fundraising, networking among alumni for their own professional development, and mentoring students.

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.25.16

Fundraising results mixed, survey says

Sixty-five percent of nearly 1,200 charities in the U.S. and Canada saw fundraising receipts grow in 2015 from 2014, while 73 percent met their fundraising goal, a new survey says.

Still, compared to 2013 or 2014, a bigger share of charities saw a drop in results from about half the fundraising methods they used, including direct mail, major gifts and board giving, says the Nonprofit Fundraising Survey from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.

The share of charities reporting an increase in fundraising receipts grew slightly from 63 percent in 2014 and 62 percent in 2013, while the share of charities that met their fundraising goal was essentially flat compared to last year.

Seventy percent of health charities reported increased charitable gifts in 2015 than 2014, up from 56 percent reporting increased gifts in 2014, while 61 percent of arts charities reported an increase, down from 70 percent in 2014.

Charities in the southern U.S. were least likely to see an increase in giving, with 64 percent reporting they did, while those in the western U.S. were most likely to see an increase, with 74 percent saying they did.

Sixty-seven percent of the 71 Canadian charities responding to the survey reported increased, up from 53 percent a year ago.

The share of charities reporting increased charitable receipts has grown from 43 percent in 2009 — to 65 percent in 2015.

Charities report that gifts most often solicited in person — major gifts, board giving and planned gifts — continue to see increased charitable receipts.

Charities that invest in fundraising — including staff, fundraising budget, and training for leadership and volunteers — are more likely to report positive results.

Foundation for the Carolinas reports record-high assets

Foundation for the Carolinas posted a record-high $1.78 billion in assets in 2015.

Charitable funds held by the Foundation, which serves 13 counties in the Carolinas, totaled $452 million, and over the past two years added over $1 billion to their funds at the Foundation.

A record-high 14,532 grants totaling $284 million from Foundation-held funds were distributed to nonprofits.

Crossnore School expands, will lead Children’s Home

The Crossnore School in Crossnore in the Blue Ridge Mountains and The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem have formed an affiliation that calls for Crossnore School to assume leadership of The Children’s Home.

Brent A. Loftis, CEO of The Crossnore School, will assume executive leadership of both organizations, including administrative, operational and programming functions

Services at both campuses will be integrated with one another over the coming months, and the governing boards of both organizations will work together to create a governance structure for combined services.

Residential capacity at The Crossnore School is 83 and will grow to over 100 with the opening this spring of three new cottages.

Our Children’s Place merges with Coastal Horizons Center

Our Children’s Place in Chapel Hill has merged with Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington and will be known as Our Childrens Place of Costal Horizons Center and will continued to be based in the Triangle.

Melissa Radcliff, who has served as executive director of Our Children’s Place, will continue as program director.

Geography tied to kids’ risk of failure

In North Carolina, young people living in Union, Orange, Wake, Cabarrus and Camden counties are most likely to succeed, while those living in Vance, Northampton, Anson, Halifax and Robeson are most at risk of not succeeding, a new report says.

The 2016 Roadmap of Need, first published in 2010 and released by the Center for Afterschool Programs at the Public School Forum of North Carolina, assesses the relative well-being on young people living in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties

It is based on data on health; youth behavior and safety; education; and economic development.

The five counties in which young people are mostly likely to succeed remain the same as last year, while Vance replaced Edgecombe in the five counties in which young people are most at risk of not succeeding.

The Public School Forum says in a statement that while the Roadmap suggest that counties in eastern North Carolina are those in which young people are most at risk, the nature of county-wide indicators “often masks the variation occurring within counties, particularly our most populous counties where neighborhoods that alone would fare well on the Roadmap indicators exist in close proximity to neighborhoods with many young people in need.”

Jerome joins Cone Health

Larry Jerome, former senior consulting associate at national consulting firm Brakeley Briscoe, has been named senior vice president of institutional advancement at Cone Health in Greensboro.

Triad Leaders to track health, share progress with community

Solstas Lab Partners/Quest Diagnostics and the American Heart Association are teaming up with six community and business leaders in the Triad who have agreed to visit their physician, make a plan with their doctor, set personal goals for better health, and share their progress with the community through video updates and personal stories through May 21.

Smart Start to celebrate 20 years

Smart Start of Forsyth County will celebrate its 20th anniversary on April 12 at Bridger Field House at Wake Forest University.

Featured at the event, to begin at 7:30 p.m., will be guest Michelle Kennedy of WXII 12 News, and a recognition of the first generation of Smart Start leaders.

Health Underwriters to hold golf event

The Triad Association of Health Underwriters will hold a Charity Golf Tournament on May 11 to benefit the North Carolina Military Order of the Purple Heart, Wounded Warrior Leave Fund.

The tournament will be held at Greensboro National Golf Club at 330 Niblick Drive in Summerfield.

Heart Walk moving to Winston-Salem from Tanglewood

After 23 years, the American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk in Forsyth County is moving from Tanglewood Park.

Renamed the Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk, the 2016 event will be held October 19 downtown at Innovation Quarter.

The event, which attracts nearly 5,000 people each year, formerly was known as the Tanglewood Heart & Stroke Walk and has been held at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on the third Saturday in October for the past 15 years.

Meals on Wheels gets $35,000

Meals on Wheels of Wake County received $35,000 from the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger to put the Foundation’s food waste solution into effect.

The effort, funded with support from the Walmart Foundation, will provide Meals on Wheels with tools and training to better use resources and  meet the nutrition needs of seniors in Wake County.

The project will be carried out at the Five Points Center for Active Adults in Raleigh starting in May.

Six join Women’s Impact Network board

Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County named six new board members, including Linda Brown; Leigh Johnson, director of corporate relations, Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast; Liz Kachris‐Jones, district administrator, Fifth Judicial District North Carolina, Guardian ad Litem Program; Melissa Phillippi, president, Performance Culture; Nancy Scott‐Finian; Laurie Taylor, vice president of development, Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Butterball CEO chairs Triangle Heart Walk

Kerry Doughty, president and CEO of Butterball in Garner, will chair of 2016 Triangle Heart Walk that will  be held in September at the PNC Arena in Raleigh and aims to raise $1.6 million to benefit the American Heart Association.

Fraternity raises $1,500 for Make-A-Wish

Beta Theta Pi fraternity at High Point University has raised $1,500 for for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina through a cornhole tournament attracted hundreds of people.

Bennett alum honored at SXSW

Marissa Jennings, KCEO of SOCIALgrlz and a 2003 graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, received the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award presented during the 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.
Jennings received a $1,000 grant, which she will donate $1,000 grant to Bennett’s Department of Journalism & Media Studies for innovative digital development.

Nominations open for Arts in Business Award

ArtsGreensboro, in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford Merchants Association, and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is accepting nominations for the 2016 Arts in Business Award.

April 12 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the award, which recognizes a Greensboro small business for leadership and commitment to the arts and its impact on the arts over the past year.

This year’s recipient will be honored at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon at the Greensboro Coliseum on May 5.

Franklin County funder awards mini-grants

Franklin County Community Foundation awarded five mini­-grants from its education fund to local schools.

PLM Families Together changes name

PLM Families Together in Raleigh has changed its name to Families Together, effective April 1, and in its tagline now will refer to itself as “a PLM organization.”

It also has is launching its annual campaign, which aims to  raise $150,000.

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.18.16

Salvation Army ‘mobile’ pantry feeds over 10,000 individuals

The Salvation Army of High Point has provided nearly 13,000 bags of groceries to over 10,000 individuals through the Mobile Food Pantry program it launched in November 2014 to serve 10 local neighborhoods with limited access to healthy and affordable food options.

The Salvation Army plans to add service areas this year and serve another 300 to 400 families a month with a range of food options.

Easter Seals UCP names chief development officer

Susan Mchabcheb, former global philanthropy adviser at SOS Children’s Villages and former vice president for individual gifts at Easter Seals, has been named chief development officer at Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia.

Public School Forum honoring Martin, Dornan, Norris

Former Gov. Jim Martin and John Dornan and Jo Ann Norris, former leaders of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, are the 2016 recipients of the research and advocacy group’s Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award.

Dornan served as executive director of the Forum from its creation in 1986  to his retirement in 2011. Norris served as associate executive director from 1986 and succeeded Dornan, serving as executive director until her retirement in 2014.

The award will be presented at a gala event on May 19 at the Raleigh Convention Center that also will celebrate the Forum’s 30th anniversary.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation gives $1 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling $1 million to non­profits focusing on education, social services and health care Buncombe, Catawba, Gaston, Jackson, Mecklenburg and Watauga counties in North Carolina and York County in South Carolina.

Rex Endowment gives $201,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded eight grants totaling $201,210 to support capacity-building and organizational assessments for agencies that support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children.

Recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Haven House Services, El Pueblo, InterAct, Kidznotes, Lucy Daniels Center, SAFEchild, and WakeEd Partnership.

Since 2009, the John Rex Endowment has invested over $2 million in nonprofit capacity building through 84 grants to nonprofits that support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children.

MetLife to build home for Wake Habitat

MetLife has pledged a $65,000 sponsorship to build a home in Southeast Raleigh this spring for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

Last spring, about 500 MetLife staff spent over 4,000 hours building a Habitat home in Apex.

Hospitality House gets challenge grant

Hospitality House of Charlotte raised $66,000 during its Second Annual Queen City Corporate Challenge fundraiser, meeting a challenge from The Leon Levine Foundation, which will contribute an additional $15,000.

Forty area executives competing to raise the most funds and meet the goal in 30 days met it in just 14 days.

Overall, the campaign has raised over $110,000.

Different Roads Home, Carolinas Care Partnership to host event 

Different Roads Home and Carolinas Care Partnership will host “We Are Family Feud,” a fundraising event on April 9 at 7 p.m. at Theater Charlotte at 501 Queens Road in Charlotte.

‘Human Race’ to benefit Greensboro nonprofits

The 22nd Annual Human Race, a 5K event that raises money for local nonprofits and is managed by The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, will be held April 16 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Community Matters to hold dodgeball event

Community Matters, an insurance-industry group in Charlotte that supports selected nonprofits, will hold its Fifth Annual Dodgeball Tournament on April 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sports Connection at 10930 Granite St. in Charlotte.

The group aims to raise $70,000 at the event.

Winston-Salem Foundation to hold community luncheon

Public education will be the focus of the 2016 Community Luncheon of The Winston-Salem Foundation that will be host May 4 at the Benton Convention Center.

Keynote speaker at the event, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., will be public-education advocate Jamie Vollmer.

Reynolds American is supporting the event as keynote sponsor.

The Foundation is supporting professional development for educators through its Peer Project, a five-year, $2 million initiative.

Boys and Girls Clubs boost kids in need

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Every weekday after school, five refurbished school buses and an activity bus stop at 11 Wake County public schools, pick up 500 students ages six to 18, and drive them to the seven facilities of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Wake County.

Once they arrive and get settled, the children and teens spend 45 minutes to an hour or more doing homework under the eye of part-time staff and volunteers.

Then they visit art rooms, computer labs, game rooms or gyms, and take part in programs to build citizenship and leadership and foster healthy lifestyles through physical activity, good nutrition and lessons in steering clear of drugs and alcohol. In a new program, kids at the Club’s Raleigh Boulevard campus get after-school meals.

The kids take part in public-service projects that aim to give them hands-on practice in what they are learning about citizenship and leadership. In partnership with Trees Across Raleigh, for example, Club members plant trees in public parks and along streets. To celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday, some Club members traveled to Chapel Hill to read to pre-schoolers.

“All our Clubs have the expectation that kids will give back,” says Ralph Capps, president and CEO of the Wake clubs.

Two-thirds of Club members, who pay $7.50 a year for a membership, are eligible for free or reduced-cost meals at school. Nearly 70 percent are African American and 15 percent are Hispanic.

“One of the founding principles of Boys and Girls Cubs is you serve those young people who need us most,” Capps says.

If needed, members can pay their $7.50 dues in installments or do volunteer work at the Clubs if they cannot afford the dues.

“In our entire 50 years,” Capps says, “we’ve never cut services to kids, we’ve never closed a Club without first building its replacement, and we’ve always respected the principle of low membership dues and not tried to balance the budget on the backs of our families.”

The Wake Clubs, with nearly 5,000 members, operate with an annual budget of $3.2 million, 26 full-time employees, including three former Club members, and 75 to 80 part-time employees, including several former Club members. And it counts on about 450 volunteers to help provide programs.

Many of its members “need a positive role model in their lives,” says Capps, who has headed the Wake Clubs for 43 years. “Many need an environment where they are expected to do their best.”

The Clubs generate income through an annual campaign that this year aims to raise $925,000, plus foundation grants and program sponsorships totaling another $925,000, and two special events, including a fall breakfast featuring a local sports celebrity, and an spring art auction for young professionals.

It recently completed a capital campaign that raised $12 million to help serve another 2,000 young people, and already has added half of those new members. To help serve the remaining 1,000, it likely will add an eighth facility.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, in addition to the annual campaign it launched in February, the Clubs aim to raise $1 million for new initiatives.

One likely will involve creation of a “nutrition hub” at the Teen Center on its Raleigh Boulevard campus. The hub might include features such as gardens to generate revenue or serve the community, a culinary arts program for teens, and nutrition education for parents.

When Capps became executive director of the Boys Club of Wake County in January 1973 after beginning his career in 1967 as physical education director for a Boys Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Raleigh clubhouse operated in a church on East Lane Street near downtown.

When it started, it was one of the first Boys and Girls Clubs in the South that opened its doors to both black and white children on the same day, Capps says.

In June 1978, it moved the Club to Raleigh Boulevard, and opened a Club that now is for boys and girls in Wake Forest in 1986, a Girls Club on Glascock Street in 1988 that moved to Raleigh Boulevard in 1992, and Boys and Girls Clubs in Zebulon in 1996, at Washington Elementary School in 1999, and in Raleigh’s Brentwood neighborhood in 2006 — serving mainly Hispanic children — as well as a Teen Center in 2007, initially in rented space at Alliance Medical Ministry before moving to Raleigh Boulevard in 2014.

Capps estimates the Wake Clubs have had 25,000 members during his tenure.

“There are many, many kids whose lives we’ve changed,” he says, “and some whose lives we’ve saved.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.11.16

Charities post steady growth, outpace rest of private sector

The charitable sector in the U.S. grew steadily each year from 2007 through 2012 in employment, wages and number of organizations, outpacing the rest of the private sector, new research data show.

Over the six-year period, employment grew 8.5 percent to 11.4 million jobs from 10.5 million at 501(c)3 charities, which account for more than two of every three nonprofits, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For the private sector overall, the number of jobs during the period fell three percent to 110.6 million from 114 million.

Employment at charities grew every year during the period, including the recession years 2007 to 2009.

“Nominal” total annual wages at charities, or wages not adjusted for inflation, grew 26 percent to $532 billion in 2012 from $421 billion in 2007, while the number of charities grew 15 percent to 267,855 from 232,396.

For the private sector overall, total employment, nominal total annual wages and the number of business establishments varied more with economic fluctuations, and showed highly cyclical movements during the 2007-09 recession and subsequent recovery, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its Monthly Labor Review.

From 2007 to 2010, total private employment fell seven percent, while declines in total annual wages and the number of business establishments were smaller than the decline in employment.

Total annual wages fell during the year 2008-09, while the number of business establishments fell for the 2008-10 period.

As the economic recovery gained strength in 2011 and 2012, the Bureau says, total private employment and total annual wages grew faster than the charitable sector.

In 2012, charities accounted for 70 percent of total private employment in the educational services industry; 46 percent in the health care and social assistance industry; 17 percent of “other services;” 15 percent in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry; and 11 percent in the industry that involves management of companies and enterprises.

Three industries accounted for 90 percent of all charitable employment in 2012.

The healthcare and social assistance industry represented 90 percent of all charitable employment, including health care and social assistance, which accounted for 68 percent; educational services, 16 percent; and other services, seven percent.

Those industry concentrations varied from state to state.

In all states and the District of Columbia, the health care and social assistance industry accounted for most nonprofit employment.

In South Dakota, that industry accounted for 85 percent of its charitable employment, the biggest share of any state, while in the District of Columbia, that industry accounted for only 31 percent of charitable employment, the lowest share.

North Carolina was home of a total 31,148 charitable jobs in the health care and social assistance industry, educational services industry, and other services, or 11 percent of all private sector employment in those industries.

High Point United Way raises $5 million

United Way of Greater High Point raised just over $5 million in its 2015 annual campaign, a record-high total that exceeded its both its $4,925,000 goal and the total of $4,912,090 it raised in 2014.

Based on data reported to United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way says, it has posted the best percentage change among local United Ways in the state’s major metro areas for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

The 2015 campaign marks the first time High Point United Way has reached the $5 million mark and the fifth straight year it has raised a record-high total.

Based on data from United Way of North Carolina, High Point United Way is the only major metro area in that state that is raising more funds than in 2007, before the recession.

In contrast, giving to the nearly 60 local United Ways in state has declined fallen over 30 percent since 2007.

Old Dominion Freight Line, which gave a record-high total of $468,195 to the campaign in 2015 through employee and corporate giving, again was the top contributor to United Way.

The second-biggest donor was the City of High Point, which gave $249,654, followed by High Point University, which gave $230,384.

The annual campaign benefits 28 local agencies that each year serve over 80,000 clients.

SECU Family House raises over $75,000

SECU Family House in Winston-Salem raised over $75,000 at its inaugural Men Who Cook event on March 5.

Chef team Harry Fitzgerald and Cameron Kent won the the People’s Choice Award during the event, which featured 20 local celebrity chefs and chef teams who cooked for about 225 guests at The Historic Brookstown Inn.

The event marked the five-year anniversary of the opening of SECU Family House, which each year serves over 4,000 adult patients and their caregivers.

Patients are referred by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

Major sponsors of the event, chaired by Kevin and Deb Kampman, were Winston-Salem Journal; Novant Health; Wake Forest Baptist Health; Visit Winston-Salem; Reynolds American; First Tennessee Bank; NewBridge Bank; Publix Super Market Charities; TW Garner Food Company; Wells Fargo; KPMG; and Kilpatrick Townsend.

Linker moving to Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Adam Linker, co-director of the Health Care Access Coalition at the North Carolina Justice Center in Raleigh, will join the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem this month as program officer its health care division.

Poston joins Forsyth United Way

Michael Poston, retired vice president for advancement at Guilford College in Greensboro, has joined United Way of Forsyth County as executive director of United Way of Forsyth County Foundation, major gifts and planned giving.

Mitterling joins MDC

John Mitterling, former chief development officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, has joined MDC in Durham as senior director of development.

Habitat Greensboro adds six board members

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro has added six members to its board of directors, including Chidi Akwari, owner and operator of real-estate firm Akwari & Company; Brooks Bossong, who focuses on banking and credit union issues at Nexsen Pruet; Patty Caudle, vice president of human resources at Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina; Bob Dischinger, owner and president of Evans Engineering; Patsy Isley, a certified public accountant at Sharrard, McGee and Co.; and Lee Way, general manager at Pella Window and Door of North Carolina.

Fundraising conference set for August 18 in Charlotte

The Charlotte, Triangle, and Triad Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will hold their 12th Annual North Carolina Philanthropy Conference on August 18 in Charlotte at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.

Keynote speaker will be Alex Sheen, founder of international nonprofit “because I said I would.”

Artsplosure to hold spring fundraiser

Artsplosure in Raleigh will hold its spring fundraiser on April 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Market Hall in City Market.

Replacements building second Habitat home

Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, to celebrate its 35th anniversary on March 17, is building a second home for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

Resources for Seniors teams with students on new website

Resources for Seniors in Raleigh worked with a team of computer engineering students at North Carolina State University for a new website it has launched that is designed to be more user-friendly for seniors, caregivers and industry professionals.

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.04.16

Meredith College kicks off $75 million campaign

Meredith College in Raleigh has launched the public phase of a $75 million fundraising campaign that already has raised nearly $52 million, exceeding by $10 million the total it raised in its last campaign.

The school also raised over $277,000 during its first 24 Hour Giving Day on February 23, exceeding its initial goal by 222 percent.

Guilford Heart Ball raises $230,000

The American Heart Association raised nearly $230,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education at its 2016 Guilford Heart Ball on February 27.

At the event, which attracted over 300 people, Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and the American Heart Association recognized Dr. Daniel Bensimhon and Dr. Peter Van Trigt as winners of the 2nd Annual LeBauer Visionary Award.

Bensimhon, a cardiologist at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare, and Trigt, a cardiothoracic surgeon for Cone Health Medical Group – Triad Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons, developed a left ventricular assist device program.

Finalists were James Allred, an electrophysiologist at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare, and Dr. Clarence Owen, a cardiothoracic surgeon for Cone Health Medical Group – Triad Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons.

Courtesy of law firm Crumley Roberts, Guilford County Life is Why Sponsor for the American Heart Association, nearly 100 new sports balls will be donated to local schools.

Dandelion Eatery wins $100,000 in statewide competition

The Dandelion Eatery, a project of Safelight Family Services in Henderson County, formerly Mainstay Women’s Shelter, received a one-time gift of $100,000 from the John William Pope Foundation through its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services, to expand its commercial teaching kitchen.

Opened in 2013, Dandelion Eatery provides jobs training for domestic violence victims while operating as a restaurant open to the public.

United Way to coordinate services for community college students

United Way of Greater High Point received a $20,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to coordinated services to High Point students through the Center for Working Families program at the High Point campus of Guilford Technical Communication College.

The $20,000 grant consumer credit counseling, tax services, and student support services such as bus passes, gas cards and money for tests.

Partners such as the High Point Housing Authority and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will work on the campus with families using the Center for Working Families.

An estimated 800 students at the High Point campus are expected to be able to benefit from programs provided through the grant.

The Center for Working Families aims to help low-income students and families become economically stable by coordinating services to  help them find jobs, strengthen their finances and move up the economic ladder.

Students will also have access to financial literacy classes off campus.

Innovations in rural health focus of award

Encourage and recognizing promising work with the potential to improve health for rural residents of the state and across the U.S. is the focus of The New Rural, an awards competition by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem that will provide $7,500 to finalists and $25,000 to the winner.

April 29 is the deadline for individuals, for-profits, nonprofits and government agencies to apply for the competition.

Winston-Salem State gets $25,000 for scholarships

Winston-Salem State University is getting $25,000 from Johnson Controls Foundation and will use the funds to provide 10 to 15 scholarships for studen ts majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math fields during the 2016-17 academic year.

Greensboro Partnership honors Hager

Robin Snipes Hager, senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer of NewBridge Bank, has received the ATHENA Leadership Award from the Greensboro Partnership, an economic and development organization.

The national honor recognizes professional excellence commitment to improving the quality of life for others and the advancement of women.

Legal Services offering free clinics to veterans and families

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte on March 7 will host the first of free monthly legal clinics at area Starbucks stores from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to assist veterans, service members and their families in Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus counties.

The clinics will offer advice and referral information on civil legal issues, including disability compensation, survivors benefits and discharge.

Kiwanis Club of Raleigh gives $38,650

Kiwanis Club of Raleigh awarded $38,650 in grants to 32 organizations.

High Point United Way to provide summer meals

United Way of Greater High Point has received $1,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation, and will use the funds to provide meals over the summer to youth who need food.

Three join board of North Carolina Community Foundation

The North Carolina Community Foundation added three members to its board of directors, including Peter M. Bristow, president of First Citizens Bank; Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, a corporate officer and vice president of public affairs for Duke Energy; and John Willingham, president of Indera Mills in Yadkinville.

Arts innovation grant available

Arts nonprofits in Greensboro may submit letters of interest by March 14 to ArtsGreensboro for a $5,000 grant to undertake innovative approaches to engaging new audiences and increasing revenues through sustainable audience growth.