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.

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