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.

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