Nonprofit news roundup, 04.15.16

New endowment supports Fayetteville Symphony

Gifts to a new endowment at Cumberland Community Foundation to support Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra now exceed $1 million.

The Fouad K. Fakhouri Endowment for Artistic Excellence, named to honor the orchestra’s outgoing music director and conductor, will support the symphony in perpetuity.

Mary Holmes, the Foundation’s executive director, announced the creation of the new fund at symphony event on April 9 honoring Fakhouri, who has served as music director and conductor since 2004 and announced last year that 2015-16 would be his last season with the Symphony.

Gifts to the endowment, which will support the conductor’s podium and is the largest benefiting the symphony, were received over the last two months.

John Rex Endowment awards grants for mental health for children

The John Rex Endowment awarded grants of $28,750 to Arts Access and $551,978 to Wake County SmartStart for projects to support positive mental health of children.

Since 2013, the Endowment has invested a total of more than $7.5 million to support mental health for children in Wake County.

Junior Achievement volunteers to ‘blitz’ seven Guilford schools

To mark its 50th anniversary, Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina will provide educational programs in a one-day “blitz” at seven Guilford County Schools.

On April 20, over 150 community and business volunteers will teach roughly 3,000 students in every kindergarten through fifth-grade classroom  at Bessemer, Brightwood, Hampton, Lindley, Sedgefield, Simkins and Wiley elementary schools.

Companies at which many of the volunteers are employed include Bank of America; Ernst & Young; Lincoln Financial Group; Northwestern Mutual; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Procter & Gamble; SunTrust; United Guaranty; and VF Corporation.

United Way young leaders volunteer for NC MedAssist

Young Leaders United, a program of the United Way of Greater High Point, volunteered on March 30 to load, unload, and set up tables and chairs at the community center at High Point University to help prepare for the over-the-counter medicine giveaway on April 1 by NC MedAssist.

On April 21, members of Young Leaders United attended a social event at Greensboro Grasshoppers stadium, thanks to a ticket donation from Smith Leonard Accountants and Consultants of High Point.

Youth risk behavior focus on community meeting

YWCA Partners for Healthy Youth will hold a community conversation on April 26 on youth risk behavior surveys and their role in shaping public policy.

Featured at the event, to be held from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at YWCA Greensboro will be Ellen Essick, section chief for NC Healthy Schools at the state Department of Public Instruction, and Jen Kimbrough, adjunct assistant professor of health and human performance at Elon University.

Triad Dog Games fundraising event set for May 14-15

Triad Dog Games, a fundraising event presented by The Sergei Foundation in Winston-Salem to support its work of saving the lives of companion pets by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care, will be held May 14 and 15 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Founded in 2009, The Sergei Foundation has worked to help hundreds of dogs and cats receive emergency veterinary medical attention.

Artsplosure to host spring fundraiser

Artsplosure in Raleigh will host its fourth annual spring fundraiser on April 21 at Market Hall in City Market from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will include a cocktail party and silent auction.

Wine Society event to benefit military and families

Fayetteville Wine Society will hold its fourth annual charity social event on May 21 to support military members and their families. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Cape Fear Botanical Garden at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. in Fayetteville.

Special Olympics redesigns website

Special Olympics North Carolina has redesigned its website at to make it easier to use for people using mobile devices.

Gathering focuses on improving health of employees, workplaces

Prevention Partners hosted a “Healthy Together NC Prevention Academy” in Raleigh on April 6 that attracted representatives from businesses, health providers, government, nonprofits, and schools throughout the state.

The event, sponsored by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Novo Nordisk and Prevention Partners, focused on sharing best practices to create healthier employees and workplaces.

Thompson to hold annual benefit luncheon

Thompson in Charlotte expects over 500 community leaders, supporters and staff of Thompson to attend its 14th Annual “Portraits of Courage” luncheon, which will be held April 21 at noon at The Westin Charlotte at 601 S. College St.

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