Nonprofit news roundup, 04.22.16

Women’s Council awards $50,000 for women’s health

The Women’s Council of Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center has awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to programs that focus on women’s health.

The grants, announced at annual Garden Party the Council hosted April 15 at Forsyth Country Club, bring to nearly $475,000 the total investment the Council has made in women’s health programs since 2008.

Grants included $10,000 to support medical and transportation assistance for 20 women being treated for gynecologic cancer at the Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center;  $29,000 to fund a part‐time licensed clinical social worker for one year at Novant Health’s Today’s Women OB/GYN, a practice that provides obstetric and gynecologic care to low-income women; and $11,000 for a program that begins in May for new mothers in the Winston‐Salem area.
The Council, with nearly 125 members, partners with Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women’s Health & Wellness Center to provide access to women’s care.
Reynolds American was presenting sponsor of the Garden Party.

Thompson halves funding gap

Thompson in Charlotte says that over the past year it has halved its funding gap, which had doubled to $4 million over the previous year.

The nonprofit, which provides clinical and prevention serves for children and families in Mecklenburg County, says it reduced employee costs 13 percent and administrative expenses nine percent, and served 12,716 children.

It is serving 768 more adults and children in outpatient therapy and psychiatry than it did two years ago, and caring for 18 percent more children at Thompson Child Development Center than it did three years ago.

The organizations operates with an annual budget of more than $15 million, 200 employees and over 500 volunteers.

This week it held its 14th annual luncheon, which has raised a total of over $7.2 million since it was launched.

New scholarships at Wake Tech

Holt Brothers Construction and S&ME Engineering are establishing scholarships to help graduates of Vernon Malone College and Career Academy matriculate to Wake Tech Community College.

Holt Brothers has made a 10-year, $35,000 commitment to the Wake Tech Foundation to award $1,000 each year, plus $2,500 a year to a permanent scholarship endowment.

S&ME Engineering is making five-year commitment to award a $1,500 scholarship and $2,000 scholarship each year.

Riverrun admissions up, revenue down

Admissions at the 18th annual Riverrun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem grew to 16,556 from 16,205 in 2015, while gross box-office revenue fell to $90,334 from $94,008.

The Festival, held April 7-17, included 166 films representing 44 countries, up from  164 films representing 35 countries in 2015. The Festival screened more films than ever, exceeding last  year’s previous record-high.

The Festival included 166 screenings of films, seven fewer screenings than in 2015, as well as more free screenings and a free day of family events.

Twenty-five screenings sold out, up from 18 in 2015.

The Festival hosted 143 filmmakers, the most ever and up from the previous record-high of 120 last year.

Community foundation, food bank team up on food

For the second straight year, Cumberland Community Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank teamed up to deliver one million pounds of free food to the community.

The two agencies raised over $19,000 in a campaign they began in February to cover the costs of transporting free food available at distribution centers.

Youth Grantmakers in Action gives $1,900

Youth Grantmakers in Action awarded four grants totaling $1,900 to projects that will supporting youth in Forsyth County, including Reagan High School Young Black Male Achievers; THETA Awards and Scholarship Fund; Top Teens of America; and Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council.

A program of The Winston-Salem Foundation, Youth Grantmakers in Action is a group of youth ages 15 to 18 who grant money to youth-led community projects.

Since its first round of grants in 2006, the group has awarded over $19,000.

Novant Health screens 1,065 women for heart disease and stroke

Novant Health, in partnership with the office of Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines and the Go Red For Women movement of the American Heart Association, screened 1,065 women across the Triad for heart disease and stroke in the first three months of 2016.

The goal of the partnership is to screen 4,000 women this year.

Byrd joins Children’s Home Society

Christine Byrd, former director of foundation and corporate relations for Church World Service, has been named director of grants management for the Greensboro-based Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.

Mustard Seed opening clinic

Mustard Seed Community Health will celebrate the opening of its new medical clinic at 238 S. English St. in Greensboro with an event at the clinic on April 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WELL adds eight board members

The board of trustees of the Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab in Raleigh added eight new members, including Allison Crumpler of Novella Clinical; James Gladden of  Engineered BioPharmaceuticals; Colette Giffin of BASF; Todd Hancock of Hodge + Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty; Ruth Heuer of RTI International; Mollie Hodl of Executive Service Corps; Marcey Rader of Marcey Rader Coaching; and, Victoria Vojnovich of Cisco.

High Point University students support charity

Zeta Tau Alpha, a sorority at High Point University, raised $25,500 for breast cancer education and awareness at its 11th annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament.

And the Impact Club, a Christian service fraternity, filled and delivered 1,500 backpacks with two meals each children in the Triad in partnership with United Way.

Charlotte realtors pitch in on home repair

Seven-hundred realtors will spend today volunteering in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties to help individual homeowners with exterior repairs.

Realtors Care Day is an initiative of the Housing Opportunity Foundation of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

VF Corporation sponsors Habitat Greensboro home

VF Corporation is sponsoring a new home in the Quail Oaks West neighborhood for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.

It is the fifth home to be built by VF headquarters and VF Jeanswear associates.

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