Nonprofit news roundup, 05.06.16

Greensboro United Way raises $10.4 million

United Way of Greater Greensboro in its annual campaign raised a total of $10.4 million from over 13,000 people to advance its efforts to address poverty.

That was down from the $11.1 million United Way raised a year ago, when it received a one-time grant of $750,000 from the Phillips Foundation.

While the most recent campaign did not include a supplemental strategic grant, overall community contributions grew.

N.C. A&T getting $1 million

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has pledged to give $1 million over four years to support North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.

The contribution will affect A&T’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, School of Education and Student Health Center, benefiting established programs, professorships and scholarships, and promoting healthy behaviors.

High Point University receives big gift

High Point University is getting a seven-figure gift from two alumni who asked that the exact amount of the gift not be disclosed.

The donors are Mickey Boles, owner and CEO of Smith Phillips Building Supply, and Katy Bowles, who co-founder, president and CEO of Graham and Boles Properties.

The Boles Commons at Centennial Square II will carry their family name.

Big returns seen from investing $1 billion to boost social mobility

Investing $1 billion in philanthropic funds to tap “public will and resources” and shape policy or market behavior to boost social mobility for low-income Americans can potentially improve the lives of large numbers of people and generate return of $3 to $15 on every $1 invested, a new report says.

“Billion Dollars Bets to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American,” the report by The Bridgespan Group, identifies key areas for philanthropic investment across 15 specific “pathways for social mobility proven to be both ‘powerful’ and ‘feasible.'”

It also looks in depth at six investment ideas, including:

* “Support the scaling of technology-enabled applications to help improve each child development and caregiving.”

* “Shift employer incentives to drive inclusive hiring based on  competence as much as pedigree and build new training and career pathways.”

* “Stimulate private and public innovation to reduce conviction and incarceration rates through grant competition, prizes and alternative funding models.”

* “Influence existing funding flows and healthcare provision by expanding access to long acting reversible contraception and providing training to support expanded provision from or referral to family counseling among primary care providers.”

* “Support greater economic integration of communities by buttressing housing voucher programs with additional mobility assistance supports and removing blight conditions in distressed neighborhoods.”

* “Shape government oversight and funding to align with evidence-based outcomes.”

Komen grants $543,000

Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast has awarded a total of $542,742 for 13 grants to local nonprofits to support breast health services and education projects for the under-served, under-insured and uninsured populations in a 29-county service area.

The grants support projects and resources for screenings, treatment support and education.

Komen NCTC will host its 20th Triangle Race for the Cure on June 11 at The Frontier at 800 Park Offices Drive in Research Triangle Park.

Funds for grants Komen North Carolina Triangle to Coast will give in 2017 will be generated from the Race, and 75 percent of this year’s net funds will go back into the community through the grants.

Heart Ball raises $230,000

The American Heart Association raised $230,000 and attracted 360 guests through its Winston-Salem Heart Ball on April 22 to benefit research and prevention education for heart disease and stroke

Co-chairing the event with a team of local executives were Cheryl Kiser, chief financial officer for Southern Fasteners & Supply, and John Rankin, senior vice president of retail and small business manager for BB&T.

BB&T was signature sponsor, while Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health and Dixon Hughes Goodman were premier sponsors, and Womble Carlyle, Belk and Deutsche Bank/Alex Brown were ambassador of hope sponsors.

Habitat Forsyth getting new CEO

Michael Campbell, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County in Florida since 2006, has been named executive director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, effective July 5.

He succeeds Sylvia Oberle, who retired May 1 after leading the agency for the past 10 years.

Beros named development VP at Food Bank

Amy Beros, major gifts officer and campaign manager at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh, has been named vice president of development.

Five awarded Z. Smith Reynolds sabbaticals

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem named give nonprofit leaders for its annual sabbatical program.

Recipients of this year’s sabbatical are Tayuanne Dewberry, executive director of Right Moves for Youth in Charlotte; Robin Emmons, founder and executive director of Sow Much Good in Charlotte; Nancy Gottovi, executive director of Central Park NC/Starworks Center in Star; Robin Merrell, managing attorney for Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville; and Cynthia Marie Penn Halal, executive director of Walltown Children’s Theatre in Durham.

The Foundation has invested $3 million in the sabbatical program and provided awards to over 130 nonprofit leaders since it launched the program in 1990.

Who’s Daltrey helps raise $110,000 for Teen Cancer America

Roger Daltrey, singer for rock band The Who, helped raise $110,000 at a Raleigh event for Teen Cancer America, a nonprofit he founded in 2012 with band mate Peter Townshend and that is the U.S. version of British nonprofit Teenage Cancer Trust.

Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank pledged $1.5 million to support the U.S. nonprofit’s efforts across the state.

Raleigh will serve as its U.S. hub in the Southeast, helping to support initiatives planned for Duke Medical Center, UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Bowman-Grey Medical Center at Wake Forest University’s in Winston-Salem.

The nonprofit also has projects underway in New York City, Cleveland, New Haven, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Tampa, Fort Worth, and Chicago, and partnerships with over 50 hospitals are being planned and developed.

United Way to hold speaker series, honor Cone and Grimes families

Liz Murray, who went from being homeless on the streets of New York City to graduating from Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker on May 23 for the 2016 Community Speaker Series of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

At the event, to be hosted by Women’s Leadership and held at Grandover Resort and Conference Center starting at 11:30 a.m., United Way  will present its 2016 Legacy Awards to Alan and Sally Cone and Betty and Benjamin Cone Jr., and its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to  Joann and David Grimes.

Proceeds from the event will be invested in local efforts to address poverty.

VF Corporation is presenting sponsor for the speaker series.

Weatherspoon gets $15,000

Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro received a $15,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, to support its education programs for youth and adults.

Triad Health Project to host Dining for Friends

Triad Health Project will celebrate its 30th anniversary of providing HIV/AIDS service and support with its annual Dining for Friends, a series of events hosted by individuals and groups

Dining for Friends will culminate with a event on May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in collaboration with its Community Party.

Kiwanis Club to boost playground

Kiwanis Club of Raleigh will mark its 100th anniversary with an volunteer effort on May 14 to improve the Sassafras All Children’s Playground at Laurel Hills Park.

The Club, which has raised $370,000 to support parks, has allocated $100,000 for the playground and expects to field 120 volunteers that day.

Marketing firm to offer free support

Reuben Rink Marketing & Advertising in Winston-Salem will offer, every three months, a free, half‐day marketing workshop for a local nonprofit, plus a follow‐up report with strategic recommendations that address a defined marketing challenge.

Transitions LifeCare board adds three members

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh added three members to its board of directors, including  Matthew Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Paragon Bank: Nicholas Kenny, executive vice president and general manager of global oncology and hematology at INC Research; and Lynda Loveland, a news anchor at WRAL.

HBS Club of Charlotte to host event

HBS Club of Charlotte will host a social event on June 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at TPC Piper Glen Golf Club in Charlotte.

Nominations welcome for arts award

May 27 is he deadline for submitting nominations to ArtsGreensboro for the 2016 Betty Cone Medal of Arts.

First awarded in 1999, the award recognizes artists who have achieved clear excellence in their disciplines or made extraordinary contributions to their field or to the community at large.

The award will be presented at ArtsGreensboro’s annual meeting on June 15.

Food Bank gets $6,500

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh donated $6,500 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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