Nonprofit news roundup, 05.13.16

Mothers of all Forsyth newborns to get free nurse visits

All mothers with newborn babies born and living in Forsyth County will get free visits from nurses in their homes through a partnership between the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Novant Health that will be funded over three years through a $1.7 million grant from theTrust.

Known as Forsyth Connects and modeled on a program developed and tested in Durham starting in 2008, the new effort aims to promote infant and maternal health, and provide support to the entire family, supporting parents’ health and social needs after having a baby and connecting them with community resources.

Novant Health will provide the program with up to 10 full-time nurses who will visit the homes of mothers in Forsyth County who gave birth two to three weeks earlier.

Nurses will assist and encourage breast-feeding, review infant health needs, assess other family concerns, observe the health of the mother, and recommend community resources that can help.

Research on the Durham program found that participating families report 16 percent more connections to community resources; mothers reported more positive parenting behaviors with their infants, such as hugging and reading; mothers were 28 percent less likely to report possible clinical anxiety; and total infant emergency medical care fell 35 percent.

Research also found that every dollar invested in the program saves $3.02 in emergency health costs for the community.

Citing HB2, health funders group cancels North Carolina conference

Grantmakers in Health, a group based in Washington, D.C., that represents hundreds of philanthropic organizations throughout the U.S., has cancelled plans to hold its 2017 annual conference in Charlotte in the face of the state’s new law, known as HB2, that eliminates anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The foundations and corporation-giving programs it represents “are deeply committed to health, equity, fairness and opportunity for all people,” the group says in a statement.

“Philanthropy manages resources held in the public trust, and we cannot ask the field to spend those funds in a state that appears to violate civil rights or sanction discrimination in any form,” it says.

“We were excited about holding the annual conference in Charlotte and deeply regret that this choice was necessary,” it says. “We look forward to brining the largest gathering of health grantmakers to North Carolina in a future year, when this issue is resolved.”

The group says it is working to identify a new site and date for the 2017 conference.

Greensboro College receives 3 gifts totaling $1 million

Greensboro College has received three gifts totaling $1.04 million it will use to address its strategic priorities.

The gifts include $642,990 from the estate of 1938 alumna Eleanor Anthony George to benefit the college’s George Center for Honors Studies; an unrestricted gift of $100,000 from the estate of Fred Proctor; and an unrestricted gift of $300,000 from a donor who does not want to be publicly recognized.

United Service Organizations get $450,000

United Service Organizations of North Carolina has received a $450,000 multi-year grant to serve as coordinating agency in the Triangle for NCServes, a statewide initiative that is part of AmericaServes and aims to better address the needs of service members, veterans and their families by providing streamlined, coordinated access to providers.

The Raleigh/Durham Coordination Center will work in partnership with the state, area military bases, North Carolina National Guard, Veterans Affairs, and over 50 public and nonprofit service providers throughout the region.

The Triangle effort is set to kick off on June 1.

With lead funding from the Walmart Foundation, along with other local and regional philanthropic partners, NCServes was launched in August 2015 in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg region.

AmericaServes is houses at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

Women’s Impact Fund gives $437,000

Women’s Impact Fund, a Charlotte-based, collective-giving organization with over 400 female members, awarded a total of $437,000 in grants to Augustine Literacy Project, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Children’s Home Society, Communities in Schools, and Musical Minds NC.

Since 2003, the Women’s Impact Fund has made 59 grants totaling over $4.6 million.

Winston-Salem Foundation honors community leaders

Sylvia Oberle has received The Winston-Salem Foundation Award from The Winston-Salem Foundation, and also was one of five recipients of the 2016 Echo Awards presented by the Foundation for building social capital.

Oberle recently retired as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, a position she had held since 2006.

She designated that a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for The Winston-Sale Foundation award be shared by Habitat Forsyth and the Bethesda Center.

She and the other ECHO Awards winners also will each receive $1,000 to grant to a nonprofit.

The other ECHO Awards winners are Laurie Coker, who in 2013 founded GreenTree Peer Center; Robin Embry, who in 2011 founded Carolina Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation; F3 Winston-Salem, or Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith; and Goler Community Garden at the Downtown Health.

Mustard Seed gets $150,000

Mustard Seed Community Health in Greensboro is getting a $150,000 grant from the N.C. Office of Rural Health to help pay for operating expenses and expand services in the Cottage Grove community.

Event raises $105,000 for Kids Path

The 2016 Corks for Kids Path event netted $105,347 for Kids Path in Greensboro to support medically fragile and grieving children.

Presenting sponsor for the event, which drew over 600 guests, was Green Valley Financial

Partners for the event were 1618 Downtown; Amicus Photography; Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts; Elm Street Center; Natty Greene’s; O. Henry Magazine; Painted Plate; Yelp; and Zeto Wine & Cheese Shop.

Gala raises $100,000 for SAFEchild

The 2016 SAFEchild Spring Gala, held at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on April 15, raised over $100,000 for SAFEchild.

Benevolence Farm aims to raise $80,000

Benevolence Farm in Graham is launching a campaign to raise $80,000 to providing operational funding to support initial residents when it opens this October to provide  housing, employment and training to help women getting out of prison.

Wake United Arts Council gets $20,000

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has received an award of $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund its Arts Integration Institute, a week-long professional development program in the summer for teams of classroom and arts teachers from Wake County elementary schools.

The View on Elm receives Arts in Business Award

The View on Elm Arts received the 2016 Arts in Business Award from ArtsGreensboro in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Merchants Association, and  North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Event to benefit Breast Cancer Fund, Hirsch Wellness

The national Breast Cancer Fund and the Hirsch Wellness Network of Greensboro will receive net proceeds of LUNAFEST, which is sponsored by Hirsch Wellness Network, Mack and Mack, and Triad Acoustic Stage, and will be held May 19 at 7 p.m. at Mack and Mack at  220 South Elm St. in Greensboro.

Golf event to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point will benefit from the 28th Annual Betty Lynn McInnis Memorial Golf Tournament, presented by High Point Bank, on June 9 at the Willow Creek Golf Course at High Point Country Club.

Rock concert to benefit charities

Hope for Haiti Foundation and Fanconi Anemia Research Fund will receive all donations from the Seventh Annual Rock Your World benefit concert  on May 21 at RallyPoint Sports Grill in Cary featuring North Carolina rock bank Nantucket.

Band Together adds advisory board members

Band Together NC has added four members to its advisory board. They include Kyle Elliott,  principal at Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management; Tom Fritsch, managing director at CBRE|Raleigh; Kyle Lawrence, vice president and practice leader of the Mid-Atlantic region for Marsh & McLennan Agency; and Chris Widmayer, vice president for Regency Centers.

Chowan funder adds advisory board members

The advisory board of Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has added three members, including John Bryant, a real estate appraiser for BB&T; Cynthia Harding, regional admissions associate for the University of South Carolina; and community volunteer Lynne Layton.

Foxx to speak at NAACP banquet

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be the keynote speaker at the 51st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on June 5 hosted by the Greensboro Branch of the NAACP.

The event, to begin at 5 p.m., will be held at the Alumni Special Event Center at N.C. A&T State University at 200 N. Benbow Rd. in Greensboro.

Former NBA player teams with Camp Corral

Antawn Jamison, a former basketball player for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Golden State Warriors, will be the official spokesperson for Camp Corral.

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