Nonprofit news roundup, 06.10.16

School of Arts gets $5 million pledge

Chancellor Emeritus Alex Ewing of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem has pledged $5 million pledge the school.

The gift, one of the largest in the the School’s 50-year history, will result in renaming of the largest performance venue on campus as Alex Ewing Performance Place.

Ewing, who served as chancellor from 1990 to 200, also made a $1 million gift for scholarships starting this fall.

The School also received a $250,000 gift from an unnamed donor for a scholarship in the School of Drama, and netted $200,000 at a performance by members of the American Ballet Theatre to fully endow a scholarship honoring Gillian Murphy, a member of the troupe and an alumna of the school.

Hill joins Reynolds Trust as health program officer

Aidil Ortiz Hill, co-founder of Raleigh-based Youth Empowered Solutions and team lead for its work in preventing substance abuse, will join the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem this month as a program officer in its Health Care Division, serving as the primary contact for grantees and potential grantees in the state’s central region.

She succeeds Jehan Benton-Clark, who will join The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver in mid-June as portfolio director for community engagement.

Karen McNeil-Miller joined the Colorado Health Foundation as president and CEO in September 2015 after serving for over 10 years as president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Joyner new executive director at Housing for New Hope

Olive Joyner, interim director at Housing for New Hope since March, has been named executive director.

Leadership change at Salvation Army in Winston-Salem

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston‐Salem is changing its leadership.

Area Commander Major James Allison and Associate Area Commander Major Lois Allison,  who have served he region since 2012, have been transferred to the Hampton Roads Area Command based in Norfolk, Va.

Assuming Command in Winston‐Salem will be Majors Stan and Deborah Colbert, who are relocating from Daytona Beach, Fla.

Asheville community foundation awards $299,000

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina approved eight focus area grants totaling $299,460 to support regional projects in early childhood development and natural and cultural resources, and to combat poverty through matched savings programs at three nonprofits serving low-income people.

Duke Energy employees spruce up veterans cemetery

Thirty local Duke Energy employees and retirees teamed up with the Cemeteries Division of Greensboro Parks and Recreation to honor local veterans by cleaning head stones, planting perennial shrubs and flowers, and assembling park benches at Forest Lawn Cemetery Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Memorial, known as Veterans’ Circle.

Red Cross partners with Camp Corral

The American Red Cross is partnering this summer with Camp Corral, a nonprofit that provides free summer camp to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.

The partnership will roll out the American Red Cross’ new Reconnection Workshops program designed provide military kids with essential life skills to help them better manage stressful social situations and cope with the challenges they face growing up in military families.

Aldersgate, UNC-Charlotte team up

Aldersgate, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Charlotte, is partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to create a Center for Health, Education and Opportunity to serve Aldersgate residents and the local community, including at-risk populations.

The 6,000-square-foot Center, a partnership between Aldersgate and the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services at UNC-Charlotte, will open this fall in the existing Shamrock Senior Center on the Aldersgate campus.

The Center will provide caregivers and families in the nearby area access to community-based health and disease-prevention services.

The Senior Center will relocate to the Methodist Home Park site by the Aldersgate campus.

Fidelity Charitable giving exceeds $22 billion

Cumulative grants by Fidelity Charitable total over $22 billion since it was established in 1991, while the number of charities its donor support doubled over the past to years to 106,250 from 53,076.

In a new report, Fidelity Charitable says 85 percent of its donors support six or more charities, compared to 36 percent of affluent donors.

Non-cash assets such as appreciated stocks and real estate represent two-thirds of donor contributed dollars to Fidelity Charitable in the most recent year, up 18 percent from the previous year, says the 2016 Fidelity Charitable Giving Report, based on an analysis of giving behavior of over 132,000 Fidelity Charitable donors.

Sixty percent of donors contributed appreciated assets to Fidelity Charitable last year, compared to 19 percent of affluent donors at any time in their giving history.

And 82 percent of Fidelity Charitable donors engage others in decision-making related to their giving, compared to 53 percent of similar donors.

Food Bank gets $40,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem received a $40,000 contribution from United Guaranty Corporation in Greensboro.

Reynolds Foundation awards internships

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem has awarded paid summer internships to 27 college students at North Carolina nonprofits it has funded.

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