Nonprofit news roundup, 11.23.16

Northern Hospital Foundation raises $260,000

The Northern Hospital Foundation has raised $260,000 in gifts and pledges in a campaign it kicked off in April with goal for an initial phase of raising $800,000 to renovate 40 patient-care rooms at Northern Hospital in Mt. Airy.

The Hospital will use the funds it has raised so far to complete the first hallway of 13 rooms.

In addition to gifts from individuals ad groups such as Northern Hospital Volunteers, the Foundation has received grants of $100,000 from The Cannon Foundation in Concord and $20,000 from RAI Foundation.

The Foundation expects to complete the first phase of the campaign in the second quarter of 2018.

The overall goal for the campaign, which will have four phases, is $2.5 million.

The next phase will raise funds to renovate guest rooms in the 33-unit Northern Surry Skilled Nursing Facility.

In addition to funds it has raised for the campaign, the Northern Hospital Foundation has received $250,000 from The Duke Endowment for a new cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services.

Old Salem names new president

Franklin Vagnone, founder and president of Twisted Preservation Cultural Consulting in New York City and co-author of The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums, has been named president of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

Vagnone, who will start working full-time on March 1, 2017, will succeed Ragan Folan, who has served as president and CEO since February 1, 2012, and is retiring.

Starting immediately, Vagnone will work with Folan and Anthony Slater, chief operating officer at Old Salem, during a transition period.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation changing leadership

Sister Paulette Williams, former vice president of the Sisters of Mercy – South Central Community, has been named executive vice president of The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation in Belmont, and Cheryl Brownd, senior program officer at the Foundation, has been named program director.

Williams and Brownd both begin their new jobs January 1 with the departure of Michelle Maidt, who is leaving her position as executive director at the end of December.

Williams, whose job will be part-time, previously served as president of the North Carolina Region of the Sisters of Mercy and as principal of Charlotte Catholic High School.

In her new position, she will serve as the Foundation’s spokesperson and will provide mission, governance and fiscal oversight.

Truax joining Environmental Defense Fund

Hawley Truax, environment program officer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, will leave the Foundation at the end of the year to become Southeast regional director in Raleigh for Environmental Defense Fund.

Habitat Alamance dedicates three houses

Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County has dedicated three houses just completed in Apple Tree Village in Burlington that were built as part of an agreement among Habitat, the City of Burlington and Alamance County Community Services Agency.

Over 400 volunteers worked alongside the three prospective homeowners and other partner families to build the houses.

Sponsoring one of the houses were Front Street United Methodist Church, Honda R&D America’s, Alamance Caswell Builders Association, Burlington Alamance Realtors Association and First Bank.

Church donates blankets to police for homeless

Members of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church are donating 80 handmade blankets and bags containing socks, a hat, a prayer square, toothpaste, toothbrush, a bottle of water, tissue and a comb to Greensboro police officers to give to unsheltered residents.

Church members previously donated 27 handcrafted blankets to the Greensboro Police Department.

Winston-Salem Foundation awards $2.4 million

In 2015, The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded nearly $2.4 million in community grants to nonprofits that served a broad range of needs in Forsyth County.

Funding included $30,500 to support animal welfare; $198,870 for arts and culture; $328,450 for community and economic development; $386,877 for education; $91,000 for the environment; $119,991 for health; $644,923 for human services; $550,966 for the public interest; and $33,875 for recreation.

Urban Ministries raises $60,000

Urban Ministries of Wake County attracted over 500 people and raised over$60,000 at its Stone Soup Supper.

Greensboro United Way gets $25,000

United Way of Greater Greensboro has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to support its Family Success Center.

Greensboro Housing Coalition gets $12,000

Greensboro Housing Coalition has received a $12,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, for a project that will target problems such as predatory lenders and financial scams that can affect disadvantaged populations.

Power of the Dream honored for Thrift Store

The Power of the Dream received the Employer of the Year Award from Arc of the Triangle for its HANDmeUPs Thrift Store.

Rex Endowment board names new members, officers

Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom and Matt Leatherman, policy analyst for the Department of State Treasurer, have joined the board of directors of the John Rex Endowment.

The board elected Linda Butler, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Rex Healthcare, its chair, and Walker Wilson, director of health policy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, its vice chair.

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