Nonprofit news roundup, 12.22.16

High Point funder gives $951,000

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point is making $951,103 in grants to local organizations and nonprofits, with 80 percent of the funds going to programs that address teen pregnancy prevention and early intervention.

Groups receiving grants include Family Services of the Piedmont, $120,000; Open Door Ministries, $40,560; Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, $49,000; Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality, $50,030; Division of Public Health, Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, $258,639; Guilford County Partnership for Children, $39,000; SHIFT NC, $375,534; and Guilford Non-Profit Consortium, $10,000.

The Foundation also approved $8,340 to the Guilford Non-Profit Consortium to support summer internships for college students.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation gives $965,000

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $965,250 to 26 nonprofits in 11 counties in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.

The awards included 15 grants totaling $520,050 for social services and 11 grants totaling $445,200 for education.

Bayer gives $420,000

Bayer in Research Triangle Park donated over $420,238 this year to local charities and organizations, including $100,000 to the Community Garden at Passage Home in Raleigh that was the first installment of a three-year grant of $300,000.

Junior Achievement to honor Brady, Page

Don Brady, founder, chairman, and CEO of Brady Services, and Bob Page, founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., will be inducted by Junior Achievement of the Triad into its Business Leaders Hall of Fame on January 24.

The event will be held at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center, starting with a VIP Green Carpet reception honoring the inductees at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards dinner and presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Schools gets $40,000 for financial education

Truliant Federal Credit Union awarded $40,000 in grants for 13 schools and school systems offering financial education programs, including Dudley High School, Eastern Alamance High School, Eastern Guilford Middle School, Lowrance Middle School, Northeast Guilford High School, and the Social Studies Department of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Salvation Army gives donated toys to kids

The Salvation Army of Wake County distributed toys and other items to nearly 3,300 families, including over 7,100 children, donated by hundreds of companies, churches, families and community groups.

SECU Family House gets $3,734

SECU Family House, a 45-bedroom hospitality house that provides lodging for patients or caregivers, or both, traveling to Winston-Salem for medical care received a grant of $3,734 for its Family Assistance Fund from Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation.

Through November, over 400 guests this year had used over $68,000 drawn from the Fund, which was established with seed funding from North Carolina Baptist Hospital Foundation to provide support for guests to stay at the Family House for a reduced rate.

Family House charges $35 a night to offset costs and support future families, but the Fund allows qualified guests to stay for as little as $15 a night.

Greensboro Coliseum gets $5,000

The Greensboro Coliseum Complex received a grant from Duke Energy to pay for up to $5,000 toward the purchase and installation of an electric-vehicle car-charging station.

Board changes at John Rex Endowment

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

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

Interfaith Clergy gets $5,300 for hurricane relief

First Tennessee Bank gave $5,300 to Interfaith Clergy in Greenville to assist with relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew.

College students stuff stockings for Salvation Army

The Student Government Association and other student groups at High Point University partnered with The Salvation Army of High Point to fill over 1,100 stockings with toys, clothes, and hygiene items for boys and girls ages one to 12.

Project EverGreen donates trees

Project EverGreen donated 11 giant evergreen trees to Greensboro Parks and Recreation and helped volunteers plant them at Levette Ballfield at Nocho Park.

Catawba funder gives $80,000

Kenneth K. and Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment, a fund of the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, which is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, distributed grants totaling $80,000 to 20 nonprofits.

UNCW gets $10,000 for literary magazine

Ecotone, the literary magazine at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Lookout Books, the literary book imprint of the school’s Department of Creative Writing, have received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for publication of the magazine.

Franklinton school getting $2,500

Tar River Elementary School in Franklinton will receive a $2,500 grant from Give a Note Foundation that will be matched by the CMA Foundation.

Volunteers assemble toiletry kits, trail-mix bags

One hundred forty employees of International Textile Group assembled 1,000 toiletry kits that were donated to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, and over 800 bags of trail mix that were delivered to the Interactive Resource Center.

Coordinating the volunteer project were The Volunteer Center of Greensboro and United Way of Greater Greensboro.

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Nonprofit news roundup, 12.16.16

Yntema to head Greensboro Hospice

Kristen Wither Yntema, vice president of regional development and innovation at Advanced Home Care in High Point, has been named president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Yntema, who begins her new job on Feb. 20, 2017, will be the third CEO to lead the 36-year-old nonprofit and succeeds Patricia A. Soenksen, who will retire in March 2017 after nearly 10 years with the organization.

Yntema also will lead the Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the supporting organization for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Sheldon retiring from Friends Homes

Wilson Sheldon will retire on December 31 as CEO of Friends Homes in Greensboro after 34 years at the nonprofit retirement community.

Sheldon joined Friends Homes in 1982 as assistant administrator, was promoted soon after that to administrator when his predecessor left, and in 1996 was promoted to CEO.

Under Sheldon, Friends Homes grew from a single-site community, now known as Friends Homes at Guilford, into two communities with the completion in 1994 of Friends Homes West.

Other efforts he led included, in March 2010, the installation of solar hot-water heating systems that reduced the consumption of fossil fuels by over 150 tons a year, and in May 2016, a management-services agreement with The Presbyterian Homes to provide management and marketing services.Founded by the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, to meet the needs of individuals age 60 and older, and chartered in in 1958, Friends Homes has two campuses that Presbyterian Homes Management Services manages.

Friends Homes Guilford, at 925 New Garden Rd., is home to about 325 residents, and Friends Home West, at 6100 West Friendly Ave., is home to about 300 residents.

Miller leaving UNC Gillings for Indiana University Health

Crystal Hinson Miller, associate dean for advancement at the Gillings School of GlobalPublic Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and executive director of the UNC-CH Public Health Foundation, has been named chief philanthropy officer at Indiana University Health, Inside Indiana Business reported.

Heart health focus of wellness kits

The American Heart Association and Crumley Roberts, sponsor of Greater Guilford Go Red For Women, are distributing a Healthy Heart Start Wellness Kit to nearly 100 local businesses, civic groups and places of worship in Guilford County — and asking them in January to share with their staff, clients, and patrons some of the health statistics, warning-signs materials and information on ways to prevent heart disease and stroke found in the kits.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $343,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 16 grants totaling $343,085 to organizations that serve people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture; community and economic development; education; environment; health; human services; public interest; and recreation.

Salvation Army assisting 2,500 families

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem expected to distribute Christmas assistance consisting of toys, food and clothing to over 2,500 families, including nearly 7,000 children.

This year, distribution is being handled by a volunteer group of students from Erskine College in South Carolina, headed up by Cali Colbert, daughter of Majors Stan and Deborah Colbert, the Salvation Army’s Area Commanders.

UAW-Ford distributing 800 meals

United Auto Workers Local  3250 in Greensboro, in a joint effort with Ford, will distribute at least 800 meal boxes valued at $75 a meal during UAW-Ford’s fourth annual holiday-giving initiative to fight hunger.

The national effort will distribute more than 25,000 meals valued at nearly $1 million to families across 17 states.

Charlotte students sponsored for UNC program

Raleigh-based marketing firm Creative Allies sponsored 50 children from Charlotte’s Ranson IB Middle School to the First Look Program at the University of North Carolina that works to increase awareness of the collegiate experience among middle-school students.

Hurricane victims get virtual mental-health appointments

Carolina Partners in Mental Health partnered with Durham telemedicine app TouchCare to provide 100 free virtual video appointments to North Carolina residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, connecting them residents with mental-health providers.

Syngenta employees pack toiletry kits

About a dozen employees of Syngenta were scheduled to pack up to 600 toiletry kits to benefit the Salvation Army Center of Hope in effort coordinated by the Volunteer Center and United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Museum of Art gets $92,000

North Carolina Museum of Art received a $92,000 grant from Duke Energy for improvements at its its Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.

The funds will be used to improve the headwaters of the tributary to House Creek in the Museum Park in an effort to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff in the Neuse River Basin, and for a new trail and signage.

College students collect $7,500 for gifts

Students at High Point University collected $7,500 in chapel offerings this fall to support the Angel Tree Program at Salvation Army by buying gifts for 75 local families that included school uniforms, baby swings, dolls and bicycles.

People attending weekly chapel also sponsored individual children, including four children sponsored by Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Kids get holiday gifts

Tar Heel Basement Systems partnered with Potter’s House FRC in Winston Salem to provide holiday presents to 50 children in need.

Helping kids fly to get medical treatment

By Todd Cohen

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — In the last 10 years, children who were seriously ill or injured but faced hurdles getting to medical facilities have received 1,500 free flights, thanks to Children’s Flight of Hope, a nonprofit in Morrisville.

“Travel to treatment is often an overlooked component of getting children the care they need,” says Staci Barfield, the group’s executive director. “Insurance doesn’t pay for   the travel of the children we serve. If we didn’t provide these flights, they’d forego or postpone treatment until their families could raise the money, which could be too late.”

Formed in 1991 by Al Wethington, a Durham pilot and businessman, Children’s Flight of Hope operates with a full-time staff of four people and an annual budget of $821,000, plus in-kind support valued at about $500,000, mainly in the form of flights that companies and American Airlines donate.

It also counts on 150 active volunteers who mainly work on three annual events that net a total of about $360,000. The group gets the rest of its funds from individuals and corporations, plus some grant support.

It pays for most of its flights. This year, through October, it spent $154,000 on commercial flights and $87,000 on private flights.

Through November 11, it had provided 408 flights for 127 families, and expects to have provided 500 flights by the end of the year.

Until this past April, flights had been limited to children living or needing to get to medical facilities east of the Mississippi River. The biggest share of the children are traveling to or from destinations in North Carolina.

And thanks to a one-year partnership it formed in April with American Airlines, American now is letting the nonprofit use for its own clients two million miles of flights donated to the airline. In return, Children’s Flight of Hope will handle eight million miles of charity flights American routes to Children’s Flight of Hope.

The nonprofit developed that partnership in the wake of $151,000 in seed money it received in 2015 from the CAPCommunity Foundation, the charitable arm of CAPTRUST Financial Advisers in Raleigh, to expand its geographic reach.

Now, Children’s Flight of Hope is considering the creation of hubs in 10 other markets throughout U.S., plus the Triad and Charlotte, Barfield says.

Developing the hubs will depend on interest in each market among local volunteers, funders and companies, she says.

The nonprofit also continues to focus on meeting the needs of North Carolina children. Seeing that children from the coastal area were not participating, the staff approached The Eshelman Foundation in Wilmington, which provided a $15,000 grant to meet the travel needs of children from the three counties the Foundation serves.

Since 2014, Children’s Flight of Hope also has raised about $400,000 through a campaign known as “Join Our Crew” that focuses on recruiting “recurring” donors who make a commitment to make an annual gift for a number of years.

Three donors each have made pledges to give $20,000 a year for five years.

The nonprofit mainly flies children to pediatric speciality centers for a broad range of illnesses, including rare “orphan” diseases for which research and treatment are not supported by institutional programs or organizations.

“The treatments we’re sending them to,” Barfield says, “are going to save, prolong or dramatically improve the quality of their lives.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.09.16

Foundation CEOs see lost opportunities for impact

Two-thirds of foundation CEOs believe foundations can make a big social impact yet few believe foundations are fulfilling their potential, even though they are in a position to change much of what they see blocking them, a new report says.

The report, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, also finds most CEOs believe foundations can take greater advantage of the unusual role they play to experiment, be innovative, collaborate and convene.

And they see  listening to and learning from those they seek to help as a way to make a greater impact.

Commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the report is based on responses from 167 CEOs to a survey, and in-depth interviews with another 41 CEOs.

V Foundation launches $200 million campaign

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary has launched a campaign to raise $200 million by 2020.

Chairing the campaign is George Bodenheimer, retired president and executive chairman of ESPN and a member of the V Foundation board of directors.

In 2016, the Foundation awarded over $23 million — a record-high — in grants for cancer research.

United Way auto lottery raises over $1 million

An effort to generate more giving to the annual fundraising campaign at United Way of Alamance County through a lottery to win a new car has generated over $1 million since United Way launched the effort in 2004.

For this year’s Great Alamance Auto Rally, auto dealers that contribute to the effort agreed to include a second car to be given to an individual in need, and United Way agreed to increase to $60 from $52 the amount required to enter the lottery, with the $8 difference being applied toward the purchase of the second car.

The winner of that second car was Diane Shipmon, a teacher in the Adult Basic Literacy Education program at Alamance Community College and founder of Steel Magnolias, a group for women with addiction.

In addition to car dealers such as Cox Toyota, Dick Shirley, Stearns Ford and Westcott Automotive Group that have participate and contributed to the lottery all 12 years, dealers participating in this year’s effort included Flow Volkswagen-Subaru-Volvo and Flow Honda of Burlington.

NCCJ 50th annual event raises $448,000

The 50th annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner hosted by National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, or NCCJ, raised 447,929, including $65,223 in cash gifts and pledges during the event, which attracted 1,266 guests — all record-highs.

Chaired by local philanthropists Victoria and Ron Milstein, executive vice president for external affairs at ITG Brands, the event November 10 also generated $42,706 in in-kind donations and $33,150 in ticket sales, also record-highs.

Receiving NCCJ’s Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award at the event were Sally and Bob Cone of Greensboro and Marsha and the late Jack Slane of High Point.

NCCJ, founded in 1937 as the Greensboro chapter of the former National Conference of Christians and jews, and organized as an independent nonprofit in 2005, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad works to develop youth leadership and advocacy to fight bigotry, bias and racism.

This year, NCCJ hosted 133 Guilford County students at two week-long sessions for its ANYTOWN residential program, and provided day-long diversity-awareness programs to over 1,500 middle-school and high-school students.

John Rex Endowment gives $179,000

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded $108,873 to Haven House Services, also in Raleigh, for a program to reduce incidents of physical violence and the number of youth referred to the juvenile justice system in five Wake County middle schools.

The Endowment also awarded capacity grants of $30,320 to Haven House, and $40,250 to The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.

Hobson joins The Relatives

Trish Hobson, vice president of advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, has joined The Relatives, also in Charlotte, as executive director.

Komen gets $28,525 from Subway

Susan G. Komen affiliates in North Carolina received $28,525 from Subway restaurant owners in the state, including $6,000 from Triad restaurants, from a percentage of the sale of a special cookie.

Teacher arts grants total $13,000

ArtsGreensboro awarded 14 teacher art grants totaling nearly $13,000 for arts projects in public, charter and private schools serving Greensboro-area students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Supporting the grants program is Wells Fargo Bank and its Arts in Education Fund.

Changes on Early Childhood Foundation board

Gregory Alcorn, founder and CEO of Global Contact Services and a member of the State Board of Education, has joined the board of directors of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation.

Easter Maynard, director of community investment for Investors Management Corporation, has been elected board vice chair.

Arts Council awards $25,000 to artists

The Art Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County made 11 awards totaling $25,000 to local artists through its Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant program to support the artists’ professional development through specific projects.

Girl Scouts team with Goodwill

Over 2,400 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina collected gently used clothing, toys, books and household items that could be sold in Goodwill’s retail stores and donated 5,817 bags of goods to Goodwill.

Proceeds from the sale of those donated will support workforce development programs designed to help unemployed and underemployed persons find jobs.

Participating organizations were Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont in Colfax; Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in Greensboro; Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem; and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte.

Students getting coats, socks

Coats and pairs of socks collected at the the 9th annual Breakfast with Community Leaders hosted by Annual African American Leadership for United Way of Greater Greensboro on December 6 will be distributed to youth in United Way’s African American Male Initiative.

The initiative, led by Communities in Schools, is a mentoring program for students as they progress through Wiley Elementary School, Jackson Middle School and Smith High School.

230 foster kids getting gifts

Members of the Realtor Foundation of Wake County, the charitable arm of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, purchased 920 gifts that will go to 230 foster children through a 12-year partnership with Wake County Guardian ad Litem Project Angel Tree.

Since 2011, 1,230 children have been served and over 5,100 gifts have been distributed through Project Angel Tree, which has raised over $175,000 of in-kind donations from Association members over the past five years.

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.02.16

Donors, nonprofits out of sync on boosting leaders

Nonprofits face a “chronic” deficit in developing leaders, and funders and the nonprofits they support differ on how to overcome it, new study says.

Nearly two-third of 50 foundation leaders participating in a survey ranked leadership development a top priority, yet only 42 percent of 438 nonprofit leaders participating in a separate survey reported getting any grant dollars for leadership development, The Bridgespan Group says in an article on the study published in Stanford Social Innovation Review.

And even among nonprofits that get support for leadership development, the investments do not always match the most critical support that organizations say they need, says the article, “Leadership Development: Aligning Funders’ Good Intentions with Nonprofits’ Real Needs.”

Investing in leadership to make a bigger impact requires first identifying the problem and the right investment to address it, Bridgespan says.

That requires “engaging the stakeholders who understand the challenge best,” including nonprofit staff, boards, recruiting professionals and other “field experts to get a deeper sense of what support specific leaders and organizations need to cultivate talent,” it says.

Those needs “differ by field: there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” Bridgespan says.

“The gap our survey discovered between funders’ good intentions and grantees’ needs prevents funders from realizing their goals for building stronger nonprofit and field leaders,” Bridgespan says.

“Closing that gap,” it says, “will require funders to think and act differently, whether loosening the  grip on overhead expenditures or taking more time to dig deeply into the leadership challenges of individual grantees, but it is an investment worth making.”

Millennials want to connect, get involved, give, research shows

The engagement of “millennials,” or those born from 1980 to 2000, is moving beyond brief interest to activism, reflecting the generation’s fundamental desire to do good, a new report says.

“Millennial engagement with causes will expand as this generation ages and as causes learn to connect with individuals more effectively,” says a study by Achieve that is based on five years of its research and supported by The Case Foundation.

The report, “Cause Influence & The Workplace,” also says millennials’ “preferences in cause engagement will alter current models of giving and views on how to effect change in the world.”

The report identifies six common findings from research on over 75,000 millennials:

* Millennials’ main charitable motivation is “intrinsic passion for a cause.”

* Millennials volunteer and give modestly to multiple causes in “early engagement.”

* Among millennials, women give more money than do men, and older individuals give more than younger ones, with larger donations tied to more volunteer hours.

* Peers are a critical influence on millennial giving.

* Millennials want to use and develop their skills through engagement in causes.

* Millennials learn about and donate to causes digitally, and use each digital “platform” distinctly.

Donations over $1 million surge to $56 billion

The value of individual donations worth over $1 million grew to $56 billion in 2015 in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East from $17 billion a year earlier, a new report says.

Even excluding a single gift that totaled $32 billion, the value of individual donations worth over $1 million in the three regions grew 41 percent from the previous year, says the fourth international edition of the Million Dollar Donors Report produced by Coutts & Co. in association with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Individuals accounted for 85 percent of the value of donations over $1 million in 2015, while corporations and foundations accounted for the remainder.

Foundations received the greatest share of the total value of donations — $36.3 billion from 96 donations — thanks in particular to a $32 billion pledge from a donor in the Middle East.

In the U.S., the number of donations of $1 million or more grew to 1,823 in 2015 from 1,064 in 2014, while the total value of those gifts grew to $19.3 billion from $14.1 billion.

In the U.S., individuals contributed 861 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $13.5 billion, accounting for 47 percent of all gifts that size and 70 percent of the total value of all gifts that size.

Foundations in the U.S. gave 725 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $4.7 billion, accounting for 40 percent of all gifts that size and 24 percent of the total value.

Corporations in the U.S. made 237 gifts of $1 million or more totaling $1.1 billion, accounting for 13 percent of gifts that size and six percent of the total value of gifts that size.

Of the total 2,197 donations over $1 million in the U.K., U.S. and Middle East, 1,047 donations totaling $10.2 billion were given directly to universities and higher-education institutions.

In the U.S., higher education was the focus of 53 percent of all gifts of $1 million and over, receiving $9.3 billion, or 48 percent of the overall value of gifts that size.

Also in the U.S., foundations received $3.6 billion in gifts of $1 million or more, or 19 percent of the total value of gifts that size.

Trees NC gets $80,000

Trees NC in Asheboro has raised $80,000 in grants to support its project to

renovate the historic 1839 Asheborough Female Academy for use as a living museum and education center.

Support includes $38,000 from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation; $25,000 from Timken Foundation; $13,000 from Marion Stedman Covington Foundation; and $4,000 from Bank of North Carolina.

Vetter honored for work on stroke prevention

Betsy Vetter, regional vice president of government relations for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association, received the 2016 SHAPE (Stroke Heroes Advocating Prevention and Education) award from the North Carolina Stroke Association.

Food Bank gets $50,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem has received $50,000 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in the region.

Benevolence Farm raises $45,000

Benevolence Farm in Alamance County has raised $45,000 in its campaign to raise $80,000 and aims to raise the remainder by the end of the year and launch its residential program to support women getting out of the North Carolina prisons.

Perry-Manning heads national early-care group

Susan Perry-Manning, founding executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and most recently executive director of the Office of Early Learning in the Delaware Department of Education, has joined the Early Care and Education Consortium in Washington, D.C., as executive director.

Berk joins Family Abuse Center

Lauren Berk, former marketing and events coordinator for United Way of Alamance County, has been named program supervisor for the Lethality Assessment Program that Family Abuse Services of Alamance County is piloting with the Burlington Police Department.

Cone Health Cancer Center gets $11,000

Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro received $11,000 to support patient needs from the Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-A-Thon, which has raised over $60,000 for the Cancer Center since the event was launched in 2009 by Coley Hooker to honor his wife, Johnnie Mae Hooker, who had died of cancer.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving focus of video

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, a Cary nonprofit that provides volunteer non-medical assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities, and support for caregivers, is the focus of a promotional video produced by Blueforest Studios in Raleigh.

In its second annual pro-bono effort, Blueforest selected the Center from a pool of 35 applicants and produced a video to help it recruit new volunteers.

The Center’s volunteers provide services to 500 adults.

Crosby Scholars to mark 25 years

The Crosby Scholars Program which provides college-preparation seminars and workshops to over 20,000 public middle-school and high-school students each year, and financial-aid sessions for students and their families, marked its 25th anniversary on November 29.

Graduates of the Winston-Salem program are eligible to apply each year for scholarships through the program, which has awarded over $5.5 million in scholarships and helped student secure over $50 million in financial aid, excluding loans, since 1993.

Second-graders raise $306.62

The second-grade classes at Northwood Elementary School in High Point collected $306.62 for the Little Red Schoolhouse.

The High Point Historical Society aims by the end of the year to raise $15,000 needed to for conservation and preservation work on the Little Red Schoolhouse, which recently moved to the campus of High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library.

Funding available visiting artists

The Morris and Lillian Sosnik Memorial Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation is accepting applications for requests of up to $5,000 to bring visiting lecturers, musicians, and artists to the community.

Feb. 6, 2017, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting letters of application for grants of up to $5,000. The Fund accepts requests biennially in odd-numbered years.

Companies pitch in on home repairs

Over 24 local companies sponsored the inaugural Big Give Back event, working with Rebuilding Together of the Triangle on home repairs for a local family.

Leading the two-day event, which raised over $9,000 and included nearly 100 volunteers, was the Triangles Sales and Marketing Council, part of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County.

Salvation Army gets coin worth $500

The Salvation Army of High Point found a $5 gold coin minted in 1881 inside a Red Kettle used in its annual fund drive.

Sale of the coin, valued at $500, has generated enough funds to provide utility assistance for three families or feed an 50 families.

High Point University students donate food

The Food Recovery Network team at High Point University has donated 20,000 meals and nearly 25,000 pounds of food since it was launched in fall 2015, including 6,653 pounds donated this semester.

Students donate the food to Open Door Ministries in High Point several times a week.

Camp Corral gets $20,000

Camp Corral in Raleigh received a $20,000 donation from Superfeet to benefit children of wounded, ill, injured or fallen military members who attend its free summer camp sessions.

Superfeet also will send volunteers next summer to YMCA Camp Seymour in Washington, a camp partner of Camp Corral.