Nonprofit news roundup, 01.27.17

Smart leaving Kate  B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Allen Smart, vice president of programs at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and its former interim president, is leaving the philanthropy after 10 years at the end of February to pursue consulting opportunities in philanthropy.

The Trust this week also named Tracey Greene-Washington, program officer for community economic development at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, as director of special initiatives, a new position.

Green-Washington, who will join the Trust in March, will oversee two efforts that Smart was instrumental in developing — Healthy Places, a 10-year, $100 million effort to  improve the health of 10 to 12 rural communities, and Great Expectations, a $30 million effort to invest in the youngest children in Forsyth County and their families.

Smart served as interim president from September 2015 to June 2016, resuming his role as vice president of programs in July 2016 when Laura Gerald, a pediatrician and former market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh, became president.

Smart plans to work as a consultant with other foundations, especially those that focus on rural area in the U.S.

York joins Emily K Center

Sandy York, former director of development for Trinity College and The Graduate School at Duke University, has joined the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham as chief advancement officer.

Children’s Home Society getting $3.7 million

Children’s Home Society in Greensboro is getting a four-year, $3.7 million grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to expand foster care across the state, as well as early intervention and prevention services for foster children.

Ammons Foundation gives $212,000

The Jandy Ammons Foundation in Raleigh is giving a total of $212,011 to five nonprofits in the state to fund capital projects in the areas of art, wildlife conservation, education and mission.

The grants to ChurchNet Foundation in Wake Forest, Raleigh Little Theatre, Rex Healthcare Foundation in Raleigh, Wake Forest Historical Museum and the North Carolina State Engineering Foundation bring to $765,731 the total funding the Ammons Foundation has provided in its first four years.

Heart Association raises nearly $100,000

The American Heart Association netted nearly $100,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education at its 2017 Guilford Heart Ball on January 21.

At the event, which attracted nearly 200 community and business leaders, Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and the American Heart Association recognized Dr. Mike Cooper and Dr. Clarence Owen, co-directors of the Structural Heart Program at Cone Health’s Heart and Vascular Center, as winners of the 3rd Annual LeBauer Visionary Award.

Grant to fund work at Mount Gilead archeological site

The state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is getting a $150,000 grant from the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust in Concord to reconstruct a section of the palisade fence surrounding the Town Creek Indian Mound archeological site in Mount Gilead.

This 55-acre site was developed and inhabited by the Pee Dee, a South Appalachian Mississippian culture, from about 1150 to 1400. It is the only ceremonial mound and village center of that culture located in North Carolina and one of only a few mound sites in the Southeast open to the public.

Black Philanthropy Initiative gives $16,350

The Black Philanthropy Initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded five grants totaling $16,350 to Crosby Scholars, Habitat for Humanity, R.I.S.E. 4 Girls, Wake Forest University and Wiley Magnet School that serve African Americans in the areas of education and financial literacy.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment, launched in 2014 with $25,000, has grown to over $116,000.

First Tennessee Bank pledged a three-year $10,000 annual matching challenge grant to support the Endowment, and Initiative received matching grants of $10,000 in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The Initiative will celebrate the grant recipients at a breakfast on February 21 at Goodwill Industries at 2701 University Parkway starting at 8:30 a.m.

Old Salem restoring Boys’ School

Restoration at Old Salem Museums & Gardens has begun on its Boys’ School, which was built in 1794 and is the world’s oldest Moravian school building still standing and among the earliest existing structures in America built specifically for pre-collegiate education.

Old Salem plans to add educational programming and costumed interpretation to the site, and to use it to build its training programs for North Carolina teachers. Old Salem has selected Frank L. Blum Construction Company as contractor for the restoration work, which is supported by private donations and $1.5 million committed by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

Greensboro Urban Ministry gets $5,000

Greensboro Urban Ministry received $5,000 from the Greensboro Grasshoppers to to buy food.

In 2016, the agency distributed over one million pounds of food to the community through its food pantry and Potter’s House Community Kitchen, assisting nearly over 38,400 individuals and nearly 21,000 households with food assistance.

Stop Hunger Now changes name

Stop Hunger Now, a global relief agency in Raleigh, has changed its name to Rise Against Hunger.

The agency, which operates in 20 U.S. cities and through five international affiliates, coordinates the packaging and distribution of meals to 37 countries.

Bike Co-op gets donated bikes

Employees of architecture firm Perkins+Will on January 19 assembled and donated nine children’s bikes to the Durham Bike Co-op, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides bicycles and bicycle-repair education to the community at low cost or no cost.

Armato to be honored at gala

Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health, will be honored at the 17th annual JDRF Hope Gala on February 25 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

The event, chaired by community volunteer Wendy Calloway and by Brad Calloway, vice president for decision support demand at Reynolds American, has raised at least $1 million every year since 2011 to fight type 1 diabetes research.

College scholarships offered

Project One Scholarship Fund in Charlotte aims to fund six scholarships totaling $25,000 to children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from low-income, single-parent families who planning to enter college this fall. Applications will be accepted through March 17.

Golf event to benefit Care Ring

Care Ring in Charlotte will benefit from the 2nd Annual Golfing Fore a Healthy Charlotte on March 27 at Carolina Golf Club.

MG Walk set for April 8

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America will host North Carolina MG Walk on April 8 at Barber Park in Greensboro.

MG is a a chronic autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack and destroy neuromuscular connections, causing muscle weakness. While some treatments are available, there is currently no cure for MG.

Bookmarks names part-time employees

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, with funding from The Winston-Salem Foundation, has hired two part-time employees — Rachel Kuhn Stinehelfer as education and program specialist, and Beth Seufer Buss as website and social media specialist.

BJH Foundation taking grant applications

February 28 is the deadline for submitting online applications to the BJH Foundation in Greensboro to support health and wellness programs and socialization programs for the older Jewish adult population.

Schwab Charitable handles $1.5 billion in grants

Schwab Charitable donors made 273,000 grant totaling over $1.5 billion in 2016, up 41 from percent a year earlier, to 61,000 charities.

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