Nonprofit news roundup, 01.06.17

Habitat Forsyth gets $97,000

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County received grants of $65,000 from Publix Super Markets to fund a Habitat home to be built this year, and $31,785 from The Winston-Salem Foundation to fund a new staff position for a marketing and volunteer engagement manager.

Joedance Film Festival gives $25,000

Joedance Film Festival in Charlotte and its affiliated year-round events that raise funds for rare pediatric cancer clinical trials and research at Levine Children Hospital at Carolinas HealthCare System, also in Charlotte, donated $25,000 in 2016.

The total brings to over the $125,000 the total Joedance has contributed to Levine Children Hospital since 2010.

Habitat Wake receives $20,000

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County received $20,000 from First Tennessee Bank, presenting sponsor for the organization’s annual Blueprint Breakfast fundraiser, to hold its 2017 event at PNC Arena.

Organizers hope the event, to be held March 21, will raise over $300,000, up from  $250,000 last year.

Junior Achievement awarded $16,800

Junior Achievement of the Triad received a grant of $16,800 from The Winston-Salem Foundation to fund a programs-manager position for Forsyth County for a project that provides students with economic education, with an emphasis on economic literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills.

Silver named to emerging-leaders arts group

Dara Silver, senior administrative assistant, special projects, and grant program manager at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has been elected  to the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Ashe-Card joins Winston-Salem Foundation Committee

Alison Ashe-Card, assistant director in the Office of Career and Professional Development at Wake Forest University School of Law, has joined The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, the primary governing body for The Winston-Salem Foundation.

City, United Way partner on mentorship program

The City of Greensboro is teaming up with the African-American Male Initiative at United Way of Greater Greensboro to provide mentors for African-American, Hispanic and other male students in grades two through five at Wiley Elementary School, grades six through eight at Jackson Middle School at ninth grade at Smith High School.

A total of about 140 boys are eligible to participate in the program at the three schools.

Kids in Salvation Army shelter gets toys, shoes

Furnitureland South owners Jeff and Jason Harris, and their families, donated $5,000 to buy toys and shoes for all of the children spending the Christmas holiday in The Salvation Army of High Point family shelter this year.

Boys & Girls Clubs gets ballet tickets

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina in Henderson received tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet from the Carolina Ballet for all five clubs in Vance County.

Realtor Foundation names officers, partners

Gina Miller of Re/Max United has been named president of The Realtor Foundation of Wake County and ,Tim McBrayer of Howard Perry & Walston has been named president-elect.

The Foundation in 2017 plans to provide volunteer manpower and financial assistance to housing improvement nonprofits that include Families Together, The Green Chair Project, Wake County’s Cool for Wake Program and Haven House Services/Wrenn House.

Applications for arts mini-grants due February 3

February 3 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for community groups and individuals to submit applications to The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for grants up to $500, sponsored by Wells Fargo, for projects to spread the arts throughout the community, promote creativity, provide greater access to the arts and bring people together.

Teachers grants available

February 9 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for teachers from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to submit applications to The Winston-Salem Foundation for grants of up to $2,500 for professional development.

The Foundation will hold information sessions on the grants process for educators on January 11  at 4 p.m. and January 19 at 5 p.m. in its offices at 751 Fourth St.

To attend either workshop, contact Madelyn McCaully at or (336) 725-2382.

Arts Council to kick off campaign

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will kick off  its 2017 annual fundraising campaign on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn at Reynolda Village.

The kickoff will feature poetry readings and performances by Jacinta V. White, Ezra Noble, and Aaron Bachelder, all recent recipients of Duke Energy regional artist project grants.

Arts Together raises $7,000

Arts Together in Raleigh reached its goal of raising $7,000 goal for a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.

Make-A-Wish launching young-professionals program

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has launched a Young Professionals program, which will hold its inaugural meeting January 19 at 6 p.m. at the chapter’s office at 2880 Slater Road, Suite 105, in Morrisville.

Winston-Salem Foundation accepting nominations for awards

March 3 is the deadline for submitting nominations to The Winston-Salem Foundation for The Winston-Salem Foundation Award and the Echo Awards.

The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, which recognizes personal dedication to improve the quality of life for all individuals in the community, includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charity the winner selects.

The ECHO Award — which recognize individuals, informal groups or organizations; unsung community members; and community members who build social connections — includes $1,000 for winers to donate to a charity of their choice.

Recipients of all awards will May 3 at the Foundation’s community luncheon.


Strowd Roses focuses giving on Chapel Hill, Carrboro

By Todd Cohen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Carrboro received $10,000 to support operations at its Food Pantry in Carrboro that each month provides 1,300 bags of groceries to people in need, and at its Community Kitchen in Chapel Hill that last year provided 60,000 meals to hungry individuals.

Reach Out And Read Carolinas got $1,500 to support a regional literacy summit its Triangle office hosted for coordinators at health clinics who prescribe books for young children visiting the clinics and for representatives of partner agencies that donate the books.

And the PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro received $10,000 to assess the organizational needs of nonprofits that will be housed in YouthWorx on Main, a nonprofit collaborative the Thrift Shop is launching with Youth Forward for nonprofits serving youth.

Making all those grants was Strowd Roses, believed to be the only charitable foundation that makes grants only to nonprofits serving Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

With just over $7 million in assets managed by Fidelity Investments, the foundation has awarded over $5.1 million in grants to 292 nonprofits since it was formed in 2001.

Last year, it awarded 62 grants totaling $286,000.

“We intentionally give to a lot of organizations and spread the money around,” says Eileen Ferrell, the foundation’s part-time executive director.

Strowd Roses was created through the will of Irene Strowd, the widow of Fletcher Eugene Strowd, who retired in 1979 as a partner in the former Johnson, Strowd, Ward furniture store on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

The foundation also received proceeds from the estate of Gladis Harrison Adams, who was Irene Strowd’s sister, and from the sale of over 250 acres in Chatham County, now home to the residential subdivision Strowd Mountain, where Gene Strowd grew up.

In addition to awarding grants, the foundation pays about $38,000 a year to Witherspoon Rose Culture in Durham for upkeep of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden, a free public space at 120 South Estes Drive for events on property owned by the Town of Chapel Hill that contains over 350 bushes of 130 different varieties of roses. The space can be reserved for free for events.

Gene Strowd, who was president of the Chapel Hill Rose Society, proposed the idea for a community rose garden in 1987 and designed its layout working with the Rose Society and the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department

Grants to local groups range up to $10,000 and average about $7,000, with grants to support general welfare, education and literacy, and youth accounting for the biggest share of funding in 2016.

Each year, Strowd Roses also gives $33,000 to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, which regrants the funds to support projects in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

“We look at them as being the experts on what the greatest needs are and what the greatest impact can be,” Ferrell says.

With 700 nonprofits in Orange County, including those in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Ferrell says, she is working to encourage more local giving overall, including giving by living individuals, who account for 71 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S.

“There’s a lot of need that still exists,” she says, “that we alone can’t address.”