Nonprofit news roundup, 02.17.17

Community information gaps focus of new effort

Looking for ways to identify “information gaps” in local communities, and to work with residents to find ways to close those gaps over the long-term will be the focus of 18 months of training that will be available to four community and “place-based” foundations from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The training effort is based on a pilot that Knight conducted with four other foundations in which it now will invest a total of $1 million in matching grants to help them put into place plans they already have developed with local residents to close local information gaps.

The four foundations in the pilot that now will get a total of $1 million more are Chicago Community Trust; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Incourage Community Foundation; and Silicon Balley Community Foundation.

March 24 is the deadline for other community and place-based foundations to submit applications to participate in the 18-month training program, known as the Knight Community Information Lab.

Methodist Home raises $315,000

Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh raised $315,000 and attracted 585 guests on February 4 at its 20th annual gala, A Winter’s Tale.

$310,000 awarded for environmental projects

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina awarded a total of $309,645 to 11 environmental projects from its Pigeon River Fund, bringing to nearly $6.2 million the total grants it has awarded since 1996.

These grants support projects — that focus on improving surface water quality, and fish and wildlife management habitats; expanding public use and access to waterways; and increasing awareness to help protect resources — in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties.

Heritage Home Group sponsoring United Way dinner

Heritage Home Group in High Point has donated $10,000 and will be the inaugural community sponsor for The Darrell & Stella Harris Champion of Hope benefit dinner that United Way of Greater High Point will host May 16 at the High Point Country Club.

Dodgeball event to benefit Rescue Mission

Community Matters in Charlotte will host its Sixth Annual Dodgeball Tournament, which will be held March 24 from 11 a.m .to 3 p.m. at Sports Connection at 10930 Granite St. Proceeds from the event will benefit Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Event to benefit Cancer Fund

Kay Yow Cancer Fund will hold its inaugural Celebration Run/Walk on February 18 at 11 a.m. Talley Student Center/Stafford Commons on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Transitions GuidingLights to host event

Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Support Center in Raleigh will host its seventh annual Share to Care fundraiser on February 18 at Governor W. Kerr Scott Building at 1025 Blue Ridge Road from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

IFB Solutions gets $47,000

IFB Solutions Foundation received a $47,000 grant from Reynolds American Foundation for specially-trained teaching instructors for its year-round Student Enrichment Experience Afterschool Program that works with students from kindergarten through 12th grade who are blind or visually impaired.

Chipper Jones to speak at Bookmarks event

Bookmark will present “Chipper Jones: Behind the Plate” with longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones on April 6 at 6 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.

Presenting sponsors for the event are Blue Door Group and Wilkinson ERA Real Estate.

SECCA curator leaving

Cora Fisher, curator of contemporary art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, will step down on March 1 after three-and-a-half years in the job.

Williams promoted at Armstrong McGuire

Shannon Williams, a senior adviser at philanthropy consulting firm Armstrong McGuire & Associates in Raleigh, has been promoted to director of client engagement.

Byers joins Daniel Center board

Scott A. Byers, president and CEO of EDM Americas, has joined the board of directors of The Daniel Center for Math and Science in Raleigh.

Habitat gets $10,000

Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County has been awarded a $10,290 grant from Pitt County Community Foundation, a local affiliate of North Carolina Community Foundation, for vouchers to replace household items as part of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

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