Nonprofit news roundup, 03.31.17

Per-student spending gap grows in state

The gap in funding for public schools between the most affluent and poorest counties in North Carolina is “stark and growing,” a new study says.

The 10 counties spending the most spent $3,026 on average per student, compared to $710 spent by the 10 counties that spent the least, says the 2017 Local School Finance Study from the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Orange County, which spends the most, spent 12 times more per student than Swain County, which spends the least, the study says.

In 2014-15, it says, the 10 counties that spend the most spent 4.26 times more per child than the 10 counties that spend the least.

That same year, the study says, the 10 poorest counties taxed themselves at nearly double the rate of the 10 wealthiest counties, yet because of he disparity in real-estate wealth capacity, the revenue the poorest counties could generate at higher tax rates was substantially lower than what the wealthiest counties could generate at lower rates.

“The poorest counties continue to raise their tax rates, while the wealthiest counties lower theirs, and yet the substantial revenue disparity persists,” the Public School Forum says.

On average, it says, the counties that spend the most increased their spending by 3.8 percent more per child this year than last year, or $110 more per student, while the counties that spend the least increased their average spending per student by 0.8 percent, or $5 per student.

North Carolina law gives the state the responsibility to pay for instructional expenses, including personnel, while county governments pay for capital expenses, including building and grounds, except for statewide bond referenda or other state spending.

Yet the state now pays two percent of capital expenses, with local spending accounting for 98 percent, the Public School Forum says,  while counties now are funding 18.8 percent of positions for principals and assistant principals; 6.5 percent of teachers; 11.8 percent of teacher assistants; and 20.9 percent of professional instructional support personnel.

High Point University getting $5 million

The School of Education at High Point University is getting $5 million from Robert “Bob” Stout, retired president of Steel Bar Corp. in Greensboro, and his wife Maggie Stout.

To be renamed for the donors, the Stout School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary, middle-grades, secondary education, special, and science, technology, engineering and math education, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

John Rex Endowment gives $1.1 million

John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded grants totaling $764,418 Wake County Public School System and $270,792 to Youth Thrive to support positive mental health in Wake County, and $70,000 to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to put into effect a safe-environments program in six pediatric clinics in Wake County.

Heart Math Tutoring awarded $350,000

Heart Math Tutoring in Charlotte received a $350,000 multi-year grant from The Leon Levine Foundation that will fund a new full-time position dedicated to recruiting and supporting volunteers.

Read and Feed receives $50,000

Read and Feed in Cary received $50,000 from the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Wake Salvation Army opens second Family Store

The Salvation Army is opening its a Family Store at 4025 Wake Forest Rd. in Raleigh.

Proceeds from sales and donations at the store, its second in Wake County, ­­directly support The Salvation Army’s food pantry, family shelter, community center, and outreach programs for survivors of human trafficking and children experiencing homelessness.

Interior work completed on ArtsGreensboro facility

ArtsGreensboro has completed work on the interior of the new Van Dyke Performance Space, including installation of new permanent and flexible seating.

The new facility for performing arts, events and entertainment facility, with a seating capacity of 250 to 400 or more under different configurations, was developed through a collaborative partnership between the City of Greensboro and ArtsGreensboro, and a $1 million gift from Jan Van Dyke, artistic director of Dance Project.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving to host event

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary will host its 2017 Red Carpet Rendezvous, celebrating celebrating 25 years of service to the community, on April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the N.C. State University Club in Raleigh.

Dog event to benefit Sergei Foundation

The Sergei Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Triad Dog Games on May 20 and 21 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Funds raised at the event will support the Foundation’s mission to save companion pets’ lives by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care.

Heart Association creates board

The American Heart Association has named its first Triad board of directors.

Board president is Allison Brashear, chair of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, while Thomas Boothby, Triad market managing partner for Dixon Hughes Goodman, is board chairman, and David H. Wagner, director of the Student Health Center at N.C. A&T State University, is president-elect.

5K events to benefit local nonprofits

Twin City Track Club, Brenner Families in Training, and Girls on the Run Triad will receive proceeds from  Beat the Heat 5K, an event the Track Club will host July 22 starting at 6:30 p.m., with Cook Medical as presenting sponsor.

Rescue Ranch building playground for kids of all abilities

Rescue Ranch, an animal-welfare nonprofit founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, has broken ground on a 10,000-square-foot playground in Statesville that will be fully inclusive for children with all abilities and the first of its kind in Iredell County.

Event to benefit firefighters group

Little City Brewing and Provisions Company and Heat fitness studios — both located near the fire on March 16 that destroyed an apartment building under construction — will host a fundraiser workout on April 2 benefitting the Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association.

Salvation Army works to fill gaps for homeless kids

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Twenty-nine homeless children in Wake County who otherwise might not get critical health and social services they need will now be connected to them, thanks to $2,900 raised by a fourth-grade class at Grace Christian School in Raleigh.

The students raised the money as a class project after hearing a presentation from Project CATCH, a program of the Salvation Army of Wake County that coordinates collaborative services and serves as an advocate for homeless children.

The presentation was part of a new effort by Project CATCH to raise awareness about Wake County’s 5,000 homeless children, including 2,900 who are school-age and over 1,250 who need mental-health care.

Every night, nearly 300 children in Wake sleep in shelters. Thousands more are forced to double up in the homes of family or friends, or live in cars or hotels, or sleep on the streets.

Children who are homeless typically have experienced or been exposed to violence in their neighborhood or family, says Jennifer Tisdale, coordinator of Project CATCH.

Yet those children often can seem invisible, with their needs not understood or addressed, she says.

Homeless children face health problems and lack access to health care, she says. They experience high rates of problems with mental health, learning, cognition, language development, and academic achievement.

Yet shelters typically focus mainly on addressing the immediate needs of homeless children and families for jobs and housing because those needs are critical and the shelters’ resources and staff are limited, Tisdale says.

And most shelters have limited protocols for screening and assessing children, as well as procedures for referring children with needs to appropriate mental-health providers, she says.

Shelters also typically lack sufficient resources to keep track of children over time to ensure they get effective services, she says.

Project CATCH — Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless — works to fill those gaps.

Formed in 2011 in collaboration with the Young Child Mental Health Collaborative and initially funded by Wake County SmartStart and John Rex Endowment, the program partners with 11 shelter programs, including the one at the Salvation Army, and with 18 community programs, to offer physical, emotional and education services.

Operating with an annual budget of $141,000, two full-time staff members and four interns from N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it receives child referrals from the shelters and the Wake County Public School System and has served 1,500 children.

It also provides a child-abuse-prevention program in three shelters for parents experiencing stress from homelessness. And it serves as lead agency in a collaborative effort to address the needs of families living in hotels.

“We are aligning and providing children with services they otherwise would not have,” Tisdale says.

Project CATCH refers every child it serves to five or six agencies, on average. It provides food and clothing for 80 percent of the children it serves. In partnership with The Diaper Train, it provides diapers to homeless families.

It also provides families with food through the Salvation Army or gives them food vouchers from Catholic Charities or Wake Relief.  And it connects homeless children with after-school camps and extracurricular activities.

Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness, a new book, includes a chapter on Project CATCH by Mary Haskett, a psychology professor at N.C. State, and co-authored by Tisdale and Amy Leonard Clay, a doctoral candidate at N.C. State.

Haskett suggests in the chapter that Project CATCH could serve as a national model to increase access to mental health services for homeless children.

First, however, the program aims to raise awareness and funding to sustain itself and add at least one more case manager, Tisdale says.

Project CATCH is partnering, for example, with the Contemporary Art Museum, which has visited the Salvation Army shelter to work on art projects with homeless children and is considering a display and exhibit of their work.

Project CATCH also is developing plans with the North Carolina Museum of Art for an art show featuring work by local artists the program has worked with to raise awareness about homeless children.

“When nobody know about you, it’s really hard to raise funds, and if we don’t, our doors will close by the end of the year,” Tisdale says. “Our goal is to create more awareness about the problem and issue so more people will become engaged.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.24.17

Elderly population outrunning services, funding

Individuals age 65 or older head nearly one in four U.S. households, yet only six percent of nonprofits that file tax returns with the IRS focus on services to aging populations, a new report says.

“Giving and the Golden Years: The Role of Private Giving in Aging Services Organization” from the Giving USA Foundations questions how aging-services organizations will be able to handle needs of Americans over 65, a population expected to double to 98.2 million by 2060.

Over half of all aging-services organizations operate with annual revenue at or under $500,000, except for nursing facilities and home health services, and nearly 30 percent of those two groups operate with annual revenue of $10 million or more.

Grants and contributions account for over 82 percent of revenue for aging-services organizations such as food programs, compared to less than five percent for nursing facilities and home health services, the report says.

And only 10 percent of aging-services organizations have an endowment fund, an investment that many nonprofits such as universities and hospitals use to generate funding for future programs, operations and services, the report says.

It says states such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and the Carolinas, commonly considered “retirement states,” scored in the bottom fourth based on their number of aging services organizations per 1,000 residents age 65 and older, while Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas scored in the top fourth.

Americans born before 1964 represent the most generous generation in the U.S., accounting for nearly 70 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S., the report says.

“It’s likely that this generation will be the biggest philanthropic supporter of aging services they may come to rely on,” it says.

Rise Against Hunger to help deliver donated meals

Rise Against Hunger in Raleigh is one of a group of nonprofits that will deliver a total of one billion meals that Kraft Heinz has agreed to donate by 2021 for people in need throughout the world.

Rising Against Hunger does not yet know how many of those donated meals it will deliver.

The Raleigh nonprofit has served as exclusive micronutrient distribution partner for Kraft Heinz since 2013 and has delivered throughout the world over 167 million hunger-relief meals fortified by micronutrient powders the company provided.

Closing achievement gaps focus of funding effort

Law firm Bell, Davis & Pitt will contribute $10,000 a year over six years to Project Impact, a community effort to provide funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to benefit at-risk students who are eligible for pre-kindergarten or who attend Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Project Impact, which focuses on pre-kindergarten programs, increasing developmental and instructional support for students, aims to improve third-grade reading and math proficiency and close literacy gaps.

It has received a total of $24 million from local foundations and companies, aims to raise a total of $45 million and already has reached over 2,600 students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools through projects such as Pathway to K, summer school, and funding new pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Funders include The Winston-Salem Foundation; BB&T; Wake Forest Baptist Medical Ce

Hill Center gets $50,000

The Hill Center in Durham received $50,000 from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament to support a reading intervention program for the students struggling the most in Carteret County Public Schools.

This gift expands a project established in the 2015-16 school year, when Carteret County beta-tested the Hill Learning System from The Hill center, and aims to reach more students and support more teachers through the purchase of 90 iPads.

Gala to benefit lung cancer research, education

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina will host its 10th annual Evening of Hope Gala on April 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh to raise money to support lung cancer research and education.

Me Fine Foundation to host event

The Me Fine Foundation will host its second annual Music for Me Fine fundraising event on April 21 at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. Last year’s event raised $20,000 to raise money to help families of children receiving treatment at UNC Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s.

Two advisers join Armstrong McGuire

Mendi Nieters, former vice president for development at Comfort Zone Camp, and Katie

Weeks, former vice president of development for the United Performing Arts Fund in Milwaukee, have joined Raleigh consulting firm Armstrong McGuire as senior advisors.

Event to benefit Petty Family Foundation

The Petty Family Foundation will benefit from the second annual Blue Jeans and Boots fundraising dinner, to be sponsored by Hutchison Family Office and held May 10 at Reverie Place, the home of Richard Petty  in Randleman.

‘Free little library’ opens in High Point (photo)

A new “free little library” has opened for children in the Washington Street neighborhood of High Point.

The library was built by Samantha Paterno, an AmeriCorps VISTA member and graduate of High Point University, and her father.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the Washington Street area helped paint the library, and High Point Parks and Recreation assisted with its installation.

Fellowship Hall to host event

Fellowship Hall in Greensboro will host a Walk for Recovery to raise awareness about substance use disorder and its treatment on April 30 at 2 p.m. in Center City Park in downtown Greensboro.

Performance center getting stained-glass windows (photo)

The exterior of the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center is getting 28 artistically designed stained-glass windows illuminated with LED lighting

The Public Art Endowment, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, pledged $50,000 to cover the design, fabrication and installation of the glass. The City of Greensboro is providing lighting and the false windows.

Asheville artist Carl Powell, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship winner, was scheduled on March 28 to begin installing the first of the windows.

High Point Regional Health Foundation gets $15,000

High Point Regional Health Foundation has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Delta Dental to fund a new interactive dental health exhibit in the Wellness Discovery room at Millis Regional Health Education Center.

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.17.17

Nonprofits overlook mid-level donors, study says

Many nonprofits are not paying enough attention to mid-level donors, who fall into a communications “black hole” and are “forgotten by the organizations they faithfully support,” a new study says.

For the study, online-fundraising consultant NextAfter made donations ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to 37 organizations, then tracked emails, direct mail and phone calls it received from those organizations for 90 days.

Only eight percent of the groups phoned to say thank you. One-third never referred to their donors by name. Only 31 percent of communications came from a real person. And 49 percent of organizations never asked for a second gift.

In contrast, NextAfter says, most nonprofits have standard procedures for responding to smaller gifts — usually email or direct mail — and to larger gifts.

Major donors, it says, typically receive a phone call from a representative of the organization. And previous research, it says, indicates that a donor’s second gift may be up to 40 percent more if he or she received a thank-you call for the first gift.

Among organizations in the most recent study, 40 percent stopped communicating after one month, and nine percent did not communicate at all — providing no gift receipt, appeal for more donations, or new information about the organization.

“In other words, they provided no incentive to give again,” NextAfter says.

Scholarship fund created for ex-convicts

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has established a $100,000 fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation named for Darryl Hunt to provide scholarships to individuals in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County who have been convicted of a criminal offense, have served a jail or prison sentence, and are seeking higher education.

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, applicants may apply for a $1,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to three more consecutive years and will be applied to the cost of tuition and fees for students attending an accredited vocational or technical school, community college, or college or university for a certificate, diploma or degree.

Hunt was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in 1984 at age 19 and served two decades in prison before being exonerated.

Food Bank launching teaching kitchen

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is partnering with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions to launch the Allscripts Teaching Kitchen – a new space to be used to teach cooking skills, share healthy recipes, and offer nutrition education to organizations serving families and individuals facing hunger.

The Teaching Kitchen will operate under the Food Bank’s recently launched Community Health & Engagement department. The partnership aims to boost the continued development of a nutrition education program for the on-site teaching kitchen, as well as collaboration with other nonprofits to bring nutrition education and resources to people who are at-risk of hunger.

Thompson names new CEO

Will Jones, former chief operating officer at Eckerd Youth Alternatives in Clearwater, Fla., and more recently senior child well-being industry consultant in Charlotte for SAS, leading efforts to build a national child well-being practice for the Cary-based company, has been named president and CEO of Thompson, a Charlotte-based provider of clinical and prevention services for vulnerable children and families in Mecklenburg County.

Stowe Botanical Garden gets new executive director

Patrick S. Larkin, senior vice president of gardens at Cheekwood in Nashville, Tenn., has been named executive director of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, N.C., effective May 15.

Tomorrow Fund launching final campaign

The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic students will launch its final fundraising campaign on March 31, aiming to raise $135,000 to support students completion of their degrees over the next three years.

Over eight years, the Fund has provided nearly $1 million in scholarship funding across North Carolina.
Sisters of Mercy Foundation awards $1 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling over $1 million to 22 nonprofits in Buncombe, Catawba, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties.

ALS research to benefit from new marathon

Event organizers FS Series, Team Drea Foundation and The Streets at Southpoint have organized the inaugural Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Marathon and Half Marathon, which will be held November 12, start and finish at The Streets at Southpoint shopping mall in Durham, and raise funds to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Boys & Girls Clubs get $2,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County received $2,000 from Delta Dental Foundation for an oral health education program at Washington Elementary Boys & Girls Club.

Event raises $2,810 for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

A Boston Butt Cook-off contest at Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh attracted over 500 people and raised $2,810 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Arts Council gives $6,000

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County awarded 12 grants totaling $6,000 through its Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Mini-Grant program to community groups and individuals.

College students volunteer for Habitat

Students from colleges and universities in New York and Pennsylvania are spending a week in Greensboro this month working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro on new construction, home renovations or at the Habitat ReStore in Gate City Boulevard.

The students attend Eastern University in Wayne, Pa.; Widener University in Chester, Pa.; University of Rochester in New York; Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; and Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

Fraternity raises money for wounded veteran (photo)

Veteran Patrick J. Glavey is getting a Track Chair — an all-terrain wheelchair — thanks to fundraising efforts by the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity at High Point University in partnership with The Independence Fund and the Heal Team 6 organization.

Schools get $19,450

The Principals’ Fund at the High Point Community Foundation awarded a total of $19,450 to eight local schools.

Event raises $15,000 for Mustard Seed

Nonprofit news roundup on March 3 incorrectly reported the amount of money Mustard Seed Community Health in Greensboro received from the inaugural Scrubs vs. Suits MD/JD Challenge basketball game. Mustard Seed received $15,000.

Volunteers, donations drive Durham Bike Co-Op

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — When Nayeli Garci-Crespo moved to Durham from Mexico City two years ago to become media and marketing manager at Sound Pure, a shop that sells high-end instruments and audio gear, she could not afford a car so she bought a used bicycle.

But the bike’s chain soon fell off its sprockets and got jammed between the gears, so she wheeled the bike across the street from where she works to Durham Bicycle Cooperative, which then was located on Washington Street.

At the Co-op, she was a told she either could buy or volunteer for a membership, and then be assigned to a volunteer mechanic, who would work with her to repair her bike.

“So I was able to get home that night, still using the same bike,” says Garci-Crespo, who now serves as volunteer communications coordinator for the Co-Op.

The all-volunteer nonprofit, which opened in 2007, works to make affordable bikes more accessible, reduce traffic and protect the environment by teaching its members to  repair bikes, including their own bikes or those they find and refurbish at the Co-op.

It offers to the public to repair many of its donated bikes, and recycles unusable bike parts, distributes bike helmets, offers a special program for refugees, and is developing a community garden and beehive.

Operating with an annual budget of about $56,000, the Co-op in 2016 received over 100 donated bicycles, including about 40 from Duke University that had been abandoned on campus.

To become a member, an individual may volunteer at the Co-op’s shop for three hours or pay $30. After becoming a member, an individual has several options for getting a bike.

All members must pay a $10 co-pay for a bike. A member then either can volunteer another two hours or pay $30 to get a bike from the Co-op’s inventory, or may volunteer additional hours or pay additional dollars to get a nicer bike. And once members have selected bikes, they work alongside volunteer mechanics to fix them.

More than 450 people, including 274 volunteers, attended Co-op training and repair sessions in 2016, and over 150 people took home refurbished bicycles.

The Co-op also worked with 86 refugees to earn memberships, and worked with 42 adult refugees and 24 refugee children to earn bikes, through a partnership with CWS Durham.

It distributed 270 free youth helmets through a partnership with Safe Kids Durham and a donation of helmets from the state Department of Transportation.

And it recycled nearly three tons of scrap metal.

The Co-op operates an “open shop” on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for members, and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for new volunteers, as well as a “repair shop” on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for members.

And on Monday evenings, its volunteer mechanics can work on their own bikes.

Last year, the Co-op moved to a building adjacent to Duke Park on Acadia Street that the Durham Parks and Recreation Department has leased to it nearly for free for 10 years.

First-time visitors are assigned to a coordinator, who pairs them with volunteer mechanics, who teach and assign them tasks like stripping donated bikes, classifying parts, determining which parts can be used, and separating the rest for recycling.

On a typical Sunday, dozens of people may visit the Co-op, with lines sometimes snaking outside.

At four workstations, each with two bike stands, members and volunteer mechanics work side by side, handling tasks ranging from adjusting gears, changing seats and adding lights to replacing tires, fixing flats and truing wheels to keep them from wobbling.

The Co-op counts on partnerships and events to help raise money and awareness about bicycling.

In 2016, it partnered with New Belgium Brewing for the sixth year as a nonprofit beneficiary of proceeds from its Tour de Fat as the bike festival visited Durham.

It also received a share of profits from the Moogfest festival, which Asheville-based Moog held in Durham.

And three Triangle employees of IBM made two short videos for the Co-op that it will use to promote and market its cause, and post on its website.

To help pay for equipping its new quarters, the Co-op has raised a total of $61,000 over   three years in a capital campaign, including $10,600 in 2016.

And it always is looking for donated bikes and volunteer mechanics while trying to spread the word about bicycles.

“It’s an inexpensive mode of transportation that doesn’t pollute the environment,” Garci-Crespo says. “And it also reduces traffic.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 03.10.17

High Point United Way raises $5 million

United Way of Greater High Point raised $5.06 million, exceeding its goal by nearly $40,000 and the total it raised last year by $50,000, and marking the sixth straight year it raised a record-high total.

According to results reported to United Way of North Carolina, the campaign for the ninth time in the past 11 years posted the biggest percentage change among the state’s major metro regions — including Charlotte, the Triangle, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Wilmington — High Point United Way says.

And it says that, according to United Way of America, the campaign in High Point is the only campaign in a major metro area in the state that is growing and at its all-time high.

In comparison, it says, giving to nearly 60 local United Ways in the state has declined over 30 percent since 2007, while giving to United Ways throughout the U.S. fell five percent in 2015 and was expected to fall by a similar percentage for the most recent campaigns.

Chaired by Ken Smith of Smith Leonard, the local campaign benefits 28 local agencies that serve over 80,000 clients a year.

Old Dominion Freight Line again was the biggest contributor to the campaign, followed by Thomas Built Bus; City of High Point; High Point University; Bank of North Carolina; Cross Company; Marsh Furniture; High Point Regional Health; Mickey Truck Bodies; and Guilford County Schools.

High Point Fire Chief Tommy Reid will chair the 2017 campaign.

Early Childhood Foundation gets $245,000

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has been awarded grants totaling $245,000 from The Belk Foundation, Goodnight Educational Foundation, Skeebo Foundation, and Z Smith Reynolds Foundation.

The grants include a two-year, $60,000 grant from The Belk Foundation; a gift of $25,000 from the Goodnight Educational Fund; a three-year, $75,000 grant from the Skeebo Foundation; and a one-year, $85,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Wine-tasting event raises $138,000

Corks for Kids Path on March 3 at The Empire Room in Greensboro netted over $138,000 for Kids Path at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, bringing to over $700,000 the net total the annual wine-tasting event has raised in 10 years.

Lead partner for the event was Zeto Wine and Cheese Shop, and its owners, Su Peterson and Penny Demetriades, were honorary co-chairs, with law firm Crumley Roberts serving as the presenting sponsor.

Museum of Arts gets $149,500

he North Carolina Museum of Art received a $149,500 matching grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to complete a multidisciplinary, 10-phase conservation project on Statue of Bacchu, a composite marble work of art that has been in the Museum’s collection for nearly six decades.

The project, which includes a de-restoration of the sculpture and research on its history, will culminate in a special exhibition and public programming.

Volunteers pack 52,000 meals

Over 52,000 fortified mac-and-cheese meals were packed by 110 volunteers on March 4  at the Out of The Garden Project warehouse in Greensboro, thanks to the support of Rotary District 7690, Summit Rotary, Thrivent Financial and Syngenta Corporation.

Focusing on Rotary youth groups, nine local Rotary clubs hosted nine high school Interact Clubs and six college Rotaract Clubs for the two-and-a-half-hour packing.

Meals of Hope in and Rotary District 7690 have packed over 400,000 meals in the last five years for food-insecure people in the Out of the Garden network.

Junior Achievement honored for performance

The staff and board of directors of Junior Achievement of the Triad received the 2015-16 Peak Performance Team Award from Junior Achievement USA.

The award recognizes the highest combined level of student growth, increased market share and total revenue growth for a local Junior Achievement office during the past fiscal year.

During the 2015-16 school year, Junior Achievement of the Triad reached 16,234 students in six counties, representing overall student growth of 48 percent and a 2.4 percent increase in market share.

Allen joins Fayetteville YMCA

Brian Allen, former director for eastern North Carolina of the American Heart Association, has joined the Fayetteville branch of YMCA of the Sandhills as executive director.

Event to benefit PLS Farm Ministry

PLS Farm Ministry will host its annual 5K trail run and walk on May 13 at 9 a.m. at 250 Herman Road in Reidsville to benefit its scholarship fun for its residential and leadership development programs for teen boys.

College students help build Habitat home

A dozen students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science spent their spring break this week building a home in Statesville for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat gets Wyndham house

A showcase housed designed for the Wyndham Championship PGA Tour event by Wyndham Worldwide, title sponsor of the event, now is a home of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro in a local neighborhood.

After last year’s event, the house was disassembled, loaded onto trucks and delivered to its current Habitat site in Northeast Greensboro.

Golf event to benefit Wounded Warrior Leave Fund

The Triad Association of Health Underwriters  will hold its Charity Golf Tournament on May 17 at Greensboro National Golf Club in Summerfield to benefit NC Military Order of the Purple Heart Wounded Warrior Leave Fund.

Health Underwriters to host symposium

The North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters will host its 28th Annual Symposium and Exhibition on April 2-4 at Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem.

Golf event raises $12,000

The Polar Bear Open Golf Tournament on March 4 at Bryan Park Champions and Players Course in Greensboro raised over $12,000 to benefit Reelin’ for Research and UNC Children’s Hospital.

Komen getting $4,000

Susan G. Komen Northwest North Carolina is getting a donation of $4,029 from Allegacy Federal Credit Union, which is donating all the funds it raised in partnership with the Greensboro Swarm from the team’s first-ever theme jersey auction on March 4.

Free workshop for Duplin County grantseekers

A free grantseekers workshop for Duplin County nonproifts seeking grants from the Duplin County Community Foundation will be held April 6, at 10 a.m. at James Sprunt Community College.

Arts grants available

April 3 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for arts organizations and individual artists to submit applications to ArtsGreensboro for projects to increase community access to the arts, boost the region’s economy through innovative programs, or support educational experiences.