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.

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