Nonprofit news roundup, 04.14.17

Cain retiring from John Rex Endowment

Kevin Cain is retiring after 16 years as president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh after 16 years, effective in a few months after a successor is named.

The Endowment also has engaged the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to conduct a community health assessment that focuses on children in Wake County.

Duke gets $1.5 million for research on congregations

Duke University is getting a $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment and will use the fund to expand research on America’s religious congregations to assess how they are changing over time in areas such as the demographic makeup of local churches and  trends in congregational worship practices.

EarthShare NC hosting corporate breakfast

EarthShare NC will host its 3rd Annual Corporate Earth Day Breakfast on April 28 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Market Hall at 215 Wolfe St. in Raleigh.

Keynote speaker will be Elizabeth H. Rooks, interim CEO of Research Triangle Foundation.

The event will include a “Corporate Challenge” that will match 18 corporate teams and over 200 employees with conservation nonprofits for an afternoon of service.

Volunteer opportunities in Greensboro

The opportunity to volunteer in over 20 community projects is available the week for  April 23 to 29, thanks to a partnership of United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro.

Volunteer opportunities, which can be foundation at, range from sorting food items to be delivered to those in need to a beautification project in Barber Park and a roadside cleanup on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Groceries team with Greensboro Urban Ministry

Local grocery stores and three dozen congregations are teaming up with Greensboro

Urban Ministry for a community food drive on April 21 and 22.

On April 21 at participating Food Lion stores, and both days at participating Harris Teeter Lowes Food, Whole Foods and Walmart stores, shoppers can donate nonperishable food items to the food pantry at Greensboro Urban Ministry by dropping them off with volunteers outside the stories.

Cooking event raises $80,000 for Lucy Daniels Center

The inaugural Cooking for a Classic chef competition raised over $80,000 for the Lucy Daniels Center in Cary.

Eastern Music Festival raises $34,000

Benefactors and patrons of Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro raised over $34,000 for its Young Artists Scholarship Fund at an event April 7 at Revolution Mill.

At the event, Eastern Music Festival also honored the LeBauer Family for its support of the event since it began in 1961.

Each summer, over 220 students from throughout the world gather at Guilford College for the Festival’s five-week intensive training and performance program, and 80 percent of those students require financial assistance to attend.

During the 2016 Festival, roughly $350,000 in scholarships was awarded.

Cone Health physicians give $10,000

Physicians at Cone Health in Greensboro have given $10,000 through the Cone Health Medical Executive Committee to support Cone Health Employees in need.

The money is being used to replenish the Cone Health Caring for Each Other Fund, which is used to help employees address challenges beyond their control, such as storms, fires, accidents and illnesses.

Since it was established in 2015, the Fund has provided nearly $70,000 to over 60 people.

New scholarship at A&T

Plus-size retailer Ashley Stewart and North Carolina A&T State University are launching the Ashley Stewart Leadership Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a female A&T student in business and economics disciplines

The recipient will be invited to New York City in September to be honored at the “Finding Ashley Stewart 2017” finale.

James Rhee, CEO of Ashley Stewart, will host a Private Equity Workshop for A&T students to learn how to manage money and invest in consumer brands.

Kids get packages from bikers

Motorcycle riders, including members of Raleigh Harley Owners Group participated in the 11th annual Ray Price “Easter Basket Ride” on April 8 to deliver care packages totaling over $3,000 in donations to youth at the The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.

Triad walks to fight ALS

The Greensboro Walk to Defeat ALS will be held May 6 at Center City Park, and the Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS will be held May 13 at BB&T Field.

Funds raised at the events, both to begin at 10 a.m., will be used to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and often is referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

Transitions LifeCare chief medical officer honored

Laura Patel, chief medical officer for Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, has been named “Physician of the Year” by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina.

Black chairs North Carolina Community Foundation board

James B. Black III, retired director of client development for wealth management at Wells Fargo, has been named chair of the board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh.

Event to benefit Note in the Pocket

The 4th annual Socks & Undie 5K Rundie to benefit Note in the Pocket will be held April 22 starting at 9 a.m.  at Dorothea Dix Park in downtown Raleigh.

Bookmarks opening new store

Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit, will break ground for a new bookstore and gathering space in the Breezeway at 634 West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem on April 29 at 10 a.m.

The space, to open this summer, also will include Bookmarks’ offices, and the Foothills Café.

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