Nonprofit news roundup, 06.30.17

Reynolds Trust targets inequity through systems change

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, which turned 70 in June, has unveiled a new strategy designed to stimulate sustainable new ways to improve health and well-being in Forsyth County and throughout North Carolina.

It aims to do that through partnerships to address a persistent lack of opportunity rooted in long-standing inequities.

To put its new strategy into place after a year of study, the Trust has renamed its two divisions.

Health Improvement in North Carolina, formerly the Health Care Division, now will “support community-wide health improvements across the state,” the Trust says.

And Local Impact in Forsyth County, formerly the Poor and Needy Division, will work to “foster equitable and sustainable solutions in our hometown,” it says in a statement.

“We will only achieve equity and success when systems and policies change,” Laura Gerald, who joined the Trust as executive director a year ago, says in the statement.

Improving health and well-being requires investing in communities “where a persistent lack of opportunity prompts great need,” she says.

It also requires “changes in the systems that have historically perpetuated inequities,” saying those changes “are essential to affect outcomes that are sustainable,” she says.

To make those changes, she says, the Trust will work in partnerships with residents, local organizations and agencies “to influence those systems so everyone can have the opportunity to thrive.”

One Scholarship Fund awards $150,000

Project One Scholarship Fund in Charlotte awarded six Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students a total of $150,000 in scholarships of up to $25,000 per student to attend a four-year college, up from four students in 2016.

The scholarships, which include a four-year financial commitment and a mentoring component, help high school students from single-parent families in Mecklenburg County attend a public college or university that their families otherwise could not afford.

Elon gets $100,000 to endow scholarship

Elon University has received $100,000 from the family of 2004 graduate Michael Poteat — his sister Nicole Poteat and his parents George and Kathy Poteat — to endow a new Global Education Scholarship in his memory to help support Elon students with financial need who are suffering from a debilitating chronic disease have the experience of studying abroad.

Michael Poteat died in 2014 after being chronically ill for much of his life.

Event to benefit youth, young adults fighting cancer

Teen Center America will host the 2017 Nolan Smith TCA Hoop-a-thon Challenge on July 22 at the Emily K Center in Durham.

Co-founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of rock band The Who, and headquartered in Los Angeles, Teen Center America is raising money for development of specialized facilities and services for adolescents and young adults fighting cancer.

Sponsoring and underwriting the TCA Hoop-a-thon is Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank, a primary corporate partner of Teen Cancer America.

Spay neuter clinic expanding in Gastonia

The Animal League of Gaston County has expanded and relocated its spay-neuter clinic and named it the Lenora Borchardt Spay Neuter Center, thanks to a gift from the Michael and Lenora Borchardt Family Foundation, a donor advised fund at Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte.

Habitat gets gift of prefabricated building panels

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro received a donation of prefabricated building panels, known as framing, from WeaverCooke Construction to create the walls of  home Habitat is building with funding from the Joy Foundation in memory of Janelle Johnson.

Women’s Professional Forum gives $10,000

Women’s Professional Forum in Greensboro awarded three grants totaling $10,000 to groups working to empower girls and young women.

The grants include $3,500 to American Association of University Women; $3,000 to Music for a Great Space; and $3,500 to The Volunteer Center.

Since 2003, the WPF Foundation has granted over $123,000 to community organizations and individuals to support women’s professional and personal development.

Emily Krzyzewski Center gets $9,500

The Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham received a $9,500 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to support science, technology, engineering and math elements, and science-based elements, of its programs for elementary and middle-school students, and in the summer.

Witter joins Public School Forum

Sheronda Witter, former extension agent of 4-H youth development for North Carolina State University, serving youth and families in Orange County, has been named manager of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs at The Public School Forum of North Carolina in Raleigh.

Co-founders of Living Art America honored

Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco, co-founders of Living Art America, received the Betty Cone Medal of Arts from ArtsGreensboro

Sponsored by AT&T, the award recognizes artists who have exceeded in their disciplines or made extraordinary contributions to their field or to the community through their artistry or expertise, or both.

Alamance United Way elects board chair, chair-elect

Pam Fox, president and CEO at Twin Lakes Community, has been elected chair of the board of directors of United Way of Alamance County, and Noah Sanders, a partner at accounting firm Gilliam, Coble & Moser, has been elected chair-elect.

Goodnight, Wynn join board of North Carolina GSK Foundation

Ann B. Goodnight,  senior director of community relations at SAS Institute, and Phail Wynn Jr., vice president for Durham and regional affairs at Duke University, have joined the board of directors of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

Hospice support group focuses on overdose death

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has started a free support group for people grieving the overdose death of a loved one.

Greensboro has averaged 24 overdoses a month from opioid abuse since August 2016, up  from 10 a month one year ago, according to the Greensboro Police Department, Hospice says.

Barnabas Network holding sale at retail store

July 8 is the final day of a “Renovation Wrap-Up Sale” at the Retail Store of The Barnabas Network in Greensboro.

The sale at the store, which features donated, new and gently-used furniture, is designed to clear out inventory so the agency may refinish the floor of the retail space at its new location at 838 Winston St. in Greensboro.

Volunteers pitch in for Salvation Army

Twenty employees of Vann York Auto Mall volunteered at The Salvation Army of High Point on June 13 and 15, organizing the food pantry at The Salvation Army of High Point, filling food bags, and distributing food items to senior residents living at William Booth Garden Apartments.

BBQ event to support JDRF

Potent Potables will host the 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off on July 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 115 East Main St. in Jamestown to support the Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF, which raises money for Type 1 diabetes research.

Oktoberfest to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be the main beneficiary of the Fourth Annual Triangle Oktoberfest, which is organized by the Rotary Clubs of Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor and will be held at October 6-7 at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

Proceeds benefit the Triangle Oktoberfest Rotary Foundation, will make a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society based on attendance and funds raised.

Convention & Visitors Bureau gives $268,000

The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded grants totaling $267,834 to 20 local nonprofits.

The grants program, which was launched in 1983 and funds tourist-related events or activities such as arts or cultural events, has awarded a total of over $4.9 million to 668 projects.

Grants aim to boost tourism, culture

May 4 at 5 p.m. is he deadline for submitting applications to the Special Events & Tourism Related Activities Committee of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Awarded once a year, the grants are designed to stimulate and assist organizations and agencies in Greensboro and Guilford County in the enhancement, promotion and marketing of tourism and culturally related events and activities.

Chowan funder gives $16,000

The Chowan Community Funds Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded nine local grants totaling $16,000.

Lemonade stands raise $1,800

Toll Brothers raised $806.50 at its Raleigh lemonade stands on June 10 and $1,020 at its Charlotte lemonade stands to support the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and its efforts to find cures for childhood cancer.

Grantseeking workshop scheduled

A free grantseeking workshop will be held July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Braswell Memorial Library at 727 N. Grace St. in Rocky Mount for nonprofits in Edgecombe and Nash counties seeking grant funding from local affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation, including the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount, Edgecombe Charitable Foundation, and Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount.


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