Nonprofit news roundup, 07.14.17

Raleigh Little Theatre raises $740,000

A major-gifts effort at Raleigh Little Theatre to improve accessibility and technology throughout its campus raised over $740,000, including a contribution of $275,000 from the City of Raleigh, which was the largest single funder among 39 individuals and eight institutions that supported the project.

Raleigh Little Theatre and the City of Raleigh will break ground on September 7 on renovations to the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre that were funded through the effort, which exceeded its goal by $15,000.

Raleigh Little Theatre also has named Georgia Donaldson president of its board of directors.

Smart heads national rural-health project

Allen Smart, former senior vice president and interim president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, has been named lead project director for an 18-month national effort to find and support new ways to improve charitable efforts to boost rural health.

Campbell University in Buies Creek, where the project is based, has been awarded a grant of $730,248 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., to fund the national effort.

The project aims to conduct local and regional analysis of private and public investments in rural health, as well as rural economic development and education in kindergarten through 12th grade, that “will ultimately generate a series of best practice reports, recommendations and new partnerships for consideration and sue by funders interested in better rural philanthropic practice,” Campbell says in a statement.

Smart, who announced in January he was leaving the Reynolds Trust, served as its interim president from September 2015 to June 2016, then resumed his role as vice president of programs in July 2016, when Laura Gerald, a pediatrician and former market medical director for Evolent Health in Raleigh, became president.

Reynolds Trust names vice president for programs

Tom Brown has joined the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem as vice president of programs, and Alison Elster has joined the Trust as program coordinator.

Brown will oversee the work of the Trust’s two program areas — Health Improvement in North Carolina, and Local Impact in Forsyth County

He previously was senior corporate grant writer at Novant Health Foundation, and before that was executive director of REAL Entrepreneurship; senior program officer at North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund; and executive director of Faith in Action, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey.

Elster serves as the initial contact at the Trust for groups seeking to apply for grants, and  also provides administrative and communications support for the Trust’s program staff and major initiatives.

She previously served as development assistant at Guilford Child Development.

CASA buys 79 apartment units in Durham

CASA, a nonprofit developer and property manager of affordable housing, has purchased two apartment complexes in Durham with a total of 79 one-bedroom units.

The 44-unit Underwood Apartments at 811 Underwood Avenue and the 35-unit Maplewood Apartments, plus an office, at 1407 W. Chapel Hill Road, both in Durham’s West End, bring to 490 the number of units at CASA across Durham, Wake, and Orange counties.

CASA plans exterior improvements at both properties, including landscaping, fencing, parking lot repairs, and rebuilding of the aging staircases and balconies.

Asheville Merchants Fund gives $405,000

The Asheville Merchants Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has awarded a total of $405,000 in grants to nine Buncombe County nonprofits for projects designed to strengthen community and stimulate economic growth.

Habitat Forsyth opens 4th ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has opened a new ReStore at 6491 Shallowford Road in Lewisville.

The 8,000-squate-foot store, located in long-vacant space in Lewisville Shopping Center, is Habitat’s fourth ReStore.

Bookmarks opens bookstore, event space

Bookmarks has opened its new home — including a nonprofit independent bookstore, and an event-and-gathering space — at 634 W. Fourth Street #110 in Winston-Salem.

Senior PharmAssist names board president

Tom Bacon, adjunct professor and research fellow at The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and retired program director of the state’s Area Health Education Centers, has been named president of the board of Senior PharmAssist in Durham.

High Point funder accepting grant applications

High Point Community Foundation is accepting online applications until midnight, August 16, from local public charities seeking grants from a total of $340,000 it will award this fall, up $15,000 from its grant budget a year ago.

The Foundation says it will give preference to projects that focus on issues involving education, “food security” and “community  cohesion.”

In 2016, the Foundation awarded grants to 19 organizations.

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