Nonprofit news roundup, 08.04.17

Wake Tech gets nearly $11 million

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Federal Relations at Wake Tech received $10.99 million in grant funding in the fiscal year ended June 30, the highest total since it was formed in 2004.

The Office now has received over $48 million in grant funds for program support, including over $31 million in the past five years.

Grants in the past fiscal year included $575,277 from the National Science Foundation to fund a robotics program; 580,000 from the Aspen Institute’s “Frontier Set,” a group of 31 institutions from throughout the U.S. that aim to increase student access and success and eliminate racial/ethnic and socio-economic disparities in college attainment; $15,000 from Raleigh consulting firm Accenture for training in a program to improve operations at county social services departments; and $10,000 from Duke Energy to add electric vehicle charging stations at the school’s Northern and Main campuses.

Curamericas getting $1.49 million

Curamericas Global in Raleigh has been awarded a three-year, $1.49 million grant from the Global Grants Program of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Curamericas will use the funds to support its “Casa Materna” model for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and child stunting in high-mortality regions of Guatemala.

The work the funds will support will directly affect over 205,000 people, including 58,800 women, 13,050 adolescent girls, and 32,070 children under age two.

Event raises $350,000 for Heart Association

The Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk on May 20 raised over $350,000 for the American Heart Association to benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education..

The top overall fundraiser at the event, which was held May 20 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and attracted over 4,500 participants, was Cone Health, which fielded a team of 354 walkers who raised $50,144.

That was the largest amount ever has raised for the event by Cone Health, which over the past 10 years has raised $324,000 for the Walk.

Prevent Child Abuse raises $255,000

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina has raised $255,000, including a $75,000 challenge grant from the ChildTrust Foundation in Raleigh that Prevent Child Abuse used to generate another $180,000, exceeding the dollar-for-dollar challenge by $105,000.

Those additional funds include a $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor, and a $25,000 gift from Raleigh business executive Art Pope to create an endowment at the North Carolina Community Foundation to support Prevent Child Abuse.

The endowment is named for Katherine Vail Pope, who is married to Art Pope and is a member of the board of directors of Prevent Child Abuse.

The ChildTrust Foundation is the charitable arm of Investors Management Corp. in Raleigh.

Transitions LifeCare gets $150,000

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh received $150,000 from North State Bank that the bank raised at its “Summer Salute” co-chaired by Jim Branch and Sandra A. Temple.

on June 10 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.

In the past 14 years, the event has raised $1.5 million.

Mountain Valley Hospice opens care center in Yadkinville

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care has opened a new hospice care center at 243 North Lee Ave. in Yadkinville.

It raised over $2.5 million to help pay for the facility, including a challenge grant from the State Employees Credit Union.

The new SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin, which will be the first in-patient hospice facility in Yadkin County, will serve patients and their families from throughout the Yadkin Valley region.

Totaling 11,000 square feet, the new facility will offer a private, home-like setting to  provide end-of-life care for patients who can no longer stay in their own home.

It will feature six, 300-square-foot patient suites with private baths and outdoor patios.  The new center also will include a chapel; family living room; family kitchen; dining area; children’s playroom; teen room; community meeting room with covered patio; sunroom; and courtyard with a view of Pilot Mountain.

Davidson Hospice adding pediatric program

Hospice of Davidson County has received a contribution of $35,000 from Lauren’s Ladder in Lexington, plus a commitment of $10,000 from another organization, to support a $225,000 program it is launching to serve patients up to age 18, and their families.

Hospice is raising funds to create the new pediatric program as part of a comprehensive campaign to raise $2.3 million.

Dance event aims to raise $100,000 for cancer research

A dance festival and gala, scheduled for September 21-24 in Raleigh and organized by a U.S. Army veteran and cancer survivor, aims to raise $100,000 for cancer research.

The event will feature public workshops on salsa, bachata, aouk, and kizomba dances, and a dinner gala on September 23 at the Talley Center at North Carolina State University, with performances by Latin dancers.

Organizing the event is Matthew Bergens, who founded BailaCura, a nonprofit of dancers working to support cancer patients and their families during treatment.

A graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Matt served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg until he was diagnosed with cancer. He received treatment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Videos focus on homelessness, poverty

Greensboro Urban Ministry has received a donation of $3,000 form Flow Buick-GMC of Greensboro to support a series of videos, known as “Finding the Way Home,” of client stories about homelessness and poverty.

Produced by Swiftwater Media, the videos sponsored by Flow Buick-GMC focus on two military veterans — Angel Baptist, a student at North Carolina A&T State University, and Jerry Hunt, a minister in Guilford County.

In 2016, Greensboro Urban Ministry served nearly 216,000 meals at Potter’s House Community Kitchen, including breakfast and dinner for shelter guests at Weaver House; provided emergency food assistance to nearly 21,000 households; sheltered nearly 1,900 men and women and 45 families; and supported over 170 men, women and families in their move back to permanent housing.

New CEO joins Horizons

Richard Anderson, former vice president of operations at RHA Health Services in Asheville, has joined Horizons Residential Care Center in Rural Hall as president and CEO.

Horizons was formed in 1973 from the Old Memorial Industrial School, a home for black orphans from across North Carolina.

It operates two homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities accompanied by significant physical health challenges — Horizons-Arches, which hosts 10 adults, and Horizons-Atrium that hosts 30 residents, 22 of them children who attend a school on campus that is an extension of Forsyth County School System.

Panel to focus on dealing with loss from drug overdose

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro on August 22 will host a presentation about the impact of losing a loved one to drug overdose.

The event, from 6 p.m. t 7 p.m. in the Lusk Center at 2501 Summit Avenue, will feature a panel of individuals who have lost a loved one to overdose.

Arts Access gets $162,000

Arts Access has been awarded a grant of $162,430 from the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh for its Wake Arts Inclusion Project, which works to increase participation by children with disabilities in local cultural arts activities.

With the funds, Arts Access will work with teachers, administrators, teaching artists and community-based cultural organizations in the Wake County Public School System.

United Arts Council awards grants, to host dinner event

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County awarded $19,000 in grants to 14 individual artists in Wake County in the areas of dance, literature, multimedia, music and visual art.

United Arts will host its “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” event on Nov. 2-4.

Over the last 12 years, the event has raised a total of $1 million for arts education in Wake County.

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