Nonprofit news roundup, 09.15.17

Economic mobility focus of new center

Studying barriers to economic mobility in East Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will be the focus of a new center that Winston-Salem State University is launching with a $3 million grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,

To be directed by economics professor Craig Richardson, the WSSU Center for the Study of Economic Mobility will serve as a hub for faculty research, undergraduate student research scholarship, and community outreach.

Children from low-income families in Forsyth County are less likely than children anywhere else in the U.S. — except for two counties in South Dakota — to move up the income ladder as adults, according to research.

Residents in neighboring Yadkin, Stokes and Surry counties have better economic prospects, Winston-Salem State says.

Alvin Atkinson, previously director of the Center for Community Safety at WSSU, will serve as associate director of the new Center, which part of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education at WSSU.

The startup grant is from the Thurgood Marshall College Funds’s Center for Advancing Opportunities, an initiative supported by Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries.

Reducing blood-pressure focus of partnership

Novant Health and the American Heart Association are teaming up on a program to improve blood pressure for 5,000 people in Forsyth County by providing tools and resources, and training to companies, organizations and nonprofits.

The Heart Association program aims to develop positive self-monitoring habits, share tools and tips to improve blood pressure, and reduce the risk factor for heart disease and stroke by lowering blood-pressure levels.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death of men and women in the U.S., and second-leading cause of death in Forsyth County.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and fourth-leading cause of death in Forsyth County.

Eighty percent of deaths from heart disease and stroke are preventible, the Heart Association says.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of death from hypertension per 100,000 people in Forsyth County for 2013-15 was 213.6, the Association says.

Schools, YMCAs getting $44,000

Twenty-two schools and YMCAs throughout North Carolina are getting a total of $44,000 — $2,000 each — from United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation to build or expand an existing vegetable garden and provide educational resources about agriculture and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Event raises $154,000 for Methodist Home

An “Epicurian Evening” in Wilmington that featured local chefs, bakers and brewers raised a record-high $154,000 for community Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh, bringing to over $1 million the total the event has raised over 11 years.

Methodist Home serves vulnerable children and families throughout North Carolina with foster care, adoption, family preservation, specialized services, early childhood education, juvenile justice homes, and support for higher education.

Staff promotions at Triangle Community Foundation

Jessica Aylor, director of community investment at Triangle Community Foundation, has been promoted to vice president of community engagement, and Ken Baroff, director of donor development, has been promoted to vice president of donor development.

Timothy W. Trost, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Chimerix, has joined the Foundation’s board of directors.

Summit to focus on type 1 diabetes

The Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF will host a TypeOneNation Summit on September 23 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro that will focus on helping individuals and families living with type 1 diabetes navigate the medical, social, physical, and psychological challenges of the disease.

Keynote speaker at the event, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be author Gary Scheiner, the 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year and owner and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a Philadelphia-area practice that specializes in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults.

Scheiner, who has had T1D for 33 years, also will lead a breakout session on “Advanced Insulin Pump Management.”

High Point Regional to host benefit run

High Point Regional will host its 31st annual Heart & Sole 5K and Fun Run September 16 starting at 8 a.m. to benefit its Heart Strides Program, which provides cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation to patients.

Triad Health Project to benefit from dance  event

Twisted Dance Collective will host the 9th Annual Project Shimmy, a world dance event to benefit HIV/AIDS service organization Triad Health Project, on September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Van Dyke Performance Space at 200 North Davie St. in Greensboro.

King to speak at Financial Pathways event

Kelly S. King, chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, be guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by Financial Pathways of the Piedmont on September 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Bridger Field House at Wake Forest University.

Event to benefit ALS Association

The North Carolina Chapter of the ALS Association will receive proceeds the ALSapalooza music festival on October 7 at Grove Winery and Vineyards in Gibsonville to help fund ALS research and provide care for people living with ALS in North Carolina.

The Chapter, which serves nearly 800 people a year living with ALS, by supporting all of the state’s multidisciplinary ALS clinics, providing financial assistance to people living with ALS, and operating support groups and a medical equipment loan program.

Two join Junior Achievement board

Andrea “Andy” Bunn, senior vice president and regional banking executive for First National Bank, and Neal Davis, founder and CEO of Dais X, have joined the board of directors Junior Achievement of the Triad in Greensboro.

Concert to benefit InterAct

InterAct in Raleigh will benefit from the Second Annual Love Heals Fundraiser on September 22 at the Mayton Inn in downtown Cary from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Event to benefit water projects in India

Global Hope India and clean water projects in India for Dynamic Water will receive all benefits from the Carry the Water walk-run event on September 23 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

Global Hope India aims to raise $40,000 at the event.

Event to benefit Lung Cancer Initiative

Proceeds from the Annual LUNGe Forward 5K, to be held September 24 at Midtown Park in Raleigh and presented by Duke Raleigh Hospital, will benefit local research, awareness, education and access programs of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.

Boys &  Girls Clubs to host gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties will hold Great Futures Gala on October 14 at the Durham Convention Center at 6 p.m.

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