Nonprofit news roundup, 12.08.17

Belk reverses decision, will allow Salvation Army kettles at stores

Belk has reversed a decision not to allow the Salvation Army to run its holiday fundraising campaign at many of its stores this year, including stores in Greensboro and High Point.

The Salvation Army of Greensboro had estimated it would need to raise an additional $15,000 in its annual Red Kettle campaign to offset the loss of the retailer, which has permitted the Salvation Army to run the campaign for over 80 years.

The Salvation Army of Greater High Point had estimated its campaign would need to offset a projected shortfall of $12,000 as a result of a Belk’s initial decision.

The Greensboro campaign, which began November 17 and runs through December 23 at about 35 locations, aims to raise $200,000, up from $180,000 last year.

Major Don Vick, Corps Officer of the Salvation Army of Greensboro, had estimated the initial decision by Belk would have meant the loss of over $315,000 for the Salvation Army in the Carolinas alone, where Belk has 54 locations where the Salvation Army has run its Kettle campaign.

Funds from the campaign support the services the Salvation Army provides. Last year, for example, the Salvation Army of Greensboro placed over 300 families in permanent shelter.

The Salvation Army of High Point aims to raise $150,000 in its campaign.

Salvation Army of Winston-Salem aims to raise $400,000

Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem, which serves Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Yadkin counties, aims to raise $400,000 in its Kettle campaign, up from the $339,000 it raised last year.

Belk’s initial decision, since reversed, to bar some local Salvation Army campaigns from its stores would not have affected the Salvation Army in Winston-Salem, says Major Stan Colbert, area commander.

Heart & Stroke Walk raises $500,000

The 2017 Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk on November 11 attracted over 5,000 supporters and local survivors of heart disease and stroke, and raised over $500,000 for heart disease and stroke research, and prevention education.

Co-chairing the event, held at Bailey Park at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, were Greg Bray, chief financial officer of MedCost, and Allison Brashear, professor and chair of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and president of the Triad board of directors of the American Heart Association.

Meredith campaign raises $70 million

Meredith College in Raleigh has raised $70 million in its campaign to raise $75 million, including over $4 million in its most recent fiscal year, and its endowment has grown to over $100 million.

V Foundation launched fund, raises $150,000

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary has launched a fund named for Robin Roberts, a member of its board of directors and co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, and raised over $150,000 at an event in New York City on December 4 to support translational research to improve the quality of life for adult and pediatric oncology patients after treatment

Homelessness declines 6% in North Carolina

Homelessness in North Carolina fell this year to 8,962 persons who experienced homelessness on a single night, down six percent from last year and 26 percent from 2010, says the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

who experienced, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of  Homelessness among families with children fell seven percent in the state, compared to last year.

Junior Achievement to honor Baker, DeJoy [photos]

Kevin Baker, executive director of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, and Louis DeJoy, president of LDJ Global Strategies, will be inducted into the Business Leaders Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of the Triad at a dinner on January 23, 2018, at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

Baker, who joined the Airport Authority in January 2008, previously served as a vice president at the Michael Baker Corporation, a consulting firm that advised the Authority.

DeJoy previously was CEO of the supply chain business in the Americas for XPO Logistics.

National Pawn gives instruments, cash

National Pawn in Durham has donated a total of over 3,000 instruments to over 20 schools, plus a total of $50,000, in the eight North Carolina counties where it has stores.

The company has stores in Charlotte, Durham, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hope Mills, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

Greensboro Rotary foundation supports Angel Flight

Eric Perdew, a member of Greensboro Rotary and volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, recently flew a 14-year-old patient and her father from Greensboro to Greenville, S.C, to be fitted with a new prosthetic hand at Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Supported by the Rotary club’s foundation, which covers fuel to fly its missions, the Greensboro Rotary/Angel Flight team volunteers in helping to fly cancer patients, burn survivor children, tumor patients, organ donors, transplant patients, and others dealing with serious medical issues.

N.C. A&T gives gifts to foster children

North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro donated gifts to 200 foster children in Guilford County.

Make-A-Wish granting 3,500th wish

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina was scheduled today to make its 3,500th wish.

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