Nonprofit news roundup, 12.15.17

Old Salem reschedules holiday events

Old Salem has rescheduled most of the holiday events it cancelled December 8, 9 and 11 after a power outage and server damage in the wake of a snow storm.

The events had been expected to gross about $125,000, including retail sales of up to $57,000 or more a day, but Old Salem does not expect the rescheduled events will recoup all that revenue.

“I’d be surprised if were able to make up that money,” says Franklin Vagnone, president and CEO of Old Salem.

Revenue that Old Salem generates in December is critical to help subsidize school tours throughout the year, he says.

Salem Christmas Festival, which had been scheduled for December 8, has been rescheduled for December 16.

St. Nicholas in Salem and Salem Christmas Festival, which both had been scheduled for December 9, will be held on December 16.

And St. Nick Day, an event that had been scheduled for December 11 for special needs children, will be held December 18.

Candlelight Christmas Tours that had been scheduled for December 8 and were expected to generate $5,000 have been cancelled, and individuals who purchased tickets will receive refunds.

Old Salem also will be open for a special Christmas candlelight evening on December 22.

Duke gets $5 million for environmental research, education

Duke University has received a $5 million gift to support environmental research and education at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

The gift is from alumni Jeff and Laurie Ubben, who also are giving $20 million to the World Wildlife Fund for wildlife conservation programs.

Jeff Ubben, a member of Duke’s board of trustees, is co-founder and CEO of ValueAct Capital in San Francisco.

Pope Foundation gives $2.21 million

The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh awarded $2.21 million in grants to human service, animal, arts, and education nonprofits, including $1.43 million for 58 nonprofits Triangle.

Economic mobility group gets $1.5 million pledge

Leading on Opportunity Council in Charlotte received a $1.5 million pledge from Bank of America, payable over three years, to support staffing and operations to supports its work in advancing economic mobility in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Thompson gets $1 million

Thompson in Matthews has received a $1 million grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to fund an expansion in evidence-based family education programming and foster care services in the Carolinas.
Asheville funder gives $347,000 for environment

The Pigeon River Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville awarded $347,005 to environmental groups working to improve surface water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitats, expand public use and access to waterways and increase water quality awareness in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties.

V Foundation to match $100,000 contribution

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cancer will match a $100,000 contribution it will get this month from the Dolphins Cancer Challenge through a new partnership with the Miami Dolphins, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, and ESPN to support to an emerging researcher at the Cancer Center.

Museum of Arts gets $50,000

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh donated $50,000 to the North Carolina Museum of Art to support art education programs.

The donation included $25,000 from proceeds raised at a special event on October 21 hosted by the company at its store in Cameron Village featuring jewelry designer David Yurman that attracted 100 guests, plus $25,000 in matching fund from Bailey’s.

The Forge lands $50,000 matching grant

The Greensboro City Council has approved a matching grant of $50,000 to the Forge in Greensboro for its capital campaign that aims to raise $200,000.

The Forge must raised at least $50,000 by July 2018 to secure the city’s match.

Funds from the campaign, which already has raised $32,000 since it was launched October 11, will be used to support membership growth, expand educational workshops and community programs, and add new equipment for member use.

United Way, Wells Fargo team up to collect food

Eleven local food pantries will receive food collected through December 30 at Wells Fargo branches in High Point through a national partnership between United Way and Wells Fargo to collect donations of canned food.

Wine event to benefit Frankie Lemmon School

Triangle Wine Experience to benefit Frankie Lemmon School in Raleigh, will be held February 1-3, 2018.

The 25-year-old event, which raises over $1.6 million a year for the school,  includes winery dinners at 40 Triangle’s restaurants on February 1; wine tastings at wine retailers on February 2;  and an auction and gala on February 3 at 5 p.m. at the former Gander Mountain location in Park West Village in Morrisville.

Gillmor named to Pediatrics Advisory Council

Lily Gillmor, director of Transitions Kids at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh and co-chair of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition of North Carolina, has been selected to serve on the Pediatrics Advisory Council of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Funding available for female entrepreneurs

January 23 is the deadline for submitting online applications for funding to NC IDEA in Durham for funding for SOAR, its program designed to help female entrepreneurs overcome gender-related obstacles to raising capital.

Kate B. Reynolds Foundation sets deadline for local grants

February 13, 2018, is the deadline for submitting applications to the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for grants to support programs that serve people in Forsyth County.

Groups that may want to apply should contact Alison Elster, program coordinator, at or (336) 397-5521, before Jan. 30, 2018.

USO hosts event for National Guard soldiers

Nearly 150 National Guard soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard Recruiting Command were scheduled to attend a Warrior Reset program in Greensboro on December 7 and 8 hosted by USO of North Carolina.

The event featured sessions on wellness, mindfulness, conflict resolution, techniques through alternate therapies such as horticulture, and story-sharing.

Bowl-a-Thon raises $12,000 for Cone Health Cancer Center

The annual Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-a-Thon raised $12,000 for Cone Health Cancer Center, bringing to over $72,500 the total the event has raised since 2011.

Funds from the event, held at Triad Lanes in Greensboro, goes to the patient support fund, and a portion helps breast cancer patients through the Alight Program.

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