Nonprofit news roundup, 02.02.18

High Point University getting $13.5 million from five families

A group of parents and alumni are making five gifts totaling $13.5 million to High Point University to support academic programs, scholarships and facilities.

All the donors wish to remain anonymous.

Two Florida families each contributed $5 million, for a total of $10 million, to assist in constructing a School of Undergraduate Sciences and a hotel on campus.

A third will give $1 million to establish an endowed scholarship fund, a fourth family has will give $1 million to support unrestricted scholarships, and a fifth will give $1.5 million to support residential facilities on campus.

Since 2005, the university has raised over $375 million, expanded its campus and tripled its enrollment.

V Foundation gives $4.5 million for cancer research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary has provided a $4.5 million match to grants of $1.5 million each from the Gray Foundation and BRCA Foundation to support research on therapies, cures and preventive treatments for people carrying hereditary BRCA gene mutations.

N.C. A&T gets $500,000

The College of Education and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro have received a grant totaling $500,000 grant from the Cemala Foundation they will use to promote early childhood language and literacy development for ethnically and linguistically diverse youth and families in southeast Greensboro.

Ahearn named CEO of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

Chris Ahearn, former vice president of public for affairs at Lowe’s Companies has been named CEO of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in Cornelius.

Jones joins N.C. Arts Council

Cary Jones, director of communications and development for Arts Together in Raleigh, has been named music director for the North Carolina Arts Council.

Stewart awarded 2018 O.Henry Award

Cheryl Stewart, a public art consultant, and volunteer and supporter of arts and culture in Greensboro for over 20 years, has been awarded the 2018 O.Henry Award by ArtsGreensboro and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

Stewart has served as the public art consultant for the Public Art Endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro since its inception.

As the public art consultant for PTI Airport, she created the airport’s Art Master Plan and coordinates all temporary and permanent installations.

She also was the first public art consultant for the Downtown Greenway and initiated and led the efforts of its Art Selection Panel.

Leadership North Carolina gets $250,000

Leadership North Carolina has been awarded a $250,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to increase participation from rural communities and underrepresented groups in future classes it selects each year.

SAFEchild gets $50,000

SAFEchild in Raleigh has received a $50,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation in Charlotte.

YWCA gets technology lab

YWCA of High Point has a new technology lab that will provide computer literacy skills, thanks to a $14,000 donation that includes computers and other gear and software from IGT, the lottery technology provider to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

North Carolina PTA gives $4,000

North Carolina PTA has awarded eight grants totaling $4,000 to PTAs at schools in Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Orange and counties to work to improve health at their schools, mainly by increasing physical activity or improving nutrition.

Greenville Junior League launching social-media effort

The Junior League of Greenville aims to raise $5,000 to help fund local food-insecurity initiatives through its first social-media campaign, The Little Black Dress Initiative, which encourages women to wear one dress every day from February 5 to 9 to represent the lack of resources available to those who are food-insecure.

Alamance United Way moves

United Way of Alamance County has moved to 220 East Front St. in Burlington.

Symphony Guild to hold kitchen tour

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte will hold its “Heart of the Home” Kitchen Tour on March 16 and 17, plus a “Taste of the Tour” cocktail party on March 14.

Honorary chairs for the fundraising event are chefs Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer of Porcupine Provisions. Their home is one of the six kitchens on this year’s tour.

Koinonia Foundation to host auction

The Koinonia Foundation will host its 2018 Koinonia Cares Charity Auction at Wake Forest Baptist Church at 107 E. South Avenue in Wake Forest on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to raise funds to provide financial support for organizations that address human needs, and periodically for individuals withL a critical need.

Prevent Child Abuse to host 5K

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina will host its inaugural “5 Factors 5K Walk & Run” at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh on April 14 at 8 a.m.

Care Ring to host golf event

Care Ring in Charlotte will host its 3rd annual Golfing Fore a Healthy Charlotte on April 23 at Carolina Golf Club.

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