Blue Cross investing $50 million in community health
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is giving $50 million to address community-health needs in the state.
The funding includes $10 million each to address the opioid epidemic and for early childhood development, and $15 million each to address social determinants of health and for primary care.
Blue Cross is funding the investments with $40 million in tax savings generated through changes in Tax Cuts and Job Act approved by Congress in December, and the remainder with its own funds.
TROSA, a residential program in Durham that provides vocational training, education and continuing care for substance-abusers, is getting $1 million to expand to the Triad to address the opioid epidemic throughout the state and improve access to its services for individuals in Western North Carolina.
Blue Cross also is giving $1 million to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina in Raleigh for early childhood development; $2 million to InterAct in Raleigh to help fund its new Family Justice center to provide one-stop service delivery for victims of domestic violence or sexual violence, or both; $1.2 million to continue the Physician Assistant Studies program in the Department of Allied Health Science at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and $1 million to Duke Health Community programs that focus on community health improvement and access to care.
It also is giving $390,000 to a partnership with the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill to develop community-based solutions to the opioid epidemic in up to 10 communities over the next two years.
Applications from communities are due in April, and communities will be selected in May.
Blue Cross says it will announce the remaining investments in coming months.
V Foundation gives $25 million
The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary awarded $25 million for cancer research in 2017, bringing to over $200 million the total amount the Foundation has awarded since it was founded in 1993.
Duke Law gets $10 million gift
The law school at Duke University has received a $10 million gift from alumnus Carl Bolch Jr. ,and his wife, Susan Bass Bolch, to endow the new Carl and Susan Bolch Judicial Institute, which will focus on bettering the human condition through studying and promoting the rule of law.
Bolch, a member of the Duke Law Class of 1967, is chairman of Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., a family-run operator of more than 750 gas stations and convenience stores.
Wells Fargo gives $2.2 million in Triad
Wells Fargo on 2017 provided over $2.2 million in grants to nonprofits and schools in the Triad, and its team members in the region logged over 21,000 volunteer hours.
Throughout the U.S., Wells Fargo awarded $286.5 million in grants to 14,500 nonprofits.
Hartley to head Communities in Schools
Pam Hartley, vice president for play experiences at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, has been named president and CEO of Communities in Schools of North Carolina, effective April 9.
Dompier to head Life Plan Trust
Rhoda E. Dompier, former executive director of Life Plan Trust in Apex, has been named president and CEO of Life Experiences.
Dompier, who begins work March 12, succeeds Mary Madenspacher, who is retiring after working with Life Experiences since 1995.
NC Early Childhood Foundation awarded $110,000
The NC Early Childhood Foundation has received a one-year grant of $85,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and a gift of $25,000 from the Goodnight Educational Fund.
Next Generation Academy getting $100,000
Next Generation Academy, a charter school that will open in Greensboro this fall, has received $70,000 for its startup and a pledge of another $30,000 in June from Richard Fowler, president of Sunstates Management.
Children’s agencies get donated items
Donated clothing, equipment, furniture and children’s toys filling a bus, two vans and most of a box truck were delivered on February 22 to the Baby Basics Closet of YWCA of High Point, and to Helping Hands Ministry, for distribution to their clients.
United Way of Greater High Point assisted in delivery of the items, which were left over from the WeeRuns Consignment Sale this month that was hosted in the High Point Community Center.
Salvation Army honors FOX8
FOX8 in High Point received the “Spirit of Giving” award on February 8 at the annual Divisional Advisory Organizations School of Excellence Conference of the Salvation Army North & South Carolina.
For over 30 years, FOX8 WGHP has supported The Salvation Army through annual Triad- wide campaigns, including Gifts for Kids, Triad Holiday Food Drive, Stuff the Bus, and A Cleaner World’s Give a Kid a Coat.
Event raises $22,000 for Rescue Ranch
The inaugural Rescue Ranch luncheon in Statesville on February 27 attracted 270 members of the Iredell and NASCAR communities and raised $21,930 for the nonprofit animal welfare organization.