Nonprofit news roundup, 01.19.18

Appalachian State gets $5 million

Appalachian State University in Boone has received a $5 million grant from The Leon Levine Foundation in Charlotte and is naming its new building that will house its Beaver College of Health Sciences the Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences.

Arts Council to launch annual fund and series

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will launch its 2018 Community Fund for the Arts and its new Creative Conversations Network Series on January on January 29 at an event featuring Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize, an international arts competition held annually in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The free event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Hanesbrands Theater at 209 North Spruce St. in Winston-Salem.

Leading on Opportunity names executive director

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, former vice president of initiatives and public policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, will join Leading on Opportunity in Charlotte as executive director on February 20.

Congdon elected chair of High Point Chamber

David Congdon, CEO and vice chairman of Old Dominion Freight Line, has  been named chairman of the Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce for the next two year.

He succeeds Scott Tilley, head of The Tilley Group, a financial advisory firm through Merrill Lynch, who served as the Chamber’s inaugural chairman.

Under Tilley, the Chamber has grown by nearly 200 members.

Burleson joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation 

Johnny Burleson, former associate dean for advancement at the School of Government at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and assistant executive director of the School of Government Foundation, has joined the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation as director of strategic partnerships.

SECCA names new curator of art

Wendy Earle, curator of collections and exhibitions at Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Tex, has been named Curator of Art The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

Ryan to keynote sit-in program at N.C. A&T

April Ryan, a White House correspondent and CNN political analyst, will be keynote speaker for the 58th Annual February One Sit-In Commemorative program hosted by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro on February 1 at 8 a.m. in the school’s Alumni Foundation Event Center.

Tickers are required for the free event, which  and available in the University Ticket Office.

Gilliam to chair Heart & Stroke Walk

Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been named chairman of the 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk that the American Heart Association host on UNC Greensboro campus on May 19.

The event aims to reach 5,000 walkers and raise $500,000 to fund heart disease and stroke research and prevention education this year.

Martin named president-elect of national hospice nurses group

Beth Martin, senior director of medical services for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, has been named president-elect of the National Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association.

N.C. Disabled American Veterans gets $11,000

The North Carolina Disabled American Veterans has received $10,795.20 from Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread.

The company raised the funds in November through contributions from customers at 15 Panera Bread locations in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, Kernersville, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Boone, Hickory, Salisbury, and Mooresville.

Race for the Cure set for May 5

Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast will host the 22nd Annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, presented by Duke Cancer Institute, on May 5 at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park.

High School Athletic Association teams with Moe’s

Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in the Triangle are the 2018 Official Triangle Fast Casual Restaurant Partner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.


Support for people with brain injury

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — An estimated 200,000 people in North Carolina, or about two percent of the population, are living with the long-term effects of brain injury, with an average lifetime cost of care for a moderately injured young person with brain injury totaling over $4 million.

Yet state lawmakers allocate only $2 million a year specifically for services for traumatic brain injury, or about $10 per person with a disability related to brain injury.

Working to provide support for people affected by brain injury, and to raise awareness about its impact, the need for more funding, and ways to help prevent it is the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.

“It’s life-changing for the person, and for the family many times,” says Ken Jones, executive director of the Raleigh-based Association. “The life that they knew prior to the  brain injury is different than life after the injury.”

Individuals ages 15 to 24 suffer the highest numbers of severe traumatic brain injuries, which are the leading cause of death and disability among young people in the state, the Association says.

Males are 1.5 times more likely to sustain a brain injury than are females, and falls and motor-vehicle accidents are the top two causes of brain injuries.

Brain injuries can affect an individual’s emotions, cognitive or physical abilities, or decision-making skills. Many individuals affected by brain injury experience short-term memory loss.

Founded in 1984 and operating with an annual budget of $675,000 and a staff of 10 people, the Brain Injury Association receives about half its funding from the state, 40 percent from the federal government, and about 10 percent through private fundraising.

Its main fundraising activity has been a walk-and-wheelchair event targeted to families affected by brain injury, but a subcommittee of its board is developing a new fundraising strategy aimed at the general population.

The Association provides 160 training sessions a year serving a total of 6,000 brain-injury survivors, professionals and families, and also provides an annual conference for each of those groups. And it provides education sessions on concussions at 10 schools.

The Association also hosts a resource-and-referral hotline and website that field a total of 6,000 phone calls and email messages a year.

To raise awareness, it hosts events, such as Strike Out Concussion days last year at Carolina Mudcats and Asheville Tourists baseball games. And it distributes a weekly e-blast and quarterly newsletter to about 2,000 subscribers.

Jones, former CEO for Eastpointe Human Services, a managed-care organization that serves 12 counties in Eastern North Carolina, is not a registered lobbyist but spends a lot of time in the Legislative Building in Raleigh.

Last year, he talked to state lawmakers about the impact of a proposed bill that would have eliminated the requirement that adults riding motorcycles wear helmets. The bill did not pass.

North Carolina is the leading state in the U.S. for lives and money saved as a result of its universal, mandatory helmet law, Jones says. In 2010, helmet use in the state saved $163 million for every 100,000 registered motorcycles.

In the short legislative session that begins in April, Jones will be talking to lawmakers about the need to increase funding for individuals with brain injuries to support not only medical treatment, but also residential care and integrating survivors back into the community.

The Association also supported a change in Medicaid funding that will affect 107 individuals in the state on a pilot basis over three years starting this year, providing reimbursement for care that can be delivered at home or in an outpatient clinic rather than a hospital or nursing home.

“This could happen to any individual and any family,” Jones says. “There is very little support. A family ends up caring for the individual, in severe cases 24/7, or the individual becomes part of the public system in an institution.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.12.18

Cary Rotary Club event to support hunger relief

The Cary Rotary Club will host its 15th annual Chili Dinner fundraiser on January 26 at Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian Church at 200 High Meadow Drive in Cary.

The event, featuring meals meals prepared by Whole Foods Market, aims to raise $44,000 to support local hunger reliefs and support over 94,000 meals throughout the world, over $11,000 to support local hunger relief efforts

Big Hair Ball to benefit Family Service

The Guild and Junior Guild of Family Service of Greensboro will host the sixth annual Big Hair Ball on January 27 at the Elm Street Center in downtown Greensboro.

Honorary chair for the event, which will include a cocktail reception, silent auction and runway fashion show, is Lindsey Auman, and platinum sponsors are Lenny Peters Foundation/Bethany Medical Center and Woodruff Family Law Group.

Methodist Home to host gala

The Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh will host its gala, A Winter’s Tale, on January 27 at The Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom, featuring speaker Jimmy Wayne, a country musician and author.

New ballet to focus on infertility, miscarriages [photos]

Infertility and miscarriages will be the focus of (MIS)CONCEPTION, a new dance show that Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet in Greensboro will introduce on February 3 at the Odeon Theater at Greensboro Coliseum at 4 p.m.

Following the premier of the show, which will tell the true stories of three women who have dealt with infertility and miscarriages, the women and healthcare professionals will talk about infertility and miscarriage.

The show is funded with support from Lincoln Financial, ArtsGreensboro and an anonymous donor.

Me Fine Foundation names development director

Katie Todd, former director of digital strategies for the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, is joining the Me Fine Foundation in Princeton, N.C., as its first full-time development director.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving to host gala

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary will celebrate receiving the George Maddox Award from the state Department of Health and Human Service at The Center’s annual fundraising gala on February 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at N.C. State University Club in Raleigh.

Duke gets $5 million to endow dean’s chair

The law school at Duke University in Durham has received a $5 million grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to has established a named chair the dean’s position.

The first James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law will be David F. Levi, who has served as Duke Law’s dean and a professor of law since 2007.

Levi plans to step down as dean on June 30. The university is conducting a search for his successor, who will occupy the endowed chair upon appointment.

Ronald McDonald House benefits from gift drive

CBRE|Triad partnered with Hirschfeld Industries, Samet Corporation and Apex Systems in a Christmas drive that donated $1,250 worth of presents and gifts to the annual Santa’s Workshop at Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.

More than twenty employees participated in the fundraiser.

Teacher grants available

February 15 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submitting applications for grants of up to $2,500 each from The Winston-Salem Foundation for professional development for educators from -pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Nonprofit news roundup, 01.05.18

ABC of NC gets $1.5 million for new clinic

ABC of NC Child Development Center in Winston-Salem has received a $1.5 million grant from the member-funded State Employee Credit Union Foundation to support construction of the SECU Autism Clinic at ABC of NC, a 26,000-square-foot facility that will house diagnostic, therapeutic, and behavioral services for hundreds of children with autism in the Triad.

The organization, which plans to complete construction of the new facility by August 2018, has raised over $6.1 million on a campaign to raise $6.5 million to build the clinic, as well as a 3,500-square-foot activities building and improvements to an existing school building.

ABC of NC, which serves 350 children a year and employs 60 people, expects to more than double its capacity and staff size within two years.

New food bank alliance aims to promote food security

All 10 food banks in both Carolinas have formed an alliance, Feeding the Carolinas, that aims to raise awareness and promote food security for people in need in the two states.

Members of the North Carolina Association of Food Banks and the South Carolina Association of Food Banks approved the new alliance last August 201

The new Alliance will work to build coordinated relationships with farmers and growers in the Carolinas to help increase fresh produce and perishable foods available to food banks in both states.

It also aims to develop initiatives to save costs, mainly involving transportation of food, and to launch a joint billboard campaign in the two states to increase visibility of Feeding America Food Banks.

High Point health funder gives $252,000

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point has awarded $251,557 in grants to local organizations and nonprofits the focus on the health and wellness for High Point residents, with roughly 80 percent of the funds going to programs that address behavioral health.

Triad Community Kitchen to open second restaurant

Triad Community Kitchen of Second Harvest Food Bank plans to open a second restaurant this spring on the first floor of BB&T’s corporate headquarters at 200 West 2nd St. in Winston-Salem.

The opening on Providence Kitchen, a cafe-style eater, will mark the expansion of the Culinary and Life Skills Training and Hospitality Residency program of Triad Community Kitchen, which already operates Providence Restaurant & Catering.

Holiday program raises nearly $200,000 for children’s hospital

The Santa’s Elves program has raised nearly $200,000 to support initiatives at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center since the program was created 20 years ago by Mar Alspaugh, now 85 and a retired administrative employee at Wake Forest Baptist.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chapter getting $14,000

The Fourth Annual Triangle Oktoberfest at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary raised $14,000 for the North Carolina chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the designated partner of the event, which was hosted by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs.

Family Service gets donated books

Family Service of the Piedmont received over 1,000 books collected by students at High Point University for its Healthy Start program, which works with pregnant women and new parents.

The student, in the leadership development class taught by David Bergen, chair of the department of human relations, collected the books for children up to age five in a project focused on literacy.

The book donation was the largest ever for the Family Service program.

Salvation Army gives Christmas bags to 1,500 kids, families

The Salvation Army of High Point prepared bags, filled with toys and stockings, distributed at Christmas to over 1,500 children and families in need.

Habitat homeowners pay off mortgages

Fifteen Habitat Greensboro homeowners paid off their mortgages in 2017 and took full ownership of the homes they helped build.

To celebrate, several of the homeowners burned mortgages over open flames on December 15.

Students raise $15,000 for gifts for kids

Students at High Point University raised $15,000 through offerings at weekly services in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel this fall to buy toys, clothes and necessities requested by 154 children through the Angel Tree Program of the Salvation Army.

ArtsGreensboro awards $13,000 for school arts projects

ArtsGreensboro awarded 15 grants totaling $13,000 for arts project in public, charter and private schools the Greensboro area serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Wells Fargo Teacher Arts Grant grants program is supported in part with funds from Wells Fargo Bank and its Arts in Education Fund.

Forsyth County children enroll in free book program

Over 1,200 children in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides children a free book, delivered to their homes each month, from their birth to their fifth birthday..

In 2017, state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year of the state budget, and $7 million in the second year, for Smart Start to administer the program across North Carolina.

Homeless getting sleeping mats made of recycled plastic

Winston-Salem Police and United Way of Forsyth County will distributed to homeless individuals over 100 sleeping mats made of yarn from plastic bags — or “plarn” — that were created through Operation Bedroll, a collaboration among Greensboro’s Field Operations, Library and Police departments to keep non-recyclable materials out of landfills and provide a safe place for homeless individuals to sleep.

Since the collaboration began in 2016, over 4,000 people have learned how to make plarn, keeping an estimated 212,000 plastic bags out of landfills.

Based on data collected in January 2017, 453 people were experiencing homelessness in Forsyth County, including 25 who were without shelter.

Animal shelter receives donated items from businessman

Harold Jones of Reidsville Truck & Trailer Repair made a donation to Rockingham County Animal Shelter that includes 250 pounds each of dry dog food and dry cat food; 50 cases each of canned dog good and canned cat food; and 200 pounds of kitty litter.

United Way donor gets new auto

Neil Doss, an employee with the City of Burlington, was selected to receive a new car from one of six Alamance County dealerships through a raffle that serves as an incentive program for donors to United Way of Alamance County.

Participating dealers were Cox Toyota; Dick Shirley Chevrolet Cadillac Mazda; David Westcott Buick GMC; Flow Companies of Burlington; Flow Honda; and Stearns Ford.

Students provide blankets for charity

Students in several grades at Forsyth Country Day School teamed up for a service project to provide handmade fleece blankets for Samaritan Ministries in Forsyth County.

Cooking competition to benefit Lucy Daniels Center

The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary will receive all proceeds from Cooking for Classic, a competition launched in 2017 that begins January 22, with semifinals January 29 and 30, and pits eight chefs in head-to-head matchups to win a restored classic 1949 pickup truck.

All competitions will be held at 1705 East, an event venue of Rocky Top Catering, at 1705 East Millbrook Road in Raleigh.

February 23 is deadline to submit award nominations

February 23 is the deadline for submitting nominations to The Winston-Salem Foundation for The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, which recognizes visionary leadership and includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charity selected by the winner, and for The ECHO Awards, which recognizes people who build social connections, with winners receiving $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Recipients of both awards will be announced at the Foundation’s Community Luncheon on May 2.

Arts Council names five new board members

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has named five new board members, including Steve Berlin, a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend Law Firm; Drew Gerstmyer, an architect at East Coast Capital;  Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem; Jason Kaplan, associate vice president for space and master planning at Innovation Quarter;  and Camille Kluttz-Leach, vice chancellor and chief of staff at Winston-Salem State University.

EDF links environment, economic prosperity

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — In 2007, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law requiring electric utilities in the state to phase in the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources as part of their production of energy. The measure was the first of its kind in the Southeast.

Today, clean energy represents a $7 billion industry in the state, accounting for 34,000 jobs, and North Carolina ranks second among all states in use of utility-scale solar farms.

And this year, state lawmakers enacted a Republican-led bill that calls for roughly doubling renewable energy in the state by 2022.

Playing an instrumental role in passage of both laws was the Raleigh-based Southeast regional office of the Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit that works to protect the environment and community health by building bipartisan collaborations and using science, economics and law to underscore the interconnectedness of environmental protection and economic prosperity.

“We have had since the 1980s a very strong focus on having economists on our staff, and understanding the realities of the marketplace and how capital is invested and decisions are made, because so much environmental progress and harm flows from those investment decisions,” says Hawley Truax, who joined the Raleigh office of EDF in January as Southeast regional director.

That approach is critical today in the face of EDF’s “grave concerns about the Trump Administration’s commitment to undermine fundamental environmental and health protections that our organization was instrumental in helping to put in place in the early 1970s that have served this country well — the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act,” says Truax, a former program officer for the environment at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, and before that a senior policy adviser on environmental and energy issues for Govs. Jim Hunt and Mike Easley.

Operating with a staff of 25 people, and raising $4 million to $5 million a year in contributions from individuals and foundations, the Raleigh offices focus mainly on North Carolina.

Its current focus is on issues such as helping the state shift from dependence on fossil fuels such as coal to energy efficiency and clean energy resources, particularly for production of electricity; reducing the use by industrial-scale agriculture of excess nitrogen fertilizer, which is a big source of water pollution, particularly in Eastern North Carolina, and a big source of global warming; and improving the state’s approach to the restoration of rivers and streams harmed by development, particularly highway construction.

In partnership with crop consultants and the Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, for example, EDF works with farmers to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer. It also partners with Smithfield Foods, which has asked farmers in Eastern North Carolina that supply grain for its operations to reduce their use of excess nitrogen fertilizer in their growing process.

EDF also is partnering with the North Carolina National Guard to develop a computer-based system to help it assess the return — both financial and in its ability to respond quickly to disasters — from investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities as it upgrades its facilities throughout the state.

“We are very committed to broadening the array of voices that are part of the clean energy conversation,” Truax says.

“We’re continuing to grow as a state, and we believe at EDF that economic prosperity and environmental sustainability go hand in hand,” he says. “A prosperous state needs to have a high quality of life, and its human communities need to be healthy. On the flip side, the most durable environmental solutions are economically sustainable and forged through bipartisan cooperation.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.29.17

Professional development for teachers focus of partnership

synerG Young Professionals at Action Greensboro is partnering with Guilford Education Alliance to provide professional development for teachers ages 21 to 39 in the Guilford County Schools.

Through the Young Professional Educators Academy, the partnership will provide leadership and community engagement skills for participants, who also will earn one continuing education credit.

The program also will provide participants with connections to community leaders, classroom support, relationships with other teachers, and experience in young professional organizations.

The program is seeking volunteers who would be paired with participating teachers to share knowledge and provide support with classroom materials, connections, and volunteerism in the classroom.

Collaboration to offer palliative care for kids

Advanced Home Care, Cone Health and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro have formed a partnership to provide community-based palliative care for children with serious illnesses, often terminal, and their families

The partnership links palliative care with primary and specialty clinics; home health; and services such as social work, counseling and spiritual care.

In the partnership, Cone Health coordinates care through its pediatric and palliative programs, while  Advanced Home Care provides home health, and Kids Path, a program of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, provides counseling, volunteer support and spiritual care for children and their families.

Novant Health team members pledge $1.44 million

In a campaign from September 4 to October 29, 3,660 Novant Health team members across all its markets covering four states pledged $1.44 million to local nonprofit partners and Novant Health regional foundations.

Sisters of Mercy foundation awards $1 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling just over $1 million to 26 nonprofits in 11 counties in North Carolina and one county in South Carolina in the areas of education, social services and health care.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $502,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 18 grants totaling $501,960 to organizations that serve people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, public interest, and recreation.

DataMax Foundation gives $265,000

DataMax Foundation in Winston-Salem awarded eight grants totaling $265,000 to support economic development and workforce education and development in Forsyth County.

Legal Aid gets $107,000

Legal Aid of North Carolina received a gift of $106,746 from the Wake County Bar Association, up $17,000 from the record-high total the Association raised at its annual Wake Bar Awards last year.

New foundation to promote music in Western North Carolina

The Lloyd Johnson Foundation in Asheville has been established to provide education and career advancement opportunities that promote music in Western North Carolina.

Named for Lloyd Johnson, a native of Buncombe County who died June 20, 2017, the Foundation will serve as primary sponsor of the MerleFest 2018 Band Competition.

Me Fine Foundation partners with WakeMed Children’s Hospital

Me Fine Foundation in Princeton, N.C., will partner with WakeMed Children’s Hospital in Raleigh to provide financial and emotional support to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving critical medical treatment there.

Chapel Hill nonprofit works to fight sexual assault

By Todd Cohen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — One in five women in the U.S. has been sexually assaulted or raped.

Yet, despite educational programs at their schools to promote safety and reduce sexual abuse, nearly 80 percent of students in all three high schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools say they do not know whether someone either in their school or the school district is responsible for handling complaints of sexual harassment or assault.

And 69 percent of students want more information at school on the issue, while 40 percent are not confident their teachers would know what to do if students disclosed harassment or assault, according to research by the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in partnership with the School of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We know that sexual violence unfortunately happens quite frequently, yet most people don’t report sexual assault because of its stigma and the fear of victim-blaming,” says Alyson Culin, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center, which works to stop sexual violence by providing support, education and advocacy.

In recent years, however, in the face of a widening rash of news reports of sexual-assault accusations leveled against political and business leaders and other celebrities, public awareness of the problem is growing, Culin says.

In the past seven years, the Rape Crisis Center has seen a near doubling of clients, she says.

“Our role is simply to provide support, however, it is needed,” she says. “We start by believing and listening. Then, we can help you figure out which options, if any, you may want to pursue.”

Formed in 1974 and operating with an annual budget of $950,000, a staff of 12 full-time and four part-time employees, and 60 to 75 volunteers, the Rape Crisis Center hosts a 24-hour helpline, support groups, workshops, and therapy referrals.

In the fiscal year ended June 30, the Center served 676 clients, mainly through its helpline and follow-up support, and served 75 clients through 22 support groups and workshops.

It also reached nearly 17,000 individuals with over 1,000 safety-education and violence-prevention programs.

It offers free programs in all 17 elementary schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools, to seventh graders in all four Chapel Hill-Carrboro middle schools and all three Orange County middle schools, and to ninth graders in all three Chapel Hill-Carrboro high schools and one of the two Orange County high schools.

And, for a small fee, its offers programs in two elementary schools in the Durham Public Schools, and in a handful of independent schools in the Triangle.

In addition to its traditional support-group programs, which typically are organized around specific types of experiences of clients, such as survivors of sexual assault, or adult survivors of child abuse, the Rape Crisis Center in recent years has begun offering support groups around an activity, such as running, dance, yoga or arts and crafts.

“While some prefer traditional discussion settings, others can find it intimidating to talk with strangers about a very personal experience,” she says. “Many participants have felt more comfortable approaching the subject through an activity first.”

The activities are structured for self-reflection and to develop skills for coping with trauma, she says.

And with multi-year grants of $200,000 each from the Governor’s Crime Commission and the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, the Rape Crisis Center this month is launching an in-house therapy program with two therapists, one of them bilingual.

“Affordable trauma-informed therapy from an experienced provider — especially one who speaks Spanish — is very difficult to find, yet in extremely high demand,” she says.

The Center generates about half its annual income from state and federal grants, another fourth from private grants, United Way and local government, and the remainder from individual contributions and special events, including a holiday auction on December 3 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel.

It also has raised about $500,000 to expand its programs in the silent phase of a campaign that began early this year and aims to raise another $1 million to buy a larger office adjacent to its current leased space.

“We need a larger space to accommodate more clients and a growing staff,” Culin says. “Of course, the ultimate goal is to stop sexual violence. We aim to support and empower survivors in their own healing process, and we also want to provide our community with knowledge and skills around preventing and responding to violence.”