News about grants, gifts
The Reynolds American group of companies, employees and their private charitable foundations donated $7.7 million to nonprofit organizations in 2012. The Reynolds American Foundation made 433 charitable contributions, including matching grants, totaling $4.1 million. Significant contributions included $1.1 million to the United Way of Forsyth County, $275,000 to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and $251,000 to the American Red Cross. In addition to the foundation contributions, Reynolds employees donated $729,977 of their own money to United Way campaigns.
Former Duke University trustee Roy Bostock and his wife Merilee gave $5 million to the Duke Athletics Department. Their gift is in support of Duke Athletics' "Building Champions" fundraising effort, whose goal is to raise $250 million to support annual needs, upgrade facilities and endow scholarships and programs. "Building Champions" is part of the $3.25 billion university-wide fundraising campaign, Duke Forward, launched in September.
HanesBrands and its employees raised $2.22 million for the United Way of Forsyth County, exceeding its goal for the 2012 campaign. The successful campaign relied on another year of donations by Hanes' 2,500 Forsyth County employees and all-time high proceeds of $546,000 from the company's three community product sales. In addition, the company and its employees also donated 23,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, one of United Way's 32 partner agencies.
Partnering with the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center Inc., State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation will fund the new SECU Public Service Intern program for college students from rural North Carolina. The 2013 Summer Intern program will award 35 paid internships to rising sophomores or juniors from North Carolina universities or community colleges. Under the program, interns will be able to explore potential careers in their home communities or regions through a four-week summer internship in their local county government. The foundation will contribute $7,500 per participant for costs associated with the program, with a total initiative cost of $262,500. More information about the program can be found online.
Cumberland Community Action Program Inc. was named as a winner of North Carolina's Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge Grant competition jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. This program facilitated by Head Start will offer training for licensed childcare providers and early childhood educators at no cost for Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Scotland and Moore counties.
News about people, groups
The boards of trustees for Thompson Child & Family Focus (based in Charlotte) and York Place (based in York, S.C.) have signed a memorandum of understanding, paving the way for the completion of a merger of the two entities in the next 60 days. The new, combined agency will be headquartered in Charlotte and operate under the name, Thompson Child & Family Focus. York Place will serve as the South Carolina regional office for programming operating as York Place, a division of Thompson Child & Family Focus. Independent from the merger, the Thompson board conducted a six-month national search for a president to succeed retiring Thompson president Ginny Amendum. Marco Tomat, current CEO of York Place, has been appointed as Amendum's successor.
The Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County has partnered with the N.C. Council for Women on a statewide project to produce a report on the status of women in North Carolina, and commissioned a specific briefing paper on the status of women in Cumberland County. Released on Feb. 22, the paper details key issues that affect the lives of women in Cumberland County. The data are intended to serve as a resource for advocates, researchers, community leaders, policymakers and others who seek to analyze and discuss community investments, program initiatives, and public policies that will lead to positive change for women. The briefing paper can be found online.
To increase breast cancer awareness and highlight the Inaugural Historic Wilmington Race for the Cure, four teams of runners will participate in the RunRaleigh Relay to Wilmington. The 132-mile route begins in Raleigh at the offices of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate at 133 Fayetteville St. and ends in Wilmington at the intersection of 2nd and Market streets. The groups will depart Raleigh at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 and arrive in Wilmington at noon on March 1.
The Greater Raleigh Sports Council has announced award winners for its 10th annual Evening of Champions, presented in partnership with 99.9 The Fan, ESPN Radio & 620 The Buzz. The event honored local athletes, coaches, teams and community members for their excellence in sports and their positive impact on the community. The winners include: John Freehafer Sports Volunteer of the Year award: Henry "Hank" Mattocks, Garner Road Basketball Club Founder; WakeMed Health & Hospitals Courage & Character award: Tad Berube, Garner High School; Lifetime Achievement award: Woody Durham, "Voice of the Tar Heels." Other award winners can be found online.
The Wake County Nurse-Family Partnership celebrated four years of service last week at an anniversary event where program representatives shared success stories. The partnership has worked to change the lives of vulnerable families in Wake County by pairing low-income, first-time mothers with a registered nurse who visit the mother in her home from pregnancy until the child's second birthday.
The Winston-Salem Foundation Award and the ECHO Awards nominations are due March 1. The Winston-Salem Foundation Award is the foundation's highest honor given to a greater Forsyth County area resident who has demonstrated visionary leadership in a community activity or on behalf of a community organization within the recent past. This award includes a $10,000 grant to the nonprofit of the recipient's choice. The ECHO Awards honor individuals, organizations, or informal groups who are building social capital in the community. A $1,000 grant will be made on behalf of each ECHO Award recipient. For more information and to nominate, go online.
News about opportunities, initiatives
The Center for International Understanding is hosting the "Immigration Matters" Forum on Friday featuring keynote speaker Ana Navarro, political strategist and CNN contributor. Details on the forum and how to register can be found on the event's website.
Chess Achieves, a 501(c)(3) that serves as an educational resource; working to teach youth chess, train chess educators, and hosts competitive chess events, is hosting the 2013 NC K-12 Chess Championships beginning March 1. For details about the event and to register, visit the Chess Achieves' website.
Triangle Art Works is partnering with Arts North Carolinart to bring the Triangle Arts and creative community together to network, get inspired, and get the tools needed to be an advocate for the arts at the Triangle Arts Summit. More information and registration can be found online.
The deadline for submitting applications for the Community Foundation of Henderson County's scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year is 5 p.m. March 1. The foundation is seeking applicants for 63 scholarships. Students may review scholarship descriptions and pick up scholarship applications in the guidance offices of the local public and private high schools, by visiting the foundation's website or visiting the foundation office at 401 N. Main St., Suite 301, Hendersonville.
North Wilkesboro's Window World Inc., one of America's largest replacement window and home remodeling companies, has announced its "$1 Million in One Year" challenge, a national fundraising campaign dedicated to raising $1 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during 2013. Overseeing the initiative is Window World Cares, the charitable foundation of the company. The company plans to execute a number of activities throughout the year to reach the $1 million goal, both at the national and local level. To learn more about Window World Cares visit www.WindowWorldCares.com.
The Cary-based nonprofit the V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN are teaming up with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the fight against pediatric cancer by raising awareness and funds to support lifesaving work for children. Through March 4, the NBA family - led by Hoops for St. Jude ambassadors and ESPN commentators - will engage fans to advance cancer research and patient care benefitting children and families battling pediatric cancer. One hundred percent of donations to The V Foundation from this campaign will go directly towards cancer research benefitting St. Jude's patients.
The Beehive Collective released its 2013 small grant RFP. The collective will fund one grant of $1,500 to a Raleigh nonprofit that addresses women's empowerment through services or advocacy. The application deadline is March 11. For a copy of the RFP or questions about the application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-444-2339.
Methodist University will host a special lecture by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, practicing neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN, at 8 p.m. April 17 in Reeves Auditorium. Gupta will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. The event is free and limited seating will be open to the public, though advance tickets are required. Tickets may also be issued for remote viewing. Ticket information will be available on the University's website by mid-March.Papa John's Pizza corporate restaurants in North Carolina and South Carolina are partnering with Charlotte Bobcats basketball player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to raise funds for A Child's Place, a program that has been working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education for the last 24 years. One week per month through May, Papa John's will offer the MKG Special for online orders using the promotion code MKG. From each of MKG purchase, Papa John's will donate $2 to A Childs Place.
Cumberland Community Foundation invites students to apply for scholarships to attend college through its new, online scholarship application system. Detailed application instructions are now available on the foundation's website. The foundation will award more than $200,000 in scholarships this year using the new online system. Funding for the scholarships comes from endowments created by local individuals who value education. Each fund founder selects the eligibility and emphasis area for their scholarship endowment.
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