Lew Kraus (right), executive director of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, received the Bill Rowe Service to Affordable Housing Award from the North Carolina Housing Coalition.
News about grants, gifts
The Triangle Community Foundation launched a three-year initiative to award grants of up to $17,500. The first round of grants will focus on area programs that support youth literacy and community development. Proposals are due by Oct. 25. In 2014, grants will be given to cultural, artistic and conservation programs.
The United Way of the Greater Triangle seeks to create a $1.5 million fund for collaborative initiatives over the next three years. The initiatives include supporting youth aging out of the foster system and fighting the root causes of homelessness. Bank of America, PNC Bank, Trent Ragland Jr., The Redwoods Group and Wells Fargo have made commitments to the fund.
Cumberland County Schools won $150,000 in college scholarships as a runner-up for the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education, which recognizes the urban school districts that make the most improvement in student achievement.
An anonymous alumnus of High Point University (HPU) donated $5 million to establish a scholarship fund for entering freshmen studying business and communication. HPU also received a $2 million pledge from alumnus Doug Witcher, CEO of Smart Choice, in September and $10 million from Ron Wanek, CEO of Ashley Furniture, in August.
The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation received a $10,000 grant from the Rite Aid Foundation to fund Wake Up! Infant Safe Sleep, which will provide 300 low-income families with Graco portable cribs, crib sheets and education about infant safe-sleep practices.
Cherokee Preservation Foundation is seeking applications for grants for programs that improve the quality of life for the Eastern Bank of Cherokee Indians. Applications may be submitted online through Dec. 2.
Author Bill Treasurer donated nearly $5,000 in profits from the sales of Leaders Open Doors to the Irene Wortham Center in Asheville, which assists people with developmental disabilities, and to the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter.
News about people, groups
Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh, of Greensboro, was recognized as the American Heart Association's Triad Volunteer of the Year.
The Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host the 21st National Philanthropy Day Awards at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro on Nov. 25. Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University and chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company, will be the keynote speaker. For ticket and sponsorship information, click here.
Edson F. Scudder was selected as chief advancement officer of Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte.
Discovery Place appointed Nelson Cosgrove, Joan Higginbotham and Chris Harris to its board of trustees.
The Durham Rescue Mission graduated 19 men and women from its one-year addiction recovery program.
The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina is accepting proposals for presentations at its May 14-16, 2014, conference in Greensboro. Applications are due by Nov. 25.
NBC News Correspondent Charles Sabine, who has been diagnosed with Huntington's disease, will be a featured speaker at the 7th annual Huntington Study Group Clinical Research Symposium and Workshops in Charlotte on Nov. 7-9.
News about opportunities, initiatives
The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem and Greensboro seeks volunteers to participate in its annual Red Kettle fundraising effort from Nov. 8 to Dec. 24 and to process donations and register families seeking help. Interested volunteers can call 336-245-2083 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan G. Komen Charlotte will hold the annual Race for the Cure in Marshall Park on Oct. 5. Carolina Panthers DeAngelo Williams is signing jerseys for members of the Williams Warrior Team who raise more than $50. To register, click here.
The Barnabas Network, which provides furnishings to the needy, will hold an estate sale fundraiser in Greensboro on Oct. 19.
The Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk on Oct. 19 in Winston-Salem will raise money for the American Heart Association's heart disease and stroke research and prevention programs. Wake Forest Baptist Health staff will teach hands-only CPR. Sponsor NewBridge Bank gave away 20 CPR kits at a kick-off event.
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