News about grants, gifts
The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) raised $300,000 at the 14th annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism. Proceeds help to enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by autism. The run hosted a record 217 teams that raised money in honor of a loved one with autism or to promote autism awareness in the community.
Cone Health Foundation announced the distribution of $4.5 million in grants to 35 Greensboro-area nonprofit organizations. There were 52 applications requesting $5.4 million in this grant cycle. Cone Health Foundation's single largest grant, $805,678, will go to HealthServe - a service of Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, which is designed to strengthen the health care safety net for the people of Guilford County and provide medical services to low-income individuals.
The SunTrust Foundation will continue its support of Wake Tech programs with a second contribution to the Wake Tech Foundation's major gifts campaign, called "The Ripple Effect." The SunTrust Foundation has presented Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott with a check for $35,000 to fund the newly-created SunTrust Foundation Financial Literacy Initiative. The program will focus on equipping Wake Tech students and employees with financial literacy skills.
The Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation and The Salvation of Winston-Salem announced the grand opening of a new computer lab and learning center called the "Project Phoenix Learning Center" at The Salvation Army Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club. This will mark the fourth Project Phoenix Learning Center that the Jim and Cheryl Foundation have started in the United States and the first in North Carolina. The learning center includes 20 new desktop computers with Promethean ActivBoards, ActivSlate, ActivExpressions, and specialized interactive instructional software.
News about people, groups
Judy Kincaid, one of the founders and the Executive Director of Clean Energy Durham was presented with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) annual Making Energy Work conference. Eleven individuals and businesses were recognized for their exemplary work toward the advancement of North Carolina's clean energy economy at the event before a crowd of over 450 attendees.
Dr. Robert Corbin, vice president, Learning Experiences at Discovery Place, received the Arts & Science Council (ASC) Honors award for science. ASC Honors recognizes exceptionally creative individuals whose lifetime contributions have distinguished them and enriched the cultural and social history of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The awards are presented every three years and celebrate achievements in music, design, history, literature and science.
The John Avery and Wake County Boys and Girls Club attended a Stay Active Clinic hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and the Charlotte Bobcats. The Stay Active Clinic was held at the PNC Arena, and club members exercised with the Bobcats players, coaches, and mascots, while learning the value of fitness. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's Stay Active program will engage over 350 youth, over 6 weeks, in physical fitness and nutrition-based programming to reduce childhood obesity. Nearly one-third of North Carolina's children are either overweight or obese, according to the North Carolina Department for Health and Human Services.
Greensboro Urban Ministry's Fall Grocery Store Food Drive collected a record breaking 90,266 pounds of food at area Lowes Food Stores, Food Lion Stores, Harris Teeter Stores, and the Bestway Store. This fall's drive marked the 36th time that Leadership Greensboro Seniors, an active group of retired and semi-retired senior citizens, has coordinated this activity.
Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) has appointed Chad Jemison to serve as its executive director. Jemison is a 15-year veteran in the environmental field, most recently working with Scenic Hudson Land Trust in New York. Prior to that experience he headed the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station also in New York.
News about opportunities, initiatives
A new nonpartisan voter guide has been launched online and in print to offer an opportunity to raise important issues during the campaign season, to educate voters, and to build relationships between candidates, voters, and organizations that reinforce civic engagement. Survey questions focused on policy priorities, child poverty, and cuts to education funding - and were sent to all candidates who are registered to run for state and local Buncombe County elections. The voter guide also includes basic information on voting in North Carolina, the N.C. Voter Bill of Rights, and early voting locations. The voter guide is available at www.votebuncombe.org, and print copies are available in various locations across Buncombe County, including the Children First/ CIS office at 50 S. French Broad Avenue, Suite 246.
Social Venture Partners (SVP) launched SEED20, its second annual competition to discover, spotlight, support, and fund twenty of the most innovative ideas for building social value in the region. SEED stands for Social Entrepreneurs EmpowereD, and the competition - for a pool of cash awards - aligns directly with SVP's mission of growing and empowering the region's vibrant social entrepreneur community. Until November 14, SVP will search the region for big thinkers and doers who are tackling pressing social challenges in innovative ways. Starting today, individuals and non-profits in Mecklenburg and bordering counties can download the competition details and application at www.SEED20.org. In early January, SVP will announce the twenty semifinalists selected to participate in this year's competition.
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