Nonprofit news roundup, 10.09.14

Americans with less dig deeper to give; wealthy donate smaller share of income

In the wake of the recession, low-income and middle-income Americans earned less but gave a bigger share of their income to charity, while wealthy Americans earned more but donated a smaller share of their income, a new study says.

The study, by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, looked at IRS data on $180 billion in gifts to charity in 2012 from taxpayers who itemize deductions on their tax returns. Those gifts represent roughly 80 percent of total gifts tracked by Giving USA, an annual survey of charitable giving in the U.S.

Americans on average give about three percent of their income to charity, a share that has stayed roughly flat for decades, the study says.

From 2006 to 2012, the share of income donated by Americans earning at least $200,000 fell 4.6 percent, while the share donated by those earning less than $100,000 grew 4.5 percent.

Still, the total given by wealthier Americans grew to $77.5 billion in 2012, adjusted for inflation, up $4.6 billion.

The study echoes past research that finds those with less income dig deeper in tough times to give to charity.

Central Piedmont Community College gets $32 million in software from Siemens

Siemens Corp.  is donations $32 million in software to Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The school will use the software to improve existing courses related to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Woodard retiring; N.C. Bankers Association names new CEO

Thad Woodard is retiring Jan. 1, 2015, as president and CEO of the North Carolina Bankers Association after 37 years with the statewide trade group.

Peter Gwaltney, former CEO of the Louisiana Bankers Association, will succeed Woodard on January 2.

Gwaltney worked for the Louisiana Bankers Association for 16 years, serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer for nine years and CEO for seven years. He then served for seven years as chairman, president and CEO of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation in Memphis, Tenn.

Easter Seals UCP raises $250,000

Easter Seals UCP generated $250,000 in gifts and pledges for a new playground at its Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center in Raleigh at a gala on September 13.

The event, which honored Charlie Gaddy, long-time WRAL-TV anchor and champion of children with developmental disabilities, was held at The Pavilion at the Angus Barn and attracted 215 people.

Gaddy, who anchored the evening news on WRAL-TV for 20 years before retiring in 1994, has raised over $8 million for Easter Seals UCP.

The Center, which opened in 1994, serves up to 55 children ages six weeks to five years, including those who are typically developing and those with developmental needs.

Last year, Easter Seals delivered over three million hours of services to over 16,000 children, adults and families across North Carolina and Virginia.

It provides and connects people to housing and housing support, transportation, primary health care, in-home support, children’s centers, clinics and outpatient support, training and education, and assistance in getting and keeping jobs.

North Carolina-based fundraising email discussion list honored

FundSvcs, an email discussion list founded and run by North Carolina advancement services professional John Taylor for nonprofit fundraising professionals, has won L-Soft’s global competition for email list communication excellence.

Taylor, who heads Durham-based John H. Taylor Consulting and was associate vice chancellor for advancement services at N.C. State University, helped launch the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, which hosts the email list.

Founded in 1994, FundSvcs LISTSERV has over 3,500 subscribers from over 24 countries.

L-Soft’s LISTSERV Choice Awards, also known as The Mailys, honor outstanding email lists that run on the company’s LISTSERV email list management or LISTSERV Maestro email marketing and analytics solutions.

Meals-on-Wheels gets $67,000

Residents, staff and guests at Arbor Acres, a United Methodist retirement community in Winston-Salem, contributed $66,601.13 to benefit the Meals-on-Wheels program of Senior Services of Forsyth County.

The contribution marks the 12th year the continuing care retirement community has hosted a fundraiser for Senior Services, which estimates the years of donations have supported over 57,000 hot meals for seniors in the community.

Greensboro Rotary Clubs repair homes for four families

Greensboro Rotary Clubs are teaming with Community Housing Solutions to repair four homes for low-income homeowners who can’t physically or financially do the work themselves.

The repair projects, done by volunteers from the Clubs, are being funded by donations from Greensboro Rotary Clubs, Frank Family Foundation, United Guaranty Corporation, Piedmont Natural Gas and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

Formed in 2004,  Community Housing Solutions has worked to engage volunteers to preserve decent, safe and affordable housing for over 380 low-income families, generating over $3.9 million in investment in Greensboro neighborhoods.

Museum of Life and Sciences gets $75,000

The Museum of Life and Science has received $75,000 from Duke Energy through the Duke Energy Foundation to build two new outdoor learning environments — Hideaway Woods, a two-acre nature-based playscape, to open next summer, that is designed to encourage movement, exploration, and early science-learning skills, and Earth Moves, a hands-on exploration of earth science that will open 2017.

Event to benefit Benevolence Farm

Benevolence Farm will host its 2nd Annual Second Chance Dine and Dance on October 23 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.

All proceeds go will support Benevolence Farm’s mission of providing an opportunity for women leaving prison to live and work on a farm.

Modern Automotive title sponsor for 2015 Walk MS campaign

Modern Automotive will serve as title sponsor of the 2015 Walk MS campaign for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Chapter will use proceeds from Walk MS to help support over 18,000 people affected by MS in the Carolinas and to fund MS-related research.

In 2014,  walks hosted by the Chapter raised $1.1 million and attracted over 8,000 participants in the Carolinas.

Third annual #GivingTuesday to be held December 2

The third annual #GivingTuesday, a collaborative effort that aims to promote giving and resources, will be held December 2 — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

The event raised $10.1 million in online donations in 2012 and $19.2 million in 2013.

The average online gift generated by event, which has over 10,000 partners throughout the U.S. and in 11 countries, was 101.60 in 2012 and $142.05 in 2013.

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