Nonprofit news roundup, 12.24.14

Giving to U.S. charities to exceed $450 billion

Total giving to U.S. charities in 2014 is projected to exceed $450 billion, or nearly 9 percent more than in 2013, a new report says.

Powering the increase is a continuing bull stock market, low interest rates, improving employment and a lack of inflation, says the Atlas of Giving.

Human-services groups, educational institutions and environmental causes posted the biggest gains in gift revenue, with each category showing double-digit growth, the report says.

Giving to health organizations and religious causes continues to grow, it says, but at slower rates than the growth in overall giving.

Giving to religion, which still gets the biggest share of giving, is expected decline one percentage point in 2014 to 33 percent.

Individuals account for 74 percent of total giving in the U.S., while foundations provide over $65 billion, up more than 12 percent from 2013 and representing the fastest-growing source of gifts.

Mead named vice president of development at Senior Services

Patricia Mead, director of annual funds and special events at Senior Services in Winston-Salem, has been named vice president of development.

Partnership gets grant for girls’ robotics team

A partnership between Winston-Salem-based Inmar, a technology company that provides intelligent commerce networks, Girl Scouts Peaks To Piedmont Council, has received a $6,000 matching grant from NASA and another $1,000 grant from Qualcomm for the All-Girls NC FIRST Robotics Team.

The grants will provide funding for the Piedmont Triad’s first-ever all-girl team to compete in the NC FIRST Robotics competition in March 2015.

The Inmar Foundation sponsors the All-Girls NC First Robotics Team and provides mentors who coach and guide the girls on building their competition robot and provides a place to build and house the team’s first robot.

Reading Connections offers volunteer training

Reading Connections in Greensboro will offer free orientation and training on January 13, 20 and 22 for individuals would like to become volunteer adult-literacy tutors. Sessions will be held in the Self Help Building at 122 North Elm St. in Greensboro.

To register, call Lydia Davis at 336.230.2223, or send e-mail to

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