Religious ties spur charitable giving, report says
Americans who are affiliated with a religion are more likely to give to charity than those who are not affiliated, a new report says.
Sixty-two percent of religious households give to charity of any kind, compared to 46 percent of households with no religious affiliation, says the Giving USA Special Report on Giving to Religion from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
The report is based on a study that tracks giving by over 9,000 individuals and families, and facts such as employment, health and marital status that influence their giving.
While the share of Americans who give to religious congregations is declining, the report says, those who give to religion are giving at a steady rate.
And contrary to popular belief, it says, younger generations give to religion, and the rate at which they give is similar to the rate at which earlier generations gave at the same point in their lives.
People who attend religious serves on a monthly basis are 11 times more likely to give to religious congregations, the report says, and they give $1,737 more to religion a year, on average, than people who attend less than once a month.
Donors ages 40 to 64 give $2,505 a year to religious causes, compared to $1,892 from donors under age 40, and $2,339 from donors age 65 and older, the report says.
Households with annual income over $100,000 give $1,600 more to religion a year, on average, than households with income under $50,000.
And households with a religious affiliation give as much or more to other types of charities as do households with no religious affiliation.
Religious congregations receive the biggest share of charitable giving in the U.S., or 32 percent of all charitable donations in 2016, according to Giving USA 2017, the Lilly School of Philanthropy says.
Giving to religion totaled $122.94 billion, compared to $59.77 billion given to education, which received the second-biggest share of overall giving.
Companies give more, and more strategically, report says
Median total giving among 258 of the world’s biggest companies grew 2.3 percent between 2014 and 2016, a new report says.
The top 25 percent of companies — measured by total giving — gave at least $53 million in 2016, or 1.7 percent of pre-tax profit, while median total giving among all 258 companies responding to the survey was $19 million, or 0.91 percent of pre-tax profit.
To increase the impact of their giving, companies also are working with fewer partners and decreasing the total number of grants they make, while increasing the size of their grants, says Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition, from CECP, in association with The Conference Board.
Six of 10 companies are allocating their giving resources to the program area they consider their “strategic signature” program, and measuring the impact of corporate giving has become a more widespread practice, the report says.
In 2016, it says, 87 percent of companies measure the impact of at least one grant, up from 85 percent in 2014.
Cash giving to culture and arts programs grew 48 percent between 2014 and 2016, the report says, while pharmaceutical companies saw the biggest increase in giving.
TROSA raises over $2.64 million
Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers in Durham, or TROSA, raised over $2.64 million in its first-ever capital campaign to help fund the Comprehensive Care Center it will dedicate November 1.
Lead donors to the campaign include Peter J. and Prudence F. Meehan of Chapel Hill, Oak Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Duke Health.
Foundation gives $971,000 in scholarships
Triangle Community Foundation awarded a total of $971,000 in scholarships and awards to 183 students during the 2017 academic year.
Thompson Child & Family Focus getting $600,000
Thompson Child & Family Focus in Charlotte is getting $600,000 from Friends of the Children to launch a Friends of the Children affiliate in Charlotte.
Elon receives gifts for 30 scholarships
Elon University has received gifts and commitments from a group of donors that, along with funds from the school, will support endowments of $500,000 each for a total of 30 scholarships each worth about $25,000 a year.
A spokesman for Elon says the donors asked that the size of their gifts not be disclosed.
Meredith College getting nearly $1 million
The School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Meredith College in Raleigh has been awarded a grant of $997,077 from the National Science Foundation to support women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Briggs, Barfield join Armstrong McGuire
Beth Briggs, former executive director of Dress for Success Triangle, and Staci Barfield, former president and CEO of Children’s Flight of Hope in Morrisville, have joined Raleigh consulting firm Armstrong McGuire & Associates.
Event raises $99,700 for breast-cancer screening, support
The 25th Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run on October 14 at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro attracted over 2,100 women and raised $99,703 for mammograms to screen for breast cancer, and support during treatment, for uninsured women.
College students collect water bottle for hurricane relief
Students at High Point University collected 8,000 water bottles in one week that were matched by the school, then spent a morning loading the 16,000 water bottles onto a trailer for American Red Cross headquarters and to the Caribbean for hurricane relief.
Volunteer Center honor volunteers
Mary Magrinat received the Lifetime of Service award from The Volunteer Center of Greensboro at its 2017 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon October 25 at The Conference Center at Revolution Mill.
Other awards and recipients were:
* Emerging (Youth) Volunteer — Valerie Myrick.
* Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program –A Simple Gesture, and Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center.
* Outstanding Individual Volunteer — Austin Healey.
* Corporate Volunteerism — Procter & Gamble.
Bayer Crop Science employees volunteer
Employees in Research Triangle Park of Bayer Crop Science volunteered on October 13 through Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and Wake County 4-H.
Peace Corps scholarships offered at Elon Law
Elon Law and the Peace Corps have teamed up to offer a scholarship program to returned Peace Corps volunteers who want to serve their communities as lawyers.
Each year, The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program will offer two returned Peace Corps volunteers a $31,500 scholarship at Elon Law.
Hoo serving as corporate chair for JDRF walk event
Dan Hoo, founder and president of HICAPS, is serving as corporate chair for the 2017 Greensboro One Walk that the Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF will host October 28 at First National Bank Field.
Central Park NC gets $10,000
Central Park NC received $10,000 from Duke Energy Foundation to expand arts and cultural programming to reach more students and lifelong learners.
MapAnything pledges 1% of equity
MapAnything in Charlotte has pledged one percent of equity in its company to Foundation for the Carolinas.
Lucy Daniels Center names board officers, members
Shane Bull of Carolinas IT has been named chair of the board of directors of the Lucy Daniels Center in Cary, and Toni Peck, a lawyer with Nelson Mullins Law Firm, has been named vice-chair.
Joining the board are Amanda Lynde, a lawyer with Brennan, Wasden & Painter; Ted Whiteside, director of partnerships for Dynamic Videocasting; Danielle Niedfeldt, president and CEO of Carolina Donor Services; and Tucker King, senior estimator at Baker Roofing Company.
Three join Emily K Center board
The board of directors of the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham has added three members, including community volunteer Jane Dimmig; Genevia Gee Fulbright, president and chief operating officer of Fulbright & Fulbright in Durham; and David P. King chairman and CEO of LabCorp in Burlington.
Two join N.C. Community Foundation board
John Bratton, chairman of Wake Stone Corporation, and executive coach Madhu Sharma have joined the board of directors of the North Carolina Community Foundation.