Giving to charity makes givers happier, study says
People who give to charity are happier than those who don’t, and the more they give, the happier they are, a new study says.
Single men see a bigger increase in happiness when they become donors, while single and married women alike get a bigger boost when they give more of their income, says Women Give 2017, an annual study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
And in households where women drive or participate equally in charitable decisions, the entire family is happier, the study says.
It also found that:
* The more a household gives as a percentage of income, the higher the household’s “life satisfaction.”
* Giving to charities is positive related to a household’s life satisfaction for single women, single men and married couples alike.
* For households where either a wife makes charitable decisions, or spouses make charitable decisions jointly, life satisfaction increases with the percentage of household income given to charity.
* For households in which charitable decision are driven by women, and more than two percent of their incomes are given to charity, households making less than $100,000 a year experience more of an increase in life satisfaction than those making $100,000 or more.
Winston-Salem Foundation targets disparities
Addressing significant local educational and economic disparities, especially in concentrated geographic areas, will be the new focus of community grantmaking by The Winston-Salem Foundation starting in 2019, when it will mark its 100th anniversary.
In 2018, the Foundation’s staff plans to work with community partners working in the two new focus areas, which it says aim to “create more equitable educational outcomes for diverse groups of students” in the community, and “create more equitable and inclusive pathways for people and places to fully participate in economic opportunities.”
In late fall 2018, the Foundation plans to announce funding priorities and strategies for the two focus areas, and begin making grants in 2019 to support the new areas of emphasis.
The Foundation will continue to provide capacity-building and capital campaign grants to local nonprofits in a wide range of program areas.
The 2018 application deadlines for these grants will be on March 1 and September 3.
Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, the Foundation administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of $453 million at the end of 2016, when it granted $38.4 million to charitable causes, including $2.8 million in community grants.
Duke Energy Foundation gives $524,500
A dozen cultural and arts nonprofits in North Carolina are getting a total of $524,500 in grants from Duke Energy Foundation to support arts appreciation and educational programs.
Forsyth United Way giving $100,000 for hurricane relief
United Way of Forsyth County to Donate $100,000 to United Way of Greater Houston and American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
On August 31, United Way launched a community-wide crowdfunding campaign for hurricane relief. It promised to match all local donations up to a total of $100,000, donating half of all funds to the United Way of Greater Houston for longer-term rebuilding efforts and the remaining other half going to the American Red Cross for more immediate disaster relief.
The campaign raised $45,241.20 in just three weeks.
United Way Forsyth County will match those funds and also will donate the balance of its pledged funds, sending a total of $145,241.20 for hurricane relief.
High Point Regional foundation raises $120,000
High Point Regional Health Foundation netted $120,000 at its seventh annual Sun & Stars Signature event on September 29 at High Point Country Club.
All funds raised this year will go to the Campaign for High Point Regional, a fundraising effort to support a major renovation and modernization project for the Congdon Regional Heart Center and the Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional.
Forge launches $200,000 campaign
Forge Greensboro, the largest community maker-space in the Southeast, has launched a campaign to raise $200,000 to support membership growth, expand educational workshops and community programs and add new equipment for member use.
The fundraising effort already has received pledges totaling $20,000.
Wake Forest gets $900,000 for hormone research
Researchers at Wake Forest University have received a $900,000 awarded from the National Science Foundation to examine how the plant hormone ethylene affects growth and development of the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, a genetic model used to provide insight into other plants.
The collaborative grant brings together researchers in biology, computer science and mathematics who began working together through the Center for Molecular Signaling at Wake Forest.
Food drive to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry
Local grocery stores and three-dozen congregations are holding a food drive October 20 and 21 to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry.
The drive, which aims to collect nonperishable food items for the nonprofit’s food pantry will be held both days at Harris Teeter, Lowes Food, and Whole Foods stores, and at Walmart stores on W. Friendly Avenue, W. Gate City Boulevard, and Alamance Church Road, and on Saturday at Food Lion stores.
Last year, the food pantry distributed over 1.15 million pounds of food, most it donated by the community, to households in need in the region.
Health Underwriters honor Pennington
Carol Pennington, media chairperson for the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters since 2010, and media chairperson for the Triad Association of Health Underwriters since 2006, recently won both the state and the chapter media relations awards at the 87th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., of the National Association of Health Underwriters.
Police officer, public defender receive humanitarian award
Major Mike Campagna of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, and Mecklenburg County public defender Toussaint Romain have received the 2017 Nish Jamgotch Jr. Humanitarian Award from Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte.
Alamance United Way raises $24,500
United Way of Alamance County raised $24,500 at a music event to support grants for education, health and financial-stability programs, and for community initiatives.
Food Bank donates food to TABLE
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is donating $20,000 worth of food to support the Weekend Meal Backpack Program for TABLE that will help the Carrboro nonprofit deliver non-perishables and fresh produce every week to over 600 children this year.
Event raises $58,000 for Center for Child & Family Health
The Eighth Annual Urbaniak-Sanders Fashion Show & Luncheon, hosted by the Washington Duke Inn, netted over $58,000 for the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham.
Summit set for October 24 on minorities and women in business
The Greensboro Community Development Fund will host the inaugural Minority and Women in Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit, with Wells Fargo Bank as presenting sponsor, on October 24 at Gateway Research Park at 2901 #2500 E. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.
Schools getting donated instruments
Triangle-based National Pawn is donating over 100 musical instruments and $2,000 for instrument upkeep to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
The instruments will go to the music programs at Easton Elementary School, Walkertown Middle School, Mineral Springs Middle School, and Philo-Hill Magnet Academy.
Nonprofit sabbaticals available
November 2 is the deadline for submitting applications to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for its 2018 sabbatical program.
Every other year, the Foundation awards five sabbaticals, which include compensation totaling $30,000, plus and $10,000 to each recipient’s organization for planning and transition expenses.
The program aims to provide veteran nonprofit leaders with a break of three to six months to focus on personal needs and growth.
Bikefest raises $14,000 for veterans groups
The Ray Price Capital City Bikefest generated a total of $13,917 in donations from bikers to the USO of North Carolina and United States Veterans Corps.
Of the total, $7,860 was raised at the 2017 Raleigh Tattoo Festival, which was presented by 401 Tattoos & Art, and Warlock’s Tattoos & Body Piercings.
Crumley Roberts honors human-relations director
Chuck Trull, director of human relations at law firm Crumley Robertsin Greensboro, has received its 2017 “KSR Servants Heart Spirit Award” for giving back to the community in a significant way.
The firm also donated $5,000 to the Back2Back Ministries in Trull’s honor.
Family Service foundations honor former board members
The two foundations of Family Service of the Piedmont honored David S. Thompson of High Point and Robert C. Ketner of Greensboro with the Julia B. Nile For Love of Family Award at its annual meeting on October 9 at the Sedgefield Country Club.
Powers elected to head Health Underwriters board
Walter “Rick” Powers, vice president of the life, health, group and pension department of Murray White Associates in High Point, has been elected president of executive board of the Triad Association of Health Underwriters.
Volunteers pitch in for BackPack Beginnings
Team members from the High Point and Greensboro offices of Sharrard, McGee & Co. volunteered on September 22 at BackPack Beginnings in Greensboro, helping to assemble, box, label and pallet bags to fill the weekend food gap for children in need.
Dee Todd to speak at Empowered Girls event
DeLores “Dee” Todd, who in 2005 became the first female athletics director at North Carolina A&T State University will speak at the fourth annual High Tea fundraising event that Empowered Girls of North Carolina will host on November 11.
The event, to be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 900 16th Street in Greensboro also will feature presentation of the organization’s inaugural Women of Distinction Award presentation.
Motorcycle Club gives $3,500
Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club in Greensboro donated $3,500 to help support service dog in the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program.
O.Henry award nominations due November 8
November 8 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2018 O.Henry Award, which is giving jointly by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and Arts Greensboro, and recognizes an individual for lifetime contribution to the arts and cultural development of the community.
Community Housing Solutions getting $10,000
First Bank in Southern Pines is donating $10,000 to Community Housing Solutions of Guilford County.
ABC of NC to host annual fundraising event
Matt Savage, a jazz pianist and autism self-advocate, will be featured as the Tenth Annual Gourmet Lunchbox Lunch that ABC of NC will host October 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Millennium Center at 101 West Fifth St. in Winston-Salem.