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Gather & Give Thanks

Posted: 11/9/2017

As Americans gather around Thanksgiving tables this year, giving has reached an all-time high of $390.1 billion, the seventh year in a row of increased giving. According to Giving USA, giving by individuals grew nearly 4%, driving the rise in total giving for 2016. "Notably," says GuideStar, "all nine major types of recipient charities experienced increases in giving as well, just the sixth time in the last four decades that this has occurred."

The following is our annual selection of some of the many thoughtful and distinguished gifts people have made in our region, a reminder that it is individuals, those gathered around our tables, who create and sustain philanthropy.

•Anonymous - $1 million to Bob Jones University

•Anonymous - $1 million to Furman University

•Anonymous - $2.2 million to East Carolina University

•Anonymous - $2.35 million to Roanoke College

•Anonymous - $3 million to Grymes Memorial School

•Anonymous - $10 million to High Point University

•Anonymous - $10 million to UNC School of the Arts

•Dorothy Arthur - $5.2 million to College of William & Mary

•Jane Batten - $3 million to WHRO Public Media

•T. Walter and Christine Brashier - $1 million to North Greenville University

•Deborah Chalsty - $1 million to the College of Charleston

•A. James and Alice B. Clark - $15 million to Virginia Tech

•Earl and Kathryn Congdon - $10 million to High Point Regional Health

•William and Joanne Conway - $5 million to University of Virginia

•David and Christine Cottrell - $1.5 million to High Point University

•David Couch - $1 million to High Point University

•Willie A. Deese - $1 million to N.C. A&T State University

•Sarah Belk Gambrell - $1.5 million to Time Out Youth Center

•Joan Gillings - $12 million to UNC Chapel Hill

•Tipper Gore - $1 million to National Alliance on Mental Health

•Grainger family - $11 million to Duke University

•Kathryn Burke Greever - $1 million to Emory & Henry College

•David R. Hayworth - $1 million to High Point Community Foundation

•Michael Jordan - $7 million to Novant Health

•Robert and Dilek Koenigsberger - $5 million to Elon University

•Alice Lehman - $4 million to UNC Chapel Hill

•Howard and Julie Levine - $2 million to Providence Day School

•Jack and Meriam Matthews - $1 million to Blue Line Foundation of Transylvania County

•Peter LeRoy McCall Jr. - $1 million to Clemson University

•Robert W. Mitchell - $3 million to Old Dominion University

•Darla Moore - $1 million to African American Museum

•Walter and Dennie Newton - $6 million to Greensboro College

•Sheldon and Leena Peck - $8 million to Ackland Art Museum

•William Pelham - $1.2 million to Clemson University

•Carol Quillen and George McLendon - $1 million to Davidson College

•David Rubenstein - $20 million to Duke University

•Shuford family - $18 million to UNC Chapel Hill

•Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family - $4 million to Pitt Community College Foundation

•Hunter Jones Smith - $15 million to College of William & Mary

•Orlando "Tubby" and Donna Smith - $1 million to High Point University

•Bob and Maggie Stout - $5 million to High Point University

•John and Marree Townsend - $50 million to UNC Chapel Hill

CapDev clients are in italics


We share this list each year in our annual Thanksgiving card, and post online as well. With all our best for your time to "Gather and Give Thanks" with those close to you, from your friends at CapDev.

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