As we celebrate the season of giving thanks, your generosity is growing.
$358.38 billion was given in the U.S. in 2014, surpassing the peak that occurred before the Great Recession, an increase of 7.1% over the previous year, and the fifth year in a row that giving went up.
According to individual giving increased 4%, foundation giving increased 6.5%, bequests were up 13.6%, and corporate giving increased 11.9%. Reports predict that giving will have continued to rise in 2015.
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, people, who create and sustain philanthropy.
Past or current CapDev clients in italics.
All gift information provided is based on research of publicly available resources.
Anonymous / $13 million to the NC Museum of Art
Justus Ammons / $3.5 million to Meredith College
G. Eugene and Patricia Boyce / $8 million to Campbell Law School
James W. Bradshaw and Carlos E. Evans / $1.95 million to Hilton Head Preparatory Academy
Steve and Eileen Brooks / $13 million to Duke University Athletics
Edward J. Brown III and Jan Brown / $1 million to Benedictine Military School
Stephen Colbert / $800,000 to South Carolina teachers
Earl Congdon / $2 million to Say Yes to Education
David Couch / $3 million to Wake Forest University
Rob and Susan Culp / $1 million to Say Yes to Education
Fred Eshelman / $100 million to UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Karl von der Heyden / $8.36 million to Duke University
Shawn Jenkins / $25 million to Medical University of South Carolina
Marvin Johnson / $1 million to UNC Wilmington
James W. Johnston / $1.13 million to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Marjorie Knight and Alpo Crane / $3 million to Queens University
Howard R. Levine / $45 million to Foundation for the Carolinas
Howard and Julie Levine / $1 million to Carolina Theatre at Belk Place
Jacqueline Badger Mars / $10 million to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
William McCutchen Jr. and Irene Lilly McCutchen / $1.5 million to Duke University
McMichael Family / $1.5 million Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Robert and Janice McNair / $5 million to Columbia College
Robert Niblock / $2.5 million to UNC Charlotte
Josephine McPherson and Donald Heslep / $1.25 million to University of Mary Washington
Betty Sheppard Poe / $2.5 million to Clemson University
Rick Rauck / $1 million to the National Cycling Center
John Rathbone / $1 million to College of William and Mary
David Rubenstein / $25 million to Duke University arts center
Katherine Rumley / $3 million to Meredith College
Estate of Randall B. Terry Jr. / $16 million to N.C. State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Anita Zucker / $4 million to The Citadel
Zucker family / $3 million to South Carolina Aquarium