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Archive for December, 2009

More are giving, but NC charities are getting less

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina officials say less than half of the nearly $300 million in charitable donations in the past year went to the charities – the rest went to marketing and fundraising companies.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that the secretary of state’s office has released a report showing that only about 40 percent of $282 million donated in the year ending in July went to the charities.

Last year, 60 percent of the money donated went to the charities.

The rest of the money goes to professional fundraising companies that charities hire to raise money for them.

Nonprofit organization leaders say the recession has prompted marketers and fundraisers to take bigger cuts of the donations this year.

Information from: The News & Observer

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina officials say less than half of the nearly $300 million in charitable donations in the past year went to the charities – the rest went to marketing and fundraising companies.

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Local business briefs – Piedmont Natural Gas posts record year

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

From staff reports

Last winter’s colder than average weather helped boost Piedmont Natural Gas’ net income and earnings per share to record levels in its fiscal year.Piedmont earned $122.8 million, or $1.67 a share, for the year ended Oct. 31. That was up from $110 million, or $1.49 a share, for fiscal 2008.

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Nuclear power industry a boon to local economy

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

By Jim Brumm StarNews Correspondent

Nuclear energy is more than a source of power and light for the Cape Fear region.The local nuclear industry has also partially offset the effects of the recession that began two years ago.

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WWAY, local businesses team up for Wheels for Hope

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Not all of us are fortunate to have a car or a way to get from point A to point B. That is why WWAY started Wheels for Hope. It is an initiative to provide charities and other non-profit organizations with transportation. With the help of several local sponsors, WWAY was able to make our first donation.

“I would estimate that one percent of our guests have a car,” said Good Shepherd Center’s Scott Litten. “Maybe three or four percent have a bike.”

Now, the folks at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington have a way to get around town. WWAY handed over the title and keys to a completely re-conditioned production van.

“We’re transporting our guests to the hospital, to medical appointments, to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Cape Fear Community College – so it’s very, very important for us to be able to accept this and pass it on for our guests’ use,” added Litten.

Several local business owners helped this project come together.

“We mechanically re-built the van here and we specialize in maintenance and care,” mentioned Loid Atkinson of Midas.

Upholstery 1 owner Elaine Walton said, “We put in a new carpet, did some work on the interior, fixed the headliner, and just kind of cleaned up the inside of the vehicle, so that it was useable.”

Cape Fear Sportswear donated 16 insulated jackets to keep people warm.

“This is one of our warmest jackets, so with the temperatures dropping the way they’ve been, we’re just glad to help out and be a part of the whole donation,” said Cape Fear Sportswear owner Dennis Smith.

The Good Shepherd Center, located on Martin Street in Wilmington, serves more than 100,000 meals every year and provides more than 36,000 overnight emergency beds. They welcome any donations, especially canned goods and winter clothing.

WWAY plans to continue Wheels for Hope for a different charity every year.

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videoNot all of us are fortunate to have a car or a way to get from point A to point B. That is why WWAY started Wheels for Hope.

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It is crunch time for last minute shoppers

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Shoppers hits the streets of Mayfaire and downtown Wilmington hoping to cross the last few gifts off their list.

“Oh, I waited for the last minute deals definitely. I did most of my shopping last Friday. I waited for the last minute and got some great deals,” said Kristin Miguez.

The procrastinators were not just women. Crescent Moon owner Joan Lach said, “This week we’re seeing a lot of men coming in to do their last minute shopping for the ladies.”

And Christmas gifts were not the only thing they were shopping for.

Last minute shopper John Casey said, “The day before Christmas Eve, I’m actually shopping for my wife’s birthday present which is the day after Christmas. I’m in a little bit of a rush. Her Christmas gifts have been bought already, but now I need a birthday present.”

Some business owners realize there are people who are shopping right down to the wire, so they are being flexible with their hours.

In addition to extended and flexible hours, many businesses are offering gift wrapping services – some free of charge. Hopefully that will limit some pre-Christmas shopping stress for procrastinators.

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videoIt might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the craziest time of the year for shoppers who are quickly running out of time. Shoppers were out and about Wednesday…

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