Very generous: This year North Carolina donated more than ever to charities

The community in North Carolina was more generous to charities and nonprofits in the past year than ever, according to a published report by the Office of the North Carolina Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State’s 2019-2020 Annual Charity Application Licensing Report indicates that between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, fundraisers with this license raised $ 44.9 million for charity, an increase of $ 1.3 million from the prior year.

About 80% of donations went directly to charitable programs, an increase of 6.24% over the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

“The people of the state have responded to the incredible needs that we have all seen during this crisis of the COVID-19 giving generously and wisely ”, said the Secretary of State Elaine marshall. “The record high percentage of general donations going to charity programs in this difficult time is a testimony of the public giving to our state and the effectiveness of many great charities working to meet the growing needs in our communities every day. “

The increase is due in part to some nonprofits working on economic development and civic issues that fall outside the traditional role associated with the report. Such multi-state or national campaigns reported raising $ 1.1 billion in total donations.

The annual report does not examine all charities and nonprofits operating in North Carolina. It specifically examines groups that choose to use fundraisers registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.

“This report is not a complete picture of charitable giving in North Carolina, but it is a meaningful snapshot of the state of charitable solicitation in our state,” said Secretary Marshall.

While this year’s report increased compared to 2018-2019, the Secretary Marshall cautions that needs continue to grow throughout North Carolina.

“As we come into the holiday season, which is also going to be a season of intense need due to the ongoing pandemic, remember that charities are still struggling to keep up with the growing demand and they still need our support”Said Secretary Marshall.

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