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Reinforcing the findings of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s showing that giving for the first half of 2020 increased 7.5% over the first half of 2019, a new Chronicle of Philanthropy survey reveals in a spot check of the 116 charities that raise about 10% of all contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations, found that giving was 22% higher during the first six months of the year than it was during the same period in 2019. Even more surprising: Giving in the second quarter increased 41% above the same time last year. Donations to Feeding America’s national office rose by nearly 46% in the first six months of the year. That came as the food banks that are part of the Feeding America network served 60% more people. Non-profits not directly connected to the crisis have also been the beneficiaries of the rise in generosity. The Nature Conservancy, which protects land, also received a surge of donations, with 40% more flowing into the organization in the first half of the year. That money came largely from wealthy donors as people at other income levels held back amid job losses and economic uncertainty. Significant as the increases are, they are not necessarily keeping up with the spike in need, the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows in their analysis of the data and their interviews with more than two dozen non-profit officials.
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Tarrrant County Texas resident Earline Hart Andrews, 110 years young, takes her right to vote very seriously. Andrews says she’s never missed an opportunity to vote. Andrews was born in 1910 before women could vote. She is one of the oldest registered voters in Texas, and she says she wasn’t about to sit out of this election. She said nothing not even a pandemic would keep her from showing up at the polls and casting her vote (she preferred going to the polls over voting by mail). Though her hearing and eyesight are poor and she uses a walker for mobility, Andrews’ memory and intellect are as sharp as ever. Born October 28, 1910, she described riding a horse to high school from her father’s farm just over the Texas/Louisiana border and falling into the habit of racing — and outrunning — Model Ts, for which she was reprimanded by her parents. Andrews earned her college diploma from Louisiana Normal (now Louisiana Normal University) in the heart of the Great Depression when jobs were scarce and some schools had to pay their teachers with “scripts” that didn’t necessarily cover their salaries. She sought employment in an oilfield town near El Dorado, Arkansas, taught there for four years at a salary of $120 a month. She returned to Texas in 1934 to teach at Overton near Kilgore at a salary of $100 per month and held that position for 14 years. She earned a master’s degree in history at Stephen F. Austin and later retired after teaching in Tyler, Texas, for 26 years. To be transparent, she was a spry 109 when she voted. Earline: You’re our role model! If you know of someone older who voted in the 2020 election, please let us know.
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