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Funder gives to ‘seed’ giving

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The 450 guests who attended the annual holiday party hosted Thursday evening by the Triangle Community Foundation were asked to bring five canned goods for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as admission to the party.

At the party, the foundation also gave each guest $10 – on condition that they would agree to match the gift with at least $10 of their own or someone else’s and then give the total away to someone they did not know or to an organization working to improve the region.

The foundation also asked guests to share the stories of what they did with the money, either by emailing their story to the foundation or by posting a video or note on the Facebook page for Triangle Gives Back, an initiative of the foundation that encourages individuals and organizations in the region to increase their charitable giving and make it more effective.

At the party, the foundation also used cameras to record people’s stories of giving.

“The idea is to give people a little seed money to encourage them to give back this holiday season and then to capture their stories of giving,” says Kelly Harrell, the foundation’s director of communications.

A report the foundation co-sponsored a year ago found that, despite the Triangle’s rapid growth, giving in the region lags that of peer communities.

In February, the foundation launched Triangle Gives Back, an effort that includes a website that promotes giving and features information about individual charities.

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