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Charitable Gift Activity Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels According to BNY Mellon Wealth Management 2022 Annual Charitable Gift Report

Charitable Gift Activity Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels According to BNY Mellon Wealth Management 2022 Annual Charitable Gift Report
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NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2022

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NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon Wealth Management today released its 2022 Annual Charitable Gift Report, which found that charitable giving started to rebound in 2021 after declining in 2020, with the number and total dollar amount of gifts increasing (10%), and the average gift size also increasing (27%).

Positive Progress in 2021

Charitable gift activity overall returned to historical, pre-pandemic trends as many nonprofits found ways to pivot and discover new approaches to build support for their missions and connect with donors.

"The financial markets held strong in 2021 and the planned giving activity demonstrated how sustainable the giving increase in 2020 was – and even with the present market uncertainty, people don't stop giving," said Crystal Thompkins, head of philanthropic solutions at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. "With the majority of planned gifts still being funded with cash, it's important to focus on conversations about appreciated assets and ownership. There are significant opportunities for nonprofits to optimize giving by working with donors to consider non-cash gifts and craft unique gift solutions."

  • Gift by Size: Gifts of more than $100,000 represented 29% of the total contracts in 2021 but accounted for 85% of the total gift dollars. Gifts between $10,000 and $50,000 represented most contracts at 54%, the same as in 2020.
  • Cash Gifts vs. Non-Cash Gifts: Cash gifts are still by far the most popular (83%), with non-cash gifts representing 17%, nearly identical to year over year comparisons.
  • Gift Flows: The gift flow ratio was 1.09, indicating new gift activity outplaced gift terminations. This was driven by healthcare organizations that experienced an increase in gift flows from .68 in 2020 to 2.24 in 2021. Faith-based/religious organizations experienced the biggest drop, decreasing from 2.94 in 2020 to .93 in 2021.
  • New Trust Activity: There was a 33% increase in new trust activity year over year, though total gift amounts decreased and the dollar amount of additions to trusts decreased by 50%.

Thompkins commented, "Although there was a slight uptick in the number of new trusts in 2021, trust activity continues its relatively flat to downward trend since the 2008-09 recession driven by lower charitable deductions due to the low applicable fed rate (AFR) and donors looking to make a more immediate impact with their giving. That said, trusts are still a giving strategy that can provide solutions to both tax and estate planning needs and philanthropic goals, especially as part of a comprehensive giving strategy."

New Donors Outnumber Repeat Donors

When donors have access to the right information and advice, they are able to explore more charitable options to achieve their philanthropic goals. While attorneys and CPAs play an important role with donors in terms of gift execution, wealth advisors provide significant guidance when it comes to donors' philanthropy.

  • New Versus Repeat Donors: New donors (51%) outnumbered repeat donors (49%) and made larger gifts on average (18.5% increase in average gift size).

Donor Advised Funds Remain a Bulletproof Strategy, According to BNY Mellon Wealth Management's Client Activity

Donor advised funds (DAFs) continue to be an important part of the philanthropic landscape, and often are considered as the preferred option for charitable giving. According to the report, grants distributed through the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund experienced a record-level gift activity in 2021, with an increase in gift count of 93%, and gift amount of 55%.

"During times of economic uncertainty when capacity for charitable giving may be limited, donors with DAFs are well positioned to provide critical funding to nonprofits when it's needed the most," says Thompkins. "DAFs are being used in creative estate and tax planning strategies to promote legacy, family and next generation giving, which historically have been factors in forming private foundations."

The full 2022 Annual Charitable Gift Report, which includes additional findings from BNY Mellon Wealth Management's Charitable Giving Study and supporting data around BNY Mellon's Charitable Gift Fund's record-level gift activity, is available here.

Upcoming 2022 Annual Planned Giving Conference
Crystal Thompkins will host the upcoming Planned Giving Conference on September 14, 2022, featuring an in-depth look at the 2022 Charitable Gift Report findings. The annual conference convenes charitable gift planning professionals, individuals on boards of nonprofit organizations and advisors working with nonprofit organizations for a series of keynote presentations, panel discussions, peer roundtables and insights from industry experts.

About the 2022 Annual Charitable Gift Report
BNY Mellon Wealth Management's 2022 Charitable Gift Report assesses the philanthropic landscape, levels of giving over the past five years and donor behavior to provide insights, context, and benchmarks. This report provides analytics and observations on the charitable gift annuity (CGA) and charitable remainder trust (CRT) activity during the calendar year 2021 for 101 nonprofit organizations and the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund. This includes stats related to life income or planned gifts. Organizations represented included education (56%); faith-based (20%); social services/other (14%); cultural (6%); and healthcare (4%). Data for the report is based on completed gift records in BNY Mellon's database as of March 30, 2022.

About BNY Mellon Wealth Management
For more than two centuries, BNY Mellon Wealth Management has provided services to financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations. It has $264 billion in total client assets as of June 30, 2022, and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally. BNY Mellon Wealth Management, which delivers leading wealth advice across investments, banking, custody, and wealth and estate planning, conducts business through various operating subsidiaries of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. A line of business within Wealth Management, BNY Mellon Investor Solutions includes the firm's institutional multi-asset solutions business. The Investor Solutions AUM/AUA is $25.1bn as of June 30, 2022.  For more information, visit www.bnymellonwealth.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellonWealth. 

Media Contact: 
Ben Tanner
212-635-8676
Ben.Tanner@bnymellon.com

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Here’s Why Your Boss May Reject Your Business Travel Request

People are taking vacations again, but a once dominant travel sector is struggling to recover.

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People are taking vacations again, but a once dominant travel sector is struggling to recover.

Now that vaccines are readily available and President Joe Biden has declared that the pandemic is officially over, people are flying again. But they’re really not happy about it.

The research firm J.D. Power found that last year, when the airline industry first started to cautiously rebound, consumer satisfaction with airports reached an all-time high. But this was very likely both because of a relatively smaller sample size and that so many people were happy to fly again that they were willing to overlook a lot of what has become headache-inducing about modern airfare travel.

J.D. Power  (JD) - Get JD.com Inc. Report has found that this year, global passenger levels are nearly back up to 91% of pre-pandemic levels. 

Customer satisfaction has dropped sharply, 25 points on a 1,000-point scale, to 777, as more people have returned to airports, for reasons ranging from an increase in flight cancellations and delays to inflation-driven increases in the cost of airport food.

But while airlines are aware that customers aren’t happy, and that the Biden Administration might try to right the ship with proposals that airlines likely won’t care for, at least people are flying again.

But an additional survey by J.D. Power has revealed that while people are flying again, traveling for business (be it for in-person meetings or industry conferences), has been lagging behind and recovering at nearly the rate of traveling for pleasure. 

Is Traveling for Business on the Way Out?

J.D. Power’s research has found that many travelers doubt that travel levels will increase dramatically from where they are now, and that “a strong majority of executives believe their companies will spend less in the next six months compared to the same period in 2019, for instance, due to things like fewer trips overall or fewer employees sent when there is a trip scheduled,” according to their data.

Overall, business travel has returned to “about 81% of 2019 levels,” notes Managing Director Michael Taylor. “83% was our prediction for this quarter, we’ll see how well we did in a few weeks and add a predication for Q4.”

J.D. Power

Fears of recession and the rising costs of air tickets from inflation play a factor in the decline of business travel. But overall, the main reason is that many of us have gotten so used to working at home that two-thirds of employees would rather find a new job than go back to the pre-pandemic status quo. If employees feel they can get work done from home and don’t feel like braving traffic to return to the office, why would they feel they need to get on a plane?

So have services like Zoom (ZM) - Get Zoom Video Communications Inc. Report and Slack made the business trip redundant? Taylor has his doubts.

“But will people be meeting exclusively in the 'Metaverse' rather than in person? I do not think that will happen,” he says. “There is too much information to be gathered in face-to-face meetings, spoken and unspoken, to be replaced completely by virtual ‘reality.’”

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So is This It for Business Travel?

Back in the heady pre-pandemic days three years ago, airlines could rely on the extra income from people whose jobs entailed a great deal of travel, and who had come to the realization that if they were going to spend a chunk of their lives on the road, they could splurge to make it a more comfortable experience. 

But if airlines want this sector to return, Taylor thinks it’s their duty to make it a more appealing option, because frequent delays and other headaches are enough to make anyone stick to Zoom.

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Airlines, Taylor says, must “create more of a “living room” experience for travelers, one that “makes travelers feel valued as patrons of the airlines, and makes people feel like individuals rather than cattle.”

Because while it’s hard to argue with the convenience, Taylor insists there is still something to be said for the occasional in-person meeting. 

“Millenia of evolution in mankind has created an awareness that can’t be described with words on a page or pixels on a screen,” he says. “People will still find advantages in meeting in-person rather than online.”

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BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM DONATES NEARLY 100,000 PET VACCINE DOSES TO HELP ELIMINATE RABIES AROUND THE WORLD WITH RELAUNCH OF SHOTS FOR GOOD(SM) INITIATIVE

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM DONATES NEARLY 100,000 PET VACCINE DOSES TO HELP ELIMINATE RABIES AROUND THE WORLD WITH RELAUNCH OF SHOTS FOR GOOD(SM) INITIATIVE
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DULUTH, Ga., Sept. 28, 2022

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In recognition of World Rabies Day on September 28, the donation is for use on tribal lands and underserved communities in collaboration with Greater Good Charities

DULUTH, Ga., Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim, a global leader in veterinary rabies vaccines, has expanded its commitment to help prevent rabies in dogs by donating nearly 100,000 doses of rabies vaccine. The donation is part of the relaunched SHOTS FOR GOOD℠ program and will be used on tribal lands and in underserved communities across the United States.

Rabies is a zoonotic, viral disease, which can be transmitted through wild animals and pets. Once clinical symptoms appear, rabies is virtually 100% fatali. Even though it is vaccine-preventable, around 59,000 people still die from rabies every year globallyii. Rabies is present on all continents, except Antarctica, with over 95% of human deaths occurring in the Asia and Africa regionsiii. It can pose a significant risk anywhere if dogs are not vaccinated. Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humansiv.

"Boehringer Ingelheim fervently believes no animal should suffer from a preventable disease," said Dr. Julie Ryan-Johnson, head veterinarian for shelters at Boehringer Ingelheim and board vice chair for Greater Good Charities. "Together with Greater Good Charities we can fight the presence of rabies on tribal lands and in underserved communities to keep pets healthier and happier for longer."

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health established the SHOTS FOR GOOD initiative in 2019 in Puerto Rico and underserved communities in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. However, in 2020, the initiative was suspended due to global pandemic restrictions.

Since relaunching the program earlier this year, and in collaboration with the global nonprofit, Greater Good Charities, the program has enabled vaccination clinics throughout tribal lands in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Utah. Additional vaccines have been utilized in Hawaii as part of Greater Good Charities' Good Fix program which offers high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter to help control pet overpopulation in underserved communities.

"In observance of World Rabies Day, we recognize the positive impact of vaccination events to raise awareness about rabies and how to prevent this deadly disease," said Denise Bash, vice president at Greater Good Charities. "The generous vaccine donations from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and the Shots for Good initiative helps to protect pets while making this important effort possible."

About World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day, held every year on September 28, is observed by the United Nations as an International Day. Coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, it is a day to raise awareness about rabies and how to prevent this deadly disease. Hundreds of events are held by organizations and individuals around the world in recognition of this day.

About Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation for the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, farmers, and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock. As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of family-owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are healthier too. By using the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and by delivering value through innovation, we enhance the health and well-being of both.

Learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. at bi-animalhealth.com  

About Greater Good Charities

Greater Good Charities is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit organization that works to help people, pets, and the planet by mobilizing in response to need and amplifying the good. Greater Good Charities, with a 100/100 rating on Charity Navigator, has provided more than $475 million in impact, including cash grants, in-kind supplies, and programmatic support, to charitable partners in 121 countries since 2007. To learn more about how Greater Good Charities amplifies the good across the globe, please visit greatergood.org.

Media Contact:
Chrissy Jones
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
U.S. Communications
(516) 527-5456
christine.jones@boehringer-ingelheim.com 

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i World Health Organization: Rabies (who.int) (downloaded: April 1, 2022)
ii World Health Organization: Oral rabies vaccine: a new strategy in the fight against rabies deaths (who.int) (downloaded: April 1, 2022)
iii World Health Organization: Rabies (who.int) (downloaded: April 1, 2022)
iv World Health Organization: Rabies (who.int) (downloaded: April 1, 2022)

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Cambridge Bancorp Announces Receipt of Regulatory Approvals to Merge with Northmark Bank and Anticipated Closing Date

Cambridge Bancorp Announces Receipt of Regulatory Approvals to Merge with Northmark Bank and Anticipated Closing Date
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambridge Bancorp (NASDAQ: CATC), the parent company for Cambridge Trust Company ("Cambridge Trust"), today announced all regulatory approvals relating to the proposed merger between Cambridge Trust and Northmark Bank have been received. The shareholders of Northmark Bank approved the merger at a special meeting held on August 31, 2022.  The anticipated closing date of the merger is October 1, 2022, subject to the satisfaction of other closing conditions.

About Cambridge Bancorp

Cambridge Bancorp, the parent company of Cambridge Trust Company, is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge Trust Company is a 132-year-old Massachusetts chartered commercial bank with approximately $5.1 billion in assets at June 30, 2022, and a total of 19 Massachusetts and New Hampshire locations. Cambridge Trust Company is one of New England's leaders in private banking and wealth management with $4.0 billion in client assets under management and administration at June 30, 2022. The Wealth Management group maintains offices in Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts and Concord, Manchester, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Forward-looking Statements 

Certain statements herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements about the Company and its industry involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Statements other than statements of current or historical fact, including statements regarding the Company's future financial condition, results of operations, business plans, liquidity, cash flows, projected costs, the impact of any laws or regulations applicable to the Company, and measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business are forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "intends," "plans," "projects," "may," "will," "should," and other similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the following: the businesses of Cambridge and Northmark may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer to accomplish than expected; the cost savings from the merger may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; operating costs, customer loss and business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on relationships with employees, may be greater than expected; changes to interest rates; the ability to control costs and expenses; the current global economic uncertainty and economic conditions being less favorable than expected; disruptions to the credit and financial markets; changes in the Company's accounting policies or in accounting standards; weakness in the real estate market; legislative, regulatory, or accounting changes that adversely affect the Company's business and/or competitive position; the Dodd-Frank Act's consumer protection regulations; the duration and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on levels of consumer confidence; actions that governments, businesses and individuals take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and actions taken in response to the pandemic on global and regional economies and economic activity; a prolonged resurgence in the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic due to variants and mutations of the virus; the pace of recovery when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides; disruptions in the Company's ability to access the capital markets; and other factors that are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year end December 31, 2021, which the Company filed on March 14, 2022. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to publicly release the result of any revisions which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

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Cambridge Bancorp
Michael F. Carotenuto
Chief Financial Officer
617-520-5520

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