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The Community Give

Our community gave! Exciting results of The Community Give


FREDERICKSBURG, VA (May 7, 2014) Months of training and preparation led to a 24 hour marathon of giving yesterday for local nonprofits from donors across the region. Throughout the day, 4,877 gifts were received and $ 544,481 was raised, inclusive of cash prizes. All donations received through will provide unrestricted support to the 115 participating nonprofits.

The Community Foundation, in partnership with several individual donors and business sponsors, provided $100,000 to support 33 grant prizes. Competition proved strong as soon as The Community Give began at 12 am Tuesday. During the initial hour, organizations competed to claim the four Robert Cullen O'Neill “Midnight Shift” prizes of $2,500 each. Honeywell Charitable Fund $1,000 "Golden Tickets" were awarded each hour. Perhaps the most exciting part of The Community Give occurred between 9 pm and midnight when nonprofits aimed for the Union First Market Bank “Home Stretch” prizes - four awards at $2,500 each and the “Grand Prizes” of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 based on total dollars raised. Contest results and prize winners are available at

"So much depends upon people working together on behalf of our community. It makes sense that local nonprofits significantly benefit from the awareness and online giving tools that large national nonprofits enjoy.  We created The Community Give to increase and expand charitable giving in our region and we could not be more pleased with the results,” said Community Foundation Board President John McManus.

He added, “We are grateful to the nonprofits who mobilized social media and grassroots communications to make this event a great success and to the many, many individuals who supported them by clicking and giving online. Each of the 115 participating nonprofits received multiple donations and many were awarded grant prizes. We are grateful for our event sponsors.”

The sponsors include:

Based on the total amount raised during the event, “Grand Prizes” were awarded to the following organizations:

1st Place - $10,000:   Empowerhouse, 324 gifts, $80,068 raised

2nd Place - $5,000:    SERVE. 49 total gifts, $29,908 raised 

3rd Place - $2,500:   Rappahannock Area YMCA, 348 total gifts, $24,541 raised.

For more information on The Community Foundation’s grants and scholarships, as well as how the foundation can assist donors in creating charitable funds, call 540.373.9292 or visit


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