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155 Local Charities Join The Community Give

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (April 14, 2015) Local residents will have plenty of choices when they support local charities during The Community Give on Tues., May 5. An unprecedented 155 nonprofits have registered to participate in the region's second 24-hour multi-charity online giving marathon.

"We were expecting more participants than last year, but a late surge in entries added 40 more nonprofits than last year," said Lisa Biever, Director of Donor Services. "We're thrilled!"

There is no charge for local nonprofits to participate in The Community Give. Last year, 115 nonprofits participated. In just one day, 4,877 gifts were received and $544,481 was raised.

For 2015, the foundation is setting its sights even higher. They believe 7,500 donors can be rallied to raise at least $750,000.

The online fundraiser begins at midnight and ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 5. Donations are made online at

To inspire local giving, The Community Foundation and area sponsors are offering $100,000 in incentive prizes. Every participating area nonprofit is eligible to win. Examples of the incentive prizes include: A $10,000 grand prize to the nonprofit that raises the most money during The Community Give. A $10,000 prize to the nonprofit with the most unique donations. Twelve "Power Hour" prizes to the nonprofits with the most unique donations during selected times. Also, two nonprofits will picked at random to win $500 each hour during the 24-hour period.

All participating nonprofits receive free training and tools from The Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation ensures that all donors will receive an immediate thank you and a receipt for 100% of their donation

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.