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The Community Give draws 8,013 gifts totaling $822,266!

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (May 6, 2015) Nonprofits throughout the Fredericksburg region "upped their game" in the second The Community Give yesterday, garnering almost twice as many donations over last year. The 24 hour giving marathon culminated at 11:59 last night with 8,013 gifts totaling $822,266.

The totals exceeded the goal set by the event's sponsor The Community Foundation of 7,500 donors giving $750,000 to the nonprofits.

The nonprofits drew support from new donors, as well as from faithful givers. There were 2,124 new donors—people who made a gift to a nonprofit they had never before supported. Donations were also sent from donors in almost every state, the Armed Forces overseas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Last year, 4,877 gifts were given and $544,481 was raised. This year's blockbuster totals include the $100,000 in incentive prizes donated by local businesses and individuals, as well as $126,000 in checks that were delivered by donors directly to The Community Foundation throughout the day. All donations received through www.TheCommunityGive.org will provide unrestricted support to the 155 participating nonprofits.

The Rappahannock Area YMCA drew the most donations (501) and Empowerhouse—Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence amassed the highest earnings ($78,026).
Rappahannock Area YMCA brought in the second highest total donations ($52,405) and Micah Ecumenical Ministries came in third ($48,195). For a complete listing of the 72 prize recipients, visit www.TheCommunityGive.org.

Once again, nonprofits were inspired to do their best work to maximize donations to their causes by reaching for various incentive prizes. This year, there were twice as many incentive prize opportunities throughout the 24-hour event. The three Grand Prizes ($10,000 each) went to Fredericksburg Academy (The Community Enrichment Fund Grand Prize), the Rappahannock Area YMCA (Kaeser Compressors Grand Prize) and Empowerhouse (The Community Foundation Grand Prize).

"Imagine the impact of all of this giving," said The Community Give Chair Christine Repp. "Local nonprofits have more than $800,000 in new revenue to fuel their important missions and, importantly, they tell us they will use our training year round!"

Community Foundation Board President Kelly Johnson added, "It's an honor to lead the nonprofit community in such a positive and meaningful effort. Not to mention exciting! We are all fortunate to make this region our home."

The $100,000 incentive prize pool sponsors include:

• The Honeywell Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation
• The Community Enrichment Fund of The Community Foundation
• Kaeser Compressors
• Atlantic Builders
• Breeze-Eastern
• SimVentions
• The Insurance Smith
• Union Bank and Trust
• Access Eye Centers
• Kelly and Fitz Johnson
• Marstel-Day
• Stafford Printing
• The Hagerman Group

In-kind sponsors include:

• The Germanna Community College Center for Workforce & Community Education
• The Story Collaborative
• WFLS
• NewsTalk 1350
• 99.3 The Vibe
• 96.9 The Rock

The Community Foundation does not charge donors or nonprofits to participate. The company processing the online donations charges an industry standard transaction fee.

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

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 www.cfrrr.org.

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