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Over 100 charities join The Community Give


FREDERICKSBURG, VA (April 15, 2014) Local residents will have plenty of choices when they choose which charities to support in The Community Give on Tues., May 6. A whopping 114 nonprofits have registered to participate in the region's first 24-hour multi-charity online fundraiser.

"We were hoping to recruit 50 nonprofits since this is the first year and it's a new concept in fundraising for the Fredericksburg region," said Lisa Biever, Director of Donor Services

"We're thrilled that so many nonprofits are excited about this event. We know that the keys to success for a community-wide giving day are engaged nonprofits and widespread awareness in the community. Doubling our goal for participating nonprofits just increases our expectations for a big impact in May," Biever said.

In March, as nonprofit leaders were preparing for the event, Andie McConnell, Director of the Fairy Godmother Project said, "the workshops are really valuable and I look forward to them weekly! I think this is a real gift to us as nonprofits because it is information that goes beyond May 6." Fairy Godmother Project is a nonprofit that strives to ease the burden of everyday life for local families who have a child in treatment for a form of pediatric cancer.

There is no charge for local nonprofits to participate in The Community Give. Based on the positive experience of other community foundations with similar events across the country, The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, anticipates that participating charities will raise thousands of dollars on May 6 during the online fundraiser which begins at midnight and ends at 11:59 p.m. All donations must be made online at

Gifts will be maximized through cash prizes to participating nonprofits. Every participating area nonprofit will be eligible for incentive prizes totalling $100,000 from The Community Foundation and its sponsors. Examples of the incentive prizes include: A $10,000 grand prize to the nonprofit with the highest amount of giving overall. Five "No Place Like Home" prizes of $5,000 to the nonprofit with the highest number of unique donors from Caroline, Fredericksburg, Stafford, etc. Also, $1,000 each hour will be awarded at random to participating nonprofits!

Supporting sponsors of The Community Give's prize pool include: the Honeywell Charitable Fund, the Community Enrichment Fund, the Robert Cullen O'Neill Memorial Fund, the Sullivan Family Legacy Fund, as well as Sharon and John Fick, and Sandy and Bruce Davis. Corporate sponsors include: Union First Market Bank, Star Radio Group and the Free Lance-Star, Wack General Contractor, Dynovis and Reacht.

Similar one-day events have been held in Richmond, Charlottesville, Warrenton, Newport News and other cities across the country. Richmond's 2013 Amazing Raise resulted in 18,107 gifts and $1.5 million dollars, inclusive of incentive prizes, which was a 25 percent increase over the prior year.

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

"Over 100 area nonprofits have signed up for this single day of giving – we are truly astounded at their ingenuity and passion to engage our community in service to each worthy mission," said Teri McNally, Executive Director of The Community Foundation. "We can't wait to see which nonprofits resonate most with the generous people in our communities. "What's your passion?".


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2014 Participating Nonprofit Organizations


When The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region set its plans for the inaugural "The Community Give," it hoped to recruit at least 50 nonprofit organizations to participate, since this is the first year for the community-wide 24-hour online fundraiser.
By the time the application period had ended on April 11, the total number of participating charities had risen to 114—more than double the original projection.
They are listed below.

1. Aikido in Fredericksburg
2. Alzheimer's Association
3. Artful Dimensions Gallery
4. Autism Society of Northern Virginia
5. Blue Star Mothers - Fredericksburg
6. Bluemont Concert Series
7. Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council
8. Brain Injury Association – Westwood Clubhouse
9. Caroline County Little League
10. Caroline Library
11. Caroline's Promise
12. Catholic Charities Family Services - Fredericksburg
13. Central Rappahannock Heritage Center
14. Central Virginia Public Access Television
15. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
16. Central Virginia Housing Coalition
17. Conway Elementary PTA
18. Courtland Band Parents' Association
19. CYT Fredericksburg
20. Dahlgren Heritage Foundation
21. disAbility Resource Center
22. Downtown Greens
23. Empowerhouse - Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence
24. Fairy Godmother Project
25. Fredericksburg Academy
26. Fredericksburg All Ages
27. Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
28. Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services
29. Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center
30. Fredericksburg Area Trails Management & User Group
31. Fredericksburg Center of the Creative Arts
32. Fredericksburg Community Concert Band
33. Fredericksburg Counseling Services Free Mental Health Clinic
34. Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts
35. Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center
36. Fredericksburg Sister City Association
37. FredX Change
38. Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT)
39. Friends of the Rappahannock
40. Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
41. Germanna Community College Educational Foundation
42. Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation
43. Grace Preparatory School
44. Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity
45. Hartwood Elementary PTA
46. Hazel Hill Healthcare Project
47. Healthy Families Rappahannock Area
48. Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.
49. Holy Cross Academy
50. Hope House
51. Hospice Support Care - MWHC Bereavement
52. King George Animal Rescue League
53. Kiwanis of Fredericksburg
54. Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg, Virginia
55. Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
56. Love Thy Neighbor ~ Community Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen
57. LUCHA Ministries
58. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia
59. Maranatha Music Ministries
60. Mary's Shelter
61. Meadowview Biological Research Station
62. Mental Health America of Fredericksburg
63. Micah Ecumenical Ministries
64. Open Hand of Fredericksburg
65. Partnership for Academic Excellence
66. Project Discovery Fredericksburg (Quin Rivers)
67. Rappahannock Adult Activities
68. Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging
69. Rappahannock Area Community Services Board
70. Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block
71. Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters
72. Rappahannock CASA
73. Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
74. Rappahannock Legal Services
75. Rappahannock POPS Orchestra
76. Rappahannock Youth Orchestra
77. RCASA - Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault
78. Recovery in Motion
79. Rikki's Refuge
80. Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts
81. Ronald McDonald House
82. S.E.R.V.E.
83. Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center
84. Saint Seton's Orphaned Animals
85. Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area
86. Spanish Information Network
87. SPCA of Fredericksburg
88. Special Olympics Virginia
89. Spotsylvania Crime Prevention Council
90. Spotsylvania Ducks Youth Football Association
91. Spotsylvania Education Foundation
92. St Michael the Archangel High School
93. St. Vincent DePaul
94. Stafford Academy
95. Stafford County Hartwood Days Festival
96. Stafford Hope Center
97. Stafford Junction
98. Stafford Regional Choral Society
99. Stage Door Productions
100. Sunshine Ballpark Foundation The Farmers
101. The Childcare Network
102. The Doctor Yum Project
103. The Farmers
104. The Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative
105. The George Washington Foundation
106. The Salvation Army
107. Thrive: the healing center
108. Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter
109. Tree Fredericksburg
110. United Methodist Family Services
111. Virginia Organizing
112. Visualize & Rize Foundation
113. Washington Heritage Museums
114. YMCA - Rappahannock Area YMCA

As of 4/15/14




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