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All area nonprofits invited to participate in
region's 2nd online day of giving

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FREDERICKSBURG, VA (Feb. 6, 2015) All nonprofit organizations are invited to participate in The Community Foundation's 2015 Community Give event on Tues., May 5. During this 24-hour online event, thousands of people will donate hundreds of thousands of dollars—the most raised in a single day—to support issues and charities they are passionate about. Every participating nonprofit will be eligible for part of the $100,000 incentive prize pool from The Community Foundation and its sponsors.

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.

"Any nonprofit in the region is eligible to participate, from PTO's to 501 c 3 charities. Last year it was inspiring to witness our whole community coming together to support their favorite nonprofits," said foundation Director of Donor Services, Lisa Biever.

"The Community Give is great because the overhead is so low - the maximum amount of every dollar raised goes directly to local nonprofit organizations and keeps our community thriving," Biever said. "The bonus contests throughout the day make it even more exciting! Random drawings and cash prizes mean that participating nonprofits can raise even more money to support their missions."

Participating nonprofits can earn cash prizes in addition to the donations given online by individual donors. Examples of the incentive prizes include: A $10,000 grand prizes to the nonprofit that raises the most money and another $10,000 grand prize for the nonprofit with the most donations. Each hour for 24 hours, $1,000 will be awarded at random to participating nonprofits -- this year two nonprofits will win $500 each hour.

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

The deadline for nonprofits to sign up for The Community Give is April 10. Interested organizations are urged to register early to get the most benefit from free training and tools offered by The Community Foundation in partnership with Germanna's Center for Workforce Development and the Virginia Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

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

Similar one-day events are held in Richmond, Warrenton, Culpeper, Newport News and other cities across the country.

"Whatever your passion: literacy, hunger, children and families, animal welfare, education...this is your time to make your mark," said Teri McNally, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.

The May 5th event will be held from 12 a.m. until midnight. All donations must be made online at Nonprofits can also register at the same website or call The Community Foundation at 540-373-9292.


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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.