Give Local kickoff slated May 3
BY RHONDA SIMMONS
During the first two years of the Give Local Piedmont campaign, the online fundraising effort garnered nearly $1.4 million collectively.
This year with 150 participating non-profits and community members, fundraising officials hope to do just as well or even better.
The proceeds from the 24-hour online fundraiser are designated for participating charitable organizations in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties.
This year’s event will take place at the State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., in downtown Culpeper on May 3.
Established locally by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation located in Warrenton, Give Local Piedmont is part of the national Give Local America event, which is sponsored by the Council on Foundations. Every year the online campaign is one of many simultaneous fundraising efforts held nationwide. According to organizers, more than 9,000 non-profits in all 50 states raised $68.5 million through 375,000 gifts last year.
NPCF executive director Jane Bowling-Wilson said Give Local Piedmont is a wonderful opportunity to build communities.
“It’s about the excitement of giving to a cause you feel is important, and it’s a tiny way to say ‘thank you’ to those folks who dedicate themselves to a cause that is larger than words,” Bowling-Wilson said. “Life should be about making a difference, contributing, and having an impact. Many of the nonprofits participating in Give Local Piedmont have the ultimate impact of helping people turn their lives around.”
Give Local Piedmont communications director Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire said, “This event has had such an impact on our non-profits, and by extension, our communities these past two years. As Give Local Piedmont continues to grow, we know we can count on people to support this incredible cause.”
For the past two years, The Piedmont Action to Health Foundation, formerly known as Fauquier Health Foundation, matched up to $100,000 each year toward the overall donation total. The group has agreed to do the same during this year’s event, according to Griffin-Bonnaire. Other sponsors also agreed to grant an additional $30,000 in cash prizes.
Griffin-Bonnaire also added that two sets of grand prizes in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,250 will be awarded to the top three nonprofits (with operating budgets totaling less than or more than $250,000, respectively) that receive the highest number of unique donations of $10 or more.
Additionally, one Grow the Grassroots prize of $2,500 will go to the organization with an operating budget of less than $100,000 that receives the largest number of unique donations. Four $1,000 power hour prizes will go to the organizations that raise the most money during specific hours throughout the day while 12 golden ticket prizes ($500 each) will be randomly drawn every other hour beginning at 1 a.m. Each non-profit can earn up to two prizes, or a maximum of $5,000 in prize money, according to Griffin-Bonnaire.
Visit givelocalpiedmont.org throughout the day on May 3 from midnight to midnight to make a donation.
Rhonda Simmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 825-0771 ext. 125.