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The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region Newsletter Spring/Summer 2015

A ‘Seamless’ Approach to Giving Back

Foundation News

Mary and Joe Wilson have intentionally simplified their lives in recent years. They sold their business, PermaTreat Pest and Termite Control, established in 1967. They also streamlined their charitable giving by establishing the Mary and Joe Wilson Family Fund at The Community Foundation. “I never gave much thought to our estate planning until I reached my 70th Birthday. Then it dawned on me that I’d better get my affairs in order because I didn’t want to leave a mess for my family,” admits Joe Wilson. “Mary and I feel blessed that we were able to establish a fund with the foundation. We realize how fortunate we’ve been and we’ve always tried to give back to the community,” he said. “Creating the fund was seamless.” Like others who have been charitable throughout their lives, Joe and Mary Wilson receive a lot of requests for donations from nonprofits. Their decision to create the fund has not only has made life easier, but it also makes good financial sense.

“Through the fund we can still get tax benefits while supporting our areas of interest: animal welfare, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Salvation Army,” Joe said. “With the fund in place, we can now thoughtfully consider our charitable grantmaking. The foundation does the due diligence around the programs we support and we meet with them periodically to discuss the best way to influence change in our community through our charitable dollars.”

Click & Give on May 5th

Is your favorite charity on the list? Check which nonprofits are competing on page 7!

The Community Foundation is out to break its own record for raising the most money EVER in a single day for local nonprofits during The Community Give, Tuesday, May 5th.

Supporting sponsors of The Community Give’s $100,000 prize pool include: The Honeywell Charitable Fund and The Community Enrichment Fund at The Community Foundation, Kaeser Compressors, Atlantic Builders, Breeze Eastern, SimVentions, Marstel Day, Union Bank, Access Eye Centers, The Insurance Smith, Stafford Printing, Hagerman Group, Kelly and Fitz Johnson, WFLS, NewsTalk1350, 99.3 The Vibe, and 96.9 The Rock, Germanna Community College Center for Workforce & Community Education and Story Collaborative.

Last year, 115 nonprofits participated in The Community Give. In just one day, 4,877 gifts were received and $544,481 was raised. For 2015, the foundation is setting its sights even higher. “We believe 7,500 donors can be rallied to raise at least $750,000 this year,” said Lisa Biever.

A Passion for Local Nonprofits “My clients who have created funds with The Community Foundation take great comfort in knowing how the Fredericksburg region is served by this organization,” says Ben Maxwell, AAMS®, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Ben has a passion for local nonprofits and has served on several boards. He became acquainted with the work of The Community Foundation while serving as President of the former Hospice Support Care when its board

The Community Give… The Future is Now. The Community Foundation embarked upon the challenging task of hosting The Community Give as a way to inspire and energize our generous community aound causes that matter to us all. Philanthropists rely upon The Community Foundation to match them with strong nonprofits. The future platform-of-choice for charitable giving is online, and the future is now. It is imperative that we help nonprofits flourish in the fast-growing world of online giving. The Community Give, a 24-hour marathon day of online fundraising among thousands of donors and 100-plus charities throughout the region, enables us to equip the participating nonprofits with the tools and techniques they will need to build their online donor bases.


Social media can be intimidating for nonprofits, especially because so many are understaffed. Through The Community Give, we equip the charities with the tools they need and a cause that they and the whole community can rally behind.

The Community Give also builds awareness about what our local nonprofits do. For example, a patron of the arts may be familiar with five local arts-related nonprofits. When that patron goes online to on May 5th, they will find 20 other arts-related nonprofits and it will be easy because all of the participants are listed by category. The Community Give is a big undertaking for our foundation’s board and staff. It would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors who underwrite the incentive prizes throughout the 24-hour period. The Community Foundation receives no financial benefit from sponsoring The Community Give. We do this because our mission calls for the foundation to be a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of the Rappahannock River region. This vitality will be ensured through a flourishing philanthropic community. Chris Repp, The Community Give Chair Board Member, The Community Foundation Kelly Johnson, President The Community Foundation

established the Hospice Support Care Fund at the foundation. “Our interaction with the foundation was tremendously positive.” He joined the foundation board in 2013. “The idea that I can help serve over 400 nonprofits through the foundation is rewarding,“ Ben said.“As a financial advisor, I often talk with my clients about their charitable giving aspirations. My service on the Community Foundation board has given me more insight and knowledge to help them achieve their goals.”

Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence with Online Giving “ We put our heart and soul into The Community Give effort last year and we were blown away by the results. This year we’re building on those efforts.”

Dr. Chris Lillis, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee Empowerhouse, shared some of the nonprofit’s strategies for success last year when they raised over $80,000 in a single day during The Community Give. They also won six of the incentive prizes totaling $23,500 that were held throughout the day.

“Our social media followers have doubled since last year. We’ve seen increased support from our donor base, as well as many new donors,” Chris said. “We always had a strong base in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, and it’s been great to see growth in the other counties.”

The Community Give’s impact upon Empowerhouse’s development extended throughout 2014.

It’s vital that a nonprofit’s board be “100% engaged” in the upcoming event scheduled for May 5th. “We have an amazingly diverse board. They are energetic and willing to beat the bushes to find every possible donor,” Chris said.

The Community Give not only helps local charities raise funds, it also draws attention to their work. “It’s hard for people to see in the course of their day-to-day lives the work of the nonprofits,” Chris said. “The Community Give has focused attention on their work and the impact has been great.”


Grant Awards: Six-Month Retrospective Fund The Caroline County Public Spirit Fund

Grant Amount




Glory Outreach

The Forbush Family Legacy Fund



Washington Heritage Museums

The Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund The Mary Wynn Richmond McDaniel Fund

$ 2,500 $ 3,310 $ 2,500 $ 3,000 $ 3,500 $ 5,000 $ 7,500 $ 5,000 $ 5,000 $ 4,000 $ 5,000 $ 2,500 $ 5,000 $ 2,500 $ 3,450 $ 5,000 $ 4,000 $ 4,000 $ 2,745 $ 7,000 $ 3,500 $ 4,000 $ 3,500 $ 4,000 $ 8,000 $ 4,500 $ 1,000 $ 3,250

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust Ladies Memorial Association Meadowview Biological Research Station Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts Dahlgren Heritage Foundation Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center Washington Heritage Museums Friends of Chatham Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont Catholic Charities - Family Services disAbility Resource Center Downtown Greens, Inc. Empowerhouse Fredericksburg All Ages, Inc. Mental Health America of Fredericksburg Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters Rappahannock CASA, Inc. The Salvation Army of Fredericksburg Stafford Junction, Inc. Sunrise For All, Inc. Hospice Support Care King George Family YMCA United Daughters of the Confederacy Homes for America/Heritage Park Apartments



Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

The Rennie and Richmond McDaniel Family Fund

$ $ $ $ $ $

524 1,049 1,311 1,311 1,573 2,622

Garden Club of Virginia Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters UVA McIntire School of Commerce UVA Athletics Foundation Friends of the Rappahannock Woodberry Forest School Amici Fund


The Robert Cullen O’Neill Memorial $ 10,000 Loisann’s Hope House The Bill and Jan Taczak Family $ 500 Haiti Micah Project Endowment Fund The Women and Girls Fund $ 6,326 Hugh Mercer Elementary School $ 3,674 Stafford Junction, Inc. $ 3,000 Aikido in Fredericksburg $ 5,000 Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center

The Community Foundation receives direct support from many of its fund holders including The Grants for Humanity Fund, The Honeywell Charitable Fund, The David Morgan Fund, The Hansen Family Fund, The O’Neill Family Fund, The Rennie and Richmond McDaniel Family Fund and The Robert Cullen O’Neill Memorial Fund. Thank you for helping sustain our work to enrich the community by promoting local philanthropy! Fund Grant Amount Grantee The Haven Make a Difference Fund $ 4,957 Hugh Mercer Elementary School $ 1,389 Lafayette Upper Middle School $ 4,000 James Monroe High School $ 3,500 Walker-Grant Middle School The Trust for Public Education Fund $ 382 Riverbend High School $ 559 Harrison Road Elementary School The Aune Sturdy Animal Protection Fund $ 6,000 Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic The Hansen Family Fund $ 250 Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department $ 250 Bowling Green Volunteer Rescue Squad $ 250 St. Christopher’s School Foundation The Honeywell Charitable Fund $ 25,000 Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund $ 5,000 S.E.R.V. E., Inc. $ 25,000 Micah Ecumenical Ministries $ 30,000 SJI Historical Museum $ 20,000 Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity $ 50,000 Grants through The Community Give

The David Morgan Fund

$ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 3,500 $ 3,000 $ 3,000 $ 3,500 $ 3,000 $ 4,000 $ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 1,000

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Fredericksburg Counseling Services Friends of the Rappahannock The Fund for William & Mary Loisann’s Hope House Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic Micah Ecumenical Ministries Rappahannock CASA, Inc. Empowerhouse Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter, Inc. University of Maryland College Park The Table-St. George’s Episcopal Church Central Virginia Housing Coalition Continuum of Care-GWRC

The Nicky Seay Charitable Fund

$ $ $

UVa Club of Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center Gari Melchers Home and Studio

1,000 1,000 1,000

The Share Our Selves Fund $ 10,000 Recovery in Motion $ 1,000 Fredericksburg Counseling Services $ 1,000 Empowerhouse $ 1,000 Fredericksburg Area Food Bank $ 3,500 Continuum of Care-GWRC $ 1,000 The Salvation Army of Fredericksburg $ 1,000 Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault The Mary and Joe Wilson Family Fund $ 5,010 Buena Vista City Public Schools Youth in Philanthropy $ 5,000 disAbility Resource Center $ 4,500 Hospice Support Care $ 2,500 Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center


A Fund with Flexibility for the Future Charlotte and Jeff Rouse are clear about the nonprofits and causes they feel passionate about. But they don’t want to define the charitable interests that may appeal to their daughters in the future. That’s why establishing a “general interest fund” makes sense for their family. Isabella (9) and Linnea (8) are designated “successor donor advisors” for the Rouse Fund. “Our goal is for them to have input in our family’s charitable giving in the future,” Jeff said. “As they get older, we want them to be able to contribute to the causes they are passionate about. We trust their judgment.” Establishing The Jeff and Charlotte Rouse Family Endowment Fund confirms the Rouse’s longstanding commitment to the community.

Charlotte already supports the foundation’s Women & Girls Fund, is a member of the Rappahannock Rotary and serves on the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation Board. Jeff, a three-time Olympic

gold medalist, serves on the boards of the YMCA and the Sunshine Ballpark. Charlotte is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Elite and Jeff is a Vice President of Business Banking at Wells Fargo.

Women & Girls Fund Grants $18,000 to Local Causes “Aikido is especially valuable for young people. In addition to teaching them practical techniques for self-defense, they develop self-esteem and conflict resolution skills. When I heard that The Community Foundation’s Women & Girls Fund was awarding grants for worthy projects, I thought that it would be amazing to be able to provide Aikido instruction to at-risk high school girls.” This comment by Aviv Goldsmith, chief instructor at the non-profit Aikido in Fredericksburg martial arts studio, exemplifies the impact that the Women & Girls Fund has had upon the lives of local women and girls. At the 6th Annual Women and Girls Fund Live Ballot and Expo Event, the fund’s contributor members saw presentations and interviewed grant applicants about the potential impact of their program upon local women and girls.


Four local nonprofits were awarded $18,000 in grants at the event. Aikido in Fredericksburg, was awarded $3,000, for their program “Aikido for At-Risk High School Girls.” Eighteen high school girls will learn and practice the Japanese martial art. Aikido is a traditional non-violent, modern martial art that focuses on effective conflict resolution and personal growth. Aikido will match the grant money dollar for dollar so that all expenses are covered. Hugh Mercer Elementary School was awarded $6,326 for their program, “Stemgirls.” The goal is to excite young girls about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on project-based learning programs. We want to inspire young girls and encourage innovation, and foster life skills and capabilities, including selfconfidence, communication and leadership.

Aikido students demonstrate program skills Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center was awarded $5,000 for their mobile outreach. This grant will help Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center reach its clients closer to their homes through five mobile locations. Stafford Junction was awarded $3,674 for their “Life Skills Workshops”. Participants will learn about healthy living, financial literacy and selfdevelopment.

To learn more about the Women and Girls Fund visit

Nonprofits “Competing” in The Community Give A Tail To Be Told Animal Rescue Aikido in Fredericksburg Alzheimer’s Association Animal Awareness & Assistance Aquia’s Table Armed Forces Motorsports Foundation Artful Dimensions Gallery Birthright of Fredericksburg Bluemont Concert Series Brain Injury Services Westwood Clubhouse Breathing Blessings Bully Paws Pit Bull Patriots Caroline Library Central Rappahannock Heritage Center Central VA Public Access Television Central Virginia Battlefields Trust Central Virginia Housing Coalition Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg Compassion Restoration Ministries Country Cats Rescue CYT Fredericksburg disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Empowerhouse - Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence FAILSAFE-ERA Fairy Godmother Project Feed Fred Fellowship of Christian Athletes FredCamp Fredericksburg Academy Fredericksburg All Ages Fredericksburg Area Builders Foundation Fredericksburg Area Food Bank Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services Fredericksburg Area Service League Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association Fredericksburg Area Trails Management and User Group Fredericksburg Center of the Creative Arts Fredericksburg Christian Health Center Fredericksburg Christian School Fredericksburg Community Concert Band Fredericksburg Counseling Service Free Mental Health Clinic Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center Fredericksburg Sister City Association FredWorks FredXchange

Friends of the DRHT Friends of the Rappahannock Germanna Community College Educational Foundation Germanna Foundation Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation Gracie’s Gowns Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity Hazel Hill Healthcare Project Healthy Families Rappahannock Area Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Holy Cross Academy Hope For The Warriors Hospice Support Care MWHC Bereavement James Monroe Museum King George Animal Rescue League King George Education Foundation Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic Loisann’s Hope House Love Thy Neighbor ~ King George Community Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen LUCHA Ministries Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia Manarc, Borne the Battle Maranatha Music Ministries Mary’s Shelter Meadowview Biological Research Station Mental Health America of Fredericksburg Micah Ecumenical Ministries National Institute of Family and Life Advocates National Wildlife Refuge Association Odyssey Montessori Open Hand of Fredericksburg Partnership for Academic Excellence Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia Pinnacle Baseball Rappahannock Adult Activities Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters Rappahannock CASA Rappahannock Choral Society Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Rappahannock Legal Services Rappahannock POPS Orchestra Rappahannock United Way

RCASA - Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault Recovery in Motion Rikki’s Refuge Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Saint Seton’s Orphaned Animals School Dressing Days Interfaith Community Council SERVE Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area SPCA of Fredericksburg Spotsylvania Ducks Youth Football Association Spotsylvania Education Foundation Spotsylvania Lions Club Charities St Michael the Archangel High School St Vincent de Paul, serving the poor for the love of Christ Stafford Area Soccer Association Stafford County Historical Society Stafford Hope Center Stafford Junction Stafford Regional Choral Society Stage Door Productions Strong For Dom Foundation Sunrise For All Sunshine Ballpark Foundation The Childcare Network The Doctor Yum Project The Owen Lea Foundation The Salvation Army The Table at St. George’s Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter Tree Fredericksburg UMW InterVarsity Village Harvest Virginia Organizing Washington Heritage Museums YMCA - Rappahannock Area YMCA


On Tuesday, May 5th…. Pick Your Passion! Click and Give! The Community Give is a 24-hour day of giving on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM. It’s a day when everyone can be part of something BIG by making a donation and showing support for the local nonprofit organizations that make our region great. As a bonus, any donation of $25 or more will put your chosen charity in the running to win cash prizes from generous sponsors - $100,000 in prizes altogether.*

It’s as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Go to 2. Choose the issue or nonprofit organization most important to you. Website search features and nonprofit profiles are available to help you choose. Whatever your passion: literacy, hunger, children and families, animals, education…this is your day for your gift to do the most good! 3. Make a secure online donation in the amount of your choice. Do it as often as you like that day!

Click and GIVE!

You can search for charities by organization name, keyword, cause, city or zip code from any page on the website. After searching, you can learn more about an organization’s mission, programs, financials and more by clicking on the search results or the Learn More link. To be counted as part of this event, all donations must be made via debit card or credit card through the website. New this year. Checks will be accepted between 10 AM and 8 PM on May 5th at: 725 Jackson Street, Fredericksburg Virginia, 22401. *These offline checks will not qualify for all nonprofit prizes. All donations are tax deductible. They will be for the unrestricted use of your chosen nonprofit organization.

For more information, visit


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