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Culpeper Times • April 14-20, 2016
Give Local Piedmont is May 3
➤ Connecting and cultivating communities
With the third annual Give Local Piedmont event less than a month away, excitement from more than 150 participating nonprofits and community members throughout the four-county area is on the rise. The first two years of Give Local Piedmont were smash hits, raising just shy of $1.4 million collectively for area nonprofits on May 6, 2014, and May 5, 2015, while increasing awareness for these organizations to much higher levels. This year’s event—running from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 3—includes many nonprofits participating for the first time. The PATH Foundation (formerly Fauquier Health Foundation) has stepped up once again, generously providing a $100,000 bonus pool to be shared proportionately with all nonprofits according to their donation totals. An additional $30,000 in cash prizes donated by generous sponsors will be awarded as well. 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. In addition, 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 nonprofit can earn up to two prizes, or a maximum of $5,000 in prize money. Spearheaded by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, Give Local Piedmont is part of the national Give Local America event, sponsored by the Council on Foundations. Each year it is one of many simultaneous fundraising events held nationwide. In 2015, more than 9,000 nonprofits in all 50 states raised $68.5 million through
375,000 gifts. Community Foundation executive director Jane Bowling-Wilson knows firsthand the potential impact such an event can have on a nonprofit. “From the nonprofit side, it is an unbelievable opportunity to generate community awareness about your foundation and what you accomplish,” says Bowling-Wilson who, as the previous executive di-
rector of Headwaters Foundation, led the nonprofit during Give Local Piedmont in 2014 and 2015. “Every nonprofit should be working to create visibility for themselves through multiple channels,” she adds. “It doesn't mean you have to be big or have a large budget, but nonprofits need their volunteers to help increase awareness about who they are, what they contribute ➤ See Give, Page 24
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