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May 3, 2017

Give Local Piedmont raises $765,741 for nonprofits

Photo/Highland School via Facebook
The banner may have helped, as Highland School led Tuesday’s Give Local Piedmont donations with $79,378 from 203 gifts. The Fauquier Free Clinic had the most gifts: 290 totaling $49,360.
Part of the mess last year benefited the organization, because of the day-and-a-half (of giving) and the donors became very persistent.
— Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Executive Director Jane Bowling-Wilson
The Give Local Piedmont campaign — Tuesday’s fundraising blitz for nonprofit organizations in the region — collected $765,741 from 4,629 gifts in its fourth year.

Donors made contributions to 151 charities in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties during the 24-hour event on May 2.

But, the event raised about $118,000 less than it did last year.

Conducted primarily online, Give Piedmont Local last year raised $883,320 from 5,415 donations.

“A donor who donated a lot of money last year didn’t donate this year,” Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Executive Director Jane Bowling-Wilson said. “And sometimes it only takes one to make that difference.

“There was a little less visibility for the campaign” because the organization decided not to put yard signs along roadways, Ms. Bowling-Wilson added.

She thinks last year’s total also got a boost from its extended deadline after the campaign’s website crashed.

“Part of the mess last year benefited the organization, because of the day-and-a-half (of giving) and the donors became very persistent,” Ms. Bowling-Wilson said.

However, she remains optimistic about this year’s results.

“When you cross the half-million-dollar mark, it’s really good,” Ms. Bowling-Wilson said.

In the event’s first three years, the Culpeper-based foundation raised just more than $2 million for charities.

Private schools again did well, with four ranking among the top 10 fundraisers:

• $79,378 — Highland School in Warrenton from 203 gifts.

• $49,360 — Fauquier Free Clinic in Warrenton from 290 gifts.

• $46,116 — Fresta Valley Christian School near Marshall from 86 gifts.

• $34, 321 — Kid Pan Alley in Washington, Va., from 119 gifts.

• $20,738 — Wakefield Country Day School in Rappahannock County from 66 gifts.

• $20,543 — Finley’s Green Leap Forward Fund from 100 donors.

• $20,442 — The Piedmont Environmental Council from 62 gifts.

• $18,797 — Front Royal Christian School from 76 gifts.

• $17,294 — Fauquier SPCA from 142 gifts.

• $13,129 — The Shenandoah National Park Trust from 74 gifts.

The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation again provided a $100,000 bonus pool, shared proportionately among all nonprofits according to their donation totals.

Sponsors also provided $30,000 in cash prizes.

Grand prize recipients for large nonprofits (those with budgets of more than $250,000):

• First prize, $2,500 — Fauquier Free Clinic.

• Second prize, $1,500 — Highland School.

• Third prize, $1,000 — Fauquier SPCA.

Grand prize recipients for small nonprofits (with budgets of less than $250,000):

• First prize, $2,500 — Kid Pan Alley.

• Second prize, $1,500 — Mental Health Association of Fauquier.

• Third prize, $1,000 — RappCats.

Established in 2000, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation works to build philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the quality of life in the region and to strengthen its nonprofit organizations.

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