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.
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.
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
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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