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May 10, 2018

Give Local Piedmont raises $880,664 for nonprofits

Fresta Valley Christian School near Marshall led the May 1 Give Local Piedmont donations with $44,840 from 100 gifts. The private school will use the funds for their new gymnasium. The Fauquier Free Clinic had the most gifts: 222 totaling $37,063.
The Give Local Piedmont campaign — last Tuesday’s fundraising blitz for nonprofit organizations in the region — collected $880,664 from 5,509 gifts in its fifth year.

Donors made contributions to 160 charities in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties during the 24-hour event on May 1.

The event, organized by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, raised $114,923 more than it did last year — a 15 percent increase.

Conducted primarily online, Give Local Piedmont last year raised $765,741 from 4,629 gifts.

“County donations and support exhibited through this one-day campaign are nothing short of amazing,” said Executive Director Jane Bowling-Wilson. “Our nonprofits accomplish wonderful things, often with limited budgets and staff. These compassionate, committed people do incredible work done for others, creating opportunities and possibilities where none existed.”

In the event’s first four years, the foundation raised about $2.7 million for charities.

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

• $44,840 — Fresta Valley Christian School near Marshall from 100 gifts.

• $37,063 — Fauquier Free Clinic in Warrenton from 222 gifts.

• $34,120 — Wakefield Country Day School in Rappahannock County
from 73 gifts.

• $33,523 — Kid Pan Alley from 142 gifts.

• $28,604 — Fauquier SPCA near Casanova from 138 gifts.

• $26,730 — Highland School in Warrenton from 173 gifts.

• $24,299 — Front Royal Christian School from 87 gifts.

• $23,700 — Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier from 73 gifts.

• $23,102 — Belle Meade Montessori School in Rappahannock County from 63 gifts.

• $19,716 — Mental Health Association of Fauquier from 132 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 — Rappahannock Animal Welfare League.

• Third prize, $1,000 — Mental Health Association of Fauquier.

Participating nonprofits will receive their donations at the annual NPCF Give Local Piedmont receptions in June.

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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