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April 13, 2021 · OPINION

Give Local Piedmont prepares 9th annual effort

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Give Local Piedmont, which will take place May 4, has generated $5.8 million in donations to regional nonprofit organizations over its first eight years.
By Jane Bowling-Wilson
and Rick Lessard

Northern Piedmont Community Foundation

One thing this past year has illustrated is the good that can be accomplished if we work together.

As a community foundation serving our northern Piedmont region including Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock, our goal is to strengthen our community resources through philanthropy. We manage 120 funds that support our region’s most vulnerable by, annually, granting over $2.1 million back into the community through competitive grants, donor grants and scholarships.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation works with other foundations, civic organizations, businesses, individuals, churches and local governments to understand need and resources in each county.

On the second Tuesday of May every year for the past eight years, NPCF sponsors Give Local Piedmont, a one-day, online fundraising campaign established to highlight the tremendous work our nonprofit organizations accomplish.

This event supports them in raising awareness and funds for their organizations. This one-day of giving is remarkably beneficial in encouraging new donors, youth donors and in enhancing the donations of the day with a cash bonus provided by the PATH Foundation, that is distributed to each and every 501(c)(3) organization participating. We also spend months raising money from local businesses and individuals and our own fund holders to offer prize money that may be earned throughout this one day of giving.

In the past seven years, our communities have supported the Give Local Piedmont Campaign with $5.8 million in donations. We thank each and every donor for this success.

Although many in our communities view the pandemic as an inconvenience, for others, COVID meant being laid off, delaying medical care, risking eviction or loss of a home and not having the resources for food or child care. Our nonprofits are there to assist. Nonprofits support the underserved and most vulnerable in our community.

We can help our nonprofit organizations continue their good work by supporting them with our donations on Tuesday, May 4, and we thank you in advance for your generosity if you are able to give. Donations start at $10, and there are some very clever prizes this year that make the event even more exciting.

Please, go to givelocalpiedmont.org and schedule your donation starting on April 20 or join us May 4 from midnight to 11:59 p.m. for this spectacular day of community resilience.

Please, continue to stay healthy and safe.

Ms. Bowling-Wilson serves as the Warrenton-based foundation’s executive director, and Mr. Lessard chairs its board.
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