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 director 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 to our counties, and how they are moving forward.”
And Give Local Piedmont is a wonderful opportunity to build community.
“It’s about the excitement of giving to a cause you feel is important, and it’s a tiny way to say ‘thank you’ to those folks who dedicate themselves to a cause that is larger than words,” Bowling-Wilson says. “Life should be about making a difference, contributing, and having an impact. Many of the nonprofits participating in Give Local Piedmont have the ultimate impact of helping people turn their lives around.”
On May 3, all eyes will be on the Leaderboard at www.givelocalpiedmont.org, which will post donation totals in real time throughout the day, beginning at midnight. Pledge to be part of this historic day that will benefit our incredible nonprofits, and by extension our community as a whole.
Established in 2000, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is a public charity that builds philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the quality of life in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, and Rappahannock Counties and to strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations.
Who can I help on May 3?
You can see the full list of nonprofits at their website. Here are a few representing Culpeper’s nonprofits:
Blue Ridge Chorale of Culpeper
Bluemont Concert Series
Culpeper Air Fest
Culpeper Christian School
Culpeper Community Resource Center
Culpeper Baptist Child Development Center
Culpeper Recreation Foundation
Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.
Culpeper Literacy Center
Culpeper Young Life
Free Clinic of Culpeper
Friends of Culpeper Library
Girls on the Run Piedmont
George Washington Carver Agricultural Resource Center
Habitat for Humanity of Culpeper
Hospice of the Piedmont
Humane Society of Culpeper
Little Fork Fire and Rescue
Mountain Run Disc Club
Museum of Culpeper History
Piedmont Environmental Council
SAFE (Services to Abused Families)
Verdun Adventure Bound
WPRZ-FM Praise Radio