The Community Give 20th Anniversary Celebration

July 1, 2016 Brenda Sapanghila

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The Community Give to 20th Anniversary Celebration


FREDERICKSBURG (June 27, 2016) The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region is sounding the fanfare in advance of a year-long anniversary celebration of generous local donors and the hard-working nonprofit organizations they support. With over $17 million in assets and 125 charitable funds, the foundation is embarking on its 20th year advancing local philanthropy.


The foundation helps the area’s most caring citizens make a charitable impact, benefiting our community now and for generations to come. Examples include 41 scholarship funds for local high school seniors, a Youth in Philanthropy leadership program, and a Women and Girls Fund that involves female philanthropists in grants that benefit area women and girls.


Another notable initiative is The Community Give – a powerful 24-hour online day of giving event that rallies hundreds of nonprofits and thousands of donors and sponsors, ultimately delivering $2.5 million in unrestricted revenue over its first 3 years.


Having achieved several milestones with The Community Give, and with the 20th anniversary highpoint in mind, the foundation’s Board of Governors has chosen to suspend the online giving event during 2017 so that staff can devote the necessary time and resources to make the anniversary observance extraordinary.


The Community Foundation has invested deeply in nonprofit capacity-building over the last three years through training and technical support, so it is anticipated that local nonprofits will be participating in one of the similar available events, such as Giving Tuesday, held nationally.


“We have accomplished the goals we set out to achieve, culminating in the biggest giving day in local history,” said Executive Director Teri McNally, referring to the more than 9,600 gifts totaling more than $1.12 million given during The Community Give on May 3rd.


“We believe our local nonprofit community will continue to inspire giving throughout the region and are confident in their capability to build upon their Community Give donor base using the skills, resources and tools developed over three years of Community Foundation training and technical support,” McNally said. “We look forward to our continuing philanthropic partnerships in the future. We are excited to watch your organizations continue to grow over the coming years.”


The Community Foundation plans to celebrate its anniversary in a variety of ways over the next year. Plans include surprises that recognize and honor local nonprofits while recounting the foundation’s history of serving our region.


The Community Foundation builds and strengthens relationships among local nonprofit organizations, caring citizens and community-minded companies. If donors are looking for an immediate opportunity to put the power of collaborative philanthropy to work, gifts can be made online to The Community Enrichment Fund of The Community Foundation. Like The Community Give, the foundation makes grants to nonprofits using this fund to address our community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.


The foundation invites the community to monitor the website and other news sources for further announcements about how you can join in the 20th Anniversary celebration activities!


About The Community Foundation


The Community Foundation manages and distributes charitable giving in the Rappahannock River region. The goal of The Community Foundation is to promote greater philanthropy by assuming challenges faced by the donor and managing one-time and continual giving in a responsible and knowledgeable manner. The Community Foundation distinguishes itself from other local charities by providing efficient and effective services to build a collection of permanent funds. The foundation and its board members are endlessly dedicated to the community’s enrichment and growth.


The Foundation offers a spectrum of services for individuals, organizations and businesses that are eager to achieve great results with their charitable actions. For more information about participating in our giving programs or establishing a fund at the Foundation, call 540 373-9292.


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