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Nonprofits flocking to Community Give

The deadline is fast approaching for nonprofit groups in the Fredericksburg area to sign up to participate in the 24-hour online Community Give event.

Sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, the May 6 event will award $100,000 to participating nonprofits. That money will be split among groups that get the largest amount of donations during the event.

Charities interested in participating must sign up for the event by Friday, April 11.

All nonprofits involved will receive social media and online training from The Community Foundation, so that they can generate excitement and spread the word about the upcoming event.

Hope House, a program that helps homeless mothers and children, is one of the organizations taking part. In order to generate excitement, Hope House is producing a video that will go live before the event.

“We want it to trend, and we want people to be aware that we’re here and what we do,” said Hope House executive director Lisa Crittenden. “We have a lot of fun and are happy about what we do, and we want the video to show that and help people join in.”

So far, 85 organizations have signed up for the Community Give, far surpassing expectations.

“We set a goal of at least 50 organizations signing up for the event, and now we’re past 80,” said Lisa Biever, the director of donor services for the foundation.

It will be the first regional online fundraiser of its kind in the Fredericksburg area.

Some groups participating in the Community Give have experience with online fundraisers. For example, Rappahannock Legal Services has participated in Richmond’s Amazing Raise event for the past two years.

“We’ve seen it work, so we’re just very excited to see it come to Fredericksburg,” said Ann Kloeckner, executive director of Rappahannock Legal Services.

The RLS is a nonprofit that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals in the 17 counties it serves.

“Not only do events like this focus donations, but they strengthen the community and raise awareness about our great local nonprofits,” Kloeckner said.

The event will run from midnight on May 6 to 11:59 p.m. Throughout the day, nonprofits are encouraged to campaign for donations, and can watch an online leader board that will reflect the number of donations.

Throughout the event, prizes will be awarded depending on which group has raised the most money. The nonprofit with the most donations will be awarded $10,000, while second place will win $5,000 and third will receive $2,500. The highest earners in each locality will receive $5,000, and $1,000 will be awarded randomly each hour.

“We want all the prizes,” said Hope House’s Crittenden. “This is a great opportunity and we are definitely ready to compete.”

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