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5th Annual Amazing Raise Sets Fundraising Records

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 18, 2015) – After 36 hours of online donations, more than $1.8 million was raised during the 2015 Amazing Raise for Central Virginia nonprofits. The Sept. 16-17 event, organized by The Community Foundation, was designed to expand philanthropy in our region and encourage people to support their favorite organizations.

A total of 21,138 donations were given during the event. Of the 650 participating nonprofits, 553 received donations. These organizations provide services in all areas of community life from animal welfare and arts to human services and health care.

“The Amazing Raise is such a success because of the diversity of both donors and nonprofits who have a passion for our community,” said Sherrie Brach, President & CEO of The Community Foundation. “We’re overwhelmed with the growth and excitement the event generates each year. The Amazing Raise shows that philanthropy is something everyone can participate in.”

The Community Foundation, along with event sponsors, distributed $189,500 in prize money to participating nonprofits. To earn incentive prizes, nonprofits organized morning coffees and cocktail hours, along with launching email and social media campaigns.

For the 2015 event, organizers also created a Youth Tool Kit to highlight the importance of instilling the philanthropic spirit in children at a young age and that everyone has something to give. With support from the Aprahamian Family Fund at The Community Foundation, several youth-serving organizations were able to participate in this meaningful discussion and make donations to one or two nonprofits of their choice.

“Our students reminded us that this event is about much more than counting gifts or dollars raised,” said Lauren Devitt, Development Director at Elk Hill. “As a group, they explored a list of causes to find a mission that spoke to their hearts to support during the Raise. In the end, they voted for the Richmond SPCA because they connected with the ‘true stories of endangered animals left out in the cold’ and loved how the SPCA supported and cared for these animals.”

The Amazing Raise kicked off a week earlier with the Amazing Raise 5K on Sept. 10. More than $19,000 was distributed to nonprofits on behalf of participants.

Grand Prize Winners:

Based on the most donations of $50 or more by unique donors

Large Organizations (Annual revenues $1M+):

TowneBank Grand Prize Winner – CHAT – $15,000
885 unique donations; $62,522

2nd Place – Community Ideas Station (WCVE) – $10,000
405 unique donations; $42,751

3rd Place – Elijah House Academy – $7,500
337 unique donations; $29,860

Small Organizations (Annual revenues under $1M):

TowneBank Grand Prize Winner – Richmond Center for Christian Study – $15,000
491 unique donations, $37,464

2nd Place – Blue Sky Fund – $10,000
474 unique donations; $28,150

3rd Place – Southside SPCA – $7,500
322 unique donations; $23,900

To learn more about local nonprofits or to make a donation to your favorite cause, please visit GiveRichmond

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