Give Local Piedmont, the annual web-based give-a-thon sponsored by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, raised $730,757.48 in 24 hours on Tuesday (May 5) for 137 area nonprofit organizations.
Though the regional community foundation’s leaders had hoped to raise $1 million, the online campaign bested last year’s total by more than $55,000 — and the campaign saw a 50-percent increase in the number of donors, from last year’s 3,369 to 5,084 for 2015.
The top overall recipients (whose donation totals, like the overall tally, include a proportional share of a $100,000 “bonus” pledged by the Fauquier Health Foundation as well as a share of $30,000 in “prizes” distributed throughout the day) were: Warrenton’s Highland School (with $52,058 from 295 donors); the Fauquier Free Clinic, which also operates the Rappahannock Free Clinic (with $39,032 from 231 donors); and Rappahannock County’s Castleton Festival, which garnered $32,335 from just 79 donors.
Other Rappahannock-based charities near the top of the leaderboard at the givelocalpiedmont.org website — where the figures are listed as “unofficial” until auditing is completed in July — included Wakefield Country Day School ($27,310 from 139 donors); Kid Pan Alley ($15,050 from 39 donors); the Foothills Forum ($13,710 from 42 donors); Belle Meade School ($12,520 from 49 donors); the Rappahannock Food Pantry ($10,880 from 79 donors); the Headwaters Foundation ($10,005 from 116 donors); and RappCats ($8,180 from 93 donors).
The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation itself, which serves Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties, took in $11,620 from 35 donors.
A brief glitch in the donation software, apparently lasting about a half hour during the early evening, might have delayed some donations, said NPCF spokeswoman Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire. Bonnaire said if anyone was unable to give, it’s no longer possible to do so during the 24-hour-only online campaign, and that donors should contact the charity directly to give.
The Give Local operation is a nationwide, cloud-based fundraising platform offered by Kimbia, a Texas company that says it has 19,000 clients and can conduct fundraising drives in many locations simultaneously. For about an hour in the middle of the day Tuesday, Griffin-Bonnaire said, the Give Local Piedmont was at the top of the nationwide list tracking the number of active donors in a campaign.
Last year, Give Local Piedmont raised more money than any other community foundation in the state, and did so having the smallest geographic area.