Letter: Awe and gratitude for the inaugural Give Local Piedmont 

I have a new sense of what “community” means, thanks to the overwhelming generosity — which surpassed my wildest dreams — witnessed on May 6 during Give Local Piedmont. The second half of that word is “unity” — and residents of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock were most definitely unified in how they came together to support this inaugural online day of giving. My heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of the individuals who gave 3,369 unique gifts.

This event never would have gotten off the ground without the help of so many individuals and organizations. So I extend my gratitude as well to the Nancy and Michael Baudhuin Foundation, the Cole Foundation, the William and Mary Greve Foundation, the Hampton Foundation and Union First Market Bank for the financial support that made launching the event possible.

Promoting a first-time event is an enormous challenge, but thanks to K Art & Design, Discovery Publications, Mark My Words, McKinsey Development, Piedmont Virginian, Piedmont United Way, State Theatre of Culpeper and Xpress Copy & Graphics, we spread the word in a short amount of time.

I can’t thank the Fauquier Health Foundation enough. They stepped up with a $100,000 matching grant, which sparked a jolt of excitement in participating nonprofits and donors alike. This extraordinary contribution raised the total amount to over $675,000.

And of course, there were so many individuals who volunteered their time and talent to the cause. Many thanks go out to project manager Tanya Paull, Andrea Flynn, Brandi Day, Donna Dejamette, Hal Hunter, members of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation (NPCF) board of directors and so many others who made Give Local Piedmont an amazing success!

I will shout my thanks from a mountaintop! The Piedmont community is simply amazing. I sincerely thank you all again, and look forward to continued collaboration.

Cole Johnson
Executive Director, NPCF

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