Website was down; giving is up

Give Local Piedmont brings more than $850,000 to 152 charitable groups in the region

Residents in the Northern Piedmont of Virginia showed a special sense of community during the third annual Give Local Piedmont event, which surpassed the two previous years’ individual donation totals as well as number of donations.

In all, the May 3 event — which was extended to May 4 late in the day, due to technical problems that thwarted all attempts at online donations — raised well over $850,000, including a $100,000 bonus pool from the PATH Foundation (formerly the Fauquier Health Foundation) and $30,000 in prizes from generous sponsors.

Last year, the Give Local Piedmont effort raised about $727,000.

Nearly three-quarters of the 152 participating charities received 10 or more donations, and a dozen brought in between 100 and 413 donations, ranging from the minimum of $10 to as high as $31,000.

“When the website issues began and then persisted, people in the community banded together to find different ways to donate,” said Jane Bowling-Wilson, executive director of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, sponsors of the annual Give Local Piedmont event. “It was exciting that people were determined to give. And when Give Local Piedmont was extended, nonprofits made sure their donors found out. They continued to give, right up until the very last minute. The core of our communities grew stronger as people continued to give despite obstacles, and they did so with good will and patience in the face of technology breakdown. Our sponsors and donors are all fine people who showed extraordinary patience and perseverance. They really rose above the situation.”

The top 10 recipients, including four private schools (two of those in Rappahannock County), were: Fresta Valley Christian School, $111,567; Highland School, $97,968, Fauquier Free Clinic, $43,920; Wakefield Country Day School, $34,075; Kid Pan Alley, $26,467; Piedmont Environmental Council, $22,150; Shenandoah National Park Trust, $11,470; Belle Meade School, $10,605; Foothills Forum, $9,825; Hospice of the Piedmont, $9,765.

Other than those in the top 10, the Rappahannock-based organizations raising more than $1,000 during Give Local Piedmont 2016 were: RappCats, $9,010; Rappahannock Food Pantry, $8,625; Headwaters Foundation, $7,075; RAWL, $6,810; For the Cats’ Sake, $4,825; Child Care & Learning Center, $3,725; RLEP, $3,645; Rappahannock Historical Society, $2,970; Rapp at Home, $2,900; Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad, $2,660; RAAC, $2,135; Friends of the Rappahannock County Library, $1,910; Hearthstone School,$1,835; RappFLOW, $1,380; RCHS Band Boosters, $1,255; Mountain Laurel Montessori School, $1,050.

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