The Amazing Raise is off and running, and in only 9+ hours, Richmonders have donated over $223,000! The entire objective of the Amazing Raise is to raise as much money as possible by encouraging online donations of $50 or more during a specified 36 hour period, which began this morning at 6 A.M. The Community Foundation is offering at least $100,000 in matching grants, possibly more. There are also various contests that allow the nonprofits participating to win additional grant money, for things like most donations during a time period, etc.
Everyone has their own charity of choice. Sometimes folks have multiple. I am on the Board of the Byrd Theatre Foundation, so that's the organization I'm giving to. After all, we were just named one of the "Top Ten Places to Watch a Movie in Splendor" in USA Today only five days ago! [As an aside, I'm personally hoping Stephen Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis saw that article and plan to slip into the Byrd incognito sometime real soon].
I hope you will consider giving to the Byrd Theatre Foundation during the Amazing Raise. Here is the link directly to the online donation page for the Byrd Theatre Foundation. Even if the Byrd is not your charity of choice, I hope you will each consider giving a donation of at least $50 to some worthy local nonprofit organization. Each and every one of these groups does great things, often on a shoestring budget. So, I know times are tough. But consider that $50 donation. You'll feel good about yourself for the rest of the day!
Richmond, pat yourself on the back. You are very generous. That's yet another thing for us to be proud of!