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Amazing Raise Spotlight 2015


The Amazing Raise 2015 is right around the corner, and many local nonprofits are gearing up for the big 36-hour online giving challenge from Wednesday September 16th at 6am until Thursday September 17th at 6pm.

The Amazing Raise, hosted by The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia (TCF) is designed to inspire and expand philanthropy in our region. In its 5th year, over 600 nonprofits will participate and the overall goal is to raise $2 million!

Not only are nonprofits raising funds online, but they’re also competing for several grant prizes, including an online video challenge (more on this soon!) and competing in the Amazing Raise 5K, held on September 10th!

With a multitude of campaigns underway, we wanted to spotlight some unique activities happening in our community!


The Valentine

This year, The Valentine’s Amazing Raise campaign “Bill, Bikes, Bagels, and Bourbon” will combine the fun of the online giving event with their exhibition In Gear: Richmond CyclesThis exhibition is a uniquely-Valentine take on the history of cycling in Richmond from the 19th century to the present day. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in September.

According to the Campaign, here are prizes to be awarded during the Amazing Raise if someone gives to The Valentine:

  • Donate $50 to win a gallery talk with the Valentine’s director Bill Martin and curator David Voelkel
  • Donate $100 to win a tour of In Gear with the Valentine’s director Bill after a bagel breakfast
  • Donate $150 to win the above and a happy hour with Bill
  • Donate $250 to win all of the above
  • Donate $500 for the GRAND PRIZE Day + Event to be decided by the Valentine’s director Bill Martin

Happy Hours Galore!

Many nonprofits are using the Amazing Raise as an opportunity to bring supporters together to rally around their cause, and having a happy hour seems to be a popular choice (and, yes there is a “Happy Hour” prize this year).  Not only are happy hours trending, but also the use of a nonprofit’s Young Professional Council to help catapult their message.

United Methodist Family Services

UMFS Amazing Raise Halftime Show

UMFS wanted to give supporters an opportunity to get together in person both to celebrate progress thus far and to motivate others to give during their “Halftime” event – happening at Hardywood Brewery right in the middle of The Amazing Raise.

They will have laptops and will be projecting donations and their Twitter feed in real time during the event. The ‘star’ of their Amazing Raise “Go Viral” video will be a guest speaker to share her story about how UMFS has impacted her life. As an incentive for people to give, they’re offering raffle prizes such as a trip to Myrtle Beach, 2 rounds of golf, and RVA “Staycation” prizes like one night at the Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown, Segway tours, and more.

Development Manager, Katie Moore said, “Our YP Council is 100% responsible for planning this Amazing Raise event – they secured the raffle prizes, chose Hardywood as the location, coordinated the speaker, and are promoting and inviting their friends and family to attend.”

Other nonprofits celebrating with Happy Hours include Family Lifeline, hosted by their YP Council FLYP and Virginia Supportive Housing, hosted by their Junior Board and Better Housing Coalition’s Discover RVA Event at Ardent Craft Ales.


Is your nonprofit doing something exciting during The Amazing Raise 2015?  If so, sign in and comment! Stay tuned for more reports from the big event this year!

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