This year’s Amazing Raise, sponsored by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, was bigger and better than ever before! In its fourth year, the event surpassed last year’s gift totals by 13% and dollars raised by nearly 12%.
Through the generosity of individuals in the region, across the nation and around the world, the Amazing Raise generated 20,421 gifts and over $1.74 million for 522 local charities in just 36 hours!
Although the majority of donations came from the Richmond metro region, gifts came in from all 50 states for the first time ever! The Richmond Symphony alone received donations from all states and earned the Nifty 50 Prize worth $1,000. Outside the USA, individuals in 18 different countries gave during the 36-hour event. Out of the 619 participating organizations, 522 received at least one donation and 114 received more than 50.
The Community Foundation, along with several individual and business sponsors, contributed a prize pool of $180,000 to incentivize giving throughout the event. Organizations held early morning coffees, cocktail hours, yoga marathons and even competed for video prizes before the event.
When The Amazing Raise began, alarms rang throughout the region before sunrise as organizations sought to take advantage of the 50/50 Early Bird Challenge starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday. All 15 early bird prizes were determined in just over 10 minutes.
Check out creative ways local nonprofits participated in the Amazing Raise in Richmond and Southside. The week’s festivities also included the 2nd Annual Amazing Raise 5K at the Boulders with 900 participants running and walking on behalf of 200 Amazing Raise charities and more than $18,000 was awarded from 28 prizes ranging from fastest runner to most creative team name.
Here’s a recap of the Grand Prize Winners:
Based on the most donations of $50 or more by unique donors
Large Organizations (Annual revenues $1M+):
1st Place, $15,000: Church Hill Activities and Tutoring: 990 unique gifts, $70,932 raised
2nd Place, $10,000: Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation: 412 unique gifts, $45,492 raised
3rd Place, $7,500: Elijah House Academy: 406 unique gifts, $31,116 raised
Small Organizations (Annual revenues under $1M):
1st Place, $15,000: Blue Sky Fund: 381 unique gifts, $24,051 raised
2nd Place, $10,000: Richmond Center for Christian Study: 329 unique gifts, $20,905 raised
3rd Place, $7,500: Project Yoga Richmond: 267 unique gifts, $22,570 raised
To see all prizes awarded, including $75,000 awarded in the final three hours of the event, check out the Leaderboard.
Congratulations to our community for making this years’ Amazing Raise better than ever!