The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) held its largest yet GiveBigNRV Giving Day on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, to help over 100 nonprofits across the New River Valley (NRV) raise money and draw attention to the important work they do for the region. The event exceeded its $300,000 fundraising goal, bringing in $327,581 from over 2,500 gifts. In the six years of the program to date, GiveBigNRV has raised over $1,000,000 for nonprofits across the region.
CFNRV is also pleased to announce the award of $11,000 in incentive grants, which encourage active participation during the Giving Day. Twelve organizations will receive these awards for outstanding promotion of the event, the largest number of unique donors by county, 100% board participation in giving, and more. These incentive grants were made possible with generous support from business sponsors, including the 2019 Platinum Sponsor, Plott & French Financial Advisors. Chris French, a Chartered Financial Analyst with the firm, sees GiveBigNRV as an important opportunity to invest in the community. French said, “We are thrilled to see the Community Foundation exceed their fundraising goal and to see so many in our community come out to support the GiveBigNRV initiative. As a local business, Plott & French Financial Advisors was happy to do our part in sponsoring the Incentive Grants so that these worthwhile organizations receive the funds they need to continue the vital work they do in our community.”
Kim Snider, Outreach and Development Manager of Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley, shared that winning the Giving Day Video Grant was crucial to meeting their fundraising goals. Snider said, “This year we had the assistance of a very enthusiastic graduate student, Morgan Dean, who was determined that the NRV Habitat was going to have an aggressive and successful GiveBig campaign in 2019. Included in this plan for success was winning the Giving Day Video Grant. Our goal was $10,000 dollars in donations. We raised over $9,000 on Give Big and, now, with the Video award, we have surpassed our goal…We are very happy with the outcome. We feel like Give Big Day was an opportunity to engage community members who are unfamiliar with our mission and make new friends.”
Linda Jilk, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley, found that the comprehensive support provide by CFNRV made a difference in their Giving Day success. Jilk said, “We are so very grateful to the Community Foundation of the NRV for initiating this community day of giving and for implementing so many effective strategies – from non-profit assistance, guidance, problem-solving and enthusiastic support to GiveBigNRV marketing and incentive prizes – that were a catalyst to our fundraising success. We are a small non-profit that can have a big impact thanks to the funds raised through GiveBigNRV!”
Community members can learn more about the event and continue to make donations to their favorite nonprofit organizations through the platform year round at https://cfnrv.givebig.org/c/NRV. Media are invited to attend the check ceremonies for the Most Money Raised: Large Organization and Most Money Raised: Small Organization incentive grants. The Large Organization ceremony will take place at 11:00am on May 16 at the Floyd Center for the Arts. The presentation will be made by Carter Bank & Trust, the Gold Sponsor for GiveBigNRV. The Small Organization ceremony will take place at 3:00pm on May 13 at the German Club. The presentation will be made by Plott & French Financial Advisors, the Platinum Sponsor for GiveBigNRV.