Last week, the Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia’s annual 36-hour “Amazing Raise” generated over $1.2 million in donations for local organizations. Over 15,000 online donations to four hundred local organizations during the event helped to raise that impressive figure, and in addition many foundations and private donors awarded challenge grants to charities who met specific goals. Many Accredited Businesses contributed to the event through generous donations and grants as well.
Sixty local BBB Accredited Charities and Seal Holders participated, accounting for over $153,000 of the total raised, and 2,586 out of those 15,000 donations. The twelve Seal Holders participating took in over $74,000; almost half of the amount of donations received by the BBB Accredited Charities and Seal Holders participating. The Community Foundation also awarded bonus prizes throughout the event; nine BBB Accredited Charities and Seal Holders were awarded 13 of those, totaling $18,000. The Better Business Bureau Foundation of Virginia participated in the Amazing Raise for the first time this year, requesting donations for our Senior Fraud Program. BBB Foundation helps support our office’s educational and outreach programs, including Senior Fraud, Military Line, and our Charity Information Service.
BBB would like to congratulate all of the local organizations who benefitted from this truly “Amazing” event. The truly impressive totals raised by BBB Accredited Charities and Seal Holders are a testament to the high standards they maintain and their leadership in our non-profit community.