|Photo courtesy of Lauren Garcia|
Gene Steuerle, chair of the ACT for Alexandria board of directors, and John Porter,
ACT for Alexandria executive director, show their support during the Generations
of Giving Gala on May 5 at Episcopal High School.
ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Alexandrians, otherwise known as the most generous online-giving citizens in the country, once again did not disappoint during the Spring2ACTion challenge between May 5 – 7.
Spring2ACTion, an online fundraising initiative of ACT for Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria during the Spring for Alexandria event, exceeded its $100,000 goal by raising $104,156 for Alexandria non profits.
Forty-eight Alexandria-based nonprofit organizations benefitted from this massive grassroots effort through donations from 1,265 community members. Roughly 75 percent of the donations came from Alexandria citizens, with the remainder coming from matching grants.
Alexandrians representing nonprofits and other civic organizations were happy with the Spring2ACTion results.
Marga Fripp, executive director of the nonprofit Empowered Women International, thanked the Spring2ACTion initiative “for making philanthropy accessible to all” and raising funds for their mission of teaching business skills to artistic and creative low-income, immigrant, and refugee women.
“No small donation was too small in this campaign,” said Fripp, whose organization received a $5,000 grant for receiving donations from 150 separate donors throughout the three-day event. The Art League of Alexandria received a $2,500 grant for bringing in donations from 139 donors, and The Center for Alexandria’s Children won a $1, 000 grant for receiving donations from 104 givers.
ACT for Alexandria executive director John Porter thanked the Alexandria community for supported the effort, calling Spring2ACTion an “an exciting opportunity for Alexandria nonprofits.”
Likewise, Tracy Viselli of ACTion Alexandria, added, “It was inspiring to see Alexandrians respond to our challenge to increase local giving with such enthusiasm and generosity. When we all pitch in and work together, it’s amazing what we can accomplish as a community.”
Thomson M. Hirst of the Mason Hirst Foundation in Alexandria agreed, adding, “When everybody helps, everybody benefits.”
Nina Randolph, chair of the Healthy Families Alexandria Resource Development Committee, remarked how the community came together, saying, “We’ve wanted to do an online fundraiser for years and you gave us the opportunity. It brought synergy and excitement to our group. It was tremendous.”