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The Alleghany Foundation Announces Prizes for 'Give Local Alleghany Highlands' Event

Covington, VA (April 28, 2021) - Thirty-two thousand dollars ($32,000) in awards and incentives will be given to nonprofits this June in the area’s first community giving day. The Alleghany Foundation has announced the prize structure for Give Local Alleghany Highlands, an online 24-hour fundraising event taking place on June 15th. This fundraiser will give all participating nonprofits an online platform to receive donations from local philanthropists and community members. Donations can be made by going to givelocalah.org, and selecting a participating nonprofit on June 15th. Sponsored in collaboration with the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, this event is open to nonprofit organizations with programs that serve the residents of Alleghany County, Covington City, Clifton Forge, and Iron Gate. Nonprofit organizations can register at givelocalah.org between now and May 14th.

“The $32,000 prize pool is being distributed in a way that every nonprofit that participates will get something out of this event,” said Mary Fant Donnan, executive director of The Alleghany Foundation. “Foundation board members want this program to support all nonprofits doing great work in our community, regardless of the organization’s budget size or donor base,” she added.

With that goal in mind, $7,000 of the prize pool will be evenly distributed between all organizations that receive ten or more donations on June 15th, and another $2,600 will be awarded using randomly drawn $200 “Golden Tickets” that will be selected every hour between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM on June 15th. The remaining $22,400 will be awarded through performance-based prizes including power hours and grand prizes for the organizations who raise the most money on June 15th.

“There are many generous donors in our region, and offering these prizes is a way to add support to the gifts they make on Giving Day,” commented Donnan.

Competitive prizes will be split between large organizations and small organizations to ensure that all organizations are competing on a level playing field. There will be three power hours for smaller nonprofits and three for larger nonprofits. One power hour will award $1,000 based on the amount of money raised during the allotted time. The other two power hours will award $1,500 to the organizations that receive the most unique donations during the allotted time. Grand prizes will be awarded to the four large and small organizations that raise the most money throughout June 15th. First place in each group will receive an additional $3,000, second place will receive $2,000, third place will receive $1,200, and fourth place will receive $1,000.

“Like many other businesses across the nation, the YMCA has felt the effects of COVID-19 with reduced membership and early learning revenue while many of our operational costs such as insurance and building expenses have remained fixed,” commented Jennifer Unroe, executive director of the Alleghany Highlands YMCA. “The YMCA looks forward to participating and is grateful to be part of the nonprofit sector that contributes to the well-being of the region.”

For more information on how to participate in Give Local Alleghany Highlands, please visit givelocalah.org, email Daniel Grizzard at danielg@alleghanyfoundation.org, or call The Alleghany Foundation office at (540) 962-0970.

About The Alleghany Foundation: Founded in 1995 following the sale of the Alleghany Regional Hospital, The Alleghany Foundation seeks to be a catalyst for positive change in the Alleghany Highlands. The Foundation aims to focus its capital in a way that leads to a more civically engaged and prosperous community that builds upon its assets to produce opportunities for all residents. The Foundation invites community members to join us in this effort and give local on June 15th.

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