Mark your calendar for these big Virginia nonprofit events

If you’re like this writer, you may like to plan ahead for things – in some cases, way ahead. So here at The Phil, we’ve pulled together all the dates and teasers for nonprofit events around the region. Some may be virtual, some in-person and some may be too early to call. Regardless of how the event takes place, mark your calendar so you can attend, volunteer, donate or support these events.

Poe Museum Birthday Bash

January 19-26

All that we see is but a dream within a dream… one of the first events of the year is for one of Richmond’s most famous authors. Learn more.

Visit Prince William’s Black Tie Charity Gala

February 5 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Presented and held at The Winery at La Grange, this $175 ticket gala supports the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program. More details.

Ronald McDonald House’s Virtual Family Sleepover**

February 11-13

The kind of fundraiser we can get behind – one you can attend in your pajamas from your couch! Lots of goodie boxes are available for a fun evening at home. More here.

1708 Gallery’s Cabin Fever

Begins February 13

The nonprofit gallery hosts an annual art auction event featuring a wide range of local artists who complete works in a variety of mediums. Keep an eye on details here.

Family Lifeline’s Choco*


In the past, Choco has been THE fundraising event for sampling chocolates and sweets, while supporting a great organization. Last year, things were virtual. Stay tuned for this year’s event.

Virginia Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference

February 24-26

With a theme of resiliencEE & reinvention, this annual conference focuses on environmental education. If you’re an educator or are in a related field, check it out.

Keep Virginia Beautiful’s Shiver in the River

February 26

Right now, no details are firm except for the date. But one thing can be promised: you will hop into the James and your hiney will get cold. More here.

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 4th Annual GolfAid Fundraising

March 3 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Most golf fundraisers are tournament style, but this one is held at TopGolf and involves food and drinks. Fun time for a good cause. Register here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake*

March 4, 11 and April 22, 29

Details are still firming up, but this event has multiple dates and locations to participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ fundraising event during its milestone 60th anniversary year. Register here.

CA Human Services’ Annual Autism Conference

March 9-10

Celebrating the conference’s 20th year, this year’s conference will be in a hybrid format and will provide the latest evidence-based information on autism and interventions. Learn more.

Sports Backers’ Marathon

March 11-13 (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

This Sports Backers’ event is a little bit of a choose-your-own adventure deal, with multiple days and multiple race lengths to pick from – all running on the Virginia Capital Trail. Register here.

Step UP for Down Syndrome in the Valley (Shenandoah Valley)

March 19

More details are firming up for this annual fundraising 5K fun run, which benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Stay tuned.

Step UP for Down Syndrome Charlottesville (Charlottesville)

March 20

More details are firming up for this annual fundraising 5K fun run, which benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Stay tuned.

For Kids’ Annual Art Auction

March 26

With a theme of Making Waves, For Kids is hoping this fundraiser will do just that. Last year’s art auction raised $1.4 million to help provide essential services to Hampton Roads families. Learn more.

Birth in Color RVA’s Black Maternal Health Summit

April 16 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Birth in Color RVA’s annual summit bridges the gap between maternal and reproductive health justice with speakers, workshops and interactive sessions. Watch out for tickets here.

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K (presented by Kroger)

April 23 (Race begins at 8 a.m.)

A quintessential Richmond event that runs down and back one of Richmond’s most famous streets (although it looks a little different this year). Register here.

Maymont’s Dominion Family Easter*


Need somewhere to go to celebrate Easter? Consider some family festivities at Maymont, complete with the Easter Bunny, fun games and beautiful garden views. Stay tuned.

Ronald McDonald House’s Sporting Clays Classic

April 29

Use those volunteer hours and take a Friday off in April to go shooting for a cause. Kids and Clays is coming together with RMHC for its annual fundraiser. Learn more.

Maymont’s Herbs Galore & More

April 30 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

There’s not much more to say than that this annual plant sale supporting the garden is one you won’t want to miss. Save the date.

Virginia Capital Trail’s Cap2Cap

May 6-7

This race is super flexible, with lots of options to make the ride work for you. Party Zones and swag make this a super fun ride to help welcome warmer weather. Register here.

Girls on the Run Richmond 5K

May 14

This event is more of a family and friends event for the GOTR participants, but volunteers are always needed! Learn more.

Real LIFE’s Portraits of Hope Gala

May 25

Held at the Science Museum of Virginia, this annual event features speakers that share stories of hope and recovery. Last year’s keynote was Beth Macy, the author of Dopesick, but 2022’s lineup is still in the works. Follow on Facebook.

Too Many’s Growth and Development Program for Teens


This organization’s original mission was to identify and disrupt crime in black and brown communities but has since shifted to a more proactive mission of showing up with resources and support instead. Programming is in development. Keep an eye here.

June 11

This black-tie event is held in downtown Norfolk and benefits wounded warriors, the NSO community and Gold Star families. Reserve your seat.

Keep Virginia Beautiful’s 2022 Golf Tournament

June 13 (11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

This tournament will be held at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club, but other details are still in the works. Save the date.

Soar365’s Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction*

Fall 2022

Providing a range of services for disabled individuals – from therapy to job placement – Soar365’s fall fundraiser is an important one. Keep an eye on the details.

Massey Cancer Center’s Massey on the River*

Fall 2022

This annual event is always a good time, chock full of music, good food and lots of great items available for auction. Stay tuned.

CKG Foundation’s SpeakUp5k Richmond*


If you’re looking for a fun, uplifting race, this is the one for you. There are bubble machines, noise makers, paint splatters and lots of fun stations to run through. Learn more.

Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Rendezvous

September 19-20

This two-day event has a gala on one night, and a golf tournament the following day. This is RMHC’s largest fundraising event of the year! Learn more.

Uniquely Diverse’s Sneaker Ball

September 24 (7 p.m. to midnight)

In its inaugural year, Uniquely Diverse wants to host an event to support young athletes and mental health awareness – with a fashion show and red carpet. Lace up.

The Richmond Folk Festival
October 7-9

Who doesn’t love live music, vendors, dancing, art and more? The Richmond Folk Festival is always, always a good time. Save the date.

Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival (Richmond)

October 15

More details are firming up for this annual fundraising 5K fun run, which benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Stay tuned.

Richmond SPCA Fur Ball


Annual black tie gala for people and pets where donations go to Richmond SPCA’s Cinderella Fund. The Parade of Pets is a reliable and adorable crowd pleaser.

* Events have either been announced with no firm date, or events are standing traditions and 2022 dates are TBD. ** The Hodges Partnership, the sponsor of this blog, is also a sponsor of this event.

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