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The Phil’s ultimate nonprofit checklist for 2022

It can be easy to fall into a cycle of routine and repetition. But what if you took some time to make intentional decisions to support nonprofits in activities you may already be doing or planning on doing?

Take this post, print it out (or screenshot it if that’s more your style) and check off your progress over the year. How many of these 20 items can you cross off this year?

  • Spend a day volunteering.
  • Visit a museum, like the Black History Museum and Cultural Center.
  • Advocate during the General Assembly to support policies and legislation identified by organizations like Voices for Virginia’s Children.
  • Make a donation to your favorite nonprofit.
  • Go plogging (jogging while picking up litter) through a park or green space, like Maymont.
  • Introduce a friend to a new nonprofit they don’t know about.
  • Watch a movie or theatre production at a 501(c)3 venue like The Byrd Theatre.
  • Purchase a membership for regular outings and visits, like to the Children’s Museum of Richmond.
  • Coordinate a service activity at your place of business.
  • Discover a nonprofit news source – Virginia Mercury and Style Weekly both fit that bill.
  • Adopt or foster a pet. Richmond Animal League has some wonderful fur balls that need furever homes.
  • Donate physical goods and supplies to a nonprofit.
  • Research board opportunities to see if there’s an organization that matches your interest that has a vacancy.
  • Run a 5K charity race. There’s plenty of time to prepare for the SpeakUp race from the CKG Foundation.
  • Host a drive at your church or in your community, whether it’s for coats in the winter season, shelf-stable foods or books for Children Museum of Richmond’s Book Bank.
  • Take friends and family to a nonprofit-hosted event. The Richmond Folk Festival is always a good time.
  • Launch a Facebook or Instagram fundraiser for your birthday to help others celebrate their birthdays through CelebrateRVA.
  • Collect loose change over the year and give it back during the holidays.
  • Host a yard sale and donate funds raised to a nonprofit of your choice – and if there are goods you didn’t sell, consider donating those, too!
  • Register you or a family member for a class or a camp to learn a new skill. Girls for a Change has summer camps and year-round programming to help with skills development.

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