Phil-Ins: A Roundup of Nonprofit News (December 2023)

There is a lot going on in the land of nonprofits as 2023 comes to a close, and the common thread is end-of-year giving and closing appeals for support.

Building Blocks of Support

If you’re in the Richmond Region, chances are, you know Lego is coming to town. At the end of November, Lego Group distributed $1 million in grants between Blue Sky Fund, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond, James River Association, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, SOAR365 and YMCA of Greater Richmond. Read more in Virginia Business.

Gifts in Time for the Holidays

In another show of end-of-year philanthropic support, T-Mobile donated $50,000 to five Virginia nonprofits, including Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Richmond at VCU, H.E.R. (Help and Emergency Response), The Fatherhood Foundation of Virginia and the United Service Organization. Read the Augusta Free Press’ story, which focuses on its local connection, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Inflation is Hitting Nonprofits

With inflation affecting communities across Virginia, nonprofits are feeling the impacts of reduced monetary donations. While donations and goods are always accepted and appreciated, they can’t cover hard costs like rent and software. NBC12 spoke to two nonprofits leaders to learn more about the effects they’re feeling.

Giving Machines Help Fuel Giving Tuesday

Giving Machines popped up in Arlington on Giving Tuesday, which allowed people to donate to six local and global charities. Since the Giving Machines were created in 2017, $22M have been generated internationally to support nonprofits. Check out the story from Fox 5 Washington D.C.

Operation Silent Night is in Full Effect

We found two, but pup-haps there are more! Richmond Animal League and Fredericksburg SPCA are holding Silent Night events to help get their animals fostered (or, adopted!) before the holiday season. Fredericksburg is in its 5th year of the event where all animal adoption fees have been sponsored and covered. The kickoff party is Dec. 15 from 5 – 8 p.m. with foster pick-ups starting that night. RAL’s event focuses on adoptions and its in its 13th year, with $10 adoptions running Dec. 1-20.

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