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The Phil’s Top Articles of 2023

When you get the opportunity to talk to so many nonprofits across Virginia, it’s hard to say what our favorite is. So, we’re not going to do that. We’re going to go to the website analytics to pull what YOUR favorite stories were. These were our 10 most-read articles this year.

1. Darden Scholarships Announced

April 18 – This year, The Executive Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business announced $40,000 worth of fellowships to cover the full cost of its tuition for members of the fall cohort. The six-month program consists of two in-person modules which take place on UVA’s Charlottesville grounds and UVA’s D.C. Metro grounds. The community was excited about this one!

2. A Night at the Races Fundraising Gala for Weinstein JCC

Jan. 27 – A new year, new gala had people clicking on this post as we started 2023. The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Richmond announced its annual gala, which was themed all around horse racing and placing bets.

3. Helping Food Banks this Holiday Season

Nov. 7 – A later post that has made an impact is one we published about holiday donations to food pantries. Our writer interviewed Nationz Foundation who gave tangible and actionable direction for supporting its food pantry (but the takeaways are universal).

4. Virginia Dental Association Foundation and Free Dental Care, June 21

June 21 – We really put smiles on your faces with our article about VDA Foundation’s “Special Smiles” event, which was held adjacent to the 2023 Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games and provided free dental health services to traditionally underserved populations.

5. artoberVA Kicks Off

Oct. 5 – Nothing like a month-long art celebration to get our readers excited! CultureWorks started artoberVA in 2016 to bring exposure to and increase access to free arts and culture activities. Our post summarizing the series of events hit our Top Five list.

6. Nonprofit Roundup for National Make a Difference to Children Month

July 6 – We love a good celebratory awareness month! This article featured Families Forward Virginia, ART 180, ReadyKids and Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.

7. Little Hands Virginia’s “A Magical Night at the Museum”

Jan. 3 – Another early in the year hit was the announcement of Little Hands Virginia’s inaugural fundraising event. The nonprofit intended to host the event prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but had to delay its plans. Our readers thought it was worth the wait.

8. Another Night at the Museum, for Virginia Down Syndrome Association

Aug. 10 – Combining two nonprofits we love, VDSA and Children’s Museum of Downtown Richmond, our article about a special night at the museum to service families who have children with disabilities was another hit.

9. Nonprofits to Support Furry Friends in the Shenandoah Valley

March 7 – Making the list is a roundup featuring these Valley nonprofits: Cat’s Cradle, Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, Anicira Veterinary Center, Humane Society of Shenandoah County and Shenandoah Valley Animal Service Center.

10. 12 Richmond Nonprofit Leaders Make 40 Under 40

June 2 – A list within a list, we love it! There were a dozen nonprofit leaders who made Style Weekly’s coveted 40 Under 40 List, including leaders from MCV Foundation, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Autism Society of Central Virginia, CSz Richmond Theater and Pretty Purposed, among others.

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