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Alexandria Does it Again! 

$1,592,459 Raised for 158 Alexandria Nonprofits by 9,058 Donors for Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day

Alexandria was flooded with generosity on April 5th for Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day.  The 7th annual online giving event had a record-breaking year, generating $1,592,459 for 158 Alexandria nonprofits in just 24 hours, an increase of $254,966 over 2016.

Since its inception in 2011, Spring2ACTion has raised more than $6.5 Million for local nonprofits.  Hosted by ACT for Alexandria, Spring2ACTion is the only citywide giving day in the region designed to strengthen the impact of local nonprofits.  In addition to awarding $50,000 in prizes to the nonprofits raising the most dollars and most donors, ACT, Alexandria’s community foundation, leverages additional money from their Donor Advised Fund holders.  These fund holders provided $250,000 in matching grants and gifts on April 5th.  

As online giving and peer-to-peer fundraising continue their upward trend in popularity, Spring2ACTion continues to expand, with nearly 30 nonprofits taking part for the first time.

Participating nonprofits represent a wide variety of causes, including health and wellness, food and shelter, arts and music, schools and PTAs, children and families, and animal rescue.  From providing scholarships to summer camp to building playgrounds to pro-bono legal services to serving meals to low-income families, the money raised during Spring2ACTion will continue to have a tremendous impact on the community in the coming year.

“We are so proud to be part of such a generous, connected community,” says John Porter, President, and CEO of ACT for Alexandria. “For the seventh year, Alexandria came together to support the nonprofits that are essential to our City.”

Top Prize Winners included:

Most Donors Leaderboard:  Alexandria Soccer Association

Most Dollars Leaderboard:  RunningBrooke

Free Agent Fundraiser Leaderboard:  Potomac Crescent Waldorf School

Spring4ART Leaderboard:  Arts on the Horizon

While Spring2ACTIon is an online event, the local business community also came together to support the Alexandria nonprofits.  From free donuts at Sugar Shack to 25 cents per meal donations from Holy Cow Burgers, Pork Barrel BBQ and Sweet Fire Donna’s to Alexandria Restaurant Partners donating 5% of all sales to Spring2ACTion, more than 30 local businesses hosted events to benefit their favorite nonprofits and added a vibrant offline component to this day of giving.

Spring2ACTion is hosted by ACT for Alexandria and presented by the Mason Hirst Foundation.  Giving Day Sponsors include Access National Bank, Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, City of Alexandria, Colonial Parking, Frantz Family Fund, Grant Thornton, Maria & Harry Hopper, Amy Liu & Craig Witmer, McEnearney Associates, Inc. REALTORS, Reingold, and Six Half Dozen.  Community Partners include the Alexandria Arts Alliance, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Alexandria Gazette Packet,, Alexandria Times, Christ Church, Del Ray Business Association, Holy Cow Burger, The Old Town Boutique District, Pork Barrel BBQ, Red Brick Town, Sweet Fire Donna’s, Sugar Shack Donuts, Visit Alexandria, and The Zebra Press. Spring2ACTion is hosted on the Razoo platform.

For a full list of all winners and sponsors, please visit:

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