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Spring2ACTion to Celebrate 11 Years of Giving Back to Alexandria’s Nonprofits

Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s community-wide Giving Day, is planned for April 28, 2021. Learn more about the event here!

Heather Peeler, executive director of ACT for Alexandria, during the Spring2Action day at the ALX Community Donor Lounge at 106 N. Lee Street on April 10, 2019. (Photo: Lucelle O’Flaherty)

Alexandria, VA – Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s community-wide Giving Day, is planned for April 28, 2021.  This is a time when Alexandrians come together, uplift one another and support the organizations that serve our community in the best of times and during challenging times.  The fundraiser is an indispensable platform for local nonprofits to engage the community and raise critical funds.  April 28th is the 11th annual Spring2ACTion and the goal is to engage 10,000+ donors to raise $2.5 Million for the community we love.  Last year’s 10th annual online giving event was another record-breaker, generating $2.45 Million for 156 Alexandria nonprofits in just 24 hours, an increase of $386,455 over 2019.

Since its inception in 2011, Spring2ACTion has raised nearly $13 Million for local nonprofits.  Hosted by ACT for Alexandria, Spring2ACTion is the only city-wide giving day in the region designed to strengthen the impact of local nonprofits.  In addition to awarding $25,000 in prizes to the nonprofits raising the most dollars and most donors, ACT, Alexandria’s community foundation, will leverage additional dollars from Donor Advised Fund holders to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching grants and gifts.

Many nonprofit organizations are continuing to see the increased needs brought on by the pandemic such as experiencing the hardship of pivoting programs, staff reduction and decreased funding.  There are so many incredible stories about the impact of this giving day.

Where does the money go?

Last year’s funds supported an emergency shelter, virtual and outdoor dance and movement classes, meals for families, supplies for virtual afterschool programming, blinking lights to keep pedestrians safe after dark, financial assistance for rent and utilities, online playgroups and parenting tips, health care and COVID testing, and much more.  Spring2ACTIon is an event where we can give back to the community we love, standing together in solidarity and generosity.  ACT is excited to share more of these stories in our partnership with the Zebra’s Z-TV and special programming in the weeks leading up to April 28.

“We are so proud to be part of such a generous community” says Heather Peeler, President and CEO of ACT for Alexandria. “Spring2ACTion is an opportunity for all Alexandrians to come together to support the nonprofits that are essential to our City.”

In 2020, all records were broken despite everyone being sheltered in place during the pandemic—donors got creative posting giving photos online like this couple did. (Photo: Spring2Action Facebook page)

How local businesses participate

The local business community is also playing a role in supporting Alexandria nonprofits in a big way.  Businesses will be participating in a Business Fundraiser mini competition, rallying their employees, clients and customers to give to organizations they love and discover new ones.  New this year will be a friendly competition between the Old Town Business Association and the Del Ray Business Association to see who can raise the most dollars and donors for Alexandria nonprofits.  Last year participating businesses raised $87,000 for nonprofit organizations.  Many others will support the day by offering food promotions and donating a percentage of sales to organizations.

Spring2ACTion is hosted by ACT for Alexandria, the community foundation.  Sponsors include:   City of Alexandria, Surviving Survivors Fund, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, The Patterson Group TTR | Sotheby’s, Seward Group TTR | Sotheby’s, ESP Tea & Coffee, Burke & Herbert Bank, John Marshall Bank, Sikich, Verdence Capital Advisors, The Giving Girls Fund, and The Torpedo Factory Office Building.  ACT Annual Partners include:  Colonial Parking, McEnearney Associates, and Reingold.  Media Partners include:  Alexandria Living Magazine, Alexandria Times and the Zebra Press and its Z-TV Network.  Spring2ACTion is hosted on the GiveGab platform.

The Yates Automotive Team–Jason Yates, Kris J Jellesed, Joey Civali, Bob Bowman, and
Michael Veth at Spring2ACTion Day, April 10, 2019. (Photo: Lucelle O’Flaherty)

To learn more about Alexandria’s Giving Day, please visit:

Did you know Alexandria Had All These Non-Profits?  Make Sure You Earmark Funds for Your Favorites!!

[Editor’s Note: This is a list of the participating nonprofits at press time—be sure to check to see final list.]

ACT for Alexandria

Alexandria Choral Society

Alexandria Citizens Band

Alexandria Crew Boosters, Inc.

Alexandria Families for Safe Streets

Alexandria Film Festival

Alexandria Harmonizers

Alexandria Housing Development Corporation

Alexandria Jaycees Foundation

Alexandria Library Foundation

Alexandria Little League

Alexandria Police Foundation

Alexandria Police Youth Camp

Alexandria Resilience Fund

Alexandria Seaport Foundation

Alexandria Singers

Alexandria Soccer Association

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

Alexandria Titans Youth Football

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium


American Red Cross – Alexandria

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Arcadia Food, Inc.

Art League

Arts on the Horizon

At Home in Alexandria

Athenaeum | Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

Baroody Project

Beverley Hills Church Preschool

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Brave Spirits Theatre

Capital Youth Empowerment Program

Caring Hearts Rescue

Carpenter’s Shelter

Casa Chirilagua

Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington

Center for Alexandria’s Children

Choreographers Collaboration Project

Christ Church Outreach Ministries

Communities in Schools of NOVA (CIS NOVA)

Community Lodgings

Computer CORE


Del Ray Artisans

Dream Project Inc.

Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians (EOA)

Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc

Ewald Parkour Park Project

Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation

Friends of Guest House

Friends of ROAM

Friends of Rocky Versace

Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center

George Mason Elementary PTA

Grace Episcopal Church Alexandria Food Pantry

Greater Alexandria Young Life


Hearts of Empowerment

Higher Achievement

Historic Alexandria Museums

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Inc.

Hopkins House

Hunger Free Alexandria

Inova Community Health Programs


Jane Franklin Dance

Just Neighbors

Kathy Wilson Foundation

Kelley Cares Foundation

Kids Soccer Fund

King Street Cats

Kiwanis Club of Alexandria

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

Liberty’s Promise

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

Local Motion Project

Metropolitan School of the Arts


Mother of Light Center

Mount Vernon at Home

National Breast Center Foundation

Neighborhood Health

Northern Virginia Family Service

Nueva Vida (New Life)

OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church, VA

Operation Paws for Homes

Optimist Club of Alexandria Foundation Inc

Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria

Patrick Henry School PTA

PK Move Inc.

Potomac Conservancy

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School

Project Discovery of Alexandria

Project ID & Spread The Vote

PTA Council of Alexandra (PTAC)

QuinTango inc

Rebuilding Together DC & Alexandria

Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (RILA)


Safer Country

Saint Rita Catholic School

Scholarship Fund of Alexandria


Senior Services of Alexandria

SHE-Solutions, Inc.

Society of St. Vincent dePaul, St. Mary Chapter

Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Va

T.C. Williams Baseball Boosters, Inc

Tails High Inc

Tenants and Workers United – Inquilinos Y Trabajadores Unidos

The Alexandria Kinderchoir

The Ballyshaners, Inc.

The Campagna Center

The Child & Family Network Centers

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child

The Men’s Home

The Spitfire Club

Titan Robotics (T.C. Williams H.S.) FRC 5587

Together We Bake

United Community

UpCycle Creative Reuse Center

Urban Alliance

Velocity Bicycle Cooperative

Voices for Virginia’s Children

Volunteer Alexandria

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association (WMPA)

Wesley Housing Development Corporation of Northern Virginia

Wildlife Rescue League

William Ramsay PTA

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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