WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2020 – Three of the region’s largest giving days synced up efforts on #GivingTuesdayNow, a global movement for generosity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 and generated nearly $2 million for hundreds of nonprofits in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Specifically, United Way of The National Capital Area’s (United Way NCA) Do More 24, Catalogue for Philanthropy’s GiveLocalTogether and Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties’ GiveChoose Campaigns succeeded in bringing attention, raising awareness and providing financial assistance to help nonprofits in the region facing increased demand during this crisis.
Collectively, nearly 13,000 donors contributed to more than 450 organizations serving the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, including Loudoun and Northern Fauquier counties and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. Through the three online giving portals, donors were able to search for and connect with nonprofits serving the critical needs of the community.
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, far too many families in the region were challenged by the cost of living outpacing what they earn. When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent, filling a prescription, or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences and these nonprofits needed this added support during this time.
“Together we want to thank donors who gave from their hearts with donations large and small to come together during a time when we are physically apart,” said United Way NCA President and CEO Rosie Allen-Herring. “The outpouring of generosity from so many civic-minded citizens in this region during this time of great need is extraordinary and inspiring. This day truly mobilized the DMV to support their neighbors in this time of crisis.”
“We know that we need community more now than ever, despite physical distancing. And our community showed up and rallied around local nonprofits this past Tuesday in a truly exciting and generous way,” noted Aaron Gonzales, Co-Executive Director at the Catalogue for Philanthropy. “Nonprofits already played a vital role in our community before COVID-19, and their impact now is even more urgent as they fill critical roles in our response today and our coming recovery. So thank you to our whole community, for giving local and giving together.”
“So many charities benefitted from this financial jolt thanks to the thousands who opened up their hearts and wallets,” said Amy Owen, President of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. “It speaks to our region’s commitment to community vitality and care for our neighbors.”
About United Way of the National Capital Area
United Way of the National Capital Area fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the National Capital community. United Way NCA has been improving lives by creating measurable impact in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties for more than 45 years. For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit UnitedWayNCA.org.
About Catalogue For Philanthropy
The Catalogue for Philanthropy (CFP) raises awareness for, and builds the capacity of, local nonprofits in the DMV while also connecting the community to causes they care about. Since 2003, CFP has raised millions of dollars of support for local nonprofits, and has connected thousands of local donors with worthy organizations. In response to COVID-19, the Catalogue has made all of our online capacity building free and available to any nonprofit. To find out more about our support for local nonprofits, or to find a organization you want to support, visit cfp-dc.org.
About Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier
Founded in 1999 by local volunteers, the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to grow community giving in Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties, surrounding areas and across the nation. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has granted more than $7 million back into the community. Donors who include the Community Foundation in their philanthropic vision benefit from low fees, knowledgeable staff, and personal assurance that legal and accounting issues are managed under one cost-effective banner: the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. CommunityFoundationLF.org, GiveChoose.org, and FacesofLoudoun.org.