GreatCommunityGive 2020 postponed until June

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County has announced that the Great Community Give, slated for April 22nd has been rescheduled for June 24th, 2020.  The GCG2020 Planning Committee considered as much relevant information as possible to unanimously agree that delaying the event was necessary.

“We have to give consideration to minimizing health risks to the nonprofit staff and volunteers until COVID-19 cases begin to subside. GCG uses countless volunteers on the day of the event.  While the giving occurs online, it is also a social occasion on many levels.   For the purposes of planning, we have chosen June 24th as an optimistic date and hope it turns out to be the case. “– Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.

“Although a difficult decision, postponing the event is best for everyone. We feel we can have more excitement and enthusiasm by gathering again as groups.  We believe the Great Community Give will be more successful for the nonprofits and less risky for health reasons later in June.  We owe it to the nonprofits to help them raise the most money we can” – Amanda Bomfim, Program Officer, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County.

The Great Community Give is in its third year as a community-wide day of online giving to 100 local nonprofits. The Planning Committee hopes that in moving the date, the goal of raising $600,000 for local nonprofits can be achieved. Planning for GCG2020 will continue through the new date of June 24.

 

In the meantime, The Community Foundation is actively encouraging donors to remember nonprofits in this time of social-distancing requirements and will continue its grant making to nonprofit organizations. Efforts to support nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 crisis are ongoing. The Community Foundation and United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have jointly announced the establishment of the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund. Grants from the fund will help support front line human services organizations that have deep roots in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and strong experience working with those vulnerable in our community.

 

“We encourage everyone to write a check or go online and give to your favorite community based nonprofit organization today.   Our community is well known for its generosity of giving and we don’t have to wait for the Great Community Give on June 24th to make that contribution.   “– Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.

 

Please contact Amanda  Bomfim at 540-432-3863 or amanda@tcfhr.org for information and interviews.  To learn about Great Community Give, visit www.greatcommunitygive.org

GiveGab – New Nonprofit Giving Platform

The Community Foundation and Great Community Give planning team is excited to announce that the Great Community Give donation platform will be transitioning to a new giving day platform called GiveGab! GiveGab offers numerous benefits to nonprofits and donors such as:

  • Real time updates on the overall website
  • Real time updates on the leaderboard
  • Check out cart function for donors
  • 24/7 Live chat bubble for nonprofit and donor support
  • User friendly and intuitive software design
  • Ability to accept ACH checks
  • Donors have the ability to cover the fees
  • And the list goes on!

The new Great Community Give website will be ready for the public starting November 18th. Nonprofit registration for Great Community Give begins on November 18th and will end on January 13th. For questions, please refer them to Amanda at amanda@tcfhr.org.

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Summary Report on 2019 GreatCommunityGive

The 2019 GreatCommunityGive was an incredible success for the communities of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Read the summary report to learn more!

Voice of America broadcast features Great Community Give

The June 28 broadcast of the Voice of America features a story on the 2019 Great Community Give, and the generosity of the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community. Watch “Small Virginia Town Raises Big Bucks for Charity.”

JMU Students Help Nonprofits Prepare for Great Community Give

Students from James Madison University assisted local nonprofits prepare for The Great Community Give on March 22. Senior Communications majors from JMU created a social media workshop to train nonprofits, as well as developed a communications training website, to serve as resources for the local nonprofit community. The workshop was coordinated by The Community Foundation, and led by JMU students, to address needs of local nonprofits to increase social media marketing skills. Participants ranged from those with beginner to intermediate skill level. We were thrilled to have these JMU students volunteer their time to help nonprofits prepare for The Great Community Give!

Thank you iHeart Radio!

 

On April 2nd, we met with Steve Knupp of iHeart Radio to discuss the Great Community Give.

We are so grateful for iHeart Radio’s support and enthusiasm for this initiative!

Thank you to Steve and all those at iHeart Radio!

Thank You Appeal Production!

The team at Appeal has been an incredible resource for the Great Community Give. We had great conversations about our vision for the 2019 GCG video and they not only listened to our requests but exceeded our expectations. We are so grateful for your support and involvement of the Great Community Give!

Learn More about Participating Nonprofits!

Every day we highlight a participating nonprofit on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We want the community to get a deeper insight on how these nonprofit organizations serve our community and create positive impact. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily nonprofit highlights!

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Thanks to WSVA and Mike Schikman!

On January 10, Revlan Hill and Amanda Bomfim had the pleasure of visiting Mike Schikman at WSVA. Mike opened his doors and gladly gave his time to speak about the Great Community Give. Stay tuned for more radio spots about GCG! We are all so grateful for Mike’s enthusiasm for this event and our partnership with Harrisonburg Radio Group as a whole. Thank You!

GCG a Huge Success!!!

Summary Report