By Olivia Anderson | [email protected]
As of Wednesday, ACT for Alexandria raised $2,645,843 for 172 nonprofits during Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s community-wide Giving Day. Though the official event took place on April 27, the total donation number is still being tallied.
Now in its 12th annual year, the fundraiser works to engage community members in raising critical funds for local nonprofits. This year, it reached 7,694 individual donors. Last year, Spring2ACTion raised $2,578,122 for 156 organizations with 8,591 individual donors contributing. Since it began in 2011, ACT for Alexandria has raised more than $19 million for local nonprofits.
Participating nonprofits respond to needs such as health care, housing and food insecurity, environmental conservation, education and refugee assistance. Some of the funds raised this year will go toward an emergency shelter, providing tutoring for students, meals for families, supplies for afterschool programs, financial assistance for rent and mental health services.
The three nonprofits that raised the most money during this year’s giving day include RunningBrooke at $158,042, Casa Chirilagua at $117,008 and Friends of Guest House at $113,596.