Giving back to the community we love

Giving back to the community we love

By Brandi Yee

The spirit of generosity is getting ready to shine with Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day quickly approaching on April 24. Spring2ACTion, hosted by ACT for Alexandria, is Alexandria’s biggest fundraising event. Since 2011, more than 80,000 generous donors have given nearly $20 million dollars to more than 180 nonprofits through Spring2ACTion, making it one of the most successful citywide giving days in the country.

Last year, 8,331 donors raised more than $2.96 million for 186 nonprofits serving Alexandria. This year, for our 14th annual event, our goal is for 10,000 donors to give to the 188 organizations.

What is Spring2ACTion?

Spring2ACTion is a 24- hour online giving event that inspires individuals to make a difference in their community by connecting them to the local causes they’re passionate about on an easy-to-use giving platform, powered by GiveGab.

Why should I give?

Spring2ACTion is a way to celebrate and support the nonprofits in Alexandria that make this community a better place for everyone to live. Your gift could be matched and even help your favorite nonprofit win a prize. If you are new to giving, this is a great opportunity to find a new organization to support. Everyone can give as the minimum donation is $5.

Every dollar makes a difference. Last year’s funds supported service-learning opportunities for students, field trips for elementary school students, STEM programming, robotics competition scholarships, equitable access to dance classes, language access and coaching for multicultural families, reentry support, historic preservation, healthcare for uninsured patients, animal rescue and finding forever homes and families and much more.

Visit the Spring2ACTion site to learn more about how nonprofits have benefitted from this day of giving in previous years.

To whom should I give?

Your favorite nonprofit(s)! Visit our website to see a list of participating organizations. Don’t know where to give? You can also search by cause and find new organizations to support.

You can also give to the ACT Youth Council by adding a small optional donation of $5 or $10 or more at checkout. Your generosity ensures that ACT Youth Council members have the tools they need to support youth voices, address prominent issues and make meaningful change in our community.

Where should I give?

Online at Spring2ACTion. org – you can give through your computer, tablet or via your smartphone. It’s easy to pay via Apple Pay, Google Pay, ACH transfer or by credit card.

When should I give?

Now! While the official Spring2ACTion Day is April 24, early giving is going on now. It’s kind of like early voting, but you can give early and often.

How can I help?

Donate online at to your favorite nonprofit(s) and learn about new ones. A donation of any size will make a big difference.

Support our local businesses and nonprofits by visiting the Events page at

Spread the word by texting a friend, sharing about Spring2ACTion via email or social media using #Spring2ACTion or by word-of-mouth.

Follow @ACTforAlex andria on Facebook, @ACT forAlex on X and @ACTfor Alexandria on Instagram for updates on April 24.

How are local businesses involved?

Many other local businesses will be supporting the day by offering promotions and donating a percentage of sales – details can be found on our website.

Who is responsible for Spring2ACTion?

Spring2ACTion is hosted by ACT for Alexandria, the community foundation and home for philanthropy in Alexandria.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of City of Alexandria, Amazon, Passport Auto, The Patterson Group of TTR | Sotheby’s, Golden Gate Foundation, Madigan Schuler, Sikich, Penny Post, Pippin Toy Co., Red Barn Mercantile, McEnearney Associates, BASH Boxing, Brown Advisory, Wegmans, Clarke & Sampson, Marks-Woods Construction Services, Betsey R. Rosenbaum and Jon H. Rosenbaum Fund, Transurban and Virginia Tech. Media sponsors include: Alexandria Gazette Packet, Alexandria Living Magazine, Alexandria Stylebook, Alexandria Times, ALXNow and The Zebra. ACT Annual Partners include: Alexandria Restaurant Partners, ALX Community, Colonial Parking and Reingold.

Join us as we #Spring2ACTion on April 24 and make Alexandria a vibrant community for all!

The writer is chief program officer at ACT for Alexandria. She can be reached at brandi.yee@