Give Lo­cal Pied­mont is next Tues­day

38 wor­thy Rap­pa­han­nock non­prof­its par­tic­i­pat­ing

Rappahannock News - - THE RAPP - By Dede McClure

To­day, we have many words that ex­press the mean­ing of phi­lan­thropy: benev­o­lence, al­tru­ism, char­ity, brotherly love. What many of us, who have worked in the phil­an­thropic or non­profit sec­tor, spend our time dis­cussing and an­a­lyz­ing is why people give. What is it in people that sparks the sense to give?

The con­cept of phi­lan­thropy can be traced back thou­sands of years to Baby­lo­nian times. For in­stance, the Baby­lo­ni­ans cre­ated laws to pro­tect the weak from the strong. Po­etry from this era, like “Gil­gamesh,” her­alded the ideas of self sac­ri­fice and gen­eros­ity.

Brit­tany Dwyer, a life­long Rap­pa­han­nock County res­i­dent, and a mil­lenial, be­lieves giv­ing is a habit. We tend to as­so­ciate habits neg­a­tively. How­ever, we may en­gen­der good habits ev­ery sin­gle day. Brit­tany was a ju­nior in high school when she first learned the word phi­lan­thropy. In her words, “that should not be a word I am just learn­ing in high school.” She be­lieves early ed­u­ca­tion in “giv­ing” would be a thought­ful and pro­duc­tive path for com­mu­ni­ties to em­bark.

Brit­tany’s own ca­reer in non­profit had its roots in vol­un­teer­ing and work­ing at Head­wa­ters, an ed­u­ca­tional non­profit in Sper­ryville. Sev­eral years later she came to North­ern Pied­mont Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. To­day, Brit­tany is pur­su­ing a Mas­ter’s in the men­tal health field, hav­ing left NPCF last year to be­gin work at the Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion, an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in Give Lo­cal Pied­mont since its in­cep­tion in 2013.

Mil­len­ni­als, re­cently re­de­fined by the Pew Re­search Cen­ter as those born be­tween 1981 and 1996, in gen­eral do well with giv­ing. One in four Amer­i­cans is a mil­len­nial. Half of all mil­lenials do­nate to crowd­fund­ing cam­paigns, like Give Lo­cal Pied­mont — 64 per­cent vol­un­teer lo­cally and 84 per­cent give to char­ity.

Gen­er­a­tion X, those born be­tween 1965 and 1980, are 20 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion and give at about the same rate as Mil­lenials. Gen X are more likely to fundraise on be­half of a cause.

Baby Boomers, those born be­tween 1946 and 1964, are 23 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion and are more likely to vol­un­teer time. While the boomers are learn­ing and re­spond­ing to tech­nol­ogy and on­line giv­ing, they may still re­spond more read­ily to a di­rect mail cam­paign for giv­ing than GenX or Mil­len­ni­als.

And our Great­est Gen­er­a­tion, those born be­tween 1928 and 1945, who com­prise 12 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion, give more fre­quently than the younger gen­er­a­tions. This seg­ment rep­re­sents 26 per­cent of to­tal giv­ing. And like the boomers, they pre­fer di­rect mail.

And fi­nally, the data shows that in hard eco­nomic times, the wealth­ier give less and the poor give more. Amer­i­cans giv­ing be­low the poverty line are more likely to do­nate 10 per­cent of their earn­ings to char­ity. Brit­tany’s gen­er­a­tion and their giv­ing trends, in fact, bode well for the fu­ture of phi­lan­thropy.

All of us a North­ern Pied­mont Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion ask that you con­sider do­nat­ing this Tues­day, May 7, be­gin­ning at mid­night un­til 11:59 p.m. (or you may pre-schedule a do­na­tion on­line now).

NPCF Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Jane Bowl­ing-Wil­son, a Rap­pa­han­nock County res­i­dent, en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to please visit give­lo­calpied­mont.org and learn about the 177 par­tic­i­pat­ing non­prof­its in Rap­pa­han­nock, Culpeper, Fauquier and Madi­son coun­ties. Since the first Give Lo­cal Pied­mont day in 2013, $3.8 mil­lion has been raised for our lo­cal non­prof­its. Much of that money was raised with $10, the min­i­mum con­tri­bu­tion. “Phi­lan­thropy is not only for the wealthy.

Phi­lan­thropy is de­fined as ‘the de­sire to pro­mote the wel­fare of oth­ers, ex­pressed es­pe­cially by the gen­er­ous do­na­tion of money to good causes.’ The de­sire to ‘pro­mote the wel­fare of oth­ers’ makes it clear that Give Lo­cal Pied­mont is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to con­trib­ute with a min­i­mum do­na­tion of $10 or more and feel re­ally good about sup­port­ing a cause they care about,” says Bowl­ing-Wil­son.

A to­tal of 38 Rap­pa­han­nock County non­prof­its are par­tic­i­pat­ing this year in fields as var­ied as el­der and hos­pice care, cat res­cue and river cleanups, and pub­lic schools and adult ed­u­ca­tion.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

North­ern Pied­mont Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion board mem­bers and staff in­clude Rap­pa­han­nock res­i­dents Jane Bowl­ing-Wil­son, NPCF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor (red jacket), Rick Lessard (tan jacket, front left), and Craig Batch­e­lor (red jacket, rear cen­ter). Rap­pa­han­nock board mem­ber­sTodd Sum­mers and Peter Nguyen aren’t pic­tured.

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