Record-breaking 10th Annual GiveLocalNRV Giving Day Raises $921,000+ from community

This feature is part of our year-end series of top 10 moments from 2023. We are sharing about some of our favorite parts of the year and raising funds for our end-of-year campaign. Can you chip in a donation of any amount to help us meet our $40,000 goal? Your donation, combined with the contributions of others, powers our work to encourage charitable giving, nurture collaboration, and invest in lasting solutions that enhance the quality of life for all in the New River Valley.

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV)’s 10th Annual GiveLocalNRV Giving Day raised a record-breaking $921,648 from 3,329 donors for more than 100 nonprofit organizations across the New River Valley. Originally, the overall goal for this 24-hour online giving event was set at $500,000 – a similar total to what was raised in 2022 and 2021. But the New River Valley community had other plans.

“When we began the annual giving day in 2014, we raised just under $40,000, and we never dreamed that the event would grow to this level. We are amazed at this year’s success and grateful to the nonprofits, sponsors, and donors who made this a record-breaking year,” said Jessica Wirgau, CFNRV Chief Executive Officer. “Ultimately, the money raised across more than 100 organizations benefits members of our community experiencing food insecurity or homelessness, it helps those who are seeking childcare and healthcare, it preserves the beauty of our environment, and so much more. Seeing thousands of people come together to celebrate and support those causes is extraordinary.”

Watch the fun of this year’s giving day in this episode of Buzz4Good! The show spotlights nonprofit work and partners with marketing agencies to generate more “buzz” for the nonprofits’ mission.

Participating nonprofits serve the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Wythe as well as the city of Radford, and provide a wide array of services and programs. Many donors gave to multiple causes with gifts ranging in size from $5 to $50,000, and those gifts helped nonprofits compete for 24 grants and prizes from the CFNRV totaling $25,500. These incentives, combined with the tools and marketing offered throughout the month of June, helped organizations rally support in a year when fundraising has been challenging.

 “We set our initial goal at $500,000 because we’ve raised just over that amount during the past two giving day events. Additionally, we know that nationally giving to nonprofits is down and we made some changes to this year’s event, so we just weren’t sure what to expect.” said Lindsey Gleason, CFNRV assistant director. “But I don’t think our team ever could have predicted this outcome. It was amazing to watch our community come together to do something so spectacular for our region’s nonprofits.”

Many regional businesses also stepped up to sponsor the giving day grants and prizes. Leading sponsors of the event are National Bank of Blacksburg, Atlantic Union Bank, and First Bank and Trust. This year’s other generous sponsors are: Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Carter Bank and Trust, Olio Financial Planning, Automation Creations, Inc., Legacy Builders NRV, Meridian Bird Removal, Virginia Community Capital, Brown, Edwards, and Co. LLP, Jim and Sue McAlister, 5 Points Creative, Buzz4Good, NRV Magazine, and Wordsprint.

2023 marked the 10th Annual GiveLocalNRV Giving Day with more than $3.5 million dollars raised in those ten years. For more information about the giving day, and to see the range of organizations that took part, visit  

The annual GiveLocalNRV Giving Day is made possible by your support. To make a gift to our 2023 end-of-year campaign, head to this page.

2023 GiveLocalNRV Grant and Prize Winners

Early Giving Superstar Grant ($1,500):
Organization that raises the most money in the early giving period (June 1 to June 28 at 11:59 a.m.)

  • Brock Hughes Free Clinic (Wytheville)

Most Money Raised
Organization size divided into large, medium, and small categories based on the size of each organization’s operating budget – $2,000 for each organization.

  • Large: Springhouse (Pilot)
  • Medium: Floyd Center for the Arts (Floyd)
  • Small: NRV Leading Lights (Blacksburg)

Most Unique Donors
Organization size divided into large, medium, and small categories based on the size of each organization’s operating budget – $2,000 for each organization.

  • Large: St. John Neumann Academy (Blacksburg)
  • Medium: Calfee Community & Cultural Center (Pulaski)
  • Small: New River Historical/Wilderness Road Regional Museum (Dublin)

Power Hours
Most unique donors during a specific hour – $750 for each organization.

  • 12 – 1 p.m.: Calfee Community and Cultural Center (Pulaski)
  • 4 – 5 p.m.: St. John Neumann Academy (Blacksburg)
  • 8 – 9 p.m.: Children’s Advocacy Center of the New River Valley, a program of Children’s Trust (Christiansburg)
  • 5 – 6 a.m.: Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley (Christiansburg)
  • 8 – 9 am.: Giles County Christian Service Mission (Pearisburg)
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: NRV Academy of Dance (Christiansburg)

Golden Tickets
Random drawing during a specific hour – $500 for each organization.

  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley (Christiansburg)
  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Blacksburg Farmers Market (Blacksburg)
  • 7 – 8 a.m.: Montgomery County Christmas Store (Christiansburg)
  • 10 – 11 a.m.: New River Community Action (Radford)

Most money raised using peer-to-peer fundraising tools – $750

  • Montgomery Museum of Art & History (Christiansburg)

Awarded to the nonprofits that best embody the spirit of GiveLocalNRV as decided by the CFNRV – $1,500 for each organization.

  • June Bug Center (Floyd)
  • Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP) (Christiansburg)

Farthest Donor
The gift that comes from the donor farthest geographically from the CFNRV office at 1900 Kraft Dr in Blacksburg – $500.

  • Springhouse (Pilot)

Most money raised using the Text-to-Give tool – $750

  • Giles County Christian Service Mission (Pearisburg)
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