Day of Giving April 25, 2018 (Courtesy Photo)

One day can make a world of difference.  That day is Wednesday, April 25 forSpring2ACTion, Alexandria's Giving Day. Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour online giving event that provides a simple way for donors to connect to the charitable causes they care about most and encourages them to take action. This online fundraising effort, hosted by ACT for Alexandria, with the help of generous sponsors, will offer local nonprofits the chance to raise thousands of dollars for the benefit of all Alexandria.  Last year, more than 9,000 individuals gave during Spring2ACTion, raising a record-breaking $1,592,459 for 158 nonprofit organizations at www.Spring2ACTion.org.  

This year, the more than 150 participating nonprofit organizations represent a wide variety of causes, including health and wellness, animal rescue, food and shelter, arts and music, schools and PTAs, children and families, and more.  From providing scholarships to summer camp to building baseball fields to pro-bono legal services to serving meals to low-income families, the money raised during Spring2ACTion will continue to have a tremendous impact on the community in the coming year.

Support Spring2ACTion by making an online donation at www.Spring2ACTion.org.  Early giving begins on April 11.  The minimum donation is $5.  You can also support this citywide giving day by visiting local businesses that are offering special promotions and/or donating a percentage of sales back to nonprofits.  Examples include:

  • Alexandria Restaurant Partners Restaurants (Lena’s Woodfire Pizza, The Majestic, Virtue Feed & Grain, Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge) will donate 5% proceeds to ACT on April 25
  • Comfort One Shoes will donate 5% of purchases made during the month of April in all Alexandria stores to local nonprofits
  • Yates Automotive will benefit Spring2ACTion through its Give Your Two Cents program during April
  • Sugar Shack will give customers a FREE donut with proof of a donation on April 25
  • Participate in Good. Works. Wednesday. by shopping at Penny Post or Red Barn Mercantile to help nonprofits win $1,500 in prizes
  • Holy Cow Burgers, Pork Barrel BBQ and Sweet Fire Donna’s will donate 25 cents per meal to charity of the customer’s choice
  • Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits program will benefit ACT during April through June when customers bring their own shopping bags

Spring2ACTion is presented by ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria.  Giving Day Sponsors include:  Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Grant Thornton, Maria and Harry Hopper, McEnearney Associates REALTORS, Access National Bank, Beyer Subaru, Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group, Comfort One Shoes, Holy Cow Burgers, Focus Data Solutions, John Marshall Bank, Penny Post, Red Barn Mercantile, Pork Barrel BBQ, Reingold, Sweet Fire Donna’s, Yates Automotive, Alphagraphics, ALX Community and Brighter Strategies.

Community Partners include the Alexandria Arts Alliance, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Alexandria Gazette Packet, Alexandrianews.org, Alexandria Times, Del Ray Business Association, Good. Works.Wednesday., Patch, Sugar Shack Donuts, Visit Alexandria, Washington Street United Methodist Church, Whole Foods, and The Zebra.  Spring2ACTion is hosted on the Give Gab platform.  For more information about Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, click here.