Give Local Alleghany Highlands Raises over $175,000 for Local Nonprofits

The first ever giving day event in this area, Give Local Alleghany Highlands, was a big success for the 29 participating nonprofits. Six hundred and nineteen (619) donors banded together to raise $175,476 for these organizations. The four large nonprofits that raised the most money were the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center ($32,140), Boys Home ($25,818), Alleghany Highlands YMCA ($13,804), and the DSLCC Education Foundation ($9,737). The four small nonprofits that finished with the most money were the Clifton Forge School of the Arts ($20,985), Appalfolks of America ($5,205), Clifton Forge Main Street ($985), and the Covington Woman’s Club ($670).

“We are so excited for the incredible response from donors who gave to all the nonprofits involved in  Our success is greatly due to public support, and we are immensely grateful to all who gave to Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center,” said Connie Baker, executive director of the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center. “We also want to thank the Alleghany Foundation and Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism for all of their work in organizing and funding this hugely successful fundraiser.”

A total of $14,400 was distributed across the nonprofits that finished in the top four of each the large and small categories for total funds raised during the event. In addition, The Alleghany Foundation awarded $8,000 to the top performing nonprofits in six Power Hour competitions, and $2,600 to the winners of 13 Golden Tickets. The Foundation will also evenly divide a $7,000 pool of money between each of the 18 organizations that received at least 10 donations from different people during the event. For a full breakdown of the prizes awarded and fundraising results from Give Local Alleghany Highlands, please visit

“The Alleghany Foundation board and staff are humbled by the response that this community had to the Give Local Alleghany Highlands fundraising event,”said Mary Fant Donnan, executive director of The Alleghany Foundation. “The way the area has banded together to support our local nonprofits has been incredible to watch, and an honor to be a part of. We cannot wait to see the impact these dollars have in the community, and we are already beginning preparations to host the event again next year,” Donnan added.

The Alleghany Foundation will also be sending $4,850 to the nonprofits chosen by 97 of our local graduating high school seniors. As a part of the High School Seniors Giving Program, every graduating senior in the area had the opportunity to select a local nonprofit to receive a $50 donation in their honor from The Alleghany Foundation. The results of this program will also be available on

Give Local Alleghany Highlands was hosted by The Alleghany Foundation in partnership with the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. To receive information and updates about next year’s event, please contact Daniel Grizzard at and “Like” the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism on Facebook.

About The Alleghany Foundation: Founded in 1995 following the sale of the Alleghany Regional Hospital, The Alleghany Foundation seeks to be a catalyst for positive change in the Alleghany Highlands. The Foundation aims to focus its capital in a way that leads to a more civically engaged and prosperous community that builds upon its assets to produce opportunities for all residents.