The second year of fundraising through Richmond Unite will have 46 youth-oriented charities participating in online voting to determine how contributions will be divided.
Beginning Wednesday, people may vote once a day for a favorite charity at www.richmondunite.org. Charities that receive a minimum of 1,000 votes by Sept. 15 will be eligible for a share of contributions raised through other Richmond Unite activities.
Last year's total was $107,000, distributed to 29 charities. UMFS (United Methodist Family Services), the top vote-getter, received $13,749. Other awards ranged from $1,643 to $7,325.
Richmond Unite plans a series of monthly fundraising events from September to December. The first event Sept. 12 will feature a local panel of "angel investors" who have funded startup businesses. Last year's program featured British entrepreneur Richard Branson, who created Virgin Unite as a way of using "business as a force for good."
Participating organizations this year are:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri Cities, Blue Sky Fund, Boy Scouts of America, Bridging Boundaries, CARITAS, CASA, Children's Museum of Richmond, Children Inc., ChildSavers, Christian Youth Theater, Comfort Zone Camp, Communities in Schools of Chesterfield, East District Family Resource Center,
Friends Association for Children, Greater Richmond SCAN, Hanover Arc, Hilliard House, Hope for Families, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, Peter Paul Development Center, Positive Vibe Café,
Richmond Ballet, Richmond Cycling Corps, Richmond Hill/ Armstrong Leadership Program, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, Richmond Peace Education Center, Richmond Tennis Association, Richmond Waldorf School, Safe Harbor,
SPARC - School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, St. Joseph's Villa, Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, Faces of HOPE, HARPS Foundation - American Youth Harp Ensemble, McShin Foundation, Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, YMCA, U-Turn, UMFS, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, William Byrd Community House, Young People's Community Foundation and Youth Life Foundation of Virginia.