Community Foundation to help nonprofits

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Local nonprofit organizations will be competing for up to $100,000 in prizes during the 24-hour Community Give event, sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region.

The event, which takes place on May 6, will start at midnight and end at 11:59 p.m. Throughout the day, various cash prizes will be awarded to participating nonprofits, depending on the donations they receive.

“The organization that raises the most money during the event will be awarded a first place grand prize of $10,000. Second place will win $5,000, and third place will win $2,500,” said Lisa Biever, the foundation’s director of donor services.

In addition, $1,500 prizes will be awarded to each locality that participates, and $1,000 will randomly be given away every hour for the entirety of the 24-hour event.

Currently, 41 organizations have registered for the event, while several more have expressed interest in participating. The deadline for organizations to register for the event is April 14.

The event will be held exclusively online, and individuals will be able to donate to the organization of their choice through a simple online process.

“What happens a lot is that smaller organizations may not have as large an online presence as the big national nonprofits,” said Biever. “As a result, they don’t get as many donations because it’s not necessarily as convenient. The Community Give event, however, will make this possible.”

Biever said how much money nonprofits raise during the event will depend on how much excitement they generate.

“Leading up to the event, we are offering training in communications and social media, so that these nonprofits can build up excitement for the event and create a larger online presence,” Biever said.

The event prizes are being given by Community Foundation sponsors such as The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Union First Market Bank and The Robert Cullen O’Neill Memorial Fund.

This will be the largest giving event in the Fredericksburg area, and the first online fundraising event of this scale in the area.

Every dollar raised will go directly to the organizations involved. The Community Fund will not receive any cut of the donations.

“In addition to the $100,000 that we have to give away, we are anticipating a lot of donations to come in during the event,” Biever said. “It’s practically a no-lose scenario.”

During the event, the Community Give website will have a live time tally of the amount of money raised.

“That’s what I’m personally most excited for,” Biever said. “It’s going to be so amazing and wonderful to watch the generosity and support of our community come flooding in.”

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NAR Issue Brief Top 10 Things for REALTORS ® to Know About the Camp Tax Reform Proposal

On February 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited plan to reform the federal tax system. The plan was released as a discussion draft only, rather than as an introduced bill. Thus, the proposal is not a legislative vehicle that is likely to move through the House or the Senate this year. However, its provisions are important because Members of Congress could endorse them and possibly include them in a future tax reform bill that is more viable.

Click here to read the Issue Brief prepared by NAR.

Dahlgren JLUS Public Meeting


Save the Date: First Public Forum March 2014

King George County will host the first public forum on March 25, 2014. The focus of this forum will be to provide an overview of what a JLUS is, an explanation of the JLUS process, the importance of a JLUS, and an overview of the compatibility factors that will be assessed.

Community members are encouraged to attend to and will have an opportunity to provide their input at several points during the development of the JLUS. In order to develop a JLUS that is responsive to local needs, input from the public is critical.

Date:           Tuesday March 25, 2014
Time:           7 pm
Location:     Dahlgren Mary Washington Campus
                   4224 University Drive
                   King George, VA 22485


Welcome to the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren (NSF Dahlgren) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) website. As this project evolves, this website will be your primary source for access to all materials related to the project. The menus located at the top of the page can be used to obtain the following project information pages:

Project Overview. The Project Overview menu contains a JLUS Overview page and Study Area page. The project overview page provides a brief overview of the Dahlgren JLUS project and explains what a JLUS is, describes compatibility planning, and identifies how past JLUSs have been successful. You can also find the project objectives a summary of the general approach to the project here. This menu will give you access to background information on this project.

Look here for frequently asked questions, a map of the Study Area, and the current Project Schedule.

Public Participation. Public input will be a major component in the success of this project. Your input is critical in this planning process and the success of this project. The Public Participation section of this website will be updated regularly to include information about the committees working on this project and guide you to upcoming public workshops.

Resources. Need a copy of a file? This is the menu to look under. All materials prepared for workshops, newsletters, and draft and final documents will be posted here for your review.

Contact Us. Sometimes you cannot make it to a meeting, but you have comments to provide. Use this menu to learn how to contact the Project Manager and provide your input.

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FAAR Releases 2013 Year End and 4th Quarter Market Statistics Report

Connect with your clients and prospects using the latest FAAR quarterly report.  This FREE publication features graphics, commentary, and statistics from the local market that you are free to use however you would like.  The most recent report provides information a look back at 2013 and information about the fourth quarter of the year.  The report includes some impressive statistics about the increase in sales volume and the continuing decrease in days on market.  This is a great message to get out to your clients!

2013 Year End and Q4 Report for Agents-long version

2013 Year End and Q4 Report Press Release-short version

Please note that this document is currently in PDF form.  You are able to copy all of the text, but you may not be able to copy the charts and graphs.  If you would like to use any of the charts or graphs in your own work, please email Kim McClellan ( for the Microsoft Word version.

NAR Reaction to Tax Reform Discussion Draft

Statement from President Steve Brown

“NAR supports reforms that promote economic growth, but we strongly oppose severely altering the rules that govern ownership and investment in real estate.  Real estate powers almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy, employs more than 17 million Americans, and contributes a quarter of all federal and state tax revenue and as much as 70 percent of local taxes.

“We are extremely disappointed with several of the provisions contained in U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s tax reform draft released today, namely proposed limits on the mortgage interest deduction and capital gains, and the repeal of deductions for state and local property taxes. These proposed changes to the taxation of real estate will impact every single American, either directly or indirectly.

“NAR will carefully analyze the details of the Chairman’s plan so we can best educate Congress and the public about how this plan would impact the owners, consumers, and producers of both residential and commercial real estate.”

Chairman Camp Releases Tax Reform Discussion Draft

On Wednesday February 26, 2014, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited discussion draft for comprehensive reform of the tax code. In anticipation of the release, NAR sent a letter to all Members of the House on Monday reminding them of NAR’s priorities in tax reform. Now that the draft has been released, NAR staff is carefully reviewing the contents to evaluate its impact on residential and commercial real estate and plans to share those findings with Congress. It is important to remember that the Camp bill is only a discussion draft and because of the political landscape and timeline, NAR does not believe any tax reform bill will become law this Congress. Please stay tuned for more details and analysis from NAR.

March Members

March is for Members!  Member Appreciation Month


FAAR is hosting a Member Appreciation Month. We thank our members for supporting FAAR, and we will be showcasing the resources that FAAR provides.  The month will include a day of free education, a member mixer, office visits, and an AMP showcase event.  Please join us!

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