The 15th Annual Business Philanthropy Summit, emceed by Rebecca Cooper from WJLA7, attracted over 220 participants from all sectors, including businesses, nonprofits, and government leaders. The audience heard from Tony Pica with Capital One and Catherine Merrill Williams of Washingtonian Magazine regarding their philanthropic efforts. We also recognized and celebrated community leaders who have supported Alexandria. After the Summit, over 40 volunteer teams, comprised of 500 + volunteers, contributed over1,500 hours to more than 30 nonprofit agencies and parks to plant flowers, build vegetable beds, clean parks, brighten up the space for children and families living at a shelter, and much more.
Catherine Merrill Williams, President and Publisher of Washingtonian Media, a media company that includes the flagship, 47-year-old magazine, The Washingtonian, the national capital region's leading monthly with more than 300,000 readers and winner of five National Magazine Awards, and Washingtonian.com—the region's premier lifestyle website with popular blogs, events calendar and restaurant finders—as well as Washingtonian Bride & Groom, a semi-annual wedding magazine which has won 2 Gold City and Regional Magazine awards, Washingtonian Custom Media, and Washingtonian Events.
Ms. Williams chairs the board of Visitors at the University of Maryland School of Journalism; is a member and former chapter chair of YPO (Young President's Organization); serves on the board of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, the Federal City Council and The Merrill Family Foundation. She is a member of Cornell University Council and the Economics Club of Washington. She has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC, as well as numerous local Washington stations.
Both the Summit and the Community Day of Service are presented by Volunteer Alexandria. Sponsorships of these events benefit Volunteer Alexandria, allowing us to place volunteers year-round in nonprofits where they can help meet human needs.
What is Spring for Alexandria?
Spring for Alexandria, supported by the City of Alexandria, is a three-day program of contributions, giving, and service.
The event has engaged thousands of volunteers and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Alexandria-based charities. This event has become central to our community's springtime culture, and a model of businesses, nonprofits, neighbors, youth, and government working together for the common good. There are four components to this event: Act for Alexandria's Gala on May 2, Volunteer Alexandria's Business Philanthropy Summit and Community Service Day on May 3, and the Jaycees donation drive on May 4.