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Greensboro funder promotes giving

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is organizing two contests to encourage area residents to become more involved in philanthropy.

Timed to coincide with its 25th anniversary, the foundation launched the community philanthropy effort April 27 at an event celebrating the funder’s first quarter-century of operation.

Dubbed “25/7,” the event was joint kickoff with ArtBeat, a seven-day showcase of visual and performing arts.

To spur philanthropy in the area, the foundation launched the Piggy Bank Challenge, a contest in which participants raise as much money as they can for the charity of their choice over the next five months.

The foundation then will choose the “most compelling examples of personal philanthropy” and award grants of $250 to the associated charities.

Another contest, Creative Philanthropy, will provide $100 to each of up to 25 groups of 10 people who will use the funds to design and execute a fundraising campaign.

The winning team will receive a complimentary dinner for 10 at Bistro Sofia and the opportunity to select a charity to receive the funds raised during the contest.

“The purpose of these events is to encourage the entire city to get involved in what the community foundation is all about – coming together to identify needs in our city, and using our collective energy and financial resources to do something about those needs,” Walker Sanders, president of the foundation, says in a statement.

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