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4th-place finish is big win for nonprofit

Lena Price March 5, 2013 1

The Boaz & Ruth building on Meadowbridge Road. (Photo by Lena Price)

A local nonprofit is working with $70,000 in fresh funds after completing a six-week national fundraising competition.

Boaz & Ruth, an organization that connects ex-convicts with jobs and housing, won fourth place in the Huffington Post JobRaising Challenge.

Seventy-four nonprofits competed in the online event aimed at programs that create employment or provide job training. The campaign ran from Jan. 24 to March 1.

Just over 400 individuals and groups donated $68,250 to Boaz & Ruth, interim chief executive Megan Rollins said.

“From what we can tell, we had more donors than any other organization,” Rollins said. “That really shows the power of our grassroots fundraising effort, and it’s something we can really be proud of.”

The Highland Park-based nonprofit operates six businesses, including a furniture store, a catering company and a moving operation. The businesses provide paid work experience for people enrolled in its job training program. It brought in $1.9 million in revenue in 2011, the most recent figures available.

Rollins said the donations from the contest will provide job training for an additional 20 people. They currently offer 60 paid positions for employees and program participants.

Boaz & Ruth was the only nonprofit from Richmond in the contest.

“It was exciting to represent Richmond,” Rollins said. “There are a lot of organizations doing great work here, so it was an honor to be noticed.”

Rollins said Boaz & Ruth would begin its next fundraiser – an event to celebrate the group’s 10-year anniversary – this week.

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One Comment »

  1. Floyd Herdrich March 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Let’s keep in going with a Win – Win ! Get your selves over to Boaz and Ruth’s restaurant project for a great breakfast, or a lunch business meeting, The Firehouse #15 Restaurant.

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