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Nonprofit: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western Virginia grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Gift pick: If you can't afford to buy a wish ($6,000), how about a disposable camera for the family to record the memories?

Price: $10.

Contact: 267-1999.

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Nonprofit: In addition to a variety of community services, Berryman B.E.A.R. (Baby Emergency Assistance in Richmond) helps families with children younger than 3, supplying emergency infant and child-care items, as well as baby blankets and afghans created by 46 male inmates in a training program at the Petersburg Correctional Center.

Gift pick: Materials for one baby blanket.

Price: $11.

Contact: 232-0818.

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Nonprofit: Children's Miracle Network - Richmond works to raise the level of pediatric health care in Central Virginia by supporting Children's Hospital and VCU Children's Medical Center.

Gift pick: "A Time for Miracles Volume Two" is a holiday jazz CD featuring local musicians and benefiting the nonprofit.

Price: $15

Contact: 228-5929.

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Nonprofit: Reach Out and Read Virginia is an effort by local health-care professionals to encourage early literacy and make books a part of childhood.

Gift pick: A total of 10 new, age- and culturally appropriate books at regular checkups for a child from 6 months to 5 years old.

Price: $27.50.

Contact: 230-1046.

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Nonprofit: AROS Inc. works to change the attitudes of young people through the arts, in an effort to prevent violence, and provide personal development services for youth, their families and the community. The Youth S.T.A.R.S. program, an effort to send at-risk youth to a theater show, starts Jan. 17.

Gift pick: About 25 tickets for "Annie" at the Landmark Theater in May, with bus transportation.

Price: $35-$55 per ticket. Chartered bus, up to $450.

Contact: 267-1882.

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Nonprofit: ROSMY, the Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth, provides support, mentoring, leadership opportunities, scholarships and educational services to sexual minority youth.

Gift pick: Radio advertising spot to publicize services to youth.

Price: $50.

Contact: 644-4800.

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Nonprofit: The Partnership for Families Northside helps families prepare their children from birth to age 5 for success in school, through appropriate medical care, as well as academic and social skills.

Gift pick: A variety of gift certificates for selected parents and children for a year's worth of services.

Price: Varies, such as parenting education books ($50), 24 books for a child ($50), as well as cultural and fitness organizations.

Contact: 353-4266.

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Nonprofit: Children's Museum of Richmond provides interactive, educational experiences in an effort to stimulate children's discovery, learning and understanding of themselves and their world.

Gift pick: Family membership for a low-income family, providing unlimited visits for a year.

Price: $100.

Contact: 474-7005.

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Nonprofit: Volunteer Emergency Families for Children recruits, trains and supports volunteers who provide short-term shelter care and mentoring to abused, neglected, runaway, homeless and at-risk youth.

Gift pick: Recruiting a volunteer host family to provide shelter.

Price: $100.

Contact: 379-7767.

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Nonprofit: Hanover Powhatan Goochland 4-H Camp provides a five-day residential summer camp on the James River outside Williamsburg for kids ages 9-12, focused on outdoor recreation and having fun.

Gift pick: Camp scholarship for youth selected by school social workers.

Price: $180.

Contact: 752-4310.

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Nonprofit: Children, Incorporated is an international child-sponsorship organization assisting more than 16,000 children with food, clothing, health care and education through 311 projects in the United States and overseas.

Gift pick: Sponsor one of 1,600 children in need.

Price: $288 ($461,000 for all 1,600 children).

Contact: 359-4562, ext. 207.

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Nonprofit: The First Tee Richmond & Chesterfield works to promote character development and life-skills training for children in preschool through 12th grade through the game of golf.

Gift pick: 15 hours of Life Skills Education training for one child.

Price: $450.

Contact: 275-8050.

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Nonprofit: The Richmond Midnight Basketball League offers programs for ages 13-17 and 18-28, offering tutoring, workshops and basketball league play, with the concept "No Workshop ... No Jumpshot."

Gift pick: Basketball uniforms for one of 12 teams.

Price: $690.

Contact: 782-0700.

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Nonprofit: Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (Richmond CASA) provides child advocacy services to abused and neglected children, referred by the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judges, as a result of judicial proceedings.

Gift Pick: Conference room table and chairs for 35 people, for volunteer training classes.

Price: $10,465.

Contact: 646-0517.

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Nonprofit: Chesterfield CASA Inc. provides court-appointed volunteers to act as advocates for children who are the subject of judicial proceedings involving allegations of child abuse or neglect, or in need of supervision.

Gift pick: Lexmark X820e MFP multifunction printer.

Price: $15,000.

Contact: 744-1755.

Nonprofit: Through the Roof Ministry helps build playgrounds accessible to all children.

Gift pick: Playground equipment and materials.

Price: $150,000.

Contact: 639-4777.

Nonprofit: Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement camp with volunteers, trained counselors and grief professionals for children ages 7-17 who have lost a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

Gift pick: 100-200 acres of land in the Richmond tri-city area to build a permanent camp.

Price: $2 million.

Contact: 377-3430.

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Nonprofit: Born To Be Great II Youth Empowerment helps at-risk youth, ages 12 to 20, through capacity-building services and by promoting them in areas of their interest.

Gift pick: A seven-passenger van to help transport youth to after-school programs.

Price: $

Contact information: 321-0440.



Nonprofit: The Richmond SPCA is a no-kill humane society that rescues nearly 3,000 homeless animals a year and cares for orphaned dogs and cats.

Gift pick: Sponsor a sick or injured orphaned pet at the Robins-Starr Humane Center.

Price: $100.

Contact: 521-1312.

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Nonprofit: The Council for America's First Freedom provides educational programs, materials and information about religious freedom as an American historical development, as a contemporary controversy and as an international human rights issue.

Gift pick: Lesson plans, primary documents and resource materials for classroom discussion on religious freedom for a high-school history department.

Price: $500.

Contact: 643-1786.

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Nonprofit: The Virginia Historical Society works to collect, preserve and interpret the commonwealth's past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Gift Pick: A "Seat of Honor" in the new auditorium of the Home for History wing.

Price: $1,000.

Contact: 342-9682.

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Nonprofit: The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen works to bring creativity to the area, balancing arts and culture, education and entertainment.

Gift pick: A seat for the center's theater.

Price: $1,000.

Contact: 261-6210.

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Nonprofit: Hanover Tavern Foundation supports the tavern, a former home of Virginia's first elected governor, Patrick Henry.

Gift picks: A display case to help house valuable artifacts found during the recent restoration project.

Price: $1,500.

Contact: 537-5050.

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Nonprofit: The Library of Virginia Foundation helps the official state library, which oversees a collection of nearly 97 million documents, books, works of art, newspapers, recordings, posters and official records.

Gift pick: Help conserve pieces of Virginia history.

Price: Journal of the House of Burgess, Virginia 1744 ($2,050) or The Riparian rights of Virginia proprietors on the Potomac River, a rare pamphlet detailing the rights of landowners to use water that is on or adjacent to their property on the Potomac River in 1859 ($375).

Contact: 692-3813.

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Nonprofit: The Richmond Ballet, in the third year of presenting its new production of "The Nutcracker" running through Dec. 21.

Gift pick: Underwrite one of the costumes.

Price: The Mouse King ($1,700), Mother Ginger ($4,500) or one of Mother Ginger's children ($160).

Contact: 344-0906, ext. 247.

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Nonprofit: Artspace gallery for the visual and performing arts.

Gift pick: Print, radio, television and other ads for a year.

Price: $2,500-$25,000, depending on media and frequency.

Contact: 232-6464.

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Nonprofit: The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (formerly the Hand Workshop), aims to engage the community in the creative process through the visual arts.

Gift pick: Scholarships for 10 children to attend an eight-week after-school program.

Price: $3,000.

Contact: 353-0094, ext. 16

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Nonprofit: Maymont Foundation supports Maymont and its estate, nature center, gardens, animals and educational programs.

Gift pick: Restoration of the Plank Bridge in the Japanese Garden. Time, visitor usage and Tropical Storm Gaston have taken their toll on this unusual feature, accelerating its deterioration.

Price: $5,000.

Contact: 358-7166, ext. 322.

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Nonprofit: Curated Culture seeks to create awareness of arts and culture through the development of economic opportunities for artists and arts facilities. Its signature program is First Fridays Art Walk.

Gift pick: Become a title sponsor for a season.

Price: $25,000.

Contact: 344-1508.

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Nonprofit: Rockitz works to promote local music of all types with videos, compilation CDs and showcases in the Central Virginia area.

Gift pick: The video production of a live concert featuring at least six local bands at the Landmark Theater, with a nationally known headliner, which would then be broadcast.

Price: About $50,000.

Contact: 360-9382.

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Nonprofit: The 12-year-old Richmond Triangle Players aims to present performances of alternative, original and seldom-seen works, especially those that engage audiences interested in alternative issues and themes.

Gift pick: A new Cabaret Theatre with expanded, more comfortable space and facilities.

Price: $250,000 to $300,000; and $500,000 of operational costs.

Contact: 346-8113.

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Nonprofit: Valentine Richmond History Center collects, preserves and interprets 400 years of Richmond's history.

Gift pick: A new museum van to aid in movement of artifacts, education outreach and staff transportation.

Price: $25,000 or donation of equal value.

Contact: 649-0711 x 326.

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Nonprofit: Partnership for People With Disabilities provides programs serving individuals with disabilities, their families and service providers.

Gift pick: 20 books of bus tickets for families receiving early-intervention services to access community resources for their children.

Price: $10 each.

Contact: 828-8243.

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Nonprofit: Easter Seals Virginia provides services to individuals with disabilities, including a Project SUCCESS program that gives youth with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate in service-learning projects in the community.

Gift pick: An IMAX movie and pizza party for participants to celebrate a successful conclusion to their work.

Price: $102 for the movie tickets; pizza for $60.

Contact: 287-1007.

Web site: www.

Nonprofit: The Greater Richmond ARC works to create life-fulfilling opportunities for persons of all ages with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, in partnership with their families.

Gift pick: A summer-camp scholarship for a child at Camp Baker in Chesterfield County.

Price: $675 per week; partial scholarships available.

Contact: 358-1874.

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Nonprofit: The Positive Vibe Cafe is a restaurant and food-service training facility for people with disabilities.

Gift pick: Scholarship funding for a disabled person to complete the program.

Price: $1,500.

Contact: 560-9622.

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Nonprofit: Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged assists at-risk youth, inmates and ex-offenders, seeking to uplift and empower.

Gift pick: GED study books for the Sponsor Inmate Rehabilitation Through Education program.

Price: $15 per book.

Contact: 737-9624.

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Nonprofit: Friends of the County of Henrico Public Library supports services and resources offered by Henrico Public Libraries

Gift pick: A book for a Family Resource Center, book discussion or library.

Price: Starting at $15.

Contact: 652-3207.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The Richmond Public Library Foundation provides support for library programs and services, and encourages children to learn to read and keep reading.

Gift pick: A new book.

Price: $20.

Contact: 646-4672.

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Nonprofit: Goodwill of Central Virginia works to assist people with obstacles to employment, with the goal of helping individuals maintain long-term employment and an improved standard of living.

Gift Pick: Help a person learn job-seeking or customer-service skills through eight hours of training.

Price: $50.

Contact: 745-6300.

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Nonprofit: The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants has 8,000 CPA members who work in public accounting, industry, government and education.

Gift pick: Sponsor a pro bono financial literacy workshop for the public (on topics like retirement planning, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, and more).

Price: $1,000.

Contact: 270-5344.

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Nonprofit: Boaz & Ruth works to cross economic and racial barriers. It provides life and workforce skills and help to the depressed Highland Park commercial district through an entrepreneurial venture, a used-book store.

Gift pick: Sponsor the "Discovering Diamonds" event, which celebrates the resources of the area, and combines a talent search, country-fair cooking contest, and arts and crafts show.

Price: $15,000.

Contact: 329-4900.

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Nonprofit: The John Tyler Community College Foundation provides scholarships for students and supports the programs and projects of the college.

Gift pick: Endow a scholarship forever, covering all full-time tuition, books and fees for a student to attend John Tyler Community College.

Price: $40,000.

Contact: 594-1574.

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Nonprofit: Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Richmond is an egalitarian, intensive and integrated Jewish day school using a Hebrew immersion approach.

Gift pick: Gas for weekly rides to the Weinstein JCC for P.E. class.

Price: $20.

Contact: 787-4756.

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Nonprofit: The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay works to build consensus and foster partnerships for the protection and restoration of the bay and its rivers.

Gift Pick: Sponsor five inner-city youth to attend the 2006 James River Sojourn, a weeklong canoe and kayak trip on the James River to promote environmental education and stewardship

Price: $600 ($120 per child).

Contact: 775-0951.

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Nonprofit: Scenic Virginia Inc. is a statewide conservation organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the commonwealth's beauty and character.

Gift pick: Professional-grade digital camera with video capability to assist in documenting the scenic resources along the James River in Richmond and to produce an educational PowerPoint presentation.

Price: $1,000.

Contact: 282-5522.

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Nonprofit: Computer Recycling Initiative creates public awareness of the harmful effects discarded computers and electronis have on the environment through educational presentations and the organization of e-waste recycling events at Richmond area schools.

Gift pick: Certificate of appreciation - a personalized declaration that "you have made a difference" by helping keep toxic metals out of landfills.

Price: $35.

Contact: 389-2803.

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Nonprofit: The Giving Heart acquires, stores and distributes items through its partners to people in need -- including a furniture share program and The Diaper Project, which offers diapers and incontinent supplies to low-income families, single parents, the elderly and the disabled and/or ill.

Gift pick: Diaper packages in all sizes, especially for adults.

Price: About $10.

Contact: 749-4726.

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Nonprofit: Central Virginia Foodbank Inc. collects and distributes food to 31 counties and six cities in the Central Virginia region.

Gift Pick: Meals for hungry families.

Price: $100 provides three meals a day for one person for a year.

Contact: 521-3285.

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Nonprofit: YWCA of Richmond provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, including 24-hour crisis hotlines, safe shelter, counseling, hospital and court-accompaniment services, and employment and legal assistance. The YWCA also operates an all-day, year-round preschool program, free to families living in area homeless shelters.

Gift pick: Production and printing of "take-away" items with YWCA crisis hotline numbers that can be discreetly placed in a woman's purse, such as a lipstick holder or compact.

Price: $750.

Contact: 643-6761, ext. 128.

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Nonprofit: The Richmond Chapter of B.E.T.H.E.L. Ministries works to help women attain and maintain their self-sufficiency, placing a high concentration on single mothers and their children.

Gift pick: Become a sponsor for a weekly Fresh Start for Single Mothers session.

Price: $1,500.

Contact: 364-0460.

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Nonprofit: St. Joseph's Villa works to provide care and education for children and families facing abuse, neglect, homelessness, emotional disorders, and learning and developmental disabilities.

Gift pick: Renovation of school auditorium ($200,000) and refinishing the floor ($25,000).

Contact: 261-6141.

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Nonprofit: Children's Health Involving Parents (CHIP) of Greater Richmond is a home-visiting agency that works to help parents improve the health and well-being of their children using specially trained lay home visitors and registered nurses.

Gift pick: A Physician Desk Reference book for nurses ($60); tuition for nurses to take the Spanish for Health Care Providers course ($375 each).

Contact: 233-2850.

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Nonprofit: The ALS Association's DC/MD/VA Chapter fights against Lou Gehrig's disease and supports ALS patients and their family and friends.

Gift pick: Batteries for power wheelchairs in the patient equipment loan closet.

Price: One battery, $100.

Contact: 559-7814.

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Nonprofit: CrossOver Ministry, a free clinic, provides health care for people in need at four clinic locations throughout the greater Richmond region.

Gift pick: Blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and educational materials for two lay health promoters.

Price: $100.

Contact: 262-3585, ext. 109.

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Nonprofit: The Irvin Gammon Craig Health Center works to provide comprehensive primary health care to medically uninsured individuals and families in the Richmond area.

Gift pick: An annual checkup and mammogram for a woman who can't afford it.

Price: $125.

Contact: 553-3351.

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Nonprofit: Noah's Children, the area's only pediatric hospice, is the pediatric program of IVNA, Instructive Visiting Nurse Association. It also runs a home health-care program for children.

Gift pick: One social work visit for a hospice family.

Price: $150.

Contact: 355-7100, ext. 159.

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Nonprofit: Hopewell Prince George Community Health Center seeks to provide affordable health-care services to residents of Hopewell, Prince George County and the surrounding communities, including southern Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights. Services are provided to low-income individuals on a sliding-scale fee basis.

Gift pick: A 25-inch or larger television with DVD/VCR combo to run health-education informational recordings in the waiting room.

Price: $400-$500.

Contact: 452-5800.

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Nonprofit: The Hospital Hospitality House provides lodging and other non-medical services to families and individuals in medical crisis, who are referred from several local hospitals

Gift pick: Washing machines for guests' laundry room.

Price: $900

Contact: 828-6901.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood provides a variety of reproductive health-care services, works to protect access to family planning options in Virginia and provides sexuality education programs throughout the metro Richmond area.

Gift pick: Provide prenatal care for one woman.

Price: $1,000.

Contact: 355-4358.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia works to help people with brain injuries and their families through support groups, referral assistance, educational programs and an annual residential recreation program.

Gift pick: Portable LCD projector, needed for the association's many presentations on domestic violence, injury prevention and public awareness given to schools, community organizations, care providers and others.

Price: $1,100.

Contact: 355-5748.

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Nonprofit: Crater Community Hospice Inc. cares for families facing serious illness, death and grief.

Gift pick: Computer Network Server (preferred CPU greater than 2.5 GHz; RAM greater than 512); and multiple SCSI hard drives (greater than 10K RPM).

Price: $6,500.

Contact: 526-4300.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The VOCAL Network is a program of the Virginia Organization for Consumers Asserting Leadership, for mental health consumers and survivors. It works to help people recovering from mental illness by allowing them to exchange support and information and to advocate for improved services.

Gift pick: Fund the first annual Virginia Mental Health Consumer Conference in 2006, helping pay for a facility, keynote speaker, scholarships, administrative staff time and publicity.

Price: $15,000.

Contact: 343-1777.

Web site:

Nonprofit: Children's Health Involving Parents (CHIP) of Virginia develops and maintains a statewide network of community-based child-health and family-support programs across the state, serving low-income children and their families.

Gift pick: A training van that would allow training materials, supplies and food to be transported to local sites across Virginia.

Price: $28,000.

Contact: 783-2667.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The Virginia Health Care Foundation works to grow Virginia's health-care safety net so that primary care is more available for the uninsured and medically underserved.

Gift pick: A Medication Access Case Worker to obtain free medications for chronically ill, uninsured persons in the Richmond area.

Price: $35,000.

Contact: 827-1342.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias is to prevent kidney and urinary-tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of people affected by the diseases, and increase the availability of organs for transplantation.

Gift pick: Home improvement and property items to entice higher bidding in the "Extreme Home Makeover" auction event, in conjunction with the Winter Wine Gala at the Marriott Richmond West Hotel March 18.

Price: Donated services and items worth a combined $50,000, including $15,000 in donated time by a renowned and respected designer.

Contact: 288-8342, ext. 224.

Web site:


Nonprofit: Hilliard House, a two-year transitional housing program, assists homeless women and their children to live productively in the community.

Gift pick: Twin sheets sets, twin comforters, white towel set, pillow and pillowcase.

Price: $50.

Contact: 236-5800, ext. 27.

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Nonprofit: Freedom House provides services to low-income individuals and families in a housing crisis. It runs the only regular meals program in the Richmond area, two transitional housing programs and a respite program for homeless individuals being released from the hospital who need additional time to recover.

Gift pick: Deep freezer.

Price: About $600.

Contact: 233-4064, ext. 206.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The Daily Planet, which is almost 35 years old, works to address the issue of homelessness in the greater Richmond area. It offers basic needs, as well as a health center, a Safe Haven program for the most vulnerable of the homeless population and substance-abuse treatment.

Gift pick: A new roof for a building that's more than 50 years old.

Price: About $50,000.

Contact: 783-2505, ext. 230.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The Hope Center provides a variety of supportive services to homeless men, women and children throughout the city, including a residential program.

Gift pick: Operating expenses for 2006.

Price: An estimated $50,000.

Contact: 269-7404.

Nonprofit: The Healing Place is a long-term residential treatment program for homeless men with addictions. It provides medical care, an overnight shelter, a detox center and a long-term residential recovery program that includes a transitional living phase and job-placement assistance.

Gift pick: Endow the program, which includes naming rights.

Cost: $4 million.

Contact: 230-1217, ext. 122.

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Nonprofit: The Asian American Business Assistance Center supports the efforts of Virginia's Asian-American businesses.

Gift pick: A software program or an annual electronic mailing service to help AABAC volunteers with communicating with its members more efficiently and effectively.

Cost: About $500.

Contact: 798-3975.

Nonprofit: Connect Richmond, the region's online information clearinghouse for the nonprofit sector, provides research and data as well as educational and networking opportunities for some 4,000 nonprofits in metro Richmond.

Gift pick: A free half-day seminar for nonprofit leaders with business scholar Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great," "Built to Last," and "Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer." This session for 350 or more nonprofit leaders will mark Connect Richmond's fifth anniversary in 2006.

Price: $50,000.

Contact: 287-6627.

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Nonprofit: The Richmond Peace Education Center works for a just and peaceful community by promoting nonviolence locally and globally. It also presents nonviolent conflict resolution training for adults and children, as well as programs on national and international issues of peace and justice

Gift pick: A second phone line.

Price: About $75 a month.

Contact: 232-1002.

Web site:

Nonprofit: The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (ACORN) identifies and markets vacant and abandoned properties in the city's oldest communities.

Gift pick: One-year membership.

Price: $30 individual; $50 family or business; $1,000 to join ACORN's Oak Club.

Contact: 422-2148

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Nonprofit: Million Mom March United with the Brady Campaign to Reduce Gun Violence advocates for sensible gun policy and strengthening weak gun laws, especially directed at the General Assembly when it's in session.

Gift pick: Provide the funding for someone to work on the group's database and files, at least once and preferably twice a week. Four hours of work per week, at about $30 an hour.

Price: $120 per week.

Contact: 353-5657.

Nonprofit: Rebuilding Together*Petersburg, works to repair and remodify houses for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in Petersburg on two consecutive Saturdays in April. The project uses volunteer labor and donated materials and funds.

Gift pick: A house sponsorship and field a team of volunteers to do the work in next year's selected neighborhood of Birdville, Petersburg.

Price: $2,500 or more, plus willing workers.

Contact: 861-8686.

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Nonprofit: A More Perfect Union is a post-9/11 human rights organization that seeks to reduce bias against Virginia's Arab and South Asian cultural and religious communities.

Gift pick: Fund "The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding," to be held in Richmond in 2006, featuring a public dialogue with Dr. Judea Pearl (father of Daniel Pearl, a journalist murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002) and Dr. Akbar Ahmed (a leading Islamic scholar). Topics determined by Richmond residents.

Price: Anything up to $10,000.

Contact: 287-1842.

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Nonprofit: William Byrd Community House serves residents in various neighborhoods, such as Oregon Hill, Randolph, Fulton, Carver, Maymont and Highland Park. Programs include emergency financial assistance, preschool programs, after-school and teen programs, and a program that embraces the socialization needs of our senior citizens.

Gift pick: Pay for an interior design team to perform an extreme makeover on the interior of the organization's 98-year-old building, through which 200 people pass a week.

Price: $25,000.

Contact: 643-2717.

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Nonprofit: Diversity Thrift operates a charity thrift store and runs two weekly bingo games to help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through funding and education.

Gift pick: Pay off the mortgage for Diversity Thrift's under-renovation 47,000-square-foot building that will house the thrift store and a bingo/event hall and will include space for a LGBT Community Center.

Price: Two-thirds left of the $3 million needed.

Contact: 353-8890.

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Nonprofit: Rebuilding Together of Richmond provides home-repair services for elderly low-income homeowners.

Gift pick: Donations of grab bars to improve safety for seniors.

Price: $20.

Contact: 739-3462.

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Nonprofit: Circle Center Adult Day Services works to provide high-quality, cost-effective care for frail or functionally impaired older adults, as well as respite, education and support for their family caregivers.

Gift pick: A nutritious meal for participants.

Price: $100 pays for lunch for 55 older adults.

Contact: 355-5717.

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Nonprofit: The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center supports the well-being of people of all ages and faiths through its facilities and programming, classes, services and events.

Gift pick: Senior transportation, providing more than 50 hours a week of curb-to-curb service for low/fixed-income seniors in the Richmond community -- providing a way to and from medical and therapy appointments, rehab, prescription pickups, and other critical life-care needs.

Price: $34,000.

Contact: 545-8644.

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Nonprofit: Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community.

Gift pick: Give the gift of an individual retreat.

Price: $50 for an unguided 24-hour retreat; $75 for a guided 24-hour retreat.

Contact: 783-7903.

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Nonprofit: Eternity Church/Inspire Richmond, located in Richmond's North Side, works to bring together various agencies and churches that are committed to meeting social, physical and spiritual needs in the city, and to provide a facility where they can work together in a cost-effective way to reclaim the city and advance the Gospel.

Gift pick: Renovate classrooms to be used for day care and youth development in Richmond's North Side. Includes adjacent bathroom facilities and resilient flooring to create a place where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Price: $5,773 for one classroom

Contact: 314-6185.

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