Back the 'Burg


Back the 'Burg is Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance's annual fundraising campaign. We set a goal to raise $15,000 by Dec. 31, 2017. Every year we see community members roll up their sleeves and put their time, energy and donations where their hearts are - Downtown!
We've experienced the power of community and hope you will choose to Back the 'Burg by becoming a new friend or renewing your friendship during the campaign.
We invite you to donate and help us reach our first milestone of $7,500 raised by #GivingTuesday, November 28.

HDR is making it happen!

Your donation allows our staff to continue the hard work of economic development, supporting small business owners, creating a welcoming downtown for everyone, and cultivating an environment that helps industry thrive. Your donations helped make the following possible in 2017:

  • Produce several free community events, where several thousand people enjoyed a bigger fireworks show and family activities during Valley Fourth and 2000 people celebrated Halloween at our Skeleton Festival.
  • Award $16k in Façade Enhancement Grants
  • Meet our goal of becoming a more strategic organization, this year we leveraged your support with grants to conduct
    • A Market Analysis
    • A branding campaign
    • And a downtown strategic plan
  • For the 7th year in a row, HDR was voted the best use of taxpayer’s dollars. Less than a third of our budget comes from city support and the rest comes from our fund raisers and you.
  • Our new Friendly City Fortune raffle raised an astounding $197,000. For the first time, we can go over and beyond what we invest into the downtown through new business grants, public art, new LED holiday decorations, streetscape improvements & beautification and more.

There is so much more to Do!

We invite you to become a Friend of Downtown today. Simply click the "Donate" button below to donate online or mail a check to:

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
212 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801


Referral Program

Are you already a Friend of Downtown? You can still participate!
Receive $10 Downtown Dollars for every NEW Friend you refer to us at the $100 level or higher.


Meet Our Friends

Thank you to everyone who helped HDR raise over $9000 to Back the Burg!


Friends of Downtown Levels

Collaborator | $50 +

  • Investment in downtown
  • A voice in the direction of downtown
  • Invitations to Friends' events/seminars

Believer | $100+

  • Link to your business from HDR website
  • Participation in networking organizations*
  • Listed on the Downtown Dollars*

Innovator | $250+

  • Invitation to the Donor Reception
  • Eligible for HDR Grants

Leader | $500+

  • Blog article highlighting your business

Visionary | $1000+

  • Recognition at Celebration & Reception
  • Recognition at the Advisory Board Breakfast