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
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