Alexandria, VA is not only the second most generous online giving city in the United States (as ranked by Blackbaud); its residents also take the prize for civic engagement. Last year, The City of Alexandria hosted What’s Next Alexandria, a year- long community conversation focused on involving the public in City decision making. Approximately 2000 residents took part in What’s Next Alexandria through community dialogues, online feedback, and public meetings.
ACTion Alexandria, an online community engagement initiative, has seen firsthand the level of civic engagement demonstrated by the Alexandria community. From bike lanes to toy drives, Alexandrians are overwhelmingly willing to share ideas, take action, and donate to worthy causes. During Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s day of online giving organized by its community foundation, ACT for Alexandria and promoted through ACTion Alexandria, the community raised almost $660,000 for 97 local nonprofits in just 24 hours. Additionally, through ACTion Alexandria, community members donated over 3,920 items for Alexandria’s nonprofits and took 651 actions to support local nonprofits.
Outside of Alexandria’s commitment civic engagement, Alexandria is simply a wonderful place to live. Visit Alexandria, Alexandria’s Convention & Visitors Association, markets Alexandria as extraordinary. Between its proximity to DC, it’s gorgeous waterfront , the historic 18th and 19th century architecture, the active art scene, and the destination shopping, Alexandria truly is a GOOD and definitely an extraordinary city to live, work, or visit.