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RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 18, 2015) – After 36 hours of online donations, more than $1.8 million was raised during the 2015 Amazing Raise for Central Virginia nonprofits. The Sept. 16-17 event, organized by The Community Foundation, was designed to expand philanthropy in our region and encourage people to support their favorite organizations.
A total of 21,138 donations were given during the event. Of the 650 participating nonprofits, 553 received donations. These organizations provide services in all areas of community life from animal welfare and arts to human services and health care.
“The Amazing Raise is such a success because of the diversity of both donors and nonprofits who have a passion for our community,” said Sherrie Brach, President & CEO of The Community Foundation. “We’re overwhelmed with the growth and excitement the event generates each year. The Amazing Raise shows that philanthropy is something everyone can participate in.”
The Community Foundation, along with event sponsors, distributed $189,500 in prize money to participating nonprofits. To earn incentive prizes, nonprofits organized morning coffees and cocktail hours, along with launching email and social media campaigns.
For the 2015 event, organizers also created a Youth Tool Kit to highlight the importance of instilling the philanthropic spirit in children at a young age and that everyone has something to give. With support from the Aprahamian Family Fund at The Community Foundation, several youth-serving organizations were able to participate in this meaningful discussion and make donations to one or two nonprofits of their choice.
“Our students reminded us that this event is about much more than counting gifts or dollars raised,” said Lauren Devitt, Development Director at Elk Hill. “As a group, they explored a list of causes to find a mission that spoke to their hearts to support during the Raise. In the end, they voted for the Richmond SPCA because they connected with the ‘true stories of endangered animals left out in the cold’ and loved how the SPCA supported and cared for these animals.”
The Amazing Raise kicked off a week earlier with the Amazing Raise 5K on Sept. 10. More than $19,000 was distributed to nonprofits on behalf of participants.
Based on the most donations of $50 or more by unique donors
TowneBank Grand Prize Winner – CHAT – $15,000
885 unique donations; $62,522
2nd Place – Community Ideas Station (WCVE) – $10,000
405 unique donations; $42,751
3rd Place – Elijah House Academy – $7,500
337 unique donations; $29,860
TowneBank Grand Prize Winner – Richmond Center for Christian Study – $15,000
491 unique donations, $37,464
2nd Place – Blue Sky Fund – $10,000
474 unique donations; $28,150
3rd Place – Southside SPCA – $7,500
322 unique donations; $23,900
To learn more about local nonprofits or to make a donation to your favorite cause, please visit GiveRichmond.
The Community Foundation is announcing a change to our Community Impact grantmaking process. We will be moving from two competitive grant cycles to one cycle per year, beginning in January of 2018.
Under the new timeline, applications and reviews will occur in the first two quarters of the calendar year, with decisions announced in June.
Some of the rationale for this change includes:
Our website has been updated with a calendar of grant deadlines for 2018. Please refer to the website frequently, as this will serve as our primary method of updates. Nonprofits: please do not plan to make an application to The Community Foundation in 2017, but in early 2018.
This change will not affect grants awarded by the Jenkins Foundation. They will continue to offer bi-annual competitive grant cycles. The next Jenkins Foundation grant process will open October 2nd and applications are due November 6th.
Best wishes to all organizations as we work together to create a healthy, thriving community.
We are pleased to share that 184 scholars were awarded scholarships totaling over $380,000 to continue their education journey. More than 60 scholarships are offered annually through The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia for graduating seniors and adult learners. Through establishing a scholarship fund at TCF, donors have the opportunity to help local students pursue their dreams of higher education based on merit or financial need.
At our recent scholarship celebration, donors and staff members recognized award recipients and celebrated their bright futures. Sr. Vice President of Philanthropy Services Molly Dean Bittner welcomed those in attendance and shared with the students: “Your aspirations are far reaching, and above all, your commitment to service sets you apart. Please accept our congratulations for your accomplishments to date, and for the many accomplishments that are promised in your futures.” The generosity of donors will continue to impact the lives of these students for years to come, and we wish them all the best.
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In its thirteenth year, the Stettinius Fund for Nonprofit Leadership honored three nonprofit leaders with grants totaling over $26,000. Christopher Beach, Executive Director, Relationship Foundation of Virginia; Honesty Liller, CEO, The McShin Foundation, and Todd Martin, Deputy Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council have been selected to pursue professional development opportunities of their own design. The Stettinius awards program was established by Cadmus Communications Corporation on the occasion of Wallace Stettinius’ retirement from the Cadmus Board of Directors. Since its inception in 2003, the Fund has recognized and supported outstanding professionals who provide effective organizational leadership within the local charitable sector.
Deeply entrenched in TCF’s community grantmaking and leadership work is a commitment to build a strong and sustainable network of local nonprofits. We do this by offering nonprofits access to resources, capacity building grants, civic engagement opportunities, nonprofit directory and professional development. The Stettinius awards program has been a large part of our commitment for leadership development, and starting next year these funds will be used to enhance the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program.
Chris Beach, Executive Director, Relationship Foundation of Virginia
RFVA has a clear vision – to strengthen relationships for better families. With a grant of $10,000 Chris will obtain an executive certificate in nonprofit leadership from Duke University, apply for the 2018 class of Leadership Metro Richmond, and attend the National Council of Family Relations annual conference.
“In the nonprofit field, funds for continuing education and additional training are very limited. I applied for this award because I knew that this scholarship would allow me to pursue amazing opportunities and strengthen my abilities to lead RFVA and broaden our reach in the community. I am humbled and honored to have been chosen for this award but it is my staff that truly deserves this recognition. They work tirelessly to strengthen and enrich relationships for youth, couples and fathers. It is because of them that I am able to passionately pursue our mission at RFVA.”
Honesty Liller, Executive Director, McShin Foundation
The McShin Foundation is a recovery resource foundation whose mission is to deliver a message of hope to recovering addicts and alcoholics and facilitate their journey to a healthier life. Honesty will use her grant award of $9,100 to participate in Stanford’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and apply to the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program through TCF.
“I am continually striving to be a more effective female leader and role model within our organization and the Richmond community. My journey from drug addiction to helping others has been an amazing, priceless experience. As a high school graduate who bypassed college courses because of drug addiction, I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to apply for the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford Graduate School through my Stettinius Award.”
Todd Martin, Deputy Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is a youth development program that collaborates with community organizations to provide leadership development and character building programs to youth. With a grant of $7,600 Todd will pursue a mini MBA through the University of Richmond and attend the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference.
“I am honored to have been selected to receive a Stettinius Award, not only for the recognition but the grant to apply toward my professional development goals. Pursuing my MBA and attending the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference will give me fresh perspectives into how Scouting locally can improve operations, partner with more organizations and make a greater impact in Central Virginia.”
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At its 8th annual Big Give, Impact 100 Richmond presented two transformative grants of $100,000 each to CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center. This annual event marks the culmination of a year-long women’s giving initiative that brings together more than 300 women from across the Richmond region. Since 2009, members have collectively reinvested $1.2 million in community-based organizations that are either filling gaps in service or expanding programs to address the needs of local residents.
CARITAS is well-known for programs that help the most vulnerable members of our community overcome crisis through overnight shelter, the CARITAS Furniture Bank, the CARITAS Works employment training program and the Healing Place for men. It will use the Impact 100 grant to develop the CARITAS Center, which allows the organization to provide recovery services for women – through a new Healing Place for Women – and consolidate existing programs under one roof.
Founded in 1990, Sacred Heart Center revised its mission in 2011 to create a hub for the Latino community that opens opportunities for social and economic integration, family success and community leadership. In that spirit, the organization will use its award to launch the Family Protection Project. The goal of the project is to provide support, referrals and legal defense to immigrant families in Richmond with the goal to prevent the separation of families.
At the Big Give, held Tuesday evening at the Steward School, members heard presentations from five finalists and then conducted a live vote to determine the 2017 grant recipients. The other finalists included Groundwork RVA, Virginia Advanced Studies Strategies and Virginia Capitol Foundation.
“The Big Give reminds us of what we’re all about – to connect and be connected. As a collection of women philanthropists, we connect with our mission to transform lives through giving, with each other, and with our nonprofit partners,” said Jill Lemon, Chair of Impact 100. “We are excited to add two new partners tonight. Not only will CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center receive grants of $100,000 each tonight, but our members will continue to show support as advocates and volunteers in the year ahead.”
Impact 100 Richmond is a partnership with The Community Foundation that unites women around the simple idea that we can accomplish more together than we can alone. Members are diverse in age and background, but they share a common desire to learn about local issues and combine their resources for positive community change. Through member education, volunteer events and grantmaking, Impact 100 has supported more than a dozen projects ranging from a new teen art center, permanent housing for victims of abuse and increased access to fresh, healthy produce for residents living in food deserts.
“I’ve observed the leadership development in committee members and I’ve seen how our members’ expanded knowledge has continuously turned into actionable results. I love that we’re affecting change with and within each other,” Lemon said.
Impact 100 Richmond is one of three collective giving networks at The Community Foundation and part of a nationwide culture shift of rising women philanthropists. Impact 100 is based on at least 100 women giving $1,100 each to create one or more $100,000 grants – with $1,000 used to support the important work of grant recipients and $100 to support ongoing operations. Members also can pool resources through an Impact Circle – two or three individuals who combine efforts to reach a full $1,100 donation.
Impact 100 membership is open to all women throughout metro Richmond. Membership forms are available at www.impact100rva.org.
A generous $20M bequest will support nonprofits in Richmond and Mount Airy, NC.
James M. (“Jim”) Frye died in April 2015, leaving a philanthropic legacy to the communities he loved. The $20 million bequest to The Community FoundationServing Richmond and Central Virginia endows an unrestricted fund that will enhance local grantmaking, as well as restricted endowments that will provide ongoing support to over 30 eligible organizations in Richmond and Mt. Airy, NC. In addition to the bequest to The Community Foundation, his estate provided direct charitable bequests to a number of organizations.
At age 84, Jim looked back on a life of singular accomplishment. He rose from depression-era poverty in Mount Airy, North Carolina to become Director of Government Relations for Phillip Morris, one of the world's largest and most profitable public companies. After retirement in 1988, he served the company as a consultant for 19 more years, completing a remarkable 55 years of service. Jim and the many leaders who worked alongside him helped build the company into the leader in the tobacco industry.
Jim was known for his deep friendships, his good humor, and his integrity in business and in life. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1953, gaining admission on a football scholarship. Then he joined his lifetime employer as a management trainee, earning an MBA from Richmond while working full-time. He served his country two years in the Army, including a year in Japan right after the Korean Conflict.
His potential for leadership was recognized in 1966 with a posting to the Brookings Institution as a Public Affairs Fellow, and there he served Congressman Gerald Ford, who would go on to be America's 38th President. That relationship would result in a lifelong friendship. The President's balanced and unselfish approach to problems influenced Jim in business and philanthropy.
Jim knew that both organizations and community needs change over time. This made him reluctant to set aside significant capital for a cause unless he could be assured that the organization would be monitored and his committed funds managed professionally. Jim learned of The Community Foundation in 1997 and, true to his creed, investigated it. He crafted a careful plan to give nearly all of his savings to charitable causes after the death of he and his wife, Virginia Nash Frye. In the meantime, he gave generously and always anonymously each year. His plan included meaningful capital gifts to selected charities including St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (his church), Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (board member for 15 years) and others in Mount Airy.
The balance of his estate was gifted to The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia to fund endowments for ongoing support of his chosen causes, but with 25% reserved to address community needs as identified by the Foundation. Of particular importance to Jim Frye was the duty of the Foundation to monitor the organizations selected and to move endowment support to other organizations if they failed to perform effectively or if the need served dwindled.
Always a very private person, Jim requested toward the end of his life that the details of his plan be publicized after his death. This was not for his aggrandizement ("After all I won't be around," Jim said with typical wry humor) but to encourage others to give.
Frye’s philanthropy was influenced by his life experience – growing up during the Depression when basic things were scarce; mentors during his life who coached and encouraged his talent and leadership; the loss of loved ones due to health considerations; and, his faith. His legacy of philanthropy is captured in the themes of helping children, promoting the dignity and well-being of less fortunate persons, supporting health and expressing faith through community outreach. Jim’s wife of 47 years, ‘Lucky’ as she was known to her close friends, died in 2010. In addition to his charitable gifts, Jim Frye left meaningful bequests to his and Lucky's extended family members and a few close friends.
During the time Jim worked with Philip Morris, the company was making its first charitable grants. Today, the company’s philanthropic legacy spans 50+ years, setting a corporate culture of giving and community engagement by company leaders and employees. Jim was fully invested in Philip Morris, and contributed significantly to the company’s strong performance during his career. In his eulogy to Frye, long-time friend Bill Leidinger exclaimed that “Jim just didn’t work for Philip Morris. Jim was Philip Morris! He was Philip Morris personified.”
Friends report that Frye never sold a share of Philip Morris and he would acquire the stock whenever he could. The Philip Morris Companies (now Altria) investment story has been an amazing one in its own right. A $360 investment in just 10 Altria shares in 1970 would have grown to more than $500,000 today, with reinvested dividends. But it was Frye’s investment acumen and discipline that Jim brought to actively managing his own money in retirement that proved to be brilliant and produced the wealth that enabled his philanthropy.
Jim’s loyalty to Altria, his entrepreneurial spirit and his compassion for others translated into millions for the communities he loved and will now benefit countless people through this bequest to The Community Foundation.
Organizations benefiting from Frye’s Estate are as follows:
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(RICHMOND, VA)…Members of the Ujima Legacy Fund – a giving circle created by and for African American men – announced two new grants of $20,000 each to Richmond Cycling Corps and Excel To Excellence. They honored the recipients at a celebration at the Richmond Cycling Corps Bike Park on June 2, 2016.
The grant to Richmond Cycling Corps will provide employment opportunities for youth who participate in this unique program that uses the bicycle as a tool to help youth in public
housing break free from systemic poverty. While the program has proudly produced the only two inner-city youth cycling teams in the nation, it also offers its youth participants a good dose of tough love. Central to its mission, Richmond Cycling Corps provides a range of case management services to help these young people navigate life and learn personal accountability. This year, with support from Ujima Legacy Fund, 6 young people will be offered summer jobs as assistant coaches, bike patrol members and maintenance staff for a large scale community garden project.
The grant to Excel to Excellence will allow the program to expand from two to four schools in 2016, reaching an additional 60 students. Developed by Richmond native and former NFL player Michael Robinson, Team Excel is an ongoing academic program that encourages youth to excel in the classroom throughout the school year. The program uses a “reverse” fantasy football concept in which students are coached by professional athletes and community mentors. Each week, youth participants receive individual and team scores based on their grades, attendance and community service. Aimed at bridging the achievement gap in Henrico County, Team Excel is designed to help students increase their classroom performance, learn life skills and explore career opportunities.
“Richmond Cycling Corps and Team Excel represent two inspiring examples of what can happen when you believe and invest in the potential of young people,” said Immanuel Sutherland, leadership team member, of Ujima Legacy Fund. “The members of the Ujima Legacy Fund are proud to make a collective investment that will help these organizations continue to grow and innovate and to provide young people from our communities with life-changing opportunities that will help them achieve in school and in life.”
In 2013, The Ujima Legacy Fund was launched as a way to make philanthropy engaging and accessible for African American men in the Richmond region. Ujima is named after the third day of Kwanzaa and means collective work and responsibility. One of three giving circles created in partnership with The Community Foundation, Ujima members pool contributions of $1,100 each to generate greater community impact. Together, they select at least one local nonprofit organization annually that they feel best demonstrates the ability to empower youth through education-related initiatives, with a particular emphasis on underserved youth. Since inception, membership has grown to 43 men and has awarded a total of $128,000 to six organizations.
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