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President & CEO Sherrie Armstrong shares about the Foundation's commitment to nonprofit capacity building.
This week marks one year since I joined The Community Foundation and what a fast-paced and exciting year it has been. As I meet with donors, nonprofits partners and business leaders, I am continually struck by the ways in which our community is evolving. Our work is increasingly influenced by changing demographics, advances in technology, innovations in philanthropy and so much more. What this signals for the Foundation is a need to become as dynamic as the community we serve. To that end, we are deep in planning mode, assessing our current offerings and exploring new opportunities for the future. Our goal is to be the most effective leader and partner we can be in moving this community forward.
One of our top priorities is to prepare nonprofits to lead and serve in an ever-changing environment, thereby ensuring donors' charitable dollars work harder. For 20 years, the Foundation has led or supported initiatives designed to help organizations pursue their missions with greater efficiency and strategic focus. In 2006, we facilitated the creation of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence (PNE) as a one-stop resource center focused on supporting strong and effective nonprofits and advancing a vibrant civic engagement network.
Over the past year, The Community Foundation and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence engaged in a strategic conversation to explore how PNE could best operate from a position of strength as it planned for future sustainability and success. Together, we have determined that the best way to fulfill our shared goals for strengthening the sector is to restructure. On August 1, the capacity building programs of the former PNE will merge into TCF. HandsOn Greater Richmond will remain a separate organization focused on volunteer engagement and continue its strategic alignment with the Foundation.
This transition allows us to reimagine nonprofit capacity building in the context of our changing landscape. Programs focused on nonprofit leadership development, customized technical assistance, and online tools and information will be scaled to complement other available resources and market demand. HandsOn Greater Richmond will continue to develop meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, teams and corporate groups in the region. Our staff teams will work with community partners through the end of the year to complete a redesign of both capacity building and civic engagement offerings.
We are excited about the opportunities that this new, reimagined work can provide for community. We are leveraging our strengths in a way that will create more efficiency, effectiveness and better use of financial resources, which is something we all strive for across the nonprofit sector. Thank you for your support and patience during this season of change. We look forward to your continued interest, support and partnership.
Each year, a portion of The Community Foundation’s grantmaking is awarded through a competitive process, in which local organizations apply for funding for programs and operations. We invite submissions in partnership with The Jenkins Foundation, one of TCF’s six partner foundations, which focuses its grant program on improving health care in the region. The process is guided by a framework in which the Foundation identifies nonprofit partners that are effectively, and many times collaboratively, working to lift up Richmond as a place where all of its residents can thrive.
As part of this collective vision for our community, our grants align with four priority areas – Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Prosperity, Educational Success and Health & Wellness – that we believe are the cornerstones to a healthy, vibrant community.
We are pleased to announce our latest grant awards, totaling just over $2 million, to the following organizations:
Goal: to ensure that community members have access to and an appreciation for arts and cultural opportunities.
$25,000 to provide programming and operational support for projects to restore and enhance Richmond's urban green spaces.
$25,000 to facilitate the strategic planning process.
$120,000 to support awareness of the rich arts and cultural offerings in the Richmond region.
$30,000 to fund community-led Big Tent festivals.
School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community
$40,000 to advance performing arts education outreach programs.
Virginia Repertory Theatre
$30,000 to support work with TRG Arts.
Goal: to ensure that the region’s resources are sustainable and its residents are economically stable and secure.
$50,000 to support the CARITAS Shelter and Case Management Program.
Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Inc.
$50,000 to support Business Development integration and Customer Service certification training.
Greater Richmond Bar Foundation
$25,000 to expand the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program.
$150,000 (over 3 years) to support the convening and coordinating of 30+ public and nonprofit homeless service providers.
Housing Families First
$30,000 to provide families and single women experiencing homelessness with permanent housing and stabilization services.
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia
$50,000 to support programming to tenth-grade students and sponsor of the Philanthropy Center at Junior Achievement Finance Park.
Neighborhood Resource Center
$35,000 to support NRC Works as well as youth development programs for individuals and families in Greater Fulton.
Sacred Heart Center
$40,000 to build organizational infrastructure to grow and serve the Latino population in Greater Richmond.
Virginia Supportive Housing
$50,000 to support permanent supportive housing services to ensure formerly homeless individuals remain stably housed.
Goal: to ensure children enter school ready to learn and receive effective academic and social support throughout their educational experience.
Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy
$30,000 to support the Third Pilot Year of the Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
$50,000 to support ongoing core programs to over 400 youth daily at four Clubs in the City of Richmond.
$50,000 to support quality early child care and education.
Communities In Schools of Richmond, Inc.
$100,000 to support coordination services for students in Richmond Public Schools.
Friends Association for Children
$30,000 to provide operating support for childcare and youth development programs.
Higher Achievement Program, Inc.
$50,000 to support the growth of programming focused on expanded learning, caring role models, and high expectations for low-income 5th-8th grade children.
Partnership for the Future
$50,000 to support programming for low-income, college bound students as well as to support a strategic plan to evaluate program expansion.
The Literacy Lab
$30,000 to support 36 full-time tutors.
The Podium Foundation
$15,000 to support middle and high school academic-year writing programs.
$54,000 to support the Richmond Teacher Residency.
Virginia Mentoring Partnership
$25,000 to provide general operating support.
YWCA of Richmond
$50,000 to support the Sprout School.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Goal: to ensure that Central Virginia residents are safe and healthy.
Access Now Jenkins
$40,000 to support access to donated specialty medical care for low-income, uninsured patients.
Better Housing Coalition Jenkins
$40,000 to support the Senior Coordinated Care program, which provides health and wellness supports to older adults.
Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation Jenkins
$15,000 to expand a prevention-based mental health program into additional high schools.
Chesterfield CASA Jenkins
$20,000 to support training and supervision for volunteers serving as court advocates for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
CHIP of Virginia
$30,000 to support the merger of CHIP of Virginia and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia.
The Daily Planet Jenkins
$50,000 to provide access to medical transportation for older adults, promoting health and wellness in underserved communities.
Family Lifeline Jenkins/TCF
$75,000 to support early childhood home visiting programs.
$100,000 to support Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs.
Full Circle Grief Center Jenkins
$25,000 to support community-based bereavement support groups.
Gateway Homes Jenkins
$40,000 to provide training, counseling, and support for individuals with serious mental illness.
Greater Richmond SCAN Jenkins/TCF
$100,000 to support Trauma Informed Care services that provide weekly intensive treatment groups for families affected by abuse.
Henrico CASA Jenkins
$25,000 to support training and oversight of additional volunteers serving as court advocates for abused or neglected children.
Honoring Choices Jenkins
$35,000 to implement an electronic health record system.
Jewish Family Services Jenkins
$12,500 to implement an electronic health record system.
McShin Foundation Jenkins
$25,000 to provide residential and wraparound services to clients in substance abuse recovery.
Senior Connections Jenkins
$25,000 to support Family Navigators who help families navigate and access children's mental health resources.
Side by Side
$30,000 to support transgender youth by increasing access to mental health services.
St Joseph’s Villa Jenkins
$30,000 to develop patient and family-centered educational tools.
Virginia Dental Association Foundation Jenkins
$25,000 to support the Crisis Stabilization Unit, which serves youth experiencing mental health crises.
Virginia Treatment Center for Children Jenkins
$40,000 to support a Clinical Practice Manager position to oversee operations at the Children's Mental Health Resource Center.
Learn more about how to apply for a grant
Richmond, VA: The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the following individuals as the 2015 recipients of the Stettinius Awards for Nonprofit Leadership – Ryan Ripperton, Avi Hopkins and Mary Dunne Stewart. Now in its 11th year, the awards program seeks to recognize outstanding professionals who provide effective organizational leadership within the charitable sector. After reviewing nominations of many exceptional candidates, the selection committee chose these three individuals to receive $10,000 grants each to pursue professional development activities of their own design.
Since 1992, U-Turn Sports has successfully connected youth from Richmond, VA’s inner-city and suburban neighborhoods for high-performance athletic development, team competition, fellowship events and bible-based guidance. During his 9 years as Executive Director, Avi was an integral part of this mission, growing the organization to benefit over 2,000 Richmond area youth and expanding its physical space into a 150,000 sq. ft. facility. If Avi takes on his next challenge within Richmond’s nonprofit sector, he will have the opportunity to use his Stettinius Award to participate in the Nonprofit Capacity Conference and attend Stanford University’s Nonprofit Management Institute.
Ryan has served in the nonprofit sector for over 17 years. In his current role as Executive Director of SPARC, he and his team embody their mission of inspiring young people in the Richmond community to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts. Over the past 5 years, Ryan has pioneered the implementation LIVE ART, a program that provides arts training and a performance opportunity for children, many with development challenges who don’t otherwise have an opportunity to perform. Ryan will use his award to attend the national conference of Independent Sector in Washington D.C. this year. Additionally, he will attend a SCORRE Conference in Beaver Creek, Colorado and the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference (NGCAE) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Under Mary’s leadership, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids serves the community as a best practice program focused in childhood obesity prevention. Under her leadership, Fit4Kids has grown from a startup with a plan, to an effective non-profit that serves 4,000 children per year. With her award, Mary plans to participate in the Leadership Quest offered through Leadership Metro Richmond. In 2016, she will attend the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership (EPNL) at Stanford University, which includes lectures, discussions and exercises led by Stanford MBA faculty. Mary believes these opportunities will transform her leadership skills and positively impact the productivity for Fit4Kids.
The Stettinius Fund for Nonprofit Leadership was established by Cadmus Communications Corporation to honor Wallace Stettinius’ retirement from the Cadmus Board of Directors. An active board volunteer throughout his business career, Stettinius expanded his scope of volunteer work in his “first” retirement to become a trusted advisor, teacher and mentor to many area nonprofits. Stettinius is a former chairman of The Community Foundation, serving on its board from 1986 - 1995. Since inception, the awards program has supported professional development for 33 rising leaders in the field. The deadline for 2016 nominations will be announced in January.
Learn more about how to apply for the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership.
The Division of Community Engagement will approach its work on two complementary tracks. One subset of the team will lead and manage the competitive grant programs of the Foundation, while also evaluating and delivering service offerings designed to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector. The other subset of the team is poised to take on a community relations role by fostering relationships with community partners, representing the Foundation in the development and execution of regional initiatives and personalized response to donor inquiries in their areas of interest.
Chief Community Engagement Officer
What energizes you about the work ahead?
“The Community Engagement team has incredible insight into the needs of our region and I am thrilled to join them in creating sustainable change for the health of our community. I am committed to working with my colleagues within and outside of the Foundation to understand the root causes of our region’s challenges and to engage in collaborative approaches to improve lives, one person at a time.”
Community Engagement Officer
Grantmaking & Capacity
What are you passionate about?
"I'm passionate about mental health issues. I've seen how mental illnesses can destroy not only the life of the person suffering with the Mental disorder, but also the family members. I believe this is an area where the Community Engagement team have an opportunity to strengthen our community."
VP, Community Engagement
Leadership & Outreach
"Driven by a commitment to social justice, I have focused my career on creating pathways for people to overcome barriers and build better lives for themselves. The Community Foundation allows me to continue this journey. I look forward to supporting and cultivating cross-sector coalitions that are doing great things to move this community forward."
Community Engagement Officer
Leadership & Outreach
What energizes you about the work ahead?
"Our team has an opportunity to help strengthen established relationships with community partners and encourage honest discussions about how the Richmond community can continue to grow. Listening, learning and talking about vision and strategy is crucial, along with a shared understanding of how each partner can help accomplish the vision. I look forward to being a part of it."
(RICHMOND, VA) – The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognize 30 outstanding public school teachers selected as finalists for the 2016 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. Considered among the best in their field, these exceptional instructors demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches and champions for their students. Selected from 102 nominations submitted by students, parents and colleagues, 17 winners and 13 finalists will receive cash grants totaling $185,850.
This year’s awards are bittersweet with the recent loss of the program’s benefactor, Rudy Bunzl. Together with his wife Esther, Rudy was a faithful champion for public education and believed that strong teachers are pivotal to its success. The R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence is among their most notable and continuous contributions in philanthropy, distributing $3.4 million in professional development grants to over 740 public school teachers since 1988.
“The Bunzls have touched countless lives through this unique program,” said Sherrie Armstrong, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “In a profession that is often under-recognized, their vision has made dreams come true. By gifting opportunities of a lifetime through travel or continued education, teachers return to the classroom with innovative ideas and a renewed sense of energy that inspires both their students and fellow educators.”
This year’s recipients will build on the lasting legacy of Rudy and Esther Bunzl. Connected by a desire to make their lessons relevant, all of the 2016 awardees will have a chance to collect real-life experiences, stories and artifacts to refuel their passion for teaching and enhance their ability to bring subject matter to life for their students.
Hanover County Winners
LIST OF 2016 WINNERS
Sarah Anzelmo-Steele, Lucille Brown Middle School (RI)
$11,000 to explore the classic tale, Anne of Green Gables, including a visit to Poland where Anne played a significant role in the Polish Resistance.
Whitney Wells-Cornfield, John M. Grandy Elementary (HA)
$10,500 to explore the rich culture and landscape of New Zealand while capturing images of fractals for use in math and science lessons.
Mindy Dobrinski, Holman Middle School (HE)
$11,000 to explore the diverse climates, cuisines, and cultures of the four corners of the United States.
Alfonso J. Favale, Springfield Park Elementary (HE)
$8,000 to create a series of videos that compare and contrast the cultures, landscapes and ecologies of Alaska and Hawaii.
Tiffany Floyd, James H. Blackwell Elementary School (RI)
$12,000 to travel to Finland during the winter season.
Lisa Grossman, Maude Trevvett Elementary School (HE)
$8,000 to explore of the furthest corners of Virginia – from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore, Northern Virginia to the Valley, the small towns of Southwestern Virginia and beyond.
Micheal Harvey, Chesterfield Career and Technical Center (CH)
$9,800 to learn about alternative and emerging energy sources through visits to various plants in the United States including the Hoover Dam, Copper Mountain Solar Facility and Kodiak Electrical Company’s wind turbines.
Terry Lautzenheiser, Chesterfield County Technical Center (CH)
$11,000 to study hybrid and heirloom breeding techniques and explore community-supported agriculture by touring community gardens, small farms and markets.
Lisa R. Mitchell, William Fox Elementary School (RI)
$12,000 to travel to Portugal and England to experience and research the food traditions of her ancestors through cooking classes and food workshops.
Robert Motrynczuk, Spring Run Elementary School (CH)
$11,000 to travel to Hawaii and New Zealand to study and experience the math and science of extreme sports by Heli-boarding, Kiteboarding, and Bungee Jumping.
Amy Petersen, Midlothian High School (CH)
$11,000 to journey to Southern France where she will participate in an immersion language course and tour ancient sites related to the Roman expansion in Gaul.
Richard (Paul) Rozecki, Atlee High School (HA)
$8,000 to attend the 2017 Spirit of America Visual Design Retreat and study Pyware and Pygraphics, which will help him design new and innovative band drills.
Tonya Sikkar, South Anna Elementary School (HA)
$11,000 to participate in the MOVE Program, an international program that focuses on movement as a way of life for individuals with disabilities.
Eugene Streett, Cosby High School (CH)
$11,000 to visit Rome, Istanbul and Jerusalem – three cities at the intersection of history and religion.
Kevin Trent, Patrick Henry High School (HA)
$10,800 to explore history and culture of South America by connecting with a former exchange student in Brazil and visiting the family of an Argentine friend in Argentina.
Sara Vogt, Glen Allen High School (HE)
$10,000 to participate in the High School Teacher Program at CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research, and to travel to Southeast Asia.
Kyla Zabala, Highland Springs High School (HE)
$10,000 to tour historical theatres to compare current and historical trends by focusing on the lives of several famous poets and playwrights.
All finalists not chosen for a professional development grant will receive a $750 unrestricted cash grant in recognition of their achievements in the classroom.
Learn more about the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence
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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