The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia stands with our neighbors in Charlottesville affected by the recent conflict and violence in their community; and we firmly stand against hate, bigotry and discrimination. Locally, we believe in a collective approach to change. Together with donors, we are actively working with diverse leaders – both within neighborhoods and across sectors – to acknowledge and heal from our divided past while developing a unified vision for our future.
As a community foundation, we are locally focused and we maintain a long-term view of what needs to be done to create greater access and opportunity for all residents. Our work requires a holistic approach that leverages the collective knowledge, leadership and resources of our board and staff, donors and countless community partners. Now more than ever, we are committed to study the deep-rooted issues that have shaped our community, lift up under-represented voices, and lend our support to activities and initiatives that will move our region toward equity and inclusion.
Opportunities to learn and engage:
- Read There is No Place for Hate by Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The article offers a reflection on the events in Charlottesville and 10 actions we can take to stand together against prejudice and discrimination.
- Consider a donation to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, created by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to support both immediate and long-term reconciliation efforts.