First things first: why does RCRG's website have a section devoted to the Richmond Community Foundation? Well, since 2013, our organizations have been collaborative partners. We work together to strengthen Richmond's charitable sector. As part of the collaboration, we decided to combine our websites. (Also, we got slick matching logos!)
So really, this "section" of the site is a lot more than just a section. It's the Community Foundation's online home - a place where you can learn about the Foundation's work, contribute to a forever fund, or apply for a grant or scholarship.
With that out of the way, we'll let the Community Foundation take it from here.
Sometimes, it isn’t easy finding the right words to explain what the Richmond Community Foundation is, or what it does. Then we remember: the words are right there in our name.
It all starts with Richmond. When our organization was founded, in 1990, our goal was to make our community the best that it could possibly be. Everything we do, we do for Richmond, and that will never change.
Specifically, we want to create a stronger, healthier Community, which means supporting initiatives in a broad range of fields: education, sports and fitness, arts and culture, healthcare, the environment – just to name a few.
How do we offer support? As a Foundation, we manage forever funds, which can be created by individuals, families, businesses, community groups, or anyone else. They're called forever funds because the money is invested, and so the funds keep growing - forever. Every year, we distribute a portion of the investment income as grants to local non-profit organizations, and scholarships to Richmond students.
Have an hour to spare? Check out this fascinating discussion on the inner workings of the Community Foundation's granting process. If you're looking for insights on how to prepare a successful application, this is a good place to start!
Maryam Bawa | Chair, Grants & Scholarships, Richmond Community Foundation
Louise Demorest | Member, Grant Committee, Richmond Community Foundation
Chris Evans | Director, Richmond Community Foundation
Julie Halfnights | Former Chair, Grants & Scholarships, Richmond Community Foundation