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ConnectVA User Spotlight: Brandon Butterworth, Historic Richmond Foundation

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Tell is about yourself, your work and why you love what you do.

I am the Director of Development at Historic Richmond Foundation. I am a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate with an M.A. in History. At Historic Richmond, we are committed to preserving Richmond’s old and historic buildings. However, to us, these structures aren’t exhibit pieces, walled off from the public. We think Richmond’s historic architecture provides the catalyst, or spark, that will lead to the revitalization of our neighborhoods and communities. 

Going around Richmond, and seeing all of the different places Historic Richmond has touched — the National Theatre, Old City Hall, Linden Row Inn — the list goes on and on. To see people enjoying these buildings and using them, sometimes in new ways, is great! I really love looking for that next “diamond in the rough.” There is still so much history in Richmond that remains untouchd. 

What are you most proud of and what are you looking forward to next?

I’m most proud of last year’s Amazing Raise. We exceeded our goals, both in dollars raised and donations made, with a creative campaign that included a faux arrest of our exective director and board members with donations helped to bail them out of jail. Because of the Amazing Raise, we had a lot of mementum going into our year-end annual fund effort. Our challenge this year will be building on that momentum and turning these donors into supporters and advocates for Historic Richmond and for Richmond’s historic architecture. 

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