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Commonwealth Autism Accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute

Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team over the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. These standards cover areas such as: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff, and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement, and Advocacy.

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News from the Community: RVA Community Fund for Standing Together Launches with Mini Grants for Nonprofits

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is pleased to announce a new resource for Richmond-area nonprofit organizations. Thanks to initial funding from the Robins Foundation and fund management from the Richmond Jewish Foundation, the RVA COMMUNITY FUND FOR STANDING TOGETHER was launched on August 21st, 2017.

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News from The Community: New Nonprofit General Counsel Program

Does your nonprofit organization need help spotting potential legal compliance issues?  If so, you could be a great candidate for the new Nonprofit General Counsel Program offered through the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse.

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation has been connecting nonprofit organizations with pro bono legal resources in the greater Richmond area through the Pro Bono Clearinghouse since 2001.   This new Program will involve matching one or more volunteer attorneys with the nonprofit organization for one year (beginning January 2018).  During that year, the volunteers will serve as mentors, sounding boards and legal issue spotters for the organization.

To participate in the inaugural 2018 client group of the Nonprofit General Counsel Program, the preliminary interest form must be completed and submitted no later than September 8, 2017.  To see if your organization meets the eligibility criteria and to request the application, please review our informational page on the GRBF website or contact our Director of Administration, Alison Roussy (aroussy@grbf.org).  Final applications (if found eligible to apply) will be due by October 6, 2017 for participation in the program.

Nonprofit Eligibility Criteria

 It is required that each organization applying for the GRBF General Counsel Program:

  • is a 501(c)3 charitable organization or the equivalent
  • is located in or provides significant services in the Greater Richmond area (Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, Powhatan, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell);
  • is in good standing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission, if applicable; and
  • has a current GiveRichmond profile


Priority* will be given to applicants that:

  • were incorporated in Virginia, if applicable;
  • have an annual budget of at least $100,000 but less than $2 million;
  • have been operating programs/providing services for at least two years;
  • have a duly elected governing board that is in good standing;
  • has operated with an Executive Director/CEO (or its equivalent) for at least one year; and
  • assist low income individuals or low-income communities.

*Organizations that do not satisfy one or more of these criteria are encouraged to apply and explain why they should be considerate for participation in the program.


Want more information about local Pro Bono Resources – check out ConnectVA’s Pro Bono Listing Page!

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News from the Community: Local Foundation Award Updates

We caught up with the largest local foundations to get an update on their awards so far, this year!  See what initiatives are being funded and check out ConnectVA’s tools and resources for connecting with local grantmakers and information.

John Randolph Foundation

John Randolph Foundation awarded its latest grants on Thursday, July 20th in front of a crowd of 125 partners, donors, and grant recipients. Responsive grants from the Foundation’s Mission Fund were awarded to 17 nonprofits totaling $403,369. The Foundation also awarded grants from endowment funds to eight organizations totaling $123,090, and finally two local educator awards totaling $4,000.   As the Tri-Cities area’s only community foundation, John Randolph helps donors create enduring investments and currently manages nine endowments, 60 scholarships, and three educator award programs.


  • Alamo Recovery Center $11,625 for community-based substance abuse counseling in the Tri-Cities area
  • *Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad$4,070 for ambulance child restraints
  • Central Virginia Health Services$100,000 for the Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center
  • City of Hopewell Fire & Rescue$22,500 for Lucas chest compression devices
  • Conexus$13,424 to correct student vision problems in 35 schools in the Tri-Cities area
  • *Crater Community Hospice$6,625 to provide quality hospice care to people in the Tri-Cities area
  • *CrossOver Healthcare Ministry$14,875 for the Access to Care Program for Residents of Southern Central Virginia
  • FeedMore$20,000 for the Comprehensive Children’s Nutrition Program in Hopewell
  • Hopewell Food Pantry$40,000 to support access to healthy food for people in need in the City of Hopewell
  • Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers$17,500 for Kids Run RVA and Fitness Warrior programs in the Tri-Cities area
  • Prince George Emergency Crew$35,000 to purchase a Zoll Cardiac Monitor and AutoPulse chest compression device
  • Reach Out for Life$20,000 to support the Free Mammography Outreach Program in the Tri-Cities area
  • SwimRVA$20,000 to support the Learn to Swim program in Hopewell
  • Virginia Dental Association Foundation$12,500 to support Donated Dental Services in the Tri-Cities area
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond$30,000 for Teen programs at the Petersburg and Chester YMCA centers


  • Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Richmond Chapter$5,000 to improve quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  • *Appomattox Regional Library System$22,659 for general operating expenses of all eight branches of the library system
  • *Beacon Theatre 2012, LLC$42,804 to support the purchase of sound equipment and lighting upgrades
  • *City of Hopewell Parks and Recreation$1,329 for the City Point 5K Kid’s Fun Run and Fit for Life challenge
  • *Historic Hopewell Foundation$41,549 for renovations at Weston Manor
  • Joseph’s Villa$15,000 to support the Flagler Housing Resource Center
  • The James House$22,500 for children and teens impacted by domestic violence and stalking


  • GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP)$7,500 for In-School Financial Aid Advising at Hopewell High School
  • *Drs. Singh and Bhuller Tri-Cities Outstanding Educator of the Year Award$3,000 to Ms. Rebecca Stroop, an art educator from JEJ Moore Middle School in Prince George County
  • *Preston and Anne Leake Teacher Recognition Award$1,000 to Ms. Antonia Thompson, a special education teacher from Carter G. Woodson Middle School in the City of Hopewell

*Grant provided in part or in whole through an endowment, a permanent fund created by a donor.

Read more about John Randolph’s recent award announcements here.

Robins Foundation

Reflecting the organization’s focus on helping transform the broad continuum of education in the Richmond region, Robins Foundation selected 12 local nonprofits to share in nearly $1 million in grants designed to improve educational outcomes for children in the Greater Richmond area.

The following is the complete list of June 2017 grantees:

  • CIS Richmond $125,000 for Integrated Student Support K-12
  • Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis $50,000 for Policy Improvements to Advance Educational Opportunities in Greater Richmond
  • CodeVA $100,000 for Building the Digital Dominion
  • FRIENDS Association for Children $45,000 for Stronger with FRIENDS
  • Greater Richmond Chamber $75,000 for Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond
  • Greater Richmond Fit4Kids $50,000 for Wellness Integration Programming and Advocacy
  • Sacred Heart Center $100,000 for Responding to Critical Needs of the Latino Community
  • Storefront for Community Design $40,000 for 6PIC Operations
  • Virginia Early Childhood Foundation $50,000 for Establishing and Sustaining a Shared Services Alliance Model in Richmond
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children $75,000 for Engaging Advocates to Speak Up for Children & Families
  • YMCA Richmond $125,000 for Support for Oak Grove-Bellmeade Out-of-School Time Program
  • YWCA Richmond $125,000 for Sprout Preschool Initiative

Read more about their recent grant announcements here.

The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia (TCF)

TCF and its partners awarded $24M in grants through June 30th in 2017.  The majority of grantmaking from The Community Foundation is done at the direction of donors who chose to partner with them on their philanthropy. TCF is privileged to work with hundreds of individuals, families and businesses who enjoy the opportunity to focus on how they want to make a difference, while TCF takes care of the administrative details. Their collective generosity has resulted in $18 million in donor-directed grants for a variety of causes so far, this year!

Through June 30th, The Community Foundation and its funding partners – including the Jenkins Foundation, Pauley Family Foundation and REB Foundation – awarded $6 million in competitive grants. These are grants provided through an application process to support initiatives that address important community issues and build the capacity of organizations and their leaders.

Highlights of Competitive Grants through June 30th:

  • 4 outstanding public school principals recognized by the REB Foundation
  • 3 emerging nonprofit leaders recognized by the Stettinius Awards for Nonprofit Leadership
  • 184 scholarships awarded for post-secondary education
  • $1.7M for local organizations advancing cultural vibrancy, educational success and economic prosperity
  • $1.6M in health-related grants from the Jenkins Foundation
  • $600,000 to strengthen TCF’s affiliate communities in Mathews and the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck

For a full list of the Competitive Grant Awards in TCF’s 4 Focus areas of Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Prosperity, Educational Success and Health and Wellness go here.


Cameron Foundation

The Cameron Foundation’s Board recently approved new grants totaling $1,421,406 to benefit residents of the Tri-Cities area. The funding supports the work of 25 organizations providing services across the region. The awards result from the first of the Foundation’s two annual responsive grant cycles, with the second cycle concluding in October.

Among the larger awards this cycle, the Foundation approved $105,000 in renewal funding to Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Virginia for its ongoing work to stimulate economic development in the City of Petersburg.

The complete list of responsive grants for the June cycle includes:

  • Alzheimer’s Association–Greater Richmond Chapter – $22,300
  • American Red Cross–Southside Area Chapter – $25,000
  • Battersea Foundation – $100,000
  • Central Virginia Health Services, Inc. – $296,000
  • Chesterfield CASA, Inc. – $20,000
  • ChildSavers–Memorial Child Guidance Clinic – $33,351
  • City of Colonial Heights Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism – $49,975
  • Communities In Schools of Petersburg – $90,000
  • CultureWorks, Inc. – $15,000
  • Dinwiddie County Division of Planning and Community Development – $20,000
  • FLITE Foundation – $39,000
  • GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP) – $10,000
  • Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, Inc. – $45,000
  • Historic Petersburg Foundation, Inc. – $38,555
  • Hopewell Food Pantry – $35,000
  • HumanKind – $10,000
  • The Literacy Lab – $40,000
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Virginia – $105,000
  • Meadowview Biological Research Station – $10,000
  • NAMI Central Virginia – $26,120
  • Petersburg Garden Club – $40,500
  • Rawls Museum Arts, Inc. – $20,000
  • Southside Virginia Emergency Crew, Inc. – $30,605
  • Virginia’s Gateway Region, Inc. – $250,000
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond – $50,000

You can read more about the initiatives Cameron is supporting here.

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) announced $259,000 in grants to 13 nonprofits in the Richmond region. The spring cycle brings total grants and awards by RMHF to $1,697,318 for the 2017 Fiscal Year, which began on July 1, 2016.  RMHF’s Spring 2017 Grantmaking Cycle is designed to give nonprofit leaders in the Richmond region the resources to consider strategic questions confronting their organizations. In keeping with the Strategic Framework adopted last year, RMHF Trustees’ decisions were guided by each applicant’s alignment with the Foundation’s mission of fostering an equitable and healthy Richmond region.

Trustees also gave priority to organizations working in the oral and behavioral health fields, as well as those serving new populations, such as immigrants and refugees, who face significant barriers to basic health care.

The following grants were approved by Trustees at their May meeting:

  • Daily Planet – $25,000 to address strategic questions surrounding capacity needed to provide oral health care to Hispanic patients and pregnant women.
  • Sacred Heart Center – $25,000 to develop a strategic plan for improving outreach and communication in its role as a community hub providing services for the growing immigrant population that include hosting a medical clinic and food bank, and offering parenting classes that support good health.
  • Virginia Supportive Housing – $25,000 for development of a multi-year sustainability plan guiding training, capacity and systems to support a Medicaid reimbursement model for services.
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children – $25,000 to strengthen the organization’s communications capacity to increase public awareness statewide and ensure effective advocacy for children’s behavioral health services.
  • YWCA Richmond – $25,000 to develop a master plan guiding the organization’s capacity needs in response to expanding programs and growth in the number of clients and staff.
  • Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services – $20,000 to guide staff communications and development strategies aimed at ensuring a smooth transition from a group of separate locations to one common facility.
  • Health Brigade – $20,000 for a facilitated exploration of how to best serve the older adult LGBTQ population in the Richmond Region.
  • Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy – $15,000 to support a behavioral specialist in a pilot program that could serve as a model for classroom management in other high schools.
  • Family Lifeline – $15,000 to explore diversification of program-generated income, an issue identified in the organization’s strategic business planning process.
  • Gateway Homes – $15,000 to improve efficiencies in reimbursements for behavioral health services and to ensure that procedures remain up to date in response to changes in Medicaid policies.
  • Central Virginia Health Services – $14,000 to train behavioral health staff to ensure a consistent and effective approach to behavior management for all patients.
  • Virginia Dental Association Foundation – $10,000 for development of a strategic communications strategy to strengthen education on the need for dental care and oral health, and to improve collaboration with program partners to build capacity.

Read more about Richmond Memorial Health Foundation’s Grant Announcements here.

Check out ConnectVA’s Funding Resources page to learn about local funders, funding databases and charity registries and evaluators and subscribe to our Community Discussion Forum “Grants and Funding Opportunities” to get the latest updates on  grant, sponsorship, scholarship, fundraising and other funding opportunities, announcements and deadlines for nonprofits.

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News from the Community: TCF Grant Announcement

In early October, The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia announced the award of $877,500 to local nonprofits through their community grant making program and over $1M in support through TCF affiliated partners - the Jenkins Foundation, Medarva Foundation Fund and Sheltering Arms Fund . The community grants program is supported by unrestricted and field of interest funds created by donors who had the foresight to ensure that TCF would have the flexibility to meet the changing needs of the Greater Richmond region over time. Twice a year, TCF makes grants that advance our goals of cultural vibrancy, economic prosperity, educational success, and health and wellness. In addition, there are special funding opportunities that invite proposals at different times of year. Learn more about the community grant making process here – the next round of competitive grant applications are due November 7th.

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Nonprofit News: Creating Opportunity in the Northside – HumanKind and LISC Launch New FOC

“We in this room know that solutions don’t happen in isolation,” said Bob Dendy, CEO of HumanKind, at the public launch of HumanKind’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) at Partnership for Families – which is offering counseling, training, and mentoring in job placement, career improvement, financial coaching, and public benefits to low-to-moderate income individuals in the Northside and beyond. Launched this March, the Center, which is part of a national network of FOCs, is the result of a revitalization process that Virginia LISC has been conducting in the Northside for the past two years. With 23 percent of Northside residents living below the poverty line, compared to the Richmond Metropolitan Area’s 10 percent*, services such as the FOC are needed to help reverse this trend.

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Nonprofit News: The Capital Region Collaborative

According to Independent Sector's Nine Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Charitable Sector "addressing social challenges will require cross-sector and cross-cultural collaboration to be able to scale solutions effectively." Enter The Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) - "a cooperative effort between government, business, and the community to identify and implement regional priorities that will enhance the quality of life in the Richmond Region." It is a joint initiative between the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. The Capital Region includes nine jurisdictions - Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Ashland, Henrico, Powhatan, Goochland, New Kent, and Charles City. Read on as we highlight some of the progress made by this initiative:

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