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News from the Community: SisterFund Awards $20,000 to Partnership for the Future

In partnership with The Community Foundation, SisterFund recently announced that its second annual grant to empower African American women and girls will be awarded to Partnership for the Future. The grant of $20,000 will be used to provide training, enrichment and mentoring for 179 high school girls and college women working to attain their college degrees.

Partnership for the Future provides highly-motivated local high school students from challenging circumstances with the tools and experiences necessary to attain a college degree. In recent years, the program has expanded from real world training and college prep activities while in high school – such as SAT courses, college tours, cultural experiences and paid internships – to include mentoring and support once students enter college. Most participants are from low-income families and are often first to attend college. Partnership for the Future is designed to help young people unlock their full potential by giving them the road map and support to be successful.

ABOVE: A video about Partnership for the Future’s whose mission is to provide high-potential high school students from challenging circumstances in the metro-Richmond area with tools and experiences necessary to attain a college degree.

“Our membership was particularly impressed by the resourcefulness and collaboration demonstrated by Partnership for the Future,” said Cynthia Newbille, President of the SisterFund. “The program has achieved remarkable results with the support of its dedicated staff, 70 organizational partnerships and a cadre of 200 loyal volunteers. Since 2007, Partnership for the Future has a 100% matriculation rate and 86% of its students have graduated within 6 years or are persisting through college.”

What is SisterFund?

SisterFund represents the collective wisdom, service and philanthropy of 26 African American women leaders who believe they can make a greater difference together than they can alone. While many of its members have chosen professions in service to their community, the giving circle is an opportunity to come together to broaden their collective awareness about issues affecting African American women and girls and to support nonprofits serving this population through education, workforce and leadership development.

Learn more about SisterFund, its membership and grant program by visiting www.sisterfundrva.org.

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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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