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The Community Foundation is a leading partner and advocate for philanthropy and service in the Richmond region. Founded in 1968, we have built a strong legacy of helping people and institutions give back with passion and purpose. 

Today, we manage more than 1,200 charitable funds with assets exceeding $1 billion. This includes six supporting foundations that have chosen to fulfill their charitable legacy in partnership with us, as well as three regional affiliates that were established to address the needs and interests of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Since our inception, we have collectively granted $1 billion to thousands of nonprofits working to support and enhance all areas of community life.

Our Vision

A thriving region where all individuals and families have the opportunity to succeed.

Our Mission

Make the Richmond region a better place with bold solutions and inspired philanthropy.

Our Values

In everything we do, we aspire to be:

  • Collaborative
    We believe in partnerships that help leverage and align resources for the common good.
  • Solution Seeking
    We advance effective and innovative solutions by learning with our partners, measuring impact and adapting to new developments.
  • Inclusive
    We respect and invite all people, their perspectives and experiences into our work.
  • Customer Focused
    We put the needs of our donors, partners and community first, and we do so with the highest standards of ethics and accountability.

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are public charities that guide philanthropy and improve the quality of life in a specific geographic area. They are governed by volunteer boards of leading citizens and run by professionals who are experts in community need. Typically, community foundations serve and champion their communities by:

  • Partnering with individuals, families and organizations to make giving easy and effective.
  • Strengthening nonprofit organizations through grants, training and other supports.
  • Providing leadership and insight to important community issues.
  • Promoting a local or regional culture of philanthropy and service.

There are more than 750 community foundations in the United States, including 30 in Virginia. The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond serves the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan. Our three regional affiliates serve the counties of Gloucester, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex and Northumberland. 

Together, we do more good.

Check out how we work side by side with donors, nonprofits and community partners to do more good with - and for - our region.

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