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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. 

Our Vision

A vibrant region where all individuals and families can thrive and prosper.

Our Mission

We bring people together to transform our community through informed and inspired philanthropy.

Our Values

At the Community Foundation, people are at the center of our work. We succeed by partnering with donors, nonprofits, volunteers, staff, Board members and community leaders to seek solutions for strengthening our community. Together, we are driven by our compassion for others, a vision for a thriving region, and we are guided by these core values.

  • Collaboration
    We learn, adapt, and build authentic relationships to solve complex problems with our community.
  • Accountability
    We lead with honesty, fairness and transparency as we thoughtfully steward our community's philanthropic resources and continuously improve to amplify our impact.
  • Equity
    We promote and safeguard dignity, diversity, equity and inclusion. By meeting people where they are and embracing differences, we work to address systemic inequities so that all people have the opportunity to thrive.
  • Innovation
    Curiosity and creativity is the mindset that enables us to create better solutions. By asking questions and welcoming new ideas, we will adapt and grow to provide best-in-class philanthropic practices grounded by data and informed by the experiences of the community we serve.

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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