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The newest of our giving circles, SisterFund creates a participatory and meaningful experience in which African American women of all ages and careers can come together to support each other and the community they love. By pooling their resources, members can increase the impact of their giving.


SisterFund was founded in 2015 by several committed and passionate individuals including Veronica Fleming, The Honorable Cynthia Newbille, Greta J. Harris, Evette T. Roots, The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, and The Honorable Delores McQuinn. Its purpose is to educate members about the power of collective philanthropy, broaden awareness about issues affecting African American women and girls in our region, and to support nonprofits serving this population.

Grant Priorities

SisterFund seeks to invest in nonprofits and community-based organizations helping to pave a positive future for African American women and girls through gains in education, workforce and leadership development.

Nonprofits can submit applications to be considered for a single, combined grant of $40,000. 

Learn how to apply

Lisa O'Mara

Membership Questions?

Contact Lisa O'Mara
Vice President, Philanthropic Services


Members have the opportunity to connect with one another and with The Community Foundation staff, volunteers and donors to celebrate and advance the concepts of giving together. Throughout the year, members can participate as much or as little as they want. They can help recruit new members, plan events and/or participate in the grant review process.

Calendar of Events

  • March - Deadline for receipt of all pledges
  • April - Grant applications accepted by The Community Foundation
  • May - Grant review by members
  • August - Site visits and selection of finalists
  • September - Finalist presentations and membership selection of grant recipient
  • September  - Grantee notification
  • November - Grant celebration

To pledge your 2017-2018 membership to Sisterfund, click here

Alternatively, you may print this form and send to The Community Foundation at or mail to SisterFund/The Community Foundation, 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110, Richmond, VA 23225.

“We are learning together, giving together and celebrating the joy of achieving greater impact together. Our hope is to be models and mentors for future community builders and philanthropists."

Evette Roots, SisterFund Membership Chair