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Ways to Give

The Community Foundation offers several giving options, depending on what you hope to achieve through your philanthropy. Many donors take advantage of multiple strategies for tax planning purposes or to leverage their resources for greater good.

1. Establish a fund now

Creating a named charitable fund at the Community Foundation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to manage your personal philanthropy. We offer several types of funds to help you create lasting impact for our region.

Explore which fund is right for you

Establish a donor advised fund

2. Plan for a future fund 

You may choose to leave a legacy through a planned gift such as a charitable trust, future IRA distribution or bequest. Donors who provide for the future through their estate plans are recognized as members of The Legacy Society. These gifts can be used to create a new fund or add to an existing fund.

View your planned giving options

3. Invest in a community impact fund

Donors are invited to participate in our strategic grants process, which is focused on four priority areas deemed essential to the long-term health and vibrancy of our region. You can contribute to the Foundation's annual grantmaking through one of our impact funds or collaborate on specific grants through a donor advised fund.

  • Community Impact Fund
    Make a gift to support the Foundation's annual grantmaking and leverage your gift to responsively address the region's greatest needs now. 
  • Amandla Fund for Social and Racial Justice
    Build long-term resources to strengthen the Black community and work towards racial justice on a local scale
  • Fund for Community Vibrancy
    Build access to and an appreciation for the arts, cultural opportunities and natural assets
  • Fund for Economic Prosperity
    Empower individuals and families to secure stable housing, build skills and seek resources that provide opportunities for economic mobility
  • Fund for Educational Success
    Support students' long-term success through early childhood programs and parent education, support services in schools, quality after-school programs, and skill building that leads to college and career opportunities.
  • Fund for Health & Wellness
    Keep community members healthy and safe through access to primary care health services, targeted interventions, healthy food and wellness programs

4. Join a giving circle

The Community Foundation is proud to support three annual, collective giving programs that allow donors to explore their common interests, pool resources and make a greater difference together.

  • Impact 100 Richmond
    A women's philanthropy group that aims to award at least one $100,000 transformational grant each year to a local nonprofit that has a big idea and great potential
  •  ouRVA Collective
    A group for the next generation of philanthropists to make an impact in the Richmond community through education, volunteerism, community building, and collective giving
  •  SisterFund
    A grassroots donor education and grant-making initiative that unites civic-minded African American women’s ideas and actions through philanthropy
  •  Ujima Legacy Fund
    A forum of civic-minded African-American men who are increasing our philanthropic presence and impact in the Metro Richmond community

5. Volunteer

We help position people at the center of change by connecting you to volunteer opportunities in our community. There are many ways to get involved - as individuals or with families, friends and colleagues. We invite you to lend your voice and talent to making Richmond even stronger than it is today. 

Learn about our civic engagement options