Celebrating Black Leaders in Philanthropy and Service
To celebrate the Black history being made in Greater Richmond right now, we asked four of our region’s Black leaders in philanthropy and service: “What issues have captured your passion, and how have you found ways to lend your time and talent to creating positive change?” Here’s what they had to say:
Timika S. Vincent
Founder of Wealth Building Solutions, Community Organizer & Health Care Provider
"My passion for serving others is what drives me. Through my non-profit Wealth Building Solutions Inc, we focus on education, senior care and assisting the homeless. I serve as PTA President at John B. Cary Elementary School, where our team earned the 2021 PTA School of Excellence Award. Establishing annual coat drives and ‘Closets of Grace’ for children in need are two outreach initiatives I am very proud of. We also have a deep commitment to assisting the homeless by providing food, clothing and occasional shelter for those experiencing extreme life challenges. Our work with the senior population is also making a tremendous social impact. We offer enrichment opportunities, provide groceries and host community events to uplift and celebrate this population. Our organization aims to lead with love as we extend our helping hands to those who need it most.”
IT Leader with Atos North America and Board Member of the Urban League of Greater Richmond
“Most of the issues that truly resonate with me fall within the social justice ecosystem. Systemic inequities in the areas of housing, healthcare, the legal system, and wealth building have only deepened since the pandemic. This disproportionality continues to affect communities of color across the Richmond region and my desire to help facilitate change at the root cause level has evolved tremendously.
"In the past year, I have focused on aligning servant leadership with helping to re-establish and reinforce the historical presence of the Urban League of Greater Richmond. As a current board member and development committee chair, I look forward to continuing to assist in the building of critical resource channels, strengthening partnerships and providing guidance that maximizes the impact to those that we serve. There’s such inspiring work happening across the area - I am just grateful to be in a position to contribute, and grow, while doing so.”
Director for Inclusion & Community Impact at Robins Foundation, Infrastructure Enthusiast and Change Agent Wingwoman
"There are so many issues deserving time, partnership, and solution! I find myself drawn to initiatives that are community-centric, and even better if they incorporate young people, elevating their perspectives in identifying solutions. I have been fortunate to be able to participate as a member of SisterFund, a giving circle focused on issues for Black women and girls in the Richmond region. It has been an opportunity to connect with like-minded women, collaborating on ways to impact the nonprofit sector, benefit young people and strategize to elevate the voice and impact of Black philanthropy.
"There are several roles to enact when achieving systemic change, and I believe that philanthropy has several unique opportunities to leverage; ones that can be yielded differently, and frankly, more boldly. To that end, I serve on a board as chair of programs and services for a national philanthropy serving organization, work on a strategic planning committee for VA state funders, advise on a regional committee for diversity and inclusion and also devote my time to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Richmond Alumnae Chapter, working on initiatives that promote constructive development for the Black community. From education to social change, building generational wealth, health and international affairs, I believe in applying your time, talent and treasures to supporting what matters to you. I am passionate about uplifting both experience and community, and recognize that change takes time and action from all of us. Above all else, use your voice and if I can be your wingwoman in affecting positive change, I’m in."
Founder & CEO, Tilt Creative + Production
"Investment in the Richmond/Virginia community has always been a priority in our family. I grew up in Richmond watching my parents support St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Church Hill with their time, talent and resources as well as support the families of the local Richmond Public School where my father may have been working as a teacher or a principal.
"The most significant issues that have our family’s attention focus on children from underserved communities. Our time, talent and resources are focused on organizations such as ChildSavers, Boys and Girls Club and Junior Achievement. It is imperative that we support organizations that can aid our children and their families in closing the socio-economic and educational gaps that exist across our community.
"My hope is that our efforts in some way contribute to leaving things better than we found them for our community and the families that reside in those communities."