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Community Foundation and OST partners receive 'Transformational Philanthropy Award'

Photo credit: Scott Elmquist

In celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honored ten awardees at a luncheon on November 14 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, recognizing those who have made an extraordinary impact on the quality of life, cultural vibrancy, and fabric of our region. Since 1996, AFP has honored more than 100 philanthropists, businesses, and volunteers in the community.

The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, Altria, the City of Richmond and the Robins Foundation were collectively nominated by NextUp and awarded the “Transformational Philanthropy Award,” which honors those who have created powerful change and compelling outcomes by significantly transforming the reach and scope of an organization. 

Through a synchronized vision, coordinated funding efforts and joint planning, this partnership has created greater access to high-quality Out-of-School Time (OST) programming for youth in the City of Richmond.  This joint investment has added nearly 1,000 afterschool slots across RPS elementary and middle schools and community-based centers, and continued coordination and funding will ensure growth and sustainability for these programs.

“As partners, we know that creating a coordinated OST system that provides access to consistent, high-quality afterschool experiences improves academic achievement, workforce readiness and social, emotional and physical health among RPS students,” said Scott Blackwell, Chief Community Engagement Officer at the Community Foundation.  “This is an example of collaboration at its best.  However, this is not a ‘get a win and move on’ strategy.  The stage is now set for additional work.”

In the coming year, this collaborative partnership is putting together a community-wide OST Steering Committee to help guide strategy. Work groups will be formed to collect critical data from key stakeholders, create additional professional development opportunities for instructors, and continue the conversation around key barriers such as transportation access. 

“Many people have seen the value and are committed to a long-term sustainable shift that will result in better social emotional health and academic outcomes for our children,” said Blackwell, “and we are proud to be a partner in this work to have greater impact and ultimately bring our community to a more prosperous place.”



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