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Darcy Oman became the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond’s first full-time staff member in 1985, serving as president and CEO until her retirement in 2015. She will be remembered for her outstanding work ethic, her entrepreneurial spirit and her unwavering belief in the power of collective philanthropy to improve the quality of life in the Greater Richmond region.
Under Darcy’s leadership, the Community Foundation grew exponentially from 6 to 850 charitable funds and from $36,000 to $700 million in cumulative grants awarded, primarily to support local causes and organizations. She attracted the best and brightest Richmond leaders to the board, built the trust of donors and nonprofit partners, and became a master at taking calculated risks to move innovative ideas forward. She was responsive to the varied and changing interests of donors, encouraging both traditional and emerging approaches to giving. In the community, Darcy could bring the kind of focus and perspective that allowed diverse stakeholders to gain clarity on a complex issue and rally to a solution. Nationally, she used her voice and expertise to mentor colleagues in the field and promote the unique value of community foundations.
Over the course of her 30-year career with the Foundation, Darcy aligned people, ideas and resources to touch nearly every aspect of community life in the Richmond region – from arts and education to health and homelessness. In retirement, Darcy remained involved by serving on the boards of FeedMore and ImpactMakers, and volunteering as a reviewer for the Council on Foundation’s National Standards for Community Foundations.
To highlight Darcy’s legacy, here are a few of the long-term investments and forward-thinking initiatives cultivated under her leadership:
Darcy loved her community and dedicated her career to ensuring that today’s philanthropy would continue to create opportunities for future generations. She will be greatly missed.
There is no memorial service planned at this time. Per her family’s wishes, contributions may be made in her memory to the Darcy S. Oman Community Endowment.
Please click here to read Darcy's obituary.
Tom Farrell was a tremendous champion for education and workforce development in our city. He was not afraid to stand up for our public schools. He was an avid supporter of efforts that improved economic mobility for our communities, including workforce training opportunities for residents, trained skilled workers for local businesses, and overall economic development for our region.
“I knew Tom as an incredible partner in philanthropy, both personally and professionally,” said Sherrie Armstrong, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “He lent his voice to a number of causes fundamental to the forward progress of our region, working tirelessly to help Richmond become a top tier city known for innovation and possibility. Even as we grieve his loss, we will continue to reap the benefits of his contributions for years to come.”
The Thomas F. Farrell II Memorial Fund has been established to help preserve his memory and perpetuate his legacy. Public contributions are welcome.
The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond announces several new board officers and members for 2021. New officers include Austin Brockenbrough IV as Chair, Jennifer Hunter as Vice Chair, Michael Beall as Treasurer, and Kristen Hager as Secretary.
Austin Brockenbrough IV is the President and Managing Director of Lowe, Brockenbrough & Company, a Richmond based investment advisory firm serving individuals and institutions, as well as a devoted family man and a genuine community servant. When asked about future priorities for the Foundation in a recent interview, Austin shared that his goal is “not to add new priorities, but rather amplify and accelerate the work that is already underway. If anything, we are working with greater urgency and intention than ever before.” You can read the full Q&A with Austin here.
New members to the Community Foundation board include Tom Barkin, Sheryl Garland, Terrell Harrigan and Dr. Paula Pando. Read more about our new members below.
Tom Barkin, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
In his role, Tom is responsible for monetary policy, bank supervision, payment services, and the Fed’s National IT organization. He also serves as a voting member in 2021 on the Fed’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee. Tom is continually “on the ground” in the Fed’s Fifth District, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, DC, West Virginia and Maryland.
Sheryl Garland, Chief of Health Impact, VCU Health System
Sheryl is responsible for building programs and partnerships to improve the health of populations and communities served by VCU Health System. She is the recipient of several awards, including the American College of Health Care Executives Regent’s Early Career Healthcare Executive Award and the YWCA of Richmond Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in the field of Health/Science.
Sheryl also serves on the boards of the MCV Foundation, University Health Services-Professional Education Programs and the Institute for Public Health Innovation, and she is currently President of the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate.
Terrell Harrigan, Community Volunteer
Terrell is a professional interior designer who worked in the Greater Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas who found her passion and true fulfillment when investing her time and energy into her volunteer work in the community.
Terrell has served on numerous boards, including The Collegiate School, the American Red Cross of Richmond, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and she also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Museum of Richmond. She currently serves on the Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board and the Jenkins Foundation Board of Directors.