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Connecting the champions of our community

Our community is diverse. Our needs are varied. And our opportunities to take action and create lasting change are abundant. 

We envision a thriving region where all individuals and families have the opportunity to succeed. As a leader of Richmond’s philanthropic community, the Community Foundation works with diverse leaders across all sectors to understand the critical issues and unique opportunities shaping our quality of life. We align our initiatives to regional priorities and unite donors, nonprofits and community changemakers to leverage greater impact. And, we encourage everyone to get involved. 

With 50 years of experience and the region’s most expansive network of partners, the Foundation is uniquely positioned to catalyze change, address the balance of opportunity and help our remarkable community rise to greater heights. Here’s how we do it.

Community Leadership

We convene community partners around key issues, share insights about industry trends and connect passionate individuals and organizations working towards common goals. We are actively engaged in several cross-sector initiatives designed to leverage strengths and scale solutions for positive, long-term results. In addition to working directly with donors and nonprofits, we pursue the following activities:

  • We share information and insights with peer foundations and align resources whenever possible.
  • We actively partner with businesses and public officials to address regional priorities together.
  • We believe the Richmond region is a great place to live, work and play and we advocate for increased access and opportunity for all individuals and families.
  • We speak regularly to students, civic groups and businesses about the many ways they can get involved and give back with passion and purpose.

Donor Services & Volunteer Connections

We pride ourselves on providing first-class service to ensure giving is as easy, convenient and meaningful as possible. Whether you are looking to establish a charitable fund or connect to volunteer opportunities, we can help you learn about community needs and support the causes you care about, now and for years to come. 

Learn how we partner with donors and volunteers

A Strong Nonprofit Sector

To address our community's challenges effectively, we must have a strong nonprofit sector at the forefront. The Community Foundation relies on robust and ongoing relationships with nonprofit organizations to give meaning to the philanthropy that happens here. Therefore, we are committed to build their capacity and pursue their missions with greater efficiency and strategic focus. Through a comprehensive set of offerings - including funding, learning, online resources and volunteer matching - we help prepare nonprofits to lead and serve in an ever-changing environment and ensure donors' charitable dollars work harder.

Learn how we support local nonprofits

Together, we do more good.

Check out how we work side by side with donors, nonprofits and community partners to do more good with - and for - our region.


We are proud to support, and be supported by, such a generous community.

Supporting Organizations

Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research

Jane & Arthur Flippo Endowment Foundation
Jenkins Foundation
Ann K. Kirby Foundation
The Pauley Family Foundation
R.E.B. Foundation

Regional Affiliates

Gloucester Community Foundation
Mathews Community Foundation
River Counties Community Foundation

Giving Circles

Impact 100 Richmond
SisterFund
Ujima Legacy Society

and...

1,000 Donor Established Funds