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Jenkins Foundation

The Jenkins Foundation is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation whose mission is to improve the health of Greater Richmond through strategic and impactful philanthropy.

The inspiration for the Jenkins Foundation is found in the story of Annabella Ravenscroft Jenkins, a 19th century pioneer who opened her home to wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Her concern for the medically underserved led to the establishment of Retreat Hospital for the Sick, which provided health care on a sliding fee scale. Today, the Jenkins Foundation embodies that same spirit of compassion and caring in its work, applying her vision to modern day challenges.

The Jenkins Foundation is focused on equitable access to primary health care, access to mental health care, and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The goal is a more efficient health care delivery system and a safer, healthier and more productive community.

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What We Look For


Proposals will be accepted from charitable organizations, which serve the residents of the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, and Powhatan.

Grant Priorities

The Jenkins Foundation completed a strategic planning process in June 2018. The resulting vision for the Greater Richmond community is one in which all residents have equitable access to the quality health care they need to lead healthy, stable and productive lives. The process also led to three primary focus areas for its grant program:

  • access to primary care
  • access to mental health care
  • prevention and treatment of substance use disorders

The Foundation will also consider a limited number of proposals outside the above stated focus areas.

Grant Amount

Generally, grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded. The Foundation will also identify a limited number of projects for greater funding.

How to Apply

The Jenkins Foundation uses an online application process for nonprofits seeking support through the competitive grants program.

Step 1. Submit a preliminary proposal.

If eligible, organizations may submit a brief summary proposal through our online grants system by the stated deadline. First-time applicants will be prompted to create an account first.

Upcoming deadline for preliminary proposals for the Jenkins Winter 2019 grant cycle is Monday, November 5, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.  


Step 2. Submit a full proposal. (By invitation only)

Following a vetting process, select organizations are invited to submit a full proposal. To be considered further, you must have a complete and up-to-date portrait on GiveRichmond.

You will need the following documents to complete your proposal:

Report Back

3. Submit final report.

Grantees must submit a final report one year from the date of the grant award using the same online grants system used to apply. Results should align with the metrics outlined in your original proposal.

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Jenkins Foundation — Board of Directors

Patte G. Koval, Chairman
Jane W. Peters, Vice Chairman
Myra Goodman Smith, Treasurer 
Susan H. Davenport, Secretary
Cecilia E. Barbosa
Lissy S. Bryan
Barbara Ruffin Cone
Berenice D. Craigie
Marietta Shelly Dormire
Kirsti A. Goodwin
Terrell Luck Harrigan
Dianne L. Reynolds-Cane MD
Megan Walker Rose
Erica M. Royal, MD
Vineeta Shah

Jenkins Foundation 20th Anniversary Report

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