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  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 AM | Susan Herzick

    Saturday, May 22, 2021
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  

    Join accomplished leaders as they share how you can strengthen your leadership skills and become more than a volunteer for your favorite nonprofit. Topics include:

    • “Demystifying Boards” with Sue Kindred of SK Consulting

    • “Becoming More Than a Volunteer” with Dean Browell of Hidden In Plain Site / Feedback

    • “Nonprofit Pivoting” with Danielle Ripperton of Children’s Museum of Richmond

    Participation is free, please register at Questions? Contact Edilia Bendel at 804-397-9492 or

    Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

    d by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:00 PM | Lindsay Robinson (Administrator)

    Richmond is lucky to have such a philanthropic family in our community. The Goodwins are once again putting their wealth to good use by providing 50% of the seed funding to a new cancer research foundation dedicated to focusing on four of the most challenging cancers. Full article from the RTD at the link below!

    Family of Richmond Philanthropist William Goodwin Donates $250 Million to Start Cancer Foundation by Eric Kolenich

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:52 PM | Megan Schowengerdt (Administrator)

    SUFFOLK, Va. – In February, Don Smith was glued to his computer screen, anxiously waiting to find out if NASA’s Perseverance rover landed safely on the surface of Mars. He’d been involved in wind tunnel testing the rover’s parachute system at Langley Research Center. “You do go through that seven minutes of terror,” Smith said of the Entry, Descent and Landing portion of the mission. But being uncomfortable for a few minutes is nothing compared to what the aerospace engineer has lived with his entire life.

    “I have hemophilia,” Smith told News 3 on his back porch at home in Suffolk. “My blood doesn’t clot like yours does normally. I have bleeding episodes, typically in joints.” Smith was born with Hemophilia A, a blood disorder impacts roughly one in every 5,000-10,000 men, according to the Cleveland Clinic. At the time, blood transfusions were the only treatment for painful bleeding episodes, he says, and a long life wasn’t guaranteed. “I spent a lot of time in the hospital when I was a child,” he recalls.

    Now in his 50s, advancements in medicine have Smith expecting to live a full life. To help his blood clot normally, he self-injects a drug called HEMLIBRA every other week. When he was child forced to have blood transfusions, however, Smith says fear of injury kept him from playing sports with the other kids. Instead, science called and Smith pursued a career in engineering. At Langley, he leads a team of 100 people using the center’s wind tunnels to test various air and spacecraft. “If it flies, we’ve tested it,” he said. Working with engineers has its perks, though. Like when Smith returned to work from an ankle surgery to correct damage from hemophilia. “I was on one of them knee scooter things. Some of the technicians built ramps for me so I could get around in the wind tunnel. It was phenomenal,” he said.

    Good insurance from working with NASA also helps pay for expensive hemophilia treatments, Smith says. One reason why he’s speaking out during National Blood Disorders Awareness Month. “Bleeding disorders are actually a lot more common than you think,” he told News 3. “We like to offer Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month just so people are aware that it’s out there, it’s something to be concerned about, it sometimes goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.” As for Smith’s advice for people just now learning they have hemophilia… “Yeah, there may be some limitations, but there are a lot more things that we can do than we can’t,” he said.

    March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month in Virginia. Visit here for a video interview with Don. Visit for more information on bleeding disorders. #BDAM #BleedingDisorders 

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:49 PM | Susan Herzick

    Join Dr. Lisa Schur and Dr. Doug Kruse, researchers at Rutgers University, as they share key insights on the experience of voters with disabilities in the 2020 elections. Dr. Schur and Dr. Kruse’s research on the disability vote in 2020 was commissioned and supported by the Election Assistance Commission.

    Sign up online.  You can submit your questions for Dr. Kruse and Dr. Schur ahead of time to During the event, you can submit questions through the chat box, the Q&A box, or the email them to

  • Friday, February 12, 2021 2:33 PM | T. Rutherfoord Ferguson

    Thriving Nonprofit Boards is a recorded Zoom call from January 21, 2021 featuring Katherine Whitney, Co-Founder & Director of Warren Whitney and David Charlton, President of The Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia as they discuss boardroom best practices and answer questions. The call was hosted by Rutherfoord Ferguson of Davenport Asset Management. In addition to the recording, the presentation and post presentation Q&A are also provided. Questions or additional needs, please email Rutherfoord Ferguson at

    Thriving Nonprofit Boards Video Recording

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:24 AM | Susan Herzick

    You can make a difference helping SOAR365 create life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  Join SOAR365's Next Generation Council today! Take your volunteer leadership to the next level with our young professional's group. 

    Applications due March 29, 2021.

    For more information visit

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:00 AM | T. Rutherfoord Ferguson

    Join Us for a Live Zoom Conversation Hosted by

    Davenport Asset Management

    Thriving Nonprofit Boards

    January 21, 2020 at 9 a.m. EST

    Featuring Guest Speakers:

    Katherine M. Whitney, Co-Founder, Owner, & Director, Warren Whitney

    David H. Charlton, Ed.D., President, Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia

    Space is limited for the event, so please email or call me at or 804-915-2766 to receive the Zoom instructions.

  • Sunday, October 25, 2020 1:39 PM | Carille Greenberg Ribley

    There's still time for potential donors (corporate and individual) to take advantage of the CARES Act tax incentives for charitable contributions! 

    Here's the scoop:

    -  The new law allows all taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300, even if you do not itemize.

    -  For those who do itemize their deductions, the new law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year.

    -  The new law temporarily suspends the requirements for required minimum distributions (RMD) for the 2020 tax year. Many donors use their RMD to make a gift from their IRAs. If you are 70½ or older, you can still make a gift from your IRA or name us as a beneficiary. In addition, there are some new ways you can receive financial benefits and help the charities you care about.

    -  The new law increased cash contribution limit from corporations from 10%- 25% in 2020. Charitable deductions from corporations in excess of 25% may be deducted for up to 5 years under the usual limits.

    Carille Greenberg Ribley/The Grant Whisperer Touch                                         

    Source: Neumann University

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    The Community Foundation is distributing FREE PROTECTIVE MASKS for nonprofit organization staff and volunteers, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and VA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VA VOAD).

    • August 5 (Ukrops Homestyle Foods Parking Lot)
    • August 6 (Location TBD in Western Henrico County)
    • August 11 (Location TBD in Southern Chesterfield County)

    How many masks does your organization need to promote the health and safety of your staff and volunteers through 2020 and beyond?

    Estimate how many masks you’ll need for the next 18 months, then complete this form and select your drive-thru pick-up location: 

    Questions? Contact Christina Mastroianni at

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:05 PM | Tara Quinn

    Our organization was recently contacted by a woman in Minnesota who saw a charge for $801 made to her bank account in our organization's name. She was not a past donor and had no relationship to us. When contacting our donor database provider, I discovered that the payment processing company had been hacked and multiple accounts have seen fraudulent charges made in their name.  Multiple "terminal ID" numbers for their clients have been accessed and donors are seeing debits to their bank or credit accounts naming charitable organizations as the recipients. 

    Please carefully review your payment processing statements or proactively contact your payment processor (such as Vantiv, Worldpay, etc.) to review activity on your account. This can be resolved but is very concerning, especially with regard to the negative public opinion that could be generated for non-profits wrongly linked to these scams. 

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