We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. —Winston Churchill
We are passionate about serving our community. One of the ways we do this is by supporting the organizations listed below. We hope you will consider supporting one of these community endeavors or similar organizations in your community.
Maymont — An American Estate
Maymont was the 100-acre Victorian country estate of James Henry and Sallie May Dooley. Major Dooley died in 1922, and upon Mrs. Dooley’s death in 1925, Maymont was bequeathed to the City of Richmond. Only six months after Mrs. Dooley’s death, Maymont opened as a public park and museum, and has survived intact. Today it is an unusually complete example of a Gilded Age estate. The estate, including the residence, gardens, grounds and original architectural complex, remains very much as it was during the Dooleys’ time.
Formed in 1975, the Maymont Foundation actively seeks public support, grants, private donations and corporate contributions to fund Maymont’s preservation and its operation as a free educational resource to the public. A wealth of pleasures is offered at Maymont at no charge; however, donations from general visitors are an important source of support.
The National Register of Historic Places recognizes Maymont as a significant example of an American country estate of the Gilded Age. Visit and you will appreciate far more than this national distinction. You will also understand why Richmonders of all ages are forever grateful to be the beneficiaries of James and Sallie Dooley.
Learn more about Maymont.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded in 1968, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment – on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.
We want to create a world that is more humane and friendly; a place that accepts and celebrates differences among people; a bigger, better community based on the understanding that we are people first, and each one a reflection of human dignity.
GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc (GRASP)
GRASP is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, charitable, college-access organization that assists students and families in obtaining funding for post-secondary education.
GRASP will help students and their families, regardless of their financial resources and at no charge to them, develop an educational plan by:
- Assisting them with the financial aid process;
- Awarding and administering scholarships;
- Inspiring them to believe that post-secondary education is attainable; and
- Supporting them during the completion of their post-secondary education.
Our goal is to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school, regardless of financial or social circumstances.
Learn more about GRASP.
VCF Presents is our quarterly speaker series presented by experts in the community on a host of topics. This event is held at Williams Mullen and includes networking and continental breakfast prior to the speaker from 8:00 am – 8:40 am. The speaker will start promptly at 8:45 am and continue until 9:45 am. We are very appreciative of our friends at Williams Mullen who allow us to use this beautiful event space.
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