Our focus on dynamic community
Our dynamic community grants enrich the wellbeing of our families, draw visitors to our city, build community pride, contribute to economic development, and make the Richmond region a positive and vibrant place to live, work, and play.
Our founders made significant investments in diverse organizations and projects throughout the Richmond community, such as Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and many more. We hope to honor and continue their legacy by investing in a dynamic Richmond.
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
– Nelson Henderson
Our 2 focus areas
Vibrant spaces are new or improved physical places where individuals, families, and visitors can come together and enjoy the outdoors/nature, recreation, and local attractions and venues. Potential projects could include:
- community greenspaces or parks
- arts and cultural exhibits or initiatives
- local attractions and venues that are open to the public
Engaging experiences are innovative or enhanced programs and events where individuals, families, and visitors can come together and enjoy arts and culture, civic engagement, and local history. Funding in this area could:
- bolster popular community events
- improve access to enriching or educational opportunities
- promote health through physical or recreational activities
Learning what makes our community dynamic
We are actively seeking to engage with and learn from partners and organizations working to make Richmond a positive and dynamic place to live.
If you have or know of a project or initiative that falls into these focus areas, please complete our questionnaire.
Beginning to invest
At the end of 2022 and beginning of 2023, we funded the following ten projects led by organizations working to make Richmond a positive and dynamic place to live.
- Capital Trees – Hotchkiss Field and Community Center Greenspace Enhancements
- Groundwork RVA – Build-out and Programming of the Hillside Micro-Farm and Community Space
- James River Association – The James A. Buzzard River Education Center
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – WaterPlay and Tree House features in the Children’s Garden
- Maymont Foundation – Creating Dynamic Communities
- Science Museum of Virginia – The Green
- Sports Backers – Community Outreach for the Fall Line Trail Vision Plan
- Story Corps, Inc. – One Small Step
- Venture Richmond – Brown’s Island Improvement Plan Feasibility Study
- Virginia War Memorial – Public Green Space for Solitary Reflection and Multi-generational Experiences
“These projects will serve to improve some of the region’s most unique assets, providing visitors and families with enriched experiences and vibrant spaces that will be enjoyed by many for years to come. We are excited to support their work.”
– Chris Chin, President & CEO, Robins Foundation