Grantee Spotlights

The Cameron Foundation provides a variety of capacity-building support to nonprofits. Many of their lessons learned offer valuable learning for the larger nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Here are just a few Cameron grantees who share their stories about their capacity-building work.

A 2005 survey of residents revealed to the City of Colonial Heights that having multipurpose pathways was a development priority. The city’s undeveloped river corridor became a prime opportunity to respond to citizens, promote a healthier quality of life, and enhance an important natural resource. The Appomattox Greenway Project was conceived as a two-mile long, multi-use river trail. The design, » Continue Reading.

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With a mission to provide a transitional residential program for adults with mental illness who are striving for independence, Gateway Homes, Inc. was recognized with The Cameron Foundation’s 2013 Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service. It was chosen based on its demonstrated commitment to caring for the residents of the community, its generosity of spirit, and the ease » Continue Reading.

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With a mission to preserve, enhance, and encourage the wise use of the Lower Appomattox River, the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River has operated for many years with an all-volunteer board and a cadre of volunteers to perform clean-up, maintenance, and new projects along the Appomattox River. The organization has accomplished half of the hiking and water trails along » Continue Reading.

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The rates of teen pregnancy in Petersburg have been very high in comparison to other communities in the state.  The Petersburg Health Department’s creation of the HealthSpace Teen Clinic in 2009 has contributed to a notable reduction in these rates over the last four years. HealthSpace offers a confidential setting to provide reproductive health education and clinical services to teens. » Continue Reading.

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Celebrating over 50 years since its inception, Virginia’s Gateway Region is the longest operating regional economic development organization in Virginia and serves all seven of the localities that make up The Cameron Foundation’s catchment area. Over the years, the Foundation has invested more than $1.8 million in capacity building for Virginia’s Gateway Region. Cameron grants totaling $450,000 during 2012–2013 » Continue Reading.

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Recognizing the vital role that a new library could play in Petersburg’s future, The Cameron Foundation has provided more than $2.7 million to the Petersburg Library Foundation to support construction and staffing. During 2012–2013, Cameron grants totaling $117,950 supported the Petersburg Library Foundation’s operations in its final phase to raise the balance of funds for its capital campaign. Groundbreaking » Continue Reading.

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According to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, “Our kids do not lack a desire to succeed; they lack opportunities.” With the local clubs serving about 150 youths daily and a combined membership of 300, a 2013 Cameron grant of $135,000 for youth programming and facility improvements was an investment in the organization’s goal to create greater opportunities » Continue Reading.

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Preserving treasures such as Centre Hill help to tell the stories of people and places that were significant to our community’s past and offer a means to better understand American history. Centre Hill mansion is one of Petersburg’s most remarkable cultural assets. Built in 1823 by Revolutionary War veteran Robert Bolling IV and visited by Presidents Lincoln and Taft, the » Continue Reading.

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The District 19 Community Services Board (D-19) offers a continuum of services for individuals who are challenged with mental disabilities or substance abuse. The need is pressing — the Foundation’s 2013 Health Needs Assessment underscores the local prevalence of substance abuse and severe mental illness and calls for more community-based solutions. Those experiencing a mental health crisis come to the attention » Continue Reading.

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