Understanding that the ability to access healthy food depends on geographic proximity and affordability, The Cameron Foundation engaged VCU’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis to conduct this quantitative study of food insecurity across the region using granular data and geospatial analysis. The companion app offers a new tool to help service providers make resource allocation decisions for communities across the Tri-Cities area. Learn more >>

Cameron-Funded Artist Housing Comes to Life

It began more than eight years ago with a feasibility study – to explore creation of affordable artist live-work space – and it’s now coming to life. Petersburg ArtistSpace Lofts is accepting applications for artists and creatives to lease special efficiency, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments that include additional square footage to accommodate the needs of artists. With input from an artist work group and CultureWorks, the design comes from a national model perfected by Artspace Projects, Inc., the nation’s leading nonprofit developer for the arts.

“Seeing artists start to move into Petersburg ArtistSpace Lofts culminates Cameron’s long-term effort to address the needs of local artists and to attract a larger artist community to the city,” said The Cameron Foundation’s President, J. Todd Graham. Research has demonstrated that projects like this help to transform communities and spur economic development. This long-term proactive initiative also is expected to provide a major benefit to the arts community across the region. “Artists are the ultimate urban pioneers who attract investment wherever they locate,” Graham added.

The artist units are part of a major, $60+ million economic development project in downtown Petersburg on the historic former Brown & Williamson campus. Learn more>>

Registration is now open for the next Duke U class

The class, 2-Day Grant Writing Immersion Class, will be offered on July 13-14. The deadline to register for this class is Thursday, July 7. Learn more>>

Cameron Foundation’s President to retire at end of year

J. Todd Graham, President of The Cameron Foundation, has announced his plans to retire, effective December 31, 2022. His departure from the Foundation will cap 40 years of executive experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in communities across the country. Over the course of his leadership at The Cameron Foundation, he worked closely with the Foundation’s Board and staff to develop proactive grantmaking into a major component of the group’s philanthropic strategy.

“Todd led us to see proactive grantmaking’s role as a new, high impact philanthropic strategy to supplement the Foundation’s traditional responsive grants program and nonprofit capacity-building initiatives,” said Cameron’s Board Chair, J. Tolleison Morriss, VI. Learn more>>

CVHS Hopewell School-Based Health Center celebrates grand opening

Working in collaboration with Hopewell City Public Schools, Central Virginia Health Services announces the opening of a school-based health center (SBHC) at Hopewell High School. As a comprehensive health clinic providing integrated care, it will offer medical services to students beyond what the school nurse can provide. School staff, students’ families and the larger community also may receive services.

Technical assistance as well as grants to renovate three classrooms into a health center were committed by The Cameron Foundation ($156,450) and John Randolph Foundation ($112,750). “As a health legacy foundation that is focused on addressing the social determinants of health, this model, at the intersection of health and education, aligns well with Cameron’s priorities,” explained Cameron President J. Todd Graham. Learn more>>