Cameron Foundation welcomes Brenda Mitchell to its board, announces 2024 officers

The Cameron Foundation welcomes new member Brenda D. Mitchell, MSN, RN, APHN-ret. to its Board of Directors. Mitchell is widely recognized for her extensive service to the region, having celebrated a 46-year career in health care in the Richmond metropolitan and Tri-Cities areas. She began her career in nursing and advanced to become the CEO of Crater Community Hospice, the region’s only nonprofit hospice provider, for the last 19 years before retiring in 2016. Mitchell fills the seat previously held by retiring board member Pamela Martin Comstock.

Additionally, Cameron’s 2024 slate of officers includes Vandy V. Jones, III as Board Chair; Jeffrey W. Geisz is Vice Chair; Chequila H. Fields continues as Secretary; and, Mark H. Stevens remains Treasurer. J. Tolleison Morriss, VI is Immediate Past Chair. Learn more >>

Cameron Foundation awards more than $1 million in October grant cycle

The Cameron Foundation’s Board has approved $1,011,434 in new funding for 31 organizations serving the Tri-Cities area. This grant cycle, 59% of awards were directed to health care and human service providers. One of these grants, a $50,000 award to Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services, supports a new pilot program for that county – the 2 Generational Programming Initiative, or 2GEN. Based on a best practice model that is being implemented in several other states, 2GEN seeks to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by providing comprehensive support and services targeting the whole family unit.

This October round of awards also marks the 19th anniversary of The Cameron Foundation’s philanthropic work in the Tri-Cities area. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $108 million in the region, including 1,514 grants to 341 different organizations. During a ceremony to commemorate the milestone, Board Chair J. Tolleison Morriss, VI said, “These are impressive numbers, but the stories behind the numbers are equally important. The stories behind Cameron’s total grantmaking include collaboration and strategy, and tireless commitment by all of us to serve this community.” Learn more >>

Cameron Foundation publishes 2023 community health needs assessment

Following extensive research in partnership with the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), The Cameron Foundation has released a new regional health needs assessment for the Tri-Cities area. In keeping with the Foundation’s last needs assessment in 2018, this newest report incorporates social determinants of health indicators to enable broader analysis of community health. The report is available for viewing and downloading at

“There is a wealth of knowledge in this report, and by continuing to look at the social determinants of health across two consecutive studies—spanning 10 years of time—we are able to better understand some of the region’s greatest needs,” noted Cameron’s President Nadine Marsh-Carter. Learn more>>