Cameron is conducting a community health needs assessment to determine current key health-related problems and assets in the communities that it serves. The survey, which takes about 15 minutes, is anonymous and all questions are optional.

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Cameron Foundation approves nearly $1.1 million in June grant cycle

The Cameron Foundation has approved $1,098,474 in new funding as a result of its latest responsive grant cycle. The awards were directed to 26 nonprofit organizations and one local government agency.

Cameron’s Board Chair, J. Tolleison Morriss, VI, noted, “Over the last several years, The Cameron Foundation has transitioned its strategy to balance investments in direct health care services with those addressing some of the social determinants of health. This grant cycle highlights some great examples of that broader work in action.”

Illustrating Morriss’s point, the largest grant this cycle was made to Better Housing Coalition for $150,000 towards construction of the Colbrook Community Center, the capstone of a new 147-unit affordable multi-family development on 10 acres along Route 1 in Chester. At 3,000 square feet, the accompanying state-of-the-art community center will provide outreach, program delivery and event space for residents as well as those living in the surrounding community. 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>>

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>>