July 5, 2010

Cameron Foundation grants nearly $1.8 million in new funding to nonprofits locally

The Cameron Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved $1,767,995 in new grants to nonprofit organizations serving south-central Virginia. The Foundation’s board made a total of 27 awards during its June meeting, constituting the second of three grant cycles in 2010.

The Foundation, which serves the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, as well as the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of U.S. Route 10, provides resources to improve the health and quality of life for people living in the area. “Our grantmaking is an investment in the future of this community,” noted Board Chair Ann C. Taylor.

“It is an honor to be able to respond to a broad range of needs by providing this funding,” she said. In addition to Taylor, the Foundation is governed by eight other community leaders from across the region, including Larry C. Tucker, vice chair; Betty W. Thweatt, secretary; James L. Thacker, Jr., treasurer; Cleveland A. Wright, immediate past chair; Dr. Gurpal S. Bhuller; Pamela Martin Comstock; Donald L. Haraway; and Kevin A. Hill.

Wright, who is also grants committee chair, explained, “We recognize that a healthy nonprofit sector is vital to our community, and these partners inform our thinking about how we can best work together to serve residents.” President Handy L. Lindsey, Jr., added, “We also strive to support capacity-building for these grantees so that we’re fostering long-term sustainability for the sector. We offer a host of resources for nonprofits, and we encourage organizations to consider the many ways that we might work together toward that shared goal.”

The June grantees include:

Alzheimer’s Association – $32,265
American Heart Association – $57,750
Art on Wheels, NFP – $8,600
The Better Business Bureau Foundation – $10,000
Boy Scouts of America/Heart of Virginia Council – $25,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond – $60,000
Central Virginia Health Services – $250,000
Central Virginia Health Services – $496,400
Chesterfield CASA, Inc. – $50,000
Colonial Heights Food Pantry, Inc. – $59,000
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation – $20,000
Drive To Work – $35,000
ElderHomes Corporation – $65,000
FeedMore, Inc. – $110,000
Gamaliel Foundation – $97,705
Girl Scout Commonwealth Council of Virginia, Inc. – $22,000
Goodwill of Central Virginia – $48,000
Homeward – $40,000
Hopewell Public Schools Foundation – $15,000
The Legacy Media Institute – $50,000
Optima Family Care – $33,255
Rebuilding Together * Petersburg – $25,000
REDC Community Capital Group, Inc. – $50,000
The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield – $11,600
South Centre Corridors Resource Conservation – $20,000 (over 3 years)
Supreme Court of Virginia – $53,825
Sussex County Public Schools – $22,595

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