2023 Regional Funders Gathering Wrap Up

Over the past four months, more than 200 funders came together across seven regions in the Commonwealth to explore ways to amplify the power of philanthropy in addressing the pressing needs of Virginia communities. During these VFN Regional Funder Gatherings (RFG), members learned from each other and discussed opportunities to work together to scale the […]

Member Spotlight: Stephanie Randolph, Cassiopeia Foundation

Cassiopeia Foundation Charlottesville, Virginia Mission: Created in 1944, Cassiopeia’s designated mission is “for the betterment of mankind.” This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Stephanie Randolph, Deputy Director of the Cassiopeia Foundation and NEW Advisory Board member. Stephanie has also been deeply engaged in VFN’s impact investing space, serving as co-chair of our impact investing learning series in […]

Broadband Funding Guide Now Available

Broadband access – or lack thereof – impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. The pandemic drove this home in a way never before experienced. From being able to go to school and work online, to accessing healthcare and mental health services, to enabling civic participation, to supporting social connections, providing entertainment, and advancing quality […]

Member Spotlight: Dr. William A. Hazel, The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Location: Fairfax, Virginia Mission: The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation initiates and supports programs and partnerships that create opportunities for life success for under-resourced populations throughout the Commonwealth but with a special emphasis on Loudoun County. Website: https://claudemoorefoundation.org/ This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Dr. William A. Hazel, Senior Deputy Executive Director of The Claude […]

Member Spotlight: Teri McNally, The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region

The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia Mission: The Community Foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of the Rappahannock River region. Our mission is to build a flourishing philanthropic community.      Website: https://www.cfrrr.org This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Teri McNally, Executive Director of the The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock […]

Member Spotlight: Kate Keller, The Harvest Foundation

The Harvest Foundation Location: Martinsville, Virginia Mission: The Harvest Foundation, in partnership with the diverse people and organizations that call Martinsville-Henry County home, serves as a long-term catalyst, advocate, and investor to make our community a welcoming place where all can thrive Website: www.theharvestfoundation.org This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Kate Keller, President of The Harvest Foundation […]

Member Spotlight: Clark Casteel, Danville Regional Foundation

Danville Regional Foundation Location: Danville, Virginia Website: www.drfonline.org This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Clark Casteel, President & CEO of the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) and a member of VFN’s Executive Committee and also serves as VFN’s Secretary/Treasurer. Here’s our spotlight opportunity to learn more about Clark and his work in philanthropy:    Describe your philanthropic philosophy and […]

How Philanthropy Can Help Keep Communities Covered

Guest blog post authored by Emily Roller, Health Insurance Program Manager, Virginia Health Care Foundation When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it allowed Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to continue most Medicaid members’ coverage without having to renew their […]

Member Spotlight: Travis Jackson, Wythe-Bland Foundation

Wythe-Bland Foundation Location: Wytheville, Virginia Mission: Providing opportunities for innovation and collaboration to promote a healthier community. Website: www.wbfoundation.com This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Travis Jackson, Executive Director & CEO of the Wythe-Bland Foundation. Travis is also an Advisory Board member for VFN. Here’s a little bit more about Travis and his work in philanthropy: Describe […]

Virginia General Assembly Update – What’s Happening

The 2022 Virginia General Assembly ended in mid-March without a budget agreement. VFN held its Post-General Assembly Legislative Update on March 30, 2022, featuring Ashley Kenneth, President and CEO of the Commonwealth Institute and Erik Rison, Vice President of Public Policy and Research at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. These knowledgeable panelists explained what happened during the regular session and what […]