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: 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 […]

Member Spotlight: Dan Layman, Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge Location: Staunton, Virginia Mission: To inspire philanthropy and respond to needs in our community. Website: This month’s “Member Spotlight” features Dan Layman, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. This year marks their 30th anniversary and rather than focus on an anniversary event, his […]

Join me for VFN’s Inaugural Conference!

Dear friends, On May 3-4, the Virginia Funders Network will host its inaugural conference in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia. On behalf of my fellow conference Co-chairs and Planning Committee members, I invite you to join us for this inspiring two-day opportunity to gather with more than 150 of our fellow Virginia funders for in-person learning, networking, and community-building.  […]

Member Spotlight: Amy Owen, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties

Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties Location: Leesburg, Virginia  Mission: To grow community giving. Website: This month, VFN kicks off a new “Member Spotlight” series with a feature of one of our founding Advisory Board members, Amy Owen, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. What are […]

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) 2022

Happening Virtually in April Whether this is your first, your fourth, or your fourteenth FOTH (the fond nickname for Foundations on the Hill), you are invited to join Virginia Funders Network (VFN) from April 5 – 7, 2022, in learning more about how to be a better advocate for those policies that matter most to […]

Recap: Our Pre-General Assembly Legislative Briefing

The week of January 9, 2022 is an important time in Virginia politics. On January 12, the General Assembly, with its new Republican majority, convenes for a long, two-month session and, on January 15, Virginia will inaugurate its 74th Governor, Glenn Youngkin.  To help Virginia’s philanthropic community understand and prepare for these political changes, the […]

2022 Brings New Energy and Renewed Focus

Happy New Year, friends!  Reflecting on VFN’s inaugural year, I hope you’re proud of all that we accomplished together.  Big thanks to the Advisory Board, staff, and all the volunteer leaders who helped make VFN’s launch year such a success! In 2022, as our new statewide network enters its sophomore year, our team looks forward […]

Your Guide to the American Rescue Plan Act

American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, enacting one of the largest economic relief programs in U.S. history.  Of the bill’s $1.9 trillion, nearly $7 billion is designated for Virginia. The ARPA’s investment in the Commonwealth has the potential to reduce pandemic-related hardships experienced by many Virginians and […]