Smart Giving Blog

GiveRichmond introduced the Smart Giving blog series to provide a mix of thought-provoking articles, "how-to" tutorials, videos and more. Our focus is to identify trends and success stories in local philanthropy and share them with you. While we will continue to work with our partners at ConnectVA to bring you an occasional feature, all of our content will be posted here.

GiveRichmond Q&A: Vanessa Diamond

Published on March 7, 2016 by

The Community Foundation proudly supports GiveRichmond as resource for helping community leaders and area residents make informed giving decisions. Since 2010, GiveRichmond has grown to feature comprehensive data about more than 600 nonprofits serving Central Virginia and the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula. With information at your fingertips, you can:

  • Conduct your own research
    You can search organizations by name, interest area or location
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration
    Nonprofits may wish to leverage their efforts with other organizations whose missions or service areas are aligned.
  • Give directly to nonprofits that match your interests
    As an advocate for civic engagement, we hope the site will inspire you to give your time, money or talent.

Recently, we spoke with Vanessa Diamond of HandsOn Greater Richmond to find out how GiveRichmond adds value to her work.

How do you use GiveRichmond to support your work with HandsOn?

I like being able to search nonprofits by category and see what organizations are doing, how they link or crossover into work that we are doing with HandsOn. I look at mission first, financials second and the program descriptions to get a grasp for the kind of initiatives people are working on.

How could GiveRichmond enhance the work of a nonprofit that does not currently utilize the site as a resource?

Knowing the community of organizations in the region is HUGE. If we stay just in our lane, we could miss out on unique partnerships and ideas for collaborative work. If there are organizations similar, it can help benchmark your work and help you learn about different ways organizations are tackling an issue.

Are there other ways you use GiveRichmond?

I also use the giving component with my kids who are in elementary school. It has been a fun way to engage them in a conversation about what they care about and how they would like to get involved. If I had a recommendation, it would be to create an easier way for them to read about organizations on their own.

It is our goal to continually evolve GiveRichmond to better meet your needs. We are grateful for Vanessa’s suggestion and we will explore ways to further enhance family conversations about giving. Please use the comments section below to tell us how you use GiveRichmond.What kind of aggregate or comparative information could we provide about the sector to address questions you may have?

Free gift: 24 extra hours

Published on February 24, 2016 by

Ever wish you could add a few hours to your schedule? If only there were extra minutes available to fill our calendars with the things that matter most. Well, wish no more, for this year is a leap year and we’ve received the gift of 24 “extra” hours. The question is: how will you take advantage?

If you haven’t allocated your time, our team has brainstormed several fun ways to donate your time and energy to our incredible community. Interested in learning what RVA has to offer? can be a helpful resource as you identify local organizations whose missions align with a particular area of interest. The ‘Advanced Search’ feature on GiveRichmond includes a drop-down menu with options that can help narrow your search. Once you find an organization that speaks to you, feel free to contact them directly about how you can get involved. Or, if you need some suggestions, here are just a few: Read the full article »

2016 Grant Opportunities

Published on February 5, 2016 by

In the next few weeks and months, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia (TCF) is offering a variety of funding opportunities to benefit nonprofit organizations, nonprofit professionals and public school teachers. Some grant programs require a grant application, while others require a nomination letter from a colleague, student or community member. See below for a more extensive list of funding opportunities and eligibility criteria.

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