The Community Foundation invests over $4.6 million in local nonprofits, programs in Greater Richmond – rvahub.com


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“At a time when local residents are dealing with the challenges of increased housing costs, limited childcare availability, higher grocery bills, and much more, we are enormously grateful for our nonprofit partners that provide critical programs and services to support economic mobility,” said Scott Blackwell, Chief Community Impact Officer.
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The Community Foundation announces its 2022 Community Impact grant awards, totaling over $4.6 million to 125 organizations across the Richmond region. Because the Richmond community continues to meet uncertain times with unparalleled generosity, robust donor support has facilitated the Foundation’s largest grantmaking budget to date.
“At a time when local residents are dealing with the challenges of increased housing costs, limited childcare availability, higher grocery bills, and much more, we are enormously grateful for our nonprofit partners that provide critical programs and services to support economic mobility,” said Scott Blackwell, Chief Community Impact Officer.
Community Impact grants are awarded through a competitive process and support local nonprofits whose strategies and outcomes align with the Foundation’s four focus areas: community vibrancy, economic prosperity, educational success and health and wellness. Within these areas, the Community Foundation has committed to making its deepest investments in affordable housing, early childhood education, and workforce development initiatives to increase access and opportunity for low-income residents in the Richmond region.
This year’s grants invest in nonprofit organizations that provide direct services for individuals and families, collaborate to enhance community-wide systems, and advocate for equitable access. Here are a few notable highlights:
Click here to view the full grants list
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The center, open through the end of August, will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.
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The MEDARVA Foundation has opened Surgeon Immersion, an experiential center at Short Pump Town Center, during the month of August. Admission-free, the center will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.
“We are excited to celebrate MEDARVA Healthcare’s 70th anniversary by bringing our mission directly to the community,” said Joanne Whiley, chair of MEDARVA Healthcare’s Board of Directors. “We were well known as the Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital for our first fifty years. This is a great opportunity to educate the community on the ways we have evolved since and how we provide service today.”
MEDARVA Healthcare is the last Richmond-based, independent, non-profit health system, operating MEDARVA Surgery Centers at Stony Point and West Creek, MEDARVA Imaging Center, MEDARVA Low Vision Center, and the MEDARVA Foundation.
“The MEDARVA Foundation has been quietly funding medical research at VCU Medical School and UVA Medical School, among others, as well as supporting other local nonprofits that provide direct care to the medically underserved,” explained Cheryl Jarvis, chair of the MEDARVA Foundation Board of Directors.  “But during the pandemic, we started to see the need to support younger scientific researchers as they first start out in middle and high school.  The level of work these students are performing is amazing, and when we started to think about how we could highlight them and inspire others, we developed the idea of a community space that would engage and educate.”
MEDARVA Foundation’s Surgeon Immersion will be open every day in August from Short Pump Town Center’s opening until 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sundays) and includes a state-of-the-art digital cadaver table, and simulated surgery kiosks, 2022 Science Fair winning projects, children vision screenings, and more.

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The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts has announced its 2022-2023 season, and has announced that it is being even more intentional than ever in offering a diverse program of artists, emphasizing BIPOC and women-led companies to share its stages and classrooms this season.
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The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts has announced its 2022-2023 season, and has announced that it is being even more intentional than ever in offering a diverse program of artists, emphasizing BIPOC and women-led companies to share its stages and classrooms this season.
Modlin is working to create more opportunities to connect with artists, in new settings and over periods of weeks or years, rather than brief visits or singular performances. Expanding spaces for conversations with artists, University of Richmond students and the greater Richmond community will include artist residencies, panel discussions, master classes, social gatherings, free school series events, and more.
“Modlin Center for the Arts has long held a commitment to presenting a breadth and depth of artists, performing work that engages audiences in ways that extend beyond the stage,” shared Paul Brohan, Modlin’s Executive Director. “Three factors served to guide Modlin Center in building the 2022-2023 season of transformational experiences for our community: inclusive diversity, creating expanded opportunities for engagement, and removing barriers to access.”
“Modlin Center for the Arts and the University of Richmond believes that art is available to everyone and you belong here,” Brohan added. “We can’t wait to welcome you back.“
As Modlin returns to in-person events and full-capacity seating, every adult ticket this season is $35 (or less). Modlin patrons are invited to Create Their Own (4+) Series ¾ choose four or more events and enjoy 20% off all adult tickets. Discounted single event tickets are also available for seniors and students/youth. Additionally, the Department of Music Free Concert Series and UR Free Theatre and Dance season add over 30 free opportunities to see compelling live performances. UR Museums offer regular exhibitions and other programs that are free and open to the public.
Tickets are available online at https://modlin.richmond.edu, where you can view this season’s lineup, and by phone at 804-289-8980.
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The curated collection features a variety of handmade items from its collective of 20+ female artisans, many of which can be customized, including hand-painted wedding invitations, preserved bridal bouquets, embroidered robes, and engraved cutting boards.
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On the list of things that spark universal joy, a wedding is unparalleled. Weddings are a time for magic. They are as unique and personal as the happy couple. Pop of Confetti wants to help brides celebrate the magic of the moment with the ultimate bridal experience. That’s why year-round artisan market Pop of Confetti has released its own bridal collection called “Pop Bride.”
The curated collection features a variety of handmade items from its collective of 20+ female artisans, many of which can be customized, including hand-painted wedding invitations, preserved bridal bouquets, embroidered robes, and engraved cutting boards. The brand’s new integrated wedding concept will be shoppable in-store and online.
“No matter where brides are getting hitched or throwing a bachelorette, they can infuse local love into their celebrations,” said Pop of Confetti owner Allison Smith-Mackey, MBA. “I’m really excited to help brides live out their big, bold wedding dreams with custom elements from our creative community of local artisans.”
The Pop Bride collection also includes a curated collection of bridal clutches, bridal party Straws, bridal party earrings, disco ball cups, and more. Additionally, brides can unlock exclusive wedding offers with local businesses: Cirrus Vodka, JC Desserts, nudeFX spray tanning, Chelsea Schmidt Photography, DJ Anthony Bryan, Boka Tako, Richmond Flower Truck, and Society 11:11 hair and makeup.
When a bride or a loved one signs up for the Pop Bride email list, they will receive special discount codes. Brides can also host bridal showers and bachelorette parties in-store at 3422 West Cary Street, complete with cupcakes, champagne, and shopping deals. Pop of Confetti is a photo and event destination all its own complete with a confetti bar, a rainbow staircase, and a photo wall decked out in shimmering colorful tulle, all created by owner Smith-Mackey.
“Inviting local business partners and friends helps us fulfill our greater goal of uplifting the community,” Smith-Mackey says. “It’s a bonus that it will make things more streamlined for our Pop Brides.”
Smith-Mackey is the bright personality who founded the Pop of Confetti brand. She is an artist with a mission to uplift other artists and small business owners, honored with a recent “Rising Star” award by Richmond Region Tourism. Pop of Confetti has long-term partnerships with nonprofits Celebrate RVA and Girls for A Change. Both Richmond-based nonprofits receive 5% of all online purchases made with Pop. Additionally, Pop of Confetti customers can add $1 to their carts to support either or both nonprofits. Pop’s nonprofit partners benefit from additional fundraising opportunities through its curated events.

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