Williamsburg Community Foundation Announces New Initiative
In order to advance its vision for a more vibrant Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Community Foundation has created six new funds within the Community Endowment that will give donors the flexibility to endow those areas that interest them most.
With the VISION 2020 initiative, donors who give to any of these six areas within the Community Endowment can double their impact thanks to a bequest from one of WCF's founders, John Jamison. Your gift within these six areas will be matched 1:1.
The Williamsburg Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter in our community..forever. The Foundation is a collection of gifts given by local donors. The gifts are invested. Each year earnings are returned to the community in the form of grants. These funds grow with each new gift and produce income that will continue to meet local needs for generations to come.
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The Fall 2016 Grant application process is now closed. Applications for Spring Grants will be available online in November.
We have reframed our grant priorities to better reflect how our grant investments impact the community through six specific results-based goals. Click here to find out more.
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10/19/2016 - $54,650 awarded to local organizations
In its second grant round of the year, the Williamsburg Community Foundation presented grants totaling $54,650 to 15 local nonprofit organizations at its Grant Award Luncheon on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Ford's Colony Country Club. The luncheon was underwritten by generous gifts from TowneBank and Oleta Coach Lines, Inc. and the Smith Family. Howard Smith is a trustee of the Foundation.
10/3/2016 - Auto|Haus Reception a Big Success
Over 100 local residents braved the rain to learn more about the Williamsburg Community Foundation at a reception on September 21 hosted by Auto|Haus, one of the Foundation’s generous corporate sponsors.
9/23/2016 - 8th Annual Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer
On September 10, 2016, the Hare and Tortoise 8k hosted 272 runners for its 8th Annual Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer. This race supports the Karene O’Hare Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer at the Williamsburg Community Foundation. Local resident John O’Hare created the fund in honor of his wife, Karene, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007.
In the fall of 2015, the nonprofit organization, An Occasion for the Arts, announced that it had created a new endowment fund at the Williamsburg Community Foundation to support the arts in greater Williamsburg. An Occasion for the Arts, the area's premier art and music festival, will take place on October 1 and 2, 2016. Donations may be made directly to the fund at the Foundation.
The John D. Walker Memorial Endowment Fund
When Art Walker's brother, John, passed away unexpectedly in 2014, Art worked through WCF to create the John D. Walker Memorial Endowment Fund. The Fund provides annual disbursements to Dream Catchers (which Art helped found in 1992) to support staff training, which is critical to keeping the Center accredited - and insured.