Phil-Ins: A Round Up of Nonprofit News (September 2023)

End of year fundraising season has begun! There are galas, signature events and campaigns for a cause on deck this month. Check out just five nonprofit news stories and events that have bubbled up this month, and if you’re looking for more, head over to our Events calendar.

That’s My Gal-a

The READ Center, which provides literacy programs and educational resources at no cost to deserving students, is hosting its annual “A Moveable Feast” gala on Thursday, Sept. 21. Celebrate the power of literacy through wine-tastings and food-pairing experiences, along with delicious food, specialty drinks, jazz music and a silent auction. Doors open at The Library of Virginia downtown at 6 p.m. There’s more info here, where you can buy tix.

Red Shoes and Golf Shoes

Ronald McDonald House Charities is planning a one-two punch of fundraising events. The back-to-back events kick off with RMHC’s signature fundraiser, its Red Shoe Rendezvous, which brings together advocates, sponsors and community leaders for auctions (live and silent), scrumptious food from local restaurants and an altogether VIP experience. The outdoor gala takes place on Monday, Sept. 25 at The Dominion Club. You can buy tickets and find sponsorship opportunities here.  

Tee it up the next day for the Charities’ annual golf outing, also at The Dominion Club in Short Pump. Click on the above link for more info or email Jessica at jessica@rmhc-richmond.org.

Monies raised go to support Ronald McDonald House’s programs and services for families with children receiving medical care in the Richmond region.


Lots of Richmond media outlets recently shared the big news: Commonwealth Autism has purchased the venerable Southside specialty grocer, Good Foods Grocery. According to reports, CA plans to continue to run the grocery store while also using the space as a venue for vocational training for those with autism. RichmondBizSense.com has the full story.

You Go, Girl…and Read!

Inspired by presidential inauguration poet Amanda Gorman, Girls For a Change – a local nonprofit that seeks to empower Black Girls – announced a $5.5 million fundraising campaign that will replace its current building with a new one, including its own GFAC library. The group reports that so far it has already raised about $100,000. Read all about it in Style Weekly, where you’ll also find a donation link.

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