Phil-Ins: A Roundup of Nonprofit News (April 2024)

ICYMI, this month’s Phil-Ins share a few, major funding updates affecting select Virginia nonprofits. There are also a handful of family-friendly events over the next month to register for, so keep reading for a sneak peek.

Large Largesse

Novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has turned her munificence in Virginia’s direction. AP reports that the nation’s third richest woman is donating $640 million to Virginia nonprofits, an amount that is double her original giving plan. On the receiving end of the Yield Giving Foundation’s grants in Central Virginia are the Virginia Poverty Law Center, which received $1 million, and the McShin Foundation, which got $2 million. Some 361 organizations throughout the country received either $1 million or $2 million grants. Our favorite reaction to the news came from McShin CEO Honesty Liller who told WTVR, “I jumped up and down, I screamed, and ran and told my dogs.”

More Funding News

After years of working with a stagnant budget, despite sharply rising costs in the healthcare arena, the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics got some good news this year from the General Assembly. The legislature included the biggest funding bump since 2016 – an increase of $1.5 million – raising the annual budget for the statewide network of 69 clinics to $16.6 million. In 2022, VAFCC member clinics reported over $114 million in care for more than 75,000 patients. The Virginia Pilot has the full story

Mark Your Calendar…

Fearless Families and Stomping near Charlottesville, April 8-29 & May 4

Living Free Together, whose Charlottesville-area programs have been lifting up veterans and their families for close to a quarter-century, is hosting free Fearless Family workshops for vets and their families on Monday evenings (5:30-7:30) at the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, 550 Buck Mountain Road in Earlysville. Then on May 4, LFT will be hosting its Stanardsville Stomp to benefit families of military members and first responders at the Pavilion at Greene Commons in Stanardsville from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Get your line dancing shoes on. You can find more info and a registration link here

Kindergartners Rising, April 20

Do you have a rising kindergartner? The Children’s Museum of Richmond is hosting a fun school-readiness event that may be just the ticket. A big yellow school bus will be on hand to help kids get comfortable with getting on and off a school bus. Partners like the Richmond Public Library, Sprout and Partners in Parenting, among other groups, also will be on hand in the downtown museum lobby. The event (10 a.m. to noon) is free, but museum admission is not included. More info here

Day of Remembrance, May 5

The Virginia Holocaust Museum is hosting Yom HaShoah, the annual Day of Remembrance, in honor of the millions of Jewish Holocaust survivors. The event (2 p.m.) is free to attend, but registration is required. The museum is located at 2000 East Cary Street in Shockoe Bottom. 

If you’re looking for a change in career in the Central Virginia area, head to our friends at the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond. Its robust job finder has all the deets. 

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