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Local giving circle makes first grant, donating $20,000 to help at-risk youth

SisterFund made its first grant to Children’s Home Society, one of the area’s oldest organizations dedicated to helping youth find permanent families.

Trevor Dickerson

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A local giving circle created in partnership with The Community Foundation has awarded its first grant–a donation of $20,000 to a Richmond nonprofit dedicated to placing at-risk youth with permanent families and in permanent homes.

Children’s Home Society was awarded the grant by SisterFund, whose mission it is to invest in local nonprofits engaged in helping African American women and girls chart a positive future for themselves. The grant will support the Possibilities Project, a collaboration between Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Better Housing Coalition. Funds will be used to provide trauma-informed supports including access to education, safe housing and life coaching for young women aging out of the foster care system.

“We are excited to partner with the women of SisterFund to produce better results for foster care youth in Virginia,” said Nadine Marsh-Carter, executive director of the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. “For youth entering the world without the supports of family or resources, this grant can be the difference between a path to incarceration or homelessness and a future in which they are empowered to live independently and become successful, thriving adults.”

The Possibilities Project addresses the young peoples’ emotional health as well as their critical need for lifelong connections. The long-term goal is to create a model based on best practices that can be replicated across Virginia and across the country.

“With so many compelling proposals, this was a hard choice,” said Evette Roots, founding member and marketing chair. “Ultimately, we were inspired by The Possibilities Project’s comprehensive approach and its long-term goals to affect systems change statewide. We felt we could make a difference financially, but also by staying informed and engaging in public policy.”

SisterFund was founded in October of 2015 by several committed and passionate individuals including Veronica Fleming, The Honorable Cynthia Newbille, Greta J. Harris, Evette T. Roots, The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, and The Honorable Delores McQuinn.

“SisterFund is an experience that embraces all aspects of philanthropy. We are learning together, giving together and celebrating the joy of achieving greater impact together,” Roots continued. “Now that we have made our first grant, we are extremely motivated to grow our circle and expand our support for community initiatives.”

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.