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110 Local Nonprofits Registered to Participate in Give Local 757


Imagine one day, 100s of communities, 1000s of non-profits, coming together to raise millions of dollars for the greater good! It's not just a dream, it's actually happening May 6, 2014 for 24 hours from coast to coast, in communities of all sizes, including ours! Imagine that is you in the picture receiving a check for the total donations you received for your non-profit on May 6, 2014 from Give Local 757!

If you are a non-profit in the 757 area and want to be a part of this unprecedented event in our country's history, please join us so yo help your organization, therefore, our community stronger.

For your organization it would mean you would:

  1. Raise funds for your nonprofit.
  2. Increase your donor base (online giving day donations, on average, are 20% new donors).
  3. Build your capacity to increase your social media and online presence with free training and support from the time you sign up until May 6, 2014.                                                                                                            

If you have the information you need and want to register your non-profit for Give Local 757, register online at  

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Let's make history together!

Peninsula Community Foundation Receives National Recognition

Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards

cf National Standards

The Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. “Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Hugh Ralston, Chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that says, the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia has demonstrated a commitment to quality, integrity and accountability.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. “This is critically important to our donors,” said Michael Monteith, Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia CEO. “When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards accreditation says our house is in order.”

The Peninsula Community Foundation is one of the youngest and fastest growing philanthropic organizations in the region. Its mission is to create a thriving community for all. Every day, PCFV joins other foundations, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and government officials to address the needs of the community and build creative solutions. Together with a family of donors, the Foundation is investing an average of 1 million dollars annually to respond to community needs. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the accreditation validates the Peninsula Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community. “Grantmaking is a lot like investing,” said Greg Lawson, Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia board chair. “We need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. With our National Standards accreditation, you can be assured that we’re doing just that.”

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ is the first program of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States. Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. The Community Foundations National Standards Board is a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations and is responsible for the quality, value and integrity of compliance with National Standards. For more information on the National Standards Board, visit its website at

Virginia STEAM Academy Recieves $6,000 Grant for Student Scholarships and Course Development

Virginia STEAM Academy

The Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia has provided a generous grant of $6,000.00 to the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics (STEAM) Academy to develop course materials and sponsor up to five Peninsula-resident students to attend Summer STEAM 2014. Summer STEAM is an offering of the Virginia STEAM Academy. It is a one-week, immersive, applied, and intellectually rigorous academy for rising 6th-8th grade students drawn from across the Commonwealth of Virginia with interest and ability in science, technology, engineering, or applied mathematics. There is no fee for students to attend.

The Virginia STEAM Academy is a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to nurture future generations of creative, ethical and imaginative STEAM leaders who understand and integrate the humanities in all aspects of their development. As a multi-dimensional, statewide initiative, the Virginia STEAM Academy aims to attract more students to STEAM-related disciplines early in their academic careers, accelerate learning for highly able and interested students, and positively impact the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economic future.

Based on the successful pilot of Summer STEAM 2013, Summer STEAM 2014 is expanding to two locations. Forty one percent of Summer STEAM 2013 ambassadors hailed from Hampton Roads.

Summer STEAM participants spend six hours each day in learning laboratories. This year’s offerings include mathematical modeling, math reasoning and encryption, physics, material science, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and forensic science, as well as leadership and wellness activities.

Interested students may apply at All applications must be received April 11.

Librarian Leaves Nearly One Million Dollars to Community

Carolyn Lackey

Former Fort Monroe librarian Carolyn Lackey recently, through her will, bequeathed nearly one million dollars to the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia to establish a scholarship fund for peninsula high schools students. Her intention was to provide an education for students in good academic standing with dreams of pursuing a higher education, but without the financial resources to do so.


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