VISION 2020 Transforms WCF



March 12, 2020, Williamsburg, Va. – As the greater Williamsburg community works diligently to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, many groups are making difficult decisions about suspending operations or canceling gatherings in order to keep residents safe and healthy.

Among these groups is the Williamsburg Community Foundation, which was prepared to host over two hundred people at William and Mary’s Mason School of Business on March 12 to celebrate the culmination of VISION 2020, a five-year effort to build resources and engage more people in the work of the foundation.

Given the current situation, and the College’s response, the celebration unfortunately had to be canceled to ensure the health and safety of donors, nonprofit leaders and other community stakeholders planning to attend. Despite the change in plans, the results of the community’s collective efforts should still be celebrated.

VISION 2020 has truly transformed the Community Foundation,” said Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director. “We are so grateful to everyone who played a role – over 1,000 people – and we are so excited to see how our community is going to benefit for many years to come as a result of the endowment funds that were created.”

The Williamsburg Community Foundation was established in 1999 with the intent of raising charitable endowments that would forever benefit the local community in the form of grants and scholarships. As a result of the five-year initiative called VISION 2020, the number of people giving to and through the foundation has more than doubled.

The Foundation’s assets, most of which are invested for the long term, have increased from six million dollars at the start of VISION 2020, to over 20 million dollars at the end. All of this translates into more grants and scholarships for local people.

During VISION 2020, over half a million dollars was raised for the Community Endowment, which allows the Williamsburg Community Foundation to provide competitive grants to local nonprofit organizations twice a year. In fact, from 2015 to 2020, the amount of dollars available for competitive grants more than doubled. (A list of competitive grant recipients during the past five years can be found at the end of this piece.) These grants touch every area of community life from housing to health, from the arts to our natural environment.

“The Williamsburg Community Foundation strives to make a difference in our community by connecting generous local donors with the important work of our local nonprofit organizations,” said Taylor Reveley, President Emeritus of the College of William and Mary, and a past honorary trustee of the Williamsburg Community Foundation. Instead of presenting Reveley’s remarks at the event in person, they were recorded and shared online and through social media. (Click here to view.)

Reveley recognized the many local individuals, businesses and civic groups who helped create and build six new endowments to support competitive grants in specific fields: Arts & Culture, Environment & Conservation, Health & Community Wellness, Children & Young Adults, Senior Services, and Scholarship. Combined,these endowments total close to three million dollars.

Ultimately, the Williamsburg Community Foundation is about neighbors helping neighbors,” said Sullivan. “We can do so much more when we come together. It’s not just about dollars raised. It’s about bringing people together to create a community that is a stronger, more thriving, more welcoming place for all.”

Williamsburg Community Foundation – Competitive Grant Recipients 2015-2019
757 Wrestling Club
All Together Inc.
American Hiking Society
Angels of Mercy Inc. Medical Clinic
Armed Services Arts Partnership
Auxillary of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
Avalon Center
Bacon Street Youth and Family Services
BikeWalk Williamsburg
Child Development Resources
Colonial Behavioral Health
Colonial CASA
Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center
Early Childhood Music School of Williamsburg United Methodist Church
Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association
Fear 2 Freedom
Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment
Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast
Grafton High School Wrestling
Grove Christian Outreach Center
Gwendolyn’s Wish, Inc.
Hope Family Village
Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg
Housing Partnerships, Inc.
James River Association
James River Elementary School
Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
Lackey Clinic
Lafayette High School Volleyball
Literacy for Life
New Kent High School Wrestling
Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center
One Child Center for Autism
Opera in Williamsburg, Inc
Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc.
Peninsula Catholic High School Tennis
Peninsula Catholic High School Wrestling
Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center
Postpartum Support Virginia, Inc.
Reach Out and Read Virginia
Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
Rx Drug Access Partnership
Smithfield High School Wrestling
Tabb High School Wrestling
The Arc of Greater Williamsburg
The Fairfield Foundation
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
Tidewater Classical Guitar
Triangle Skateboard Alliance
United Way of the Virginia Peninsula
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
Virginia Living Museum
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank
Virginia Regional Ballet
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Warhill High School Wrestling
Warwick High School Wrestling
William & Mary Global Film Festival
Williamsburg Area Faith in Action
Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels
Williamsburg Boat Club
Williamsburg Choral Guild
Williamsburg Community Growers
Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center
Williamsburg House of Mercy, Inc.
Williamsburg Music Club
Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists
Williamsburg Women’s Chorus, Inc.
Williamsburg Youth Orchestras
Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
YMCA – Peninsula Metropolitan
York County High School Wrestling
Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc.
Youth Aeronautics Educational Foundation