Over 100 local residents braved the rain to learn more about the Williamsburg Community Foundation at a reception on September 21 hosted by Auto|Haus, one of the Foundation’s generous corporate sponsors. “We could not exist without the support of local residents, and businesses like Auto|Haus, and we are so grateful to Hans and Selina Hohlreider of Auto|Haus, not only for hosting this wonderful event, but has also for agreeing to be the Presenting Sponsor over the next three years for the Foundation’s newest initiative, VISION 2020” said Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director of the Foundation.
“Williamsburg has been so supportive in helping us build our business in Yorktown and now with our location here on Second Street, so we wanted to do something to give back to the community that has helped us to grow over the years” said Rob Carpenter, Marketing Director for Auto|Haus.
In order to advance its vision for a more vibrant Williamsburg, the Community Foundation
has created VISION 2020 to give you the flexibility to make an impact in those areas that
interest you most: Children & Young Adults, Arts & Culture, Senior Services,
Health & Community Wellness, Environment & Conservation, and Scholarship.
Since 1999, the Williamsburg Community Foundation has distributed $6.7 million in grants and scholarships combined. The Foundation serves as a philanthropic center with the mission of connecting people who care with causes that matter forever. Local residents can make a contribution to the Foundation’s Community Endowment, and trust that their gift will be combined with others, invested wisely, and continually generate income over time that will be a source of support for local nonprofits in the long-term. The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees who are members of the Williamsburg community, and grants are made through a competitive process that responds to the changing needs of our area.
Unlike other groups that have a single purpose, the Williamsburg Community Foundation focuses on all areas of community life from our rivers and greenspaces, to our artistic and cultural programs, to enhancing the quality of life for our oldest and youngest citizens. In order to advance its vision for a more vibrant Williamsburg, the Community Foundation has created VISION 2020 to give individuals the flexibility to make an impact in those areas that interest them most: Children & Young Adults, Arts & Culture, Senior Services, Health & Community Wellness, Environment & Conservation, and Scholarship. Anyone can make a gift of any size to these funds, and thanks to a generous bequest from a previous Foundation trustee, John Jamison, a gift to any of the six area funds will be matched 1:1.
VISION 2020 is chaired by Bobby Beck and Margaret Beck Pritchard, long-time supporters of the community. “When we embarked on VISION 2020 early this year” said Pritchard, “we knew that we would need to bring new friends and old together to work to achieve our goals over the next few years. VISION 2020 is a new initiative, but it builds on the strong base built by our founders and early supporters. Growing the Foundation’s Endowment and new area endowment funds will enable us to support more needs in our ever changing community.”