SisterFund is a grassroots donor education and grant-making initiative, uniting women’s ideas and actions through philanthropy and collective giving. Our membership is comprised of 25+ women who widely represent Richmond’s diversity trademark, giving together to create lasting and positive change. Our mission is to improve the lives of African American women and girls by transforming local nonprofits through significant, collective financial investments. SisterFund members engage in an experience that transforms our community in this powerful journey of giving.
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August 28, 2017
SisterFund Awards $20,000 to Partnership for the Future
Grant will help young women transition to college and earn post-secondary degrees
RICHMOND, VA – In partnership with The Community Foundation, SisterFund announces that its second annual grant to empower African American women and girls will be awarded to Partnership for the Future. The grant of $20,000 will be used to provide training, enrichment and mentoring for 179 high school girls and college women working to attain their college degrees.
Partnership for the Future provides highly-motivated local high school students from challenging circumstances with the tools and experiences necessary to attain a college degree. In recent years, the program has expanded from real world training and college prep activities while in high school – such as SAT courses, college tours, cultural experiences and paid internships – to include mentoring and support once students enter college. Most participants are from low-income families and are often first to attend college. Partnership for the Future is designed to help young people unlock their full potential by giving them the road map and support to be successful.
“Our membership was particularly impressed by the resourcefulness and collaboration demonstrated by Partnership for the Future,” said Cynthia Newbille, President of SisterFund. “The program has achieved remarkable results with the support of its dedicated staff, 70 organizational partnerships and a cadre of 200 loyal volunteers. Since 2007, Partnership for the Future has a 100% matriculation rate and 86% of its students have graduatedor are persisting through college.”
SisterFund represents the collective wisdom, service and philanthropy of 26 African American women leaders who believe they can make a greater difference together than they can alone. While many of its members have chosen professions in service to their community, the giving circle is an opportunity to come together to broaden their collective awareness about issues affecting African American women and girls and to support nonprofits serving this population through education, workforce and leadership development.
Kim Russell, Sr. VP, Marketing & Communications
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
804-330-7400 Ext. 117 (office)
7501 Boulder View Drive, Suite 110, Richmond VA, 23225 (804) 330-7400
SisterFund is a partner of The Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. All tax deductible donations should be made as gifts to the SisterFund at The Community Foundation.