GivingTuesdayRVA - A Learning Experience for Nonprofits & their Supporters

GivingTuesdayRVA - A Learning Experience for Nonprofits & their Supporters
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Tue 3 December 2019
Tuesday 3 December 2019
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

December 3, 2019, 9:00am – 1:30pm

Sponsored in part by the Community Foundation and Bank of America

Lipman Auditorium, Reynolds Community College
1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA
Includes Networking Lunch/Reception

Noted philnathropists speak about their relationships with nonprofits – valuable insights for nonprofits and their supporters. Also the presentation of awards totaling $20,000 for a no-entry-fee competition for nonprofits.

Tickets only $95 each through October 31, 2019 
($125 each beginning November 1, 2019)

**** Reserved VIP Tables Available: Contact Event Organizazer John Bryan at (804) 356-9552 or for additional info.  ****

Giving Tuesday RVA EVENT Presenters:

Thomas Mitchell - Head of Central Financial Planning & Analysis for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Thomas Mitchell came from very humble beginnings in Atlanta, GA and grew up in Birmingham, AL. He credits fishing with enabling him to discover the joy of conservation philanthropy, and the Gates Foundation with helping to shape his personal philanthropic practices which include his own Sol Duc and Orinoco Foundations which are focused on conservation and underserved populations, respectively. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Aubrey and Peggy Layne – Virginia Secretary of Finance for Governor Northam and former Secretary of Transportation for Governor McAuliffe, Aubrey and wife Peggy recently moved to Richmond from Hampton Roads and have a history of philanthropy including their recent donation of Neptune Virginia Beach Maquette by sculptor Paul DiPasquale to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Dr. Monroe E. Harris, Jr. and Dr. Jill Bussey – Monroe is president of the board of trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – the first African-American to hold that position. He has also headed the boards of Virginia Repertory Theatre and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Jill’s nonprofit board and leadership involvement has been extensive including SPARC, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and The Links Inc. Together the couple has established The Monroe E. Harris, Jr. and Jill Bussey Harris Scholarship for African-American Students at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

Jeff Wells and Mac Pence – Jeff, a former attorney for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Mac, former president of the Pence Auto Group, have had important RVA philanthropic involvement including Richmond Triangle Players and Second Presbyterian Church, both of which have included board and campaign leadership roles.

Lawrence L. Gray – Lawrence is Chairman and CEO of GrayCo Inc., a fifth generation family business with its roots in the lumber business and whose primary focus and holdings since 1992 have been high-end apartments located throughout the Southeast. Lawrence and his wife Freddie have been active philanthropists in RVA and beyond and have served on a variety of nonprofit boards, foundation boards and campaign committees including for the James River Association, Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, World Pediatric Project, Richmond Sports Backers, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, St. Catherine’s School, Woodberry Forest School and the University of North Carolina.

Giving Tuesday RVA Sponsors

The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond envisions a thriving region where all individuals and families have the opportunity to succeed. As a leader of Richmond’s philanthropic community, the Community Foundation works with diverse leaders across all sectors to understand the critical issues and unique opportunities shaping quality of life. The Community Foundation aligns its initiatives to regional priorities and unites donors, nonprofits and community changemakers to leverage greater impact. With 50 years of experience and the region’s most expansive network of partners, the Foundation is uniquely positioned to catalyze change, address the balance of opportunity and help its remarkable community rise to greater heights.

Bank of America is guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better through the power of every connection. BOA delivers on this through a focus on responsible growth and environmental, social and governance leadership. Through these efforts, BOA is driving growth—investing in the success of its employees, helping to create jobs, develop communities, foster economic mobility and address society’s biggest challenges—while managing risk and providing a return to its clients.

Reynolds Community College serves the Counties of Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, Louisa, and Powhatan as well as the City of Richmond. Last year, Reynolds Parham Road, Downtown, and Goochland campuses educated more than 15,000 students in credit and non-credit programs. This coming academic year, Reynolds will open a fourth site, The Kitchens at Reynolds, in the East End of Richmond at 25th and Nine Mile Road. The college has a commitment to access and opportunity for all individuals in the Greater Richmond region looking to realize their career and life aspirations.

ThinkFast offers unique solutions for marketing projects of any size, any budget, on any schedule. ThinkFast creates the ultimate reflection of your brand—on any platform— to live in the world. Whether marketing seamlessly alongside existing advertising campaigns, or reimagining your concept from start to finish, ThinkFast is prepared to meet your creative needs in digital and print, in any shape and form, and everything in between.

The Moose Management Academy helps nonprofit organizations engage more funding from major donors while also helping to make their donors’ lives ever more fulfilling. Each year the Academy presents “Green Ink Topics” events: symposia that feature major gifts “experts” (especially philanthropists themselves), most of whom have never before provided presentations for nonprofit audiences. Attendance fees for these events – totaling over $50,000 to date – have been donated back to the RVA nonprofit community.


Submit 100 Words to Win $10,000 for your Nonprofit Organization

First Place: $10,000
Two Runners-Up: $5,000 each
Special recognition for selected others

About the Competition:

In 100 words or less, tell what your nonprofit organization will do in 2020 – in addition to what it’s already doing – to make the lives of some or all of its donors better. To learn more and to submit your entry, go to

Donors of the $20,000 Prize Money

The following philanthropists, as well as one anonymous philanthropist, have each committed $5,000 for this competition:

David B. Robinson, CPA specializes in tax preparation and entrepreneurial consulting. He has had important involvement in RVA’s nonprofit community, serving as Acting Chief Financial Officer for CenterStage Foundation (now Richmond Performing Arts Alliance) from 2008-2009, Chairing the Richmond Symphony's Amazing Raise and Music Marathon campaigns and serving on the boards of Firehouse Theatre Project, Richmond Shakespeare (now Quill Theatre), project:HOMES and Randolph-Macon College. 

Pam and Bill Royall have provided leadership philanthropic support for organizations and projects in the arts, healthcare, and education benefiting diverse audiences ranging from children to seniors. 

Brooks Smith, Managing Partner for the law firm Troutman Sanders’ Richmond Office, has had widespread philanthropic and leadership involvement in RVA’s nonprofit community including board roles with CultureWorks, Maymont Foundation, the Valentine, Richmond Jazz Society, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Richmond Public Library Foundation and others. 

Giving Tuesday RVA CONTACT:
John Bryan, (840) 356-9552,

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