Williamsburg Community Foundation sets sights on 2020

In launching the Vision 2020 initiative, Williamsburg Community Foundation hopes to nearly double the amount of grant dollars distributed locally by the foundation's 20th anniversary in 2020.

Launched in April, Vision 2020 created six new funds within the foundation's existing Community Endowment: Arts and Culture, Children and Young Adults, Environment and Conservation, Health and Community Wellness, Senior Services and Scholarship.

"People can give a little bit more specifically, but they're still funds that are going to be there forever," said Nancy Sullivan, the foundation's executive director.

Sullivan hopes Vision 2020 allows people "the opportunity to give where they really care," whether that be causes related to arts, children, what have you.

A donation to any of the six funds will be equally matched, Sullivan said, made possible through a gift from John Jamison, a founder of the community foundation. Sullivan said each fund has up to $20,000 in matching funds.

"Our goal, like I said, is to really double our grant-making, and we feel that by giving people more options, we are encouraging broader philanthropy in the community," Sullivan said.

The foundation has distributed a combined $6.9 million in grants and scholarships since 1999.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

For more information

Call 757-229-1660 or visit williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org.

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