Our Foundation

Let’s help our community, together.

Based on the time and amount of funding that our small foundation was able to provide, our Board of Directors has determined that for the immediate future, we will no longer continue with the lengthy and time-consuming grant process used in previous years.   A majority of the board approved a motion to support several not-profit ventures that were not, typically, included in our funding.

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Retail Merchants Foundation to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Lynchburg area (Lynchburg, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell County and Appomattox) in order to make a positive impact in our community by investing in the arts, education, and human service needs.

About the Private Foundation
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, The Retail Merchants Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 Corporation, was established in 1996.  Since its inception, we have placed approximately $3 million dollars back into the local community through non-profit assistance.

All contributions are gifts with no consideration received and no request will be honored that any part inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual and no part of the activities which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation.

PREVIOUS YEARS’ FUNDING RECIPIENTS

2018:   Amherst County Museum, The UP Foundation, Rise Against Hunger, The Salvation Army, United Way of Central Virginia, Interfaith Outreach Association, WoodmenLife, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia, Bedford Rides, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Society of St. Andrew, Adult Care Center of Central Virginia, Meals on Wheels, Alzheimer’s Association, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Food Assistance, Central Virginia Shrine Clowns.

2017:  For the first time in its history, the Foundation Grants for the 2017 year focused primarily on education and food, narrowing down the number of gifts in order to made a substantial impact with the agencies we helped, providing $350,000 total. Recipients that received education grants were  Brookhill Farms, (https://brookhillfarm.org/), Hunton Randolph Community Center (https://brookhillfarm.org/), STEP with Links (https://lcsedu.net/ourschools/special-programs/step-links-program). Lynchburg Grows is a food organization that was in desperate need of a new greenhouse that we provided (https://www.lynchburggrows.org/), and Academy Centre of the Arts Grant grants was both for education and economic development, helping with the restoration of this historic Academy (https://academycenter.org/).

2016:  Amazement Square, CASA of Central Virginia, Inc., HumanKind, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg City Education Foundation, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Lynchburg Grows, Meals on Wheels, Mental Health America of Central Virginia, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia, STEP With Links, Inc., The Gateway House, Y M C A of Central Virginia, Y W C A of Central Virginia, The U P Foundation

2015:  Amazement Square, Bedford Christian Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central VA, Brook Hill Farm, CASA of Central VA, Inc., Central Virginia Community College, Churches for Urban Ministry, Endstation Theatre Company, Free Clinic of Central Virginia, HIS Vision, HumanKind, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg City Educational Foundation, Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, Daily Bread, Meals on Wheels, MedsHelp of Central Virginia, Mental Health America of Central VA/Couples & Kids, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Opera on the James, Salvation Army, Society of St. Andrews, STEP With Links, Inc., Take My Hand Ministries, Inc., The Gateway House, Y M C A of Central VA,
Y W C A of Central VA

2014: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA of Central Virginia, Central VA Community College, Churches for Urban Ministry, Family Alliance, FBI National Academy Associates, Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Heritage High School, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc., Lynchburg Community Action, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Inc., Lynchburg Sheltered Industries, Meals on Wheels, Med’s Help Program (Free Clinic), Mental Health America of Central VA, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Inc., Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Rebuilding Together – Campbell County, Salvation Army, Society of St. Andrew, STEP With Links, The Gateway House, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

2013:  American Red Cross, Brook Hill Farms, Camp Kum-Ba-Yah, CASA of Central Virginia, Central VA Area Agency on Aging, CHAP (Coalition for HIV Awareness), Churches for Urban Ministry, Dance theatre, Family Alliance, Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc., Lynchburg Community Action, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Inc., Meals On Wheels, Med’s Help Program (Free Clinic), Mental Health America of Central Virginia, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Inc., Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Recovery at St. John’s, Rebuilding Together – Campbell County, Rebuilding Together – Lynchburg, Salvation Army, Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia, Society of St. Andrew, STEP with Links, The Gateway House, Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, The Virginia College Fund, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities,
Y M C A of Central Virginia, Healthy Living Initiative

Our Beneficiaries