Investments

Using the same model of investing as the Prince Henry Investment entity of the Prince Henry Group, the Prince Henry Charitable Foundation works to change the way non-profits think about expansion and sustainability, applying a business-model approach to the non-profit sector to foster innovation and produce lasting change. Below is a list of the organizations that the Prince Henry Charitable Foundation has supported.

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The Academy of Fine Arts’ goal is to make the Academy Experience the top of everybody’s list: the first name that comes to mind, for galleries that are exotic and intriguing; for classes that are stimulating and enlightening; for theatrical events that are entertaining, surprising, captivating; for social events that are fun, clever, inviting. The Academy of Fine Arts is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Because of the historic significance of the Academy of Fine Arts building, PHCF has made it a priority to play a large role in its restoration
 amazement_square Amazement Square is Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum. Climb, slide and discover as you make your way through four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, activities and programs.

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The Angel’s Race began in 2003 with 100 participants.  A majority of participants had “Brittany” written on their arm as they raced in honor of Brittany Groover who had died in an automobile accident in November of 2002.  Now in its 11th year, this race has become an early season favorite for triathletes from across the state of Virginia and beyond.  The event is both highly competitive and enjoyable for novice and first time athletes.

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The Awareness Garden in Lynchburg, VA honors the families, friends and caregivers whose lives have been touched by cancer. The Garden provides the opportunity to honor a loved one with engraved bricks and other naming opportunities. It is a peaceful place to go to reflect on one’s journey of healing.

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Bacot/McCarty Foundation supports art, education and youth in Jackson County and South Mississippi.

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The odds are stacked against students of the Dallas Independent School District (ISD).  With only 70% graduating on time, far fewer will ever matriculate in any form of higher education  These students struggle with meeting college readiness standards on the ACT, low GPA’s, and low motivation. The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance (DUDA) provides free programming for nearly 1,000 6th to 12th graders, helping students to gain the self-esteem, vocabulary, and determination to succeed. At the national debate tournament, held in April 2009, Dallas was the youngest Urban Debate League to advance two teams into the elimination rounds – by ten years. The cost of participation in the Dallas urban debate league is $714 per student, per year, significantly below the national average cost of $944 – making the Dallas UDL an even greater value for your contribution dollar. (Afterschool Alliance, 2008).

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Harlem RBI offers a unique year-round youth development program in East Harlem, New York. Since it’s founding in 1991, Harlem RBI has grown to serve more than 700 boys and girls annually, ages 7–18, providing them with year-round sports, education and enrichment activities.

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Higher Achievement closes the achievement gap for 400 highly motivated economically disadvantaged middle school students per year by offering areas an opportunity-rich, nationally recognized year-round educational and high school preparatory program. The program occurs after school and during the summer and culminates in top high school placement.

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

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Since 2002, the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues has served as the national leadership organization for the urban debate movement. Today, nineteen urban debate leagues provide competitive policy debate programs to high school and middle school students across the United States, in school districts where 87% of students are minority and 78% are low income.

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The National Summer Learning Association is the national leader working to improve access to high-quality summer learning opportunities for low-income children and youth. NSLA galvanizes education, policy and nonprofit leaders across the country to help close both the opportunity and achievement gaps through research-based programs and systems building efforts.Over 100 years of research confirms that without stimulating activities during the summer, kids lose ground on the skills they developed during the school year.  In particular, low-income youth lose more than two months in reading achievement each summer while their higher income peers actually make slight gains.  These losses are cumulative and over time make up more than half of the achievement gap in reading that that impacts educational and professional success later in life. For more than 20 years, NSLA has led the field by providing the evidence, training and awareness-building that school districts, nonprofits, cities and states need to end summer learning loss and realize true summer learning gains.
 BlackLogo_Transparent_6_0  OregonASK exists to support, expand and advocate for quality out-of-school time programs and activities for children, youth, and families throughout Oregon. 

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Although the University of Virginia (UVA) is not a “charity,” all three of our beneficiaries, including UVA, desperately need incremental capital to help their participants achieve their potential.  In 1980, states provided 46 percent of the operating support for public colleges and universities, according to the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. By 2005, average support had fallen to 27 percent. On top of this decline in state funding, the University of Virginia receives even less state funding per student than most of its public peers. In 2011–12, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s General Fund appropriation per in-state full- time equivalent (FTE) student at UVA was $8,566, well below that of peer institutions such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which received $22,105 per in-state FTE student. For all University of Virginia divisions (including the College at Wise and the Medical Center), state appropriations accounted for $154.4 million of a $2.6 billion budget for 2012-13, or 5.8 percent. For the academic division (excluding the College at Wise and the Medical Center), state appropriations were $139.5 million of a $1.36 billion budget for 2012-13, or 10.2 percent.With the precipitous drop in financial support from the state of Virginia, many scholars—both students and faculty—are not able to complete the high impact work that will allow The University of Virginia to continue to thrive in the highest of rankings. As an example, the Spanish Department, currently ranked #1 in the nation by the National Research Council, has been harnessing the potential of young scholars by providing them with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including meeting the profession’s leading authors and scholars and studying abroad in what is widely considered one of the most premier study abroad programs in the country. So many of the programs that made students’ undergraduate experiences and that prepared them to succeed in the world are not available now. A relatively small amount of money can make an enormous difference to ensure that the University of Virginia achieves its potential.