Hear from philanthropists including
Thomas Mitchell of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!

Local nonprofits submitted 100 words for a chance to win $10,000 for their organization !

“My involvement with the SPCA began when one of my clients told me we needed to go to lunch and see the SPCA. This was a great way to introduce me with no pressure.”

Every few days this space provides another poignant insight from among those made by RVA philanthropists (Jim Ukrop, Pam and Bill Royall, John Van Der Hyde, etc.) at previous events organized by the Moose Management Academy. 


December 3, 2019

9am – 1:30pm

Lipman Auditorium, Reynolds Community College

1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA

Includes Gourmet Lunch Buffet and Networking Reception

Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, Bank of America,
Reynolds Community College, ThinkFast, Moose Management Academy

An unprecedented learning experience for nonprofits and those who support them.


Thomas Mitchell

Head of Central Financial Planning & Analysis for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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 & Peggy Layne

Virginia Secretary of Finance for Governor Northam & former Secretary of Transportation for Governor McAuliffe

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.
& 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.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Cosmetic Dentist

Lawrence L. Gray

Chairman & CEO of GrayCo Inc.

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.

Jeff Wells & Mac Pence

Former Attorney for the U.S. Fourth CIrcuit Court of Appeals & Former President of the Pence Auto Group

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. 


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VIP 8-PACK includes 8 reserved seats for the program plus a reserved 8-person table for lunch.

Contact Event Organizazer John Bryan at (804) 356-9552 or jbryanfish@aol.com for additional info. 

Don't miss this one of a kind learning event .
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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. 

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.

Dr. Paula P. Pando, President,
Reynolds Community College

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.



Giving Tuesday RVA event on December 3, 2019 (do not have to be present to win) 

A group of RVA philanthropists will select the winners.

Financial prizes are donated to the organizations’ general fund and are to be used at the organizations’ discretion.

All entries will be published online after December 3, 2019.


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

FIRST PLACE: $10,000

TWO RUNNERS-UP: $5,000 each

Special recognition for selected others



All nonprofit organizations that are headquartered in the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan. One entry per organization.


October 31, 2019


About the CHALLENGE:


Most nonprofit organizations do a good job thanking their donors and informing them about how their donations are making lives better. And while the mission of every nonprofit organization is to make the lives better of the persons whom it serves, there is also the opportunity to add another mission: to make donors’ lives better by taking an interest in them as persons rather than just sources of money. While this notion is intuitively recognized, it is not usually systematically embraced. 


Some of us who run nonprofit organizations still don’t know the names of our largest donor’s children. Some of our donors don’t get spoken to at our events. And some of our most important donors’ phones don’t ring on their birthdays. 


Of course donors’ gifts don’t entitle them to attention or interest. They feel good just knowing what their donations are accomplishing. But it brightens all of our lives, makes them better, when folks take an interest in us: our children, our careers, our recreation, our intellectual pursuits, and on and on. This 100-word challenge is focused on the realization that donors’ lives are made better when nonprofit organizations express interest and show they care.


(After December 3, the entries will be published online so that we can all see a variety of ways to engage and relate to our donors.)


Even Playing Field for all nonprofit organizations: This challenge's winners will be selected on the basis of quality rather than quantity, thought rather than expense, and sincerity rather than expedience. Thus an all-volunteer nonprofit organization has as much chance to win as a 200-employee nonprofit organization. 

 $20,000 PRIZE MONEy 

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

David B. Robinson, CPA

A CPA specializing in tax preparation and entrepreneurial consulting, David 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 & Bill Royall

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

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. 



Contact Info

Questions? Want to learn more about our Reserved VIP tables at the event?

Contact John Bryan at (804) 356-9552 or jbryanfish@aol.com