Our Donors Make the BIGGEST Difference!

Donors to Westminster Canterbury Foundation give for a variety of reasons and in many different ways. Donors give to the Foundation for the Fellowship Program, the Area of Greatest Need or Your Passion. Giving in each of these three area makes a huge impact on our residents and provides resources that distinguish Westminster Canterbury Richmond as the premier Life Care community in Central Virginia.

Our research has not discovered any other single-site community that provides the level of financial aid that we provide for our residents through the Fellowship Program. In 2016, 109 residents received Fellowship support. Generous donor support for Fellowship totaled $1,695,008. Combined with endowment income, a total of $3.6 million in financial support was made possible by donors. This support provides life care for seniors-in-need – housing, meals, medical expenses and vital living. It also provides security and peace of mind to residents and family members because of our promise that no resident will be asked to leave due to an inability to pay through no fault of their own.

Gifts to the Area of Greatest Need are allocated to various departments within Westminster Canterbury through the Foundation’s Innovation Grants. These grants focus on developing and sustaining leadership and innovation. The Child Development Center at Westminster Canterbury is using their Innovation Grant to implement a new curriculum called Conscious Discipline, a comprehensive approach that integrates social-emotional learning, school culture, and discipline. This program is transforming the Child Development Center!

Donor passions are wonderfully diverse and this broad range of support makes so much possible at Westminster Canterbury. But one of the most distinguishing features that donors make possible is our vibrant cultural and creative arts offerings. 100% of program costs in the Studio and Visual Arts and Performing Arts departments are covered by donor support. In 2016, total attendance for Studio Art classes was 4,288. The Sara Belle November Theater hosted 55 performance and lectures and 38 additional events with a total attendance of 21,073. The theater is a focal point of community life and is available for all residents, cost-free, thanks to the inspiring generosity of our donors.

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