Personality: Dr. Pamela J. Royal

Spotlight on board chair of the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond

4/2/2020, 6 p.m.
Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the work of the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond and the ...

Date and place of birth: April 16 in Richmond.

Current residence: Richmond.

Education: Bachelor’s of science in biology, Hampton University; medical degree, Eastern Virginia Medical School; and dermatology residency, Howard University Hospital.

Family: Married to Richmond Circuit Court Judge C.N. Jenkins Jr. for 34 years. We have four adult children.

The Community Foundation is: An advocate for philanthropy and service in Greater Richmond, with a legacy of helping people give back with passion and purpose. Our goal is to identify the most pressing human needs and weave them together with art and cultural vibrancy to strengthen our region.

Why I am excited about the Community Foundation: Our boldness as an organization excites me. We are stepping out and scaling up the work we are doing to create meaningful change in a collaborative way. We are also holding ourselves and our partners more accountable.

Services the foundation provides: We provide philanthropic leadership and expertise that brings donors and nonprofits together to do more good for our community. We guide philanthropists in their giving, build the capacity of nonprofits to serve our community and we match volunteers with organizations that need their help.

How the Community Foundation is responding to the coronavirus crisis: In March, we activated the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund (www.cfrichmond.org/covid19-fund), in partnership with the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia, to provide support to organizations serving individuals and families most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. To date, we have raised $3.7 million from individuals, foundations and businesses and awarded $750,000 in early grants. We also are supporting volunteer matching for organizations providing essential services and offering online training for nonprofits seeking creative ways to continue their work during this difficult time.

Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund is: Initially focused on providing rapid support to organizations providing crisis response services and those working with vulnerable populations such as children and youths, seniors, individuals experiencing homelessness, public housing residents and immigrants and community members with limited English language proficiency. The fund is designed to be flexible as needs change over time and to complement other resources and responses at the national, state and local levels.

How nonprofits can apply for funding: In order to move funds quickly, we do not have a formal application process at this time. Organizations may share their needs via a simple form on our website and requests will be considered on a rolling basis. www.cfrichmond.org/NonprofitFAQ

How contributions to the Foundation are accepted: We are proud that United Way has joined in matching new contributions made on its website up to $100,000 www.yourunited-way.org/covidfund/. Checks can be sent to the Community Foundation (memo: COVID response) at 3409 Moore St., Richmond,VA23230. For individuals or businesses who wish to make larger gifts, including gifts of securities or other assets, please contact Molly Bittner at mdbittner@cfrichmond.org.

What motivated me to get involved in community service: My parents emphasized the importance of community and civic responsibility. I enjoy the opportunity to serve and advocate for others and find that I am enriched in the process.