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Foundation CEO Brennan Gould Wins Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation's president and chief executive officer, Ms. Brennan Gould, will receive the 2018 Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking from the Council on Foundations.

Ms. Gould, who previously served as director of grant-funded programs at CACF, was selected as its president in June of this year. She led efforts to create the Heal Charlottesville Fund, which was the primary financial supporter of survivors impacted by the horrific white supremacist acts in August 2017. With the generous support of local donors, UVA alumni, Concert for Charlottesville and corporate foundations, the Heal Charlottesville Fund granted $1.4 million to survivors, as well as awarded grants to local residents, nonprofits and business leaders dedicated to combating structural and systematic racial inequities in the city.

“I am humbled by this incredible award and thank the Council on Foundations for recognizing our collective efforts,” said Ms. Gould. “I share this honor with the Foundation’s board of directors, staff and most importantly with the Charlottesville community.”

Founded in 1949, The Council on Foundations is a Washington, DC-based association of non-profits, grantmaking foundations and corporations. Their mission is to empower professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advance a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.

“The Scrivner Award was created to recognize grantmakers who come up with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing challenges,” said Gene Cochrane, interim president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Through a thoughtful grant creation process that involved listening and engaging the local community, the Heal Charlottesville Fund has evolved into an effort that is helping its community rebuild, by assisting those directly impacted during the riots as well as working to bridge long-existing divides. It epitomizes philanthropy’s goal to promote the common good.”

The Council on Foundations will formally present Ms. Gould the Scrivner Award in November 2018 at the Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC.