Virginia’s growth, environmental health and vibrant economy has been built on a foundation of strong relationships and families. They are the main building blocks of our society.
Relationship Foundation of Virginia (RFVA) has a clear vision - to strengthen relationships for better families - and we do so by providing education, tools and experiences to our community.
For individuals who are committed to bettering their formative relationships and families, we are the trusted resource for skills-based programs and events for relational wellness.
In the past 2 years, RFVA has made a great impact on youth,couples, fathers and families.
RFVA operates on a $297,000 budget to make a noticeable and lasting impact on the Commonwealth's families. RFVA has the following needs:
While we have a very active Board of Directors and some very dedicated and supportive sponsors, we need to further develop our donor base to include a broader spectrum of individuals and foundations.
In an effort to strengthen marriages and families in our community, we initially began in 1998 as a broadly ecumenical coalition of clergy across race and denomination and then incorporated in 2003.
In 2004, our Board of Directors voted to affiliate with First Things First of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which has pioneered a broad-based community “prevention” model for strengthening families. Through public awareness initiatives, education programs and community collaborations, we hope to emulate Chattanooga’s results – a 30% reduction in divorce filings in Hamilton County and a 29% reduction in teen single-mother births since 1997. In 2016, the organization evolved once again voting to change it's name to Relationship Foundation of Virginia, allowing us to solidify what we do and our mission not only in the Richmond community, but throughout Virginia,
RFVA uses credible research to identify significant problems facing our Commonwealth; identifies solutions based on traditional values; uses empirical data to measure the effectiveness and assess the impact of those solutions; builds broad public support for values-based solutions through advocacy, education, communication and collaboration; equips and empowers local leaders and professionals.
As a community-based non-profit, we pursue a special focus on the most underserved in our community. In 2010, RFVA provided research-based training programs to more than 2,700 clients, of which over 800 were low-income, minority or at-risk individuals.
RFVA strives to reach across racial, ethnic and religious lines to join efforts to tackle these problems that affect every aspect of our society. Recent and current partners include the Virginia Department of Health and Social Services, Communities in Schools Richmond, Richmond City Health District, Chesterfield Jail, CHAT, Camp Diva, VCU-MCV, Henrico Doctors, Bon Secours Richmond Community, Chippenham & Johnston Willis Hospitals, Henrico County Social Services, National Fatherhood Initiative and the Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative.
We have also served many congregations of various denominations including churches that serve minority and/or low income groups. Our collaborative relationships are long-lasting because of the high quality of our programming and our policy of enrolling anyone interested in our programs, regardless of the ability to pay.
our relationships are healthy, life is richer and more fun. Without strong, lasting
relationships, life can be harder, feel emptier and lead to more challenges – not
only for us, but for our communities.
The nature of relationships has changed. Couples are waiting longer to marry, children are more frequently born out of wedlock, parents are not as engaged in their children’s lives, and individuals enter into marriages with unrealistic expectations for the work it takes to sustain a healthy relationship.
As our name suggests, Relationship Foundation of Virginia is dedicated to building the fundamental elements of strong communities – healthy relationships and families. It takes effort to build a relationship, but the rewards are worth it.
For youth, we deliver programs that teach self-respect and respect for others. For individuals – single or in long-term relationships and marriages - we lead engaging programs to create awareness and provide the practical tools to pursue and sustain strong relationships. For new and expecting dads, we equip them with the skills to be active, committed fathers for life. We provide all with the confidence and strength to thrive.
In relationships and families, people count on each other for support, encouragement and commitment. We understand the demands of these expectations and we are here to help. By building awareness and understanding of the complexity and joys of relationships, we help everyone we serve be more successful, which makes our community a better place to live.
The Board of RFVA is very diverse and very engaged. We have a number of younger professionals who are actively engaged in the organization and in the community. We have grown tremendously in the last two years with their energy and commitment.
The following is a partial list of organizations and agencies with whom we partner or collaborate in some way… it is continually growing:
o Virginia Department of Social Services
o Richmond City Health Department, Social Services, Jail and East District Initiative
o Church Hill Academy and Tutoring
o Henrico County Department of Social Services and Fatherhood Initiative
o Communities in Schools Richmond
o Chesterfield County Jail
o Virginia Commonwealth University & MCV
o Henrico Doctors Hospital
o Chippenham and Johnston Willis Hospitals
o Healthy Beginnings Center at Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital
o Virginia Union University
o Church Hill Academy and Turoting
o National. State and local Fatherhood Initiatives
o Various Major Denominations, Conventions and many Congregations
o Richmond Baptist Association, Virginia Baptists and Baptist General Convention
o Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Richmond Diocese Catholic
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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