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Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Brennan Gould to Receive 2018 Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking

The Council on Foundations today announced that Brennan Gould, president and CEO of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, will receive its Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking for an innovative grantmaking initiative created in response to the deadly racial riots that rocked Charlottesville and the nation in 2017.

Gould was selected by an independent review panel for her efforts in the creation of the Heal Charlottesville Fund, a grantmaking response to address immediate and long-term needs in the devastating aftermath of white supremacist rallies of August 2017. In June of this year, the Heal Charlottesville Fund awarded $1 million to 42 individuals, organizations and business leaders committed to addressing longstanding racial inequities in the city. Winning proposals included projects to increase diverse teachers in the public school system, a youth workforce development program and efforts to teach the historical significance and contributions of African Americans in Charlottesville. In addition, the Fund provided $400,000 to those survivors who suffered physical and emotional trauma as a result of the terror brought on by white supremacists.  CACF also assisted in coordinating counseling services for residents and support for the Jewish Community.

Gould served as CACF’s director of grant-funded programs before being named its president and CEO in June 2018. She will receive the Scrivner Award, and its $10,000 prize, at the Council’s Member Meeting and Awards Ceremony scheduled for November 28, 2018 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

“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 Scrivner Award was established in 1984 as a tribute to the creative legacy of the late Robert Winston Scrivner, former staff associate of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and first executive director of the Rockefeller Family Fund, by a number of his friends and colleagues. The prestigious award honors outstanding creativity and is presented annually to a grantmaker who, with a combination of vision, principle, and personal commitment, is making a critical difference in a creative way and has demonstrated collaboration, risk, and innovation in the sector.

Other winners to be honored in November include recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications and the Chapman Prize. To learn more about the awards or to register to attend the November Awards Ceremony, please visit


About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.

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