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Successful CFR initiatives

Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Since 1989, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has given nearly $3 million to VCU. The CFR staff has worked with multiple schools and divisions to develop, submit and steward grants, which has resulted in the establishment of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute and its Higher Ground program, VCU Community Solutions, the Richmond Datashare project, the Nonprofit Enterprise Institute, the Thomas Palliative Care program in Richmond and the Northern Neck, and the Virginia Coordinated Care program.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The CFR staff worked with faculty and administration from throughout the university over the course of a year to develop and submit its first successful proposal under VCU Life Sciences for HHMI’s Undergraduate Science Education. In 2006, HHMI awarded $1.5 million to VCU to enhance and broaden undergraduate research and education in integrated systems biology. During summer 2006, working with faculty and administration from VCU Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Virginia AHEC, the CFR staff helped develop and submit a successful proposal for an interdisciplinary program for precollege science education. HHMI recently awarded VCU a $750,000, five-year grant to increase math and science literacy for students in central Virginia, enhance research and life sciences training for K-12 science teachers and expand Internet-based life sciences videos and lessons to teachers and students nationwide.

Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
VCU has received major gifts, totaling more than $2 million, from this foundation. In 2005, the CFR staff worked with the Massey Cancer Center to submit a proposal for a matching challenge grant to construct a Healing Garden on the roof of its new research center. Massey received a pledge of $750,000. In 2006, the CFR staff assisted the School of Business in developing a successful matching challenge grant proposal for $1 million to support its capital campaign for the Monroe Park Campus addition.

Alcoa
The CFR staff helped VCU Life Sciences to develop and submit a proposal to Alcoa for K-12 teacher training at the Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences. In 2006, Alcoa provided $100,000 over two years to train teachers to incorporate field-based exercises in their classes on the subject of sustainable water resources.