Tocqueville Telegraph

The Tocqueville Telegraph is a newsletter specifically for members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and will be sent quarterly.

If you have not received the Tocqueville Telegraph and are a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, please contact:

Samantha McCabe
Manager of Leadership Giving
mccabes@yourunitedway.org

Newsletter Content


August 2021

A Message from James Taylor
Featured Pieces
  • Fall Leadership Event
    • We are excited to invite you to an in-person reception for members of our Leadership Circle on September 9, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition. Weather permitting, this event will be held indoors with garage doors to optimize air flow and ensure the safety of our guests.

      This event will provide an opportunity for leaders from United Way and our nonprofit partners to speak directly with our most committed donors and share stories that demonstrate the importance of our work and your gift. We are excited to talk about where we are headed as we continue to help the community recover from the effects of the pandemic. You can RSVP for this event below. For additional information, please contact Heather Farber (farberh@yourunitedway.org).

  • 2021 Kindergarten Countdown Camp
    • We recently wrapped our third annual Kindergarten Countdown Camp! We are celebrating the tremendous growth of 100 students who participated in this program. From learning to identify shapes and numbers to being able to walk in a line and take turns, these rising kindergarteners have mastered it all.

      Special thanks to our school partners at 

      Goochland County Public SchoolsPowhatan County Public Schools and Dinwiddie County Public Schools and the 10 teachers and teacher assistants who helped support the program. We appreciate each of our donors for making this program a success for the third year in a row!
  • WomenRise Participants 
    • Earlier this year, we launched WomenRise, a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to help single moms cover the cost of childcare while they work toward a post-secondary degree of credential. 

      We are excited to announce the recipients of our inaugural WomenRise scholarship program. Thanks to generous contributions from donors throughout the region and program sponsors, we were able to award $64,000 in childcare scholarships to six local single mothers to assist them in completing their education or train for a better job. The scholarships cover the cost of direct care services during the time the mother is enrolled in classes or a training program. You can read more about each participant here.

May 2021

Featured Pieces
United Way Updates
  • Supporting Students During COVID-19
    • Throughout the pandemic, United Way has been working to provide education resources to young learners and families in our region. While there is no substitute for classroom learning, our work has helped more students stay on track during this incredibly difficult period. We have taken programs such as Kindergarten Countdown Camp virtual in order to serve students across our region, while keeping students and families safe. We also launched Ready4K, an easy and free text message information service for families with young children. Read more about our support of students in our region during COVID-19 here.
  • New Program: Start Up for Success
    • We recently launched Start Up for Success, a new program that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with social capital, training, coaching and start-up funding needed to bring their ideas to life and lead economic development in their community. Start Up for Success will offer a customized curriculum that empowers participants by providing a solid foundation to start and grow a business. Read more about this program here.
Looking Back

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our giving community events this spring.

In March, we hosted a United Way Board Panel Discussion where members of our giving communities were able to hear from our President and CEO, James Taylor, and panel of Board of Directors members. Attendees were able to hear about all the ways United Way has supported the region in the year since COVID-19 hit.

Earlier this month we hosted our first Women United event of the year. This Women United Social focused on the issue of financial well-being and the ways in which our local United Way is addressing this issue in the community. The event featured a panel of speakers from our partner agencies and covered the ways in which their organizations have changed during the pandemic.

We appreciate everyone’s participation in these events and hope you will join us at future events exclusive to members of our giving communities.

A Message from Paige Bullen

February 2021

Featured Pieces
Upcoming Events
  • United Way Board Panel Discussion
United Way Updates
  • Ready4K Launch
    • We are excited to announce Ready4K, a new text message information service that shares tips for local families to use to help kids ages 0-9 grow and learn. Each week, this free service will provide participants with three texts containing age-appropriate facts, easy tips and opportunities for growth to boost children’s learning. Ready4K helps families ensure their children are on track to be ready for kindergarten and reading at grade-level by third grade. Learn more.
UWGRP Giving
  • Always United
    • This spring we invite you to consider including United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg in your will and estate plans. Planned giving through our Always United program is a great way to preserve your values, inspire others around you to give and forever leave your mark on your community. In addition to planned giving, our Always United community offers a variety of ways to stay engaged past retirement. We offer a variety of giving methods tailored to your preferences, from annual gifts to long-term planned gifts, as well as sharing your time and talent through volunteer engagement and advocacy. We appreciate everyone who helps us keep our mission alive for generations to come. You can find out more about planned giving on our Always United page.

November 2020

Featured Pieces
Funding Impact: January-June 2020

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg believes that everyone in our region deserves an equal opportunity at success, regardless of race, income-level or ability. The newly-launched Equity Data Series will use our Indicators of Community Strength to identify inequities across our region through the lens of our Steps to Success framework.

Our first edition, Equity Data Series: Education, focuses on the inequities that lead to a gap in school preparedness, standardized test scores and graduation rates. Click the link below to see our findings in Kindergarten Readiness, Third Grade Reading and High School Graduation here.

Looking Back

This fall we were able to host to exclusive online learning opportunities for our AdT’s and Women United group. Both events – Virtual Learning, Equity and COVID-19: Supporting Families this School Year and Nonprofit Healthcare: A Community-Focused Response to COVID-19  – were  well-received by all attendees. We hope those who attended gained a better understanding of the evolving needs of families with school-age children and the work of our funded partners to meet these needs. If you are interested in a recording of our Nonprofit Healthcare: A Community-Focused Response to COVID-19 panel, it can still be viewed here.

More News

We are excited to announce that we have completed the move to our new office! Our new address is:
7814 Carousel Lane, #400
Richmond, VA 23294

Please note, if you have previously used our P.O. box for any reason, this remains open.
P.O. Box 6388
Richmond, VA 23230

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

August 2020

Featured Pieces
United Way Virtual Programs
  • Virtual VITA
    • Traditionally, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is held at tax sites across the region. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved this program to a virtual setting. We partnered with Code for America to bring GetYourRefund to our region. This was a way for United Way’s IRS-Certified volunteers to help households in our community from the security and safety of home. This program still had a major impact despite the sudden change in format. As of the July 15 tax deadline, our VITA volunteers had filed 2,611 tax returns, delivering more than $2.7 million in tax refunds and saving families in our region $652,750 in tax prep fees.

  • Kindergarten Countdown Camp
    • After a successful 2019 pilot, we planned to expand our Kindergarten Countdown Camp to five sites in 2020. When COVID-19 hit, we shifted to a virtual format. Our five-week virtual program allowed families and children to follow along with lessons taught by a certified kindergarten teacher. The virtual program equipped young learners with important kindergarten readiness skills such as writing, cutting rhyming and social emotional skills. All five weeks of materials are still available on our website. If you or someone you know has a child entering kindergarten this fall, we invite you to download these free materials to prepare.
Upcoming Events
  • 2020 Impact Report Launch
  • Virtual Steps to Success Awards
UWGRP Updates
  • Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund
    • Thank you to everyone who supported the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund. We met our $100,000 match for online donations through our website and the fund has raised more than $4.6 million in total. To date, 113 organizations have received support through this fund. Thank you for helping our community during this difficult time.
  • 2020 Workplace Campaigns Launch
    • We are excited to carry our momentum into our 2020 workplace campaign season. Our team is hard at work training Employee Campaign Managers and preparing to kick-off campaigns at businesses across our region. This year, we have a new suite of tools to help companies run virtual campaigns and keep their employees safe. We look forward to building on the successes of our 2019 campaign this fall.

May 2020

Featured Pieces
Your Gift In Action
  • Virtual Volunteers: Tax Assistance
      • United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is continuing to operate through the extended tax deadline of July 15. While our VITA sites are closed through June 10, we have shifted our focus to assisting taxpayers virtually until we can safely reopen our tax sites. We have partnered with Code for America to bring GetYourRefund to our region. This is a way for United Way’s IRS-certified volunteers to prepare taxes for low- and moderate-income families from the security and safety of their home. Read more about this virtual program here.
  • United Way Literacy Kits
    • While the COVID-19 crisis has forced many schools to shift to virtual learning, the need for early learning resources remains the same. United Way’s Literacy Kit program is working carefully with local schools to safely distribute our Kits to students and families during this time of need.
In The News
  • In Loving Memory: Carl Miller
    • We were thrilled to see United Way’s Cara Cardotti and her family featured in the Feb. 3 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Cara manages our Volunteer Income Tax Program, and her mother is a volunteer tax site coordinator. Cara’s grandfather, Carl Miller, also spent 30 years as a tax volunteer for an AARP program in Colonial Heights. Carl Miller passed away on May 8. We are proud to share this story in remembrance of Carl and are thankful for his decades of service to our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cara and her family during this difficult time. You can read more about their story here.

February 2020

Featured Pieces
Your Gift In Action
  • Tax Assistance with ASL
    • This year, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is working with University of Richmond’s Center for Civic Engagement around an opportunity for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. For two dates this year, there will be American Sign Language Interpreters paired with IRS-certified tax preparers to help individuals prepare their taxes.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond
    • United Way is excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond on two programs in the East End Teen Center. Thanks to our donors who gave unrestricted gifts to United Way, we are able to invest more than $200,000 in these programs to enhance engagement in the East End.
Upcoming Events
  • Women United Steps to Success Social
  • Save The Date: United Way Steps to Success Awards

November 2019

Upcoming Events
  • The Future of Philanthropy
  • Save The Date: United Way Steps to Success Awards

August 2019

Upcoming Events
  • Funding Announcement & Reception
  • Women United Steps to Success Social
  • The Future of Philanthropy

May 2019

Upcoming Events
  • United Way Steps to Success Awards
  • Flying Squirrels All-Star Week

February 2019

Upcoming Events
  • Leading the Way Home: A Conversation on Housing Hosted by United Way
  • Steps to Success Early Learning Trails Lunch
  • United Way Steps to Success Awards