About the Foundation

Children_000006719898Our Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Retail Merchants Foundation to help improve the quality of life for our citizens in need of help by providing financial assistance to local not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Lynchburg area (Lynchburg, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell County and Appomattox).  This assistance is provided through annual grants with the main focus on health, hunger, housing, education, abuse and rehabilitation issues.  The services provided by our local agencies are second to none, giving our neighbors hope for a brighter tomorrow.

About the Private Foundation
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, The Retail Merchants Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 Corporation, was established in 1996.  Since its inception, we have placed over $2 million dollars back into the local community through non-profit assistance.

We accept a wide scope of requests from organizations.  The following list gives an idea of some types of agencies being funded.  However, no agency is excluded from applying provided they are a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Literary
  • Educational
  • Abuse (Child/Elder)
  • Child Care
  • Hunger Relief
  • Health Organizations providing care for individuals without health insurance from the government or private source
  • Agencies that deal with renovation, demolition, or building of affordable housing for low income families
  • Rehab Programs for homeless, or for addicted citizens
  • Programs that provide counseling and workshops for unemployed, or under-employed, citizens seeking to improve their jobs skills and marketability.

All contributions are gifts with no consideration received and no request will be honored that any part inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual and no part of the activities which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation.

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