The Council on Foundations has announced Brennan Gould, president and CEO of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, as the winner of the 2018 Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking.
Established in 1984 in honor of the late Robert Winston Scrivner, the award honors an innovative grantmaker who, with a combination of vision, principle, and personal commitment, has made a critical difference in a creative way. Gould was recognized for the Heal Charlottesville Fund, an innovative grantmaking initiative created in response to the deadly white supremacist rallies that rocked Charlottesville in August 2017. Earlier this year, the fund awarded $1 million to forty-two individuals, organizations, and business leaders committed to addressing longstanding racial inequities in the city, including an initiative to increase teacher diversity in the public-school system, a youth workforce development program, and efforts to raise up the historical significance and contributions of African Americans to Charlottesville. The fund also provided $400,000 to survivors who suffered physical and emotional trauma as a result of the rallies.
Gould served as CACF's director of grant-funded programs before being named its president and CEO in June. She will receive the Scrivner Award, and its $10,000 prize, at the council's member meeting and awards ceremony in November.
"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."