The Camp Family Foundations of Franklin have earned the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. They were nominated for the award by Paul D. Camp Community College. The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond on Tuesday, April 17.
The relationship between Paul D. Camp Community College and the Camp family has existed since the founding of the college and has continued throughout the first 40 years of the college’s service to the community. The Camp Foundations include The Camp Foundation, The Ruth Camp and Henry Campbell Foundation, The Ruth Camp Campbell Charitable Trust and The Camp Younts Foundation.
The Elms Foundation is the operating organization, which administers each foundation. The executive director, The Honorable Westbrook Parker, coordinates the work of those charitable institutions that have benefited Franklin, and Southampton and Isle of Wight counties.
“We contribute because it is such a terrific educational institution in a rural area like Franklin,” said Parker. “We hear it all the time, but the youth are our future, so we need to make sure they understand the world and are educated enough to handle it.”
The Camp Family Foundations have funded a number of different initiatives at Paul D. Camp Community College, including Camp to Camp scholarships for low income high school students; career coaches to work directly with local high school students; and The President’s Discretionary Fund to enable the college to offer in-service training and other staff development opportunities. In 2010, the Elms Foundation established the Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship.
The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the seventh year the awards have been given.
This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $48 million to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
“These philanthropic leaders are tremendous partners,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These individuals, organizations and employers are difference-makers who play an essential role in helping our colleges fulfill their mission of addressing Virginia’s unmet needs in higher education and workforce development.”
The honored philanthropists will have a scholarship named after them, which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college. The one-year scholarships are funded by Wells Fargo and Dominion.
The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Steve Gannon, executive vice president, deputy general counsel – legal for Capital One Financial Corporation. Mr. Gannon is a member of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges and a director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.
“We owe our success to our 30,000 hard-working associates, and plenty of them, in turn, owe a good deal of their success to community colleges,” said Gannon in applauding the opportunities created by philanthropic donations made to community colleges. “We can’t spare any lost potential. In a global economy that rewards innovation and technical prowess, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.”