$500,000 grant within reach of Goochland health clinic

GFCFS grocery section

The Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services nonprofit is more than halfway toward its fundraising goal, which will go toward more space for food, shelter and healthcare. (Courtesy of GFCFS)

A local charitable foundation has given a Goochland County health clinic a conditional, six-figure boost toward its multimillion-dollar capital campaign.

The Cabell Foundation will fund a $500,000 challenge grant to Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services should the clinic raise that same amount from other donors in its fundraising efforts. GFCFS is currently fundraising for its $5.9 million capital campaign, having received another half-million dollar grant from the Harrison Foundation last month.

Adair Roper, the clinic’s development director, said GFCFS remains more than halfway to its campaign goal. Sally Graham, the clinic’s executive director, previously said last month’s Harrison Foundation grant put the campaign at 57 percent of its goal.

The campaign will fund construction of a 20,000-square-foot facility at 3001 River Road West. The new building will allow GFCFS to consolidate its operations, which include a thrift store, health clinic, food pantry and other services throughout Goochland County.

GFCFS food pantry

This repurposed home in Goochland serves as the organization’s food pantry.

The nonprofit, which served 1,700 people last year, has one year to acquire the matched amount for the Cabell Foundation’s grant to take effect. If matched, the combined seven-figure donation would be the largest in the clinic’s history, Roper said.

“Hopefully we’ll have (other grants) between now and then,” Roper said.

Founded in 1957 by Robert and Maude Cabell, the Cabell Foundation supports “the permanent needs of charitable organizations throughout Virginia, with particular emphasis on agencies in the metro Richmond region,” according to a press release. Documents filed in 2015 to the Internal Revenue Service lists income of $41.5 million.

The foundation is registered at 901 East Cary St. in downtown Richmond. Davenport & Company vice president Read Branch serves as president on the Cabell Foundation’s board of directors.

Area benefactors of the Cabell Foundation include Commonwealth Catholic Charities, which received $200,000 to support headquarters renovations, and the Virginia Repertory Theatre, which received $260,000 for restoration and repair projects.

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