Vaughan Fund for Strategic Initiatives

Retiring VFH President Robert C. Vaughan is honored at the Virginia General Assembly. - Photo by Pat Jarrett/VFH
Retiring VFH President Robert C. Vaughan is honored at the Virginia General Assembly. - Photo by Pat Jarrett/VFH

The Vaughan Fund for Strategic Initiatives is an opportunity for friends of VFH to celebrate a legacy of unparalleled public service: Rob Vaughan’s 43 years at the helm of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. On the occasion of Rob’s retirement in June 2017, we honor his extraordinary accomplishments and the profound difference his work has made through the Commonwealth, the United States, and the world.

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Elton Smith and Robert C. Vaughan III discuss grant procedures at the 1974 Virginia Humanities Conference in Richmond.
Rob Vaughan with VFH staff

Rob’s entrepreneurial approach has positioned VFH to become a national model for public humanities programming and helped make VFH the largest and most diversely funded of all 56 state humanities councils. His leadership has resulted in more than 40,000 humanities programs, including 2,500 grant projects and 350 fellowships, that reach an annual audience of 23 million.

Rob on Early Listening Tour

From our home in the Commonwealth of Virginia, this public programming allows VFH to be a force of unity. Through work that ranges from community dialogue to digital resources, we bridge cultural divides, facilitate collaborative work, and inspire shared purpose.

The Vaughan Fund for Strategic Initiatives seeks to build support for VFH—not only for its dynamic, diverse programming, but also for its continued positive impact on the lives of Virginians. Gifts to the Vaughan Fund will help to ensure a thriving future in VFH’s next leadership chapter.

The VFH Board is leading this campaign, with 100% of members supporting the Vaughan Fund. Donor investments will sustain a new era and exciting new possibilities at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, continuing the spirit of innovation and excellence that Rob has prioritized for generations to come.