Give Where It’s Needed Most

Our Virginia Humanities Fund supports all of our programs and gives us the flexibility to use your gift where it is needed most. 

Give to Your Favorite Program


Working across the Commonwealth to unite communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers through year-round programs and partnership initiatives, our books and literature programs recognize the enduring power of literature, storytelling, and book arts to engage Virginians in public dialogue and promote intercultural understanding.


Community Initiatives serves as a coordinating office for projects and partnerships across the state and works to strengthen Virginia Humanities’s relationships with new and diverse audiences.


Encyclopedia Virginia is a free, authoritative multimedia resource that tells inclusive stories about Virginia for students, teachers, and community members who seek to understand how the past informs the present. The encyclopedia includes more than 1,000 entries about Virginia’s history accompanied by primary documents and media objects, including images, audio and video clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites.


The Virginia Folklife Program is dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s rich Folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community.


Our audio programming brings the latest humanities scholarship to millions of listeners every year, through digital podcasts and on radio stations across the country.


Give to a Special Fund

In addition to donations to the Virginia Humanities Fund and our programs, Virginia Humanities accepts contributions to giving circles, named funds, and endowments that have been established for special purposes and to sustain our programs over time. To make a gift to one of the special funds, include a note with your gift online with the name of the fund.


The first fund to support initiatives to recognize the unsung heroines of the Old Dominion, the Virginia Women’s Cultural History Fund has supported projects that have engaged thousands of participants in numerous auxiliary programs, exhibits, performing arts, symposia, lectures, and media presentations. 


The Emilia Galli Struppa Fellowship in the Humanities supports original academic writing in history and literary studies as well as projects that help make historical and literary research accessible to a wide audience. The Struppa Fellowship was created by Daniele Struppa, Chapman University chancellor and former Virginia Humanities Board member, in memory of his mother, a scholar and teacher of the Classics.


The South Atlantic Humanities Center Fund supported the South Atlantic Humanities Center and was dedicated to collaborative public humanities programming that built understanding of the history, culture, and potential of the region and overlapping regions including: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, US Virgin Islands, Virginia, the Caribbean, Appalachia, Latin America, Africa, and Iberia.


The Edna and Norman Freehling Fellowship in South Atlantic Studies was established by historian and Virginia Humanities Senior Fellow William W. Freehling in honor of his parents. The Freehling Fellowship supports research and writing on the South Atlantic region, including the Caribbean South. Preference is given to projects that bridge the divide between academia and the general public.


Distributed across the Commonwealth to unite communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers through year-round programs like the Virginia Festival of the Book, the fund empowers the enduring power of literature, storytelling, and the book arts to engage in public dialogue and promote intercultural understanding.


In honor of Eastern Shore native, and one of Virginia’s most prominent community historians, the George A. & Frances Bibbins Latimer Fund has been established to support humanities initiatives and programming that are centralized around documenting, preserving, and celebrating African American life in Virginia. 


Named to honor the vision, leadership, and achievements of Virginia Humanities’ longest-serving board member, the Rosel Schewel Fund supports humanities programs and initiatives that are conceptualized and managed by women, or that address topics of importance to women’s history and cultural contributions.


A board-crated fund to support the on-going financial needs of the on-line encyclopedia.


A board-created fund to support the on-going financial needs of Virginia Humanities.