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Grantmakers in Health
Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.

Grantmakers in Aging
Grantmakers In Aging is an inclusive and responsive membership organization that is a national catalyst for philanthropy, with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging.

Virginia Department of Health

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kaiser Foundation
Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. The foundation serves as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public.

Active Living by Design
Active Living By Design delivers multidisciplinary expertise in public health, public policy, urban planning and design, community development, communications, nutrition, architecture and social work. 

Virginia's Plan for Well-Being 2016-2020
The Plan is a call to action for Virginians to create and sustain conditions that support health and well-being. This is a companion plan to Virginia's 2016 State Innovation Model Health Improvement Plan, which calls for Accountable Care Communities in Virginia to achieve the triple aim in health care: improving health care quality; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita cost of health care.


Natural Learning Initiative
The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), founded in 2000 with the purpose of promoting the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information, is a research and professional development unit at the College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. 

Smart Growth Leadership Institute
Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute offers workshops, assistance and tools to help states and communities seeking to implement smart growth strategies. The Institute supports leaders with training programs and resources, helps state and local governments develop smart growth implementation strategies, and provides the necessary tools and technical assistance to help leaders move their communities from visions to plans to execution. 

Grantmakers for Education
Grantmakers for Education is the nation's largest and most diverse network of education grantmakers dedicated to improving educational outcomes and increasing opportunities for all learners. 

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) makes higher education public policy recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in such areas as capital and operating budget planning, enrollment projections, institutional technology needs, and student financial aid.
SCHEV administers a variety of educational programs that benefit students, faculty, parents, and taxpayers. SCHEV serves as a catalyst to promote greater access, quality, affordability, and accountability throughout the system. SCHEV also helps policymakers, college administrators, and other concerned leaders work cooperatively and constructively to advance educational excellence.

Reading is Fundamental 
RIF transforms lives through the power of books. By providing children in need with access to and choice of high-quality books and enriching literacy resources, we empower young minds to embrace the world of reading and learning.

Virginia Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education 

Education Week

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Afterschool Alliance 
The Afterschool Alliance was established in 2000 by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, J.C. Penney Company, Inc., the Open Society Institute/The After-School Corporation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and the Creative Artists Agency Foundation. Today, the Alliance works with a broad range of organizations and supporters, including policymakers and policymaker associations, advocacy groups, afterschool coalitions and providers at every level, business and philanthropic leaders, technical assistance organizations and leaders representing a variety of interests, each with a stake in afterschool.

ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.

National Center for Education Research 
The National Center for Education Research (NCER), one of the four centers within the Institute of Education Sciences, supports rigorous research that contributes to the solution of significant education problems in our country.

Community Vitality

Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities 
The Funders’ Network is a membership organization that helps grantmakers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities that offer everyone the chance for a good life.

Project for Public Spaces 
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
BALLE provides a national forum for visionary local economy leaders and funders to connect, build their capacity, and innovate. Among the transformative communities of practice that BALLE hosts are a Local Economy Investment Circle, the Community Foundation Circle, and the nation’s only Fellowship program dedicated to cultivating the emergence of a new economy.

Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.

Keep America Beautiful
Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America's communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals.

League of American Bicyclists
Through information, advocacy and promotion, the league works to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to our members everywhere.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the largest organizations in the country supporting projects to revitalize communities. These include more affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs improving financial stability. We provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local groups to get this done.

Local Government Commission 
LGC works to build livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities, advancing policies through participation at the local and state level, and implementing solutions as a technical assistance provider and advisor to local jurisdictions.

National Complete Streets Coalition
A nationwide movement launched by the National Complete Streets Coalition in 2004, Complete Streets integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. The Coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

Rails to Trails Conservancy
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy transforms unused rail corridors into vibrant public places—ensuring a better future for America made possible by trails and the connections they inspire. 

Scenic America
Scenic America is the only national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America's communities and countryside. We accomplish this mission through national advocacy efforts and technical assistance services, local and national projects, and the support of our state affiliates.

Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources

Virginia Dept. of Housing and Community Development

Virginia Dept. of Social Services


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