It’s hard to believe that this small organization started with a group of volunteers in 2008, became a nonprofit organization in 2011, hired our first executive director in 2017, and ended up making a huge impact on the schools during a pandemic that no one could have ever imagined.

This amazing growth is due to the generosity of so many in the community and the region. Your donations helped the GEF support and implement programs that made all the difference to our students and their teachers. We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished and what better way to celebrate that accomplishment than to publish our first Annual Report.

We also want to acknowledge those who have supported us in the last few years in addition to those who contributed to the work this past year. They helped strengthen and grow the foundation so we could be prepared to “be there” for the school district in an unprecedented time.

We like to say that we are “small but mighty.” We are “mighty” thanks to all of you. We were able to quickly change gears when the schools closed in March 2020. We went from running our programs in the schools to feeding families, supporting the teachers during a very challenging school year, and most importantly, providing the critical technology so students were able to attend school virtually.

I’m so honored and humbled to be President of a board of directors that cares passionately and works hard to make sure we are staying true to our vision of “providing or expanding on innovative, visionary educational experiences designed to enrich and maximize the learning potential of Goochland County Public School students.” Our “small but mighty” staff has done an amazing job of navigating an unpredictable year. I’m thankful for all Cyndy’s hard work these past years, but especially this past year.

We hope you take the time to look at the photos, learn about the work, and read through the list of donors. If you see your name, we hope you will take pride in being part of the GEF family. If your name is not listed, perhaps you’ll consider joining our family. It is only because of the GEF family working together that we can make the difference to our children’s education and their future.

Christina Griffith

As we entered our new fiscal year on July 1, 2020, we could never have imagined that we would have already spent four months changing the way we do business. We ended the previous year so very thankful for all the community support we received so we could ensure food safety with the closing of schools and the devastating impact the pandemic had on families in our community. After shutting down all our programming for the rest of the school year in 2020, we were able to immediately shift to raising funds to focus on making sure our children had food in their bellies and internet access for the remainder of the school year.

Working closely with the tireless and seemingly “able to be in two places at once” superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Raley and his staff, most notably the amazing food services department run by Lisa Langdon, and the extraordinary IT department run by Peter Martin, we were able to pull it off. I know there are a lot of superlatives here but each one of them – and even more – is well deserved.

This very close partnership with the Goochland Public Schools is so critical for the GEF to meet the needs of students, families and GCPS teachers, whether it’s for needs during a crisis or for tools to provide an exemplary education.

It’s important to know that none of what the GEF does is possible without the extraordinary support and commitment of everyone in the community.

This past year reminds us of how generous and compassionate people are, and how everyone recognizes the importance of keeping our children in school, one way or another. Thank you!

Cyndy Brown

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Honor Roll of Donors

Thank you! The Goochland Education Foundation is grateful to the extraordinary support of so many in the community. These gifts help us fulfill our vision of providing the innovative and visionary education our children deserve.

Gifts Between $50,000-$100,000

The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond*

Gifts Between $10,000-49,000

Doug and Tamra Adams*
Annonymous Foundation*
Capital One Foundation
Carmax Foundation*
Wilbur M. Havens Charitable Fund*
Luck Companies
Darrell and Betty Martin*
Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
Estate of John H. Wright
Wells Fargo Foundation*

Gifts Between $5,000-9,999

Martin L. and Patricia H, Giles Fund
Gwathmey Foundation*
Haley Buick GMC Airport

Gifts Between $1,000-$4,999

Mark and Cheryl Barth
Richard and Susan Carchman
Mark and Martha Day Dumas
Dunkin’ Donuts
Elizabeth Nelson-Lyda
Emergency Management Partners
Ground Force IT
Heritage Insurance Companies
Kendall Hoffler
James River Orthodontics
Todd and Betty Sue LePage Family Fund*
Linhart Foundation
Reynolds Community College
Rotary Club of Goochland
RRMM Architects
St. Clair Chartiable Fund*
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Virginia S. Reynolds Foundation
Bob and Sandie Warwick
West Creek/Pruitt Companies

Gifts Between $250-$999

Bill and Cheri Burnet
Ashley Sigrest and Wray Mills
Capitol Securities Management, Inc.
Claiborne and Becki Stokes
Crozier Construction
Crunch Fitness
Dominion Resources
Family Vision Care of Richmond
Fulton Bank
Goochland Drive In
Gordon Brothers Construction
Adeeb and Charlotte Hamzey
Hugh and Pam Hill
Jurach, Tacey & Quitiquit
Karen and Delbert Horn
Corey and Kavis Winston
Lacy Home Center
Marc and Marnie Warner
Michael and Judi Saxon
Motley Farm
North Creek Landscaping and Lawn Care
Precision Reconciliation Services
Ray and Peggie Drinkwater
Richard B Lewis, LLC
River City Veterinary Hospital
Steve and Patricia Fleming
Tuckahoe Landscaping
Vernon and Ann Fleming
XPO Logistics

Gifts Between $1-$249

Amazon Smile
Dr, Andrew Armstrong
Sandra Barefoot-Reid and Christopher Barefoot
Benevity Fund
Mickael Benita
Vivian Bowles
Linda Bowles
Florence Brooks
Dorothy Brotherton
Cynthia Roe Brown
Alan and Paula Crouch
Taylor and Frances Duty
Ann Duvaul
Erica Emmett
Peggy Finck
Jennifer Gates
Stephen and Emily Geyer
Goochland County School Board
Demetra Harris
John Hendron
Chris and Mara Hilliar
Robin Hillman
Carl and Caroline Juran
Mike Kelly
Mike and Kelley Kemp
Joy Kline
Justin and Brittany Lacy
Michael Newman
Larry Proffitt, Jr.
Dennis and Cindy Pryor
John and Elizabeth Ragone
Troy and Alison Raines
Dr. Jeremy Raley
Richard and Ann Ramsey
Thomas and Billie Reid
Thomas and Anne Rockecharlie
Jay and Mary Shively
Thomas V. Smith
Cheryl Smith
Todd Steeley
Jennifer Stern
Joel and Noél Street
Heidi Tombs
Erica Ward
Bruce Watson
Betsy Woolf

This list reflects gifts made between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. As this list is part of the first Annual Report, an asterisk (*) is next to those contributors who made a significant impact on GEF’s mission prior to July 1, 2020. Some reflect combined gifts with their FY21 gifts. This combined support allowed the GEF to  provide the necessary food assistance and technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these gifts were in direct support of that effort, some helped build a solid foundation so that the GEF could help in a genuine way when the children and their families needed it the most. The GEF has made every attempt to ensure accuracy of this list. If there is an omission or an error, we sincerely apologize. Please call Cyndy Brown at (804) 556-5627 so we can correct the error.


Thank you to the following volunteers for ensuring the success of GEF programs. We couldn’t do it without you!

Jim Barden
Mark Barth
Richard Carchman
Ginny Carlson
Jamie Coomer
Rick Coomer
Dr. Richard Costanzo
Mark Covey
Traci Crowder
Liza Dameron
Ray Drinkwater
Marion Elan
Chuck English
Vern Fleming
David Greenberg
Gerald Hagen
Glenda Hawk
Adeeb Hamzey
Robin Hillman
Frank Huber
Anne Innes
Tom Innes
Lynn Ivey
Ann Kelly
Michael Kelly
Jan Kenney
Kitty Kimmel
Joy Kline
Justin Lacy
Dan Linnaberry
Elizabeth Long
Jack Martin
Paul Miller
Henley Mills
Wray Mills
Harry Moore
Michael Newman
Alison Raines
Dr. Jeremy Raley
Rich Salon
Jay Shively
Mary Shively
Ashley Sigrest
Joe Street
Margie Tenser
Enion Williams
Tom Winfree
Kavis Winston
Betsy Woolf