Why We’re Here

The mission of UVEF is to help develop enterprises of under-resourced entrepreneurs through peer-to-peer support (social capital), mentorship and training (intellectual capital) and lending (financial capital).

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What We Do

The United Virginia Education Fund provides enterprise development training, micro-lending and social enterprise development advocacy for the “Common Good for the Commonwealth.”

Read an Economic Gardening Article that features the United Virginia Education Fund.

Who We Serve

United Virginia Education Fund provides and Kiva Zip loans for under-resourced enterprise owners around the Commonwealth. United Virginia also organizes a community individuals who support economic gardening, time banking, and other economic development and community wealth-building initiatives work by driving human, social and financial capital. Successful UVEF borrowers include Karen Wilson and Taliah Muhammad identified below.

* Karen Wilson, Karen Wilson Natural Beauty, a natural hair care business.karenwilson2med
* Taliah Muhammad, a fair trade entrepreneur based in Petersburg, Virginia and Owner of Sister Taliah’s Naturals whose enterprise now has distribution in Whole Foods.

Download an article about Taliah:

New Retailer for Cultural Understanding Article 

Our Directors

Rob Martin, Director and Board Chair, is a co-founder of United Virginia Education Fund.  He is also operates BrandSync Benefit Corporation a marketing and public affairs consultancy whose primary beneficiary is the United Virginia Education Fund.

Trey Eggleston, Board Member, is Treasurer of United Virginia’s Board. Trey was the grant manager for the grants made to United Virginia by the Virginia Interfaith Center and the Consumer Alliance of Virginia when he was formerly the Director of Advancement at the Virginia Interfaith Center. He is now Director of Athletic Development at Longwood University.

Sarah Morton, Board Member, is Secretary of the Board. Sarah is a faculty member of Virginia Tech and has generated significant corporate and foundation investment in establishing the 4-H Urban STEM Program based at the Science Museum of Virginia. The 4-H Urban STEM Program she directs serves low income youth throughout Central Virginia.

Annette Postell, Administrative Director, manages United Virginia’s accounting and bookkeeping functions.

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Our History

Rob wrote the original business plan inspired by the teachings of Gar Alperovitz, one of the founders of the Democracy Collaborative and the Community Wealth Building movement. The plan was vetted by the Virginia Interfaith Center who provided the original grant in 2010 for peer lending and operations in the East End of Richmond and who also served as a fiscal agent until UVEF became a 501(c)(3) in 2012. Programming expanded from Central Virginia to Southern Virginia with grants from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Program.

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Our Partners

UVEF partners with numerous public and private organizations including:

– Association for Enterprise Opportunity
– Capital One
– Community Foundation of Richmond and Central Virginia
– Consumer Alliance of Virginia
– Gangplank RVA
– RVA Works
– Small Business Development Centers (Greater Richmond/Longwood)
– United States Department of Agriculture
– VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
– Virginia Community Capital
– Virginia Cooperative Extension
– Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
– Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

News About United Virginia:

“United Virginia celebrates one year of service” (Radio Story by John Ogle, March 11, 2011)
http://ideastations.org/radio/news/enterprise-virginia-celebrates-one-year-service

“United Virginia micro-entrepreneurs were awarded $25,000″ (December 10, 2010)
https://www.facebook.com/virginiainterfaithcenter/posts/176573629043085