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The 18th Story

The Cameron Foundation serves one of Virginia’s most economically distressed communities, the City of Petersburg and the surrounding area. Their investments in the community have been transformational, and this is especially true for The James House. The Cameron Foundation began supporting The James House in 2004, and over the course of the following 10 years the organization went from serving 500 people a year to 1,400.

Risha Stebbins, Senior Program Officer, says that it’s the people behind those figures that drives the foundation to do its work. “Philanthropy is really about the love of humanity and doing work that serves the greater good.” As a resident of Petersburg, Risha has witnessed the difference that the foundation has made for nonprofits and ultimately for the individuals that they help. “We’re improving people’s lives, and when you see that, you want to be part of it.”