The Honeywell Charitable Fund
Rappahannock River Region Wins Big! The Community Foundation received its largest gift to date when Virginia Lottery Power Ball winners Nancy and Dave Honeywell chose to give $4 million and establish the Honeywell Charitable Fund in March 2013. Like other local donors, they appreciate being able to give through The Community Foundation, trusting the foundation to steward their charitable funds and facilitate their charitable decisions. Although in the past foundation funds have ranged between $10,000 and $2.5 million, The Community Foundation model is flexible and customizable, able to meet donor needs at the $4 million level as well. The Community Foundation has invested the donation according to the Honeywell’s wishes. Grants will be made to nonprofit organizations that are in keeping with the Honeywell’s values and interests. This past year, they identified several organizations and community issues, for example hunger and poverty, for consideration. The Honeywell’s’ gift is a remarkable opportunity to make a positive impact in our region. About $300,000 has been distributed in the inaugural year of grantmaking. The Community Foundation’s board and staff are thrilled because this gift has so much potential to impact local lives in a positive way - It is really our community that has hit the jackpot!
Lottery Targeted by E-Mail Scam
Sadly, lottery programs are a common target of online scammers. The Community Foundation has received recent reports of online criminals who send fake emails that claim to be from the Honeywell's. The Honeywell Charitable Fund supports charity organizations through a formal, invitation-only, written application process. In compliance with IRS regulation, this fund does not make gifts to individuals.
The Community Foundation has reported this scam to the appropriate authorities. If you are a target of this scam, you may file your own report through the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
These links provide additional information about recognizing and avoiding online scams:
Microsoft Online Privacy - Phishing Scams
Tech Republic 12 Steps to Avoid Phishing Scams