Giving

Supporting Covenant Woods with your Charitable Gift

Covenant Woods is a Virginia 501(c) (3) corporation, and is not affiliated with any outside Continuing Care Retirement Community or provider. Founded in 1883 as the Richmond Home for Ladies in downtown Richmond, Covenant Woods is now a fully accredited continuing care retirement community located on 86 acres in Hanover County. Covenant Woods’ success and growth have been dependent on the generous support of its many benefactors.

Covenant Woods encourages donations to enhance the quality of life of its residents and to support the benevolent missions of the organization. Tax-deductible donations may be unrestricted or restricted to a specific purpose, for operations or capital improvements, or for current or for future needs.


The Alex Armour Covenant Fund

Named in honor of one of the organization’s great benefactors, the Alex Armour Covenant Program continues the mission of The Richmond Home for Ladies, enabling Covenant Woods to provide a comfortable, secure home for those whose assets are not sufficient to meet their retirement expenses. Through the ongoing generosity of many donors, confidential financial help for our residents in need can cover a range of expenses such as medical and monthly fees, and ensures that no resident must ever leave his or her Covenant Woods home.

The J. Edwin Givens Employee Scholarship Fund
Covenant Woods raises and distributes scholarship funds to support the continuing education of deserving employees pursuing an undergraduate degree or trade school certificate. The J. Edwin Givens Employee Scholarship Fund was named in memory of J. Edwin Givens, who devoted over 40 years of volunteer service to Covenant Woods.

The Raymond T. Holmes, Jr. Community Service Fund
Through community partnerships, Covenant Woods is expanding its educational and service offerings to seniors throughout the Richmond area, both on and off campus. The Fund is named in memory of Raymond T. Holmes, Jr., a longtime volunteer who was instrumental in the move of The Richmond Home for Ladies to Hanover County and the creation of Covenant Woods.

The Capital Fund
Donors may wish to designate their charitable gift in support of improvements to the Covenant Woods campus facilities or grounds. A capital gift can provide funds to plant a tree or construct a building. Donors have made possible numerous campus improvements which would not have been achievable through operating funds. Capital gifts are a wonderful opportunity to create a lasting gift, as the amenities can be named after the donor or in honor or memory of a loved one.

Giving at Covenant Woods

Covenant Woods recognizes its supporters through a number of giving levels:

  • The Covenant Society (Estate gifts)
  • The Founders Society ($25,000 or more)
  • The Mulberry Society ($10,000-$24,999)
  • The Bradford Society ($5,000–$9,999)
  • The Stuart Avenue Society ($1,000–$4,999)
  • The Hanover Society ($500-$999)
  • The Front Porch Society ($100-$499)
  • Friends (up to $100)

Tribute Gifts
Tributes, also known as memorials or honorariums, may support any of the Funds, and are a wonderful way to recognize special people, pets or friends who have touched our lives. A Tribute gift may be made to support a unique project or a program, or can support one of the Covenant Woods’ Funds while naming an existing space. Throughout Covenant Woods, visitors can enjoy gardens, meeting rooms and galleries, all named for individuals worthy of a perpetual remembrance. A full list of naming opportunities is available through the Development office.

Questions about making a gift? Please contact the Director of Development by e-mail or at 804.569.8004.