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Cabell Foundation supports Rice Rivers Center with matching grant

June 2, 2015

The VCU Rice Rivers Center is the grateful recipient of a $1 million matching grant from The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation. Funds being raised will be used to build the much-needed Research Building, which will be comprised of laboratories, offices and other facilities. Planned laboratories include: Environmental Analysis, Atlantic Rivers Institute, Environmental Technology, Fish Conservation, James River Water Quality Studies, Wetland Restoration, Water Resources, and four Research Support Laboratories.

Founded in 1957 by Mr. Robert G. Cabell, III, and Mrs. Maude Morgan Cabell, the Cabell Foundation was established as a private, non-operating foundation to support the permanent needs of charitable organizations throughout Virginia, with particular emphasis on agencies in the metro Richmond region. Since its inception, the Cabell Foundation has provided permanent gifts and challenge grants to a diverse mix of nonprofit institutions. Mr. and Mrs. Cabell believed the Foundation should be responsive to human need in its deliberations and in taking initiative that would inspire the community to action. The intent of the challenge grant is that multiple, smaller donors would be moved to contribute to the supported cause — in this case, the construction of the research facility that will propel the Rice Rivers Center to the next level of significance and contribution to the global efforts of preservation and restoration of our natural resources and human health.

The mission statement of the VCU Rice Rivers Center reads, “The VCU Rice Rivers Center will be internationally recognized for its academic programs focused on scientific research, education and public outreach, and for informing public policy related to river ecosystems, their watersheds and the conservation of species that inhabit those watersheds.”

While this mission is already being met, the magnanimous support of the Cabell Foundation is helping to bring this mission to even greater fulfillment by propelling the generosity of the community at large. VCU Rice Rivers Center extends our hearty thanks.

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