Our Story

The inspiration for the Jenkins Foundation is found in the story of Annabella Ravenscroft Jenkins, a 19th century pioneer who opened her home to wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Her concern for the medically underserved led to the establishment of Retreat Hospital for the Sick, which provided health care on a sliding fee scale. 

Today, the Jenkins Foundation embodies that same spirit of compassion and caring in its work, applying her vision to modern day challenges.

The Jenkins Foundation is focused on equitable access to primary health care, access to mental health care, and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The aim and impact of our work is reflected in a more efficient health care delivery system and a safer, healthier and more productive community.

Partnering with the Community Foundation

The Jenkins Foundation was created in 1995 following the sale of Retreat Hospital and became a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond. Following the tradition set at Retreat Hospital, the Foundation continues to be governed by a board of all women.

The Community Foundation provides back office support including financial and investment reporting, grant research and analysis, and project management. This partnership allows the leadership of the Jenkins Foundation board to focus on strategies that help leverage its grantmaking and learning strategies for greater community impact.

Learn more about the Community Foundation