Approximately thirty-five VFH Staff, Board Bembers, and Resident Fellows visited the Virginia General Assembly on Thursday, January 19, 2017 to thank Virginia’s lawmakers for their continued support of the humanities. VFH received approximately $1,200,000 from the state in FY 2016 to support our efforts to document, preserve, and celebrate Virginia’s diverse history and culture. Our state appropriation makes up about 19% of our annual revenue and is critically important to VFH’s grants and fellowship programs.
VFH is frequently one of the first to provide funding for innovative projects that go on to command national attention. Our early funding of Margot Shetterly’s research for the Human Computers Project — now the basis for the major motion picture Hidden Figures — is just one example of how VFH is able to leverage state funds to help tell Virginia’s untold stories.
Following a reception showcasing the work of VFH and one-on-one visits with legislators, the members of the General Assembly then showed their appreciation for all we do in the form of a joint House resolution honoring retiring VFH President Robert C. Vaughan III‘s forty-three years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The resolution was presented on the floor of the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate to Mr. Vaughan who was surrounded by his family, while VFH staff members looked on from the gallery.
We are exceptionally grateful for our friends and allies in the Virginia General Assembly. Thank you for your continued support.