Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is the Foundation governed?

A ten member board of directors governs the Foundation and approves all expenditures, grants, budgets, strategic plans and scholarships.

How does the Foundation work?

The Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) nonstock public charity and the Board of Directors meet quarterly to develop policies, operational plans, and annual programmatic plans.

How do I make a gift?

You can make a gift of any size today or into the future to the Foundation by visiting our Giving page or calling.

The Foundation accepts cash (currency, coins, checks, money-orders, bank drafts, etc.), securities (bonds, stocks, etc.), non-cash gifts, real property, proceeds from life insurance, bequests, and devices. If you donate $10,000 or more you can create a named fund and specify the purpose for funds use. Smaller gifts are added to the Foundation’s general assets fund for operations scholarships, grant making, and other charitable purposes. All non-restricted donations are used for the operation, maintenance, preservation of the school, support programs, and scholarships and grants.

What ways does the Foundation help the community?

Cornland School helps bring change and development to the community, encourages a love for history, encourages new ideas, inspire our imaginations, and foster family bonding. Further,it provides a place that organizes and celebrates the objects, stories and artifacts that are most important to African Americans, and represents the collective values of our community.

What programs does the Foundation provide to the community?

The Foundation will provide stimulating and inspiring programs highlighting famous forgotten stories of African Americans in Chesapeake and Virginia. The Foundation will create activities and events to cultivate an environment which will shape and strengthen the community through conversation, historical resources, exhibits, and tours. The Foundation will work with schools to create stimulating and fun learning opportunities for children, families, individuals, colleagues and friends.

How is the work of the Foundation accomplished?

The work of the Foundation is performed by various standing and special committees which include:

• Program Planning and Evaluation

• Grants and Fundraising

• Publicity and Public Relations

• Education and Scholarship

• Membership Development and Retention

• Hospitality and Courtesy

Why should I support or become a member of the Foundation?

Cornland School Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonstock public charity. Its mission is to protect and continue dialogue about the educational history of African Americans post-Civil War and to remind people of the heritage of these people. The Foundation also fosters relationships between generations by using Cornland School’s empowering story to encourage students in current generations to overcome academic obstacles in their own lives.

How do I become a member of the Foundation?

You can join the Foundation by visiting our Giving page.