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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, Leadership Development, Race

Mission: The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.

Results: During a recent 9-year period, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities increased the number of programs and events delivered annually by over 475%. VCIC's program work has received a number of awards and recognitions: - Received Partners in Progress Award from Diversity Richmond (2015) - Named a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits.org (2014, 2013, 2012) - Received the Pacesetter Award for Excellence from Partnership for the Future (2013) - Received the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond's Clergy & Community Organization Award for promoting interfaith harmony (2013) - Commended in House Joint Resolution No. 790 by the Virginia General Assembly (2013) - Received the Vivian C. Mason Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads (2012) - VCIC's Project Inclusion named "The best program we have seen in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school population" in No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities (2012) - Named a Richmond History Maker by the Valentine for "Improving Social Justice" (2011) - Received the GuideStar Exchange Seal for organizational commitment to transparency (2011)

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 20,000 Virginians through over 200 workshops, retreats, assemblies, and forums

Geographic areas served: Virginia, with chapters in Lynchburg, the Peninsula, Richmond, and Tidewater/South Hampton Roads

Programs: ALLIES INSTITUTE (Four-day retreat for college students to foster inclusion on campus) | BREAK THE CYCLE: BE THE CHANGE (Assembly program on roots of prejudice for middle schools, high schools, and colleges) | CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS (Workshops and consultation tailored to particular needs of sponsoring institution) | DIVERSITY DIALOGUE DAY (One-day forum for high school student leaders) | EDUCATIONAL EQUITY INITIATIVE (Educator professional development to reduce racial and socio-economic achievement gap) | HAROLD M. MARSH, SR. CONNECTIONS INSTITUTE (Five-day retreat for high school students from across Virginia) | INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES INITIATIVE (Professional development for businesses and non-profits) | PREJUDICE AWARENESS SUMMIT (One-day forum for middle school student leaders) | PROJECT INCLUSION (Retreat for high school students from one school/district) | PUSHED: EXPLORATIONS INTO BULLYING (Assembly program focused on bullying for middle/high schools)

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Ally D.


Rating: 5

This is a top-notch organization with an incredible understanding of inclusion. Personally, I am a different person because of my exposure to the VCIC's programming and employees. I celebrate individuality, and I no longer overlook differences - I embrace them. I've seen this program figuratively and literally change lives of the students who participate and I strongly believe that this is the way to change the world.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best experience of my life!!! So eye opening and educational! I met wonderful life long friends and I wish everyone could have the same great experience I did!! Everyone deserves to learn what this non profit teaches.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with VCIC for over 10 years. Serving in the capacity of board member, philanthropic supporter, and program participant if have witnessed exponential program growth and community recognition as a voice for fairness, diversity, collaboration, and protecting the values that are woven through the fabric of our society. Whether issues of bullying, racism, workplace inclusion, preventive programming for middle school, high school, or workplace, VCIC has the community recognition as the "go to" organization through the able leadership of Jonathan Zur. I am honored to have been and still be a part of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have a great program to work on inclusive communities not only in the greater Richmond area, but through out the state. They will work with schools, communities and even the government to make a place more inclusive for everyone. The achieve this through educating everyone within the community. I went to a program by them entitled the connection institute. I learned so much about myself in such a small amount of time. Also, learned a lot about injustices in my community and how I can make a difference.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a high school teacher, I felt bad for my high school students having to tolerate their presentation. I can't help but wonder if they mistakenly planned for elementary students and accidentally then gave that presentation to high schoolers.

Comments ( 1 )


jzur 07/05/2015

I am sorry that you felt that a VCIC program delivered at your high school was not age-appropriate. As you can see from many other comments on this site, we pride ourselves on delivering educational and transformational programs for schools, businesses, and communities across Virginia. I would appreciate the chance to speak with you more about your concerns and to learn specifically when and where this program took place. Please call me at 804-515-7950. Sincerely, Jonathan Zur President & CEO

Review from Guidestar

Gale M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Virginia center for inclusive communities made a tremendous difference in my daughter's life! I can not begin to say thank you! They DO matter!!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At a progeam called Connections that is run by VCIC. I felt like I was always safe and a sence of comunity. I made a lot of friends that will last a life time.

1 Janice9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter got the chance to participate in Project Inclusion, and I have to say that she has truly become more positive and she came back everyday with a big smile on her face. She was extremely excited to go and learn more. She told me that program changed her views on life and how she wants to make the world void of prejudice and i believe her.