The JWC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on helping current and aspiring Black business owners in the the Richmond region gain access to the resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive in their entrepreneurial journeys

Our Mission: To Learn, Grow and Own in the Black Community

We seek to see the great successes of that time in Jackson Ward replicated throughout not just the Richmond region, but Virginia and beyond. Our ultimate goal is to Learn, Grow and Own in the Black community, and we know that we do that best when we do it together.

Founded by three Black women entrepreneurs: Kelli Lemon, Meldoy Short and Rasheeda Creighton, the JWC Foundation pays homage to its founders roots in Richmond, Virginia. The initials "JWC" in the namestands for Jackson Ward Collective.

Jackson Ward was part of Black Wall Street: a thriving community at the turn of the 20th Century that was one of the most prosperous Black communities in the United States. It was home to theaters, stores and medical practices, as well as where Maggie L. Walker founded St. Luke’s Penny Savings Bank, one of the first Black-owned banks in the U.S.

We seek to see the great successes of that time in Jackson Ward replicated throughout not just the Richmond region, but Virginia and beyond. Our ultimate goal is to Learn, Grow and Own in the Black community, and we know that we do that best when we do it together.

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Our Core Values

Black

We are unapologetically Black.

Every part of our organization, from our purpose to our company culture is centered in Blackness: Black culture, Black community, Black wealth.

Authentic

We are genuine and purposeful in all we do.

We are genuine and purposeful in all we do. There are no hidden agendas, nor ulterior motives. Our yes means yes and no means no; there is no gray area. We are always true to our purpose, our community and our culture.

Excellence

The highest quality and caliber at every step.

We operate with the highest quality, caliber, and integrity and the work everything we do is designed to achieve the greatest positive impact.