The Kates Foundation relies on the generosity of donors to support the mission of helping in the rehabilitation of women incarcerated in state prisons in Virginia. Without funding by The Elizabeth Kates Foundation, there would be no opportunities for women at VCCW to take on-site college courses or correspondence courses.

The Kates Foundation funding at a cost of over $200,000 has provided over 900 spaces for on-site college courses. Courses funded by Kates scholarships provide the bedrock upon which the students can continue their education upon release.

Water us with knowledge and watch us grow

Please do not drop off any donations at the institution. Arrangements for receiving donations must be made through the contact form on the right.

Other opportunities to donate include:

  • Greeting Cards:

    • All-occasion to include: adult and children birthdays, thinking of you, congratulations, get well, sympathy, blank, thank you
  • Special occasion cards such as: anniversary, birth of a baby, wedding, graduation, baptism
  • Special days such as: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas for Chaplain’s card ministry
  • Blank Note Cards
    • Stationary
    • White Envelopes
    • Decorated Paper (for letter writing)
    • Colored Composition books to be used as journals (no spiral bound) 
  • Stick pens (not click) in blue or black ink
  • Pencils
  • Puzzle books – word search, crossword, and Sudoku
  • Pocket calendars or Date books
  • Shopping to Benefit Kates

    Along with the Amazon Prime link above, The Foundation is working with Kroger who is committed to helping its communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards. Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

    How do I select an organization to support?
    Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the Kroger Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

    1. Sign in to your digital account.
    2. Go here to search for your organization
    3. Choose enter The Elizabeth Kates Foundation  (PN849) into the search field
    4. Select Enroll and click “Save.”

    Please send check or mail order to:

    The Elizabeth Kates Foundation
    P.O. Box 64
    Goochland, Virginia 23063

    The Elizabeth Kates Foundation, Inc is a 501 (c)(3) charity. Donations are tax deductible.

    Matching Gifts

    Please check with your employer to see if your employer has a matching gift program.


    Dedicated volunteers are needed to serve on our Board of Directors, our Auxiliary Board, and participate in Kates Readers Book Club. Volunteers are needed for special projects. Contact us if you are looking to volunteer:

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