To develop and coordinate Retail Alliance’s educational and charitable efforts in support of existing and aspiring business owners.
Giving back to the community has always been a major component of our DNA. We believe merchants can and should contribute to the improvement of the community in which they operate. In fact, since 1990, the Retail Alliance has given almost four million dollars to local organizations.
Our charitable giving has included everything from grants and event sponsorship to underwriting economic development efforts and seed money provision for small business growth.
In 2010, the Retail Alliance Board of Directors mandated preservation of these values through the establishment of the Retail Alliance Foundation, created to support the Retail Alliance’s charitable and educational activities.
Social Enterprise Development
In an effort to diversify revenue, nonprofits are entering the retail industry at a greater rate than ever before. The RA Foundation offers tailored services and support to help nonprofit retail efforts succeed. For more information, contact RA Foundation staff.
Microloans in the amount of $100 – $3000 are available to startup retailers, with preference given to CRE CROps graduates. For more information, contact RA Foundation staff.
Center for Retail Excellence
The Center for Retail Excellence strives to fill the competency gap in retail operations, equipping participants with the education and skills to overcome the challenges inherent in starting or advancing their careers in the retail industry. The mission of the CRE is to be the premier source for retail education and support throughout Southeast Virginia.
For more information about the Center for Retail Excellence, click here.
RA Foundation Funders
Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation
RA Foundation Board of Directors
Clothes Mentor/Once Upon A Child
Randall Benjamin, CPP PHR
Acting Chair of Loss Prevention Task Force
Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust
Garden Gazebo/Hickory Farms
Vice Chairwoman of the Board
Potter & Company
Philip M. Scotti
Philip Michael Fashion for Men
Small’s Restaurant & Catering Co.
The Retail Alliance Foundation is a non-profit organization that depends on the support of individuals, businesses and foundations who want to help retail entrepreneurs succeed.
If you would like to join us in our commitment towards retail business success and economic development in Southeast Virginia, please consider a tax-deductible donation to:
For any questions regarding donating please contact RA Foundation staff.
The Retail Alliance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation to the Retail Alliance Foundation is tax-deductible.