At Riverside we believe in our mission to care for others as we would care for those we love. As a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system, Riverside relies on a partnership with the communities it serves dating back to 1916.

Make a Difference Funds
No matter how much you give, you can rest assured that your gift will make a difference because 100% of your donation will help ensure that everyone in your community will always receive the quality medical care they need.

The Make a Difference Funds, supporting most, major Riverside facilities and operations, are an opportunity for grateful patients and the community to support Riverside’s mission.

Cancer Care Services

Dr. Mark E. Ellis Endowment Fund for Cancer Care Advancement
The Cancer Care Services Endowment Fund was renamed in 2010 to honor the remarkable life and works of Dr. Mark E. Ellis, who was a founding advisor in the establishment of the Riverside Cancer Care Services Endowment through his vision of integrative medicines including synchronized therapies, nutritional counseling, and family support at the Peninsula Cancer Institute.

Tree of Life Cancer Care Fund
The Tree of Life Cancer Care Fund supports the community outreach initiatives, screening and prevention programs, facility enhancements and immediate patient assistance needs of cancer services at Riverside.

Additional Funds Administered by the Riverside Foundation --


Clarise Clark Zukerman Scholarship
The Clarise Clark Zukerman Scholarship was established by Marvin Zukerman in memory of his wife “Chris” in appreciation for the nurses who took care of her at Riverside during her illness. Annual scholarships are awarded to students pursuing their nursing diploma at Riverside School of Professional Nursing.

Healthcare Heroes Scholarship & Student Assistance Fund
The Healthcare Heroes Scholarship & Student Assistance Fund honors Leslie D. Mask, Anna A. Weston, and Judy Lee, whose lives and contributions as healthcare professionals made them heroes to all who knew them. Since 2008, the fund awards scholarships and grants to individuals pursuing a career in healthcare.

The Jean Raines Family Scholarship
The Jean Raines Family Scholarship program was established by Riverside Health System and the family of Jean Raines. Its purpose is to allow and encourage the children and grandchildren of Riverside Health System employees to pursue educational goals that support both personal and professional development. Scholarship funds are not limited to healthcare fields but incorporate all areas of educational pursuit.

The Nurse in the Hat Fund
The family and friends of Linda Handley, RN established The Nurse in the Hat Fund to honor Linda’s dream, her life’s work and her commitment to professionalism in nursing. Each year, one or more scholarships are awarded to students in Riverside School of Professional Nursing.

The Willie P. Francis Education Scholarship
Willie Francis started working for Riverside in 1956. The Willie P. Francis Education Scholarship was established in her honor when she retired from the Mother/Baby unit in October 2003 after decades of service to Riverside. Willie’s special contributions to nursing are best described by her coworkers and patients, but her constant dedication to duty and performance of her tasks in a most friendly manner were obvious. She earned the respect of co-workers, new parents and physicians. A personal reference obtained when she was originally interviewed in 1956 states, “you will find her to be a person of good character, a person whose personality is very pleasing and she will carry out any assignment cheerfully.” Her reputation upon retirement remained the same.


Hospice Fund
The Riverside Hospice Fund supports the patients, programs, and staff training needs at Riverside Hospice in Newport News, Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, and Riverside Tappahannock Hospice.

Legacy of Love Event
The Legacy of Love event is an annual fundraising event established by Riverside Hospice to support the Riverside Hospice Fund which provides support to patients who show a need for assistance with medical needs, utilities, housing, and other necessary expenses.

Lifelong Health & Aging

Beaded Blessings - PACE
Our Riverside PACE facilities in Newport News, Hampton, Richmond, and Petersburg empower our senior citizens who rely on Medicare and Medicaid to live in their own homes and communities for as long as they are able by providing a personalized care plan with a personal care team 24 hours a day. Beaded Blessings is a program fully funded by donors who want to add to quality of life for our seniors by helping provide daily enrichment activities.

Riverside Regional Medical Center

Abernathy Gardens Fund
The Abernathy Gardens Fund was established in honor of George and Estelle Abernathy, who had a long and prosperous history with Riverside and the community. The fund now supports a maintenance endowment for the beautiful garden located at Causey’s Mill, on the campus of Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Baby’s Birth Day Fund
The Baby’s Birth Day Fund was established in memory of “Mama Mary” Thompson, who for 25 years touched the lives of more than 30,000 families at Riverside through her work in the labor and delivery unit. This fund supports the needs of our littlest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and other services of our Women and Infant Care Unit.


Riverside Rehabilitation Institute Community and Patient Fund
The Riverside Rehabilitation Institute Community and Patient Fund supports the patient assistance needs, capital projects, and community outreach of Riverside Rehabilitation Institute in downtown Newport News.

The Riverside Foundation was created in 1999 by Riverside Health System to benefit the community. Its mission is to steward philanthropic gifts that further Riverside’s mission to care for others as we would care for those we love – to enhance their well-being and improve their health.