Vigran Family Foundation
Lifelong Richmond resident Stanley Vigran considered forming a private foundation as a way to support causes that were important to him and his family. As a former Wayne County Foundation board member, however, he understood there was a way to use the Foundation to achieve his goals with fewer complications.
By creating a supporting organization, called the Vigran Family Foundation, he and his family retained many of the benefits of a private foundation while leveraging many other benefits. In addition to a $1 million establishing gift in 2001, a very generous bequest came to the Vigran Family Foundation on Stan’s passing in 2004.
Stanley, who was never shy about his fondness for Richmond, once said that ‘a day out of Richmond is a day out of life.’ Today, the Vigran Family Foundation supports the charitable purposes of the Wayne County Foundation, and especially those advancing theater and the arts, higher education, healthcare, and Jewish causes.
The Vigran Family Foundation allows for Stanley’s passions to be felt to this day. In 2002, the Palladium-Item wrote that ‘Richmond is deeply indebted to Vigran for his belief in the city’s potential, (and) his hopes for the well-being of its residents. The community should be thankful that his distinguised record of valuable service…will be continued through the Vigran Family Foundation.’
Grants made through the Vigran Family Foundation in 2020