Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation Acquires Fredericksburg Extension Community Grant

Fredericksburg, VA: Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation is once again a recipient of the Transurban’s Fredericksburg Extension Community Grant Program. This grant, awarded to organizations who implement projects that sustain, enhance, or protect residents, the community and/or environment along the Fred Ex corridor, will be applied to Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation’s programming.

The Foundation currently manages four unique programs:

  • Hands-Only CPR and AED Training
  • AED Distribution
  • Scholarships
  • Awareness

“We are grateful to be on the receiving end of the Fred Ex Community Grant Program,” said Heather Muir, Development Manager for Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. “Every dollar makes a difference. We appreciate Transurban’s support and believing in our mission to create a world where everyone can save a life.”

In a year where the pandemic halted all in-person gatherings and events, the Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation Team persevered to make a positive impact on the community. In 2020 alone the Foundation trained over 1,800 individuals in Hands-Only CPR and use of an AED, distributed 19 AEDs into the community, awarded scholarships to four graduating High-School Seniors, and attended 11 awareness events.

As 2021 quickly approaches, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation looks forward to enhancing their programs and cultivating a Culture of Action throughout the New Year and beyond. One hundred percent of the funding the Foundation receives goes directly into the Foundation’s programs that help keep our residents safe.

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Joel Griffin

Chairman & Co-Founder

Joel Griffin is co-founder and chairman of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. Gwyneth’s Gift was founded in 2015 by Joel and Jennifer Griffin in honor of their oldest daughter, Gwyneth. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. He is the Founder and CEO of Riphean, a regional growth management firm.

Joel is committed to philanthropy within the region through local nonprofits and organizations that strengthen local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Germanna Educational Foundation. Joel was recognized for his impact and leadership within the region, receiving the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award in 2022.

In addition to the regional award, Joel received the Valor Award from Loudon County for his life-saving efforts in an emergency. He also received the Patriotic Civilian Service Award given by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11 at The Pentagon in 2001.