Meet Impact 100 member, Linda Rigsby. She and her daughter, Elisabeth, were drawn to the mission of Impact 100 in 2010 when they first joined as a circle of two. Linda shares about her experience as a member and the high impact grant that stands out most in her mind.
How long have you lived in Richmond?
Since I was a toddler, which has been a number of years now!
Do you work outside of the home? If so, what do you do? If not, what did you do?
As 2017 closes, I will retire from Williams Mullen LLP. I have been an attorney for 36 years—15 in private practice and 21 with SunTrust Bank. Traveling more and playing mahjong, bridge and golf will be on my radar for 2018.
Other service you are involved in?
I serve on the boards of the following organizations:
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Bon Secours Richmond Foundation
Little Sisters of the Poor -- Virginia Advisory
I also chair the Bon Secours Richmond Audit Committee and I’m a member of the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club
What was your path to Impact?
My daughter, Elisabeth, and I joined the first year as a circle of two, known as 2 Rigsbys 4 Richmond, and we’ve been involved every year since. Elisabeth served on the Leadership Committee for several years. Both of us were attracted to the organization as a way to learn more about the needs of our community and provide some financial support for worthy causes in the region.
When did you first hear about Impact?
In 2008 from Darcy Oman.
Richmond has so many great causes and opportunities to become involved in. Why did you choose Impact 100 and collective giving?
I am involved in a few other charities in Richmond that are linked to health care. My husband and I have been able to support them in a modest way annually, but I felt I needed to know more about charities that give members of our community major assistance in meeting the challenges of everyday life. Impact 100 provided that knowledge base but, more importantly, it gave me an opportunity to work each year alongside other community-minded women to research, visit and financially support an organization with a mission-critical gift. I am very proud of the fact that I’ve been a part of giving over $1 million to twelve excellent, community minded organizations in the past nine years. I couldn’t have done this on my own, but I can do it in conjunction with the 100 other women who join Impact 100 annually.
Reviewing our winners past and present, which speaks to you the most?
The $100,000 grant awarded in 2016 to Peter Paul Development Center was especially meaningful to me. The grant was earmarked to finish construction of a 5,000 square foot expansion that permitted the Center to enroll twice as many children from Richmond’s East End in academic, social and sports programs. These programs provide an opportunity for the children to thrive, not just survive, and to work with strong role models they would not otherwise have in their lives. My hope is that the Center will give many of these children the skills and desire to break the cycle of poverty that surrounds them for most of their formative years.
Have you done any volunteer work or donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners?
I was thrilled to work with Chimborazo Elementary School a few years ago in making art boards for its classrooms and distributing food to stock its student’s home kitchens.
Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?
In the inaugural year for Impact 100, my law firm, Williams Mullen, sponsored the first “Big Learn”, and has been privileged to do so each subsequent year. As the firm’s attorney sponsor for this event, I have annually met and enjoyed the company of over 100 inspiring women of all ages who are reaching beyond their families and careers to become involved in causes they care about. It is inspiring.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
I think zip-lining would be awesome, but haven’t gotten the courage to do so yet. Maybe in 2018!
What’s your favorite book or movie?
I’ve read John Gray’s Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus more than once and each time I learn something that helps me be a better communicator and a better person, in the company of my husband, my son, our friends or my business associates.
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Linda!