The Kates Foundation relies on the generosity of donors to support the mission of helping in the rehabilitation of women incarcerated in state prisons in Virginia. Without funding by The Elizabeth Kates Foundation, there would be no opportunities for women at VCCW to take on-site college courses or correspondence courses.

The Kates Foundation funding at a cost of over $200,000 has provided over 700 spaces for on-site college courses. Courses funded by Kates scholarships provide the bedrock upon which the students can continue their education upon release.

Water us with knowledge and watch us grow

Please do not drop off any donations at the institution. Arrangements for receiving donations must be made through the contact form on the right.

Other opportunities to donate include:

  • Clean, useable ladies clothing items, jewelry, and purses

Greeting Cards:

  • All-occasion to include: adult and children birthdays, thinking of you, congratulations, get well, sympathy, blank, thank you
  • Special occasion cards such as: anniversary, birth of a baby, wedding, graduation, baptism
  • Special days such as: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas for Chaplain’s card ministry
  • Blank Note Cards
  • Stationary
  • White Envelopes
  • Decorated Paper (for letter writing)
  • Forever Stamps
  • Colored Composition books to be used as journals (no spiral bound) 
  • Stick pens (not click) in blue or black ink
  • Pencils
  • Puzzle books – word search, crossword, and Sudoku
  • Pocket calendars or Date books

Please send check or mail order to:

The Elizabeth Kates Foundation
P.O. Box 64
Goochland, Virginia 23063

The Elizabeth Kates Foundation, Inc is a 501 (c)(3) charity. Donations are tax deductible.

Matching Gifts

Please check with your employer to see if your employer has a matching gift program.


Dedicated volunteers are needed to serve on our Board of Directors, our Auxiliary Board, and participate in Kates Readers Book Club. Volunteers are needed for special projects. Contact us if you are looking to volunteer:

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The Elizabeth Kates Foundation, Inc is a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations are tax deductible.

These are just some of the places where your donations go.

The Foundation supports other projects that are approved by the Board. These have included:

  • a speaker system for the space used as the auditorium where program graduations take place
  • the location for the dinner on Kates Day
  • computers and televisions
  • art programs and other special projects