How Your Support Helps Encyclopedia Virginia
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), Virginia's nonprofit state humanities council, began building Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) in 2005 guided by four core principles: the content would be authoritative; the user experience would be dynamic and engaging; the methods for developing content would allow the project to take advantages of today's and tomorrow's technologies; and, last but not least, EV would always be free.
While being free is essential to EV's existence, it is certainly not free to create and sustain a project of this caliber. Each year, VFH grows and maintains EV through diverse funding sources. EV receives funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia, private and corporate foundations, and competitive grants. However, no single source of support is enough to ensure our future. This is where you come in.
Creates excellent content: Publishing an Encyclopedia Virginia entry involves everything from finding the best writer to address a given topic to finding sometimes never-before-seen media to contextualize a particular subject; it also involves employing rigorous fact checkers and copyeditors to ensure accuracy and consistency.
Adapts content for new technologies: When we built Encyclopedia Virginia, we did so knowing that the content had to be flexible and easily ported to other platforms so that we could take advantage of new technologies more easily. Over the last few years we have been able to integrate EV content with dynamic mapping and mobile technologies. Who knows what will be available for us next year, next month, or tomorrow?
Develops one of the Commonwealth's best teaching resources: We built Encyclopedia Virginia with Virginia's educators as our primary audience. As we move further into the 21st century and as technology becomes more a part of who we are and how we communicate, EV strives to be a dependable and holistic resource that students and teachers rely upon for researching and exploring Virginia's complex history. To support this objective, EV invests in developing tools to help educators and students, digitizes and transcribes primary resources to provide a unique immediacy to the past, and works directly with teachers to create classroom activities to explore the past with technology.
If you find Encyclopedia Virginia valuable and want to help and ensure its future, consider giving. No gift is too small or too large.
And if you are interested in supporting a specific project or area of content, please contact us. We are always open to ideas and enjoy hearing from our users how we can further develop Encyclopedia Virginia.