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Rice receives AFP Lifetime Achievement Award

December 3, 2018

Inger Rice, A.M., one of VCU’s most charitable donors and namesake of the Rice Rivers Center, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award November 16 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, site of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day. 


VCU co-nominated Rice for the honor, along with the Science Museum of Virginia. Rice's gift of 342 acres of land in Charles City County in 2000 led to the creation of the Rice Rivers Center, where students and faculty study environmental issues such as water quality and restoring the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. Her generosity to VCU exceeds $13 million. "With kindness, commitment, and a passion for making a difference, not just in our region but across the world, she is most deserving of this award," said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., as he presented Rice with her award. "Inger, you are an inspiration to us all." National Philanthropy Day is an annual national event dedicated to recognizing the impact that acts of philanthropy have had in the community and the world. 

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