Crowd Cheering

THE SUCCESS FOUNDATION OF VA:        We bring the power of a team to prepare foster young adults to meet their goals so that they are ready to live independently 

Volunteers Packing Food


Bringing positive change to the lives of young adults who have come through the foster care system by providing a team approach to mentor the young adults, identify their strengths, educational and work goals and career aspirations.





Nurse Talking to Patient
The Streets

TSF meets the young adults where they are: identifying their gifts, past job and educational experiences, and job and career aspirations.

TSF helps the young adults by developing individualized plans.

Reinforcing our commitment by conducting small group workshops, financial education training and tutor services: all pro bono.

At The Success Foundation, we are a dedicated team whose primary goal is to make a difference in the lives of the young adults we mentor. We start by having one-on-one meetings with the young adults so we can review their prior job and educational experiences, help them identify their gifts and skills, discuss job and career aspirations and help them learn how to build a foundation to succeed.

Once the young adult completes any required assessment tools, and TSF has a good understanding of their aptitude and interest, as well as job and career aspirations, TSF prepares an individual plan utilizing all available community resources. TSF's ultimate goal with designing and executing the plan is for the young adult to earn a sustainable living and career wage to be able to live independently.

With our organization’s mission always in mind, TSF supports the individualized work we do by conducting Soft Skills (i.e. life skills) workshops, Financial Literacy Training and tutoring services.



Our Roots

Here at The Success Foundation of Virginia, we know that sometimes all it takes to change a life is a little support. Since 2018, co-founders Gary Powers and Don DeLaney have been determined to make an impact in the Richmond Virginia (RVA) community. Focusing on young adults who have come through the foster care system and are on the verge of beginning an independent life, they developed a mission to share their passion and expertise by mentoring and assisting those young adults as they prepare to enter the working world. 
The Success Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, is led by Gary S. Powers (Executive Director), Sarah B. Williams (Board Chair), Don F. DeLaney (Vice Chair and Treasurer), and J. Gordon Rawles MD (Recording Secretary). DeLaney, Powers and Williams were contemporaries at The College of William & Mary (W&M). Emily Martin (Senior Business Analyst with Mission Lane, W&M '17) joined the TSF team in July 2020 while Renee' Walker (SVP Atlantic Union Bank) joined as a mentor in August 2020. Sara Hillgrove, a recently retired adjunct professor with the University of Richmond Robins School of Business, joined TSF in January 2021.  The following joined TSF as mentors in May and June 2021: Adrienne Whitaker (IDEA Leader, Virginia Housing, W&M Alum), Steve Powelson (Retired Cardiologist and Educator), Jay White (Retired CEO Global Energy), Bill Weber (Retired Senior Executive with DuPont) , Steve Lovings (The Standard) and Donna Shires (Senior Executive with MedWorks). Lou Marmo, SVP with TemperPack, joined TSF as a mentor in September 21. Ellen Emaleh continues to add great value by updating and enhancing the young adults' resumes while Amanda Loro created TSF logo and assisted with the initial webpage design.

Please consider a cash donation to our foundation. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, we are exempt from federal taxes and your gift is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. Donations to The Success Foundation of Virginia are processed via PayPal.


Donate to The Success Foundation of Virginia




Other Amount

High Fives

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James



Richmond, VA 23226

Gary S. Powers, Executive Director  |  804.512.0576

  • Facebook