Brocks Win National Philanthropic Award
We are happy to report long-time Museum supporters Macon and Joan Brock will be receiving a national award for philanthropy in November, 2015.
The Brocks will be honored in New York City on National Philanthropy Day with the Outstanding Philanthropist award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The two were honored in 2013 as Outstanding Philanthropists by the Hampton Roads AFP chapter, which nominated them for the national award.
"We've been lucky and blessed with the success of our company (Dollar Tree Inc.)," said Macon. "With that comes the obligation of doing something for others."
The Brocks have donated more than $40 million in recent years, with recipients ranging from an African school to numerous local charitable causes. Notable gifts have gone to Randolph-Macon College and Longwood University, Joan's alma mater; the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Brock Environmental Center, the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School, the new Brock Commons outdoor amphitheater at Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, and, of course, the Chrysler Museum of Art.
In the video below, the couple, who have known each other since eighth grade, credit other philanthropic families in the region for setting an example to follow. When it comes to the Battens and the Dardens, "they set examples for us in our term to step up," Macon said. "The community has really been rewarded by all these families that set the pace for us."