Discovery Packs!

Please join us this year as we kick off our 7th Annual Discovery Pack School Supplies Campaign! Our goal is to provide 300 packs for students at Fairfield Court Elementary and Chimborazo Elementary Schools. Discovery Packs are filled with all the essential supplies students need to start the school year. For many families, purchasing materials for school is a true hardship. Children come to school with very little to fill their empty desks. Our Discovery Packs not only provide supplies, they also offer comfort and security. Children don’t have to worry about how or if they will have materials for the new school year.

Here’s How You Can Help: Sponsor Discovery Packs at $15 per Child.


Join Us for GOLF!

Gently rolling fairways, sloping greens and an afternoon out of the office with your buddies, oh the joys of GOLF! 
Join us on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for our 34th Annual Golf Classic. Enjoy a fabulous round of golf, first class dinner and bid on a unique array of silent auction gifts, including exotic trips and local favorites.


Ending the Food Desert in the East End

This fantastic video features Challenge Discovery Projects' very own, Curtis Lee. In the video, Curtis and others including the Honorable Cynthia Newbille, Delegate Delores McQuinn and philanthropist, Steve Markel, highlight the importance of delivering fresh, healthy food to the East End, which has been long considered a food desert. Food deserts can be described as geographic areas where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance. Over the summer Dan Stembridge and Curtis Lee worked on an advisory committee established by Steve and Kathie Markel to develop a full service grocery store in the East End. The grocery store, named The Market@25th, is scheduled to open in late March. CDP is proud to have been a part of this amazing endeavor. https://vimeo.com/310914335




Short Film about Playground Inclusion wins International Acclaim

Rockville, Maryland, Dec. 6 – All kids want to play. Kids with disabilities are no different. “Ian” is a short, animated film inspired by the real-life Ian, a boy with a disability determined to get to the playground despite his playmates bullying him. This film sets out to show that children with disabilities can and should be included.


Birdies for Charity!

Challenge Discovery Projects has the exciting opportunity to participate in a charitable fundraising program offered by the Dominion Energy Charity Classic called Birdies for Charity, presented by TowneBank. 

Make a donation to Challenge Discovery Projects through Birdies for Charity Presented by TowneBank and Challenge Discovery Projects will receive your donation PLUS a 10% match on your gift

Click this link to increase your donation by 10% Invite others to participate as well!


Birdies for Charity offers the option to gift a flat amount or an amount based on the number of birdies made by PGA TOUR Champions players at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic during competition on October 19-21, 2018 at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course.

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Many thanks to The Cabell Foundation and The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation for generously matching our donor gifts!

Challenge Discovery Projects recently completed building renovations at 2405 Jefferson Avenue and relocated our headquarters there on June 1. The additional square footage and new environment strengthens our capacity and quality of services. The high visibility of the building also increases our exposure in the community. By linking with key partners, we are enriching the neighborhood though community programming and wrap-around supports including expanding health, educational and vocational services.



We are so grateful to Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Katie Demeria for the amazing coverage of our Say It With Heart camp. She took the time to hear our story and retell it with such compassion. (read the full story here on the Richmond Times-Dispatch)

(L-R) Mylexus Mayo, Tanarie Pryor, Ashante Moorman and Jhalina Gregory exercise during Say It With Heart Summer Camp at Fairfield Court Elementary School Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The program is put on by Challenge Discovery Projects.  Photo by Alexa Welch Edlund; courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.

(L-R) Mylexus Mayo, Tanarie Pryor, Ashante Moorman and Jhalina Gregory exercise during Say It With Heart Summer Camp at Fairfield Court Elementary School Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The program is put on by Challenge Discovery Projects. Photo by Alexa Welch Edlund; courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.


There is evidence which suggests that exercise helps more than just physical development. Children who get regular physical activity are better able to pay attention in school and are more likely to improve their grades than children who do not. They are also less likely to have behavioral issues than children who do not engage in sports or exercise. (read more...)


Congratulations to Curtis Lee, Travon Robinson and THE GENTS AND GEMS! They performed amazingly in front of a lively crowd in Byrd Park as part of The Sports Backers's RVA Streets Alive event. It was a hot one, but you wouldn't have know it by the energy and enthusiasm shown by these talented kids!  We are grateful to be in partnership with The Sports Backers and look forward to working together more this summer. (read more...)