Support The Legacy Fund in Honor of Founder, Cabell Brand
January 15, 2015
The Legacy Fund was created to honor the vision and leadership of Edward Cabell Brand, Cabell Brand Center’s Founding Director. In 1987, he founded The Cabell Brand Center for International Poverty and Resource Sustainability Studies, providing students with an opportunity to study and research issues of poverty, peace, and the environment. The Center is proud to have offered more than 500 students the chance to learn and pursue public service opportunities.
Part of the Legacy Fund will be used to establish the Edward Cabell Brand Public Service Awards: an exciting, new element of our well-established scholarship program, recognizing Cabell’s passion for public service. In his book, “If Not Me, Then Who?," Cabell describes his life experiences and how they shaped his passion for public service. The book serves as a reminder of how much one person can do to positively influence the lives of others. It is used as required reading in the Shepherd Poverty Program at Washington & Lee University, and other academic programs around the country. Cabell made the decision early in life to donate 20 percent of his time to make the world a better place and to strengthen our society. He was the most proud of his accomplishments on issues that met the most resistance, such as school integration, women's rights, and equal opportunity for all. Cabell was widely recognized for his relentless efforts to improve his community and the lives of the underprivileged. He was the recipient of the VISTA award for being the businessman in the United States who had done the most for low-income Americans; the Lyndon Baines Johnson Humanitarian Award; Virginia Governor Gold Medal Award for volunteering excellence; the first Jonathan Daniels Award from VMI; Noel Taylor Humanitarian Award; Salem Rotary Club's Outstanding Citizen Award; and Roanoke-Salem Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. He received honorary degrees from Washington & Lee University, Roanoke College, Ferrum College and Virginia Western Community College, and Lynchburg College. He was featured in the book Some Do Care for his exemplary leadership in the United States, and in Who's Who in America.
Your contribution to the Legacy Fund will also assure the long term stability and sustainability of the Cabell Brand Center’s mission - to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.