The Gilbert Foundation: Helping Our Veterans Become Certified in Current or New Trades

Most veterans have developed specialized skills and accumulated years of experience while in the military. But unfortunately, those skills don’t always directly translate to positions in the civilian world. And even when they do, many businesses require that their employees also secure expensive certifications to qualify for their jobs.

The mission of the Gilbert Foundation, a nonā€profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in Richmond, VA, and founded by U.S. Navy veteran Nicholas Pinero, is to bridge that gap between military service and civilian employment. We fund training for job-seeking veterans in trades that require certifications that cannot be funded through the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill or in cases where benefits have been expended.*

The Gilbert Foundation also partners with companies that require specific trade certifications to not only help veterans find employment but also help these companies fill their positions with hard-working, qualified employees. It’s a win-win for the entire community!

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The Gilbert Foundation
2427 lancraft road
north chesterfield, VA 23235

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are employee matching gift programs?

Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations.

It's an easy way to double your contribution to us!

What are volunteer grant programs?

Volunteer grant programs are corporate giving programs in which companies provide monetary donations to organizations where employees volunteer regularly.

If you volunteer with us, it's an easy way to provide us with additional financial support!

How do I request a matching gift or volunteer grant?

Requesting a matching gift or volunteer grant is normally a five minute process which must be initiated by the donor / volunteer. You can do this by filling out and submitting a paper match form provided by your employer or through an electronic submission process.

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What if I still have questions?

For questions regarding your company's programs, please contact your employer's HR or community giving department. Much of the necessary information is also available on your company intranet.

For questions regarding submitting a matching gift or volunteer grant request to us, please contact us using the information provided on this page.