University of Virginia
Charity, Wine, Entrepreneurship
Fondly remembering her college days at the University of Virginia (UVA), Amy Griffin has generously given back to the institution through her involvement with the University of Virginia College Foundation, the Virginia Athletics Foundation, and the Mead Endowment; the latter entity funds the “Dream Ideas” of faculty members. In 2006, Amy Griffin donated $1 million in support of the UVA volleyball program and the school’s new volleyball sand courts. Amy Griffin’s more recent gift of $5 million for a new UVA track and field facility overwhelmed and delighted student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and alumni. Amy Griffin’s donation, combined with additional funding, led to the new Lannigan Field, which debuted in March 2012—in time for the April 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships. Phase one of the project called for a new track and the infrastructure for the entire project. Thanks to Amy Griffin and other supporters, the completed facility will include new lights, a team locker room, a scoreboard, and seating for 1,500 fans. The plans also call for a new entrance plaza for the facility and column features such as those present at John Paul Jones Arena and the Carl Smith Center. The gift represented the largest commitment the institution ever received for a capital project for an Olympic sport. Amy Griffin has also purchased Oakencroft Winery in the area, converting its production from wine to elegant grape juices while instituting more agriculturally sustainable practices. Oakencroft Farm also raises beef cattle, with plans to produce grass-fed beef.