United Virginia Education Fund’s original business plan was inspired by the teachings of Gar Alperovitz, one of the founders of the Democracy Collaborative and the Community Wealth Building movement. The plan was vetted by the Virginia Interfaith Center who provided the original grant in 2010 for peer lending and operations in the East End of Richmond and who also served as a fiscal agent until UVEF became a 501(c)(3) in 2012. Programming expanded from Central Virginia to Southern Virginia with grants from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Rural Economic Development Program. Today United Virginia continues to support under-resourced entrepreneurs and communities and the social enterprise sector through micro-lending, grants and organizing.