The Valdry Center will develop a research initiative to publish and disseminate knowledge and lessons learned from the experiences of the Center’s programming. Initially, the VCP will focus on evaluation and documentation. Over time, the Center will develop a more purposeful effort to create formal research projects with the intent of publication. Research on philanthropy in communities of color and on the role of nonprofit organizations in strengthening communities of color is limited. Through the process of engaging a range of local constituents, leveraging existing resources, and tracking the progress of Valdry Center students and participants, a wealth of useful knowledge will emerge.