Welcome and greetings!

At the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia, we are proud to serve as a philanthropic partner and key driver of resources for the Virginia residents of Washington, Grayson, Russell and Smyth counties.

The Foundation was created in late 2021 following the sale of Johnston Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s minority ownership stake in Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH). That sale established Wellspring as a local, independent private foundation with resources that can serve our families and neighbors for generations to come.

Like you, we are proud to call Southwest Virginia home, which also means we are keenly aware of the challenges rural areas like ours face. Improving the overall health and wellbeing of our region is a complex goal that requires collaboration among those who live, work and serve in these counties. The Foundation is governed by a local board of directors with expertise in healthcare, business, education and more. We are grateful to have their collective experience at hand.

While the Foundation will consider supporting a variety of projects and initiatives, specific areas of interest include health, children & families, workforce development, education and economic development.  

We are a new organization that intends to be around for a very long time. It is our hope that the Foundation and the goal-oriented partnerships we cultivate will promote a healthy, thriving Southwest Virginia for generations to come.


William H. “Bill” Hayter, Chair of the Board of Directors

Sean McMurray, Executive Director

Latest News and Announcements

Abel Joins Wellspring Foundation

Susan Abel, Director of Operations and Engagement for the Wellspring Foundation ABINGDON, Va., May 17, 2022 — Susan Abel has joined the Wellspring Foundation as director of operations and engagement. In her role, Abel will be key in serving the organization’s...

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