Geoff McDonald, founder, and principal of Geoff McDonald & Associates law firm, recently received the 2019 Father Figure Award honoring men who have successfully combined their professional career, community service, and fatherhood. The Relationship Foundation of Virginia, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and educating men on fatherhood, presented the award to McDonald who, along with his wife Shannon, have seven children ranging in age from 12 to 23 years.
McDonald, one of eight men nominated as “Funding Fathers” for 2019, led the annual campaign to raise donations for the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.
The Father Figure Award also recognizes McDonald’s career as a Richmond personal injury attorney and his active role in serving the Richmond community’s youth. In addition to coaching youth and high school football for more than 10 years, McDonald is the director and coach of the Derby Offensive Lineman Camp which develops and mentors young football players. He is a board member of Resource Opportunities, Inc., a non-profit organization which works with families transitioning from public housing and provides funding for sports and arts for inner-city youth.
He also served as past president of the Rotary Club of Richmond and Virginia Youth Development Council. His law firm also supports numerous organizations including the American Hispanic Sports Academy, Maggie Walker Governor’s School Debate Team, and Tuckahoe Family YMCA. Additionally, his attorney team and support staff organize annual programs geared to children including a summer bicycle giveaway and September “back-to-school backpack” campaign.
“Geoff exemplifies all criteria for our organization’s 2019 Father Figure Award,” stated Chris Beach, founder and executive director of the Relationship Foundation of Virginia. “In addition to parenting a family of seven kids with his wife Shannon, Geoff is an accomplished attorney and influential community leader who makes significant volunteer and monetary contributions that enhance the lives of Richmond area children, teens, and young adults.”