The One Love Foundation was created in 2010 following the death of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who lost her life to relationship violence at the hands of her ex-boyfriend just two weeks shy of graduation. Originally created to honor “Yards” and draw attention to student athletes like her who contribute positively to their teams and communities, the organization now seeks to prevent future tragedies by raising awareness about the warning signs of relationship violence.
Our work today is rooted in the reality that had Yeardley’s family and friends been more aware of her true risk, risk described clearly in university research and visible in ways small and large over a period of time, she might still be alive today. Our singular focus on educating young adults about risk factors and the reality of relationship violence is rooted in this fact.
Today, One Love is a leader in the creation of compelling, creative content that motivates young people to stand against relationship violence. Whatever the format - apps, films, viral campaigns, PSAs - we want to develop best in class tools that meets young people where they are and that inspire them to be part of a movement for a different reality, one in which relationship violence is far less prevalent.
We hope you will join us in this movement.
Be 1 for Change.
End Relationship Violence through education and technology.
It is the vision of the One Love Foundation to educate people to recognize the warning signs of relationship violence and motivate them to step up and take action.
Our Core Values are the values that Yeardley exemplified in her life:
Programs and Initiatives:
Be 1 for Change: The “Be 1 for Change” campaign was launched in the fall of 2012. This long-term initiative will continue to develop over the next several years in partnership with the Michael and Kim Ward Foundation, and Johns Hopkins University. Be 1 for Change is a signature program for the One Love Foundation, with the goal of combating Relationship Violence throughout the United States.
Yeardley Reynolds Love (YRL) Unsung Hero Award: One Love recognizes a men’s and women’s ACC lacrosse player annually with their “YRL Unsung Hero Award,” which is given to student-athletes for their dedication to leadership, community service, and serving as a positive role model on and off the field. The winners are given a silver bowl, and One Love provides a donation to their charity’s of choice.
Charity Events and Running Team: One Love supports various community events including fundraisers and sports tournaments. The Every Yard for Yeardley charity running team participates in races throughout the country, including the Charlottesville (Va.) Marathon and Baltimore Running Festival.
The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the Foundation as a public charity under Code Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). The Foundation is exempt from tax under Code Section 501(c)(3).
So let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.