The Community Foundation Announces $878,800 in New Grants

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today a total of $878,800 in new grants to 56 non-profit community agencies at a reception at the Ballou Recreation Center. This is the twelfth year of operation for the Foundation, with total grants returned to the community now more than $10 million.

This year’s grants contain $500,000 in funding made available by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation.

The Community Foundation announces $878,800 in new grants; more than $10 Million awarded since formation, January 12, 2010

Grants Available for Workforce Partnerships Focused on Green Skills

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Dan River Region Collaborative (“DRR Collaborative”) announced today that it is now accepting proposals that seek to improve employment, training, and labor market outcomes in the area of green skills.

The DRR Collaborative seeks to improve both the quality of jobs and the capacity of workers by promoting change at three levels: individual, institution, and system. The result: better jobs, better workers, and a better workforce development system.

The Dan River Region Collaborative, which was formed in the summer of 2008, serves approximately 150,000 people in Pittsylvania, Halifax, Henry, and Patrick counties and the cities of Danville and Martinsville. As a new regional funding entity, the Collaborative’s key funding partners, to date, include The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, The Danville Regional Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, J.T.-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, and the Virginia Tobacco Commission. These investors, along with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, will capitalize this effort with $1.5 million. A principle strategy of the DRR collaborative is to increase the number of local and regional workforce partnerships.

Grants Available for Workforce Partnerships Focused on Green Skills, January 4, 2010

Applications Being Accepted for Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is now accepting applications for the Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund.

The Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund’s purpose is to continue his passion of enriching the lives of individuals affected by HIV and AIDS and their families. Applications are also being sought from 501c3 charitable organizations offering services to these individuals in Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell Counties.

Applications being accepted for Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund, October 1, 2009

Workforce Collaborative Awards $97,000 to Train Residential Energy Auditors Across Region

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Dan River Region Collaborative announced today its first grant of $97,000 to provide local green jobs training. Eight regional organizations have formed the RESNET Training Partnership to provide residential energy auditor training for 45 incumbent and unemployed workers. Partner organizations include: the City of Danville, the City of Martinsville, Danville Community College, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Patrick Henry Community College, Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc. and the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.

Workforce Collaborative awards $97,000 to train residential energy auditors across the region, September 14, 2009

The Community Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals Deadline July 23, 2009

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is now accepting proposals for its next round of grant making. This is the thirteenth year the Foundation has awarded discretionary community grants, with over $7.7 million having been distributed so far.

Information has already been mailed to approximately 300 community non-profit organizations in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County. The Foundation is accepting Preliminary Request applications from 501c3 charitable organizations until July 23, 2009. The Preliminary Request applications should include a brief overview of the proposed project. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee will then select which organizations to ask to submit full grant applications.

With the help of a generous gift of $500,000 from the Danville Regional Foundation, the Community Foundation will have over $800,000 available for grants this year. Up to 50% of the Danville Regional Foundation funding will be earmarked for healthcare and human services.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is again accepting grant proposals June 11, 2009.

The Community Foundation Awards Over $163,000 in Scholarships to 65 Area Students

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has awarded over $163,000 in scholarships to 65 area students. Presentations were recently made from 25 different scholarship funds within The Community Foundation at a scholarship reception held May 31, 2009 at Danville Education, Arts and Cultural Center.

“We are so excited to help open the doors of the future to so many students,” said Debra L. Dodson, Executive Director for The Community Foundation. “We have awarded over $1,145,000 in scholarships to over 380 students since the Foundation was begun in 1996.”

The Community Foundation awards over $163,000 in scholarships to 65 area students, June 1, 2009

Dan River Foundation Transfers Assets to Community Foundation

Dan River Foundation Transfers Assets to Community Foundation

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Dan River Foundation announced today the transfer of nearly $3 million in assets to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. A new Dan River Inc. Endowment Fund will continue the charitable work of the company based in Danville for over 100 years.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with The Community Foundation to permanently earmark these funds to support charitable work in the Dan River Region,” said Rodney Reynolds, chairman of the Fund’s advisory committee. “During its 126 year history, Dan River Inc. was a responsible and generous corporate citizen, providing support to charitable organizations throughout the Dan River Region and sponsoring scholarships for many children of Dan River employees. The Dan River Inc. Endowment Fund will make certain that this support continues. It will assure that the good name of Dan River Inc. is preserved and will honor the thousands of employees of Dan River throughout the years whose dedication allowed the Company to become a global leader in the home fashions and apparel fabrics industries.”

The Dan River Foundation announces transfer of $3 million in assets to The Community Foundation, February 2, 2009

The Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 24 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at www.cfdrr.org. The deadline for all applications to be received is March 19, 2009.

The Community Foundation announces 24 scholarships available to area students, February 1, 2009

The Community Foundation Announces $1,151,205 in New Grants; Over $9 Million Given Since Formation

For more information, contact Debra Dodson at (434) 793-0884

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today a total of $1,151,205 in new grants to 73 non-profit community agencies at a reception at the Ballou Recreation Center. This is the eleventh year of operation for the Foundation, with total grants returned to the community now over $9 million.

This year’s grants contain $750,000 in funding made available by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation.

The Community Foundation announces over $1 million in grants to 73 non-profit community agencies, January 14, 2009

The Community Foundation Premiers Video at Appreciation Luncheon

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region premiered its new promotional video at its Appreciation Luncheon held Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at the Danville Golf Club. Nearly 200 supporters heard three guest speakers, including Marketing Committee Chairman Bonnie Cooper and video production coordinators Leonard Carter and Reed Dillon.

President Eddie Herndon told of the Foundation’s impact during the past year. Donors established six new funds under the Foundation’s umbrella for a total of 68 funds with total assets of $17,292,572 as of June 30, 2008. Over $1,840,000 was awarded this year alone through scholarships and grants. The Community Foundation has returned over $7 million in grants and scholarships to the region in its 12 years of history.

Cooper described the development of the Marketing Committee several years ago to help potential donors understand the services available through the Community Foundation. She introduced Carter and Dillon as representatives of Carter Media in Roanoke, the company who produced the 5-minute video. The two producers described how they framed interviews with four Foundation supporters with various grant recipients to capture the full relationship.

Free copies of the 5-minute DVD are available at the Community Foundation office. The video is also available for viewing on the web site www.cfdrr.org. The video was underwritten by a generous grant from the Danville Regional Foundation.

The Community Foundation’s mission is to improve and enrich the lives of people in our community by encouraging the generosity of donors. Donors may establish their own endowment fund to support particular areas of interest or may make unrestricted gifts to any existing fund.

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 541 Loyal Street, P.O. Box 1039, Danville, VA 24543, (434) 793-0884 or through their web site www.cfdrr.org