Donor Appreciation Luncheon, Grant Reminders, Grant Awards, and More in CFDRR’s E-News!

As we approach the end of national #CommunityFNDWeek, discover the latest news from CFDRR here. Discover updates about CFDRR’s 26th year Quality of Life Annual Appeal and the 2022 Donor Appreciation Luncheon, be reminded of important grant cycle deadlines, and read about recent grant awards!

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CFDRR Celebrates its Donors on November 10

The Community Foundation celebrated many of its donors on November 10, 2022, during its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. During the luncheon, the donors awarded Smokestack Theatre Company a $3,000 grant and Pittsylvania Historical Society a $2,000 grant as part of a pop-up giving circle demonstration. A pop-up giving circle is a short, interactive experience that enables a reflective and intentional group to discuss and make a collective gift in a brief period of time. Thank you to all who joined us in celebrating last Thursday!

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Photos: Ralph Adams Photography

Check out the slideshow below for more 2022 Luncheon photos!

Apply Now to CFDRR Scholarships!

Don’t forget: CFDRR is still accepting scholarship applications through Tuesday, March 1, 2022! Click here to apply online. Please contact us with any questions at (434) 793-0884. Read more in our e-news:

Pictured: Walter and Gail Gunn and 2019 recipients of the Gail and Walter Gunn Scholarship. #cfdrr #scholarships2022

Anniversary Campaign Update

CFDRR is thrilled to announce the 25th Anniversary Campaign has raised $27,950, $2,950 in excess of its $25,000 goal! The campaign will continue to accept contributions through December 31, 2021.The campaign focus areas include Emergency Preparedness, Animal Services, Arts and Culture, Community Development, Health and Wellness, Education and Youth Development, Human Services, and Scholarships.  Please consider a donation to one or more of these worthwhile program areas or to a fund of your choice. The Foundation is deeply appreciative of all gifts received.


25th Anniversary Story Published in Area Magazines

The Community Foundation is excited to announce the publication of “Celebrating 25 Years: Community Foundation of the Dan River Region,” a feature article written by Katherine Milam, Executive Director. The article was published in River City Area and Hyco Lake Magazines in their November 2021 issues.

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Celebrating CFDRR’s History: Veterans Memorial

CFDRR’s 25th Anniversary: Celebrating Key Milestones in Our History

In 2004, CFDRR served as fiscal agent for a new Veterans Memorial. Lawrence McFall steered the project. In the same year, the Veterans Memorial at Dan Daniel Park in Danville was completed.  Over 6,500 bricks have been sold. A permanent endowment for the Memorial was created in 2010.


Veterans Memorial at Dan Daniel Park and Mr. Lawrence McFall

Celebrating CFDRR’s History: Loyal Street Office

CFDRR’s 25th Anniversary: Celebrating Key Milestones in Our History

In 2007, the Foundation purchased its new office at 541 Loyal Street in Danville.  Formerly the Law Office of Brian Turpin, the location offers more than 3,000 square feet of space with multiple offices, two conference rooms, and on-site parking.


541 Loyal Street Office

Celebrating CFDRR’s History: First Executive Director

CFDRR’s 25th Anniversary: Celebrating Key Milestones in Our History

In 1999, the Foundation hired its first full-time Executive Director, Debra Dodson.  During her 20 years with CFDRR, Debra devoted her time to building a permanent endowment for the region through the generosity of over 4,000 donors.  Debra helped the Foundation grow from $10 million in assets in 1999 to over $37 million in assets in 2019.


Debra L. Dodson

Celebrating CFDRR’s History: Faith Home Fund

CFDRR’s 25th Anniversary: Celebrating Key Milestones in Our History

In 1998, assets of the Faith Home Foundation were gifted to create the donor advised fund, Faith Home Fund. This included the land, buildings, and financial reserves of the former Faith Home orphanage totaling $7.7 million.  This brought the Community Foundation’s assets to $8,324,655.


Faith Home Land and Buildings

Celebrating CFDRR’s History: First Director

CFDRR’s 25th Anniversary: Celebrating Key Milestones in Our History

In 1996, the Foundation hired its first part-time Executive Director, Bob Wiles (left).  He directed the inception and growth of the Foundation with care, enthusiasm, and dedication.  Mr. Wiles was instrumental in attaining over $10 million in assets during his service to the Foundation.


Bob Wiles and Fred Leggett