COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FUNDS CREATED
TO HELP CARE FOR AREA ANIMALS
Danville, VA — Area donors have created several funds with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region to help a variety of animal welfare organizations in Danville and Pittsylvania County. Anyone can donate to the funds and help build their future impact.
The Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund (V.E.T. Fund) was established by Dr. Jeff Smith in 2012 with the belief that the bond that forms between a person and their pet is immensely beneficial and is worthy of preserving regardless of financial situation. From the young child with his first puppy to the elderly person with that unconditional four-legged companion, these relationships have deep and lasting value. Dr. Smith had the simple idea that a community of animal lovers could support one another in times of need.
The fund’s purpose is to raise money and work with vets in the Dan River Region to make financial assistance available to give companion animals a chance to remain family members. The Fund gives loving pet owners the means to save their best friend when they are unable to make full payment in times of a pet’s sudden illness or emergency treatment. Veterinary care has become very sophisticated and expensive and it is common to spend $5000 on a visit to a veterinary specialist. When an emergency situation arises, sometimes people are not prepared to pay such a bill and are forced to end a pet’s life in a situation that could be resolved. The Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund is here to help people get through a difficult situation and continue a long gratifying relationship with their companion.
The Community Foundation will work through local animal agencies to manage the financial assistance program, with the first funds expected to be available in summer 2013.
A second donor (Thomas E. Scarce) has created several different funds with The Community Foundation, all to benefit animals and animal causes.
Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter Fund
The Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter Fund was created by Scarce, in 2008 to benefit the Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter – to include the construction of a new shelter. If funds are not needed for construction of the new Shelter to State requirements, the funds may also be used for the other purposes to promote animal care, shelter cleanliness, adoption of the maximum number of animals, and general operation of the shelter, where other funding is not available from government or private sources. The Community Foundation will work closely with Pittsylvania County on the best use of grants from this Fund.
Animal Welfare Fund
The Animal Welfare Fund was created by Scarce in 2011 in honor of Cook Francis Bradner, a trainer and lover of hunting dogs; Nannie Scearce Bradner, a lover of all animals,; and their son, Bennie G. Bradner, who gave his life in WWII in defense of our nation. The Animal Welfare Fund is a general Field of Interest fund, with The Community Foundation’s Board awarding annual grants made to charitable organizations for the purpose of supporting animal welfare in Danville and Pittsylvania County.
Irving H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Welfare Fund
The Irving H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Welfare Fund was created in 2011 in honor of the Scarce’s parents. The fund is a donor advised fund, with the donor recommending annually to the Foundation Board grants to support animal welfare agencies in Danville and Pittsylvania County, such as the Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County.
How to Give
Animal lovers who wish to support one or more of these funds can send donations to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541. Online credit card gifts can be made at www.cfdrr.org. Please designate which fund(s) you choose for your gift.
In addition to monetary donations, the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region also accepts donations of property and other assets. These donations can often relieve tax burdens for those who donate, their estates or their heirs. Our professional advisors will work with you to find the best options available for maximizing your gift’s value.
Appreciated Property – Gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate can result in dual tax benefits; the full value of the assets are usually deductible, with no capital gains tax paid on the appreciation.
Wills – A will bequest made to the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is deductible for federal estate tax purposes and may result in additional savings on state inheritance and estate taxes.
IRAs – The gift of an IRA to the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region can, upon your death, eliminate significant income-tax liabilities for the estate.
Life Insurance – A life insurance gift, through a new or existing policy, offers a cost-effective way to make a significant gift to the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is an independent, 501c3 public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of local civic leaders to gather permanent funds to support our area. The Foundation services a region from Martinsville/Henry County through Danville/Pittsylvania County to South Boston/Halifax County, including Caswell County and the neighboring North Carolina counties.
CAPTION: Dr. Jeff Smith with his pet Bo