Community Foundation meets National Standards

Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

Local Organization Meets Rigorous Standards for Quality and Accountability

 Danville, VA – The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region recently received notification that it has met for the second time the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.

“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, Manager, Community Foundations National Standards Board. “It says that The Community Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 200 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. Community foundations must submit documentation for recompliance every five years.

“This is critically important to our donors,” said Debra L. Dodson, Executive Director of The Community Foundation. “When people make a memorial gift, set up a charitable bequest, or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely and honor their charitable wishes. The National Standards confirmation says our house is in order.”

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region was established in 1996 and currently has assets of more than $23 million, with $1 million awarded annually in grants and scholarships. The foundation works with individuals and groups to establish a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the confirmation validates The Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.

“Some say it’s easier to create wealth than to give money away wisely,” said Niki Fallis, Community Foundation board president. “There’s some truth in that. Grantmaking is a lot like investing… we need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. When you see the National Standards Seal, you can be assured that we’re committed to meeting the highest standards for grantmaking as well.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program is the first of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States.

Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. For more information, contact the foundation at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA  24541, or call 434-793-0884 or visit

The Community Foundations National Standards Board is a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations that administers and advances National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations by ensuring the integrity of the accreditation process and building the value of compliance. Visit for more information about the program and organization.

Danville Braves to host Military Appreciation Night July 13, 2012


Danville Braves Military Appreciation Night to be held Friday, July 13

Camouflage themed jerseys and Sgt. Slaughter appearance highlight event

DANVILLE, Va. – The Danville Braves have announced plans for the team’s upcoming Military Appreciation Night presented by Danville Scion, Angus Heating & Air, and Blue Ridge Beverage, which will be held on Friday, July 13 when the D-Braves play the Princeton Rays.   First Pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.

The D-Braves will welcome WWE Hall of Fame inductee and G.I. Joe, Sgt. Slaughter.  For the first time ever, the D-Braves will wear a unique camouflage jersey design and hold an in-game silent auction.  Fans can bid on a chance to win a game-worn jersey directly off the player’s back!  Bids increase in $25.00 increments.  Bidding on the jerseys will run through the end of the seventh inning and the team will have a post-game pick-up for all silent auction winners.

All proceeds generated by the auction will be donated to the Danville Veteran’s Memorial.  The Danville Veteran’s Memorial features a 7 foot high by 158 foot black granite wall, which pays homage to all local veterans who died in our Nation’s wars from the American Revolution to our current conflicts.

Another aspect of Military Appreciation Night is that all military personnel and dependents, both active and retired, will receive a free ticket for the game.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the D-Braves at (434) 797-3792 or by bringing a valid military I.D. to the ALP 325 Field Box Office on the day of the game.  For more information please visit their Web site at

For more information on the Veteran’s Memorial, please visit