Anonymous donor offers to match gifts made to Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton Scholarship

An anonymous donor has generously offered to match every dollar given to the Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton Scholarship! Please join us in this effort to help permanently endow Frankie’s scholarship at the minimum $25,000 level.

Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton photoDorinda B. Yeatts, Sister of Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton began the scholarship fund with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region in memory of her brother, Frankie. Deputy Sheriff Frankie Lynn Betterton was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on May 17, 2002.Deputy Betterton had been employed with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office for three years.

Dorinda Yeatts said, “Thank you for your help in building this scholarship so we can honor Frankie’s legacy and help future law enforcement officers. We hope to receive donations of all sizes from many different people so this can grow to a sizable scholarship that will benefit generations of students to come!”

Donors can easily give to the Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton Scholarship via credit card online at Tax-deductible gifts may also be made in honor or memory of loved ones. Stock gifts, paid up life insurance gifts, personal property, IRA or will bequests can also be made directly to the scholarship. Contact The Community Foundation at 434-793-0884 for more information.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is an independent, 501c3 public charity The Community Foundation was 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.

The Community Foundation awards grant from The Fund for Halifax County

The Fund for Halifax County has awarded its second round of grants, thanks to the work of the Halifax County Advisory Committee.  The committee consists of a few prominent members of Halifax County who wish to see the county grow and prosper.  After carefully reviewing the applications received, they chose Main Street United Methodist Church to receive $950 for the Jane Jones Food Pantry. They presented the check on January 14 at The Community Foundation’s Grant Reception.

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Jennifer Mackintosh accepts a grant for the Jane Jones Food Pantry at Main Street United Methodist Church from Fund for Halifax County committee members Logan Young and Bill Kelehar.

The Fund for Halifax County is a unique opportunity for citizens, organizations and businesses to help build an endowment to improve and enrich lives in Halifax County. The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region hopes to continue to grow this unrestricted fund to enable more grants to be given in the future.  The next cycle of grant applications for The Fund for Halifax County will be taken in August 2014.


Anyone can make donations to The Fund for Halifax County. Checks should be made to The Community Foundation, with the Halifax County Fund specified, and mailed to 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA  24541. Online gifts can be made through Gifts of stock, life insurance, and personal property can be accepted, as well as will bequests.


The Fund for Halifax County was introduced April 21, 2010 at a Chamber Business After Hours hosted by The Community Foundation with The Prizery. The Fund was established after a $10,000 gift from the Chastain Home of Halifax was given to meet the minimum requirement for an endowed fund.  The fund’s current balance is $22,135, thanks to numerous smaller donations.


The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a fully tax-exempt organization. It has total assets of more than $26 million, with 102 different funds under its umbrella.


The Foundation began in 1996 as DPC Community Foundation with a core service area of Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell Counties. In 2004, the Foundation changed its name to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region to offer its services to Martinsville/Henry County and South Boston/Halifax County.


For more information on The Fund for Halifax County or establishing a charitable fund of any type, contact the Foundation office at 434-793-0884 or visit the web site

The Community Foundation Announces $607,000 in New Grants; More than $16 Million Given Since Formation

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today a total of $607,000 in new grants to 42 non-profit community agencies at a reception at the Pepsi Building. The Community Foundation was incorporated in 1996 and has already returned more than $16 million in community grants and scholarships.


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2014 Grant Recipients

 This year’s grants contain $250,000 in funding made available by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. A complete listing of the grants awarded from the Danville Regional Foundation’s support is below.


             The following grants were approved by The Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee and Board of Directors and awarded from various funds as described below:


 Alzheimers Association, Central & Western Virginia – ($9,500) To provide persons with a diagnosis of Alzheimers disease or related dementia, living in the Dan River Region, the opportunity to engage in quality of life art and cultural experiences.  


Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County – ($3,000) To provide vaccinations for the animals rescued in Pittsylvania County.          


ARC of Southside – Hatcher Center – ($90,000) To provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.           


Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area – ($20,000) To improve the safety of the gym, purchase equipment, and provide transportation for the gym and healthy lifestyles programming. 


Caswell County EMS – ($13,200) To purchase an off-road all-terrain emergency response rescue vehicle.          


 Chapter 240, Air Force Association – ($1,500) To provide “matching grant” funding for competitive and qualified grants submitted by STEM teachers affiliated with Danville City and Pittsylvania County schools at the K12 level.   


City of Danville – Danville Fire Department – ($20,000) To safely and efficiently transport people, both emergency responders and the general public, by purchasing a multipurpose bus.


City of Danville – Department of Parks & Recreation Special Recreation Division – Ballou Recreation Center – Senior Transportation – ($13,000) To purchase service to transport Danville City residents that need life-saving dialysis treatment who are under the age of 60.              


City of Danville Division of Social Services – Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program – ($25,000) To provide critical and emergency financial assistance via direct payment to the City of Danville Utilities Department.               


Danville Area Choral Arts Society – ($1,500) To present a quality choral concert to the general public, Hayden’s “Missa Sancti Nicolai.”


 Danville Area Humane Society, Inc. – ($6,500) To repair and upgrade the oldest parts of the shelter.                 


Danville Cancer Association, Inc. – ($25,000) To assist area cancer patients with the cost of cancer-related treatments, prescriptions and other special needs.     


 Danville Concert Association – ($3,500) To bring SOLAS, “the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the U.S. today,” to Danville.               


Danville Family YMCA – ($6,800) To purchase a commercial blood pressure machine for the YMCA members to use to monitor their blood pressure and heart rates to prevent any accidents or emergencies.                            


Danville Science Center – ($15,000) To help bring the traveling exhibits, “From Here to There” and “Attack of the Bloodsuckers,” to the Danville Science Center.              


Danville Speech & Hearing Center – ($25,000) To provide speech/language pathology services and supplies to uninsured, underinsured, and no/low income citizens who present a communication disorder.


Family Services of Caswell County – ($16,000) To purchase a vehicle to transport clients.                     


Feeding America Southwest Virginia – ($10,000) To help feed people in Danville and Pittsylvania County who are struggling to get enough to eat.        


Institute for Advanced Learning & Research Foundation – ($4,500) To fund three “workplace experience” field trips to high-end industry work sites.                  


Oak Grove Residential Care, Inc. – ($6,000) To repair subfloor in kitchen and install new flooring, paint, and lighting.                


Pittsylvania County Literacy Program – ($1,000) To continue “At-Risk Children’s Reading Project.”                               


Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania – ($13,000) To make the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program available in Danville and Pittsylvania County and expand enrollment during 2014.                  


Southern Area Agency on Aging – ($25,000) To provide emergency type assistance to older persons who need financial aid or services to avoid a possible crisis situation.  


   The following grants were awarded as a result of The Community Foundation’s grantmaking partnership with the Danville Regional Foundation.


 ATT Search & Rescue Dogs of Virginia, Inc. – ($1,000) To purchase a radio frequency license to be certified.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area – ($18,000) Training for mentors and events such as a back to school party and out of town trips.   


Callands Volunteer Fire & Rescue – ($10,500) To update fire equipment to ensure a safer and quicker response during fire suppression.


Caswell Family Medical Center – ($9,000) To provide free and low-cost immunization services for children, adults, and elderly patients in Caswell County by purchasing specialized refrigeration equipment.                  


Caswell Parish – ($18,000) To continue operations of the Two Hearts 2 Go Mobile Emergency distribution of food to needy residents in rural areas of Caswell County.      


Climax Volunteer Fire Department – ($8,500) To purchase a thermal imaging camera for our department as an additional tool to save lives.              


 Danville Church-Based Tutorial – ($20,000) To provide summer STEM Enrichment camps at DCC where students can build their own computers.          


Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services – ($15,000) To purchase a 14-passenger activity bus to transport at-risk youth and their families for Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services’ Prevention programs.       



Danville Symphony Orchestra – ($8,300) To present a series of four free, live orchestral music concerts for the general public of Danville, Southside Virginia and Piedmont NC.


Free Clinic of Danville – ($25,000) To provide medical care, education and supplies to diabetic patients at the Free Clinic. 


God’s Storehouse – ($24,000) To purchase food to distribute to their clientele and a children’s backpack feeding program.


House of Hope – ($11,400) To support a case management initiative to follow up with homeless individuals and families to identify the reasons for the situation and what steps and directions need to be taken to improve their homeless condition.


Mt. Cross Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department – ($15,000) To purchase a new 30″ powered zoom stretcher.


Pelham Volunteer Fire Department – ($6,120) To replace an aging AED and purchase safety equipment.        


Pittsylvania County 4-H – ($5,000) To develop skills of county youth in various aspects through day camps and an overnight camp.


Providence Fire & Rescue INC – ($7,500) To purchase new personal protective equipment for members.           


Ringgold Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, Inc. – ($15,000) To purchase a Ladder Truck for the southern end of Pittsylvania County.


Tunstall Volunteer Fire & Rescue – ($25,000) To purchase a new ambulance to replace a 2000 model ambulance.           


Yanceyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue – ($11,500) To purchase and install a hydraulic generator system on our mobile command station for powering communications equipment and compressor for re-filling air bottles.         



The Community Foundation’s next grant cycle will begin in June for projects to be funded in 2015.



The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders to improve and enrich area lives through the generosity of donors.



The Community Foundation office can be reached at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA, 24541, (434) 793-0884 or their web site at


The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 36  different scholarships. Area students who are interested may apply online through the Foundation’s web site at The deadline for all applications is Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Last year the Foundation awarded 77 scholarships totaling more than $149,000 to area students.  These scholarships were awarded from 30 different scholarship funds within The Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is an independent, public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of local civic leaders to gather permanent funds to support our area.

While the Foundation works with donors to establish funds and scholarships to benefit any geographic area, our primary service area is Danville/Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina.  Donations are also being sought to build up resources for South Boston/Halifax County, with consideration being given to other neighboring counties.

The Community Foundation is a fully tax-exempt organization. Individuals, businesses or organizations may establish their own fund or may contribute any amount to existing funds. The Community Foundation may be contacted at 541 Loyal Street, VA  24541, (434) 793-0884 or