Rotary Club of Chatham Fund established with The Community Foundation

The Rotary Club of Chatham Fund has been endowed with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. The Fund will support various charitable organizations in the community.

“The Club is pleased to partner with The Community Foundation to continue our legacy of providing community support,” said Robert Adams, Chatham Rotary president. “Our goal is for the fund to grow over time with contributions by the club, its members and the community. We hope this fund will ensure that The Chatham Rotary Club can continue its work in the community for many generations to come.”

“We are excited to accept this fund on behalf of the Rotary Club of Chatham,” said Debra L. Dodson, executive director of The Community Foundation. “What an honor it will be to continue the club’s good name and good work in the community.

Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. Checks should be made to The Community Foundation, c/o the Rotary Club of Chatham, 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541. You can also designate gifts in your will. The Fund’s first community grants will be awarded after one year.

The Rotary Club of Chatham organized in 1939 and has a long history of community support and projects. The Club meets Tuesdays at 12:15 at the Chatham Community Center.

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. The Community Foundation has assets of nearly $28 million and has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships.

While the Foundation works with donors to establish funds 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.


Chatham Rotary Club president Robert Adams and club members present funds to Debra Dodson, Community Foundation of the Dan River Region Director, to open the new Rotary Club of Chatham Fund.

Chatham Rotary Club president Robert Adams and club members present funds to Debra Dodson, Community Foundation of the Dan River Region Director, to open the new Rotary Club of Chatham Fund.


RiverBank Fund now accepting online grant applications

FRiverBank_Logoebruary 2, 2015  – DANVILLE, VA — The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR) announced today online grant applications are now open for the RiverBank Fund. The Fund was established last year to gather donations throughout Virginia and North Carolina earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River

Grant applications must be completed online at from February 2, 2015 – March 20, 2015. Nonprofit 501c3 organizations and governmental entities including towns and public schools can apply. Projects should primarily benefit the Dan River Basin, including Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg counties and City of Danville (VA) and Stokes, Caswell, Rockingham Counties (NC). Anticipated grant ranges are $5,000 – $50,000 with opportunities for possible larger regional grant awards.

The RiverBank Fund’s mission is to steward resources and provide community support to assure The Dan River is beautiful, protected and central to the recreational and economic well-being of our region for generations to come.

Eligible programs should address at least one of the five focus areas:

1. Responsibly address water quality for regional residents and companies.

2. Encourage new development that ecologically features the River.

3. Improve the cleanliness of the River and the Basin and help protect it from environmental threats.

4. Increase access to the River for family-friendly sports, recreation and entertainment.

5. Effectively promote the River to build regional pride and encourage tourism.

A regional advisory committee will help guide the development of the fund and the strategic disbursement of grant funds.

Donations to the RiverBank Fund are also being sought from individuals, organizations and businesses that have interest in helping to improve the quality and caliber of life all along the Dan River. Donations may be made online at

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public 501c3 charity that serves a region from Martinsville/Henry County through Mecklenburg County in Virginia as well as the neighboring North Carolina counties. The footprint of the Foundation and its experience in administering grant funds allowed the RiverBank Fund to be established quickly and efficiently.

February 2015