2022 Scholarship Applications Now Open!

The Community Foundation’s 2022 scholarship application cycle is now open to area students. Students can apply at https://www.cfdrr.org/scholarships/apply-for-a-scholarship/. The application cycle will close on March 1, 2022. Visit our website for a list of frequently asked questions, or contact The Foundation’s office.

25 Years of Community Impact- Happy New Year!

That’s a wrap!  Happy New Year from CFDRR!  As our twenty-fifth anniversary year comes to a close, we celebrate the Foundation’s community impact since 1996.  In the last twenty-five years, the Foundation has awarded $24 Million in grants to enhance quality of life across the Dan River Region; awarded $2.7 Million in scholarships to 1,371 students; received $51 Million in gifts given by Community Foundation Donors; and holds $51.5 Million in charitable assets dedicated to our region’s quality of life.  Thank you for your generous support over the last quarter century.  We look forward to creating many more years of community impact!

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from The Community Foundation’s Board and Staff!

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CFDRR History: New Executive Director in 2019

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

In 2019, Katherine W. Milam became the Executive Director of the Foundation upon Debra Dodson’s retirement.  In her time with CFDRR, the Foundation has seen a growth in total charitable assets from over $37 million in 2019 to over $51 million in 2021.  Kathy is dedicated to the Foundation’s mission to improve and enrich the lives of people in the community by encouraging the generosity of donors; by receiving, managing and distributing important resources; and by meeting a variety of charitable purposes in the community.

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Katherine W. Milam

CFDRR History: New Name and Logo

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

In 1996, the Foundation was originally named the DPC Community Foundation.  In 2004, the name changed to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.  In 2017, the Foundation released a new logo and branding.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Debra L. Dodson