Educational Opportunities, New Funds, Ongoing Partnerships & More!

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CFDRR 2020 Grant Recipients

Danville Regional Foundation Continues its Partnership with CFDRR

In the news: Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) continues its partnership with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, committing $750,000 for granting purposes over the next three years, plus a $50,000 grant for The Community Foundation’s “board and staff capacity development.” Read the press release in the Danville Register and Bee here.

Cannon Financial Institute Estate Planning Virtual Conference

Attend a Cannon Financial Institute Estate Planning conference, virtually, on your lunch break! Provided by The Community Foundation at no cost, with a minimum of 8 participants. Let us know your interest in the November and December sessions, plus spring 2021 opportunities, by taking our Doodle Poll. Learn more here.

CFDRR Announcements & Important Dates

Welcome a new staff member, remember a special board member, discover upcoming grant and scholarship opportunities, learn about memorial and honorary gifts, and much more! Read our latest newsletter here.

Remembering the Life of Gail Phillips Gunn

The Community Foundation Board and staff remembers fondly Mrs. Gail Phillips Gunn, a former Community Foundation Board member, who passed away on September 14, 2020. Mrs. Gunn served on the Foundation’s Distribution Committee and established the Gail and Walter Gunn Scholarship Fund with her husband at the end of her Board term in May 2015. The Fund’s purpose is to provide post-secondary educational scholarships to local African-American students, with a preference for those studying business or with an entrepreneurial interest. Mrs. Gunn always actively promoted the scholarship and faithfully participated in every Community Foundation event. Her legacy will live on through the scholarship, touching the lives of students for many years to come.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Gail and Walter Gunn Scholarship Fund of The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region by clicking the donate button below, and specifying the Gail and Walter Gunn Scholarship on the designation menu. All gifts are tax deductible.

Halifax County Grant Cycle Now Open

Latest news from CFDRR: The Halifax County Grant Cycle is now open. Please click here for more information and a link to the application. Application deadline is September 30, 2020. Plus, view pictures and read about the Coronavirus Relief Fund’s impact through Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania.

The Community Foundation: Job Posting

Job Posting: Grant and Scholarship Administrator

About Community Foundation of the Dan River Region:  Created in 1996 by a group of caring, forward thinking local civic leaders, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has grown to a robust organization supporting many nonprofit partners in the region. During its 24 years of operation, the Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants and scholarships due to the generosity of its donors.  The Foundation enhances quality of life in our community through grants for basic human services, education and youth development, health and wellness, community development, animal welfare, arts and culture, and environmental initiatives.  Our scholarships have assisted more than 1,100 students with their post-secondary education expenses.  The Foundation’s focus continues to be on making a measurable impact on key community issues.

Mission:  To improve and enrich the lives of people in our community by encouraging the generosity of donors; by receiving, managing and distributing important resources; and by meeting a variety of charitable purposes in our community.

Position Summary/Overview: The Community Foundation is searching for a full-time Grant and Scholarship Administrator to provide programmatic and administrative support for its grant making and scholarship activities, in partnership with the other Foundation staff. The position will ensure the Foundation’s programmatic goals and objectives are achieved with high regard for quality and accuracy.  The Grant and Scholarship Administrator is responsible for three primary areas, with a strong focus on database management:  1) administering grant application processes; 2) managing the Foundation’s scholarship programs; and 3) supporting the Foundation’s special projects and event preparation.  The successful candidate will be a well-organized self-starter and work effectively within a team, fluent in computer applications and comfortable working in multiple databases with a high aptitude for managing data integrity. 

Specific Job Expectations, Skills, and Requirements

Grant and Scholarship Duties:

  • Review and qualify grant proposals through written and online materials, site visits and interviews with other funders and relevant agencies.
  • Prepare and present written and oral analyses of grant and scholarship requests for Foundation staff, Board, donors, and/or committee members.
  • Work directly with grant seekers to provide clarification of Foundation priorities, direction regarding application procedures, and feedback on proposals.
  • Monitor grants, including the production of grant agreements, progress reports, payment requests, and other related correspondence and meetings with grantees.
  • Administer the Foundation’s scholarship program, including the scholarship reception, and visiting with area schools and guidance counselors.
  • Use the Foundation’s Information Management Software (FIMS) and AcademicWorks databases to input, track and maintain grant/scholarship information.

Special Project Duties:

  • Facilitate and collaborate on special events, projects, and publications with other Foundation staff as requested, ensuring a thoughtful and reasonable process, timely preparation and coordination of key activities and materials for committees.

General Foundation Support:

  • Work as a member of multidisciplinary team to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Foundation.
  • Participate in community activities to enhance The Community Foundation operations, as well as those of other area organizations.
  • Work with Foundation donors and prospects to develop its giving programs and provide regular reports on programs the donors have supported.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and/or Executive Director.

Qualifications and Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Fluency in computer applications, including word processing, email, internet browsers, database programs and presentation softwares (such as Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Constant Contact and FIMS) with an aptitude to learn new systems quickly.
  • High regard for quality and accuracy, attention to details, excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to discreetly handle confidential information such as contributions and other related correspondence.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of constituents and communicate effectively both in person and on the telephone, and public speaking. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, board members, donors, grantees, and the public.
  • Strong, professional oral and written communication skills and creativity, especially with a critical thinking approach.
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team as well as assume independent responsibilities. 

Benefits:  The benefits package includes access to Paid Time Off, paid holidays, life, health, vision, and dental insurance. SEP after one year.

To Apply: Please email cover letter stating your interest and resume to Katherine Milam at by August 24, 2020. EOE. 

CFDRR Office

5 CFDRR Announcements

Read more for some exciting announcements regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund donor appreciation, scholarships, new staff, and more! See below for our complete donor appreciation list for the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Coronavirus Relief Fund Challenge Grant Met!

Through generous gifts from individuals, civic organizations, businesses, and foundations, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region fully matched the $100,000 Danville Regional Foundation challenge grant for coronavirus relief this week!
That means we have raised $200,000 for coronavirus relief in our region. We are extremely grateful for the community’s charitable response to this cause!

Raising funds for COVID-19 disaster relief continues to be a high priority of The Community Foundation. Please donate to the Coronavirus Relief Fund as regional needs are substantial, and your monetary support is critical.
To date, CFDRR has awarded six grants totaling $132,800 to organizations to support their COVID-19 relief efforts!

The sixth Coronavirus Relief Fund grant was presented this week to the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation to support COVID-19 relief work of the Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem! Ecosystem partners include the DPC Chamber, The Launch Place, River District Association, Longwood Small Business Development Center, and Danville Community College.

This $50,000 grant will help fill gaps in funding through mini grants for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell Counties that have struggled to access other sources of funding during the COVID-19 crisis.

Grant award presentation to Dr. Alexis Ehrhardt, President and CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce (left) by Mrs. Katherine Milam, Executive Director of The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.
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Coronavirus Relief Fund Update!

CFDRR made the following grants in the food insecurity and rent/utility assistance sectors totaling $82,800 in our first round of distribution last week, and will release grants for the small business and childcare sectors next.
1) City of Danville-Department of Social Services ($15,000)Purpose: to assist individuals/families in the City of Danville affected by COVID-19 through the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program
2) God’s Storehouse ($9,800)Purpose: to purchase gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray/wipes for volunteers, to purchase and install plexiglass shields for all desks, and to purchase meat and bread for food distribution program
3) Pittsylvania County Community Action ($20,000)Purpose: to help with rent and utility assistance for citizens living in Pittsylvania County
4) Caswell County Senior Services ($26,000) Purpose: to help cover at least one month’s cost of meals for senior citizens in Caswell County
5) Caswell County-Department of Social Services ($12,000)Purpose: to support the Crisis Intervention Program’s COVID-19 relief efforts, which assist residents of Caswell County who cannot afford to pay their utility bill