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 kathy@cfdrr.org 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.
Grant Check Poster

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

CFDRR Receives Community Challenge Grant for the Coronavirus Relief Fund!

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) benefitting the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Read More

For every donation made by community members and organizations to the fund by May 31, DRF will match that amount dollar for dollar up to $100,000!

April 2020 E-Newsletter

CFDRR Responds to COVID-19

“While our region manages this crisis, the Foundation’s responsibility is to assist in finding local solutions. The Coronavirus Relief Fund is established so the public can give with the assurance their donations will be granted to organizations providing immediate care to our communities’most vulnerable populations. This Fund is designed to supplement, not replace, resources already in place. The Community Foundation has designed this Fund to be flexible and responsive given the immediacy of this pandemic.”

Katherine Milam, Executive Director of The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

February 2020 E-Newsletter

The Community Foundation Announces $751,000 in New Grants for 2020

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced January 16th a total of $751,325 in new grants to 48 non-profit community agencies at a reception at Ballou Recreation Center. The Community Foundation was incorporated in 1996 and has already returned more than $24 million in community grants and scholarships.

This year’s grants include $250,000 in funding made available by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation.

Many of the grants were awarded from The Community Impact Fund, which is made up of the following unrestricted funds: James Russell Anderson and Zora Carter Anderson Endowment Fund, Buck- Wayland Fund, Faith Home Endowment Fund, Clarence L. Giles Fund, Harry Melton Hood Fund, Elizabeth (Betty) W. Jefferson Fund, D. Webster, Jr., and Elizabeth S. Marshall Fund, Doug Massey Fund, James A. and Anne V. Robertson Fund, Barbara H. Sater and Herbert W. Sater Memorial Fund, and John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund.

            The following 48 grants were awarded from the named fund(s) for the purpose described.

American Red Cross of Blue Ridge Virginia ($10,500) to purchase 15 cutting-edge blood scales (Community Impact Fund)

Big Brothers Big Sisters ($5,000) to recruit and train new volunteers (Community Impact Fund)

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area ($7,500) to support the implementation of the Career Readiness & Exploration Initiative (Faye Carter Fund)

Caswell Cancer Resource Fund ($21,250) to extend supportive services to residents of Caswell County who have been diagnosed with cancer (Community Impact Fund)

Caswell County Parish ($25,000) to assist families who are in danger of having their electrical service terminated due to inability to pay the bill (Community Impact Fund)

Caswell County Partnership for Children ($3,275) to provide children in the Raising-A-Reader program with twelve books to build their home libraries (Gamewood Technology Fund)

Community Improvement Council, Head Start ($4,500) for social-emotional curriculum and therapeutic day treatment materials (Faye Carter Fund)

Dan River Nonprofit Network ($8,000) to offer ALIGN9, a new and innovative program designed to align skilled service providers with nine Dan River Region nonprofits in need of their talents (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Area Humane Society ($1,500) to enhance the security system (Community Impact Fund)

Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services ($13,000) to help law enforcement professionals overcome the personal and professional internal assaults they experience during their careers in law enforcement (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Science Center ($8,000) to upgrade technology within the Digital Dome (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

Danville Social Services ($50,000) to support the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Speech and Hearing Center ($27,000) to provide speech language pathology services to adults and children who are underinsured and unable to afford services (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

Danville Symphony Orchestra ($3,500) to defray a portion of the expenses to present four free orchestral concerts for the Dan River Region (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

Fairview United Methodist Church ($16,000) to support their Backpack Program (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

The First Tee of Danville ($12,000) to help provide full programming scholarships to participants during the spring and fall seasons (Community Impact Fund)

Friends of the Danville Public Library ($8,000) to support programming and outreach (Community Impact Fund)

HAVEN of the Dan River Region ($7,000) to contract with a local website developer to create a website for HAVEN (Community Impact Fund)

House of Hope ($25,000) for crucial roof renovations to ensure the safety and comfort of the guests and long-term tenant (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

Just Kids Child Development Center ($8,000) to purchase developmentally appropriate toys and materials for the two centers (Community Impact Fund; Faye Carter Fund)

Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia ($20,000) to grant at least four life-changing wishes in Danville and Pittsylvania County (Community Impact Fund; Gamewood Technology Fund)

MedAssist of Mecklenburg ($3,500) to purchase lifesaving prescription medications to residents in Caswell County (Community Impact Fund)

Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center ($15,000) to purchase food for the distribution program (Community Impact Fund; W. Earl & Elise M.G. Allen Fund)

Pittsylvania County Department of Public Safety ($10,000) to purchase CR2 AEDs to be placed in high traffic government buildings in Pittsylvania County (Community Impact Fund)

PPL Foundation ($25,000) to renovate Pittsylvania County Public Library’s 3,910 square foot branch library in Gretna (Community Impact Fund)

Providence Fire Rescue ($12,000) to purchase a new fire hose (Community Impact Fund)

Ringgold Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department ($25,000) to purchase five MSA Gil MSA Air Paks with facepieces (Community Impact Fund)

Southside Soccer Club ($18,000) to improve field drainage on the east and west sides of the former Blairs Middle School football field (Community Impact Fund)

Southern Area Agency on Aging ($30,000) to assist in circumstances whereby, unless some intervention is provided to resolve or stabilize a problem(s) or issue(s), an older individual’s safety, security and/or general well-being is at risk (Stratford House Fund)

SPCA of Pittsylvania County ($4,500) to support the spay program and to provide Trap-Neuter-Return services for Pittsylvania County residents who are caring for feral cat colonies (Community Impact Fund; Animal Welfare Fund; Irving H. & Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Welfare Fund)

St. Lukes United Methodist Church ($15,000) to purchase food items to be packed in bags and given to the children for the weekend feeding program (Community Impact Fund)

Virginia Dental Association Foundation ($2,750) to support the DDS program in Danville and Pittsylvania (Community Impact Fund)

Westside Cardinals Youth Football League ($10,000) to purchase football equipment (Community Impact Fund)

Yanceyville Volunteer Fire and Rescue ($24,000) to purchase eight sets of personal protective equipment for firefighters (Community Impact Fund)

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

Casville Volunteer Fire Department ($26,000) to purchase four Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units (Community Impact Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Climax Volunteer Fire Department ($26,000) to purchase four Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units (Community Impact Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Dan River Basin Association ($10,000) to provide Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Trainings in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville Area Choral Arts Society ($3,000) to support the choral concert, Handel’s Messiah (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville Church Based Tutorial Program ($30,000) to build capacity within the academic program using math and reading consultants (Faye Carter Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville Concert Association ($1,750) to support the fourth performance of the season, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville Life Saving Crew ($30,000) to replace the Medivac helicopter-landing pad built at the Danville Life Saving Crew (Community Impact Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville Neighborhood Development Corporation ($25,000) to help elderly, veteran, disabled, and low-income homeowners in Danville make needed improvements to their homes’ exteriors (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association ($45,000) to assist clients with cancer-related prescriptions (Community Impact Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity ($25,000) to build a decent, safe and affordable home for Crystal DeShazor and her three children (Ahmed Childrens Fund; Daniel Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

God’s Storehouse ($15,000) to purchase food for the weekend feeding program at the following schools: Woodberry Hills, Gibson, GLH Johnson, Schoolfield, Woodrow Wilson and Headstart (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Grace-A-Lot ($1,800) for new undergarments for men, women, boys and girls  (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Pelham Volunteer Fire Department ($17,000) to replace up to eight sets of outdated turnout gear worn by personnel while responding to fires and motor vehicle accidents (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Prospect Hill Volunteer Fire Department ($17,000) for a Rescue 42 Truck Kit, Rescue 42 Strut Jack and a SP 777E2 Spreader (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

*Donor advised and designated fund grants are made throughout the year. For a listing of those grants, please refer to the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Annual Report, which is available on The Community Foundations website, www.cfdrr.org.

The Community Foundation’s next grant cycle will begin in June for projects to be funded in 2021.

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 and www.cfdrr.org.