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.
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
“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
The Community Foundation of the Dan
River Region announced January 16th a total of $751,325in
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.
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 (CommunityImpactFund)
Big Brothers Big Sisters ($5,000) to recruit and train new volunteers (CommunityImpactFund)
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area ($7,500) to support the implementation of the Career
Readiness & Exploration Initiative (Faye CarterFund)
Caswell Cancer Resource
Fund($21,250) to extend supportive
services to residents of Caswell County who have been diagnosed with cancer (Community
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
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)
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 (CommunityImpactFund)
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 (CommunityImpactFund)
Danville Science Center($8,000) to upgrade technology within the Digital Dome (CommunityImpactFund; Daniel Fund)
Danville Social Services($50,000) to support the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program (CommunityImpactFund)
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 (CommunityImpactFund; Daniel Fund)
Orchestra($3,500) to defray a portion of the
expenses to present four free orchestral concerts for the Dan River Region (CommunityImpactFund; Daniel Fund)
Fairview United Methodist
Church($16,000) to support their Backpack Program (CommunityImpactFund; Daniel Fund)
The First Tee of Danville($12,000) to help provide full programming scholarships to
participants during the spring and fall seasons (CommunityImpactFund)
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 (CommunityImpactFund)
House of Hope ($25,000) for crucial roof
renovations to ensure the safety and comfort of the guests and long-term tenant
(CommunityImpactFund; Daniel Fund)
Just Kids Child
Development Center($8,000) to purchase
developmentally appropriate toys and materials for the two centers (CommunityImpactFund; Faye Carter Fund)
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)
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 (CommunityImpactFund)
PPL Foundation($25,000) to renovate Pittsylvania County Public Library’s 3,910 square foot branch library in Gretna (CommunityImpactFund)
Providence Fire Rescue ($12,000) to purchase a new fire hose (CommunityImpactFund)
Ringgold Volunteer Fire
& Rescue Department($25,000) to purchase five MSA Gil
MSA Air Paks with facepieces (CommunityImpactFund)
Southside Soccer Club($18,000) to improve field drainage on the east and west sides of
the former Blairs Middle School football field (CommunityImpactFund)
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 (CommunityImpactFund; Animal Welfare Fund;
Irving H. & Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Welfare Fund)
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church ($15,000) to purchase food items to be packed in bags and
given to the children for the weekend feeding program (CommunityImpactFund)
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 (CommunityImpactFund)
Yanceyville Volunteer Fire and Rescue ($24,000) to purchase eight sets of personal protective
equipment for firefighters (CommunityImpactFund)
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
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
Danville Concert Association($1,750) to support the
fourth performance of the season, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Danville Regional Foundation
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)
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)
County Habitat for Humanity ($25,000) to build a decent,
safe and affordable home for Crystal DeShazor and her three children (Ahmed Children’s 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
for new undergarments for men, women, boys and girls (Danville Regional Foundation
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)
Volunteer Fire Department ($17,000) for a Rescue 42 Truck
Kit, Rescue 42 Strut Jack and a SP 777E2 Spreader (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
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
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.
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 23
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
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
Services Manager supports the development initiatives of The Community
Foundation. He/she assists with
development and donor services communication including donor cultivation,
solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship.
This person has a significant role in office management, ensuring
accurate record keeping and reporting for the Foundation. The position supports special projects and
Expectations, Skills and Requirements
Development & Donor Services Responsibilities
• Coordinate electronic and hard copy fund holder communication, including donor reports, fund statements and special recognitions.
• Assist with planning and execution of
Foundation special projects and events.
• Plan and execute mailings to donors,
prospective donors and professional advisors.
and complete paperwork necessary to capture vital information about newly
established funds and new and current donors.
• Update and maintain donor database
• Maintain current policies and
quick responses with a target of one-to-two working business day turn-around
(or less) on all prospective donor inquiries.
• Implement special projects as identified
by the Executive Director.
Office Management Responsibilities
all donation entries including checks, stock contributions, online gifts and
fund transfers. Create daily financial packet and deliver deposit to financial
• Process all accounts and grants
payments and maintain respective files.
• Monitor equipment, coordinate
maintenance, and oversee opening and closing office.
Board and other Foundation Committee meetings logistics and documentation.
• Coordinate repairs and service calls
• Maintain an inventory of and
procurement of office supplies.
• Process hand-signed outgoing letters
donors, Board members, grantees, Professional Advisors, and the general public
in a courteous, helpful, and respectful manner.
• College degree preferred.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and
• Experience with Blackbaud – FIMS.
• Strong organizational skills, detail
oriented and a self-starter.
• Strong oral and written communication
to work successfully as part of a team as well as assume independent
• Experience with donor service or
• Nonprofit foundation experience
General Foundation Support
in community activities to enhance The Community Foundation operations, as well
as those of the field.
with Foundation donors and prospects to develop their giving programs and
provide regular reports on programs the donors have supported.
as a member of the multidisciplinary team to ensure the effective and efficient
operations of the Foundation.
• Other duties as assigned by the
cover letter describing why this role is aligned to your background, skills,
are to be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day, Wednesday, February
will be requested from final candidates
experience. Benefits include
comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, retirement contributions,
holiday, sick and vacation leave.
The Community Foundation is an Equal
– The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region celebrated continued growth,
and highlighted recent accomplishments at its Appreciation Luncheon, held
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.
Community Foundation’s mission is 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.
Executive Director, welcomed the 154 donors in attendance stating: “Today, we honor steadfast donors, who over
the past 23 years have established the Community Foundation as a strong
philanthropic organization of tremendous benefit to our region. Through the
important tradition of giving, we are building a foundation for future
generations! Our capacity to give
significant scholarships and grants, positively affecting numerous students and
nonprofit organizations, is a direct result of your loyal support. The Community Foundation is very grateful to
its more than 5,000 donors.” Donors may establish their own endowment fund to
support particular areas of interest or may make unrestricted gifts to any
Atkinson, Community Foundation Board President, acknowledged with gratitude,
luncheon sponsors, Foundation Board Members, and staff. Treasurer, Richard Jones, reported that
thanks to strong donor support, The Community Foundation of the Dan River
Region’s assets total $37,597,500 as of June 30, 2019.
Foundation’s community impact highlights for Fiscal Year 2019 include:
a) Receiving gifts totaling $893,160 from
b) Awarding scholarships of more than
$218,440 to 100 students
c) Awarding 194 grants totaling $1,106,094
to area organizations
d) Convening a quarterly Funders Forum for
e) Hosting continuing education for area
f) Receiving the 6,470th brick engraving
order for the Veterans’ Memorial
g) Receiving 180 gifts for animal welfare
and in memory of beloved pets
h) Establishing 13 new funds during the period
July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.
R. Blackwell and Virginia M. Blackwell Scholarship Fund
and Shelley Blackwell Fund
Family Medical Center Endowment Fund
Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine Alliance Scholarship Fund
L. Dodson Fund
Manning Farmer Scholarship Fund
Education Open/5K Fund
A. Grekos Scholarship Fund
and Charley Majors Fund
Brooks Powell, Jr. Police Community Engagement Fund
Rotary Endowment Fund
N. Whitt Agricultural Enterprise & Educational Fund
recipient, Melinda Espinoza, spoke with gratitude about the impact of the Roy
L. and Mary G. Doss Scholarship Fund on her ability to attend and graduate from
the University of Virginia. Donor, Eddie
Herndon, described the purpose of the Morotock Arts & Cultural Fund, encouraging
donor support for this fund, which makes annual grants to several regional arts
related organizations. Evelyn Riley,
Executive Director of the Dan River Nonprofit Network, gave a presentation that
increased awareness of the work of the Nonprofit Network and the benefits of
nonprofits working collaboratively.
information, contact the Community Foundation at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA
24541, (434) 793-0884 or visit their web site www.cfdrr.org.