About

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 of the Dan River Region serves the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County to South Boston/Halifax County, Virginia, and Caswell County, North Carolina.

Facts about Community Foundations

  • Community foundations are established to administer a collection of separate funds created by individuals, businesses, and organizations – a community of donors – to enhance the quality of life in a particular geographic area.
  • The Community Foundation is fully tax-exempt as an organization described in Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • The first community foundation was created in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, and operates now as the Cleveland Foundation.

  • Every continent but Antarctica has a community foundation, and it is estimated that there are at least 1,200 community foundations outside of the United States and Canada.

  • As of 2020, there were over 900 community foundations in the United States. With the addition of affiliate community foundations that serve typically rural geographies, there are over 1,400 communities being served by a community foundation in the United States.

  • Total giving by community foundations in 2015 was nearly $7 billion. Community foundations in California gave the most, with total giving by community foundations in the state totaling nearly 1.5 billion dollars.

  • Nearly every type of gift, from cash to real estate to bitcoin to stock, can be donated to a community foundation.

Our Vision

To recognize needs and provide resources to improve the quality of life in our community and to serve the wishes of our donors.

Our 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.   Hear this 5-minute overview of The Community Foundation by our former Executive Director, Debra Dodson.

WBTM 8-6-12 Interview (Audio)