Dan River Area Community Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary | New
DANVILLE, Virginia – Twenty-five years is a milestone in the life of the Dan River Area Community Foundation. To commemorate, the foundation celebrated with an open house on Friday September 10 at its office at 541 Loyal Street.
Fifty-eight guests attended, including past and current Board members, donors, grantees and staff.
Founded in 1996, the foundation continues to grow and prosper. Continued growth increases the foundation’s ability to return funds to our region through grants and scholarships. The foundation recently achieved the goal of reaching over $ 50 million in assets.
The vision that drove the foundation’s early expansion holds firm today and propels the foundation into the future. The vision of the foundation is to recognize the needs and provide resources to improve the quality of life in the community and meet the wishes of its donors.
The Foundation’s staff and board of directors are dedicated to its mission of improving and enriching the lives of people in the community by encouraging the generosity of donors; by receiving, managing and distributing important resources; and serving various charitable purposes in other communities.
Staff work closely with donors to help them achieve their unique charitable goals. Donors have always been and will continue to be the backbone of the foundation. They are an important part of the foundation’s success. Thanks to its donors, the foundation now houses 152 different endowment funds, including 59 endowment grants.
The foundation’s board of directors continually demonstrates the most effective management of donor donations. Likewise, the Board of Directors strives to distribute grants and scholarships with the greatest care and diligence in order to improve the quality of life in the region.
Part of what makes the community foundation special is that its assets are made up of donations from a very diverse group of people who care about the future of this region and its citizens. Continually striving to improve this diversity and to ensure that the foundation is accessible to all in the community who wish to leave a legacy that will improve the quality of life here is an important goal. The Foundation’s motto is “Give where you live!” “
Donations to the foundation have an impact in many ways. The scope of the foundation through grants and scholarships is very extensive, with an emphasis on the following eight areas: emergency preparedness, scholarships, community development, health and wellness, social services, education and youth development, animal services and arts and culture.
Last year, the foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $ 1.4 million. Over the past 25 years, the foundation has awarded more than $ 26.9 million in grants and scholarships.
The foundation has a small staff of three and a half: Krystal Davis, administrator of grants and scholarships; Cullen Libby, Manager of Donor Services; Kendra Floyd, part-time accountant; and Katherine Milam, Executive Director.
The success of the foundation is in large part due to stable and strong leadership over the past 25 years. Estate planning attorney Whitt Clement was the “founding father” with great support from Charles Womack, a local entrepreneur; Sammy Saunders was initially involved as a “founding treasurer”. Bob Wiles was the first part-time executive director; then, Debra Dodson became the first full-time CEO in 1999. Debra retired in 2019.
A printed timeline of the Foundation’s first 25 years is available at the Loyal Street office and online at www.cfdrr.org.
The celebration included words of gratitude and impact from Katherine Milam, Executive Director; Richard Camp, Vice[Resident;RodneyReynoldsPresident;RubyHovattereducatriceanddonatrice;PeterHowardFormerPresidentandmemberofLegacySociety;andPatDanielsexecutiveDirectorofGrandsFrèresandGrandesSisters[resident;RodneyReynoldsimmediatepastovatteDigoratedSociatoryBabyBacySexandpastoratedSociatoryBacyBacyBySexandsexandpastoratedSociatorYBacyBacyBacySociatedBigorSociator&sexyBacyBardacyBabySocietyBigoracyBacy[résident;RodneyReynoldsprésidentsortant;RubyHovatteréducatriceetdonatrice;PeterHowardancienprésidentetmembredelaLegacySociety;etPatDanielsdirecteurexécutifdeGrandsFrèresetGrandesSœurs[resident;RodneyReynoldsimmediatepastpresident;RubyHovattereducatoranddonor;PeterHowardpastpresidentandLegacySocietymember;andPatDanielsexecutivedirectorofBigBrothers&BigSisters
Several other guests expressed their appreciation for the support and partnership with the foundation. Additionally, a few donors shared the personal stories that inspired their donations.
As a special way of saying “thank you,” the foundation held a surprise raffle to give a local non-profit organization the unexpected boost of a $ 2,500 grant. This is an important part of the 25th anniversary celebration, in recognition of the nonprofits that are so vital in helping the foundation connect donors to resources and causes important to them and the community.
Congratulations were offered to the Virginia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, serving Danville-Pittsylvania County, the winner of the $ 2,500 grant.
The foundation is currently running a 25th anniversary fundraising campaign with a goal of $ 25,000 by December 31, 2021. To date, $ 13,050 in donations have been received. Donation materials are available at the office at 541 Loyal Street or contributions can be made online at www.cfdrr.org.
Anyone in the community can contribute, to help build momentum for the foundation’s mission.