2022 Annual Report


Harnessing Networks & Jumpstarting Nonprofits By harnessing the power of our networks and initiatives fueled by the Fund for the NRV, the CFNRV finds ways to address the challenges brought on by the pandemic as well as the issues that nonprofits routinely face. Through First Steps, our network focused on childcare and early childhood education, our team has known for a long time that families in our region struggle to find childcare and centers struggle to offer competitive pay. Alongside our partners, the foundation recently secured $1.15 million in American Rescue Plan funds from the Town of Blacksburg to pilot a program that strengthens and expands the childcare workforce. Part of the role these networks play is identifying needs and sharing information. Through our NRV Thrive network, we work with partners addressing food security and food access. This network created the NRV Food Assistance Directory to help community members better understand what food pantries and feeding programs are available to them. Similarly, our Aging in Community network shares information about the many programs serving older adults through a workshop series called “Serving Seniors”. This year, we are working with Network for Good, a national organization that focuses on developing nonprofit leaders, to offer a more focused and intensive experience called Jumpstart to six nonprofits: Habitat for Humanity of the NRV, InStill Mindfulness, NRV CARES, NRV Disability Resource Center, Summer Musical Enterprise, and the YMCA at Virginia Tech. This yearlong experience pairs nonprofit leaders with one-on-one coaches to help them bring their fundraising strategy to the next level. The leaders also have opportunities to learn from one another and access a variety of resources offered by Network for Good.

“It has been really helpful to have the guidance from the fundraising coach,” said Andi Golusky, Executive Director of NRV CARES. “Her support has helped reinforce my gut instincts concerning fundraising as well as being provided with new insights and creative ideas to implement for fundraisers and donor communications. I would highly recommend this program.” Through these vital networks, the Community Foundation will continue to listen to and learn from our nonprofits to make sure we are providing the types of programs and support they need. To learn more about our networks and initiatives, please visit cfnrv.org/partnerships-initiatives/. The NRV Disability Resource Center is a 2021 Responsive Grant recipient and 2022 Jumpstart participant.

Photo courtesy of NRV Disability Resource Center


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