Annual Report


MISSION To invest in our community, now and for future generations, by encouraging charitable giving, supporting innovative programs, and nurturing collaboration.

Cover photos courtesy of Special Olympics Virginia, Sustain Floyd, and Wilsie Photography


A Letter from Jessica Wirgau, Chief Executive Officer

Like so many of my colleagues in the nonprofit community, I have been reflecting on this extraordinary year and what it means for the Community Foundation and those we serve. I have been fortunate during my time at the CFNRV to have mentors both within and outside of the organization who have taught me about the right pace for change. That is, when to push folks outside of their comfort zone, and when to slow down and give everyone some time to breathe. COVID-19 forced us all to confront change in new ways by asking us to make rapid changes while being patient with our coworkers, our loved ones, and our broader community during a period of collective trauma. At the CFNRV, we made some quick and decisive changes to our programs in response to feedback from both nonprofits and donors. We awarded only operating grants in 2020 through both the COVID-19 and Responsive Grant programs. We streamlined those applications and updated our review practices so we could get that money into the hands of NRV nonprofits as quickly as possible, while ensuring good financial stewardship. We moved our Third Thursday sessions for nonprofit leaders online, and we planned each session with the latest on the pandemic in mind, whether it be applying for Pension Protection Program money, navigating mental and emotional health concerns, or reopening during the vaccine rollout. Many businesses and nonprofits grew at least somewhat comfortable with making rapid decisions in such an uncertain time. Yet, we also learned the value of slowing down. The CFNRV provides leadership for several collaborative initiatives focused on early childhood education, health, and food access. As we transitioned these monthly

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meetings online, we assumed that the programs and events would largely continue at the same pace, just in a virtual format. We soon learned the folly of that assumption. Each initiative has done amazing work over the last year – hosting sessions on navigating virtual learning and developing a directory of summer feeding programs, among many others. But we also needed to tend to what makes these collaborations so very successful: the people and the relationships we build to serve our region. Sometimes that meant backing off. We skipped some meetings, gave ourselves more time to plan events, or scaled back our ambitions, knowing that everyone was doing the best they could. I am convinced that by showing one another patience and grace, we accomplished more and strengthened the relationships that make our initiatives successful and our region resilient. I invite you to read about these accomplishments – both quick and gradual – in this annual report, and I thank the donors, nonprofit leaders, volunteers, and community members who make all of this work possible.


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2020-2021 CORPORATE DONORS AND PARTNERS New River Valley businesses provide essential support to the Community Foundation. Their cash and in-kind contributions underwrite our community events, leadership development programs, and regional initiatives, including the Annual GiveLocalNRV Online Giving Day.

$5,000 and above Atlantic Union Bank Carilion New River Valley Medical Center National Bank $1,000 to $4,999 Carter Bank & Trust Eastern Divide Brewing Company Freedom First Credit Union First Bank & Trust Company HHHunt Member One Federal Credit Union Meridian Bird Removal Olio Financial Planning The Maroon Door/Off the Mall Brewing Truist Up to $999 AARP Blacksburg Chapter Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P. Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. Virginia Community Capital Media and In-Kind Event Sponsors New River Computing New River Valley Magazine

Jim McAlister of First Bank and Trust, a GiveLocalNRV sponsor, presents a grant to the YMCA of Virginia Tech for the most money raised by a large organization during the Annual Online Giving Day.



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GiveLocalNRV Raises Over a Half a Million Dollars During Annual Giving Day GiveLocalNRV held its 8th Annual Online Giving Day on June 23rd. As we are coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nonprofit organizations are still working differently than they were before. Yet, they continue to serve the community and tell their stories in innovative ways. GiveLocalNRV, an online giving platform created by the CFNRV, provides an avenue for organizations to share their impact and raise money for their programs, and 2021 was our most successful giving day to date. Since launching the giving day in 2014, GiveLocalNRV has helped nonprofits raise over $2.1 million!

CFNRV staff members (left to right) Laura Pynn, Jessica Wirgau, and Ashley Ege celebrate the 8th Annual GiveLocalNRV Online Giving Day on June 23, 2021.

“The WRC is honored to be chosen as the video winner this year. GiveLocalNRV is a wonderful reminder that while the needs of our neighbors are great, so too is the generosity of our community. The clients of the WRC and so many other worthy and valuable programs benefit from the coalescing of support on days like GiveLocal!”



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Laura Beth Weaver Executive Director Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley


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The Wilderness Road Regional Museum was on the CFNRV’s 2020 Responsive Grant Recipients.

Like so many organizations, the CFNRV made changes to its programs to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including streamlining the grant application process and awarding only operating funds in 2020. Both the COVID-19 and Responsive Grant Programs were simplified, with nonprofits receiving up to $4,000 in operating support to provide maximum flexibility during an unpredictable time. The CFNRV also grew the number of grants awarded and shared with the broader community what the staff was hearing from nonprofits in need. In fall 2020, we launched the online Grant Catalog, which allowed both endowed fund holders and members of the general public to read about and contribute to a grant applicant through Making Grant Money More Accessible

an easy online platform. Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Wirgau saw the Grant Catalog as a natural extension of the CFNRV’s work advising donors on the very best ways to give back. “We received many phone calls and emails from community members and civic and religious groups wanting to help nonprofits during the pandemic. They knew that people were struggling, and they wanted to help, but they didn’t always know about the organizations working in our region and what they needed to be successful. The Grant Catalog allowed them to learn needs and to make an easy, online gift.” The public donated an additional $10,000 to nonprofit organizations through the Grant Catalog, and the CFNRV intends to use the system again in 2021.



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Volunteers prepare to distribute food as part of the YMCA at Virginia Tech’s Meals on Main program.

Promoting Summer Food Assistance Programs The pandemic has had a particularly devastating effect on food insecurity in the New River Valley, with virtually all food pantries and feeding programs reporting a substantial increase in clients in 2020. Fortunately, federal, state, and local government funding combined with charitable gifts allowed school systems and nonprofits to relax eligibility requirements and to respond quickly to the increased need. NRV Thrive, a network of dozens of food assistance organizations convened by the CFNRV, stepped up

its communication efforts to promote these summer feeding programs and to share resources among network members. It published the 2020 Summer Feeding for Children guide, which provided detailed information on food distribution times and locations from area school systems and nonprofit organizations. It also strengthened connections between food providers and created a simple listserv that allowed food pantries to share food and supplies with other partners. Finally, the network recently updated its NRV Food Assistance Directory to provide updated information on the eligibility requirements, items offered, and program details of the region’s more than fifty food assistance agencies.

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honored to have received one of the scholarships! Thank you so much, CFNRV!” Emi will use the scholarship to attend the University of Virginia to study biomedical sciences. The BHS National Honor Society Legacy Scholarship was established in 2015, and members of the National Honor Society at Blacksburg High School have raised money to endow and grow the fund over time. The scholarship benefits a student with strong academic achievement, a strong track record of leadership and service to the school and/or community, and a strong desire to continue that level of service during college. Katherine Lynde, an English teacher at BHS and National Honor Society Sponsor, sees the relationship with the CFNRV as an important way to support graduating BHS students. “When the Blacksburg High School National Honor Society officers and sponsors decided to create and build an endowed scholarship fund almost a decade ago, we immediately sought the assistance of the CFNRV; we have been so happy that we did. After successfully raising the required balance through various fundraising events, our organization is now proud to say we provide ongoing annual scholarships to graduating Blacksburg High School students, and CFNRV manages the fund for us, solicits scholarship applications, and selects recipients based on our specific criteria. It’s been an absolutely fantastic partnership!” The CFNRV has awarded over $850,000 in scholarships since 2002, with new scholarship funds added each year. For more information about establishing a scholarship fund or applying for a scholarship, visit

Since 2002, the CFNRV has awarded scholarships to more than 760 New River Valley students pursuing higher education, many of whom have received support throughout their two or four years of college education. 2021 was another record year of scholarship awards with a total of $117,738 given to 78 students. Of these, 21% of recipients are first generation college students and 29% qualify for a Pell Grant. Many recipients will attend Virginia Tech, New River Community College, and Radford University, while others will pursue degrees at colleges such as Brown University, James Madison University, Princeton University, the College of William and Mary, and Johns Hopkins University, among many others. Donors, recipients, and their families were able to celebrate this year at a Scholarship Awards Picnic held at Bissett Park in Radford, the first in-person event held by the CFNRV since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Emi Miyazaki attended the picnic with her family and expressed her gratitude for receiving the BHS National Honor Society Legacy Scholarship, “I’m so grateful that the Community Foundation of the NRV gave me this opportunity to apply for such wonderful scholarships; it was really simple to apply, and I’m Emi Miyazaki received the 2021 BHS National Honor Society Legacy Scholarship to attend the University of Virginia.

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FOCUSING ON THE MISSION, NOT THE STRESS Bauers-Wall Foundation Transitions to the CFNRV

Kamala Bauers and Jack Wall are well known in Floyd County. Their business ventures - the Hotel Floyd, the Floyd EcoVillage, and the 100% employee-owned Wall Residences, have been fixtures in the county for many years. But they are just as admired for their work with multiple nonprofit organizations, both as volunteers and as financial supporters. They created the Bauers-Wall

Foundation - a private, family foundation - about nine years ago as a way to support Floyd nonprofits and to instill in their adult children the importance of giving back to the community. “We began our business interests in Floyd County and have benefited from all Floyd County has to offer – we are blessed by the beauty of the place and its people. We are highly committed to Floyd County and wish for the community to benefit from these funds, long after we’re gone.” The Bauers-Wall Foundation supports the mission of several Floyd County nonprofits working in areas such as education, food access, and community development. While the family believes deeply in the work of all the agencies they support, they are particularly proud of their impact through The Partnership for Floyd. “This organization is supported by a small group of committed members who are really making a difference on a shoe string budget. This organization has been responsible for applying for historical designation for a portion of the town of Floyd, assisting with a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) application, writing a planning grant for new sidewalks, building a community stage at the town park, and building several trails. The existence of this organization, which quietly gets a lot done, has changed the quality of life for the residents of Floyd County and many don’t even know it exists! The Bauers- Wall Foundation has made a small grant to this effective organization annually.” Jack, Kamala, and their children have enjoyed seeing the direct impact of their giving, but completing all of the compliance paperwork to maintain their family foundation proved cumbersome and took focus away from their mission. Kamala was familiar with the Community Foundation from her early days with Head Start, “I first learned of the CFNRV through Andy Morikawa (Executive Director of the CFNRV from 1997- 2010). I was a family service worker for Head Start when Andy was then the Director of New River Community Action – I watched his career fairly closely, as he is an inspiring person. I also had the opportunity to apply for

Jack Wall and Kamala Bauers recently converted the Bauers- Wall Foundation, a private family foundation, to a donor advised fund at the CFNRV.



Photo courtesy of Jack Wall and Kamala Bauers

CFNRV grants along the way in various roles as a volunteer with non-profits.” As Kamala transitioned in her career, she continued to follow the Foundation’s development and benefitted from its programs for nonprofit leaders, “The education to the non-profit community through the CFNRV is phenomenal, and I personally learned how to write grants, and how to be a more effective board member through the education provided.” Based on these experiences, Jack and Kamala approached the staff in early 2021 about transitioning the Bauers- Wall Foundation to a donor-advised fund managed by the CFNRV. The model includes many of the benefits of a private foundation without the hassle of annual reporting or compliance with complex regulations. The family can continue to support their favorite Floyd County nonprofits by recommending the specific organizations and projects they would like to fund, while turning the administrative burden over to the CFNRV. They dissolved their family foundation this spring, and look forward to working in partnership with the CFNRV to continue their giving in a decidedly less stressful way. “We decided to ask the CFNRV to manage these funds, ultimately, to alleviate the stress of making sure all compliance documents were completed timely, while still completing the mission. After having done this both ways, we would recommend the Community Foundation route. The Community Foundation has knowledgeable, and trustworthy, ethical staff – we trust that CFNRV will be in existence far into the future.” For more information on donor-advised funds and/or transitioning a private family foundation, contact the CFNRV staff at 540- 381-8999 or email

The Bauers-Wall Foundation has long supported the Partnership for Floyd.

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WE ARE THE FRONTLINE First Steps Helps Caregivers and Families Navigate COVID-19

Katie Thompson and her daughters celebrate at the Radford Early Learning Center during an Early Childhood Champion Awards watch party.

In July 2020, Senator Tim Kaine visited the New River Valley to hear from early educators, healthcare workers, and parents about the desperate need for childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFNRV provides leadership for First Steps, a network of individuals and organizations supporting young children and families. With this in mind, Senator Kaine’s office approached the CFNRV about convening the July discussion, and the staff invited about twenty participants to speak to the senator about “how childcare is supporting frontline workers during the pandemic.” While grateful for the opportunity to share their insight and expertise, Katie Thompson, Director of the Radford Early Learning Center, summed up the

sentiment of many childcare providers in attendance when sharing, “We are not just here to support frontline workers. We are the frontline.” Thompson is among the hundreds of NRV early educators and humans service providers who have worked tirelessly to support children, families, and employers during the pandemic. They have also given their time and talent to First Steps, seeing the network as a critical way to share information and to advocate for childcare and support services as essential to the region’s economic well-being. Throughout the pandemic, the relationships that First Steps has fostered proved vital.



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Serving as a Regional Hub In addition to its own programs, First Steps has been a valuable resource to other community leaders looking to access childcare and social service providers. First Steps members helped to design the grant program administered by Montgomery County and the Towns of Christiansburg and Blacksburg to distribute CARES money to childcare providers. First Steps also helped the NRV Public Health Task Force to reach out to childcare providers when the COVID-19 vaccine first became available. Officials appreciated the ability to access expertise quickly, and to disseminate information through a pre-existing network. Celebrating Early Childhood Champions Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Steps network wrestled with how to raise the profile of the early care and education workforce. They provide essential services to families and bring a wealth of professional training and experience to a field that is too often unappreciated and underpaid. The pandemic only sharpened the focus on their heroic efforts. To recognize them, First Steps created the Early Childhood Champion Awards. The program is an extension of the awards previously administered by the Alliance for Better Childcare Strategies. The new program recognizes extraordinary teachers, human service providers, healthcare providers, and advocates who work to meet the needs of young children and their families. In 2021, 19 individuals or teams were nominated, and small cash prizes were awarded to five, including three honorees – Karen Gallagher of the Virginia Tech Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Sarah Nucci of Wonder Universe, and Kim Wasil of North Blacksburg Kindercare. Elizabeth Foster, one of the founders of Valley Interfaith Child Care Center, was honored as the runner up, and Leslie Blevins Graham, lead preschool teacher at Imagination Station in Pearisburg, was selected as the 2021 NRV Early Childhood Champion. The awards will be offered annually with nominations solicited each spring. More information about the 2021 nominees and award winners can be found at

NRV CARES is active with the First Steps network and a Responsive Grant recipient.

Navigating Unchartered Territory Together Since 2018, First Steps has held “Meet Yourself” sessions across the NRV. Organizations working in early childhood education and development share information about their programs and network with others to improve referrals and spur collaboration. During COVID, First Steps launched a virtual series featuring experts in areas like mental health, accessing federal childcare funding, and navigating virtual learning. Speakers shared resources and discussed how they as both parents and professionals were working through the challenges of the pandemic. Network members also meet monthly as part of the Common Voice work group to share funding and policy updates at the state and federal level. Kim Thomason, Program Manager for Early Childhood Education at Virginia Tech, has been a longtime member of First Steps and has been involved in advocating for childcare at the regional and state levels. She shares, “The connections and partnerships formed through First Steps give additional opportunities for the needs of families and children to be met. It is a place where partners can express their passion and concerns while moving forward with a collective goal of “the next best step”. I always walk away with more than I came with and for this I am grateful to the First Steps community.”

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Local Knowledge for Local Impact The CFNRV is dedicated to ensuring that your gift has the greatest positive impact right here in the New River Valley. Our professional staff has extensive knowledge of regional needs and the innovative programs and organizations meeting those needs. They can help you to find the causes that appeal to you and ensure that your gift truly makes a difference.


Donor Engagement We encourage all of our donors to be actively involved in our work. We provide you with timely, accurate information about your fund; invite feedback on grant and scholarship applications; and offer opportunities throughout the year for you to meet the people and organizations that you support.


Variety The CFNRV offers many different ways to make an impact with your charitable gift, including: • Starting an endowed fund based on your unique charitable interest. • Contributing to one of over 200 existing endowments supporting scholarships and grants in a variety of issue areas. • Maximizing your impact through the Fund for the NRV, which is focused on helping organizations work together to meet regional needs. Prudent Financial Management The CFNRV entrusts its assets to locally-based, professional money managers who believe in our mission and help us to sustain our endowed funds in perpetuity. Our managers include: Atlantic Union Bank • First Trust & Wealth Management • National Bank Wells Fargo Advisors • Olio Financial Planning







Bequest You may start a fund or give to an existing fund through a bequest in your will. Some donors designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of their estate. Others simply leave the residue of their estate to the CFNRV. The CFNRV staff is happy to provide you and your estate planning advisors with sample bequest language. Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) A CRT provides you with a lifetime income to yourself, your spouse, or other beneficiary while designating the principal of the trust to the CFNRV upon your death. This principal can be used to create a new endowed fund in your name or support an existing fund at the CFNRV. Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) A CLT allows you to provide support to the CFNRV through annual payments from the trust’s income for a period of years. These payments can be allocated to an endowed fund you establish or to another existing fund at the CFNRV. Upon the termination of the trust, the principal goes to designated beneficiaries such as family members. Private Foundation Transfer Administering and making grants from a private foundation can become burdensome for its trustees. Trustees can elect to transfer the assets of a private foundation to the CFNRV to establish an endowed fund carrying the same name and purpose as the private foundation. Trustees can continue to serve as advisors to the fund without the cumbersome administrative responsibilities.


Cash You can make an immediate, tax-deductible gift via cash, check, or credit card to establish a fund or support an existing fund at the CFNRV. Simply make your check out to the CFNRV and designate a specific fund in the memo line, or go to and click on “Give Now” to make a secure online gift. Appreciated Securities The CFNRV has extensive experience handling non-cash gifts, including appreciated securities. When you transfer ownership of securities to the CFNRV, you avoid capital gain on the appreciation and enjoy the full tax benefits of contributing to a public charity.


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DESIGNATED / AGENCY FUNDS Designated or agency funds support specific agencies identified by the donor. Many organizations also establish endowed funds with the CFNRV to provide a long-term source of funding meeting their unique

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Administrative Endowment Fund (Miles C. and Ruth C. Horton, Jr.)

Brickey Family Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department Fund Supports the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department. Brickey Family Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Fund Supports the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad. Community Health Center of the New River Valley Endowment Fund (Formerly the Free Clinic of the New River Valley) Supports the mission of the Community Health Center of the New River Valley. Don Michelsen Administrative Endowment Provides annual funding to meet Community Foundation operational costs with a goal of self-sufficiency. In memory of Don Michelsen, founding board member for the CFNRV.

Supports the mission of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley by supporting administrative expenses. Betty B. Kegley Endowment Supports the mission of the Friends of Pulaski County Library to promote the interests of the Pulaski County Library System and to educate the members and the community about library services. Specifically supports books for children. Blackburg Breakfast Lions Club Endowment Supports the charitable activities of the Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club.



Donald L. and Lois H. Stafford Endowment for the Humane Society of Pulaski County Supports the mission of the Humane Society of Pulaski County to advance the welfare of animals in Pulaski County, Virginia. Ethel C. Flippin Endowment Supports programming carried out by The Friends of Pulaski County Library, which promotes the interests of the Pulaski County Library System. Frank and Shirleigh Marvin Scholarship Fund for the Renaissance Music Academy Supports the mission of the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. Friends of Claytor Lake, Inc. Endowment Fund Supports the mission of the Friends of Claytor Lake. Supports the Hale Community Garden, a community garden located in Blacksburg, Virginia and managed by Live, Work, Eat, Grow, Inc. Jim and Janet Johnson Band Scholarship Supports enhancing the musical skills and music appreciation of band students at Blacksburg High School. John and Mary Jean Brown Fund Supports the Access to Community College Education (ACCE) program at New River Community College for Montgomery County students. Lindsay B. West Administrative Endowment Supports the mission of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Lineweaver Family Fund Supports the missions of the YMCA at Virginia Tech and Montgomery County 4-H, part of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Literacy Volunteers of America – New River Valley Endowment Fund (Louis M. Gwin and Rachel R. Parker-Gwin) Supports Literacy Volunteers of America – New River Valley. Giles Animal Rescue Inc. Endowment Fund Supports the mission of Giles Animal Rescue. Hale Community Garden Endowment

MCEAP Endowment (Joe and Margot Thompson)

Supports the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP) in memory of Father Harry Scott and in honor of MCEAP’s dedicated staff and volunteers, exemplified by Margie Vitale. Montgomery County Christmas Store Endowment Fund Supports the mission of the Montgomery County Christmas Store. Nancy and Thomas Murray Endowment for NRV CARES Supports the mission of NRV CARES. New River Family Shelter Fund Supports the mission of the New River Family Shelter. NRV Dental Benevolence Fund (Joe and Margot Thompson) Supports dental services and dental education provided by the Community Health Center of the New River Valley. NRV Leading Lights Endowment Supports NRV Leading Lights, an organization committed to acknowledging and honoring volunteers across the NRV who are making community-changing impacts. Pulaski County Library System Endowment Fund Supports the mission of the Pulaski County Library System. Radford Child Development, Inc. Fund Supports the mission of Radford Child Development, Inc. Roy and Vivian Davis Memorial Fund (James and Josephine Shotts) Supports the mission of the Bladen County, North Carolina Library. SEEDS Endowment Fund Supports the mission of SEEDS (Seek, Education, Explore, Discover). Town of Blacksburg Senior Center Endowment Fund (Bruce M. and Constance D. Anderson) Supports the mission of the Town of Blacksburg Senior Center.


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Kari Kovick leads an outdoor music class for the Heart of the Child Music Education program, a CFNRV grantee.

United Way of the New River Valley Endowment Fund Supports the mission of the United Way of the New River Valley. Valley Interfaith Child Care Center Fund Supports the mission of the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center. William J. Dawson, Jr. Memorial Fund (Evelyn Sandy Dawson) Supports the ongoing work of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Women’s Resource Center Endowment Fund Supports the mission of the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.

Young Life Kids to Camp Fund Supports Young Life of Virginia with funding to provide scholarships to send kids to camp. Youngs Memorial Fund (Robert and Esther Youngs) Supports the maintenance of the International Peace Garden in Blacksburg, and educational or cultural programs associated with the garden. Zeta Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega Endowment Fund for Leadership, Friendship and Service Supports the mission of the Zeta Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.



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DONOR ADVISED FUNDS Donor advised funds are established by donors who wish to actively participate in the grantmaking process by recommending charitable projects or organizations to support with their grant dollars.

Akers Browning Enrichment Fund for Young Women Provides young women and girls in the New River Valley, particularly those experiencing financial hardship and complicated home lives, with opportunities and experiences otherwise not available to them. Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund Supports charitable work in Pulaski County that serves the poor, the needy, and the less fortunate. Annette and Lee Brown Fund (Jo and Bud Brown) Supports collaboration among charitable, governmental, and private agencies to address critical needs in the New River Valley. Arts Alliance Endowment Fund Supports local arts organizations and individual artists (through a sponsoring organization) in support of arts projects and/or specific operational needs related to the arts.

Arts Fund of the CFNRV (Chris Thompson) Supports activities that promote the arts. Bauers-Wall Foundation (Kamala Bauers and Jack Wall) Supports the charitable, religious, scientific, educational, and/or literacy activities of qualified charitable organizations located in and/or serving Floyd County. Beatrice S. Kalka Endowment Fund Supports the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley and other charitable organizations in the region. BelleBend Fund Provides grants to improve, support, survey, and enhance the lives and educations of the very youngest citizens of Giles County and their families – prenatally through kindergarten – with particular emphasis on those living in poverty.


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Blue Roads Education Fund (Lee and Patti Talbot)

Provides grants to improve global competencies and foster innovation among teachers and school leaders in rural communities in Southwestern Virginia through customized, professional learning. Cabell and Shirley Brand and SEEDS Student Fellowship and Mini-Grant Fund (Cabell and Shirley Brand, and Mike Rosenzweig) Provides grants of fellowships to high school and college students to encourage and facilitate the study, research, and development of solutions to social and environmental issues such as recycling, education, hunger, land use, homelessness, biodiversity, and health care in Southwest Virginia. This includes, but is not limited to, the VA Vital Signs region. Chachra Family Cultural Fund Promotes understanding of the culture of India by supporting cultural activities such as workshops, readings, movies, festivals, concerts, fireworks, and dance. Children’s Shelter Home Endowment Fund Supports charities that assist children in need. Chris Thompson Family Endowment Supports general charitable purposes in the New River Valley. Community Service Fund (James and Josephine Shotts) Supports general charitable activities in the New River Valley.

Volunteers with Downtown Christiansburg, Inc. celebrate during the 2021 GiveLocalNRV Giving Day and raise money for the Little Park on Main Street.



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Cottingham-Stuart Community Fund (Bob and Emily Stuart) Supports general charitable purposes or the YMCA at Virginia Tech. Daniel C. and Joanne L. Bell Endowment Fund Supports charitable organizations that are engaged in hospice care. Davis Family Fund (C.Y. and Carol Davis) Supports general charitable purposes. Dianna Pickering Memorial Garden Fund Supports the development of interpretative botanical sites open and accessible to the general public, such as those on the grounds of Smithfield Plantation. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund (Margot Sebba) Supports NRV public charities that assist AIDS victims and their families, children in need, those in need of hospice care, and the homeless. Early Childhood Education Teachers Fund (David, Marilyn and Mark Hutchins) Supports professional development and continued strengthening of NRV early childhood education teachers. Ellen Moore Memorial Fund (The Rotary Club of Montgomery County) Supports general charitable purposes. Endowment for Floyd County Supports NRV charities with a focus on Floyd County.

Endowment for Giles County Supports nonprofit work in Giles County. Feisty Floyd Filanthropists Supports charitable organizations serving Floyd County. Fritz and Emma Spengler Loving Memorial Fund (Manfred Spengler) Supports Young Life of Virginia exclusively for camp scholarships; specifically for youngsters residing in Montgomery County and Giles County. George R. and Mildred H. Smith Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes in the NRV. Gerus Blieszner Fund Promotes innovative classroom practices in Montgomery County elementary schools. Coordinated with the public school system’s STAR grants. Ghia Borg Memorial Fund Supports general charitable purposes. Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund Supports health care needs of the poor, the needy, and the less fortunate.

Hazelton Family Fund Supports the purchase of science equipment and supplies for science lessons for public school children in Yellowstone County, Montana, and the New River Valley, Virginia. HMM Miami High School Scholarship Fund Provides scholarships for graduated Miami (AZ) High School students pursuing higher education at a major Arizona college or university. HMM Poverty Assistance Fund Supports programs addressing problems of poverty. Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Endowed Fund Supports general charitable purposes including scholarships. Hulannie A. Jenkins and Kimberlyn Atherton-Jenkins Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes. Jim and Sue McAlister Family Fund Supports charitable organizations providing affordable healthcare in the New River Valley as well as those addressing hunger such as, but not limited to, food pantries, area food banks, and feeding programs. Established in memory of Jim’s mother, Peggy McAlister of Wytheville, as well as Sue’s mother, Mattie Hall of Dublin. JJ Fund Supports scholarships for the needy in the NRV and art supplies for classroom needs.

Hawk’s Ridge Fund (Donna E. Douglas)

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Supports the Women’s Resource Center of the NRV, SEEDS, and the New River Land Trust.

Jackson S. Copenhaver Fund Supports general charitable purposes.


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Jacobs Family Fund Supports charitable organizations and programs for young children and families in need. Jane Brugh Layman Charitable Fund Supports benevolences such as the Free Clinic, Interfaith Food Pantry, and Habitat for Humanity; and for cultural activities. Joann and J.B. Sutphin Fund Supports general charitable purposes. Kammerer Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes. Katherine M. and William H. Sanders Family Fund Promotes education, intellectual development, and social engagement among children and young people with particular emphasis on the arts. Kennedy Family Fund Supports NRV and US agencies that are engaged in Christian mission efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. Kolla-Landwehr Fund Supports general charitable purposes. Litschert Family Fund Supports general charitable activities, the environment, and education in the NRV. Lydia Roeske Wright Memorial Fund (Reverdy Wright) Supports libraries in the New River Valley and general charitable purposes. MANISTAL Fund (The Grieco Family) Supports general charitable purposes. Margaret and Samuel F. Tollison Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes.

Jackson S. Copenhaver Legacy Fund Supports scholarships for students in Animal and Poultry Sciences and provides annual support to the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Staff at Wonder Universe: A Children’s Museum celebrate receiving a 2020 Responsive Grant.



Photo by Wonder Universe: A Children’s Museum

Mark and Connie Froggatt Fund for Public Education Supports Montgomery County Public Schools to enable students, teachers and administrators to discover, advance, and enhance educational opportunities through grants awarded in conjunction with the Montgomery County Educational Foundation. Mary E. Sanders Family Fund Promotes education, intellectual development, social awareness, and civic responsibility among young people; especially those from circumstances with no previous history of college education. Mary P. Risacher Memorial Fund (Bill and Mary Lee Hendricks, Anthony Equale) Supports general charitable purposes. Miller Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes. Montgomery County Educational Foundation Endowment Supports Montgomery County Public Schools to enable students, teachers, and administrators to discover, advance, and enhance educational opportunities. Nelle Oakey Ryan Gardner Fund (Rebecca Ryan Dunkenberger) Supports general charitable purposes. New Mountain Climbers Fund Supports charitable organizations serving Montgomery County for general charitable purposes, including scholarships. New River Valley Association of Realtors Community Engagement Fund Provides grants to nurture and strengthen our local communities by impacting three pivotal areas of importance – diversity, housing opportunity, and smart growth – in the counties of Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski, and Giles; the City of Radford; the counties of Wythe, Carroll, Bland, Tazewell, and Grayson; and the City of Galax. New River Valley Fund for Animals (Chris Thompson) Supports charitable organizations or agencies in the NRV for companion animal welfare programs.

North Family Fund Supports charitable organizations that help single, head- of-household families – especially those of Hispanic origin – in need. Piscura Family Endowed Fund Supports qualified charitable organizations in the NRV and elsewhere that are engaged in protecting the environment, education, and gun control. Pulaski County Library System Fund Supports the Pulaski Library System. Recognition Research Foundation Supports general charitable purposes. Robert and Emily Stuart Grassroots Leadership Development Fund Supports grassroots leadership development in the New River Valley. Robert E. and Nadine J. Newcomb Memorial Fund - The Parenting Skills Fund Supports charities that teach parenting skills, especially to disadvantaged parents of pre-school aged children. improve the quality of life of children in Radford and the neighboring counties of Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd, and Giles. Supports social, ethical, educational, recreational, and health programs or those simple pleasures that bring comfort, security, joy, and smiles to children. Rosina and Dean Carter Fund for the Visual Arts Supports charitable organizations that engage in, educate, or promote the field of visual arts. Smart Beginnings NRV Charitable Fund Supports programs to improve kindergarten readiness and early educational success by supporting quality educational and developmental opportunities in the New River Valley for children and their families, prenatally through early elementary school. Shuler Family Reading Fund Supports New River Valley charitable organizations that provide literacy services. Robert L. Nicholson Family Fund of Radford Provides grants to enhance the well-being and


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Stoop Fund (Ellen Ryan) Supports general charitable purposes. Susan Garrison Memorial Fund (Lisa Barroso and Friends) Promotes and supports environmental awareness, sustainability, and/or community beautification in the New River Valley. Talbot Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes with awards to organizations such as the Free Clinic of the New River Valley, the Interfaith Food Pantry located at Blacksburg Baptist Church, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, and the Montgomery County Christmas Store. Todd Family Fund Supports agencies including faith-based organizations in Grayson County; the City of Galax, Virginia; and the New River Valley for general charitable purposes. Vernon L. and Lois B. Baldwin Memorial ‘Town and Gown’ Award Fund Supports organizations that make awards to and otherwise honor those individuals who have been of long service to both Virginia Tech and the Blacksburg community. Virle and Al Payne Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes. Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grants Fund To provide scholarships and for general charitable purposes. Warren Lloyd Holtzman Merit Grant Fund Provides seed grants encouraging, supporting, and recognizing innovation, research, and upward mobility in the areas of small business development, human potential advancement, nurturing grassroots community-based programs, and expansion of the free market economy of knowledge and expertise.

Wellness Fund (John and Elizabeth Bush) Promotes wellness in the New River Valley. Winters Family Endowment Fund

Provides annual funding to the Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley (aka Leisure Directions) and provides funding for the personal and educational needs of persons with intellectual disabilities. Worthington-Dolloff Cancer Treatment Assistance Fund Supports cancer treatment for needy patients in the NRV. Wythe County United Legacy Fund Supports qualified, charitable health and human service organizations serving Wythe County, Virginia, including but not limited to those partner organizations formerly supported by the United Way of Wythe County and programs offered by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley benefitting Wythe County charitable organizations, their leaders, and the individuals they serve. Young Women’s Life Experiences Fund Supports charities that help young girls and women under the age of 20 that need financial assistance to participate in life experiences that are conducted, sponsored, or associated with a charitable organization or agency. Youth Awareness Fund (Mathew and Christina Mathai) Supports projects that inform the community about emerging issues with respect to school-age children and/ or for support of after-school activities and programs for children.



Photo by Adaire Theatre

A performance of Fly Me to the Moon by Adaire Theatre, a CFNRV grantee.


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ENDOWED FIELD OF INTEREST FUNDS Field-of-interest funds support particular interest areas, specific program initiatives, causes, or geographic areas as established by the donor.

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4-17 Fund (The Robert and Debbie Piscura Family of Draper, VA) Supports charitable work for the care and support of the New River Valley community spirit that arose to meet the tragic shootings at VT on April 16, 2007. Andy and Susan Morikawa Capacity Building Fund Supports programs that build the capacity of charitable NRV organizations to meet the critical needs of the community in a manner that is sustainable. Carolyn and Donald Rude Family Fund Supports general charitable purposes addressing the current and evolving needs of Virginia’s New River Valley, with a preference for supporting vulnerable and less fortunate people. Priorities include food security, healthcare (including mental health), children, and affordable housing; improving the quality of the environment; and educational opportunities for students and teachers in public schools. David and Lillian Francis Charitable Endowment Supports New River Valley charitable organizations and agencies that serve the needs of alcoholics and their families, including the education of their children. Earl Vest and Mamie Phillips Vest Unrestricted Endowment Supports the mission of The Community Foundation of the New River Valley, and for the betterment for Floyd County.

General Endowment Fund Supports all Foundation fields of interest at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Highlands Fund Supports scholarships to students pursuing a post- secondary degree at a two- or four-year college or university in a science-related field of study; supports initiatives of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley; and provides grants to charitable organizations in Virginia’s New River Valley. Home – Hunger – Health Fund (C.Y. and Carole Davis) Supports organizations providing for the health and well- being of individuals and families in the New River Valley. Grants may support basic human needs including, but not limited to, access to shelter, food, and healthcare. Loving Care Fund Supports children and families and provides support to the Community Foundation’s operations. Luba Fabrycky Memorial Endowment Fund (Wolter Fabrycky) Supports general charitable purposes including, but not limited to, programs and activities for the education of children with emphasis on children of disadvantaged families.



Matthew Allen Special Memorial Fund (Katherine Allen)

Supports programs benefitting the social, emotional, and mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through grants to qualified, charitable organizations in the New River Valley. Preference shall be given to those programs or organizations that pursue and/or promote social justice through diverse and inclusive action. Passion to Progress: The Drenan Dudley Endowed Fund (Jack, Larkin, and Drenan Dudley) Builds the capacity of qualified charitable organizations in the New River Valley, their employees, and volunteers to transform a cause or an idea into demonstrable outcomes benefitting the community. Supports qualified educational or charitable organizations providing educational instruction and tutoring, with strong preference for programs providing instruction in basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) to immigrants, their children, and grandchildren; and for general charitable purposes. Preference shall be given to organizations from the following counties and cities in the following order of priority: Grayson County, City of Galax, Floyd County, Craig County, Patrick County, Montgomery County (Auburn and Eastern Montgomery strands only), Carroll County, and the City of Radford. Supports the programs, activities or student/s individual need as determined by guidance counselors working with students in New River Valley public school systems. Silver Care Endowment Fund (Lynda Chamowitz and Joan Gotthardt) Supports the needs of senior citizens in the New River Valley. Virgil Speaks Fund (Suzi Gablik) Supports charitable organizations such as “What’s on Stage”, a program at Harding Avenue Elementary School; The Lyric Theatre; the Community Foundation of the New River Valley; and Beans and Rice. Shirley Van Dresser Guidance Fund (The Daughters of Shirley Van Dresser) Paws and Claws Endowment Fund (Lynda Chamowitz and Joan Gotthardt) Supports animal welfare in Montgomery County. RBN Inc. Educational Opportunity Fund

Photo by the NRV Glean Team

A volunteer stands in the the NRV Glean Team garden. The NRV Glean Team is a grantee and active member of NRV Thrive.


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