CFNRV Awards $230,225 to 69 Nonprofits

Group photo of nonprofit leaders at CFNRV's 2023 grantee luncheon
Above: Gathering for a group photo at our annual grantee luncheon. Thank you to each organization for the important work you do for our region. And thank you to each donor who makes these grants possible!

This story is part of our year-end series of top 10 moments from 2023. We are sharing about some of our favorite parts of the year and raising funds for our end-of-year campaign. Can you chip in a donation of any amount to help us meet our $40,000 goal? Your donation, combined with the contributions of others, powers our work to encourage charitable giving, nurture collaboration, and invest in lasting solutions that enhance the quality of life for all in the New River Valley.

This fall, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) awarded a total of $230,225 through its Responsive Grants program to 69 nonprofits serving the New River Valley. This total represents the most the CFNRV has ever given out during its competitive grants process. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants.

CFNRV’s Responsive Grants provide operating support, allowing recipient organizations to use the grant dollars where they are needed most. The applications came from organizations that support localities across the New River Valley focused in a variety of areas: animals, arts and culture, community and civic affairs, education, environment, health and wellness, poverty, and support, parenting, and care.

“At the Community Foundation, we understand how difficult it can be to raise operating dollars, and how critical those dollars are to fulfilling the nonprofit’s mission,” said Jessica Wirgau, chief executive officer of the CFNRV. “We hear regularly from grantees that they are seeing increased needs from clients, whether for food assistance, housing, educational support, or healthcare. To know that our funds can help meet that increased need, even in a small way, is extremely gratifying.”

Many Donors Make Grants Possible

These grants are made possible by many generous donors to the CFNRV. Individuals, families, and businesses establish endowments with the foundation that match their charitable interests to fund scholarships for students or grants for nonprofits. Endowed funds are invested with the goal of awarding scholarships and grants for generations to come.

For this year’s Responsive Grants, 59 different endowments contributed to the $230,225 total, with several making grants to multiple organizations. Through each step of the grants process, the CFNRV team works with volunteers on the grants distribution committee to read and score each application and match applicants to the funding available.

At a lunch reception at Hyatt Place Blacksburg on Wednesday, November 15, the CFNRV recognized each of the grantees. The event was sponsored by National Bank of Blacksburg, Atlantic Union Bank, First Bank and Trust Company, and Green Valley Builders.  

A full list of this year’s grantees can be found below. The Responsive Grant application will open again in late May 2024 and applications from nonprofits serving the NRV are welcome to apply, as are units of government (such as libraries.) More information on the application process can be found at cfnrv.org/grants or by contacting the CFNRV team at cfnrv@cfnrv.org or 540-381-8999.

2023 Grant Awards

  • Adaire Theatre: $4,000 total from the Piscura Family Endowed Fund, the Arts Alliance Endowment Fund, the Litschert Family Fund, & the Homer T. & Beverly A. Hurst Family Endowed Fund
  • Agape Center NRV: $2,000 total from the Sarah Lee Alderson Memorial Fund & the Joe & Margot Thompson Unrestricted Fund     
  • Beans & Rice: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund         
  • Bland Ministry Center: $2,940 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund
  • Blue Mountain School: $1,600 from the Endowment for Floyd County
  • Boys & Girls Club of SWVA: $2,000 total from the Stoop Fund, the Beatrice S. Kalka Endowment Fund, & the 4-17 Fund      
  • Brain Injury Solutions: $1,825 total from the Jacobs Family Fund, the Community Service Fund, & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund   
  • Brock Hughes Free Clinic: $4,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund   
  • Calfee Community & Cultural Center: $4,000 total from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund & the Fund for Equity & Compassion     
  • CHIP (Children’s Health Improvement Program) of the NRV a program of New River Community Action):$4,000 from the Children’s Shelter Home Endowment Fund   
  • Children’s Trust: $4,000 total from the David & Lillian Francis Charitable Fund & the Children’s Shelter Home Endowment Fund    
  • Christiansburg Institute, Inc.: $4,000 total from the Jacobs Family Fund, the Blue Roads Education Fund, & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
  • DePaul Community Resources: $2,000 total from the Endowment for Giles County & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
  • Downtown Wytheville, Inc.: $2,500 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund
  • Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund  
  • Emergency Assistance Program (a program of New River Community Action): $2,000 from the Endowment for Giles County    
  • Emergency Needs Task Force of Pulaski County: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund      
  • Family Resource Center, Inc.: $4,000 total from the Luba Fabrycky Memorial Fund & the Wythe County United Legacy Fund      
  • Floyd Center for the Arts: $4,000 total from the JJ Fund, the Rosina & Dean Carter Fund for the Visual Arts, & the Beatrice S. Kalka Endowment Fund
  • Floyd County Historical Society: $2,000 total from the Jane Brugh Layman Charitable Fund & the Homer T. & Beverly A. Hurst Family Endowed Fund
  • Floyd County Humane Society: $4,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund         
  • Free Clinic of Pulaski County, Inc.: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund         
  • Giles Community Garden: $3,900 total from the Endowment for Giles County & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund  
  • Giles County Christian Service Mission: $4,000 from the Endowment for Giles County
  • Giles County Shelter, Inc: $4,000 from the Endowment for Giles County        
  • Giles High School Band Boosters, Inc.: $4,000 from the Endowment for Giles County        
  • Good Samaritan Hospice, Inc.: $4,000 total from the Daniel C. & Joanne L. Bell Endowment Fund, the Endowment for Giles County, the Piscura Family Endowed Fund, & the Nelle Oakey Ryan Gardner Fund   
  • Habitat for Humanity of the NRV: $4,000 total from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund & the Endowment for Giles County  
  • Handmade Music School: $4,000 total from the Piscura Family Endowed Fund, the Arts Alliance Endowment Fund, & the Endowment for Floyd County   
  • Head Start (a program of New River Community Action) $2,000 total from the Endowment for Giles County & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund   
  • Literacy NRV: $4,000 total from the Shuler Family Reading Fund, the Dan & Beverly Fleming Family Fund, the Mary E. Sanders Family Fund, & the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund
  • Lyric Council, Inc.: $4,000 total from the Virgil Speaks Fund & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
  • Montgomery County Christmas Store: $4,000 total from the Talbot Family Fund, the Janice Woodard Endowment, the Loving Care Fund, the Miller Family Fund, the Community Service Fund, & the Homer T. & Beverly A. Hurst Family Endowed Fund
  • Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program: $2,000 from the Joe & Margot Thompson Unrestricted Fund         
  • Montgomery Museum of Art & History: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund         
  • Mountain Community Action Program Inc.: $4,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund        
  • New River Conservancy: $3,000 total from the Jacobs Family Fund, the Piscura Family Endowed Fund, & the Susan Garrison Memorial Fund     
  • New River Family Shelter: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund       
  • New River Valley Agency on Aging: $4,000 total from the Silver Care Fund & the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund    
  • NRV CARES (Child Advocacy, Resources, Education, & Services): $4,000 total from the Parenting Skills Fund & the Loving Care Fund   
  • NRV Glean Team: $4,000 total from the McAlister Family Fund, the Todd Family Fund, & the Endowment for Giles County    
  • Nursery Natives: $3,000 total from the Piscura Family Endowed Fund & the Susan Garrison Memorial Fund
  • Old Church Gallery: $2,000 total from the Endowment for Floyd County & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund    
  • One-on-One Literacy Program of Wythe & Grayson Counties: $4,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund
  • Open Door Community: $4,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund 
  • Plenty!: $4,000 total from the Mary Jean & John Brown Fund, the Endowment for Floyd County, & the Wellness Fund     
  • Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, Inc.: $4,000 total from the Children’s Shelter Home Endowment Fund & the Wythe County United Legacy Fund    
  • Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread: $4,000 total from the Mary Jean & John Brown Fund & the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund     
  • Roanoke Wildlife Rescue: $4,000 total from the Paws & Claws Fund, the Piscura Family Endowed Fund, the Litschert Family Fund, & the Wellness Fund 
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia: $4,000 total from the Worthington-Dolloff Cancer Treatment Assistance Fund & the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund       
  • Rural Retreat Depot Foundation: $4,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
  • Rx Drug Access Partnership: $4,000 total from the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Fund & the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund       
  • Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary: $2,000 total from the Piscura Family Endowed Fund & the Susan Garrison Memorial Fund      
  • Springhouse Community School: $2,000 from the Sarah Lee Alderson Memorial Fund   
  • SustainFloyd: $4,000 total from the Mary Jean & John Brown Fund, the Endowment for Floyd County, & the Litschert Family Fund   
  • The June Bug Center: $4,000 total from the Young Women’s Life Experiences Fund, the Katherine M. & William H. Sanders Family Fund, & the Luba Fabrycky Memorial Fund
  • To Our House (a program of New River Community Action):  $960 from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund         
  • Town of Wytheville Department of Museums: $4,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund
  • Virginia CARES (Virginia Community Action Re-Entry System) (a program of New River Community Action): $2,500 total from the Ann & H.W. Huff Family Fund & the Endowment for Giles County      
  • Virginia Hunters Who Care, Inc.: $4,000 total from the Janice Woodard Endowment, the Homer T. & Beverly A. Hurst Family Endowed Fund, & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund 
  • Warm Hearth Foundation: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund         
  • Wilderness Road Regional Museum: $4,000 total from the Lydia Roeske Wright Memorial Fund, the Loving Care Fund, the Robert L. Nicholson Family Fund of Radford, & the Jane Brugh Layman Charitable Fund  
  • Women’s Resource Center of the NRV, Inc.: $4,000 total from the Hawk’s Ridge Fund, the Matthew Allen Special Fund, & the Loving Care Fund
  • Wonder Universe: A Children’s Museum: $2,000 total from the Endowment for Giles County & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund
  • Wythe County Breast Cancer Coalition: $2,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund        
  • Wythe County Public Schools Foundation for Excellence:  $4,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund        
  • Wytheville Fire & Rescue Department: $4,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund   
  • YMCA at Virginia Tech: $4,000 total from the Cottingham-Stuart Community Fund & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund    
  • YMCA of Pulaski County: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund 

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