Connecting You to Your Community

Getting Involved

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley relies on over 1000 volunteers, donors and friends to meet our mission and expand the capacity of the nonprofit community to meet evolving needs. Our staff would be happy to talk with you about specific ways to get involved. Please call us at 540-381-8999 or

Become a Donor

Visit our Donors page to learn more about starting an endowed fund to meet your particular charitable interests or making an unrestricted gift to support the general operations of the Community Foundation. Starting a fund is an easy process that allows donors to be actively involved in distributing funds to worthwhile community projects while leaving fund management to the Foundation. Unrestricted contributions help the Foundation to provide regular workshops on nonprofit management, programs like our monthly Third Thursday breakfast series, and more. 

Become a Volunteer Leader

The Community Foundation’s volunteer leadership includes our Board of Directors, our Council of Former Directors, and Community Advisors, each of whom regularly attend meetings and set the vision and goals for the Foundation.

Getting Involved

Board member Peggy Eaton with Lindsay West, a founding board member, at the 2009 Annual Meeting

The Foundation regularly recruits Community Advisors from throughout the NRV to serve on our standing committees, drawing on their particular experiences and insights. This is a great way to get to know the Foundation’s operations and programs. Standing committees meet monthly and Community Advisors actively participate in committee work with Board members. They also attend the Board’s regular retreats and social activities. 

Special Projects & Internships

Volunteers are always needed to help the Foundation with a variety of tasks, from assisting with our fall and spring grant review processes to helping develop nonprofit management workshops and promotional materials. Individuals who are not looking for a monthly commitment, but wish to assist with specific projects should contact the Foundation for more information.

We also continue to strengthen our partnerships with Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College and are happy to work with university departments on the development of internship placements, service learning opportunities and more. 

Lecture/Workshop Speakers

The Community Foundation is always looking for presenters at our Third Thursday breakfast series and annual workshops with experience in issues related to nonprofit management. Guest presenters have spoken on effective meeting facilitation, the fiduciary responsibilities of a nonprofit board, reading financial statements, and more. This is a great way to share your expertise while developing relationships with nonprofit board and staff members in our community. Ideas for new workshops are always welcome.