Connecting You to Your Community


Building Community Resources


Steve Gerus and Rosemary Blieszner established the first fund at the CFNRV, setting an example for so many wishing to give back to their community.

Donors make possible the Community Foundation and all its services to the community. The Foundation receives no government funding and relies on its family of donors to help fund foundation core services to the community. The Community Foundation charges an annual 1%-1.5% fee on each fund to support foundation services for the more than 130 component funds managed by the foundation. Individual donors, many of whom make annual pledges, contribute including all of the foundation’s board members. 

Philanthropy made simple

Partnering with the Community Foundation of the New River Valley is an efficient and effective way of leveraging your charitable intention through CFNRV’s extensive community network. You can establish a fully endowed, named fund with a modest gift of $10,000.

Getting Started


Donors have opportunities for active engagement with the Foundation and with grantees.

You may wish to donate directly to the operating funds of the foundation and thus facilitate our ongoing work of convening community and supporting the growth of our area nonprofits. 

With the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, you're in the company of experienced philanthropists. We steward more than 100 charitable funds and can guarantee that your contributions will be directed quickly and effectively. For information about starting your own fund click here