December 2017
2016-2017 Annual Report 
Thank you for your support over the past 21 years! Read inspiring stories about generous donors and impactful nonprofits, including past board member Paul Thompson, God's Storehouse, and recent scholarship recipients in our new 2017 report to the Community.  Find out more about what makes this philanthropic community so unique! Click the image below to start reading.   
New Donor Services Manager
We are happy to welcome Annette Roncaglione to The Community Foundation!  She recently started as our new Donor Services Manager. Here is a brief bio so you can get to know her:  
"Annette is so excited to join the CFDRR team.  She has over 12 years' experience working with non-profit organizations.  Also she has completed the Duke University Non-Profit Management course. She was born and raised in Martinsville, VA, but upon marrying her husband, Michael, they moved to Gretna and reside there now. In her spare time, Annette loves to cook for her family and friends; trying out new recipes. She is also a big fan of traveling the world. She has been privileged to tour Europe, Asia, Central America and the 48 contiguous United States."
We are very excited to have her join our team and ask you to extend a warm welcome to her! 
2017 Appreciation Luncheon
The Community Foundation highlighted its continued growth at its Appreciation Luncheon held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Since 1996- The Community Foundation has received $11.8 million in bequests and awarded $19.5 million in grants and $2.2 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students!
The Foundation awarded four summer reading grants of $3,000 to area libraries as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. Rhonda Griffin with the Gunn Memorial Library in Caswell County shared how the small grant made a large impact.
A special video also recognized the 10th anniversary of the opening of our local Veterans Memorial. If you would like to view the Veterans Memorial Video, please click here. Donations are now being accepted for the endowment which helps to maintain and improve the Memorial.  

10 Tips for Year End Giving
1. Talk to your advisor. 
Before making any significant gift to charity, you should have your CPA, attorney, or other advisor help you to understand the impact of your gift on your income tax return and estate.

2. Consider your income. 
Take the time to do some planning while you still have the opportunity to make a year-end gift. Try to get a handle on your tax liability for the year. Did your unearned income increase? Did you sell any appreciated assets? Will you owe more taxes? If you take the time now to assess these important issues, it may motivate you to increase your giving before December 31.

3. Review your stocks. 
Look at the stocks you have held for more than one year. Which ones have appreciated the most? If you're inclined to make a charitable gift anyway, it may be prudent for you to make your year-end gift using one of more of these stocks.  

4. Do your giving early and complete your gift before the end of the year.
A gift by check is complete when mailed (postmarked) to the charitable recipient, even if it isn't cashed until the following year. Gifts by credit card are complete when your credit card account is charged, allowing you to make a gift before year-end, but pay for it in January.  

5. Know the meaning of "deductible." 
Remember that only donations to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations are deductible. There are many worthy causes out there that do not qualify for a charitable contribution deduction.  
6. Do you have more than enough?
If you're receiving taxable income from retirement plan assets or life insurance policies, there are a number of tax-advantaged ways to make these assets work for you and the causes you support. The Charitable IRA Rollover Act, for example, allows donors age 70 ½ or older to donate up to $100,000 from their IRA without counting the distribution as income.  

7. Explore employer gift matching programs.
Many companies have gift matching programs that can help you leverage your generous gift into a gift of up to twice the original amount of your donation.

8. Be a proactive giver.
Instead of responding to direct solicitations, donors can make a significant difference to their charities of choice by being more organized givers. Giving vehicles such as those available through The Community Foundation provide simple ways to turn reactive contributions into effective giving over time, while maximizing tax advantages.

9. Give now-decide later.
If you are planning for a charitable tax deduction this year but are undecided about which nonprofits to support, consider opening a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation. You can claim a deduction for contributions to your fund now even though distributions from the fund might be made in future years. A donor-advised fund can be set up in one meeting.

10. Let the Community Foundation do the legwork.
Working with a philanthropic advisor at the Community Foundation gives you access to our extensive knowledge of the local nonprofit community and the broad charitable needs of our region-so you can stay informed about the organizations you support and the effect your giving will have on the future of our community.

December 31 Deadline for Brick Sales
The Community Foundation will be selling engraved bricks for the Pittsylvania Pet Center until December 31.This will be your last chance to order a brick. All purchases help the pets at the Pittsylvania Pet Center. Order your 4"x8" brick for $100 or 8"x8" brick for $200 to celebrate or memorialize your most important people, pets and dates for years to come.

Each engraved brick will be a visible part of the main entrance and gar den area.
Download the PDF file to open a brick order form. You can save this form on your system and fill it out and print it and mail it to The Community Foundation, 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541 with your payment. Bricks can also be paid for online with forms mailed in or emailed to

Scholarships open on January 1, 2018 through our website
~ Final Grant Reports are due December 14th!  These must be submitted in a timely manner in order to remain eligible for future funding.  Please contact our office with any questions.    

The Community Foundation 
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