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Disaster Relief Fund

An effective response, regardless of where a natural disaster occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors.  The bulk of disaster dollars are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care).  Emergency relief is vital.  Still, experts agree that disaster relief dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of disaster-affected communities. 

 Community Foundation of Western Virginia, Inc. (d/b/a Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Martinsville Area Community Foundation) has established a Disaster Relief Fund in order to respond to  catastrophic events as they occur.

 How will the Disaster Relief Funds be used?

100% of all donations (except any online credit card processing fees) will be used to respond to the complete timeline of the disaster management effort: from immediate relief to recovery, and then to reconstruction and rebuilding.

Who will the funds support?

The Disaster Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations and public entities that have a defined role in short-term and long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the disaster.  Each nonprofit or public entity who receives disaster relief funds will be carefully vetted by the Foundation to insure the most effective and efficient use of the monies raised.

How can I make a donation?

Donations can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to Martinsville Area Community Foundation at P.O. Box 1124, Martinsville, VA  24114. Please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief”.  Donor Advisors may also recommend a grant to the Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a Donor Advised Fund Grant Recommendation Form.  All gifts are tax-deductible.

Our Foundation

Determining where one's charitable assets can have the most direct - and lasting - impact can often be a frustrating and time-consuming process. That is why tens of thousands of donors across the country annually choose their local community foundation as their preferred vehicle for philanthropy. Each year billions in new gifts flow into the 700+ U.S. community foundations, taking their collective holdings to over $40 billion.

Community foundations began in 1914 and are publicly-supported, 501(c)(3) philanthropic organizations that hold, administer, invest and make grants from both endowed and non-endowed funds established by individuals, families and others.

(MACF) was established in 2005 and is a publicly-supported, 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization that holds, administers, invests and makes grants from both endowed and non-endowed funds established by individuals, families and others. MACF's service area is the city of Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County, and surrounding areas. It currently has assets of over $16 million in 34 different endowed funds and also is affiliated with Community Foundation of Western Virginia, which has assets and estate commitments of over $110 million.

To date, MACF has distributed over $6,700,000 in grants to non-profit and charitable organizations and for educational scholarships. It operates under the auspices of a local Board of Directors, whose members are chosen for their knowledge of the community.


Mission Statement

Martinsville Area Community Foundation seeks to foster positive change on behalf of the community by:

  • Enabling donors to carry out their charitable intent through permanent endowment funds.
  • Provides responsible stewardship for entrusted funds.
  • Makes creative grants for current and future community needs and opportunities.
  • Offers comprehensive services to encourage and advance effective philanthropy.
  • Promotes and participates in collaborative efforts to shape a healthy, caring community.

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