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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.

Community Partnerships

MACF is committed to strengthening the capacity of  local non-profits and building strong relationships.  Part of our mission is to promote and participate in collaborative efforts to shape a healthy, caring community. The Foundation actively seeks opportunities to build community partnerships. 

Coffee and Conversation 

As directors and staff of local agencies, we work in the nonprofit sector because we have a passion to make our community an even better place for all. But sometimes, our work can be so hectic and stressful and all-consuming that we forget to take time to find a quiet moment and just "think!" Ever wished you had a sounding board for that perhaps-crazy (perhaps-not?) idea that has been rattling around in your brain for awhile? Do you want to talk about tackling an issue in your organization or pitch a new approach in a confidential, neutral, and relaxed setting?

The first Tuesday of each month, MACF and the United Way of Martinsville Henry County offers "Coffee and Conversation." This is an opportunity for nonprofit directors and staff to join the Foundation and United Way directors for a cup of coffee and a collegial meeting to discuss potential opportunities, new projects, concerns or most anything on your mind. 

Coffee and Conversation is offered on the first Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the MACF offices located in the Clocktower Building. Please call or email April Haynes at 276-656-6223 or april@martinsvilleareacommunityfoundation.org to schedule a time, just so we can properly plan for that day.  

Community Matters: Nonprofit Tools for Success 

MACF also partners with the Nonprofit Leaders Network in its monthly "Community Matters: Nonprofit Tools for Success". Agencies have the opportunity to receive monthly professional trainings and programs on a topic of practical relevance to the day-to-day administration of nonprofits. Be sure to check out our events page for the latest information on these trainings.