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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.

Sample Bequest Language

Here is some basic suggested language for donors to use in their will to establish a named Fund. Please also see the note at the bottom.

The Foundation always encourages donors to discuss their estate plans with their professional advisor(s).

General Language for Creating an Unrestricted Fund:
"I hereby give and bequeath (specific amount)(percentage of estate)(residue of estate) to Martinsville Area Community Foundation, Martinsville, Virginia, ("Foundation") to establish the (name) Fund to be perpetually recognized and administered by the Foundation in accordance with its guiding documents and its procedures for endowed funds. This Fund is Unrestricted in purpose."

For other types of Funds, substitute the following for the last sentence above:

Field-of-Interest Fund
This Fund is to be a Field-of Interest Fund and will support organizations and programs which (...describe one or more areas of charitable interest)"

Designated Fund
This Fund is to be a Designated Fund, and grants from the Fund will exclusively support the following organizations: (list non-profit organizations and/or programs and relative percentages if desired)."

Donor-Advised Fund
This Fund is to be an Advised Fund and (name, address) will be the Fund Advisor(s) and will have the privilege during his or her lifetime to make annual grant recommendations to the Foundation's Board."

Scholarship Fund
This Fund is to be a Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarship support to....... (describe scholarship purpose and selection criteria in detail).

NOTE: If the donor prefers, the Foundation can work with the donor to prepare and execute a "custom-tailored" or more detailed Fund Agreement which could then be referenced as follows in the will: "...and administered by the Foundation in accordance with its guiding documents, its procedures for endowed funds and with the separate Fund Agreement previously executed with the Foundation on (date)."